Plaque honours WWII veteran John Collett

Wee Waa’s only surviving Australian World War II veteran John Collett was honoured at the Namoi Echo Museum last week with a special plaque presentation, reports the Narrabri Courier.

Ninety-four-year-old John Collett doesn’t like fuss; he prefers to be called ‘John’ and isn’t a fan of pomp and ceremony, so organisers made sure they kept the presentation ‘short and sweet’.

“We’re very proud of ‘Fardy’ and we can’t wait until he’s 100,” said Nate Dewson, John Collett’s 10-year-old, great-grandson.

The presentation might have been low-key but what the plaque represents is incredibly significant and reflects the community’s desire to recognise John’s service as well as others from the district who served alongside him in World War II.

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Centre, World War II veteran John Collett with his family, grandson Luke Dewson, great-grandsons Nate and Toby Dewson and Luke’s wife Bec Dewson at a plaque presentation held at the Wee Waa Namoi Echo Museum on Friday, February 12.