At the age of twenty, Maurie Aldous joined the Australian Infantry Forces. A year later, World War II was declared. Trained as a paramedic, Maurie served in Libya, and then New Guinea. His war service encompassed seven months in Tobruk, where he undertook dangerous missions to evacuate injured soliders and bring in new supplies.

“The Germans were bombing us every day, with thirty planes at a time,” he recalls. “We lived in trenches with just a tarpaulin over us.”

Maurie formed lifelong friendships during the war and hasn’t missed an ANZAC Day march in seventy years.

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