George Bostock
Bundjalung (Grafton, Northern Rivers Area)
Retired Staff Sergeant
4th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment
Royal Australian Infantry Corps
Borneo and Vietnam Veteran

Medals and Awards
Australian Active Service Medal 1945-75 with clasps
General Service Medal 1962 with clasp Borneo
Vietnam Medal
Australian Service Medal 1945-75 with clasp SE Asia
Centenary Medal 2003
Defence Force Service Medal
National Medal
Australian Defence Medal
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
Pingat Jasa Malaysia Medal
Infantry Combat Badge
Returned from Active Service Badge

I was born in Grafton in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales. While I was still quite young, my family moved to Brisbane where I completed my primary education. I left school at the age of 13 and worked as a labourer, knocking about in both Brisbane and Sydney and getting into trouble. At the age of 20, I was told that I had two choices: join the army, or join my friends in prison. I chose the former, joining as an infantryman with the Royal Australian Regiment (RAR) in 1961. I saw active service with the Fourth Battalion (4 RAR) in both Borneo and in South Vietnam. I had various postings after returning from Vietnam. In 1981, after 20 years service and having attained the rank of Staff Sergeant, I was discharged.
In 1992, I was awarded an Australia Council grant and thus my play ‘Seems Like Yesterday’ – which I originally wrote to record my experiences for my grand children – underwent significant development and was subsequently produced by Kooemba Jdarra. In 2003, I was awarded the Centenary Medal for my work in community with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander veterans. In 2014 as part of the Sydney Festival, I was cast in the Queensland Theatre production of the play ‘Black Diggers’ directed by Wesley Enoch and performed at the Sydney Opera House.
So, I have served – in the armed forces, in art, and in life.