By Mitchell Clarke
Veteran and current member of the 39th Battalion Association Alan Jameson was awarded the 2019 Shrine of Remembrance Medal for his work throughout Cardinia shire.
The Parkdale resident was nominated by The Hon. Edward O’Donohue, who described Mr Jameson as an “outstanding candidate” and a man whose efforts continue to honour and ensure the sacrifices made by veterans and their families are remembered.
“Alan Jameson is a remarkably kind and generous man,” Mr O’Donohue said.
“Focused on the welfare of veterans, particularly those who fought on Kokoda, he has dedicated thousands of hours to looking after those that defended our country.
“It’s great to see such an unsung hero receive worthy recognition for what he does within the community.”
Mr Jameson has been a driving force behind the Harold Bould Memorial Award, an initiative in honour of former Cardinia resident Harold Bould, who was killed in 1942 while serving with the 39th Battalion during the Kokoda campaign.
The award provides an opportunity for two Year 10 students from schools within Cardinia to take part in a gruelling 10 day trek covering 100km at Kokoda.
“For the last decade, it’s been my privilege (together with my wonderful staff) to work with Alan to run the Harold Bould Memorial Award sponsoring Cardinia Shire students to walk Kokoda,” Mr O’Donohue added.
Since 2008, the Shrine of Remembrance Medal has provided recognition to an individual or group that has made contributions to the advancement of community knowledge and understanding of the service and sacrifices made by Victorians for their country in times of war.
“Mr Jameson’s contribution in supporting commemoration within the Cardinia community and beyond is commendable,” Shrine CEO Dean Lee said.
“His devotion to veteran welfare and educating the younger generation about service and sacrifice speaks to the essence of what the Shrine Medal is about.”