Lodge Sincerity No.233 “ANZAC” Memorial Meeting 

Rt Wor. Bro. Alf Carpenter standing at the Cenotaph.

Wor. Bro. Ian Burnley was offered the freedom of the lodge on Saturday night 13th April, 2013 to start Lodge Sincerity’s ANZAC Memorial Service meeting. He presented a talk, aided by a slide presentation, on the Temora Aviation Museum in southern N.S.W.  Wor. Bro. Burnley’s enthusiasm on the topic of aviation, resulted in a very interesting talk on military, passenger and light planes which took part in the air show at Temora. Those aircraft that did not take part were on show in the large museum on site.

  At the conclusion of the talk, 95 year old, Rt Wor. Bro. Alf Carpenter was requested to occupy the chair of King Solomon to conduct the annual ANZAC Memorial Service. Rt. Wor Bro. Carpenter then gave a short talk on some of his war experiences. He started the Remembrance Ceremony with a prayer to all who sacrificed their lives for our freedom. And with the aid of the Organist and Musical Brethren, all sang the Ripling’s hymn “Recessional”. The lodge room lights were extinguished, the Last Post was played, a minute’s silence observed and the ode to the “ANZAC” was recited. The bugler played Reveille as the lights was restored.

 W. Master then announced that various wreaths would now be laid. The Senior Warden laid a wreath on the North East corner of the Pavement and the Junior Warden laid a helmet on the South East corner. Wor. Bro. John Lennox then laid a wreath at the cenotaph on behalf of all present. The brethren then proceeded to pay their respects at the cenotaph, thus ending a very solemn ANZAC Service.

Alf Carpenter held the rank of Regimental Sergeant Major (RSM) in the 6 Div. 2/4th A.I.F., while serving in Palestine. He took part in the 1st Desert Campaign against the Italians and then went to Greece, Crete, Alexandria, Syria, Darwin and finally Wee Wak and Bougainville in New Guinea. He served with distinction and was promoted to Lieutenant while serving in Darwin.

Rt. Wor. Bro. Alf Carpenter OAM  is fast become one of the Australia’s National Treasures because, as time has gone by,  all of the original ANZACs  have passed on, and the ranks of the diggers from World War 2 are getting thinner. He was born during WW1 in 1917 and will be 96 years old on 22nd April, 2013. We take this opportunity to wish him a very happy birthday and continued good health.