East Maitland RSL Sub-Branch vice president Brian Boughton has been presented with a special quilt from RSL NSW's Women's Auxiliary Central Council Congress.
A presentation of the Thank You for Your Service Quilt was made to Mr Boughton by Pauline James, a past president of the Council who initiated the project in May 2018.
The project was started when the Women's Auxiliary was unable to fundraise for veterans due to the findings of the Bergin inquiry and RSL NSW's decision to place a hold on fundraising until governance issues were addressed.
The quilts are presented to RSL NSW returned service personnel who have given dedicated service to the welfare of veterans and RSL NSW.
Mr Boughton was born and raised in Telarah and joined the regular army on the April 16, 1968 at the age of 17. He subsequently served in Vietnam from 1969-70 with 5/7 RAR.
In 1991 he was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the Military Division of the Australian Honours list for service as RSM 5/7 RAR. He was appointed RSM Army in 2001 and was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross (CSC) in January 2004 for Service in the role of RSM Army.
Mr Boughton served as president of East Maitland RSL sub-Branch from 2003-11 and is the current vice president. He has also been a delegate of the RSL NSW - Hunter Valley District Council (HVDC) since 2005 and president since 2007, and has been the Chief Marshall for the ANZAC Day march in Sydney for several years.
He was the first RSM to receive a Thank You for Your Service quilt.