Former soldier leads charge for veterans

Shane Kempton is the President of the Military Brotherhood Military Motorcycling Club in Perth. Picture: Emma Reeves d416634
Shane Kempton is the President of the Military Brotherhood Military Motorcycling Club in Perth. Picture: Emma Reeves d416634

The Military Brotherhood Military Motorcycling Club Perth sub-branch president was the driving force behind establishing the club, which aims to connect veterans and provide support services.

Mr Kempton served in the Australian Army for five years from 1995, based with the Special Air Service in Darwin and Perth.

‘I never saw any overseas service but I was involved in the East Timor deployment ” my role was getting the guys deployed over there,’ he said.

Mr Kempton said he joined as a mature soldier at 24 after his bosses at the time, both ex-SAS, recommended it.

‘They said to me ‘you’ve got a lot to learn about loyalty and discipline’,’ he said.

‘It ended up setting me up quite well with my business career.’

The business coach said he met two fellow MBMMC founders, vice-president Kevin Simonsen and Sergeant Major Tony McDermott, years later when by coincidence they all ended up living in Tapping.

He said he had been looking for a job to join when he came across the eastern states-based MMC online, read its constitution and liked the military aspects of it.

‘I spoke to their national president and he told me what I needed to do to get a club started,’ he said.

‘I went out and met all the other clubs ” (they) gave us their blessing.’

The club started meeting last September, and by the time it received official endorsement in March, it had about 50 members.

Mr Kempton said the club members rode together in strict marching formation.

‘A lot of people are looking for good leadership, they are looking for structure,’ he said.

‘Anyone who has served under the Commonwealth Services is entitled to join the club.’

This Anzac Day, the father-of-four and grandfather-of-two said his family would attend the Quinns Rocks RSL dawn service and then he would march in the Perth parade wearing his grandfather’s World War II medals.

‘Him and I used to march together until he passed away in 2010,’ Mr Kempton said.

‘Those World War I and World War II guys, those are the guys who built this country.

‘The highlight for me is to see all the young kids standing down St Georges Terrace, waving.’

He said money presently being raised by the club went to Legacy for its education fund.

Anzac Day
WHAT: Dawn Service
WHO: Quinns Rocks RSL and Military Brotherhood Military
Motorcycling Club
WHERE: Quinns Rocks Sports Club, Tapping Way
WHEN: from 5.45am, April 25
MORE: quinnsrocksrsl.org.au