Apr 23, 2019

An ANZAC Day tribute with a twist

An ANZAC Day tribute with a  twist

Many Australian families have an ANZAC Day story. Three of my uncles and an Aunty served in the AIF during World War Two.

There were many stories from their contribution. This one stands out.

In 2000, my wife and I were about to have our first child and bought a house on the northern beaches of Townsville.

The next door neighbours were having a garage sale and we took the opportunity to introduce ourselves.

There was a pile of old newspapers for sale. The crease had perished in most copies except three.

Sir Donald Bradman had recently died and I was interested if there was an original report from his ‘Invincibles’ team.

I pulled the intact papers out and on the front page, Brisbane Truth, January 21, 1941 was a photo of my uncle, George Dark, who was then serving as an infantryman in north Africa.

The copy was 60 years old at the time.

The photo was small but it was the same one we’d walked by every day of our young lives at home.

It was of Uncle George and his mate, Private Sullivan (standing) and a car.

The story described how they crept through enemy lines, pushed the car until they could more safely start it and escape back to their unit.

It was a Fiat.

Robert Dark – Managing Editor

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