Cec Williams: Anzac Day 2020

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Hear from veterans, their loved ones and those on the home front about their most unforgettable memories of wartime.


Intro: Anzac Day 2020, commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the end of the Second World War.

Mat McLachlan: I'm Mat McLachlan. On Anzac Day, we remember all Australians who have served our country. During the Second World War, with so many men needed for the war effort, the regular work was often left to boys. Cec Williams was just 15 when he was called upon to fill in for the local posties who were fighting overseas. But the news that young Cec delivered was rarely good.

Cec Williams: We were told before we left that this is a casualty telegram – whether they had been wounded, killed or otherwise. It was very difficult. Here was me - I was a kid - and of course we had no counselling or anything else like that. We were told straight out never to leave these people on their own. And to bring this news to a family – on occasion with the woman be on her own – and open the telegram and read it and faint. We had no training in first aid or anything like this. It was just a matter of staying there with her until she came to. And then trying to get somebody to go and stay with her. None of them were easy. And I felt that the people concerned had just met with a great tragedy. And unfortunately, I felt a part of that tragedy delivering it.

Outro: Anzac Day 2020. Lest we forget

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