Gordon Youngberry, 81, of Goolmangar, with his granddaughters Kayla, 16, and Niki Youngberry, 5, of South Lismore.
Gordon Youngberry, 81, of Goolmangar, with his granddaughters Kayla, 16, and Niki Youngberry, 5, of South Lismore.

Lismore Anzac parade

By NERIDA BLOK

WORLD WAR II veteran Gordon Youngberry was so keen to enlist in the army he lied about his age.

"I told them I was 21, but I was only 17," he said.

"At that age you'll be in anything as long as it's not a cold bath."

The 81-year-old from Goolmangar was in Lismore yesterday to march in the Anzac Day parade, as he does every year, with two of his granddaughters, Kayla, 16, and Niki, five.

"I am so proud," he said with tears welling in his eyes.

"I come to honour those that passed on during the war."

That included his brother, Harry.

"He went missing in action and never returned," Mr Youngberry said.

"My other brother, Tommy, was on the Burmese railway as a prisoner-of-war. When he came home he was six stone (38kg)."

Mr Youngberry said he started off by joining the 15th Light Horse Regiment in Lismore.

"After 12 months it converted into the 15th Motor Regiment in the 1st Armour division," he said.

"Then we disbanded and went everywhere. I ended up over in the 6th Division of Engineers. I was a driver in Meruke, above New Guinea."

Without hesitation, Mr Youngberry said he'd do it all again for his family and his country.

"Somebody's got to go."



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