VIDEO: Rocky man William White battles family's war demons
WILLIAM White was 15 years old when he saw his dad dump something of value into the garbage bin.
William remembered the moment like it was yesterday: "his exact words to me were... I can't handle this any longer son, this has got to go into the bin".
The 70-year-old Koongal man said he saw a flash of colour from the items his dad had tossed into the garbage.
When William asked his dad, Cedric White, what the items were, his father replied "they are my war medals".
They were the medals William's father had received for his service in Papua New Guinea during the Second World War.
William yesterday told the Morning Bulletin his father's pain was a deep-rooted one.
Cedric's experiences during the war went with him to his grave.
Today is a special day for William and his family.
It's not the 100-year anniversary of the day William's father discarded his medals.
It's far more significant for William, who today will be heading to the Emu Park RSL to remember his father and grandfather.
Exactly 100 years ago, his grandfather, Herbert White enlisted in the Australian Imperial Forces to fight in the First World War. Coming from an "anti-war" family, William always remembered his father sitting on the edge of his bed, with his head in his hands.
This was in the years after the Second World War.
"I could never understand why my father was always so sad," William said as his emotions began stirring.
"My father (Cedric) went away as a 19-year-old boy, and come back as an alcoholic."
"He would never go to an Anzac Day march... he always said I am not going to do anything that glorifies war."
For William, the pain is immense every time he thinks about what one soldier endured in the years after the war.
His family was from Brisbane originally.
Grandfather Herbert worked at the mines in Mt Morgan, before he enlisted in the AIF when he was 32 years old.