Tom’s haunting memory

GOL Gol’s Tom Modica is wracked with despair each year when August 15 comes around. 

Tom Modica with a picture of Valerie Eastwell, who went missing in 1945. Picture: Carmel Zaccone

Tom Modica with a picture of Valerie Eastwell, who went missing in 1945. Picture: Carmel Zaccone

For even after all the decades, Modica’s memory of a chance encounter with missing Gol Gol schoolgirl Valerie Eastwell on August 15, 1945, has never faded. 

As his schoolboy self would later realise, his brief conversation with Valerie that morning would be the last time she was seen alive. 

Had she not disappeared, the day would still have held vivid memories for a young boy like Tom. 

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