Mandurah veteran of World War II and the Vietnam War dies

Vale: Veteran Norbert Cross at the RSL Care Home Anzac Day service where he laid the wreath. He served in both WWII and the Vietnam War. Photo: Supplied.

Vale: Veteran Norbert Cross at the RSL Care Home Anzac Day service where he laid the wreath. He served in both WWII and the Vietnam War. Photo: Supplied.

A veteran of both World War II and the Vietnam War has died in his nineties at the RSL Care Home in Meadow Springs on Thursday, April 13.

Norbert Cross joined the Royal Air Force in 1938 at the age of 16 before becoming a communications specialist during the Second World War and serving in Greece, Egypt and the former Yugoslavia.

After the war he was sent as a peacekeeper to Palestine.

In 1951 Mr Cross immigrated to Australia with his wife and daughter, where he joined the Royal Australian Air Force and served for 27 years, including a year long tour in Vietnam at the height of the war.

At age 55 he retired to pursue his interest in science with the WA Museum, where he studied rainbowfish.

Mr Cross worked with Dr Gerald Allen on the collection and classification of fresh water fish and co-authored the book Rainbowfishes of Australia and Papua New Guinea.

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