Kokoda's Forrester, 100, dies

BELIEVED to be the last surviving Australian Second World War veteran – depicted in the well-known photo of the bloody Kokoda Track campaign – has died in North Queensland.
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Arnold Forrester, second from left, on the Kokoda Track during the Second World. He was with the 39th Infantry Battalion. Picture: Australian War Memorial, photographer: Damien Parer

Staff Reporter

Arnold Forrester was in his early 20s when he joined the 39th Infantry Battalion and was one of the last surviving members of the group, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported.
 
Untrained and under-equipped, Forrester was a company runner during battles against the Japanese on the Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea in 1942. More than 600 Australian troops died.
 
Margi Pavlovic, one of his four children, said she was glad she visited him at his Townsville nursing home just before he suffered a suspected cardiac arrest.
 
"Arnie was a fix-it man of sorts — he was always trying to fix things in a not-so-fashionable way. His drawers of his side table were sticking, so he oiled them with hand cream or Vaseline."
 
Forrester celebrated his 100th birthday in August 2019.
 

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