Going out on a Limb for club and country
- Monday, 29 October 2012
A few weeks ago we introduced you to our oldest member - 95-year-old Trevor Limb.
In that article you also met some of his family including his grandsons, who play in the local competition in Geelong.
Well they recently won the flag and the boys took the cup to the aged care hostel, which was well recieved by the residents (especially the proud grandfather).
L-R: Tom (Playing coach), Michael Limb, Michael, Blake (captain).
Trevor's Army service.
Seventy years ago on 7 November 1939 Trevor Morley Limb, at the ripe age of 22, enlisted in the Australian Army and served in the Sixth Division Cavalry Regiment until being discharged on 2 May 1946. Born on 21 May 1917 in Bayswater WA, Trevor's reasons for joining the army was the same as that of so many other young men of the time, simply to "have some fun".
The Sixth Division Cavalry Regiment (originally the sixth Division Reconnaissance Regiment) was among the first convoys to depart Australia during World War II from Sydney on 10 January 1940. Destination: Middle East. Trevor specifically remebers finally arriving at 1 o'clock in the morning on 13 February 1940 at Suez Canal to bangers and mash courtesy of the British troops.
After extensive training in Egypt, the Sixth Division Cavalry Regiment saw their first day of action in the Libyan Desert but it was their second reconnaissance that Trevor deems their most difficult. Trevor recalls a "flaming onion" flying straight by his head, only to be followed seconds later with another on the other side of his head. His mate even had one fly been the legs! As part of Troop No. 13, Trevor maintains 13 is actually a lucky number.
Trevor was wounded in Syria just before the Armistice of Saint Jean d'Arce, 1941. He returned to Australia with the depleted sixth Division Cavalry Regiment on 13 February 1942. While his regiment was later sent to New Guinea, Trevor stayed in Australia due to injury and become the officer in charge of AIF publications, based here in Melbourne. He insists, however, that he always wanted to go back.
He was awarded the Efficiency Medal for long service and is a life member of the Sixth Division Cavalry Commando Regiment Association, having served as Secretary, Vice President and President.
Above: Lieutenant Trevor Limb and Corporal Trevor Limb of the Guard Palestine
In article: Andrew Robb together with Trevor Limb.