A young Leslie Campbell-Pedersen in the service.
A young Leslie Campbell-Pedersen in the service. Contributed

Roz Frohloff remembers her father, a Rat of Tobruk in WW2

ROZ Frohloff can recite her father's division and battalion in the Second World War by heart, but because her father never spoke about his service in the war, she never knew much more. Now, that's all about to change.

Seventy-five years since her father's service as a Rat of Tobruk, his records will be dug up from the trenches and presented to Roz.

"I've been told there's information that opens up my father's life in the army," Roz said.

"My father was very private, so I couldn't believe it when I heard."

Roz said she was overcome when she heard about the presentation to honour her father Leslie Campbell-Pedersen.

"When I found out less than two weeks ago, I burst out in tears," she said.

Roz said the Nanango RSL organised it with her husband and children, and she was kept in the dark until recently.

RAT OF TOBRUK: Ros Frohloff remembers her father Leslie Campbell-Pedersen 75 years after his service. Contributed
RAT OF TOBRUK: Ros Frohloff remembers her father Leslie Campbell-Pedersen 75 years after his service. Contributed Contributed

"It's overwhelming to know that someone would do this for myself and my dad," she said.

The Nanango paramedic said she was very close with her father up until he died in 2006 at the ripe age of 92.

"Dad missed out on a son, but I think I was the closest thing to it," she said.

Despite their close relationship, Roz said her father stayed tight-lipped about his time in the war.

But he did break his silence the day she joined the army reserves as a medic, she said.

"When he found out he wasn't too impressed," she said.

"He did talk to me that day, and told me he didn't want me to join.

"He told me about the stuff he'd seen, witnessed friends lying beside him in ditches.

"But mainly he was very quiet about it all."

Ros Frohloff Photo Kate Darvall/ South Burnett Times
Ros Frohloff Photo Kate Darvall/ South Burnett Times Kate Darvall

And it was because her dad remained quiet about his service, Roz said the presentation of his war memorabilia meant so much.

Nanango RSL's Darryl Okely said he was honoured to present Roz with her father's service records.

"He was in World War Two at the same time as my father," Mr Okely said.

"I've got possession of my dad's medals and I value them greatly."

Mr Okely said he was happy to help her celebrate his legacy.

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