Tuesday, 20 September 2011

RIP Don Daniels

I am so sad that another member of A Coy (7 platoon) and WW2 comrade of Jim Cowey has passed away.  Gentleman Don Daniels passed away after a long illness on Monday.  I had the pleasure of interviewing Don, then meeting him and his lovely wife Peg at my Great Grandfather's plaque unveiling ceremony in Sea Lake.  They made such an effort to travel up there for the day from Ocean Grove and were wonderful to talk to.

Don and Peg seated talking to my Gran, Marj Stacey (in Land Army uniform) at Jim Cowey's memorial service in Sea Lake.

Don, Thank you for your service to Australia.  Rest in Peace.  
Lest We Forget.

Thursday, 8 September 2011

RIP Harry Barkla

Yesterday, Harry Barkla, 39th Battalion veteran of A Coy (9 Platoon), and comrade of Jim Cowey, passed away aged 90 years.

 Harry Barkla (second from left) at Jim's graveside in Sea Lake, Victoria.

Thank you for your service to Australia Harry, and for your willingness to give me an insight into your experience of war on the Kokoda Track.  I'm very thankful I got to meet and talk to you, and I'm so glad in your latter years you were able to find peace of mind.