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RSL’s mighty job - Tom Wright

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March 28, 2018

Tom Wright, with wife Mavis, at ClubMulwala.

Tom Wright, at “about 21 years-old” cleaning his sniper’s rifle on route to Borneo.

The longest member of Yarrawonga-Mulwala RSL Sub-Branch, Leslie Thomas (Tom) Wright said the sub-branch does a mighty job and he hopes it’s a great 100 Years Anniversary Dinner next tonight, March 28.

“We used to meet in the bank (old Commercial Bank) adjacent to the shire hall, on the corner of Belmore Street and Orr Street,” 93-year-old, Yarrawonga born and bred Tom told the Yarrawonga Chronicle.
“Kenny Duncan was president and Charlie Harvey took me up to join.”
Sometime after he joined the Army as a 17-year-old, Tom became a sniper and saw plenty of action at and near Borneo during the second World War.
“I’m glad to still be alive,” he said. “I saw this place (ClubMulwala) being built (in 1960) and remember playing golf where the entrance is. We hit the ball over the railway line.
“The RSL does a mighty job looking after veterans, Kerry Pendergast has looked after me and the club is in a good place. We love coming here every Friday night.”
‘We’ are wife of 70 years, Mavis, and himself. “It’s an honour to be part of the RSL and the club,” Mavis, who moved from Wodonga to Yarrawonga back in 1947, said. Tom agreed.

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