Sir Angus Houston Launches Ex-Service Organisations Research Mapping Project (ESOMP)

CAPTAIN Reg Saunders

Sir Angus said, "Every veteran and their family, regardless of their age or experience, should be able to access services that meet their needs. It is imperative that we find the people that are slipping through the gaps, particularly those in regional areas, as they volunteered their services for our country in its time of need." The research project is aimed at mapping the needs of veterans and their families, determining the range of services provided by ESOs and identifying any gaps or overlaps in those services. This project will be undertaken by an independent organisation, the Aspen Foundation.

 Lance Corporal Leslie John Hildebrandt in Japan 1946

Japan 1946

After reading the front page of RAEME Nation website and seeing WO1 Hildebrandt’s photo, the memories flooded back to Puckapunyal 1958, Leslie John was in charge of the GE section at Puckapunyal Area Workshops and I was their as a corporal in the same section. 

 Lance Corporal Leslie John Hildebrandt in Japan 1946

Japan 1946

WO1 “Guns” Leslie John Hildebrandt enlisted in the regular army from his home town of Bendigo as an apprentice on the 29th May, 1941. He was aged just 15 and he would not have known then, that he was part of the famous ‘first 100’ apprentice entrants into the Australian Army. For more interesting information on the First 100 please check the archives of “The Craftsman” and in particular issues 1 – 3.

 MajGen

Andrew Mathewson joined the Army as an Apprentice Fitter and Turner in 1980.  He entered the Royal Military College in 1986, graduating into the Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (RAEME) in mid 1987.   Early postings were predominantly technical.