Home' Navy News : August 5th 2010 Contents Are you a current serving ADF member about to
separate from the military? Are you concerned
about how this change will affect you and your
family? Would you like to learn how to manage this
change in your life? If you answered yes then the
Stepping Out Program is for you!
The Stepping Out Program is a free program for Defence
personnel and their partners who are in the process of
separating, or have recently separated, from the military.
The two-day Stepping Out Program gives you skills and
strategies to help you prepare for the social and emotional
changes that come with leaving Defence -- for you and your
family. Take the time to prepare and plan for the future, learn
stress management skills and become aware of local support
outside of the military.
The Stepping Out Program is a chance to meet others in the
same situation and to gain insight into their expe ences
In small groups, with an experienced facilitator who
understands the challenges facing transitioning military
personnel, you can prepare and plan for your next step into
The Stepping Out Program is provided by VVCS -- Veterans
and Veterans Counselling Service and is available across
Australia. The Defence Directorate of Transition Support
Services has endorsed the program and will give you time
out from work to attend. The program has been highly
regarded by participants, in particular, one participant
commended the program with the following:
"Every discharging ADF person should do this course".
Register now, call VVCS on 1800 011 046.
VVCS STEPPING OUT PROGRAM 2010
Programs will be delivered according to demand -- other dates
may be made available, please check with VVCS on 1800 011 046.
Leaving Defence and making the lifestyle change
August 5, 2010
FEATURES Centuries of service
A PROUD SERVICE HISTORY: A collage of images from the Lake family archives. (From left) CPL Charles Lake Jnr, CPOWTR
Lindsay Lake, his father CPL Lindsay John Charles Lake with some of the Lake family's medals from WWI, WWII and Vietnam, and
PTE Luke Lake and his son Lindsay John Charles Lake.
Photos courtesy CPO Lindsay Lake
CPOWTR Lindsay Phillip Lake (retd)
has been researching his family's his-
tory since the 1980s and found his
immediate and extended family has col-
lectively served more than 240 years in the ADF.
CPO Lake said his family had served since 1915
because they felt fortunate to be Australian.
"I think they were all just proud Australians and
what better way to serve your country than wear its
uniform," CPO Lake said.
Charles Venable Lake, CPO Lake's great-grand-
father, started the family's service tradition in the
Army on July 23, 1915, and discharged on August
Charles and his eldest son Charles, who shared
the same name and joined a year later, arrived in
Marseilles, France on June 12, 1916 -- both serv-
ing as part of the 13th Brigade of the 4th Australian
Division during World War I.
The Army recorded them as Charles Venable
Lake Snr and Charles Venable Lake Jnr.
CPO Lake said it would have been confusing for
any army having two privates with the same name.
"But, to make it even more confusing, they put
them in the same unit -- so they had two Private
Charles Venable Lakes in the same brigade serving
in Egypt and France."
Both Charles' survived the conflict on the
Western Front, although Charles Jnr was shot in
the knee in 1916 and sent to England to recuperate.
After WWI and at the age of 41, Charles Jnr
joined-up again for an additional five years during
World War II before discharging as a corporal in
CPO Lake said his great-uncle completed almost
nine years war service during WWI and WWII --
and it was amazing he survived both.
"But he never spoke about the wars; I think it
was because he survived and his mates didn't, so he
suffered from survivor's guilt."
CPO Lake's grandfather, Luke Lake, lied about
his age to join the Army when he was 17, during
WWI. After five days on the battlefield, Luke was
identified as a minor and booted out. He moved to
New Zealand to find work as a carpenter and even-
tually joined the New Zealand Army at the age of
40 in June 1940, and served as a private in Africa,
Greece and India before discharging in November
CPOWTR Lake said his grandfather died in
1977 and never collected his war medals.
"I wrote to the Ministry of Defence in
Wellington to request a copy of his war service
records and medals. They said his medals were
never issued, but if I could prove I was his grand-
son, they would send them to me. I now have my
grandfather's original medals."
CPL Lindsay John Charles Lake, CPO Lake's
father, joined the Army catering corps in 1942 as
a quartermaster, served in New Guinea and dis-
charged in 1945.
He later became the president of the bricklayers'
union in Brisbane and was awarded an OAM in
1993 for his service to the building trade, before he
died in 2001.
CPO Lake said it was surprising that no one in
his family had been seriously injured or killed as a
result of war.
"Even in recent times, my brother, cousin and I
all served in Vietnam with the Navy and were never
injured -- I think we are just a very lucky bunch,"
WOSTD Shakey Alan Oakland Lake, CPO
Lake's older brother, joined the RAN in 1966 and
served 44 years.
CPO Lake said his brother legally changed his
first name from Alan to Shakey in the late '80s, so
Navy would allow his name badge to read 'Shakey
WO Lake and CPO Lake both served in
Vietnam in 1972, however, Shakey was in HMAS
Duchess while CPO Lake sailed in HMAS Vampire
II. WO Lake still serves as a Navy reservist at
Finally, CPO Lake, 57, joined the RAN in 1970
and completed 25 years of full-time service before
joining the reserves for another 10 years.
CPO Lake said one of his most vivid memories
was during Vampire's return from Vietnam on
December 1, 1972.
"At about 1.30am, Vampire sailed down the side
of a 10-metre wave during a typhoon and I fell to
the deck from my rack -- my ear was lacerated in
half," he said.
"The lights were not working so, as I hung on
to the operating table for grim life, the doctor held
a torch and tried to sew-up my ear -- it took 30
CPO Lake said he retired from the RAN in July
2005 to become a "cattle fattener" on his 100-acre
property in Retreat, New South Wales.
The Lake family's tradition continues as CPO
Lake's daughter, Lynzey, and niece Jessica, cur-
rently serve in the RAN.
After years of research, a retired sailor has discovered his family
demonstrated their patriotism by serving in a Defence uniform for more
than two centuries. ABCIS Melanie Schinkel reports.
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