Travelling to remember

Travelling Vietnam veteran Rob Eade places a small flag on the plaque of private A J Wallace at the Wingham Memorial Town Hall. Members of the Wingham RSL Sub-branch look on.
Travelling Vietnam veteran Rob Eade places a small flag on the plaque of private A J Wallace at the Wingham Memorial Town Hall. Members of the Wingham RSL Sub-branch look on.

Wingham’s only serviceman killed in the Vietnam war was honored today in a small service led by travelling veteran Rob Eade.

A small flag was placed next to a plaque at the Wingham Memorial Town Hall in memory of Alan J Wallace who was born and bred in Wingham.

Members of the Wingham RSL Sub-branch were also present to remember the service of Mr Wallace.

Private A J Wallace was killed in action on May 16, 1968 in the Battle of Coral in South Vietnam aged just 21.

Rob Eade is one year into the Remembrance Ride Oz.

I hope I can do the boys and girls proud

Rob Eade

His journey is taking him around Australia to place 600 flags in the home towns of Australian servicemen and women killed in service since the start of the Vietnam war in 1962.

Mr Eade’s journey began in WA on June 18, 2016.

Rob Eade and Ginge on the trike that has so far taken them 19,000 km around Australia remembering the fallen.

Rob Eade and Ginge on the trike that has so far taken them 19,000 km around Australia remembering the fallen.

He has so far travelled 19,000 km on his trike motorbike with his loyal dog Ginge keeping him company.

During that time Mr Eade has placed more than 400 flags on memorials and said doing so gives him great satisfaction.

“I hope I can do the boys and girls proud,” he said.

Rob Eade served in Vietnam from 1969-1970 and has suffered from PTSD as a result of his time at war.