Veteran of five campaigns including Korea, Borneo, New Guinea, Malaya and Vietnam, Tony Perriman.
Veteran of five campaigns including Korea, Borneo, New Guinea, Malaya and Vietnam, Tony Perriman.

The army was my life

By EMMA CORNFORD

TO BRUSHGROVE resident Tony Perriman, Anzac Day is the most important day of the year.

He comes from a family of servicemen; his father served in the army as did two of his uncles.

"Anzac Day has always been important. I had two uncles, one died at Lone Pine and the other died in France ... and my father served in WWII so in my family it was always a very important time," he said.

Mr Perriman said it was this family background which influenced him to serve his country ? which he did in four separate conflicts over 32 years.

After Mr Perriman joined the armed forces as an 18-year-old in 1948, he went to officer training school and graduated as a second lieutenant. From there he served in Korea, Malaya, Vietnam and Papua New Guinea.

"The army was my life; the infantry was my life," he said.

"I learnt a lot about leadership ... and I think that a lot of people who are nowadays called managers should be called leaders."

Mr Perriman was quick to point out that Anzac Day was not just about remembering Anzacs.

"It's an important tradition (but) it's not just about Gallipoli, it's about all of those who have fought and died in conflict.

"I think the the dawn service is the most important part. It's that feeling you get in the dark and you can think about people who you knew, who were mates, and who died."



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