Bio: Lloyd Marken likes to believe everyone has a story and one of the great privileges of his life has been in recent years to tell stories as a freelance writer. He has personally interviewed over 50 individuals helping to tell their stories whether they be outstanding school teachers, CEOs, local theatre directors, authors, up and coming actors or superstar comedians. He has been published with online magazines Scenestr, Heavy, Buzz, X-Press, FilmInk and Weekend Notes. A graduate from QUT over the years he has worked a lot of odd jobs including being a production runner on Margot Robbie’s second feature film ‘Vigilante’, a hospital wardsman and serving in the Australian Army Reserves. He was a writer and editor for the Brisbane Writers Festival Newspaper in 2004 as part a university work elective. His freelance work has led to contracts working as a writer full time.
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Pleasure to meet you. I’ve followed Cindy Bruchman for quite some time – so any friend of hers…
Thanks GP. I’ll be sure to check out your blog soon. My grandfather served in New Britain but that was much later in the war.
Still, the readers and I always enjoy hearing an eye witness account.
Sadly he passed a long time ago when I was just a kid. That’s why I’m looking forward to reading your blog.
Do you happen to know what unit he was in?
Not entirely. I’ll get back to you on that one.
Lae Fortress Workshops appears on some documentation although we believe he was seconded to the 472nd Heavy Anti-Aircraft Troop and we know he was with them at Jacqinot Bay in November 1944. He was an electrical artificer and was there to do the wiring up of the guns.
Thanks for info, Lloyd.
If you haven’t already seen this, I thought you might like to…
Thanks GP, I have seen them including this one https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/076977/?image=1
I am presuming that Stewart Marken, number 19 listed there is your grandfather?
He is GP. Very fortunate the Australian War Memorial has that photo.
I think it’s fantastic! If you care to have him included in the Farewell Salutes, what town should I put as his hometown? I am about the put the list together for today’s post.
Thanks GP. Brisbane. I was wondering what decides the list? Reader feedback? Date of post? Subject matter of post? Something you’ve come across that interested you that was related to the deceased? I noticed some SAS soldiers who died in Afghanistan were listed in your post. What a nice way to pay tribute.
Thank you, Lloyd. I receive obituaries from readers, I hunt them down on Legacies and by country, I check different newspapers, I receive the 11th A/B newspaper that has a “Taps” column,etc. I feel the people who contributed to our freedoms deserve all the honor they can.
Your grandfather will be in today’s post.
Quite true GP. Thank you very much for including my grandfather in your post.
I’m only sorry he isn’t still with us.
Me too. He was a good man. I know this because his eldest son is the greatest man I know.
It was very kind of you to send the link.
That would have been something though if he was still with us.
Great to meet you.
Nice to meet you too Vinnie. Nice review of Blue Jasmine.
Thank you for that comment. I look forward to seeing you around my blog.
I hope to see you around my blog too mate. 🙂
I will certainly be around your blog.