Thursday, February 22, 2018

In his family’s footsteps

sadviser June 15, 2011

Josh discovers reasons why through TV series

By Nadia Surace

REMOVING MYSTERY OF HIS PAST… Shepparton’s Josh Cavalier (right) featured in Sunday night’s episode of television program, In Their Footsteps. Cavalier is pictured with Nick Fletcher, Curator with Military Heraldry and Technology at the Australian War Memorial during filming of the episode.AN unbelievably rewarding, exhausting emotional roller coaster is how Shepparton’s Josh Cavalier described the 10 days spent filming Sunday night’s episode of In Their Footsteps in February.

The 30-year-old IT technician featured in the 10-part WIN Television series’ third episode in which he traced his grandfather and great grandfather’s lives all the way to Gallipoli and back.

“The whole process brought into light the reasons why my dad is who he is, what shaped his upbringing and who he became,” Josh said who has lived most of his life separated from his father because of his father’s addiction issues.

“It showed me how war changes the whole dynamic of families, the influence it must have had on my grandparents and my dad (a Vietnam War veteran).”

In recent years the pair have been “catching up on lost time”, and were last week planning to watch the episode together.

“It will be emotional,” Josh said.

Josh’s involvement with the program began after he saw an advertisement in The Adviser seeking people who wanted to know more about their more about family members involved in World War I.

He immediately registered online and was contacted within weeks by the network.

“It was an interesting process, they asked a lot of questions trying to work out how much I knew,” Josh said.

“They didn’t tell me much until it came to filming in February, so all of the revelations were unearthed on camera.

“It was an amazing journey, it’s really removed the cloud of mystery from around my past.

In Their Footsteps airs Sunday nights at 6.30pm.