Arrowtown veteran, 92, recalls navy
Arrowtown World War II veteran Allan Fisher, 92, was among the large crowd attending the town’s Anzac commemorations last week.
In World War II he had ‘‘a good few laughs’’ serving in the Royal New Zealand Navy from December 1943 to January 1946, he said.
The closest Fisher got to action was when his ship stopped in London.
‘‘I remember the first night we were there everyone was scuttling here and there to get down to the underground system and we just wondered what was going on till we heard the sirens going.
‘‘It’s a terrible sort of thing to live under, but of course they [civilians] did,’’ he said.
Another time was on the water, when they were heading off to New York, and a submarine on the other side of the island was bombed.
‘‘To be quiet honest you get blase about it because if you hear a siren your only thought is to get somewhere with a bit of protection.’’
For over twenty years Fisher has been living in Arrowtown and his life has been great.
However, navy was way more fun, he laughed.
US scientists Professor Angela Olinto and Professor Lawrence Wienke.