Kinross navy veteran named RSLWA’s Anzac of the Year

Ken Beven at Joondalup City RSL's Ocean Reef base. Picture: Martin Kennealey d492690
Ken Beven at Joondalup City RSL's Ocean Reef base. Picture: Martin Kennealey d492690

KINROSS resident Ken Beven won this year’s Anzac of the Year Award for WA.

The retired Royal Australian Navy warrant officer served aboard the HMAS Anzac during the Vietnam conflict.

He received the award for his commitment to supporting Australian Defence Force personnel and ex-service men and women, including their families, in his former role as secretary of RSLWA’s sub-branch in Ocean Reef.

The annual awards recognise the achievements of up to seven Australians who have given service to their fellow Australians, and to the community, in a positive, selfless and compassionate manner.

The awards go to individuals or groups who have demonstrated the spirit of comradeship and selfless service embodied in the Anzac tradition.

“This award is thoroughly deserved,’’ RSLWA chief executive John McCourt said.

“Ken is a fine example of the sort of commitment and passion of our highly valued volunteers, who do so much in support of veterans and their families.”

Mr Beven, a third-generation ADF member, left home when he was 15 years old to join the navy, and received many awards and honours over the years.

He will receive the award, which includes a certificate, bronze medallion and lapel pin, at RSLWA’s State Congress on June 15.

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