Returned & ServicesThe R League of Australia
Ipswich Sub Branch Inc.
Memorial Hall – Nicholas St, Ipswich
ABN 93 910 373 709
Ipswich RSL Sub-Branch Newsletter
From the President
reminder that the Sub Branch holds its meetings every third Friday of
the month commencing at 1900hrs located at the Soldiers Memorial Hall, 63
Nicholas Street, Ipswich.
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are looking for members during Anzac week in April to assist
in the selling of badges and other memorabilia. If you can spare a few hours
please get your name to us!
Our new Beer coolers with designs based on
the Light Horse paintings in the hall are
available for sale, see Trish at reception.
Pensions and Welfare:
are looking to make a list of members who are willing to do things like
mow lawns, home visits, assist our welfare officers in any way.
You don’t need to be qualified in any way just willing to
put in some time if needed. Please call 38123822 ask for
We have had plenty of volunteers put their names forward to help out.
If you have some spare time and would like something different to do or
simply like to meet new people, the Women’s Auxiliary is for you! We
are always on the look-out for new members and expand our small band of
A Bit of History:
The Harefield Flag
Anzac Day on 25th April, is remembered every year in the English village of Harefield. This is the story why.
months after the outbreak of the First World War, Mr and Mrs Charles
Billyard-Leake, a wealthy Australian couple living in Britain, offered
the use of Harefield Park and its extensive grounds to the Minister of
Defence in Melbourne. It was to be a convalescent home for wounded
soldiers of the Australian Imperial Force.
Grey from Melbourne set up the hospital with 80 beds. Harefield was
staffed by members of the Australian Army Medical Corps together with a
strong contingent of volunteers from Mrs Billyard-Leake’s circle who
organised the canteen, ran entertainment for recovering patients and
offered the use of their cars for trips. It had two purposes: a rest
home for officers and other ranks, and a depot for soldiers who were
invalided and due to be sent back to Australia.
first casualties arrived from Gallipoli in June 1914. Within three
weeks over 300 casualties had arrived. At first tented
accommodation was erected, but the ferocity of the war required fully
equipped accommodation and Nissan nuts were erected to cope with the
1000’s of patients.
November 1916 the hospital was functioning as a general hospital with
an operating theatre, an X-ray department and specialists in eye, ear,
nose and throat conditions. By now there were 1,000 beds and the
hospital occupied nearly 50 buildings around the estate, including ward
huts, garages, recreation rooms and a mortuary.
some 50,000 patients treated at Harefield, 112 did not recover. These
men, and one female nurse, were buried in the parish churchyard.
Francis Newdegate, a local MP whose family had long connections in the
village and who was later knighted and appointed Governor of Tasmania,
offered a plot of land next to the churchyard to extend the cemetery.
He also covered the funeral expenses for all the burials.
coffins were carried through the village before they were laid to rest.
It was during the first procession that the headteacher of Harefield
Junior School, a Mr Jeffrey, noticed the coffins had nothing to cover
them – unusual for a soldier’s funeral procession. He grabbed a Union
Jack Flag from the classroom wall and rushed out to drape it over the
passing coffin. From then on, the school’s flag was used to cover every
coffin as it was carried through the village. Turnout for the funerals
was always huge, with most of the village lining the streets to pay
the war Mr Jeffrey presented the Union Jack Flag to Lieutenant Colonel
Yeatman, the last officer commanding the hospital, with a request that
he give it to an Australian school willing to send its own Union Jack
Flag in exchange. The officer chose Adelaide High School, which had
been sending relief packages to Harefield, and the school’s patriotic
fund arranged for the return gift.
the years the condition of the flag had deteriorated. With the
assistance of the Anzac Day Commemoration Fund the Adelaide High School
was able to have the flag restored.
Harefield is considered one of the world’s leading heart and lung
transplant centres. Its patient services unit is known as the Anzac
Centre. Hundreds of patients are treated each year for heart blockages
and heart attacks.
the original manor house has fallen into disrepair and the huts built
for the Anzacs are long gone the Australian soldiers nursed at
Harefield are not forgotten. Every year since 1921 the local school and
the Cubs, Scouts and Girl Guides lead a parade through the village to
the graves of the Australian soldiers where they lay flowers on every
grave in the cemetery.
Images of the flag and information about its restoration can be found HERE .
That Last Nickel
father walks into a restaurant with his young son. He gives the young
boy 3 nickels to play with to keep him occupied. Suddenly the boy
starts choking, going blue in the face.
The father realizes the boy has swallowed the nickels and starts slapping him on the back.
The boy coughs up 2 of the nickels, but keeps choking. Looking at his son, the father is panicking, shouting for help.
well dressed, attractive, and serious looking woman, in a blue business
suit is sitting at a coffee bar reading a newspaper and sipping a cup
of coffee. At the sound of the commotion, she looks up, puts her coffee
cup down neatly folds the newspaper and places it on the counter, gets
up from her seat and makes her way, unhurried, across the restaurant.
Reaching the boy, the woman carefully drops his pants; takes hold of the boy's
and starts to squeeze and twist, gently at first and then ever so
firmly. After a few seconds the boy convulses violently and coughs up
the last nickel, which the woman deftly catches in her free hand.
the boy's testicles, the woman hands the nickel to the father and walks
back to her seat in the coffee bar without saying a word.
soon as he is sure that his son has suffered no ill effects, the father
rushes over to the woman and starts thanking her saying, 'I've never
seen anybody do anything like that before, it was fantastic. Are you a
'No,' the woman replied. 'Divorce attorney.'
A blonde wanted to go ice fishing. She'd seen many books on the subject,
and finally getting all the necessary tools together, she made for the ice.
After positioning her comfy footstool, she started to make a circular
cut in the ice. Suddenly, from the sky, a voice boomed,
"THERE ARE NO FISH UNDER THE ICE!"
Startled, the blonde moved further down the ice, poured a thermos of
cappuccino, and began to cut yet another hole. Again from the heavens
the voice bellowed,
"THERE ARE NO FISH UNDER THE ICE!"
The blonde, now worried, moved away, clear down to the opposite end of
the ice. She set up her stool once more and tried again to cut her hole.
The voice came once more,
"THERE ARE NO FISH UNDER THE ICE!"
She stopped, looked skyward! and said,
"IS THAT YOU LORD?"
The voice replied,
THIS IS THE MANAGER OF THE HOCKEY RINK!"
to those who have submitted an item towards this month’s Newsletter.
Just remember if you have anything at all you would like to share
with the rest of the Sub Branch send it in as an attachment to the
email address above.