ANZAC Day close to home for Backyard Grannys
During ANZAC Day 2016 the Backyard Grannys team was proud to have two of our staff march in Sydney.
Pictured left, Matthew Burroughs (Central Coast Sales Representative) is wearing his Grandfathers medals (Eric Milne).
Eric served in the Pacific Islands and later in New Guinea in combat roles against the Japanese Imperial Army. He spent many years away from home and was finally repatriated to Australia wounded, not long before the war ended. He returned to full health after many months but suffered night terrors most of his life. Matthew’s uncle, Mark, was born two years after the Second World War ended, along with his twin sister, who is Matt’s mother. After the war, Eric never spoke about it at any time.
Mark Milne (Sydney Sales Representative and pictured right) served for nine years in the Royal Australian Navy from 1970 to 1979, with the last six years served at a time when Australia was not in military conflict under any of its treaty obligations with the USA. His war service was in Vietnam during 1971 and 1972 at a time when that almost 10 year conflict came to a head and finally abated in 1973 when Vietnam succumbed to Communist rule. Mark has a soft spot for the Vietnamese people and their country.