Local diggers remembered
By HELEN JACK
WHEN Joyce Denny, of Lismore, placed a mauve and white wreath at Lismore's cenotaph on Saturday there was a tear in her eye.
"I am very proud to be able to lay that wreath," she said. "It was for my husband, David. I lost him three and a half years ago. "I was lucky, I had him until he was 84."
Mrs Denny was one of a 71-strong crowd representing the Northern Rivers section of the 2/1 and 2/2 Pi- oneer battalions. They remembered mates and loved ones who fought in the Middle East, Syria, Java, Tobruk, the Koko- da Trail, Shaggy Ridge and Balikpa- pan during WWII.
Ken Wilson, 83, of Lismore, is de- scribed by his mates as a larrikin. As a former member of the 2/2 Battalion and organiser of the day's event, he smiled a wicked smile as he remembered the mischief he managed even when pressures of war were close by.
"I remember me and a mate were on duty one night. We were sta- tioned in New Guinea and we were patrolling a perimeter," he said.
"My mate said to me 'this is a dry ol' argument' and I said I knew where I could find something to drink. "So I pinched the padre's alter wine and you know what? It was the worst wine I'd ever drank."