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Australian Rats of Tobruk Association calls on veterans’ decedents in Sunraysia to join

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

SUNRAYSIA – IN World War II, a large number of men from Sunraysia, fought at ­Tobruk, in Libya, during the his­toric 242-day siege, said Mike Kiernan, the officer at Rats of Tobruk Association.

The men who fought during the siege become known as the Rats of Tobruk.

After the war, Sunraysia had a very active sub-branch of the Rats of Tobruk Association.

Unfortunately, this closed due to reduced numbers of surviving Tobruk veterans.

“I am the membership officer for the only surviving Rats of Tobruk Association in Australia, which is based in Melbourne,” said Mike Kiernan.

A number of years ago the then surviving veteran members ­decided to open membership to descendants of Tobruk veterans.

Since then our membership has grown to more than 500 descendants from across Australia.

There are still a number of original Rats who regularly attend meetings and functions, including president Bob Semple.

I would like to encourage any decedents of Rats of Tobruk living in Sunraysia to consider joining our association, Mike Kiernan concluded.

It is noteworthy that The Rats of Tobruk is the name given to the soldiers of the garrison that held the Libyan port of Tobruk against the Afrika Corps, during and after the Siege of Tobruk in World War II. The siege started on 10 April 1941 and was relieved at the end of November when Australian forces were withdrawn.

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