As a result of a recent announcement by the Federal Government all military personnel who served during World War 2 are entitled to receive a medallion and certificate honouring their involvement. On 13/10/2020 a local, Mrs Pat Dowling, was presented with her medallion and certificate at a ceremony in Laura by the Rowan Ramsey MP – Federal Member for Grey.
Pat joined the Womens Royal Australian Air Force in 1942. At the end of her training at Ascot Vale Vic. as a wireless operator, she was posted to Gawler. During her training the Allied code book was captured by the Japanese so she had to be re-trained with a new set of codes. At Gawler she worked in a secret underground location monitoring messages from northern Australia and from “listening posts” located throughout the northern islands as far away as Borneo. Once decoded the messages were then sent to Melbourne by landline.
The ceremony was also attended by Lt Commander Ben Robinson (ex Jamestown), Presidents and members of the Jamestown and Laura RSL’s. Pat responded with a speech thanking those in attendance for their efforts on her behalf.