Surrounded by their grandchildren, Ray and June Goldsbrough celebrate Ray?s 80th and their 59-year wedding anniversary.
Surrounded by their grandchildren, Ray and June Goldsbrough celebrate Ray?s 80th and their 59-year wedding anniversary.

Birthday surprise for WWII veteran



RAY Goldsbrough is determined to go down in history as Australia's oldest surviving World War II veteran.

But the Burleigh Waters resident already has a title under his belt according to his family - the most loved father, grandfather and great-great father nationwide.

Mr Goldsbrough received the surprise of his life on Wednesday April 6 when about 50 family members and friends, mainly from country Victoria, celebrated his birthday at his son Mark and daughter-in-law Tanya's Burleigh Water's property.

"I nearly broke down and cried when I saw them all - I couldn't thank them enough," Mr Goldsbrough said.

"You can't help but think of what your family think of you and on my 80th birthday I found out."

However, the large group, that included six of Mr Goldsbrough and his wife June's children, nine grand children and seven great-grand children, also had another reason to celebrate.

"We have been married for 59 years - we got married the same day Ray turned 21," Mrs Goldsbrough said.

"We even had guests from our wedding."

The family presented Mr Goldsbrough with an airforce service honour board to commemorate his contribution to the Australian airforce as a radar operator during the war.

"I have a plan to live until I am 100 - I want to be the last surviving World War II veteran and my family says I'm going to get there," Mr Goldsbrough said.

Mr Goldsbrough and family have travelled throughout Europe, even visiting Turkey in search of the body of Mrs Goldsbrough's uncle who served in Gallipoli during World War I.



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