Colin Bain survived WW1 to found Co-op in Wauchope

Colin Bain and Henry 'Tuk' Marchment both served in World War One.

Colin Bain and Henry 'Tuk' Marchment both served in World War One.

The 1914-18 War saw Colin Bain from Wauchope serving with the Australian Imperial Force in France, and just before his 21st birthday, he was severely wounded in action, his left hip and leg being smashed by shrapnel.

He spent two years in hospital in England and was told that if he recovered, he would have to spend the rest of his days in a wheelchair.  But the British doctors did not allow for the Bains’ hereditary courage and tenacity.

Invalided back to Australia by ship on a water bed, Colin spent another year in the Military Hospital in Sydney, undergoing a series of operations.  He was honourably discharged on September 8 1917.

Colin Bain returned to Wauchope to take over the editorship of the Gazette with his cousin, Alexander B Campbell.  Later he returned to cattle farming and introduced herd-testing along the Hastings River.

Colin, with a group of farmers, founded the Co-op store.  Colin Bain was a foundation member of the League – Wauchope RSL.  He died at his Range Street home on May 1 1962 aged 68 years.