Edith Edwards: Anzac Day 2020

Running time
1 min 30 sec
Date made
Place made
Australia
Hear from veterans, their loved ones and those on the home front about their most unforgettable memories of wartime.

Transcript

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. Edith Cox joined the Women's Land Army at age 16 to help with the war effort on the home front. But coping with the capture of her brother, Jimmy, by the Japanese in Singapore was much harder.

Edith Edwards: It was very sad because we didn't know - we just got a telegram to say he was missing. And that was the greatest moment after the War was over, that Jimmy was alive. Sadly, her brother's home-coming was not the joyous event her family was hoping it would be. We were looking and looking for Jimmy. And this voice: "Mum, Mum, don't you know me?" And this … oh, I shouldn't even talk about it … this poor thing on 2 walking sticks. This was 6-foot big brother that went away. Ohhh! – it was awful. My father was the only one that thought he was alive, and he died before we found out that he was even alive, you know. Anyway, Mum told him about Dad, and he said: "I'm awfully sorry Mum, I can't shed a tear. I've seen so much death it means nothing to me". And that hurt Mum's feelings then, but I knew what he meant. But oh dear, it was a sad homecoming. And he died at 59 – he didn't really ever get over that. 

Outro: Anzac Day 2020. Lest we forget.

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