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I wear these medals

        in honour of a man I

       never knew: My Dad

       Each year on ANZAC Day & Remembrance Day, John Machin
       wears the medals of his father, a man he never knew when
       growing up in wartime England.   His Dad, Gunner Henry
       Machin had been on active duty for most of the War and
       died in the Normanby Landing on D-Day.  Sadly, to this day,
       John has no memories of his Dad.

       John and wife Farah came to live in Mango Hill  Village
       in 2010 where they take an active role in the Mango Hill
       Progress Association  and attend ANZAC Ceremonies each
       year,  in particular the Mango Hill ANZAC commemoration,
       since 2015.

        On 21st April along with 40 Mango Hill residents, John (now
       in his 80’s)  attended the recent Mango Hill commemoration
       where  he  spoke  with  to  Progress  Association  President,
       Laurence Christie about his feelings on that day.

       “Each ANZAC Day I feel so much for all the children and
       families who have lost a “Loved-One” serving in  War or
       as a result of war. I was moved to tears as the Bugler so
       beautifully played the Last Post and Revellie and think of
       my Dad I never knew”. Following a brief reflection, John
       went to say, “It is my great wish that every boy and girl
       honours their Parents while they still can.”

          6th June 1944  - British Gliders approach

                   the coast of Normanby in France:

                                                It is D-Day

       On 5th June 1944, on the eve of the Allied  Australia where in 2010, an excited Jean
       Normanby Landing, Gunner Henry Machin  (his sister) rang from England to tell him
       flew to Normanby as a glider passenger  that  their  Dad’s  grave  had  been  found.
       on board a Horsa Glider when he was shot  Gunner  Henry  Machin  now  lies  in  Rest
       down and sadly drowned just off the coast  with honour at Banneville-La-Campagne
       of Le Havre in France.  Gunner Machin was  War Cemetery near Caen in Normanby.
       but 26 years old having served for most
       of the war to that time with his wife Lucy,
       daughter Jean and 5 year old son, John
       back at home in Litchfield (Stafford Shire)

       Gunner Machin’s body was recovered and
       was said to be buried by German soldiers,
       without his family even knowing where
       and even if his body had been buried, for
       over 66 years.
                                                        Next Month:
       Many years  later, John emigrated to    John Machin leaves England and
                                                     comes Down Under!
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