LIFETIME EXPERIENCE: Alex Sayre and his dad Kevin Potter are excited about attending the centenary Anzac Day service in Gallipoli on April 25.
LIFETIME EXPERIENCE: Alex Sayre and his dad Kevin Potter are excited about attending the centenary Anzac Day service in Gallipoli on April 25. Paul Braven

Gallipoli anniversary the ultimate father-son experience

IT'S the ultimate father-son trip. Alex Sayre and his dad Kevin Potter will be at Gallipoli for the Anzac Day 100 year anniversary event on April 25.

Mr Potter bought his son flights and accommodation for their 11-day trip in Turkey as a 24th birthday present.

"And on February 13 I got an email saying I had been offered a double pass for the dawn service in the veteran ballot," he said.

"Anzac Day is a pretty big deal to every Australian solider and it will be good to honour Battalion mates.

"It's a once-in-a-lifetime."

Mr Potter's great grandfather William Room served at Gallipoli as a machine gunner.

"He was in the 12th Battalion and was 30 at the time. He died in 1976 aged 96."

Alex, was 17 when he enlisted. During his time as a solider, he trained in East Timor in 2009 and was a rifleman in Afghanistan in 2011 and 2012.

"I did patrol every day over there (at Afghanistan) and it was a pretty good experience," he said.

"I was 20 at the time and most of the other guys were 24 or older."

Alex is a veteran in the Army Reserves now and works at QAL as security.

His dad was in the Australian Navy for six years.

The pair depart Gladstone on April 22.

SPEAK UP: Are you going to the 100-year celebration in Gallipoli? If so, we would love to hear from you. Email laura.mckee@gladstoneobserver.com.au.

 



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