OAM recipient Edward Fenton, of Byron Bay.
OAM recipient Edward Fenton, of Byron Bay.

For helping returned servicemen, Edward now has an OAM

"I SERVED 20 years in the Defence Force, here in Australia and overseas, including two years in Malaya, 918 days in Vietnam and 8 months in Papua New Guinea," OAM recipient Edward Howard Fenton said.

"I joined Smithfield RSL, then moved to live in Byron Bay, where I joined the Byron Bay Sub-Branch in 1987. My job was pension and welfare officer, a position I held for 20 years.

"It was a privilege to listen and learn of their (veterans') concerns. Returned servicemen who had served their country and now needed help. The conversations were mostly about their pension and the concern for their partners if they should die.

"After I served in Malaya and Vietnam I had my own problems to overcome so I knew the help they needed was to talk to someone. I assured them they could ring me at home, any time, which they often did.

"I have been presented with the Meritorious Service Medal, the Highest Award from the RSL of Australia ... it was a honour to receive this award from the Governor General at Congress 2015 at Coffs Harbour."

Other achievements include:

President Byron Bay RSL, eight years

Vice president Byron Bay RSL, three years

Life member Byron Bay RSL

Director, Byron Bay Services Club, 16 years

Life member, Byron Bay Services Club.



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