“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.”
– Laurence Binyon –
Anzac Day is special for everyone. It’s a day to commemorate bravery, mateship, and sacrifice. It’s also a day of missed friends, family and loved ones from fond memories. Many of our residents and their family and friends have lived through wars, some long forgotten, some more recent.
Amongst our wonderful residents is centenarian Doug Merrie who joined the Army and served as a regimental quartermaster sergeant with the field ambulance during World War Two.
The experience reinforced the importance of sticking together with his mates.
“In groups we were safer,” Mr. Merrie said of life in the prison camp.
Jack, a resident of Andrew Kerr Care went to war in 1941, “I spent time in the Phillippines and Papua New Guinea during WWII“.
In 1916, Sergeant Andrew Kerr was killed in action at Fleurbaix, France whilst serving his country during the First World War. “Glenbank” was purchased and donated as a memorial of Sergeant Andrew Kerr to the Church of England Trust Corporation by Mrs. Andrew Kerr, Mrs. Kathleen Parker & Mr. Critchley Parker.
We know you will be recognising and paying your deepest respects to all fellow Australians and New Zealanders who paid the ultimate price through selfless acts of service.
‘Lest we forget’