Frederick Denny, aged 99, is one Order of Australia Medal recipient who shuns the limelight.
Mr Denny, one of thousands to be acknowledged for his contribution, received the medal for his service to veterans and their families through his association with Picton-Thirlmere-Bargo Sub-Branch, NSW Branch, Returned and Services League of Australia – but it’s a difficult recognition for the World War Two veteran to come to terms with.
Mr Denny who served in the 55/53rd Mice of Moresby, of which he is also a life member, came home to loved ones in Thirlmere. Sadly, many of his mates and comrades didn’t and to him awards are about acknowledging “those who didn’t come home,” grandson Rob Denny said.
His grandson Rob, said his grandfather counts “his lucky stars”, but it’s difficult for him to accept the centre of attention when many of the men he served with – never had the chance for a life. Mr Denny is one of five veterans still alive out of 1800 men who served in the battalion.
Mr Denny, has been a life member of the NSW RSL since 1946 and has never missed a Sydney ANZAC Day march in 76 years. He is also a life member of Picton Thirlmere Bargo RSL Sun branch (since 1945).
Upon returning home from the war, he was an engineer on the Water Board including overseeing the construction of Warragamba Dam.
The family are unaware of the person or persons who nominated the veteran for the honour.