Anzac Day remembrance at The Pines brings back memories for Bill Buttner


Jack Embery, John Dunsmore and Bill Buttner attended The Pines retirement community’s ANZAC service.
Jack Embery, John Dunsmore and Bill Buttner attended The Pines retirement community’s ANZAC service.

A MOVING Anzac Day service was held on Monday at The Pines retirement community in Ellenbrook, with more than 150 residents and community members joined together in remembrance.

Resident John Dunsmore has been responsible for co-ordinating the service for a number of years and takes great pride in the recognition the event gets in the community.

“It’s a very important day in the Village calendar, and one we work hard to make both unique and commemorative every single year,” he said.

“The Village choir sing and we invite local dignitaries to participate, along with local residents and businesses who lay wreaths.”

One special resident is 94-year-old William (Bill) Buttner who had a distinguished army career, leaving as a Lieutenant Colonel after 36 years.

He served in the Middle East, Japan, Korea, Papua New Guinea and Australia and puts survival down to comradeship.

“Looking back, it was rough going, but we made the most of the situation we were in,” Mr Buttner.

“Anzac Day is a time to be with my fellow veterans, talk a bit about what we did in the war; a time of fellowship and comradeship.

“I was one of the youngest to serve in the Middle East, so there’s not too many of us left.”

“My only wish is that we can all live in harmony and get rid of inhumanity to man; that would be a wonderful thing.”