2018 Feb 19 Mildura John Serle cropped

19 February 2018 was the 76th anniversary of the first bombing of Darwin in 1942 and the first time war came to Australian shores.  This raid was followed by another later the same day and then 62 raid across northern Australia over 21 months. The last raid was on 12 November 1943, targetting Darwin, Batchelor and Adelaide River.

The Mildura RSL commemorates this event with a service held every year at Mildura's Cenotaph.  7th Battalion veterans Lyall Butling (Past President) and Laurie Andriske OAM attended.

John Serle gave this address and pilots Peter Guest, flying a Mustang, and John Waters flying a Spitfire provided a spectacular flypast at 9:58, the exact time the first Japanese planes reached Darwin.

 

2018 Feb 19 Mildura Laurie Andriske Lyall Butling                                  2018 Feb 19 Peter Guest John Waters pilots
                        
Above:  Laurie Andriske (Left), Lyall Butling (Right)                                    Above:  Pilots Peter Guest (Left) and John Waters (Right)

 

Robert Harold (known as Bob) GlanvilleRobert Harold Glanville

Bob Glanville grew up on a dairy/mixed farm at Windera in the South Burnett, Queensland. He originally joined the 5th Light Horse, which became the 5th Motor Regiment in 1942. After a longish period in hospital in 1943 (osteomyelitis in his thumb), Dad was transferred to the 7th Battalion (AIF) at Kauri on the Atherton Tableland as a reinforcement in early 1944, which is how a Queenslander came to be part of a Victorian unit.  With the 7th Bob saw service overseas in Lae, Wau and the Solomon’s (Stirling Island). By then Bob was a No. 1 Bren gunner.

Bob served 303 days service overseas and 750 days in Australia before being discharged to the rural industry on 1 March 1945.

For a more detailed version of Bob's story click here.

Lt Leith Donald was one of many 7th Battalion men who went out on patrol into enemy territory on Bougainville and he was awarded Mention in Despatches for his service. To read more about the patrols led by Lt Donald with the men from 7 Platoon, A Company click here.

 

This is the story of SGT Clohesy and men of 10 Platoon, B Company who had a difficult few days while out on a three day patrol.  Their story, as described in the battalion's War Diary, can be found here.