Anzac Day has always had a special significance for Flying Officer (AAFC) Amberly Mercovich, who has a number of British and Australian service personnel in her family tree and has had several friends lose their lives while on active service with the Australian Defence Force. A member of the Australian Air Force Cadets since the age of 13, and a RAAF Reservist since 2008, Amberly has been attending Anzac Day commemorations for nearly 20 years.
However, Anzac Day will now take on a new importance for Amberly, with the recent discovery of her grandfather’s cousin on the Australian War Memorial (AWM) Roll of Honour. A simple internet search revealed the name of John Leo Mercovich, an Aircraftman Class 1 who served with the Royal Australian Air Force during World War 2, in the AWM’s records.
“I have always known that my both my grandfathers had served in the British and Australian armies during the Second World War” Amberly said. “But I was very surprised to learn I had a relative who was not only a RAAFie, but died whilst serving. It’s quite eerie, because he and I were actually born on the same date.”
After the National Anzac Day Ceremony in Canberra, Amberly took a moment to locate her distant cousin’s name in the Australian War Memorial’s Commemorative Area.