VIC NAGLE ATTAINS 100 YEARS . . . AND FAR FROM OUT


VIC WIELDS THE KNIFE
I Glover, Wednesday, 16 August 2017

 

HARBORD'S Vic Nagle celebrated his 100th birthday with the traditional cutting of the cake, followed by a congratulatory framed letter from BNSW President, Barry Watkins presented to him by their vice president, Dennis Taylor.

While the jury's still out on what constitutes people hitting a century, suffice to say that if good health and vitality are a contributing factor then Vic is obviously blessed with both.

This spritely 5 foot 2 bowler still hits the greens twice a week and also walks down to Manly as required to do his shopping. He then carries a bag in each hand and navigates his way through prams, joggers, dogs, surfers with boards and naturally hundreds of  tourists and winds his way home to Queenscliff. He is also a member of the local senior citizens club and makes his own way down there.

He is the envy of many men 30 or so years his junior, particularly when it comes to current affairs or references to past events, due to his remarkable and retentative memory.

Vic is a life member of his initial club Manly and also Harbord Bowling club where he joined in 1979  and currently plays twice a week. The change was possibly due to steps, which can be a problem for over 60's, let alone when you reach the ton, although Vic would be the last to admit it. 

He still plays a competitive social game with his old black bowls (which no doubt are a third his age) and doesn't quite understand as to why bowlers change their bowls so frequently.

Vic has always been very reticent to discuss his time in the Royal Australian Air Force, however courtesy of the National Archives of Australia the following was gleaned from their extensive records.

Vic's early childhood was on the family farm near Lake Cargellico and then later in Dubbo where was an apprentice butcher.  

At age 23, Vic enlisted on the 10th October, 1941 and five months later he commenced operational service in the U.K. as a rear air gunner. He served continuously in that capacity until his discharged was effected back in Sydney with the rank of Warrant Officer on the 24th July, 1945.

According to the above mentioned records, Vic crewed in labouring bombers such as Wellingtons, Stirlings and Halifax as a rear gunner, and as we're most unlikely to hear anything from Vic regarding this aspect of his life, a fellow RAAF pilot's comments would adequately sum it up. 

The late Australian Test cricketer Keith Miller's (who flew Spitfires) reply to a question as to the pressure he experienced in one of  Australia's very close Test wins, "pressure is a Messerschmitt up your arse".    

During that period he was with 161 squadron at Tempsford Airfield (the base for some of the most secret squadrons). Their speciality was the delivery and pick ups of agents, either by parachute or night landings on fields, guided in by three torch lights.

A large group of bowlers witnessed Vic cutting his cake at the Harbord club on his birthday, followed by messages of congratulations from several dignitaries and finally the framed letter presentation and obligatory photo shoot. 

 

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THE RIGHT TONIC AT ANY AGE . . . A SCHOONER OF BLACK

STEVE NUGENT (Harbord President), DENNIS TAYLOR (BNSW vice president), VIC NAGLE, ANDY LITTLE (Zone 9 State Councillor)

HAPPY 100TH VICTOR

DENNIS PRESENTS VIC NAGLE WITH BNSW PLAQUE

NOTE THE FINAL FLICK FROM VIC'S FOREFINGER

"HOW DO YOU EXPECT ME TO GET THROUGH ALL THAT FRONT RUBBISH" ASKS VIC NAGLE
 
 
 


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