'Warburton Mountain' Or the
is a photograph of D Company's bunker on Nui Dat looking towards the
west. In the distance can be seen the Nui Dinh and the Nui Thi Vai
ranges which were a VC stronghold and had been since the end of
World War 2 .....until the Australians arrived.
Many thousands of Australians who served in Phuoc Tuy
Province will remember the Nui Dinh Hills some 10 kilometres west of
Nui Dat. They were the scene of many operations by different
battalions and were known to all as the "Warburtons" or "The
Warbies." How did this come about?
In early 1966 when 5RAR (then at Holsworthy) was warned for
active service, the Intelligence Section constructed a mud map of
Phuoc Tuy Province and the Nui Dinh’s were by far, the dominant
feature. At the time there was a song “Wolverton Mountain” being
played on the hit parade and in its' first verse said,
"They say don't go on Wolverton
If you're looking for a wife,
Cause Clifton Clowers has a pretty young daughter
He's mighty handy with a gun and a knife."
A popular member of 10
platoon, D Company, Private Graham "Nugget" Warburton was, for no
real reason, teased with the lines, "they say don’t go on Warburton
Mountain." When 10 platoon was being briefed another member, Colin
Illman piped up "that’s Warburton Mountain." During the night a
small flag bearing that name was placed on the mud map and the name
stuck. 5RAR took the name to Vietnam, little knowing the extent to
which it would be used and remembered.
A poignant postscript to this story
is that Graham Warburton was killed in action on 1st October, 1966.
Information provided by Dennis Rainer and Paul Greenhalgh.