Eulogy for Lieutenant Gavin Campbell
By Mike Carlton
(Lieutenant Gavin Campbell, RAN (Retd) died in Sydney last week after a long illness, at the age of 94.)
IT IS a great honour to be asked to speak about Gavin today, because he’s perhaps the bravest man I ever met. One of the finest men I ever met. I ask you to picture this scene. It is the year 1942, on Wednesday the 25th of February. Singapore has fallen to the Japanese, and they are now sweeping south towards the Dutch East Indies, modern day Indonesia. Conquering and crushing all in their path, apparently unbeatable and unstoppable. Australia is in mortal peril.