With a heavy heart I advise of the passing of our Eldest Statesman and long time personal friend, Fred HOUSE from Glenorchy Tasmania.
Fred was a very proud Life Member of the HMAS SYDNEY and Vietnam Logistical Support Veterans Association (Victoria) and one of our 5 remaining HMAS SYDNEY 2 World War II Treasures.
Fred was the last man alive from the Commissioning Crew of HMAS SYDNEY 2 on 23rd September, 1935.
A brief potted history of his life is as follows:
Frederick Henry HOUSE was born at Forth, Tasmania on 12th July, 1917. He joined the RAN for 12 years on 21st August, 1934 at age 17 years and 1 month. Sailed to the United Kingdom on HMAS BRISBANE 1 arriving in Portsmouth on his 18th birthday.
Discharged from the Royal Australian Navy on 3rd May, 1940 due to deafness caused by an exploding shell. Visited Gallipoli on its 21st Birthday.
The 1st WWII Veteran to join Hobart RSL in 1940 with an Annual Fee of 10/-
Still a very active Member of Glenorchy RSL where he was still representing them in Billiards, Snooker, Indoor Bowls and still winning trophies every year. Only person to have received an RSL 75 year Service Certificate. Still held a drivers licence and drove every day although it wasn't recommended that you drive with him. His car was festooned with Navy and Australian stickers. For his 99th birthday he was shouted a ride in a light plane over his beloved Hobart. A fiercely proud Tasmanian and one of natures true Gentlemen. His home in Glenorchy, Tasmania was a Shrine to the Navy and his former Shipmates that he so passionately loved.
Now reunited with his 645 Shipmates who paid the supreme sacrifice on 19th November, 1941.
FAIR WINDS AND FOLLOWING SEAS.
Immediate Past President and Life Member
HMAS SYDNEY & V.L.S.V.A. (Vic)
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PS. When he was a mere 95 he complained to me that us post WWII Veterans were soft. He was still going fishing every weekend launching his tinnie single handed into the Derwent and he couldn't find anyone of the post WWII Veterans from Glenorchy RSL to go fishing with him. I suspect it might have been the journey to and from the launching ramp that scared them off? Funeral details will be advised when known.