EXCURSION: Gayndah paramedic Keith Wrench with Ross Dyer in the war room.
EXCURSION: Gayndah paramedic Keith Wrench with Ross Dyer in the war room. Alex Treacy

Son of WWII POW steps back in time

ROSS Dyer's father was a prisoner of war at the hands of the Japanese in the notorious Changi camp in World War II.

Mr Dyer's father's service fostered in his son a lifelong interest in military affairs, one shared by his entire family: several of his brothers also entered the armed forces.

Although a football injury prevented Mr Dyer from serving, he still indulges his passion as often as possible, whether it be via a viewing of Gallipoli or a visit to Gayndah paramedic Keith Wrench's war room.

"Far out, there's a lot of stuff,” Mr Dyer said.

Mr Dyer was gifted a set of medals.

Mr Wrench has been collecting military memorabilia for around 25 years and can no longer fit it all in the one room-"I've stopped buying now,” he said.

His interest was first stoked during one of his early postings, out to the country town of Winton, which he said was dripping in military history, especially World War I.

Mr Wrench said he believes it is important to remember conflict "so we don't repeat the mistakes of history.”

His prized possession, recently acquired, is a replica Victoria Cross medal set of legendary World War I soldier Albert Jacka.


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