Honouring the Anzacs
FOR the first time in many years World War II veteran and Whitsunday resident Doug Butterworth will not be able to take part in the Anzac Day parade this Sunday.
Due to ill health, the 90-year-old Cannonvale resident will instead spend Anzac Day watching fellow veterans march on television in the metropolitan parades from his Cannonvale lounge room.
“First one I’ve missed in a long time,” Mr Butterworth said.
“I’m not well enough, I feel like I am, but I’m not.”
The 90-year-old Airlie Beach/Whitsunday RSL sub branch member is more than familiar with feeling unhealthy after being a prisoner of war (POW) for exactly three years during World War II.
“Sometimes you would go two days without food,” he said.
“It was a nightmare.”
The RAAF 460 Squadron front gunner was the only remaining survivor after the plane he was in crashed off the Dutch Coastline in 1942. He was captured and taken to Poland and kept as a POW until the end of the war.
Mr Butterworth was awarded a number of medals including the Air Crew Europe Star and the 39-45 Star for his service in World War II.
Once again Australia will stop on April 25 to honour those who served in military operations for Australia and New Zealand.
There will be a number of services across the Whitsundays including dawn services at Cannonvale, Prosperine and Hamilton Island.
With ANZAC Day falling on a Sunday this year, Monday will be a public holiday.