Pompey’s Story: A Man For His Time: Booragoon author recalls father’s war experiences

Nerina Coopes, then aged two, with her father.
Nerina Coopes, then aged two, with her father.

BOORAGOON resident Nerina Coopes was so captivated by her father’s wartime stories, she decided to write a book about them.

She will be speaking at the National Senior’s Association in Thornlie on Anzac Day eve at 10am to promote her new book, Pompey’s Story: A Man For His Time.

Her father, Arthur “Pompey” Gull, served in the Light Horse Regiment during The Battle of the Nek on Gallipoli and the Imperial Camel Core in World War I.

He also served as a peacekeeper in Egypt following the war, and was an Officer in the 10th Garrison on Rottnest Island during World War II.

Coopes said her father suffered for his involvement in the war, but his commitment to his country never wavered.

“While he suffered as a result of his war service, he was very pragmatic, because he joined up straight away with the army in WWII,” she said.

“He was a man of huge principle, if he thought that was the important thing to do, then he would do it, he would pick it up and run with it.”

She said Anzac Day was important, as she had lost other relatives to war.

“I’ve had family members who were affected or killed in WWI or WWII, and I reflect on the huge sacrifice these young men made,” she said.

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