Pulling on a uniform has been a very big part of my life. I’ve served in the Australian Army, the Australian Federal Police, the Australian Protective Service and in 2008 was appointed Sheriff of New South Wales. I’ve been attached to the New Zealand Army and the British Army and I’ve served alongside soldiers of various other nations. On days like today, Remembrance Day, while I take time to reflect on how my service has shaped me, my most important consideration is to reflect on how military service has impacted others. Specifically, I refer to our veterans and their families.Read More
It's been suggested of late that a certain action author should stay off Facebook and get on with finishing the third installment of the Intrepid series, but there is good reason to be blogging. At 11 am on November 11, 95 years ago, the guns of the Western Front fell silent and the First World War came to an end. The great significance of the moment has been marked at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month every year since. So I want to take a moment to honour all those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice during World War I and every conflict since.
Like many ex-servicemen, Remembrance Day has particular significance for me, not only to reflect on my own service but as a time to remember and honour those among my family and friends who have served and a number of my close friends who continue to serve in harm's way. When I look around at remembrance services now and see how young our new generation of veterans are my wish is that they receive the greatest levels of support and recognition that we can provide them throughout their lives. They deserve our utmost respect, gratitude and care.Read More
April 24 is Kapyong Day, the day in 1951 when my old battalion 3RAR fought back thousands of Chinese and Korean soldiers in one long and desperate night. I feel incredibly proud even to this day for having been at one time a custodian of the great legacy forged by these men. There's a great description of what happened in the Battle of Kapyong in The Age from 2011 at this link if you'd like to learn more.
While 24 April is Kapyong Day, a very special day for my former battalion, this post is equally to mark ANZAC Day on April 25 and pay my respects to all the diggers and officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.Read More