Tich Pretty



Ivan Pretty, Jack Wilson Ivan Pretty, with his lifelong mate Jack Wilson, on final leave 1940.

Sid Matthews, Jack Wilson, Ivan Pretty Sid Matthews, Jack Wilson, Ivan Pretty.

Full Name of Serving Member: Walter Ivan Pretty

Known as: Ivan / Tich / Skeeter

Regiment Number : VX 8311 / 033221

Date of Birth : 18.07.1916

Where Born : Numurkah, Victoria

When and Where Enlisted : Caulfield on 19.05.1940

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Who were your close Mates : Jack “Bluey” Wilson

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What Ranks did you hold : Gunner

Date of Discharge : 26.10.1943 due to a troublesome knee injury (football ?)

Other : Not to be outdone, Ivan joined the RAAF the very next day - on 27.10.1943 - where he attained the rank of Flight Lieutenant, seeing service in Korea. Ivan was discharged from the Department of Air on 19.07.1957 and he went on to spend many years with QANTAS. He was honoured by the people of South Korea when he was presented with the Korean Peace Medal in 2008.