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ANZAC legend strong at Belmont Aged Care Home

There was no birthday cake for Bob Gray when he celebrated his 23rd birthday in 1943. Instead, Mr Gray spent the day digging a trench, marking 18 months since he left the Royal Australian Air Force Training School in Geraldton with the No.3 Squadron for the Middle East.
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A younger Bob Gray served in WWII from 1941 to 1943.

This was the year that Mr Gray returned home to marry his sweetheart Lynette, who he met during the war in Geraldton while completing his initial training. Lynette was working behind the counter in a fruit shop when she caught his eye, and after months of writing letters and sending photographs Bob was able to save enough money to send home, asking his mother to choose an engagement ring for her.

The couple celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary last year, and continue to live together at Hall & Prior’s Belmont Aged Care Home.

On ANZAC Day, the facility reflects on the bravery of those who have fought for our country and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Of the men Mr Gray served with in the Middle East, there is only one other surviving member of his platoon - Felix Sainsbury - who he sees once a year.

Hall & Prior host an ANZAC service at each one of its 19 homes every year to pay tribute to the older Australians in our care. Hall & Prior Health and Aged Care Group cares for more than 1,000 older Australians in Western Australia and New South Wales. Of those, 147 of those are war veterans with many more touched by war and the loss of a loved one.

Bob Gray served in WWII from 1941 to 1943.

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