Fa­ther and son’s mini-sub hon­ours An­zac sac­ri­fice

Southern Telegraph - - Telegraph News - Ai­den Boy­ham and Neil Watkinson

The To­tally and Par­tially Dis­abled Vet­er­ans clu­b­rooms in Bal­divis are set to un­veil a spe­cial World War II mini replica sub­ma­rine on An­zac Day.

The “hu­man tor­pedo,” which is a to-scale model of a “frog­man sub­ma­rine,” has been con­structed a long way from the ocean in Kal­go­or­lie-Boul­der by fa­ther-son duo Lau­rence and Cory Drage.

Con­struc­tion of the replica be­gan six months ago and was in­sti­gated by fa­ther Lau­rie, who is a re­tired Viet­nam vet­eran now living in Port Kennedy.

Mr Drage said the do­na­tion of the sub­ma­rine to the TPDV was a show of grat­i­tude to a club he could al­ways go to and be un­der­stood by other vet­er­ans.

Cory Drage stud­ied old photos and in­for­ma­tion on­line to get the right de­sign, with the 5.5m replica weigh­ing al­most one tonne and made of re­cy­cled scrap me­tal.

While it won’t be em­bark­ing on any mil­i­tary op­er­a­tions, he said the pro­ject had made him bet­ter ap­pre­ci­ate the sac­ri­fice of the An­zacs and that it had been a plea­sure to do some­thing in hon­our of those who had fought for Aus­tralia.

TPDV pres­i­dent Les­lie Crowe said the un­veil­ing of the mini-sub would take place at 2pm on An­zac Day, with the replica to be put per­ma­nently on dis­play at the clu­b­rooms on Man­durah Road.

Pic­ture: Mary Meagher

Cory Drage with the mini sub which will be un­veiled at the TPDV club in Bal­divis on An­zac Day.

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