Rats of Tobruk last hurrah
It was a touching moment in early 2015 hearing the sad news that the Rats of Tobruk association NSW branch that formed in October 1944 were folding.
The Five Dock RSL Sub-Branch has always supported the Rats of Tobruk since day one in being a standalone association where meetings and special events took place at Club Five Dock RSL for over 40 years.
The late Joe Madeley, OAM, JP, president of the NSW branch of the Rats of Tobruk Association, said in his last Rats of Tobruk journal ‘This will be there final March as the association will be folding due to lack of members and inability of our older members to be able to attend meetings’ and have always
Sunday the 12th April 2015 was its official last hurrah for the NSW branch Rats of Tobruk where a march took place at the front of the Club which led to the Rats of Tobruk memorial located at the corner of Great North Road and Llyons road.
Five of the Ten surviving NSW branch Rats of Tobruk servicemen made the final march accompanied in military jeeps, all smiling and waving goodbye to the crowds which also attracted a lot of media attention.
Special dignitaries included The Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) and Her Excellency Lady Cosgrove, Craig Laundy MP, Federal Member for Reid, Angelo Tsirekas, Mayor of Canada Bay Council and many more.
President of Club Five Dock RSL & Five Dock RSL Sub-Branch, Robert Ridge felt privileged to share that significant occasion.
Lest We Forget.