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Media ReleaseThe Hon Bruce Scott MP Minister for Veterans' Affairs Federal Member tor Maranoe141/98 6 November 1998... As We That Are Left Grow Old [Victoria]As Victoria’s 21 surviving World War I veterans remember their fallen comrades on Remembrance Day, all Victorians are encouraged to take a minute to honour the sacrifice of Australians who have died while serving their country.This Remembrance Day - Wednesday 11 November - marks the 80th anniversary of the end of World War I, a conflict which saw 416,000 Australians volunteer for service. Of these 324,000 served overseas. Two-thirds suffered casualties and more than 60,000 Australians never came home.Australia’s surviving veterans remember the horror of war all too vividly. Victorian RobertRiddell, now 99 years old, served in the 57th Battalion, Australian Imperial Force on the Western Front. He was in France from January 1918 to September 1919 and was involved in major campaigns including the recapture of Villers-Bretonneux from the Germans on 25 April 1918. Remarkably, he was never wounded."There were shells dropping everywhere, you could hear the bullets rushing past you - didn’t know how far they were from you, but you could hear them whistling past you and it’s a thing you couldn’t describe," Mr Riddell recalled."You didn’t know when your turn was coming. You’d hear a shell coming down and you didn’t know how far away you were from it, where it was going to burst. And when it burst you had to get onto the ground pretty quick. If you didn’t, you’d stop a bit of shrapnel," Mr Riddell said.Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Bruce Scott, is urging all Australians on this Remembrance Day to remember the price of war - the sacrifice of 102,807 Australians who have died fighting for their country during the past century."Their courage and sacrifice is part of our heritage. The simple gesture of observing a minute’s silence at 11 a.m. on the 11 November will ensure that heritage continues to be treasured," Mr Scott said.EndsAttention News Editor: Victoria’s World War I veterans are William Allan, John Buntine, Angus Clark, Joseph Clark, Roderic Clarke, Raymond Durston, John Greenwood, Eric Hughes, John Kerr, John Lockett, Roy Longmore, Walter Parker, Robert Riddell, Thomas Smith, Frederick Wetton and Walter Winnett. Allied veterans living in Victoria are George Cooper, Reginald Jolley, Gabriel Green, Harold Stiff and George Tyers.The national Remembrance Day Ceremony at the Australian War Memorial Canberra will be broadcast on ABC Television and Radio.Media Contact:Gary Kent (Ministerial): 02 6277 7820 or 0419 854 211 09/11/1998

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Phil Diak (Departmental): 02 6289 6578 or 0411 107 261 09/11/1998