Veterans, family and friends held a service at the Rats of Tobruk Memorial at 11am on 7th April 2019 remembering the diggers who fought and died in the North African campaign.
The Siege of Tobruk was a confrontation that lasted 241 days between Axis and Allied forces in North Africa during the Western Desert Campaign of
World War Two.
The “Rats of Tobruk” was the name given to the soldiers of the garrison who held the Libyan port of Tobruk against the Afrika Corps during the Siege.
The garrison, commanded by Lieutenant General Leslie Morshead, consisted of the 9th Australian Division (20th, 24th, and 26th Brigades), the 18th Brigade of the 7th Australian Division, four regiments of British artillery and some Indian troops.
On October 14, Five Dock RSL Sub-Branch held a re-dedication ceremony at Five Dock Park of the war memorial for Sub-Branch’s 100th year. The weather held out, and we even started to see a bit of sun come out at the end. We want to give our thanks to everyone who attended and helped make this such a memorable event.
Club Five Dock RSL were honoured to host Monday 20th October a welcome dinner for the Italian delegation team and their families of the Sydney Invictus Games.
The night was a huge success, organising an event this scale takes incredible effort behind the scenes working with the Italian Consulate, Invictus Games Sydney, ClubsNSW, Five Dock RSL Sub-Branch, and City of Canada Bay Council.
Dignitaries included Consul General Arturo Arcano, Senator of the Republic of Italy The Hon. Dr. Francesco Giacobbe OAM, PhD, Member for Drummoyne Mr. John Sidoti, Invictus Games Chairman Mr. Peter Leahy AC, Invictus Games CEO Patrick Kidd OBE and more.
Club Five Dock RSL President Robert Ridge welcomed all guests and stated, “The Club and Sub-Branch have had a close connection with veteran welfare for a very long time and having the opportunity to work with Invictus, in particular, the Italian national team, due to our long connection with the Australian/Italian community in our local area.”
Last month the Club also held it’s Presidents Black Tie where $61,000 was donated to the Invictus Games Sydney and pledge to continue to support in our community.
Thank you all that attended and let’s continue to support the Invictus Games Sydney.
Five Dock RSL Sub Branch is proud to announce that it will be hosting the Italian delegation to the 2018 Sydney Invictus Games.
The Sydney Invictus Games will attract more than 500 competitors from 18 nations to compete in 11 adaptive sports and will recognise and thank families and friends for their role and the challenges they share in supporting our wounded warriors. Sydney will host around 1000 family and friends who’ll be in the stands cheering.
100 years since the founding of Five Dock RSL Sub Branch; REAL, living, war heroes and Five Dock local area school children were among a diverse crowd of around 300 who gathered to honour those who have served in the Australian Defence Forces and pay homage to the thousands who never returned home, at the 2018 Five Dock RSL Sub Branch memorial ceremony, at the Five Dock War Memorial, on Sunday 22 April 2018.
This video highlights the events of the day.
VIP guest of Honour, Commodore Chris Smallhorn, Commander of the Fleet Air Arm, HMAS Albatross, Nowra, captivated the crowd with a brilliant, enlightened, positive, presentation on the importance of remembering those who died and suffered to ensure Australians live peacefully and in freedom. He commended all the children for participating, whilst on school holidays, encouraged to observe this special day, by the Five Dock RSL schools program.
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