Another Second World War veteran has been presented with a special commemorative medallion to honour and thank them for their service as part of commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the end of the Second World War.

Federal Member for Barker Tony Pasin presented Mrs Gwen Ryan (née Thompson), 95, of Bordertown with her medallion at a special presentation at the Bordertown RSL last month alongside Bordertown RSL’s Mr Ken McInerney, President and Mr Tony Rout, Vice President.

Mrs Ryan served as a Private in the Australian Army from 1944 to 1946 and was posted in the 2 Base Ordnance Depot at the time of discharge.

Mr Pasin said it had been a privilege to have the opportunity to meet so many wonderful veterans and present them with a medallion to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Second World War.

“Barker has a rich Second World War history and is proud to be the home to veterans from Australia’s greatest generation like Mrs Ryan who served our nation with distinction,” Mr Pasin said.

“We owe a great debt to these remarkable Australians for the free and prosperous nation we live in today.

“While more than one million Australian men and women fought during the Second World War campaigns, 12,000 veterans who served during the Second World War are still with us today.

“Australia can never fully repay the debt we owe these amazing men and women but, to mark their service, the Federal Government is producing this Commemorative Medallion and Certificate of Commemoration for the remaining living Second World War veterans.

“I encourage all surviving veterans, or the families of living veterans if they haven’t already done so to apply to receive a medallion and certificate as a special thank you from a grateful nation for all they have done.”

For more information on how to apply contact Tony Pasin at or 08 8724 7730.

Contact: 8531 2466