Remembering our ANZAC OCGs

Each year at Carey we hold an Anzac Day Memorial Service and Luncheon where we honour Old Carey Grammarians (OCG) who served in the war. At this year's event, we remembered Warrant Officer Keith Rimington (1933).

At the Senior School Assembly, David Rimington, Keith’s cousin and Senior School teacher, told us about Keith’s bravery and service to his country. Keith was enrolled at Carey from February 1928 and remained until August 1931. Shortly after leaving school, Keith entered the motor industry and later began working in his family’s nursery. He joined the RAAF in April 1941 and trained as a Sergeant Air-Gunner, becoming a rear-gunner in Wellington and Halifax four-engine bombers. Less than one year after joining, Keith left for England where he spent his time flying across the country, and met his wife Phyliss. On the evening of 20 January 1944, Keith was sent on a mission involving a massive air raid over Berlin. There were 769 aircraft that took part. Sadly, many aircraft did not return to base, including the Halifax flown by Keith’s crew. Keith was only 27 years old at the time of his death, leaving behind his wife and infant daughter, Beverley, who was 6 weeks old. 

Honouring our OCGs around Anzac Day is a special event on the OCGA calendar. There were 40 OCGs who lost their lives during World War II.

Katie Hunt
Alumni and Community Manager