Proud of high points and heartbreak
STEVEN Kelly is as proud as can be every ANZAC Day, and he’s got plenty of reasons to wear his grandfather’s medals with such pride.
The story of Wilfred Henry Stevens could be the basis of a movie, such is the heartbreak and high points of his life.
“My grandfather served in the first and the second world wars and I like to commemorate him every year by going to the ANZAC Day marches,” Mr Kelly told
“I’m very, very proud. I never met the man but it just makes me feel proud – he actually put his age up to get into the First World War and he put his age down to get into the Second World War, so that’s the sort of a man he was – that makes me feel pretty proud.”
Mr Kelly’s maternal grandfather, Wilfred Henry Stevens, was a farm labourer around Cobar when he enlisted to serve in World War I.
“He received a Military Medal at Villiers-bretonneux (Somme). Apparently he and another bloke seized eight or 10 Germans in a machine-gun dugout,” Mr Kelly said.
Wilfred Henry Stevens met his future wife while he was recuperating from injuries in hospital – she was a nurse in one of the hospitals he was sent to.
“He met an Englishwoman over there and he got married and had two kids over there, my mum was their second, and then they came back to Australia when she was six months old.
He then worked on farms around Dubbo before signing up to go a second round in World War II.
“He was in Signals in the second world war, he died in Tobruk. He’s buried in the Tobruk cemetery in Libya from World War II,” Mr Kelly said.
“His wife, my grandmother, had died in February 1941 and he died at Tobruk in May, just a couple of months later, leaving four orphans under the age of 20 – it’s an incredible story.
“My son and I go to Canberra as often as we can for ANZAC Day and it’s to commemorate him,” Mr Kelly said proudly. THEY’RE the thirsty Mercs of the non-singing kind and they’re returning to Dubbo for the first time for 42 years. Australia’s first National Mercedes Benz Rally was held in Dubbo in 1976 and the National Trust’s Dundullimal Homestead will host their return this Saturday, May 4.
Seventy beautiful Mercedes Benz cars and 150 representatives from the Queensland, NSW and Victorian Mercedes Benz Clubs will be on show between 11am and 1pm.
“We are very excited to return to Dubbo and have been delighted by the warm welcome we have received,” Mercedes Benz Club NSW president John Assarapin said.
Dundullimal Homestead is located at 23L Obley Road, just past the zoo, and is open Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 3pm.
Steven Kelly proudly wore the medals of his grandfather, Wilfred Henry Stevens, whose life story could be made into a movie. PHOTO: DUBBO PHOTO NEWS