anzac day 2018 - mr Frank Charles Mallard
Frank Charles Mallard had been working on farms in rural Yuna, Western Australia, when he enlisted in the Army. He saw the Army as an opportunity to earn a better wage and was attracted by the prospect of travel. He enlisted on 9 October 1962. The Mallard family has a proud tradition within the Australian Armed Forces, with Frank’s uncles serving in World War I, World War II and the Korean War.
Mr Mallard served as an engineer in Borneo, Malaysia and Vietnam, and stayed in the army for 23 years before then joining the Army Reserve and eventually serving in the UN/NATO force in Bosnia in the early 1990s.
In October 2015, Mr Mallard received a Republic of Vietnam Cross with a Palm Unit Citation. The award recognised his service in Vietnam in the 1st Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment under the command of the US 173rd Airborne Brigade.
Mr Mallard runs a charity organisation that looks after those in our community who need it most. Through the organisation he is building a hospital in Africa and has contributed to orphanages in the Philippines, Vietnam, Myanmar and Nigeria. He is on the board of St Helena's Catholic Primary School and recently led a group of volunteer ex-servicemen to Hyden, near Wave Rock, to construct an amphitheatre for the local community.
Mr Mallard is a well-known and much-loved member of our local community. He is an active member of the Ellenbrook RSL, the current Treasurer of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Association, and is a respected elder of the Yamatji tribe. He was also named citizen of the year and senior citizen of the year at the City of Swan’s 2018 Australia Day awards.
Mr Mallard is releasing a book about his life, called You Can’t Stop Me. It will be available from Monday 23 April at Dymocks in Ellenbrook and at the Ellenbrook RSL Memorabilia Counter at Ellenbrook Central.
Please consider attending a local service on Anzac Day. You can find your local service by downloading the flyer below.