THE Mareeba Returned and Services League branch recognised two of its longest serving members as Gordon Powell and Ronald Ikin received a certificate to signal their 60 years of membership.
Mr Powell (93), was born in Bristol, England and served in World War II before moving to Australia with his wife and children in 1952. After eventually settling in Mareeba, Mr Powell got
involved with the local RSL branch, and he spoke glowingly about the role it has played throughout his life.
“Friendship and camaraderie are the main things that stand out about being part of an RSL branch,” he said.
“We share a common story and it’s great to be able to talk about our past.
“There aren’t too many from World War II still around, particularly ex-British servicemen living in Australia, so it’s fantastic when I get the opportunity to meet other people who served in the same war, which being a part of an RSL branch provides.”
Kevin Ikin accepted the certificate on behalf of his father Ronald Ikin (95), who is now living in an aged care facility in Cairns. Mr Ikin echoed Mr Powell’s sentiments.
“The friendship with his fellow servicemen was what dad enjoyed the most,” he said.
“He was shipped off to World War II at a young age just like many other young men at that time, so I think he appreciated talking to others who had a similar life experience.”
Mr Powell and Mr Ikin said they would like to thank the Mareeba RSL branch for recognising their commitment as members.