Mem­o­ries too painful to re­call


Un­sung he­roes, ca­ma­raderie, sac­ri­fice and ser­vice was re­mem­bered on Anzac Day.

For Kings Em­pire Vet­er­ans of the Hibis­cus Coast RSA Stan Job and Max Chilman, it was a time to re­flect, hon­our those who fell and remember the friend­ship and trust built be­tween com­rades.

It’s those friend­ships that saw Stan move to New Zealand 50 years ago.

He joined the Royal Navy in 1940 in Liver­pool, and served aboard es­cort air­craft car­ri­ers HMS Ameer, HMS For­mi­da­ble, HMS Em­peror and HMS Ea­gle in the Mediter­ranean and Indian Ocean Fleets dur­ing World War II.

Half of the crew aboard the HMS Ameer were Ki­wis, Stan said.

‘‘I had a very good mate who was a New Zealan­der, and he would al­ways tell me to come out to New Zealand to live - that’s why I’m here.’’

Now six weeks short of his 95th birth­day, Stan doesn’t like to talk of the hor­rors of war and lost friends.

‘‘It up­sets me and it up­sets my sleep,’’ he said.

The ser­vice his­tory of the ships Stan served aboard, and some of their fates, shows he was right in the thick of the Royal Navy’s ef­forts. Stan was awarded the 1939-1945, African, Burma and Ital­ian stars, the Ge­orge IV medal and the Malta Ge­orge Cross medal.

For Max Chilman, 78, Anzac Day brings back mem­o­ries of pa­rades past and his time in the ser­vice. He was six when vic­tory over Ja­pan was cel­e­brated and he re­mem­bers the pa­rade in Waipuku­rau. Then at 15, he served as a catafalque guard in Waipuku­rau Anzac Day cel­e­bra­tions. Eigh­teen months later, in 1955, Chilman joined the Royal New Zealand Navy.

He served ‘‘all over the place’’ in­clud­ing aboard the HMNZS Ro­toiti at Christ­mas Is­land dur­ing Bri­tain’s hy­dro­gen bomb tests, then picked up HMNZS Otago from Eng­land. While at HMNZS Iri­rangi, he re­mem­bers head­ing with a pla­toon to Tai­hape for the 1961 Anzac Day ser­vice.

‘‘It was bloody freez­ing. So we quite en­joyed go­ing back to the RSA and rip­ping into the rum.’’

Then Chilman headed to the In­done­sia Con­fronta­tion war zone aboard HMNZS Roy­al­ist.

Chilman re­tired to the Hibis­cus Coast and has been in­volved with the Hibis­cus Coast RSA cel­e­bra­tions since 2002.


Fresh flow­ers and re­mem­brance poppies adorned the plaques at the Hibis­cus Coast RSA for Anzac Day.

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