John Whittle exemplifies all that the ANZAC Spirit is recognised to be. Having served in the Tasmanian Imperial Bushmen (a fore-runner to the Light Horse) during the Second Boer War and then enlisting in the fledgling Royal Australian Navy, when the First World War was declared he didn't hesitate to enlist in the Australian Imperial Force. For gallantry in the face of strong enemy, John was awarded the Victoria Cross and the Distinguished Conduct Medal on a separate occasion. Well after his second war, in 1934 as a man in his early 50s, John rescued a boy caught in reeds in a Sydney park and applied CPR for thirty minutes. When the boy responded and ambulance crews arrived, John simply disappeared into the crowd and was gone. He was recognised however, and awarded a Royal Life Saving Society Certificate of Merit. He probably deserved the George Medal, but the point is he simply wanted to save another life without drawing attention to himself. John lost a son in the Second World War.