ASHLEY Smith has some special reasons to put extra effort into the Anzac Day display at Biloela Woolworths.
Mr Smith, the store's manager, has set up a display that not only has a special limited edition Anzac biscuits tin and various Anzac biscuit products, the display is surrounded by camouflage netting, has war time posters, Australian flags, a soldier's uniform and a rising sun sign.
Mr Smith went to a lot of effort – he grabbed the camouflage from the Biloela cadets and found a talented staff member to paint the rising sun.
The posters and uniform came from his own collection.
The 40-year-old spent 21 years in the military, including time in East Timor.
Mr Smith was a bombardier, the equivalent of a corporal, in the artillery.
He worked in the role of civilian military liaison in Timor.
The group helped rebuild services such as churches and schools, part of a humanitarian aid program, during his six-month deployment in the UN rotation. “It was pretty rewarding – we saw a lot of things established in those six months,” Mr Smith said.
He said it was an exciting time.
“Most of all you are doing something for your nation,” Smith said.
He has spent 19 years with the retail giant, having started work as a trolley boy on Brisbane's north side while still in Year 10.
Mr Smith joined the army after he finished year 12 in 1986, following in the footsteps of his grandfathers.
He served three years full-time in the regular army before going to part-time service and working back at Woolworths.
He returned to fulltime service from 1999 to 2002, which included his Timor tour for which he signed a contract.
Mr Smith left for the small half-island nation to Australia's north on Anzac Day 2000.
Funds from the sale of the special limited edition Anzac biscuit tin, which are from the Korean War, will go to the Australian and New Zealand RSLs.
The 500 gram tins are available for $10, with the Anzac display up until the end of next week.
The Anzac Biscuit, as it is known today, was a welcome addition to the basic rations which were issued to our soldiers during the Gallipoli campaign of 1915.
They are made using rolled oats, flour, coconut, sugar, butter, golden syrup, bicarbonate of soda and boiling water.