The Malaya Borneo Veterans attended Thomas Carr College

14 May 2015 | General Interest


On Monday 11 May Thomas Carr College held its  annual Commemorative Service for the Malaya and Borneo Veterans Association in the campus grounds, before the memorial stone. Veterans, invited guests and the College community gathered to honour those that have made the ultimate sacrifice for Australia. 

The weather was cold and windy and illness or incapacity kept the veteran numbers down this year. In spite of this, the orchestra played and the choir raised our spirits, the readings by the College Captains were reflective and the wreaths, blessed by the College Chaplain, Mr Larry Burn, were laid with reverence.

Orchestra Choir

The National President Mr Owen Marshall, in his address, announced that, in appreciation of the College's support, all banner/flag bearers, over the long association with the College, would be awarded a junior membership to the Association. He hoped that many of the students would take up the opportunity which would entitle them to march with the Malaya and Borneo Veterans on ANZAC Day. This would give the Veterans comfort in knowing that as their numbers become fewer they would not be forgotten.

MB Vets MB Service

Mr Alan Day, the guest speaker and one of the oldest members of the Association (93 years), told stories of his time at sea up north during WW11.  The Ode was recited by Mr Doug Pendergast, Vice President of the Melbourne Sub Branch and our own Mr Rattigan played the Last Post.

All were then invited to join the veterans in the dinning room for a light lunch and interesting conversation.

Vets  Andrew Watson wreath laying 

David Rattigan Last Post  flags and wreaths



Back Row L-R: Mr John O'Reagan, Mr Owen Marshall, Mrs Lucy Banks (staff) Mr Lindsay Warner, Mr Bruce Lovett, Mr Doug Pendergast, Mr Trevor Kellett, Mrs Denise Tyrrell (staff)
Front: Mr Alan Day