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1 September 2016

97 year old WWII veteran John Moyle is leaving town. The stalwart of Anzac Day is joining relatives “down south”.

Sergeant John Moyle hails from Western Australia, where he joined the Army in 1938 before the outbreak of World War II. 

John was initially trained for coastal artillery batteries, but after some brief service relating to the big guns, he was unusually posted to Army duties on the high seas, serving in the Special Investigations Branch (Maritime). The SIB guarded prisoners of war, investigated shipboard crime, and participated in any necessary defence when under attack.

By the end of WWII the SIB had seven Officers and 122 Other Ranks, of which John was one, having risen to sergeant by then.

John Moyle served until November 1945, by which time he had seen service across many areas of the Pacific.

Post-war he worked in Papua New Guinea, and then moved to the Territory in the 1970s, where he was engaged in the building trade as a manager. Even after retirement, John has  continued to work as a volunteer supporting charities, and as a guide at Darwin Military Museum.

He has attended Anzac Day every year, wearing uniform and medals, although he is now riding in a place of honour in one of the WWII jeeps.

Recently John was filmed talking about his experiences for The Territory Remembers project, the NT Government’s commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Territory’s participation in World War II.  John has subsequently been appearing on Channel 9 talking about the war, and will continue to be seen as an active participant in the project, even as he moves south.

Darwin WWII veteran John Moyle and war artist Bob McRae, at the Darwin Military Musem display of HMAS Deloraine's fight with the Japanese submarine I-124. Bob completed two paintings for the display. (Photo Tom Lewis)
WWII veteran John Moyle with some Japanese flags and weapons at Darwin Military Museum (Photo by Gary Haslett)