War Chronicles from Our Veterans – Edition One

Lest We Forget!  

These simple words are spoken at ANZAC Day Commemorations every year. But how do we ensure that as a nation, we don’t forget the sacrifices of these ordinary men and women whose actions and experiences were extraordinary? 

This Story Australia is a charity dedicated to capturing and preserving the significant moments of Australia’s history as told by those who experienced it first-hand via high-quality video documentaries.

In collaboration with This Story, The Hills Echo is delighted to bring you a new monthly segment that will showcase just a few of the veterans whose full stories can be found at the Queensland State Library (short bio’s are available on the This Story website at www.thisstory.com.au).

If you are a veteran and would like to share your story, This Story would love to hear from you, email jeff@thisstory.com.au or call 0439 661 44

Laurie Woods


Laurie Woods

Born 26th December 1922  Born Deloraine, Tasmania

Laurie Woods was a member of the 460 Squadron of Bomber Command. He was recognised with an Immediate Award of the Distinguished Flying Cross for flying a Bomber back to England after the pilot was wounded by shrapnel. Lawrie recounts how PTSD affected his relationships and personal life for many years after his service. 

He has lived on the south side of Brisbane in the Sunnybank area and you can often find him signing one of his four published novels at a Dymocks book store. Learn more.

Richard Trevor Martin

Richard Trevor Martin

15/03/1923 – 24/02/2020 Born Mulvern, Victoria

Dick was called up into the Army on the 5th of February 1943 and eventually transferred to the Air Force. He shares some tragic stories of his time in Bomber Command. On one such occasion he developed a burst appendix on a training flight and returned to base. The next day, whilst Dick was hospitalized for his illness, his crew went up without him and never returned, crashing into the North Sea. 

Dick reflects on a happy life in Queensland and has volunteered at the Sunnybank RSL Sub-branch right up to his death in February this year. Learn more.

John Cyril Briggs

John Cyril Briggs

Born 10th July 1924 Born Leicester, England

John joined the Cubs and Scouts at a young age, and it was from there that he gained the skills that served him well for life. 

He was recruited into the RAF and recounts many humorous stories of times with mates. Upon moving to Australia John was employed as an Engineer with the Brisbane City Council and is responsible for the Centenary Bridge at Jindalee and its rebuild after the floods of 1974. John lives in Fairview Retirement Living at Pinjarra Hills. Learn more.



previously mentioned, This Story is a not-for-profit charity. Their high quality documentaries are offered online 100% free of charge to the public and allow all Australians to develop a deeper understanding of some of Australian history’s most significant events. If you would like to offer support, donations can be made online at https://thisstory.com.au/donate/. Any amount – large or small – will go towards the cost of producing these historical documentaries. Alternatively, if you are a local business and would like to “Sponsor a Story” please get in touch! Leaving their stories untold would not only be a shame to our current generations but would deny future generations the opportunity to see history come to life through these courageous men and women. 


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