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Geoffrey R Locke

Mercantile Rowing Club (VIC)

14th October 1946 – 9th May 1969

Geoff Locke’s time at Mercantile Rowing Club was short but successful. Sadly he died on service in Vietnam, the only Club member to die in that conflict.

Second Lieutenant Geoffrey R Locke

Geoff joined the Club in 1965 and his first race win was in a novice four at the first winter regatta on 4th June 1966. He then went on to race in maiden crews. He raced seven in a first class maiden eight, winning the Nagambie, Yarrawonga and Rutherglen treble at Christmas 1966. This crew included Phil Batters and Peter O’Brien and was coached by Tony Cordell.

Shortly afterwards he then moved into Officer Training Course and was later posted to Vietnam. He served with 9th Battalion of the Royal Australian Regiment, service number 39161. He had served 187 days in Vietnam at the time of his death.

In his short career with Mercantile, he showed his fellow Club members that he had the true Mercantile spirit.

He will not be forgotten and like his fallen comrades of past wars, the name of Geoffrey Locke will also be heard within the Club he loved.

Andrew Guerin (based on his obituary in 1969-70 annual report)
January 2019

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