Fam­ily holds war mem­ory dear

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - ARMISTICE DAY CENTENARY - SO­PHIE CHIRGWIN

MEDALS from Queens­land’s last sur­viv­ing World War I vet­eran are cher­ished by the Smout fam­ily.

Wil­liam and Sa­muel know how sig­nif­i­cant to­day is as they hold the medals of their great­great-grand­fa­ther, Ted Smout, while sit­ting with their great­grand­fa­ther, 92-year-old Westy Smout (pic­tured) – a WWII bomb nav­i­ga­tor in Bri­tain.

Their mum, Kate Per­sijn, said it’s “hugely” im­por­tant for her young sons to un­der­stand then th what they go through now,” n she said. “With Re­mem­brance Day, D I feel it’s re­ally im­por­tant, a es­pe­cially for the kids of to­day, to to un­der­stand why it is that we stop and re­mem­ber b them for just a minute. It’s It re­ally emo­tional.” Mrs Per­sijn said she felt proud p to be born with the the h sac­ri­fices ifi es their loved ones Smout Smo sur­name, as both her made to keep Aus­tralia the grand­fa­thers served in the war, safe and free na­tion it is to­day. and her “pop Ted” had been “It’s so im­por­tant that they awarded a Le­gion of Hon­our re­mem­ber what vet­er­ans had medal, now dis­played at the to go through, for a start, and War Me­mo­rial in Can­berra.

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