Ninety-six-year old Leonard Timbrell was just a teenager when he went away to war.
Like many young men during the Second World War, he lied about his age when he enlisted in the Royal Australian Navy.
“I wanted to see the world,” Leonard said.
“I was 17, so I suppose I was only a kid, but I just felt like I wanted to see something of the world, and that’s how it happened; my wish came true ...
“I found out that those who were under 18 … had to be accompanied by an officer, or one of the petty officers, when they went ashore … and I thought I wouldn’t like that, so I put my age up to 18, and when I was discharged they gave me my discharge certificate which still shows 18.”