War-time memories shared


LIFETIME OF MEMORIES: Grace Gilmore, now 93, joined the Royal Australian Air Force at 18 and served in a clerical position at Air Force HQ in Melbourne for ... years. Picture: BRITTANY DENTON

LIFETIME OF MEMORIES: Grace Gilmore, now 93, joined the Royal Australian Air Force at 18 and served in a clerical position at Air Force HQ in Melbourne for ... years. Picture: BRITTANY DENTON

GRACE Gilmore joined the Royal Australian Air Force at age 18 in the midst of World War II.

"A girlfriend of mine said 'wait for my 18th birthday and we can sign up together', so I waited another month until she turned 18 as well and we signed up right away," Ms Gilmore said, chatting to The Border Watch ahead of next week's Anzac Day commemorations.

"That was around 1942 and in those days you still had to have a parent's consent unless you were over the age of 21, so we had to convince our mothers to sign the forms for us."

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