Serviceman honored at Penola ceremony

HUNDREDS of locals from Penola and surrounding areas flocked to Memorial Park for Anzac Day.

Between the dawn service and the main ceremony later in the morning on Friday, the people of Penola were able to pay their respects to those who had gone off to war, with many not returning.

Each year the Coonawarra/Penola RSL Sub-branch honours one former serviceman or woman from the district.

This year the service was in remembrance of Glen William (Andy) Anderson.

Mr Anderson enlisted in the army at Rockhampton on June 22, 1940.

He served in the Middle East during 1941-42 and in New Guinea from 1943-44.

He was repatriated to Adelaide in 1944 due to illness and while on discharge from hospital he met his future wife Elizabeth Doreen Milne.

Mr Anderson married her before rejoining his unit in Queensland before being discharged from the army on November 26, 1945.

After the army Mr Anderson worked various jobs in Adelaide as a labourer until he took advantage of the war settlement scheme in the SE.

Along with many returned servicemen he found work with the Lands Department, fencing, ploughing and seeding land to be divided up for settlement.

He moved to Penola with his wife and first son, Ross - living in an old corrugated iron army hut.

Two more sons, Peter and Andrew, followed.

By then a soldier settlement block had been secured at Glenroy - during this time the soldier settlers formed a strong bond and the Coonawarra/Penola RSL had its largest membership.

After first joining the RSL in Brighton in 1945, Mr Anderson was a member of the Coonawarra/Penola RSL from 1947-73.

He was president for two years (1964 and 1965) and held other positions across his time in the league.

He was on the building committee for the new clubrooms and was awarded life membership in 1971.

Mr Anderson died on July 17, 1983, at the age of 73.

A wreath was laid in his memory by his family, with his medals worn by younger members.

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