Launceston World War II veterans get ready to meet for last time

REUNION: Members of the 12/50th Battalion at the Elphin Showgrounds during World War II. The battalion was known as the Launceston Regiment at the time. Picture: Supplied
REUNION: Members of the 12/50th Battalion at the Elphin Showgrounds during World War II. The battalion was known as the Launceston Regiment at the time. Picture: Supplied

A group of World War II veterans will reunite at Longford for what may be the last time in April. 

The 12/50th Battalion, also known as the Launceston regiment, has held annual reunions since 1967, however the battalion is down to its last three members. 

“When they first started the reunion [the veterans] said, ‘we’ll keep running them until the last man is standing’,” event organiser Doug Wyatt OAM said. 

“I think this might be the last one.”

Mr Wyatt’s father was a sergeant in the battalion, which was stationed in Launceston for much of the war before being shifted to a base near Darwin in 1943.

He will attend the reunion at The Country Club Hotel, Longford, along with 10 other family members of deceased veterans.