Not a stranger to the front­line

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

THERE is noth­ing worse than trench war­fare armed with noth­ing but a shovel.

This was the ex­pe­ri­ence of An­drew Sloane’s grand­fa­ther, who fought in world wars I and II and re­ceived a civil­ian ser­vice medal, among other mil­i­tary ac­co­lades for his brav­ery.

This is one of the many rea­sons why Anzac Day is spe­cial to Mr Sloane, who also com­pleted 12 years of ser­vice in the Aus­tralian De­fence Force.

He said it was im­por­tant for the sac­ri­fice made by those who fought for Aus­tralia to be re­mem­bered as if it hap­pened yes­ter­day.

“I think time doesn’t mat­ter if a gun is be­ing pointed at some­one, whether it was 100 years ago or a week ago," he said.

“We are there to remember the An­zacs, it’s not Afghanistan day or Viet­nam day it’s Anzac Day.”

Mr Sloane’s 12 years of ser­vice came to an end af­ter a para­chute ac­ci­dent re­sulted in a dam­aged spine, hip and bro­ken wrists.

But fol­low­ing Cy­clone Deb­bie’s im­pact in the Whit­sun­days, Mr Sloane was on the front­line again as part of the Vol­un­teer Whit­sun­days ef­fort help­ing mem­bers of the com­mu­nity re­cover.

Mr Sloane said it would be re­fresh­ing to see younger peo­ple in­volved with their lo­cal RSL club.

SER­VICE: An­drew Sloane at the Can­non­vale dawn ser­vice.

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