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AGM: 25th April 2013 A Minute of Appreciation:


Cpl. John (Shorty) Matthew Corbett Shorty has a colorful history from his war service days which can be read on the website, but today in this minute of appreciation, I wish to focus on his contribution to the post war association of 2/6 Cavalry Commando Regt. and 2nd Cavalry Regt.

Over the past five years especially, Shorty has made a significant contribution to the ongoing survival, continuation and development of the association. His energy, commitment and dedication has been second to none and his passion for the association never waned despite the challenging circumstances surrounding his own health.

Without Shorty the association would certainly have folded. In 2008 he took over the Presidency and held this position for four years. Last year he stepped down but continued on as treasurer and motivator and continued to contact members to support them and promote the association. His vision and creation of the 2/6 Cav website was instrumental in the growth of the association and immortalizing the soldiers of 2/6 and 2 Cav ensuring they and their stories are not forgotten.

The website has also been deemed of significant historical importance and has been archived by the Australian National War Museum. A great recognition of his passion and dream and a job extremely well done!

In 2012 Shorty was made the fith life member of the association. An honour bestowed to few and which he well deserved. His ability to touch the hearts of others endeared him to many people. His honesty, integrity and genuine concern for others has set a great example to all who met him including the soldiers of 2 Cavalry who were privileged to hear his moving and emotional address at a past regimental ball in Darwin.

The association mourns his passing deeply and he will be sadly missed, not only for his contribution to the association, but as a beloved friend with an amazing memory, infectious smile, sharp wit and a great sense of humour!!

Shorty, today we salute you for many reasons: your vision, your passion, your commitment, your humility, your honesty, your friendship, and your courage at war and in personal adversity. Your vision and leadership have left a legacy behind and have set the benchmark for us all to aspire to. We will try hard not to let you down.

March on Corporal John (Shorty) Corbett to the green fields beyond!

Rest in peace, perfect peace. Lest We Forget.


Susan McLaughlin President

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