RSLWA has paid tribute to one of its most loved and respected members, the recently departed John ‘JJ’ Wade, with a posthumous Life Membership presentation this week.
State President Peter Aspinall officially presented Mr Wade’s children, Jim and Ellen Wade, with his RSLWA Life Membership certification on Thursday.
Sadly, JJ passed away aged 100 last year, before he could accept the honour.
John James Joseph Wade was one of the few remaining Rats of Tobruk.
While he often reflected on the futility of war, he attended many a Remembrance Day and ANZAC Day to remember his mates – and commemorate those who never made it home.
JJ left the Port of Fremantle in January 1941 bound for the Middle East and saw action in Tobruk, Libya, as a driver-mechanic, and El Alamein in Egypt.
Of his wartime experiences, JJ once said: “I always try to look on the bright side, if you can find one. It’s not good looking on the crook side, it gets you nowhere.”
Daughter Ellen, in accepting the honour from Mister Aspinall, said the framed certificate would join the scores of honours bestowed on her father over his lifetime.