Anzac Day 2024

  • Posted April 30, 2024
  • By Caroline Taylor
Recently, Allan Lawton (’61) attended the Scotch Anzac Day Service in Memorial Hall and read the Ode for the students. Following in his father and Great Grandfather’s footsteps, Allan attended Scotch from 1957 to 1961. His brother, son and grandsons have all attended Scotch too.
Allan’s name came up for conscription to the Vietnam War in the very first birthday ballot in 1965 – his birthdate came out of the barrel, which saw him shipped to Vietnam on National Service. He was seconded to the 87 Transport Platoon in the Royal Australian Army Service Corps as a Private, with the task of dropping supplies to troops.
Allan’s job was riding “shotgun” on the daily run between Vung Tau and Nui Dat. Although he manned the gun every day, he never had to fire a shot in anger. The road was safe during the day, but not at night. The 176 Air Despatch Company was based right next to the Air Ambulance base and Allan saw a lot of activity there on the morning after the Battle of Long Tan.
This Anzac Day, we remember all Old Boys and staff who have served in conflicts around the world.
We will remember them.
Lest we forget.
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