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Lisa Wilkinson shares Anzac Day tribute to her late grandfather who served in World War I

Lisa Wilkinson shares Anzac Day tribute to her late grandfather who served in World War I 2

Lisa Wilkinson shares touching Anzac Day tribute in honour of her late grandfather who served in World War One: ‘The kindest, gentlest man’

Lisa Wilkinson has shared a touching tribute to her late grandfather William Charles Wilkinson in honour of Anzac Day.

On Monday, the 62-year-old took to Instagram to share a string of photos of her ‘beautiful’ grandad, explaining how he had served in World War One in the caption.

‘So grateful my beautiful grandfather, William Charles Wilkinson made it back from the horrendous WW1 French battlefields of Villers Bretonneux, when so many did not…’ she began.

Moving: Lisa Wilkinson has shared a touching tribute to her late grandfather William Charles Wilkinson in honour of Anzac Day. Pictured: Lisa hosting Channel 10's The Project

Moving: Lisa Wilkinson has shared a touching tribute to her late grandfather William Charles Wilkinson in honour of Anzac Day. Pictured: Lisa hosting Channel 10’s The Project

‘And not before surviving yet another battle – the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic – and six months in a Plymouth, UK hospital.

‘But he made it through to marry his sweetheart Elsie, build their family home in Osborne St Wollongong… and despite all that he saw and experienced was, alongside my dad (their only child), the kindest, gentlest man I ever knew.’

‘They were a special breed,’ she concluded. ‘Lest we forget.’

Lisa lost her beloved father Raymond, William’s son, to cancer in May 1990.

Tribute: On Monday, the 62-year-old took to Instagram to share a string of photos of her 'beautiful' grandad, explaining how he had served in World War One in the caption

Tribute: On Monday, the 62-year-old took to Instagram to share a string of photos of her ‘beautiful’ grandad, explaining how he had served in World War One in the caption

She paid tribute to her late dad in a touching post shared to Instagram in 2019, on what would have been his 98th birthday.

‘When someone you love so unconditionally, so completely, and who loves you right back in a way you know no other man ever will passes away, not only does your heart break, but your sense of meaning does too,’ she wrote.

‘All the stories we tell ourselves, all the comforting clichés, disintegrate in the face of complete and permanent loss.

‘When my beautiful dad, Ray Wilkinson, passed away almost 30 years ago, I thought my world had ended.’

Heartfelt: Lisa paid tribute to her late dad Raymond (pictured) in a touching post shared to Instagram in 2019, on what would have been his 98th birthday

Heartfelt: Lisa paid tribute to her late dad Raymond (pictured) in a touching post shared to Instagram in 2019, on what would have been his 98th birthday

Love: She said she realised she was blessed by the men in her life - her husband, Peter FitzSimons (pictured) and their two sons, Louis and Jake, who her father never had the chance to meet

Love: She said she realised she was blessed by the men in her life – her husband, Peter FitzSimons (pictured) and their two sons, Louis and Jake, who her father never had the chance to meet

She said she realised she was blessed by the men in her life – her husband, Peter FitzSimons, and their two sons, Louis and Jake, who her father never had the chance to meet.

‘On what would have been his 98th birthday, this is the beautiful face, these are kind eyes, and the overwhelming memory I hold of my dad’s purest of souls that I carry with me every day,’ she added.

‘Miss you dad. Tonight I’ll raise a glass.’

Twenty-eight years after her father’s death, Lisa’s mother Beryl passed away in March 2018.

Proud parents: The couple are parents to three children - daughter Billi, and sons Louis and Jake (Pictured left to right: Peter, Billi, Jake and Louis)

Proud parents: The couple are parents to three children – daughter Billi, and sons Louis and Jake (Pictured left to right: Peter, Billi, Jake and Louis)

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