Patrick Andreas Ohlstrom - an animated short film

Click on the "Education " tab above to view the animated short film

of Patrick Ohlstrom's journey though the Great War & associated resources.

Today's Honour Roll

Today's Honour Roll recognizes 147 Australians who fell on this day in history.
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Name Date of Death Conflict
MCQUALTER, Malcolm Bruce (MID) 5 Mar 1967 Vietnam War
BAUDINETTE, Ivan Sydney 5 Mar 1945 World War 2
JAMES, Edward Lewis 5 Mar 1945 World War 2
ULCOQ, Jeffrey Frederick Raoul 5 Mar 1917 World War 1
BERTRAM, George Anthony (OBE, MID) 5 Mar 1945 World War 2

Celebrating the life and service of Corporal Laurence John McEwen

Celebrating the life and service of Corporal Laurence John McEwen

(L to R) Peter Sims (RSL), Glen Boyce (RSL), Sharyn Roberts (VWMA) Peter Williams (VWMA), Laurie McEwen (seated)

On 21 February 2020 the members of the Wallaroo RSL Sub-branch gathered together with family and others to celebrate another milestone in the life of Laurence John Mc Ewen. “Laurie” as he prefers to be know, tuned 100 on 6 October 2020. In late November award winning podcaster Megan Spencer recorded an interview Laurie that captures his recollections of his experiences as a corporal in the 3/14 Field Ambulance in Australia and the Pacific South West Area (New Guinea) in World War II, between the 21st of October 1941 – 14th March 1946, a total of 1,606 days of active service. The gathering was to acknowledge the release of the recording which Laurie has gifted to Virtual War Memorial Australia.

The interview and accompanying transcripts can be found in his here:


Like so many veterans Laurie is humble about his service however listening to his interview is instructive. He is matter of fact when it comes to doing what he saw was his duty and whatever it entailed. Throughout he laughs readily and warmly. Throughout he highlights the importance of loved ones, family and mates and is always ready to affirm what a wonderful life he has had.

Laurie McEwen speaking with Ant McLean

It was a great privilege to be able to work with Laurie to capture his story in his own words. He was generous with his time and thoughts and has left us with a precious gift. VWMA would like to acknowledge the care and effort of Ant McLean, Megan Spencer and Peter Sims (Wallaroo RSL) in working with Laurie and his story. It was a wonderful collaboration. Thanks also to RSL Wallaroo for hosting the event and the work it does in supporting veterans, ex-service personnel and their families.


The man of the moment cutting his cake

All photos courtesy of Megan Spencer.