November 20, 2020
Chris had served in the Royal Australian Naval for 40 years.
During his time there, he served on the HMS Sydney, Melbourne and the Warramunga Tribal Class destroyer which was named after Aboriginals.
Warramunga operated off the North coast of New Guinea in 1943, seeing action at Saidor, Cape Gloucester.
After a period in Australia, Warramunga once again served in the New Guinea area at Aitape, Biak and then, in support of the invasion of the Philippines in October 1944, where the ship came under heavy kamikaze attack.
After the surrender of Japan, Warramunga served in support of the initial occupation near Tokyo and evacuation of Embassy personal from Peking.
During peace time, the ships patrolled the North Pacific Ocean and Chris remembers the most frightening event was going through not one, but two cyclones.
The ship was thrown around a lot, so they had to make sure everything was secured.
Chris shared with us that the Arcare Hope Island Remembrance Day service was a true tribute to those who served.
It was very heart warming and he is proud to say that he did shed a tear or two.
Dennis was conscripted into the British military between 1948 and 1950 where he was sent to Malaya to fight what is conventionally called the ’emergency’ or ‘counter-insurgency” campaign.
They fought against Chinese and Malaysians jungle fighters called Bandits.
Their role was to protect the Managers of the plantations as Malaya possessed valuable minerals such as coal, bauxite, tungsten, gold, iron ore, manganese and above all, rubber and tin.
It was reported that from 1950, Malaya’s rubber and tin mining industries were the biggest dollar earners in the British Commonwealth.
Rubber accounted for 75 per cent and tin 12-15 per cent of Malaya’s income.
After spending two years in the Jungles of Malaya, Dennis stated that when he was back in London, he and mates were going to a local dance when one of his mates asked, ‘why do you keep turning your head?’
Dennis thought for a moment and realised what he was doing.
Dennis said that during his time in Malaya, you were always constantly looking over your shoulder as you never know where the enemy could be coming from as there was no frontline.
The Bandits were dressed as civilians, so one minute they would be waving at you and the next, they would be firing bullets.
These memories never leave and you just have to learn to live with them.
During the Remembrance Day service at Arcare Hope Island, he shared with us that the service was brilliant and emotional.
It was the best service we have had as Lifestyle Co-ordinator Allison played wartime songs and got everyone involved in the singing.
He especially liked the Tribute and the acknowledgement at the end of the service.
Jamie Loh is Arcare's Community Marketing Officer for Queensland. Jamie joined the Arcare team in mid 2019, stepping straight into her responsibilities which include communications with the broader community, community engagement and internal communications responsibilities. Jamie is a firm advocate for consistent communications and engaging ideas to help bridge the gap between those living in aged care residences and the wider communities. Jamie utilises a diverse array of strategies to help improve messaging and boost brand awareness and is always advocating for new methods of communicating in different strategies and mediums. Jamie has worked with Brisbane's top Public Relations firms and participated in an intensive language program in Tokyo, Japan.