Sir William Keys: 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. Sir William Keys witnessed a lot during his life. He fought in the Second World War and the Korean War, and was National President of the RSL. But it was the New Guinea campaign during the Second World War that provided Sir William with a moment that remained indelibly etched in his memory throughout his life.

Sir William: I think that perhaps when you see your first dead friend is when you feel the impact of active service more than at any other time. And I can remember on one occasion in Finchhaven, a platoon passed through us. And one chap who was the life of the party and one of the brightest sparks of the company was calling out to us. What seemed like almost moments later, the stretcher-bearers were bringing a body back for evacuation – it was the same chap. And I looked down at him, and the face that had been laughing moments before was grey and still. And I think that, probably, in the Second World War affected me more than any other individual event.

Outro: Anzac Day 2020, remembering all Australians who served our country. Lest we forget.

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