Army Truck to the Rescue – 1950

This Wyong news story about two local boys appeared on the front page of The Advertiser, Adelaide, Tuesday 25 July 1950.

Flooded Road Forded with Injured Boy


SYDNEY, July 24 – An army blitz-waggon tonight forded a flooded road near Wyong, carrying a ten-year-old boy with a gun-shot wound in his right leg. The boy is Lawrence FERNANCE, of Yarramalong. His cousin, Kenneth FERNANCE (18) accidentally shot him in the leg with a pea rifle when the boys were out rabbiting. The Wyong ambulance could not reach the wounded boy through the 3ft. of water covering the road. Local residents lifted him on to a high-clearance blitz-waggon which forded the road with ease. He was then transferred to the ambulance, which rushed him to the Wyong Hospital. He has a compound fracture of the right leg.

ex-army Blitz truck_June 1959 edition of Australian Country magazine

Army blitz-waggon, high enough to clear the flood-waters of 1950.

An interesting article on the sale of army surplus vehicles as 4WD utility vehicles was published in the June 1959 edition of Australian Country magazine, you can read it on-line here.

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Sources: Trove Digital Newspaper ArchiveAustralian Country magazine.


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