Veterans honoured

Federal Member for Braddon Brett Whiteley (back, middle) presented Certificates of Appreciation to veterans (from left) Brian Leale, Michael Coombs (on behalf of brother Geoffrey Coombs), Sharan Coombs (father John Fahey), Audrey Allen, Julie Oates (father Kenneth Ridge), Irene and Virginia Grey (father Geoffrey Grey), Richard “Inch” Grey (brothers Charles and Laurie Grey), and Bruce Oates (for himself and father Ashley Oates).

Presentation. Thirteen local veterans have been recognised with Certificates of Appreciation for their service to Australia during war, conflict and peacekeeping operations since WWII.

Member for Braddon Brett Whiteley expressed his gratitude to the local veteran community for their service and sacrifice, during times of both war and peace at a presentation at the Circular Head RSL last month.

Recipients of certificates included: Audrey Allen, Allan Chatwin and Reginald Kilby, who served in the Second World War; Brian Leale who served during the Korean War; and Robert Oates who served in Vietnam.

Jack Westbrook, John Fahey, Geoffrey Grey, Ashley Oates, Kenneth Ridge and Charles and Laurie Grey received posthumous certificates for service in the Second World War, and Geoffrey Coombs received a posthumous certificate for service in the Vietnam War.

Mr Whiteley said he was “honoured” to present the awards.

“As we approach the Centenary of Anzac, it is important we continue to recognise the contribution of our local veteran community,” he said.

“Along with our continued support of local commemorations such as Anzac Day and Remembrance Day services, the awarding of these certificates provides our local community with another opportunity to thank these men and women for their invaluable contribution to our nation on a more personal level.”

Through the Saluting Their Service commemorations program, Certificates of Appreciation are available to those who have served during the Second World War (both in the armed forces or as civilians on the home front), with the British Commonwealth Occupation Force (BCOF) Japan, Korean War, Malayan Emergency, Indonesian Confrontation, Vietnam War, Gulf War, Iraq War, War in Afghanistan and during peacekeeping operations.

Certificates of Appreciation are also available as a lasting legacy to the family of deceased eligible veterans and civilians.

For information about Certificates of Appreciation, visit or phone 6431 1333.

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