Bosworth Family Rakes Up 100 Years in the Military
|The Bosworth family has taken the maxim “following in dad’s footsteps” a little further with three generations clocking up over 100 years in the Australian military.
Their collective service has covered all three armed forces and has sent them to eight countries around the world.
They may have set or broken Australian armed forces history through this milestone. However Ted himself has his own milestone having received the Military Medal for heroism in the Korea campaign during the battle at Maryang Sam in October 1951 when he opened up firing his Bren gun on a large force of the enemy inflicting casualties before he was shot in the neck and chest.
By coming together to commemorate Anzac Day in the home town of their patriarch, the family has certainly set record for our club and sub-branch.
The family was given the honour of laying the Innisfail RSL wreath during the dawn service on Anzac Day, a job usually reserved for the branch president.
While the Bosworth family certainly has a military history to be proud of, it very easily may not have happened as a trio of applications by Ted to enlisting the early 1940s were rejected on medical grounds.
Still wanting to be involved in the war (WW2), he was man-powered to the USA Army to break horses but he refused to work on the wet yard he was taken to a Townsville recruit depot where the decision was made in February 1943 that if he was fit enough to break horses, he should be able to do something in the army and was recruited.
In October 1944 he was sent to Wewak, New Guinea and from October 1945 to March 1946 to Rabaul. He was discharged in September, 1945. Re-joining in August 1950 he was sent to Korea in November and discharged in May 1952.
In July 1960 joined the Army Reserve until July 1973 when he retired after attaining the rank of Staff SGT.
Ted’s son Brian, who is currently a WO1 in the 3rd Division in Sydney, joined the army in 1970 and has served in New Guinea, Iraq, East Timor (2 tours) and Solomon Islands. He is due for discharge in 2014. Brian’s son Phillip was among the group of soldiers to relieve his father’s unit in Iraq in 2007. Phillip Bosworth, who is now a trooper with the school of armour in Melbourne, enlisted in the Army Reserve 51 RQR in 1990 and in 1993 enlisted in ARA. Phillip was among the first unit to East Timor in 1990 and last unit in Iraq in 2007.
Robyn Bosworth who is a corporal at the RAAF base at Richmond, originally enlisted in the navy in 1999 and served on HMAS Manoora in the Persian Gulf for six months. Her ship also transferred refuges from Christmas Island to Manus Island. Robyn transferred to the RAAF in 2007 and served with the Middle East Treaty Organisation and in Afghanistan.
Brenden Bosworth enlisted in 2005 and still serving with 51 FNQR as a craftsman on Thursday Island. He served at Afghanistan 2010 to 2011.
Ted Bosworth surrounded by his military family
From the left: Son Brian and grandchildren Robyn,
Brendan and Phillip
Anzac Day March 2013
From left: Brian, Brendan, Ted. Phillip and Robyn