In 2021 Bill was interviewed by Zach Hope from The Age and appeared on the front page on the Sunday Age on ANZAC Day together with two other World War II veterans. 20210425 140838

To read the story that appeared in The Age, 25 April ckick here: A_sacred_Day_-_article_about_Bill_Craig_The_Age_25_Apr_2021.pdf

In the photo to the right, Bill is on the left and is with fellow veteran Lyall Butling.

Laurie Andriske Darwin

Laurie Andriske served with the 7th Battalion in Darwin and overseas. At the end of the war he returned to his home town of Mildura, established an engineering business with his brother and became very active in local affairs.  He served on the Shire Council including time as Mayor. 

Laurie was awarded the Order of the Medal of Australia (OAM) for his services to the Mildura area.  For more information, click here: Laurie_Andriske_OAM.pdf

To read a speech given by Laurie in 2000, click here:  2000_May_6_They_will_live_in_our_hearts_forever_Address_by_L_Andriske.pdf

In March 2018 Rex Baguley was one of those chosen to carry the Queen’s Baton in Warwick, in the lead up to the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

Rex had previously carried an Olympic Torch for both the 2018 Mar Rex Baguley Warwick Queens Baton RelayMelbourne 1956 Games and the Sydney 2000 Games. One of very few people, or even the only person, to have carried Torches/Batons for all three events. Rex has had a keen involvement in local cricket, squash and rugby league and an amazing 81 years with Warwick hockey which led to his nominations and selection to carry the torches and baton.

Rex is a fourth generation Baguley in the Warwick (Qld) area. He started work at 14 as a messenger for the Warwick Daily News before beginning an apprenticeship as a hand compositor at 17. A year later he was conscripted in the Army, joining the 7th Battalion and serving overseas on Bougainville and Solomon Islands, including the Numa Numa Trail as a signalman. He was one of many 7th Bn men who supervised 18,000 Japanese soldiers awaiting repatriation before coming home and resuming his apprenticeship (as a much older apprentice!). Rex spent 50 years with Warwick Daily News, finishing his career as the Commercial Print Manager.

In retirement Rex has joined the local woodcrafters as well as being Patron of the Warwick Hockey Association for the last 15 years.



2018 Feb 19 Mildura John Serle cropped

19 February 2018 was the 76th anniversary of the first bombing of Darwin in 1942 and the first time war came to Australian shores.  This raid was followed by another later the same day and then 62 raids across northern Australia over 21 months. The last raid was on 12 November 1943, targetting Darwin, Batchelor and Adelaide River.

The Mildura RSL commemorates this event with a service at Mildura's Cenotaph, most years.  7th Battalion veterans Lyall Butling (Association Past President) and Laurie Andriske OAM attended the 2018 commemoration.

Pilots Peter Guest, flying a Mustang, and John Waters flying a Spitfire provided a spectacular flypast at 9:58, the exact time the first Japanese planes reached Darwin.


2018 Feb 19 Mildura Laurie Andriske Lyall Butling                                  2018 Feb 19 Peter Guest John Waters pilots
Above:  Laurie Andriske (Left), Lyall Butling (Right)                                    Above:  Pilots Peter Guest (Left) and John Waters (Right)