SIXTY YEARS: Brian Bertwhistle and Bob Rodgers at their Mudgeeraba Nashos’ Hut.
SIXTY YEARS: Brian Bertwhistle and Bob Rodgers at their Mudgeeraba Nashos’ Hut. Contributed

Nashos celebrate special bond

THE National Servicemen’s Association of Australia Gold Coast North branch will commemorate the 60th anniversary of its inductees’ first intake on Saturday.

Two-hundred and eighty-seven-thousand ‘Nashos’, of which 212 were killed in action, were conscripted during the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s, mainly to fight in Korea in Vietnam.

Branch vice-president Brian Bertwhistle said that on Saturday, students from the Labrador State School choir would join guest speaker Captain Kate Rose, chaplain Reverend John Mavors, cenotaph guard the Southport School cadets and a Second World War war-bird fly-past.

“President Bob Rodgers will welcome everyone at 11am, after which the choir will sing, Captain Rose will speak, we’ll have a plaque unveiling, fly-past and wreath laying, followed by the Last Post, one-minute silence, ode and reveille,” Mr Bertwhistle said.

He gave an insight into the bond between all Nashos, through an experience he had in Western Australia.

“We were in Broome, standing outside a hotel and I had a Nasho’s cap on,” he said.

“A bloke speaking to another bloke nearby walked over to me and said, ‘You did national service? So did I’, and he did, in Perth.

“We got to talking, then a lady walked over and said, ‘You two just met, but I can tell the comradeship’.”

Call 5522 9457 for more information.



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