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?
At the time there was a song “Wolverton Mountain”
sung by Claude King being played on the hit parade
and in its first verse said,
"They say don't go on Wolverton Mountain
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.
Lyons, (D Coy 1st Tour) decided to write his own
lyrics to the tune, I nagged him for permission to
place it on the website; and here it is.