Clarence Harre is lucky to be here. His great-great-grandfather was accidently buried three times by shell-fire during the First World War and his great-grandfather had a narrow escape when HMAS Kuttubul was attacked and sunk by the Japanese midget submarines in Sydney Harbour during the Second World War.
“I had no idea until recently,” Clarence said. “They didn’t open up much – or at least that’s what my grandmother tells me – and I only met my great-grandfather when I was too young to remember.”
An electrical engineering student, Clarence was visiting the Australian War Memorial in Canberra to learn more about his family’s military service thanks to the Gallipoli Scholarship Fund.
The Gallipoli Scholarship aims to foster an understanding among young people of the enduring traditions of perseverance, courage, self-sacrifice and mateship forged on Gallipoli, and to raise awareness of the sacrifices of Australians who have served in war and on peacekeeping operations.