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  • Sergeant Albert (Bill) Abromwich

    Sergeant Albert (Bill) Abromwich

    ...after 14 months on the island, I got friendly with the Adjutant. There was an opening  to  re-muster  for  PTI  –  Physical  Training  Instructor  –  which  suited  me  as  I  was interested in sports. Sent to Point Cook in Victoria, I became a PTI and then to Somers for nearly  six  months;  followed  by ...

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  • Mr Joseph Hayat

    Mr Joseph Hayat

    To the Memory of
    V395188 PTE
    Joseph Hayat
    16 Bn, Volunteer Defence Corps
    28th June 1942 ~ 1st Oct 1945
    Passed Away 10th August 2010
    Dedicated by  daughters
    Judy Marer & Shirley Randles

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  • Stephen Hirsh

    Stephen Hirsh

    I decided  to  face  this  sergeant and  asked  him  why  he  made  that remark.  His  answer  was  ‘physical’  and  I  retaliated by  knocking  him  unconscious.  Unknown to me, this fight was witnessed by my Company Officers and the late Chaplain Rabbi  L  M  Goldman.  No  mention  was  ever  made  of  this incident  and  the ...

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  • Zygmunt (Israel) Mos

    Zygmunt (Israel) Mos

    During  a  brief  train  stop  near  a  forest  on  this  journey,  my  friends  and  I  managed  to escape through a slightly opened door. I was then 16 years old as were my friends. It was from then on that my struggle for survival commenced...

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  • Henry Barclay

    Henry Barclay

    The Varied and Colourful Life of Henry Barclay (Z′′L)
    There are VAJEX members who can tell intriguing tales about their life and experiences, but very few can top the varied and unusual twists and turns of life compared to Henry Barclay. His optimistic and positive outlook on life is like a breath of fresh air,...

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  • Herbert Bloustein

    Herbert Bloustein

    Herbert Bloustein, who was born in Ballarat, enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on 19thAugust 1914, aged 21 years. He later served in Europe, where he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal. On 25thApril 1915, Herbert Bloustein landed on the shores of Gallipoli, Turkey with the 3rd Brigade. He sent a letter to his father in...

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  • Harold Karpin

    Harold Karpin

    A JEW IN NATIONAL SERVICE by Squadron Leader Harold Karpin, RAAF (Retd) Let me tell you about Mannie. Mannie was older than the rest of our National Service intake by at least seven years, having received a deferment until he had finished his University studies. He was as thin as a rake, with a jaw like Joe...

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