A more recent history of service
In recent years, substantial work on improving our knowledge of the service of OWs in the conflicts of WWI and WWII has been undertaken.However, there is also the matter of military service in the post-1945 period. For one reason or another, the recording of OWs in service since that time does not match the records for the years prior to that.
Work has commenced to remedy that. Leigh Treyvaud (OW1963) has stepped forward and started the task to find the stories of our post-1945 men and women in service, by combing through College records, conducting internet searches and following leads as names are put forward. Leigh is ideal for this task, having commenced two years National Service in 1967 and spent time at the Officer Training Unit, Scheyville, NSW before being posted to the 1st Armoured Regiment at Puckapunyal.
One person who has emerged from this research is Robin McBride (OW1964). Robin served in the Army for over 25 years, including SAS service. He has recently published a story of his SAS patrol experience in Vietnam and is also writing the story of his father Ian McBride (OW 1924), who led an amazing escape from Japanese forces on Ambon in 1942. The McBride military story extends back to Robin’s great-uncle Allen McBride (OW1905) who served in France in WWI, unfortunately dying of influenza during that pandemic in November 1918.
So, if you are an OW or you have a family member who served in uniform post-1945, please contact Leigh via the OWCA office: OWCA@wesleycollege.edu.au. He would be most pleased to hear from you.