Last Wednesday the funeral of my dear friend Harry Arthur Lidbetter went off with little fuss and with great dignity.
More the pity that Stan also a friend turned up with a Royal Navy White Ensign after someone had draped the coffin with the Australian Navy Ensign.
Harry, Stanley, myself and others now well in their eighties did the hard yards for the benefit of Australia with the British Pacific Fleet during WW2. Unlike my forty years some of these men have resided in Australia most of their adult life prior to serving as children in the Royal Navy and despite all and being Australians by choice were denied the basic award to similar serving Australians.
To me it seemed the draping of the Australian Ensign on Harry's coffin was an admittance at least he deserved a Posthumous Goldcard.
Vale Harry. On behalf of the HMS King George V (Australia) Association.
To Veteran Affairs.
Q;: When will you cease spending more on the * dead and chicken hawk politicians rather than a few old blokes who did as much or more for Australia than a few minimal qualifiers managed, I lost a brother and a relative also many friends, and hundreds of shipmates during our last twelve months of the pacific campaign.
* Monuments galore !!, "How many more do we need. Thousands of millions of Dollars spent on even more memorials in stead of on the needy by Bigoted Politicians, How many more gold plated names of non combatant tree planting and memorial commemorating politicians will head the list of those who fell but mentioned in lesser inscription.
How many times must I tell my doctors who treat me and others like myself who feel like 3rd class citizens when the subject of the GOLD CARD is raised"
" When will I become a Real Australian" ? What is the real essence of the reason for the likes of us being snubbed, even when my local polly tells me I am definitely.an Australian citizen?
"How many Classes (Castes) or layers of basic perception of Australian inhabitants are there?
Subjects Bigotry, Incompetence & Skcollob.
I visited my wife Rose on Mother's Day (yesterday) with my son Chris, his ex, Ruth, and fresh chrysanthemums and roses.
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