• Avenel RSL to commemorate 100th anniversary of WWI monument

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    GUEST SPEAKER: Chairman of the South African Military Veterans Organisation International Tony Macquet will be speaking at Avenel’s 2020 Anzac Day commemorations.

    NEXT year, Avenel RSL Victoria will host a special Anzac Day event, which will include the chairman of the South African Military Veterans Organisation International (SAMVOINT), distinguished guest speaker Tony Macquet MMM (Military Merit Medal).

    Mr Macquet will make a presentation about a famed fellow soldier and countryman, Brigadier-General John Robinson Royston – fondly dubbed “Galloping Jack” by the Australian soldiers who served under his command in World War I.

    During the conflict, Royston fought alongside many Australians and his leadership style and command was respected by Australians, with Royston receiving a hero welcome when, as a guest of the Eighth Light Horse, he visited Australia in 1934 during centenary celebrations.

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