President and founder of the Gold Coast Sub Branch, (1995-1998) and former National
President (1998-2000) of the
National Servicemen's Association of Australia, I have enjoyed the privilege of
leading the Australian National Servicemen in various activities and functions. I
represented the members both here and overseas.
The most important occasions of course were the ANZAC Day Marches. Nashos now march proudly throughout
Australia behind their own banners each year..
My first 40 years were in Victoria, I was born on the 16th August 1934 and was educated at
Moorabbin State School No 1111 and later at Brighton Technical School. I spent 22 years
with the Melbourne City Council Electricity Supply Department as an electrician and high
Over the years I served as a Part
Time Digger in
the Brighton Technical School Cadets and achieved the rank of a 'Cadet Lieutenant',
The Royal Australian Engineers , (3 Field Engineer Regiment) as a
15th National Service Battalion,
Victorian Scottish Regiment (5th Battalion) as a 'Corporal' and the
Royal Australian Signals ,(3 Divisional Signals Regiment) as a 'Corporal'.
From 1970, I was a senior officer in the Australian Air League, a youth organisation, first as a
Drill Instructor with the "Waverley Squadron" and later became the Commanding
Officer of "Mayhew Wing". Eventually taking on the position of "Group
Lt." looking after the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. I resigned in early 1976 to go
to Darwin to help in the reconstruction after Cyclone Tracey.
In June 2003 I returned to the Australian Air League as their Victorian Group Public
Relations Officer until illness over took me.
I worked with the Melbourne City Council Electricity Supply Dept, the Northern Territory
Electricity Commission and the South West Queensland Electricity Board, both the later
places as an Electrical Inspector..
I returned to the Gold Coast in 1980 after spending 5 years in Darwin, the capital of the
Northern Territory. On the Gold Coast I worked at several small private enterprise jobs.
In 1983 I made the move to Tara, a
small rural town 300 kms west of Brisbane in Queensland to take over the responsibility of
looking after the Electrical Distribution of power in an area of about 16,000 square
Kilometres with a staff of only three.
In 1989 it was time to retire from this position and I returned to the Gold Coast to run a
small Electrical Contracting business until my wife became ill and forced me into early
I was surprised to hear of a
fledgling organisation called the National Servicemen's Association and realised I was one
of them. I joined up only to find myself embroiled in the formation of the Gold
Coast Sub Branch in 1995. The Sub Branch grew and before long we had about 200
We knew the 50 year anniversary of the first call-up was due in July 2001 so the Gold
Coast Sub Branch, took on the ambitious job of organising an Australian wide re-union.
This they did with great success, somewhere between 3 to 5 thousand Nashos attended and
took part in the huge march.
I was honoured
to be on the Saluting Base with Lt. Gen. Peter Cosgrove, see the picture above.
In 1999 I was very proud to be nominated and receive the Commonwealth Recognition Award for Senior Australians.
In April and May 1999 I travelled to Turkey, France, Belgium and
London, explored the battle fields of World War One where my father had served and I presented Nasho plaques to several
Villers Bretonneux on 6/5/1999,
Herleville on 7/5/1999 and
Fromelles on 9/5/1999. It was an experience I will never forget.
I took part in the Eternal Flame
ceremony on the Tomb of the 'Unknown Soldier' under the 'Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysees'
in Paris, I actually turned the flame down at the end of the ceremony.,
I was a member of the Queensland Naval Brigade and served as a Warrant Officer (Supply) in
Naval Brigade, Southport Volunteer Company.
I was very proud to have my son Graeme march
with me and represent my father in
the ANZAC march 2000. It was a great thrill and new experience for both myself and
April 2001 there was another major step in my life as after 26 years 'Up North', due
to ill health, I returned to Victoria to be with my family.
I was the Newsletter Editor for the Monash Sub Branch .
In September 2002 I was made a Life Member of the Queensland Branch of the National Servicemen's Association.
March 2012 I was made a life Member of the Monash Sub Branch in Victoria.December 2005,
I was very proud of the fact that I had been asked to edit and compile the Newsletter for
the "Rats of Tobruk Association" in Victoria. This I did till poor health made
me give it away.
This can be viewed on http:ratsoftobrukvictoria.org.au
|As the former National
President ( 1998 - 2000) of the National Servicemen's Association of Australia,
I am still involved with the Monash Sub Branch in Victoria.
Association of Australia"
|ANZAC 2000 was special
as My Son marched with me.
|The story of my trip to
Gallipoli and France in 1999 where I followed in my father's footsteps.
|The Flag presentation
to 41 Fd Battery in November 1999
|The story of my father,
Ivor A. Williams who served in World War One and Two.
With links through to other members of the family who served in World War One 1914-1918.
My Uncle Jack Melville (7 Battalion) who only lasted 12 hours at ANZAC before being killed
and his sister,
Sister Lenny Melville who served as a Nurse in Salonica, Greece
My Hero My Dad
Dad's day by day diary of W. W. 1
|A Grand son's
dedication to his Grandfather.
||From a Proud Grandson
|Read the History of the
21st Battalion, 1st A.I.F.
|My time as a Part Time
Digger in the Citizen Military Forces and National Service
|| Part Time
|The history of the
first mobile Army Steam Cooker invented by James Wiles, used in WW1 & WW2.
James Wiles was my uncle.
The Wiles Cooker
|My Grand-Father and the
Carlton Cricket/Football Club in the early days
Carlton Cricket Club
|I spent some time with
the Queensland Naval Brigade as WO Supply. A re-inaction group, 'Living History'
Member of the 'Waverley Hills Camera Club, I made amateur movies from 1966 to 1972.
Have a look at some of the old movies we made!. Some of these are now in the
National Film Archives and the library at Duntroon Military Training Collage.
See page for details.
|I have written,
compiled and recreated several books from old family Documents.
Look here for list of books
|The story of a modest
American soldier who I am proud to call a friend.
|Have a look at my
collection of Memorabilia