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OLD GUILDFORDIANS News In year order Gresley Harper (1896-1901) and Wilfred Harper (1899-1908) were remembered in the lead up to Anzac day in an article published by the West Australian (5 April 2017) which featured letters from the two brothers. Sons of Guildford Grammar School’s founder, Charles Harper, Gresley and Wilfred joined the 10th Light Horse and were killed at the infamous charge, at the Nek in Gallipoli, in August 1915. Wilfred Harper was the inspiration behind the character ‘Archy Hamilton’ in the 1981 Film “Gallipoli”. His character portrayed some of the last recorded movements of Wilfred. Alfred Johnston (1913-1916) was remembered in an article published by The Reporter (25 April 2017). He enlisted in the army with his four brothers when he was just 17 years old, after lying about his age, and spent his 18th birthday at World War I. He later obtained a medical degree from Melbourne University and a Fellowship with England’s Royal College of Surgeons. He enlisted in the Second 3rd Field Ambulance at Gaza as a Captain and later became a Major. John Pope (SG 1928-1935) was featured in the West Australian (9 April 2017), reflecting on his wartime experiences as part of the 2/28th Battalion. John enlisted in the 2/28th in 1940, after working in the Commonwealth Bank in Katanning. While fighting at Tobruk in 1941, he was taken prisoner and was transferred in stages to Italy and then Germany. After three attempts, John managed to escape and caught up with the American soldiers. A book highlighting the stories of John and his comrades entitled ‘The Second 28th’, was launched in April 2017 at the Irwin Barracks in Karrakatta. John Lyall (He 1932-1939) was featured in an article for the West Australian (16 April 2017) that was dedicated to his service as a former tail-gunner in the Royal Air Force. John flew 31 missions in the Royal Air Force and is also a recipient of France’s highest award, the Legion d’Honneur. By 1942, John was part of Bomber Command and a member of the RAF’s 214 Squadron in England. Just before the war had ended, John was part of an All-Australian crew as a tail-gunner with the rank of Flying Officer. While John admits he was a “lucky boy”, he says the luckiest thing he did was 73 years ago when he married his wife, Cynthia. Erik Smalhout (SG 1941-1944), now deceased, was married for 57 years. He lived in North Carolina, United States of America, for 30 years and then retired to Mississippi in 1985. Peter Glasfurd (Sc 1943-1949) is currently on an extended trip, travelling by caravan around Australia. Walter ‘Wally’ Treloar (SG 1955-1957) died in March 2016 doing something that he