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#137, NV '07

President
M.M. Blyth,
43 Hazlemead St.,
Asquith 2078
Treasurer
Diane  Humphries,
31/10 McKye St.,
Waverton. 2060
Secretary
Colleen Czarnik
PO Box 108
Pennant Hills 2120
(02) 9875-3497
Welfare Officer
J. McGrory
30 Holland Cres
Frenchs Forest 2086

 

NEWSLETTER NO 137

November 2007

Presidents Report

    Since the last newsletter there has been quite a lot of activity
We have had several new members join the Association, including Jack Varley, Linda Douglas, Colonel Varley’s son and daughter , and Wayne Moore.
    A dedication service at St Johns, for the chapel and Poziers and Mersing crosses. Although our numbers are down slightly for our picnics at Lane Cove, they are enjoyed by all.

Dedication Service at St Johns.

    This was very well attended. Father Rob Sutherland, a former rector, gave the address. I presented our bugle to Father Rob who then placed it in the Chapel. The ladies ,as usual, provided a beautiful afternoon tea. Wayne Moore, who donated the bugle, has made a glass cabinet for same. He will bring it to our Xmas picnic which will be held on the western side of the river. It will help if you notify myself or John McGrory if you intend to come
It’s a free day.
Just bring your eating utensils , something to drink and a chair if possible.
At the dedication we were very pleased to see Brendon Nelson, Defence Minister, and Barry O’Farrell, Leader of the Opposition in attendance.
I presented Brendon Nelson with a copy of the book which he appreciated.
Several books have been given to schools, libraries etc. We still have a number to sell; they would make an ideal Xmas present.
We have donated $500.00 to the 18th Battalion Kuring-gai Regiment Association to augment their funds.
In newsletter 136 a photo of the Armidale men of the 2/18th, with very few names. Joe Ferris has sent a complete list which is as follows:-


[Webmaster note: 2 pages are inserted here in the hard copy.  1) St John The Evangelist Gordon, Dedication Service Of the Parish Chapel To Defense Force Personnel Past and Present In the presence of the Minister of Defence The Hon Dr. Brendan Nelson, MP.  Officiant Fr Keith Dalby and Chaplain Rob Sutherland Sunday 21st Oct 2007. 2) Letter of thanks for a copy of 2/18th book for SHORE Sydney Church of England Grammar School, signed by Mary Collings, Blue St, North Sydney.  To be transcribed here in due course.]


Left to right.

Front Row.
W.K.Jackes, Ron Stace ,Lindsay Williamson, Eric Dunphy, David Wilson, Tom Johnston, Brian James, Bill Crossman, Paddy Gillespie
Middle Row.
Claude Fulloon, Joe Eckersley, Ken Behrend, Len Ayling, Joe Ferris, Laurie Smith, Ron Creighton.
Back Row.
Bill McDonald, Cec Frost, George Charlton, Jack McLennan, Ambrose Bourke, Frank Langer, J Mitchell.

From Newsletter No 27, President K.E.Gulliver wrote in his message :- ‘On the 17th September, 1957, two silver-plated bugles were presented to the 17/18th Bn. from the Association. Those who attended the August reunion saw the bugles on display there and general opinion agreed they were a worthy presentation to perpetuate the memory of those members of our unit who did not return. A simple ceremony, at which the colours were displayed and attended by 200 officers and men of the 17/18th Bn., marked the opening of the function. I addressed the assembly, after which the presentation was made. Firstly one bugle was presented to Lt.Col. Marshall by Lt.Col. Mosher; followed by the second bugle to the Regimental Sergeant Major by S/Sgt Jones. The ceremony was also attended by 15 members from your Association, who were later entertained in the true MESS SPIRIT.”

The following Memorial Presentation Copy insert was left near the photocopy machine in the Wahroonga Bookshop and passed on to me. Can anyone throw any light on this mystery. ?


[Webmaster note: bottom of the hard copy page shows image of page with text "Memorial Presentation Copy from 2/18 BATTALION (A.I.F) ASSOCIATION [signature] D.T.Okey 1st September, 1948 PRESIDENT"  To be scanned and inserted here in due course.]


[Webmaster note: 9 pages are inserted here in the hard copy.  1) Copy of June 1993 "Thistle" with article entitled "Douglas T Okey, Staff Member and Soldier" (2 pages). 2) Letter dated Aug, 27, 2007 from Noel Simmons to Anzac Day March Committee requesting permission to acquire use of jeeps for the Anzac Day March in Sydney.  3) Wendy Willcocks' "Visit to Malaysia 2007" including recipies for Johore Pineapple Curry - Pachree Nanas and Little Prawns. (1 1/2 pages) 4) Extracts from letters Col Spence wrote to his parents from Mersing after the 2/18th moved to Mersing battle station - Palm Beach - in 1941. (1 1/2 pages)  5) Hardcopy of web page History - Parit Sulong, Unveiling the Parit Sulong Memorial, Johor, Malaya. 6) Photocopy of obituary of Delmont Puflett 1921-2007, from unspecified newspaper, entitled "A determined achiever, despite discrimination in her profession".  6) Photocopy of article from Norther daily Leader (Tamworth) 1945, entitled "Sadim of Japs, Sgt Brian James Thinks Them 'Hopeless'".  To be transcribed or scanned here in due course.]


I will take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy , healthy and peaceful New Year [Webmasters note: This line actually not in newsletter but is in the electronic copy sent from newsletter editor!]

Dates for Picnics in the Park. Please note there is NO PICNIC in January.
Monday February 4th.
Monday March 3rd.
Monday April 7th.
Monday May 5th.

                                            Until next time
                                                Keep Smiling
                                                    MERV

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2/18th Bn (AIF) Assn             WELFARE REPORT                     November 2007

Auld George /Jean :- George was kind enough to call me on receiving my message. They are both well and have just had a big party put on by their children.
Congratulations to you both.
Barnes Bill:- Have had 7 inches of RAIN recently, so he is relatively happy .Keeping reasonably fit and well. Sends his best wishes to all .Was able to see our plaque at Canberra.
Ford Bill/Pam:- Both keeping as well as possible. Bob has physio twice per week and is still using a walker to get around, otherwise in fine form. Says hello to all.
Gimbert “Slim”/Betty:- Have the big 60 years of married bliss on 15th December. Betty is holding the fort. Slim is not at all well, has problems sleeping. Everything is very difficult for Betty, but she is hanging in there.
Pearson “Ginty”/ Eileen :- Having a lot of trouble with his legs. Had no sleep on Friday night. Eileen is keeping well, goes on drives with Probus, Rotary etc Ginty says he is worse now than in 1942/3
Graham “Tich”/Barbara:-1st December 88 years birthday. Both “Tich” and Barbara keeping as well as possible and enjoying life. Send best wishes to all. Found an old photo from Seremban days in football gear. What a “spunk” he was.!!
Richardson Gordon:- Turns 90 on Friday. Has a new great grand child Olivia Grace. In Melbourne with his son, spoke to his daughter Lindsay. They are going to give him a big birthday bash on Friday week. Have a great day Gordon, best wishes from the “OLD GANG”.
Pearse Mary:- Has a problem with a tooth. Dental appointment coming up, not looking forward to that. Is keeping reasonably well, making the best of things. Went to Remembrance Day Service, Max’s birthday, he would have been 91. Not a bad innings, 60 years wed.
Evans “Bluey”, Eric/Phyllis:- Phyllis not all that well at present. “Bluey” is in great shape and battling on regardless. Ordered a 2/18 book. Will send him Rick’s address in Earlville. He is still able to take a little nourishment. Sends best wishes and regards to all.
Dorph Joan:- Keeping reasonably O.K. Christine is doing as well as possible with the scourge of M.S. Her husband Phillip who recently had a big hernia operation is coming good. John, Wendy and children are all going along well.
Olsen Cliff/Kath:- Both very kindly called in to the Nursing Home where Clarice is at Collaroy to see her. Both in reasonable shape and send regards to all.
Ferris Joe:-Keeping well, not lucky with the rain, or lack of it!! Trying to grow a heap of vegetables. Still retains his dry sense of humour. Keep smiling old mate. Had the Annual Reunion of the Railwaymen yesterday. Had a great day
O’Grady Stan:- Keeping well. Attended Remembrance Day at the. Cenotaph with Ron Ferguson, also attended Picnic Day. Enjoyed all of the days. Going along well.
Gwynne Amy:-Amy was kind enough to phone me back. She is keeping very well and very busy. She sent her prayers and best wishes to Clarice and was most concerned about her . She is one lovely lady.
Gemmell Lee:- Keeping as well as can be. Recently spent some time with Michael and his wife at Kincumber.. Keeps herself very busy. Keep smiling Lee.
Meier Marcia:- Marcia was kind enough to phone me back on Friday evening., many thanks. She is keeping well, going on trips with various associations and enjoying the company. Not now playing bowls, was pleased to hear from me. Keep smiling.
Williams Bobbie:- Just returned from Queensland seeing family. Sad news, her great granddaughter has Krones disease. A lifelong complaint. Bobbie is keeping well and sends everyone her best wishes. Keep smiling, dear.
Atkinson Norma:- Keeping well. Not looking forward to Christmas, but will enjoy the festivities when they arrive.. Sends her best wishes to all.
Hawkins Beattie:-Another of wonderful supporters, never at home, always running some show for some charity. Sold the property, bought a brick house in Inverell. Keep it up Bea. Best wishes from everybody.
Chapman Faith:-Keeping reasonably well, has some leg and back trouble but battling on regardless . Giving some thought to nursing home situation, but not quite ready for such a big break. Sends best wishes and regards to all.
McGrory “Mac”/Clarice:- Clarice went from the San Hospital at Wahroonga to Veterans Retirement Village Nursing Home. Poor dear. Cannot stand up, is confined to a wheelchair. I expect to be joining her in hostel alongside her in the next 4 to six weeks. Kath and Cliff Olsen live nearby and very kindly paid her a visit last week. Clarice is keeping well other than her legs and hands. Sends best wishes to all. Keep smiling. Cheers.
Smith Jack/Theresa:-Jack had some bad spinal trouble recently, is now on the mend after much physiotherapy. Theresa is keeping reasonably O.K. They both send their best wishes to all. Says he will increase his intake of rice. Hopes it will help his pain in the future. Take care old mate.
Spratt Doug/Olga:-. Olga is keeping quite well. Doug is having a very rough trot with his back. Is in very much pain Recently had injections under a scan, did not help him much. Will have to try again. Poor man, he really is in agony.
Horley Daphne:- Expecting her 12th grandchild any day now That must be near to a record, surely. Daphne is keeping well, her family looks after her and take her to dinner etc .She is using a walker, but is getting around. Keep smiling.
Rolfe Marie:- Has had rather a traumatic 12 months. Had a fall and did some injury to her back. Has had lots of pain, went up to spend some time with her son David and his wife in Brisbane who nursed her back to good health. She is at home in Tamworth now and going along quite well. She is over 90, has lost her licence but has good friends. Sends her regards to all.
Carey Judith:- Still very busy with her charity work and wonderful efforts with regard to the 2/18th book. I think she has toured half of NSW making sure the book is presented to many schools. What a wonderful job, thank you Judy, from all of us.
Czarnik Larry/Colleen:_ Both keeping well, they are in the USA with his family and some family. I forgot they were going home at this time. I phoned their home number and got straight through to the States, they have organised their phone set up very well. Sends regards to all.
Flint Bob:- Keeping well and very busy as always., like everyone else he is looking for rain., it is one thing no one has enough of. He is hoping to be able to arrange to come to Sydney for our Christmas Picnic, possibly Joe Ferris will also come. We would like that. Keep smiling Bob.
Simond Robin:- Keeping well. Son Denbigh married recently. Hopes to be down for Xmas picnic.
Wilson Clover:- Good to see her at the November picnic. Keeping well.
Forsyth Keith:- Back still giving him trouble. Still able to do some gardening. Sends best wishes to all.
Forsyth Joe:- In nursing home in Inverell. Not very well but keeps on going.
Simmonds Noel:_ Keeping very fit. Doing a great job presenting books to numerous schools and libraries. Hopes to have jeep for Anzac Day March. Kind regards to all.
Willcocks Wendy:- Doing a wonderful job as Archivist – very enthusiastic. Has got the horticulture bug.

A last minute piece of news very kindly phoned to me from Clover Wilson. She reports that Alec Dandie is in Concord Hospital and his daughter doesn’t think he’ll be able to return to Leisure Lea a he’ll probably go into a nursing home.
While she was in Canberra visiting her son Graham, she visited Amy Gwynne who is in great spirits and looking forward to her hot air balloon adventure next year to celebrate her 100th birthday in March. Wow, what an amazing lady!! Best wishes from us all.

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                                        A spot of Humour.

Men Strike Back!!

<How many men does it take to open a beer?
>None, it should be opened when she brings it.
<Why is a Laundromat a really bad place to pick up a woman?
>Because a woman who can’t even afford a washing machine will probably never be able to support you.
<I married a Miss Right.
>I just didn’t know her first name was always.
<In the beginning God created the earth and rested.
Then God created man and rested.
Then God created woman.
>Since then, neither God nor man has rested

        A few lines to make you smile.

1. I don’t suffer from insanity, I enjoy every minute of it.
2. Don’t take life too seriously. No one gets out alive.
3. Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder.
4. I’m not a complete idiot – Some parts are just missing.
5. God must have loved stupid people. He made so many.
6. Ever stop to think, and forgot to start again.
7. Being over the hill is much better than being under it.
8. Procrastinate now!
9. A hangover is the wrath of grapes.
10. Stupidity is not a handicap. Park elsewhere.
11. The trouble with life is there’s no background music.
12. I smile because I don’t know what the hell is going on.

        A Sunday school teacher was discussing the Ten Commandments with her five and six year old.
After explaining the commandment to “honour ‘ thy Father and Mother, she asked “Is there a commandment that teaches us to treat our brothers and sisters?”
Without missing a beat, one little boy (*the oldest of a family) answered, “Thou shalt not kill”

        She looked at her mother and inquisitively asked, ”Why are some of your hairs white, Mum?”
Her mother replied, ”Well, every time that you do something wrong and make me cry or unhappy, one of my hairs turns white.”
The little girl thought about this revelation for a while and then said, ”Momma, how come ALL of grandma’s hairs are white?”

The children had all been photographed, and the teacher was trying to persuade each of them to buy a copy of the group picture.
“Just think how nice it will be to look at it when you are all grown up and say, “There’s Jennifer, she’s a lawyer,” or “That’s Michael, he’s a doctor.”
A small voice at the back of the room rang out ,”And there’s the teacher, she’s dead.”

                                                            That’s All !!


[Webmaster note: 3 pages are inserted here in the hard copy.  1) Copy of article entitled "Two Aussies on Leave in Signapore" Commentary by Tony Clive, Camera effects by Stan Tucker dated May 21st to 24th [1941] (3 pages)  To be transcribed or scanned here in due course.]



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