One of Australia's last World War II veterans dies aged 100

Anna McGuinness
March 22 2024 - 11:38am

One of Australia's last remaining World War II veterans is being remembered after his death, aged 100.

Allan Godfrey died on March 20 just a few days before his 101st birthday, according to the Caroline Springs RSL Sub Branch in Melbourne's west where he was a member.

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Local Federal MP and skills and training minister Brendan O'Connor said Mr Godfrey was one of Australia's last World War II veterans.

"Allan tried to enlist at 17 but his father, a World War I veteran, intervened," Mr O'Connor said on X.

Allan Godfrey with Federal MP Brendan O'Connor. Picture via Instagram/@brendanoconnormp
Allan Godfrey with Federal MP Brendan O'Connor. Picture via Instagram/@brendanoconnormp

"A year later he tried again and was successful."

He said Mr Godfrey was stationed at Darwin when it was bombed in 1942 and served in Borneo, Malaya and Papua New Guinea.

"He was convinced throughout that a Japanese sniper would target him as he transported wounded men on jungle tracks," Mr O'Connor said.

Mr Godfrey had been an active community member and spoke to schoolchildren about his experience serving his country.

"Thank you Allan Godfrey for your bravery and sacrifice," Mr O'Connor said.

City of Melton Deputy Mayor Steve Abboushi said Mr Godfrey was "a local legend who had time for everyone".

"We honour you Allan and we thank you for your service to our nation," he said on Instagram.

State member for Kororoit Luba Grigorovitch said she was saddened to hear of Mr Godfrey's passing.

"Thank you for your service and dedication to this country," she said.

"My sincere condolences to his family and his mates at Caroline Springs RSL. Lest We Forget."

Anna McGuinness

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