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 Julia Wallace Retirement Village - Meet Frank Welsh

Hello, my name is Frank Welsh. I was born in Surrey, England. I have two brothers and one sister, and my father was in the Royal Flying Core in WW1. In 1941 I followed in his footsteps when I joined the Airforce and became a wireless operator. I was sent to South Africa and India, Malaya and Singapore and received two medals for my services.

My mother passed away three weeks after I was discharged. My father then became ill and I cared for him until he remarried.

In 1948 I came by boat to Dunedin with my friend Eddie. There I met a beautiful woman named Joan and we married in 1951 and purchased our first home. Joan became a nurse and then a sister at the Hutt Hospital. In 1952 we had our son Stephen who now lives at Himitangi.

I worked with life insurance in Dunedin and then was transferred to Wellington where I was promoted and became life manager before retiring in 1985. We then moved to Waikanae where we lived for 27 years.

I became ill and went to hospital and on my discharge Joan and I moved into a retirement village. We then decided to move closer to our son and arrived at Julia Wallace in 2013.

I have been devoted to golf and have had three holes in one with trophies to prove it. I played my last game at age 82. Other interests are cricket, music, concerts, travel, walks, singing and stamp collecting. We also had a very faithful friend in Ben our golden Labrador.

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