THE DIGGER OF BALMORAL

 

Portrait 147 Frank Cluett

147 Spr Frank Roper Cluett

The following news article was written by S.W. who’s identity remains a mystery however he was very likely a WW1 veteran convalescing at the home of  147 Spr Frank Cluett and his wife Mabel. It is a wonderful tribute to a fine couple who despite their own difficulties after the war, openly shared their home helping others in need.

 

DIGGER OF BALMORAL

And His Fox Terrier

(By S.W.)

Article published:- The Dubbo Liberal and Macquarie Advocate (NSW), Thur 28 Jul 1938

“In a cottage facing the Balmoral Beach lives Digger Frank Cluett and his wife. Frank is paying the price of war, being confined to his bed and chair. He is a born gentleman, and is admired by all who know him. His popularity may be judged by the throngs of fine young men who constantly visit him. Any time during the day a group of lads can be seen by his bedside or chair, and his words of advice, his sense of humour and the undoubted love that these lads have for this Digger make one think what a fine example of humanity this man is, and what a wonderful effect he is having on the lives of these youths. (In his early life he devoted most of his time to training of youths in seafaring.) Frank is the owner of a fox terrier which shows his appreciation for his master in the following manner:

AN UNPLEASANT AWAKENING

During the earlier hours of the morning the foxie leaves Frank’s bedside, and about 8 o’clock returns with a piece of meat (which he has evidently rescued from a garbage tin) and jumps on his master’s bed. If he is asleep the dog drops it on his pillow, but if Frank is awake he places it on his chest. If nothing else wakes Frank, the high odor of his dog’s tribute does. The same thing happens between 12 and 1. Sometimes the dog secures a double supply on his daily search, and in that case he buries the surplus, which is unearthed when the foxie has had a fruitless search. When Frank is enjoying a visit from his friends, the dog runs about the house and barks continuously – but should the Digger be asleep the dog can never be heard. I lived for two weeks in the same house as this soldier and can vouch for the accuracy of this statement.”

Frank and Mabel’s stories can be seen in full ……..clink this link

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