Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Life Devoted to Our Veterans; Vale: Phil Gilbert OAM 1936-2016

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Life Devoted to Our Veterans; Vale: Phil Gilbert OAM 1936-2016

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Byline: Gary Worrall Gary.Worrall@qt.com.au

IPSWICH gathered to mourn the passing of a community legend yesterday, at the funeral of RSL stalwart Phil Gilbert OAM.

Michael Blaine, secretary of the Ipswich RSL sub-branch, described Mr Gilbert as "a mate to many" who was involved in numerous activities with the sub-branch, including the purchase of buses for the Milford Grange retirement village.

"He would even drive the buses himself, to get veterans and widows to events," Mr Blaine said.

"He also organised and conducted poppy services for our members who passed away," he said.

Mr Gilbert, who was born in the United Kingdom in 1936, joined the Royal Navy in 1957, after completing an apprenticeship with the De Havilland Aircraft Company.

He started as a Stoker, working in the engine rooms of ships, before finishing his service as a Petty Officer.

Phil French, who conducted the Naval Eulogy as part of the funeral service, said Mr Gilbert served on several ships, including HMS Victory, and naval shore bases during his naval service, as well as a 12-month posting to Maralinga in South Australia from December 1960 to November 1961. …

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