Melbourne veteran to deliver Anzac address


A 97-year-old Melbourne man delivers an address at the Anzac Day National Ceremony in Canberra next week.

Essendon husband Bob Semple, also known as "Tobruk Rat", spent time in the Middle East and North Africa during World War II.

Mr. Semples uncle was killed on April 25, 1915, when the Anzacs landed at Gallipoli.

Ten of his friends are buried side by side in the desert after being hit by a shell under Siege of Tobruk in Libya.

The names of his gun crew are chopped into the back of the violin he took in war.

"All the things you need to learn to live with, I suppose. It's a soldier's life. Never ever forgets it," he says.

"There are several Victoria crosses and other high prizes buried under the sands of the desert in North Africa and in the ears of the ears than ever went on the ground. [They have] nothing against their names but we know who they were. "

Mr. Semple, who thinks I'm lucky to have returned home and marry the love of his life, still has the violin, he went to war with the blanket hat and the big jacket he was given when he joined.

They still fit, and the old violin case, marked with his initials and regiment number, still holds true in its time in the Middle East and North Africa.



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