Honour for local Light Horseman Harry Gwynne
AN ORIGINAL Light Horseman from 1938-1941, Harry Gwynne was made a patron of the 11th Light Horse Warwick Montrose Troop at a ceremony at the Warwick RSL on Saturday.
Growing up on a farm between Allora and Goomburra, Mr Gwynne joined the Light Horsemen as soon as he turned 18 in 1938.
Mr Gwynne said he enjoyed his years as a Light Horseman and as it was a time of peace in the country he was able to focus on training and learning skills which put him in good stead for the years to come.
"The pay wasn't great but the company I met made it all worthwhile" he said.
When war broke out Mr Gwynne was drafted in 1942 to defend the Brisbane line where he held his post for 18 months before being deployed to New Guinea and afterwards to Borneo.
"They were hard days, but we were there to do a job, so we just had to do it," he said.
"The weather was miserable - hot, humid and constantly raining. Our feet were continually wet and our skin would peel off as we took our boots off."
The brave soldier was one of the lucky ones who returned to Australia at the end of the war.
Mr Gwynne said he sometimes wondered why he survived, when so many of his mates didn't make it.
After returning from war Mr Gwynne bought a farm in the area where he had grown up, and spent the next 45 years of his life there before retiring and moving to Warwick.
At 92 years of age Mr Gwynne was surprised and pleased to receive the recognition from the 11th Light Horse Warwick Montrose troop and said he would do all he could to help.