13 – BOB CLELAND
When I was old enough to know a bit more about life, Dad, Donald Cleland, went away to the Middle East in February 1940, with all those other Aussies of the Seventh Division, 2nd AIF, to help our ‘mother country’, Great Britain, fight a war against Germany.
I was just nine years old and I didn’t really understand Dad’s words to me just before he left – ‘You have to be the man of the house now. Look after your mother and your brother.’
I grew up a bit then, but it wasn’t until I was about 11 or 12 that I started being the responsible ‘man of the house’.