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22 May 2017 1900

'The Yachties ,Aussie Naval Heroes who Served in the RN During WWII'

Jan Roberts Billet MA will tell us of the exploits of the 'Yachties' in WWII; Australians who served in the RN during WWII, and who collectively were awarded 4 George Crosses, 10 George Medals, 31 DSC's and 1 DSM, together with 34 MiD's, 3 OBE's 3 MBE's and a Conspicuous Gallantry Medal, the CGM.
Jan is an Historian with a passion to achieve recognition for the 1100 Australians who served in the Royal Navy during WWII.  Approximately 500 of them served through the Yachtsmen Scheme.  Jan will tell us of the exploits of those decorated and also of their colleagues, brave men all!!  Their collective stories are indeed impressive.  Jan will also recount about her difficulties in obtaining recognition of their exploits, from their own National Memorial, our AWM, and of their eventual understanding of the Yachties Sterling service to the allied cause, and their contribution to the final victory. Jan's quest came to fruition on Thursday May 4th, when a ceremony was held in the Captain Reg Saunders Courtyard of our Australian War Memorial. It was The Dominion Yachtsman Plaque Dedication Ceremony, and with its unveiling Jan's dream was realised!

The Waverley RSL is conveniently situated opposite the station in Glen Waverley, and the RSL Car park is free but you need to display a ticket on your dashboard.(obtainable from reception)

ALL WELCOME: 'The Warramunga restaurant' opens at 5.30pm and a number of us take the opportunity of enjoying a lovely meal and a few drinks before the meeting.  You are very welcome to join us!  We need to book tables and suggest you contact our Rodney Phillips who is co-ordinating the tables for us.  Rodney can be contacted on 0466 983 313 or,
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