RSL’s mighty job - Tom Wright

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Front Page - BY ROBERT MUIR

The long­est mem­ber of Yar­ra­wonga-Mul­wala RSL Sub-Branch, Leslie Thomas (Tom) Wright said the sub-branch does a mighty job and he hopes it’s a great 100 Years An­niver­sary Din­ner next tonight, March 28.

“We used to meet in the bank (old Com­mer­cial Bank) ad­ja­cent to the shire hall, on the corner of Bel­more Street and Orr Street,” 93-year-old, Yar­ra­wonga born and bred Tom told the Yar­ra­wonga Chron­i­cle.

“Kenny Dun­can was pres­i­dent and Char­lie Har­vey took me up to join.”

Some­time af­ter he joined the Army as a 17-year-old, Tom be­came a sniper and saw plenty of ac­tion at and near Bor­neo dur­ing the sec­ond World War.

“I’m glad to still be alive,” he said. “I saw this place (ClubMul­wala) be­ing built (in 1960) and re­mem­ber play­ing golf where the en­trance is. We hit the ball over the rail­way line.

“The RSL does a mighty job look­ing af­ter veter­ans, Kerry Pen­der­gast has looked af­ter me and the club is in a good place. We love com­ing here ev­ery Fri­day night.”

‘We’ are wife of 70 years, Mavis, and him­self. “It’s an hon­our to be part of the RSL and the club,” Mavis, who moved from Wodonga to Yar­ra­wonga back in 1947, said. Tom agreed.

Tom Wright, with wife Mavis, at ClubMul­wala.

Tom Wright, at “about 21 years-old” clean­ing his sniper’s ri­fle on route to Bor­neo.

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