Myrtleford Times - - Anzac Day -

Jj­jen­vey@ ne­me­ ack Tucker would have joined the navy ear­lier if he could have. He was two months off turn­ing 19 when he was even­tu­ally granted a re­lease from his job with the Vic­to­rian Rail­ways with who he worked in Mel­bourne.

He had pre­vi­ously wanted to join in Novem­ber 1943, not long af­ter turn­ing 18, but fi­nally signed up with the Royal Aus­tralian Navy on Septem­ber 5, 1944.

The Sec­ond World War would end 363 days later on Septem­ber 3, 1945 but Mr Tucker would go on to com­plete two years of ser­vice.

“I don’t re­ally know why I chose the navy. Prob­a­bly be­cause an older bloke I had worked with had been MEM­O­RIES: Jack Tucker en­joys some time at home go­ing through a book on the Flin­ders Naval De­pot where he trained and was de­ployed as part of his ser­vice dur­ing World War II.

PHOTO: Justin Jen­vey ike many young men he said he just wanted to do his part for his coun­try. in the navy in his younger days and used to talk to me about one or two of his ex­pe­ri­ences,” he said.

“It was ei­ther that or the air force.”


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