ROYAL Australian Navy veteran and Mosman Park resident Patrick Coverly (89) will ride in a restored WWII jeep at the Town of Mosman Park’s Anzac Day ceremony on April 25.
“I think I’d like to ride in it,” Mr Coverly said at the Mosman Park Primary School’s Anzac service on Thursday.
He served for 12 years from 1948, including being a leading seaman aboard HMAS Bhataan in the 1950-53 Korean War, and spent time in Japan with the allied occupation forces.
“I wasn’t old enough for WWII, so I joined up and did the bit I could,” Mr Coverly said.
At the school’s service, his wife Maxine (89) wore the medals of her father who served with Kitty Hawk fighter-equipped 3 Squadron in the Middle East in WWII.
“It really moved me when the children sang ‘We are Australian’, and it’s fantastic to know they are learning about people’s service as it’s easy to forget,” Mrs Coverly said.
Student Rosie Emslie (11) learnt about the veterans and was among the singers.
“I just thought it was amazing how they did that for us, fighting for us,” Rosie said.
The 1942-built jeep served with Australian forces in WWII and has restored at the Mosman Park Men’s Shed over the past 18 months.
It had laid in a tip at the Wheatbelt property of the Town’s Mayor Brett Pollock.
“It was army surplus, and like many of the 680,000 that were built, was used across stations after the war,” Mr Pollock said.
The jeep will be carry veterans at the Anzac Day service at Memorial Gardens, Bayview Terrace from 10am, after a 7.30am gunfire breakfast at Alf Adams Pavilion.
A City of Nedlands service is at the Dalkeith Memorial at 8.30am while Subiaco residents should gather at the Subiaco Post Office, Rokeby Road by 8am and Cambridge Council’s service is at the Cenotaph, 80 Cambridge Street at 8am.