38198 PTE. HARRIS,Terence John
25 November 1946 - 20 June 2017.
Terence ‘Harry’ Harris, late of Westmeadows, VIC, passed away on the
afternoon of Tuesday 20 June, after a debilitating illness.
Harry was a member of 8 Platoon, C Company for the Battalion’s
1966-67 Tour of South Vietnam, travelling aboard HMAS Sydney both to
and from SVN.
Harry Harris’ funeral service will be held at
White Ladies Funerals, cnr Cooper St and Dalton Rd, Epping, at 10:00
hours on Monday 26 June. Dress will be jackets and medals.
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From the Harris
family: The family requests attendees to avoid only black clothing,
and to please wear something red to honour his chosen charity -
PTE. CHALLIS, Jason
3 February 1992 -10 May 2017.
Jason 'Jaso' Challis, a serving member of the 5th Battalion, The
Royal Australian Regiment, was killed on Wednesday 10 May.
was operating with his section, in a live fire, building clearance
exercise at Mt Bundy Training Area in the Northern Territory. During
the exercise he was accisdently killed.
funeral service was held on Friday 26 May at the Barrabil Chapel,
Highton, VIC This service was followed by an internment at the
Geelong Memorial Park and Crematorium and then a wake at Geelong
Battalion was represented by the CO, RSM and an Honour Guard at the
service and wake. Members of the 5RAR Association were in attendance
at the ceremonies.
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3786680 CORET, Gerardus Cornelius Peter
17 June 1945 - 14 May 2017.
Gerardus ‘Gerry’ Coret passed away on Sunday 14 May, in Tasmania.
Gerry served with 12
Platoon, D Company for the full deployment of the Battalion’s
1966-67 tour of South Vietnam.
Upon leaving the Army,
Gerry went back to school (Melbourne High) and finished his
education, he worked for the Navy and Telecom. He trained as an
opera singer, and he came to Tasmania to be Secretary of Launceston
For many years Gerry worked voluntary as a
Bench Justice of the Peace doing after hours work. His involvement
with Service Clubs was ongoing and at the time of his passing was
the President of Lilydale RSL. Gerry was also a past State Representative of
the 5 RAR Association.
His funeral service
will be held at Launceston on Thursday 18th May at 12.30 pm. Finneys
Funerals, 34 Nunamina Ave, Kings Meadows, TAS. He will then be
interred at Lilydale at 3pm. It is requested that medals be worn
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3166092 ASHBY, Graham James 'Bill'.
1946 - 13 April 2017.
Graham ‘Bill’ Ashby suffered a stroke and passed
away on Thursday 13 April, while visiting Da Nang, Vietnam.
Graham served as the 2IC of 3 Section, 10 Platoon, D Company from 19
May to 12 September 1969 when his 1st deployment finished. He also
served in SVN with 1ARU, 1RAR, 2RAR and 1ATF during his 2 tours of
SVN which was comprised of 1,031 days.
A funeral service was
held for Graham at the Allambie Memorial Gardens, Nerang-Broadbeach
Rd, Nerang, QLD, on Monday 24 April.
The 5 RAR Association
was represented by several of Graham’s mates at his funeral service.
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Richard Ronald 'Speedy'.
11 January 1949 - 28 March 2017.
Richard ‘Speedy’ Cooper passed away on the evening
of Tuesday 28 March at Corowa District Hospital, NSW.
served with 2 Platoon, A Company, first on the Machine Gun and then
as a section 2IC. His deployment in Vietnam was from 8 February
until 22 September 1969, when he was returned to Australia due to
The funeral service for the Richard will be
held on Friday April 7, 2017, at St Andrew's Church, Mary Street,
Corowa at 11.00am. A private cremation will follow the service.
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37952 EDWARDS, John Thomas 'Bluey'.
30 November 1943 - 26
a long fight with illness PTE John ‘Bluey’ Edwards
passed away on Sunday 26 February.
John deployed to South
Vietnam with Transport Platoon and then moved to Reconnaissance
Platoon on it being formed in the later part of 1966. He continued
in this position until the Battalion’s return to Australia in May
The Funeral will be at 11:00 hours, on Tuesday 7 March at Rose
Chapel, Palmdale Lawn Cemetery, 57 Palmdale Rd, Palmdale, NSW, 2258.
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2781344 DWYER, Morris Noel 'Mick'.
1 February 1945 - 25 February 2017
Morris ‘Mick’ Dwyer lost his long battle with a persistent and
serious illness on Saturday 25 February.
Mick was a member of
the 5 RAR Band and a stretcher-bearer with 4 Platoon, B Company. He
was seriously wounded, in the Long Hai Hills incident on 21 February
1967, when one of the APC’s the company were travelling in triggered
a massive land mine. Mick was repatriated to Australia on 13 March
Mick’s Funeral Service will be held at
Thursday 2nd March at 1300hrs at the Garden Chapel, CastleBrook
Crematorium, Windsor Road, Rouse Hill, NSW.
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3 March 1943 - 19 February 2017.
advise you that that Bill Hindson MC, MG passed away on Sunday after
a very long illness. Bill was an original member of 5RAR (1 March
1965) but returned to 1RAR at short notice to deploy with them to
Bill was awarded the MC for his service with SAS
and the MG in the Vietnam End of War List for his service as a
Plaoon Commander with 1RAR 1st tour.
I understand the funeral
will be in Canberra next Monday and I will attend.
Bradley Irwin 'Brad'.
11 March 1945 - 24 December
Bradley 'Brad' Avis passed away on Saturday 24
December in the hospital in his home town of Moruya, NSW.
Brad served in South
Vietnam from 22 April 1966 to 9 May 1967. During his deployment he
served in various sub-units and roles in the Battalion.
A Funeral Service
will be held for Brad at the Broulee Memorial Garden, at 1300hrs
Friday 30 December, 2016. The service will be followed by a private burial.
A wake will be held at
the the Bubble at the Batemans Bay Soldiers Club following the
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2789982 AMOR, Harold James.
31 October 1947 - 22 July 2016.
LCPL Harold Amor
passed away peacefully at his home in Curra, Queensland on Friday 22
July 2016. He had been in poor health for some time.
Harry served with 3
Platoon, A Company from 8 February 1969 to 24 March 1970, on the
Battalion’s second tour of duty in South Vietnam.
His graveside service
was held at Gympie Cemetery, Gympie on Friday 5 August and was
attended by some of his service and 5 RAR Association mates.
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Richard Leigh 'Aussie.'
27 April 1947 - 3 December 2016.
Saturday 3 December PTE Richard ‘Aussie’ Biele
passed away suddenly after suffering a major heart attack.
Aussie served in CHQ of C Company during the Battalion’s 1969-70
Tour of South Vietnam. He was deployed from 8 February to 3 December
1969 when he was medically RTA’ed. Richard was always a bit of a
character and a good member of the CHQ Team.
The funeral details
for Aussie Biele are:
Time: Thursday 8th December at 10.30am
Location: St Stephens Anglican Church, 79 Westbourne Ave, THIRLMERE
A gathering will follow at the Thirlmere RSL Sub
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Geoffery Merven 'Fordy'.
23 March 1947 - 18 November 2016.
regret to advise that Geoff Ford passed away in the early hours of
18th November 2016. He had been suffering poor health for some time,
but in his usual manner, did not complain.
You would remember
that Geoff was our CPL Stretcher Bearer in Vietnam, and was highly
regarded by all. Pre-Vietnam training included service at St
Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney, and those who can remember the Kings
Cross area in the late 1960’s would appreciate that he received a
good grounding in the treatment of trauma.
When Geoff returned
from Vietnam, he married his fiancée, and they had three girls and a
boy. Sadly, Geoff’s wife passed away when the children were young,
and he took it upon himself to raise them as a single parent. Anyone
who has met Geoff’s children can only admire what a magnificent job
he did. He was our mate, a fellow digger, and a gentleman. Rest in
Griffith Lawn Cemetery, Cnr Blumer Avenue and
Wakaden Street, Griffith, at 1.00pm on Friday 25th
Editor 'Half Circle'.
Warren Herbert "Jack" OAM.
3 January 1944 - 19 August 2016.
Warren "Jack" Bradd passed away in hospital in
Hervey Bay, Queensland, on Friday 19 August.
Jack served with
7 RAR in South Vietnam in 1967. He returned in 1969 to 1 Australian
Reinforcement Unit (1 ARU) and then C Company, 5 RAR, from 6 August
1969 until 9 February 1970. On the Battalion’s return to Australia
he remained in country serving with HQ Australian Force Vietnam, 1
ARU and then with 8 RAR before his return to Australia.
was an outspoken champion of the use of correct military protocol.
In 5RAR's Year Book for the second tour
there is a quotation From Jack:
I served in four
battalions of the Regiment on active service and when I am asked
"Who were you with?"
I always answer "5RAR."
Don Harrod, editor of 'Half Circle,' has
published a special edition commemorating the life of Jack Bradd,
including the full eulogy delivered by Andy
A tribute to Jack by George Mansford
The funeral for Jack will be:
10 AM Tuesday 30 August
Bayside Memorial Gardens
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235127 HAMLYN, Ronald Douglas.
8 April 1935 - 12 July 2016.
sadly inform you that Ron Hamlyn passed away at 12.15 PM today at
Prince of Wales hospital Sydney prior to him being placed in a
palliative care hospice. His daughter and son in law, Shari &
Andrew, were present at the time. We have all known that Ron had not
been well for some time.
Ron was a devoted tiger who served
as Officer Commanding Admin Coy and the Officer Commanding B Company
on 5 RAR's first tour of Vietnam. He was a long standing committee
member as both treasurer and membership officer of our association.
Ron was made a life member for his outstanding contribution.
Details of Ron's funeral will be provided when known. On your
behalf, I thank Brian Budden for the time and care he has taken to
be a good friend and shopping companion for Ron over the past years
of his health deterioration.
The funeral for Ron will be held at:
Walter Carter Funeral
302 Oxford St, Bondi Junction, NSW,
at 11:00 hours on Thursday 21 July.
Medals to be
From Bob Fenwick:
A funny thing
happened on the way to the funeral……..
It was an honour to
attend Ron Hamlyn’s funeral today. But an unusual, surprising and
touching thing happened on the way to Ron’s last parade. There was a
bit of time before the funeral, almost next door to the Walter
Carter Funeral Home in Bondi Junction is a café. There were three
1st Tour B Company blokes already there and I was asked to join them
and have a coffee, we were wearing medals ready to attend the
funeral. When time came to pay we were told there is nothing to pay,
already taken care of. Now how about that, yep taken back somewhat
but VERY pleasantly surprised, and touched that such sensitivity and
generosity was shown to us by the café. I recounted the story to my
wife & daughter, who got onto the internet and contacted the café to
confirm it was them and not some other customer. An immediate
response came back from Sophie Henley who replied (owner I assume).
So was this Ron’s “last shout”?? However it happened Thank
You Sophie Henley for such touching generosity, I will choose to
believe somehow you & Ron arranged for our free coffee.
local Tigers please take note of Henley’s Wholefood Café, probably
can’t always expect a free coffee but you can count on a great
coffee served with great respect.
29690 CALVERT, Raymond William 'Skinny.'
25 July 1938 - 5 July 2016.
Raymond ‘Skinny’ Calvert passed away peacefully on Tuesday 5 July.
5 RAR from 1 RAR on the formation of the Battalion.
He served with Support Company/Anti Tank Platoon, on the
Battalion’s first deployment to South Vietnam, from 10 May to 11
December 1966 when he was medically returned to Australia.
Funeral Service was held for Ray at the Lake Macquarie Memorial Park
Chapel on Monday 11 July.
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1200522 HODGES, Terrence
13 February 1940 - 10 June 2016.
CPL Terrence ‘Terry’ Hodges passed away in Laidley Hospital, QLD, on
Friday 10 June after losing his battle with cancer.
Terrence was deployed on the Battalion’s 1966-67 tour of South
Vietnam. He served in Support Company, Mortar Platoon, from 6 May
1966 until 9 May 1967.
Terry’s Funeral Service will
be held at 12:30pm Wednesday 15 June at the T.S.Burstow Chapel,1020
Ruthven St, Toowoomba, QLD.
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235052 COLE, Peter Grahame.
3 March 1931 - 29 May 2016.
I have just received the email from Peter Cole's son, Michael. Very
sad news but perhaps a blessing as Peter's quality of life has not
been good in recent years and last year the family made a decison to
place him in a care unit.
Peter joined 5 RAR in late
August 1966 as Officer Commanding A Company and in December 1966
exchanged jobs with Max Carroll to become OC Support
I will provide further
details as they come to hand. I have sent a separate notification to
5 RAR 1st tour officers.
43197 HOSKIN, Barry Kenneth
12 November 1945 - 13 January 2016.
Barry ‘Bazza’ Hoskin passed away peacefully in Hospital on Wednesday
13 January. He had been undergoing tests to determine why he had not
been feeling well for a few months. The tests that had been
completed were negative and an autopsy will be conducted to
determine the cause of death.
Barry served with 12 Platoon, D Company from 2 May 1966 to 3
February 1967 when he was returned to Australia due to a medical
Funeral arrangements: Barry's funeral will be at 1430hrs Friday 22
January at Padthaway, South Australia.
Notified by Mal Lyons
D Company 1st Tour.
Stephen Geoffrey "Doc."
3 August 1946 - 2 January 2016.
Stephen ‘Doc’ Hemming lost his final
battle and passed away on Saturday 2 January this year.
Doc, a member of the Royal Australian Army Medical Corps, (RAAMC)
was attached to the Battalion for the 1969-70 Tour of South Vietnam.
He served with Admin Company and B Company during his deployment.
We have been informed that due to Doc's
wishes, there will not be a funeral service held. There will be a
private cremation and the family will commemorate Stephen in their
own personal way.
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5571 FOALE, Leslie Thomas.
21 February 1929 - 1 June 2015.
Leslie 'Les' Foale passed away on Monday 1 June 2015 in
Yerrinbool, NSW. He had been enduring a brain tumour but passed away
peacefully in his sleep.
Les served as a Sergeant, during his deployment with 2 RAR, in Korea
from 17 March 1953 to 6 April 1954. He then served as 5 RAR’s
Regimental Sergeant Major, in South Vietnam, from 8 May 1966 to 3
During his career he spent 12 months on secondment to the United
Les returned to Australia as a member of the Advance Party, which
prepared for the return of the Battalion to the Holsworthy lines. He
took discharge from the ADF in December 1970 after 22 years service.
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8 March 1945 - 5 September 2015.
Bruce Everard passed away in the St John of God Hospital in his
home town of Warrnambool, VIC. Bruce has been fighting cancer and
respiratory problems for the last five years, but thankfully, he
passed away peacefully on Saturday 5 September.
He deployed to Vietnam, on the Battalion’s 1966-67 tour, with
Anti-Tank Platoon. When the Reconnaissance Platoon was formed, Bruce
transferred to B Company, where he completed his tour.
Bruce’s Funeral Service is to be held at 10:00 hrs on Thursday 10
September at Guyetts Funerals, 60 Verdon St, Warrnambool.
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27 November 1924 - 26 August 2015.
been advised by Max Carroll of the passing of Wally Anderson.
Wally was the Sgt Cook for A Company 5RAR during the battalion's 1st
Max Carroll, who was Officer commanding A Company for a period, remembers
Wally fondly and had this to say:
"I was deeply saddened to learn of Wally's passing. We were good
mates and he was a well liked, respected and valued member of our A
Company group. As our Sergeant Cook he ran a tight, efficient team
who fed us well, even though at times the rations he was given were
not that good or plentiful. He had a wonderful sense of humour and
always gave as good as he got in any repartee regarding cooks.
I saw him last at our reunion earlier this year and enjoyed our
catch up yarn and drink. I think both of us realised it was the last
time we would meet as the years had caught up with us. Nevertheless,
we were grateful for the occasion.
Vale old mate. Give Hughie Hughson stick when you meet up."
Funeral arrangements are: Holding funeral Maryborough QLD Monday 7th
September 2015. Wagga celebration Memorial Service planned Sunday
20th September 3pm, Inspire Church, 555 Kooringal Rd. All welcome.
Details near event.
15 December 1948 - 27 April 2015.
I have been informed of the passing of
Robert Curtis who served in D Company. Robert joined the
Battalion from 1ARU in October 1969 and finished his tour with 8RAR
after the Battalion Returned to Australia in February 1970.
More details will be posted as they come to hand.
1734239 CASEY, Barry
8 August 1947 - 10 August 2015.
Casey served with 4 Platoon B Company during the Battalion's 2nd Tour in
the Republic of South Vietnam.
On discharge he worked for Caltex for a period, then did a Masters
Degree in Psychology and was instrumental in helping many Vietnam
veterans over many years.
Barry had been battling cancer over the last two years and finally
succumbed to his illness on Monday the 10th of August.
The funeral is on Friday the 14th of August at Albany creek
Crematorium 400 Albany creek Rd Bridgeman downs at 11.00 AM.
Another Tiger at rest.
17 November 1986 - 5 August 2015.
Edward Hodge passed away on Wednesday 5 August. Hodge was well
respected from all ranks within the military especially his brothers
in arms. A digger who served our country proudly with honour and
respect in Iraq with 5/7 RAR and Timor-Leste with 5 RAR. He
had also been a member of the Federation Guard. Eddie later
transferred into the RAN and excelled in the Officers course,
winning the Rear Admiral Hammond Memorial Trophy.
Edward participated in
the Operation Resolute, Australia’s border protection. Edward was
farewelled on 25 August, 2015 at a Military Funeral in Hobart. The
funeral included Navy escorts and an Army firing party (from 12/40
19 February 1945 - 11 April 2015.
been advised of the passing Geoffrey Arthur, who has died in
an Microlight incident. Geoff was a member of 10 Platoon D Company
under the command of Dennis Rainer MC.
From Mike von Berg MC:
Geoffrey Arthur funeral ceremony was held in Melrose South Australia
on Thursday the 23rd April 2015. Geoff a farmer and keen and
experienced pilot died when his ultralight aircraft hit power lines
near one of his properties near Melrose SA.
Geoff was a machine gunner in Dennis Rainer MC, 10 Platoon, D
Company on the Battalion's first tour of Vietnam 66/67. Many of his
10 Platoon fellow warriors were present at the funeral, some from
interstate, as were his Country Fire Service comrades who with other
ex-service personnel formed a guard of honour outside the town hall
where the service was conducted. Geoff was very highly regarded by
his platoon commander as a soldier and as a bloody good mate by his
fellow 10 Platoon soldiers.
Geoff was a regular attendee at Platoon reunions and heavily
involved in community activities in the Melrose area and he will be
sadly missed. The funeral was well attended by other 5RAR members
and although a sad occasion, it’s always good to catch up with old
mates. A wake was held in the local pub and the Tiger Battalion sash
was presented to the family.
12 May 1944 - 17? March 2015.
Nicholas served for the
full term of the 1966-67 Tour of Vietnam attached to 5RAR. He was a
member of the Australian Army Catering Corps.
The funeral service for Mr Nicholas Drimatis will be held in
the Greek Orthodox Cathedral , St Constantine and Helene, Parker
Street Northbridge commencing at 9.45 am on Monday 23/3/2015. The
cortege will leave the Cathedral at the conclusion of the service
and arrive at the main entrance of Karrakatta Cemetery, Railway Road
Karrakatta at 12pm for a burial service.
Regards Alan McNulty DCM
HAY, Trevor William
24 September 1946 - 8 February 2015.
have been informed of the passing of Trevor 'Tubby'
Hay. Trevor served with 3 Platoon A Company as a
forward scout during the Battalion's first tour. Details
are sketchy but it is believed that Trevor passed
peacefully at his home after a long illness.
“Tubby” Hay's Funeral Service was held in the Murray
Bridge RSL Bowling Club, on FRIDAY, February 13, 2015,
followed by his Burial in the RSL Section of the Bremer
Road Cemetery. “Tubby” a regular soldier and forward
scout in 3 Platoon, A Company 5RAR first tour, was one
of the world’s great characters. After his service in
Vietnam and on completion of his 3 years engagement he
went back to his home town of Murray Bridge where he was
born. He immersed himself in the community, work,
married life, raising a family and played some serious
country football where up until recently he held the
goal kicking record (full forward) of 88 goals in a
No matter where you encountered “Tubby” on operations in
Vietnam he always had that mischievous smile and never
complained and got the job done. A very moving and
hilarious eulogy was presented by one of his sons-in-law
which said it all for those that knew “Tubby”. It was
great to see “Pinky” Woods; his section commander in
Vietnam who came down from Sydney also presented a very
moving eulogy. Geoff Connors who was section 2IC also
came down from NSW.
“Tubby” will be very much missed by his wife, three
daughters and sons-in-law and grandchildren, and a bloke
who will really miss him is Reginald “Patch” Patching
who also served with “Tubby” in 5RAR,and lived around
the corner in Murray Bridge. “Patch” and “Tubby” were
lifelong friends formed and bonded so many years ago in
South Vietnam. “Tubby” succumbed to medical issues and
is now at peace.
Mike von Berg MC
26 November 1946 – 18 November 2014.
we have been notified of the passing of another Tiger. CPL Roy
passed away on the morning of Tuesday 18 November in Sydney. He was
suffering from multiple myeloma, a blood disorder similar to
Roy served on the Battalion’s 1969-70 tour of South Vietnam from 2
February until 3 December 1969, when he was RTA’ed at the end of his
enlistment. He served as a Section Commander with Trackers, Support
Company for the time of his deployment.
A Funeral Service was celebrated for Roy on Friday 28 November at St
Peters Anglican Church, 331 Old South Head Rd, Watsons Bay, NSW.
8 January 1945 – 27 October 2014.
we have been notified that PTE
Clifford Dibden passed away suddenly on Monday 27 October at
his home in Mayfield, NSW, apparently from a heart attack.
Clifford arrived at 5 RAR after his recruit training and completed
his Corps training with 8 Platoon, C Company. When others marched in
from Infantry Centre he was transferred to Mortar Platoon, where he
served in South Vietnam on the Battalion's 1966–67 tour.
I've received information about Cliff’s funeral to be held at:
Pettigrew Family Funeral
12 Harris St
Wallsend NSW 2287
2.30pm (1430hrs) Monday 3rd November 2014
After the service there will be a wake at
Waratah Mayfield RSL (Newcastle Diggers)
Tiger Tales 5RAR Association Newsletter
29 October 1941 – 27 September 2014.
we have been informed that Maxwell 'Tracer' Gardner, of
Shepparton, Victoria, passed away on Friday 27 September in tragic
Max enlisted in the ADF and after recruit training was posted as a
rifleman to 11 Platoon,
D Company, for the Battalion's full
1969-70 tour of South Vietnam.
A funeral service will be held for Max
at the Church of Christ, cnr Nixon and Corio Sts, Shepparton, Vic,
at 11:00 hrs on Thursday 9 October.
Tiger Tales, 5RAR Association Newsletter
17 April 1948 – 22 September 2014.
have been notified that Ronald ‘Hoss’ Chivers passed away on
Monday 22 September at Walkerston, near Mackay, Queensland.
Ronald served in South Vietnam with 1 ARU (1st Reinforcement Unit)
and was then posted to 3 Platoon, A Company, 5 RAR and served from 3
September 1969 until 5 March 1970. He received fragmentation wounds
during a contact on 3 December 1969, possibly while participating in
Operation Kings Cross.
A Funeral Service will be held for Ronald at 10:00 hrs on Wednesday
24 September at Walkerston Cemetery, Walkerston, QLD
Tiger Tales, 5RAR Association Newsletter
31 December 1944 - 19 September 2014.
have been advised that Lionel Duroux passed away suddenly
early on Friday 19 September. Lionel was staying with his brother,
Brian, while he was attending a fellow serviceman’s funeral in
Hervey Bay, QLD.
Lionel had been serving in the CMF when his birth date came up for
National Service and he was deferred. He later joined the ADF and
was posted to 5 RAR where served with D and ADM Coy, in SVN from 8
February until 2 July 1969, when he was RTA’ed. He transferred to
RAASC and served for 20 years until he retired.
The Funeral Service will be held at the Uniting Church, Redcliffe,
(Cnr of Anzac Ave & Richen St) at 2 PM on Wednesday 1st Oct 2014.
Tiger Tales, 5RAR Association Newsletter
8 June 1947 - 3 August 2014.
I regret to inform you of the passing of
Trevor John Donnelly. Trevor served with Support Company
5RAR, 2nd Tour. It appears that Trevor had been very ill for a
number of years.
Passed away on 3rd August, 2014, aged 67
years. Loved by his wife Timna, his brother Erran, his sons from his
first marriage; David, Andrew and Brett, their wives, his
grandchildren, his stepdaughter Ella, his brothers and sisters and
his extended family.
Funeral details are:
Marina Park (entrance from Wharf St, South Grafton)
Friday, 15 August 2014 commencing at 11:am (A private cremation will
Another Tiger at rest.
61618 EVANS, Hugh Charles
19 March 1946 - 13 July 2014.
From Mrs. Susie Evans:
is with deep sadness that I write to inform you of my husband's
death; 61618 Hugh Charles (Tas) Evans. He served with 5RAR in 1966
in Vietnam with A Company, 1 Platoon.
He died suddenly of a massive heart attack on the 13th July 2014.
He loved to receive his Tiger Tales and I'm sure it brings happiness
to many other Tigers.
Note: Tas Evans served with distinction as 1
Platoon's Signaller, early part of our first tour.
Another tiger's final roll
call. Rest in peace Tas.
54458 BULLOCK, George Robert.
2 April 1937 - 9 June 2014.
It is with a sad heart I advise you all of the passing away of SGT.
George Bullock, 2nd tour, South Vietnam and a member of the
Association, on the 9th June 2014.
George was a medic whilst serving. He has been quite
ill for a long time. At this time we have no advise as to the
funeral arrangements, but will notify all as soon as we know.
Hi Fellow Tigers,
The funeral service
for the late Mr. George Bullock of Mandurah WA, will be held at:
Fremantle Cemetery, Carrington St Palmyra, at 2pm Friday 20th June.
And afterwards, a Wake will be held to farewell George at the
Tradewind Hotel, 59 Canning Highway East Fremantle WA.
COX, William Peter "Billy."
26 March 1945 - 8 May 2014.
To all 5 RAR members,
It is with much sadness that I have to inform you that
Bill Cox passed away on Thursday morning
peacefully at his residence, Darebin Lodge Preston Vic.
Bill was born together with his twin sister
in Koroit Vic and grew up there working in agriculture.
He was called up in the first National Service intake
and did his rookie training at Puckapunyal. He was then
posted to 2RAR where he did his Corps training. He came
to 5 RAR in early 1966 and did the first tour of Vietnam
with the Battalion.
Bill served in 7 section, 9 Platoon
and Company HQ where he was a very popular member. After
his discharge he travelled over to the west where he got
a job in the Swan Brewery, telling me it was the best
job he ever had. He eventually settled back in Victoria
and raised a family which now extends to grand children.
Bill has been in reasonable health of late and his
passing was unexpected. It was great that Stretch Bryan
visited him on Tuesday 6th, only two days before his
We will all miss you Bill.
A funeral service will be held for Bill Cox
at the Catholic Church of Infant Jesus, Anzac Ave,
Koroit, Victoria on Friday 16 May at 13:30. This will be
followed by an interment at the Tower Hill Cemetery,
afternoon tea at the Bowls Club and a later gathering at
the Commercial Club Hotel.
Please contact Stretch Bryan (Tel: 03 9481
7930 Mob:0407 109 130
email@example.com) if you are considering
attending, dress code will be Jackets and medals.
FORAN, Ian William.
6 April 1945 - 9 December 2013.
today, (2 April), been informed by Gary Townsend of the
passing last December of Ian Foran late of
Seventeen Mile Rocks, Queensland. He passed away
peacefully at Canossa Care, Oxley, 9th December, 2013.
Aged 68 Years.
Ian Served with 8 Platoon and CHQ of C Company during the Battalion’s
1966-67 Tour of South Vietnam and had been twice wounded
15 July 1947 - 17 November 2013.
“Tex” Cunningham passed away on Sunday 17th
November, after a battle with a very aggressive cancer.
Tex was a National Serviceman who joined C Company in
1968 and travelled with the Battalion to Vietnam in
February 1969. Tex was an integral member of 8 Platoon,
and carried out the roles of forward scout, machine
gunner and rifleman. Shortly before the Battalion
returned to Australia, Tex was seriously wounded, losing
In later years, Tex became involved with the Ingleburn
(NSW) RSL, and held the position of President for
approximately seven years.
“Tex” was one of the great characters of C Company, and
will be missed by all his leaders and fellow soldiers.
Funeral details as follows:
Friday 22nd November
North Chapel (Crematorium)
Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens
Camden Valley Way
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6708275 BENN, Darrel Lyle.
11 April 1945 - 3 November 2013.
Darrel Benn died on Sunday 3rd November in St Luke's Hospital
Palliative Care unit Launceston. He had been a patient there for
quite some time and his lung capacity had reduced to 40% of normal.
Darrel came directly from 2RTB Basic Training joining 7 Platoon, C
Company, where he completed his Infantry Corps Training.
After this training was completed he was transferred to Signals
Platoon and served in this position on the Battalion’s 1966-67 Tour
of Duty in South Vietnam.
A private family Funeral Service was held for Darrel on Wednesday
7th November in Launceston.
CAMERON, Darryl Martin
10 June 1948 - 16 September 2013.
Fellow Tigers: From Darryl's
Martin Royston Cameron died on the 16th of September
at St Basil's Home in Noarlunga, South Australia. He had
suffered various ailments both physical and
psychological for much of the previous decade. He is
survived by two of his three sons and three
grandchildren. We all love and miss him dearly. He was
in Vietnam in 69-70.
DEAN-BUTCHER, John Hugh.
14 April 1945 - 9 September 2013.
have just been advised by the Deane-Butcher
family that John passed away peacefully in his sleep at
5 AM this morning. I have no further details beyond my
message of a few days ago advising of his illness.
Funeral details will be advised when known.
John was a member of the first national service intake,
a graduate of the first class of OTU Scheyville and
commanded 9 Platoon C Company during the tiger's first
tour of Vietnam. The sad loss of a good friend.
Jo Deane-Butcher has advised me that the funeral for
John will be held at St Michael & Johns Cathedral,
William St Bathurst at 11.00 AM this Friday 13 September
2013. An RSL service will be conducted as part of the
ceremony. Medals to be worn. A wake will be held after
the ceremony at the Rugby Club House, Bathurst.
I will be attending the
funeral. If there are sufficient numbers a 'guard of
honour' may be formed at the Cathedral. Could those
intending to attend please advise me via one of the
The Western Advocate Newspaper article
celebrating the life of John can be read
HEXTER, Noel Bruce.
7 April 1945 - 12 April 2013.
We have been advised that
PTE Noel Hexter passed away, in Cardwell
Queensland, on Friday 12 April. Noel had been suffering
for some time before his death.
He served with A Company, during the Battalion’s 1966-67
Tour of Duty in Vietnam, and was Wounded-In-Action in
January 1967. Noel had been in a nursing home at Cardwell for some
time. He was a past President of Cardwell RSL and also
was involved with the Bush Tucker Man’s Northern Vietnam
A Funeral Service was held in Cardwell for Noel on
Tuesday 16 April, he is survived by his wife Letty.
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BOND, Barry Ronald.
29 July 1947 - 27 May 2013.
’Lofty’ Bond passed away peacefully on Monday 27
May, he had been fighting cancer for quite a period. He
was surrounded by family and friends at the John Flynn
private hospital on the Gold Coast.
Barry served with B Company as the BHQ Sig, in Vietnam
from 8 February to 28 May 1969 when was medically
repatriated to Australia.
His funeral will be held at St Monica's Catholic Church,
Tugun, Gold Coast, on Monday 3rd June at 09:30 hours.
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HOLLAND, Bruce Ian "Dutchy."
4 January 1945 - 7 May 2013.
was a very colourful character (refused to answer to any
name other than ‘Dutchy’) who served with 5 RAR in
Vietnam on our first tour 1966-67. In the weeks leading
up to this year’s Anzac Day March we learned that he had
been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. He participated in
the Melbourne Anzac Day March in a wheel chair, wearing
his black beret as usual, and leading the Tiger
contingent immediately in front of the 5 RAR banner.
Dutchy Holland passed away at about 9.00 am this
morning, Tuesday 7 May 2013.
CARLSEN, Carl Stephen.
5 June 1950 - 6 March 2013.
received advice from Rowdy Hindmarsh last night that
219075 PTE Carl (Bluey) Stephen Carlsen, was
killed yesterday in an Ultralight aircraft crash at
Tuggerah Lake in NSW. He served with 1ARU 17-9-69 to
21-10-69, then in 7 Section, 6 Platoon, B Company 5 RAR,
22-10-69 to 9-2-70 and 7 RAR 10-2-70 to 17-9-70.
Carl was an experienced Ultralight pilot with over 500
hours of operating this type of aircraft. I will pass on
any further details if they come to hand.
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44530 GRAY, Allen.
6 January 1942 - 2013.
It has been published in ‘The Last Post’
section of the RSL NSW magazine ‘Reveille’ that PTE Allen Gray
passed away recently.
Allen served in South Vietnam with Admin Company, Transport Section
we believe, from January 1969, until February 1970.
There are no additional details that we can supply at this time.
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HOLTMAN, John Frederick.
28 February 1939 - August 2012.
is with sadness that I notify you that I have just been
advised that former 9 Platoon Sergeant, John Holtman
passed away late last week. It is expected that his
funeral will take place in Morwell Victoria sometime
next week. At first I didn’t recognise the name as he
came to 9 Platoon replacing Sgt Derrick Collins quite
late on the 1st tour, having served previously as a
Section Commander in B Company under then OC Ron Hamlyn.
Roger Wainwright was able to refresh my memory; I think
that his brother senior NCOs knew him as ‘Jack’ whereas
we lesser mortals knew him affectionately as ‘Crazy
Horse’. By my calculations he was 73 years old. I will
let you know when further information comes to hand.
HODGEKINSON, Ivor Ronald John.
9 January 1931 - 5 August 2012.
From our President:
sadly advise you that our comrade
passed away yesterday Sunday 5 August. We know that Blue
has not been well for some time. He was 2IC of 5RAR from
4 December 1966 to 30 April 1967.
Details of his funeral in Canberra are not yet known but
may be on Friday 10 August. I will pass details on when
A sad loss of a fine soldier and friend.
to Blue from a mate, George Mansford
BENSLEY, Brian Vincent.
10 September 1947 - 19 June 2012.
From Gary Townsend:
have just had had a telephone call advising me of the
passing of 3793688 PTE Brian Vincent Bensley,
Brian had been suffering from a muscle wasting disease
(I believe Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) for quite some
time and was on a ventilator unit. He decided that he
wanted to try breathing normally and came off the
ventilator but could not manage and passed away today.
Brian served with 2 Platoon A Company from 18 May
69 to 28 Jan 70
1030 Tues 26 June, Weerona Chapel, Bunurong Memorial
Park, 790 Frankston/Dandenong Rd, Dandenong South, VIC.
A private cremation is to follow.
ARNOLD, Stanley Richard.
23 August 1932 - 12 May 2012.
Stanley Arnold passed away at Charters Towers on
12 May 2012 and was laid to rest on Friday 18 May 2012
Age: 79 + years.
Stanley served in Vietnam with
9 Platoon, C Company, 5 RAR, from February to August
His service included Korea, Malaya, and Vietnam.
He served in the following
units, 1RAR, 2RAR, 3RAR, 4RAR, 5RAR, JTC, 1RTB, 2RTB,
1st Reinforcement Holding Unit.
He served from 2 March 1951 to
10 November 1969.
GRANTER, Noel Ewert William.
27 March 1933 - April 2012.
From our President:
have been advised today by Gary Townsend that Noel
Granter, OC C Company 1st tour on deployment and
until July 1966 passed away in April 2012. The exact
date is not known. He had been living at Gunning, near
Yass, north of Canberra.
Rest in Peace Noel
BUNTING, Patrick John.
24 November 1935 - 25 April 2012.
I have been advised that
Patrick passed away early 25th April and the funeral
details are as follows :
Funeral for the late Mr Patrick John Bunting
(Tim) of Jurien Bay West Australia will assemble at the
East Chapel in PINNAROO VALLEY Memorial Park, Whitfords
Avenue Padbury for a Cremation Service to commence at
11.OO AM on MONDAY 7th May 2012 .
In Lieu of flowers Memorial donations to Legacy would be
Note: Harry Neesham was
Pat's Platoon Commander and he read a eulogy to Pat at
the funeral »Click Here
HOLDEN, Kenneth Roy.
17 June 1948 - 12 April 2012.
Holden served in CHQ D Coy on the 2nd tour. Sadly he
passed away on 12 April after a long fight with cancer.
He spent his last 6 weeks at St Vincents Hospice in
Sydney. He had suffered acutely with cancer through
various parts of his body, I believe starting in the
throat, other areas including the brain and finally into
his lungs. He was closely supported to the end with the
dedicated care and love of his brother Garry. Ken’s
mother and Garry are his only immediate family. Another
sad loss of one of our number, our deepest sympathy to
his mother and Garry. Hopefully a few blokes who served
with Ken can make the funeral in Barraba
Funeral is at 2pm Friday 20 April at Barraba
St Laurence's Anglican Church
Then at the Lawn Cemetery at Barraba.
COOPER, Ian David "Coops."
27 October 1943 - 22 February 2012.
From Don Harrod:
am sorry to have to advise that Ian Cooper
(Royal Australian Army Medical Corps) – our
C Company Medic – passed away yesterday, 22nd February
2012, from cancer.
Ian 'Coops' was the C Company medic from 1968 until
about mid 1969, when he was transferred from C Company
to B Company, and was replaced by Kevin (Doc) Mulligan.
After his working career, Coops retired to Ingham in
Queensland, and spent his time gardening, fishing, or at
his favourite recreational pursuit, riding his
motorbike. Coops kept in touch with his old mates,
particularly Geoff Ford, the C Company Stretcher Bearer.
About two years ago, Coops was diagnosed with a very
aggressive cancer, and it quickly overtook his vital
organs. He refused to give in, and underwent protracted
treatment. He also refused to complain, accepting his
fate as the hand that he had been dealt. Coops
telephoned me as recently as ten days ago, and as usual,
he was his happy self, although he knew that his final
parade was fast approaching. He even told me that he had
arranged for his funeral to be held in Toowoomba rather
than Ingham, so that if any of his mates wanted to
attend, they would not have to travel too far.
Coops leaves behind his wife Margaret, and his daughter.
Farewell Coops, you served us well, and we thank you.
Suffer no more, old friend.
Kerry White .
DUELL, Peter Reginald.
19 February 1942 - 28 January 2012.
Doug Bishop, Vic Rep wrote :
Duell was a National Serviceman that served as the
Platoon Signaller with 6 Platoon, B Company, 5 RAR on
their first tour of Vietnam from 12 May 1966 to 12 May
This morning I spoke with Elizabeth Duell and can now
advise that Peter’s funeral service will be held on
Friday, 3rd February at 1430 hrs. The service will be
conducted at St Georges Anglican Church, 300 Glenferrie
Road, Malvern (Melways Ref. Map 57, C7, about 200 metres
North of the High Street intersection). It would be
appropriate for medals to be worn.
At the conclusion of the
service, at a hall nearby Peter’s family have invited
attendees to join them in some alcohol free refreshments
for an hour or so, to celebrate and acknowledge the
passing of a very good man, before his time.
To: Victorian members of the 5 RAR Association,
Peter Duell was the Platoon Sig for 6 Platoon on 5 RAR's
first tour of Vietnam.
Last year he was diagnosed with a
particularly virulent form of Motor Neurone Disease. He
passed away on Saturday, 28 January 2012. (Melways Ref.
Map 57, C7). Where applicable, medals should be
worn. There will be non-alcoholic refreshments for an
hour or so after the service.
Rest in peace Peter.
Victorian State Representative
2791611 BLACK, Kenneth Thomas.
25 March 1949 - 18 January 2012.
Don Harrod wrote:
am sorry to have to advise that Ken Black, a
member of 8 Platoon C Company (2nd tour) passed away
yesterday, 18th January 2012.
From available information, we think that Ken had
volunteered for National Service, as he only 20 when he
was sent to Vietnam. He was posted from 1ARU to C
Company 5RAR in September 1969. Ken was wounded in
February 1970 on Operation Bondi near Xuyen Moc, and
returned to Australia with the main body on HMAS Sydney.
After he returned to Australia, Ken seemed to have
disappeared off the map. Bob Hooper met up with Ken in
2008, where it was revealed that Ken had spent some
twenty years living in a tent in the bush. He was not
aware of available entitlements at that time. We know
that Ken had two sisters and a brother.
Ken was the sort of bloke that the Australian Army is
all about. He was a digger, pretty laid back, did his
job, and didn’t attract a lot of attention. Perhaps he
was typical of the diggers that we hear about when
it’s too late—the diggers that Australia didn’t want
Alan Riley, Ken's section 2 I/C, said the following:
“Kenny carried the M79 for us (6 Section) he liked the
idea of just it and a 9mm pistol. He did change his
ideas on that after a contact up in the Nui Dinh
Mountains but not sure if he did go back to carrying a
SLR. Kenny was, if I recall correctly slightly built—wiry probably more like—and very likable. Got on with
things, did his job, didn’t bitch and minded his own
business. A sad day.”
Rest in Peace old mate – you have attended your last
42292 BURGE, Brian Raymond.
24 July 1935 - 31 December 2011.
From Mike von Berg
funeral for Brian Burge was held in Gawler, South
Australia on Friday the 6th of January 2012. Brian sadly
passed away in the Southern Cross Nursing Home, Gawler
on the 31st December 2011. Brian had been experiencing
heart problems for some time and succumbed in New Years
Eve. The funeral was well attended by family and friends
and Wayne “Bluey” Clarke ex 2 Platoon, A Company 66/67
and Vice President of the Gawler RSL did a marvellous
job in organising all arrangements and had been
assisting Brian in his later years.
Brian was in Assault Pioneers on the first tour with the
Battalion and many of those Pioneers resident In SA
attended the funeral. Max Carroll, OC Support Company
wrote a wonderful tribute to Brian which was read out as
a part of the eulogy, by the minister, who laid Brian to
rest. Brian’s son and daughter flew in from Tasmania to
attend the funeral. Brian will be remembered by
all who had either served with him or had anything to do
with him whilst serving in the Battalion on its first
tour as a bloke who relished the challenge and hard work
of being a Pioneer but most importantly his sense of
humour and at times mischievousness which endeared him
He will be sadly missed.
3794613 DOOLEY, Nicholas John.
30 April 1948 - 9 October 2011.
‘Tom’ Dooley passed away on Sunday 9 October 2011 in
a Melbourne Hospital. Nicholas served with 2 Platoon, A
Company in South Vietnam 1969-70.
Nicholas had been living in Vietnam until he returned
home for treatment.
A funeral was held in Bairnsdale, Victoria on Wednesday
Another Tiger gone.
5713628 L/Cpl CULLEN,
12 June 1945 - 26 July 2011.
It is with great sadness
that I inform you of the passing of my Uncle,
Terrence Kingsford Cullen, Reg No: 5713628,
fellow Member 5th Battalion, The Royal Australian
Terry passed away last Tuesday, 26th July, 2011.
Leaving behind his much loved wife, Wendy.
I was recently notified of the death of 5713628
Terrence Kingsford Cullen.
Terry, also know as “Pud”, was 2IC 4 Section 5
Platoon B Company and I remember him as he
was in this photo. A genuine good bloke and proven
leader in the performance of his responsibilities on
active service 1966/67.
Terry has changed now, from one who remembers, to one
who is remembered with a sense of pride and
Lou O’Dea. OC 5 Pl 1966/67
From Alan McNulty DCM.
The funeral details are as follows:
FRIDAY 5TH AUGUST 2011 AT 9AM
PINNAROO VALLEY MEMORIAL PARK
OFF WHITFORDS AVE
WA members please advise
me if you are able to attend, we would like to form
a guard of honour for Terry as a fitting tribute to
a 5RAR soldier.
28 January 1945 - 28 April 2011.
has been received that Denovan
passed away on Thursday 28 April.
Don served with 4 Platoon, B Company on the Battalion’s
first tour until he was Wounded-In-Action in the Long
Hai Hills Mine incident on 21 February 1967.
22608 CLARKE, John Percy.
15 July 1930 - 20 March 2011.
WO2 John Clarke
served as CSM ADM Coy and then CSM D Company, with 5RAR
in South Vietnam 1966-67, passed away in Sydney on
Sunday 20 March.
John completed a tour with AATTV from July 1964 to June
1965. On 10 November 1964 John, along with other AATTV
members in the Da Nang area, took part in a rescue
operation after Tropical Storm Kate, for which he was
awarded the "Queens Commendation for Brave Conduct", the
award for bravery in a non-military situation.
Previous to that, in Korea, John served with 3RAR and
also with Head Quarters, 1st British Commonwealth
John's funeral was at Pine Grove Cemetery Sydney on 24th
(Posted 25 March
216922 GRELCK, John Vincent.
19 October 1941 - 2
John Grelck served with the Battalion from March
until April 1967 and was then posted to 7RAR.
passing was published in the March issue of The
Veterans, Peacekeepers and Peacemakers Journal)
2781554 DRAYTON, Keith Leonard.
17 March 1945 - 24 October 2010.
Drayton, Late of Riverstone. Loving Husband,
Father and Pop of Karen, Brett, Kylie and Norm,
Shayne, Adam, Bradley, Caitlyn and Shannon. Aged 65
Years At Peace The relatives and friends of Keith
are kindly invited to attend his Funeral Service to
be held Thursday, October 28, 2010 in the Chapel of
the Castlebrook Crematorium, Windsor Road, Rouse
Hill commencing at 2.00pm.
Keith served with 1 Platoon A Company during the
Battalion's 1st Tour.
216202 L/Cpl DALE, Barry Hugh.
1 April 1939 - 3 October 2010.
funeral service for Barry Dale was conducted in Adelaide on
Friday the 15th October 2010.
Barry joined Dennis Rainer's
10 Platoon D Company as reinforcement on the Battalion's first tour in
May 1966 and in December 1966; he was accepted as a student to the Point
Cook School of Languages to study Indonesian. He originally joined the
RAAF as an apprentice at 15 years of age and transferred to the Army on
the completion of his apprenticeship. After his graduation from Point
Cook he transferred to Intelligence Corps, and completed his second tour
in Vietnam with HQ Aust Force Vietnam 70/71. He retired from the Army
after many years service as a WO2. Born into a close and keen rugby
family in Sydney, Barry was one of seven children and all siblings were
in attendance. Barry has three children and Adrian his son delivered the
Barry retired and saw out his life at his shack on the
Glenelg River on the border of SA and Victoria with his race horses and
nature. A wonderful quote from Barry recited by Adrian during the eulogy
illustrates the peace and the space that Barry was in, in his last
"Being able to watch the river flow by, while soaking up
the view, sure is a privilege. The Supreme Being must love Australia as
This really sums up the life and patriotism of this
wonderful warrior who died peacefully in Mt Gambier Hospital from
cancer. The funeral was attended by his siblings, children,
grandchildren and friends from all parts of Australia. Ron Workman the
President of the Currumbin-Palm Beach RSL, who was Barry's closest mate
during their time together as apprentices in the RAAF, officiated an
appropriate returned soldiers farewell where as a sign of respect, a red
poppy was placed on the coffin by all present. A "Tiger Battalion" sash
was presented to the family by Barry Ryan (2nd Tour) the Battalion elder
and representative in South Australia and Mike von Berg (1st Tour) in
his role as President, representing the RAR Association in South
Barry's ashes will be spread at his shack on the
Glenelg River that was his recluse and passion in his retirement days.
Another Battalion warrior now passed is at peace.
Mike von Berg
16th October 2010
3786684 HELEY, Douglas Franklin.
23 April 1945 - 10 September 2010.
received a phone call late this afternoon from Cheryl Heley to
advise that her husband Doug Heley passed away peacefully
this morning. Doug was recently diagnosed with cancer and I had the
opportunity to visit him on several occasions whilst he was
hospitalised in Canberra and bravely fighting his battle before
returning to his home town. The Heley's reside near Young NSW. Doug
was a popular and valued member of 9 Platoon C Company 1st tour as
well as being one of those vital people who robustly carried an MG.
The funeral service to celebrate his life will be held at :St John's
Anglican Church, Cloete Street Young, NSW at 2.00pm on Thursday, 16
Rest in peace Doug. Your mates will miss you.
From John Deane-Butcher:
Heley passed away peacefully at his home in Young NSW on September
10 2010 after a short unexpected but courageous battle with cancer.
Doug was supported by his loving family wife Cheryl children Yolanda
and Dan son in law Andrej and cherished grandchildren Luka Natasha
and his as yet third unborn grandchild. Also the extended family
including brothers Ron & Peter and their families. Doug's mother was
due to turn 100 within a few days of his passing.
Doug was a
member of 9 Pl Charlie Company first tour and was an exceptional
soldier who carried the machine gun for the entire tour. He was a
much admired member of the platoon and company. This was evident
when 30 of his fellow soldiers attended the service at Young to pay
their respects and support his family. The guard of honour that was
formed outside the lovely country church was a powerful mark of
respect and support.
In life after his two years service Doug
quietly went about becoming a leader in Australia in the field of
growing mushrooms and the processing of the residue. He was
instrumental in building a large factory in the Singleton region to
this end. In later years he established a successful prune orchard
and he and Cheryl marketed this product into a niche market ... a
Doug was a quite determined capable
person who will be sadly missed by all his mates whom he caught up
with at many reunions. 9 Platoon and C Company, as well as the 5 RAR
Association sends commiserations to Cheryl, Yolanda, Dan and Family.
Well done DOUG HELEY. Rest peacefully.
Platoon Commander 1st Tour
1733577 CURTIN, Brian Lionel
14 May 1947 - 11 August 2010.
is with much regret that I inform you of the passing of Brian
'Curts' Curtin on the morning of the 11th August 2010. Brian
was a valued member of 5 Platoon B Company and BHQ Second Tour.
He was seriously wounded on 21 June 1969 and returned to
Australia 2 July 1969.
I lost track of him for a while but when I made
contact with him again he was raising cattle on a property in Casino NSW. He
was a keen motorcyclist and golfer which he excelled at.
farewelled at Lismore Memorial Crematorium Gardens on the 18th August 2010
by Family, Friends, Vietnam Veterans and my wife Allana and I along with Ian
Gardam and wife Glenys from B Company. He is survived by his daughter Amy.
Rest in Peace Mate
George Ward 5 Platoon.
4410641 HARRIS, Stephen Thomas.
25 July 1945 - 6 June 2010.
I am Emailing you to notify you of the passing of a 5
Battalion Vietnam Veteran. He was 4410641 Private Stephen Thomas
Harris. Steve slipped away yesterday morning after a battle with
cancer in the Waikerie Hospital.
Stephen served with 5RAR in Vietnam from April 1966 until September
1966 when he was RTA'ed on medical grounds.
Steve's funeral is at 11 am Friday at:
49 McIntyre road
Para Hills West.
Regards Owen Bain
Blanchetown RSL Sub Branch.
Rest easy now.
3786771 ASBURY, William Howard.
9 March 1945 - 3 February 2010.
have just found out that my second cousin (whom I never met)
died on 3 Feb 2010 - William Howard ASBURY. Bill served
with 5RAR in SVN from 8 May 1966 - 12 May 1967.
Funeral Service for Mr William Howard (Bill) Asbury of
of Dorset Hill Wildlife Park will be held on Monday February 8,
2010 at the Owen Mohan Memorial Chapel, corner Nixon and Corio
Streets, Shepparton at 1.30 p.m. followed by a Private
Cremation. Returned service personnel are respectfully invited
to attend. No flowers by request Donations to Parkinsons
Victoria would be appreciated. Envelopes will be available at
2790792 HELLMRICH, Peter Eric.
11 May 1948 - January 2010.
The sad news of the passing of Peter Hellmrich,
ex B Company 2nd Tour.
The funeral of Pete will be
held on Tuesday 5 January 2010 at 1315 hrs, at the
The North Chapel
Northern Suburbs Crematorium,
North Ryde NSW 2113
Arrangements are being
made by Pete's sister
Jim Revington advises that a
memorial service for Pete will be held at the end of the
month on the south coast of NSW, (possibly 30th) after which
his ashes will be cast into the surf at Pete's wishes. This
is the area where he surfed etc as a young man. Details from
Jim R 02 64944237.
1735027 HODGSON, Richard Jeffrey
15 July 1947
- 25 November 2009.
am sorry to announce that Jeff 'TEACH' Hodgson
passed away this afternoon, Wednesday 25th November in
Bundaberg QLD. 'Teach', as he was known, was a well
respected member of Tracker Platoon on the 2nd tour.
Arrangements are for Monday at 2.30pm at the Bundaberg
Crematorium, Cummins St. Afterwards will be at the
Vietnam Veterans' drop in centre - someone will give out
directions at the service.
2781647 ASSANGE, William Victor.
30 May 1945 - 18
have been advised that Billy Assange passed
away in the Mt Druitt Hospital on Friday 18
September due to an only recently diagnosed lung
cancer. Billy served with 2 Platoon, A Company 1st
Tour, as a forward scout until receiving major
injuries in a Battle Casualty incident in September
1966 and he was returned to Australia.
was actively searching for former members of 5RAR
and trying to recruit them to the Association, he
was also instrumental in arranging an annual reunion
of A Company members at Rooty Hill RSL Club on
Vietnam Veterans' Day each year. This year it was
broadened to welcome any and all ex-members of 5RAR.
From Mike von Berg MC:
"Billy was in the first
NS intake, my batman and a great mate for many
years. He will be missed by his family and many
Your work is done, mate.
Mike von Berg
COWEN, Charles Watkins.
25 October 1935 -
13 March 2009.
Have been informed of the passing of Charles
Watkins Cowen. Charles served with the
Battalion for part of the first tour.
Lest We Forget.
4717624 FRASER, Peter. MM
8 January 1945 - 22
is learned with regret that Peter Fraser
MM passed away Sunday the 22 February
2009, after a long bout with illness. Peter
served with 5RAR on its first tour in the
Republic of South Vietnam. Peter was a
stretcher bearer attached to Anti-Tank
Platoon, then Reconnaissance Platoon when it
was formed. He was awarded the Military
Medal for bravery whilst under fire
attending a wounded comrade.
Funeral details are: A
Funeral Cortege for the late Peter Fraser MM
will assemble at the main gates of
Karrakatta Cemetery WA for a Cremation
Service in the Norfolk Chapel commencing at
1030 am Saturday 28th February 2009 .
Alan McNulty DCM.
DAVIS, Neal Robert.
1947 - 15 February 2009.
McNulty DCM have informed us of the
passing of Neal Davis Sunday 15
February. Neal served with C Company
during the battalion's second tour.
The funeral service will take place at
the Bunbury Crematorium Chapel on
WEDNESDAY( 25/02 /09 ) commencing at 1pm
By Request donations in lieu of
flowers direct to Crawford Lodge,
Nedlands WA .
BUNTING, Robert Arthur
December 1937 - 15 August 2008.
is with a heavy heart that I write
to you all. Bob Bunting (
Bunts) has passed away. He was an
original member of the 5th Battalion
and was on the first tour to
Vietnam. He was in 10 Platoon Delta
Company. There will be a service
held at Pinnaroo Cemetery on
Thursday the 21 August 2008. I will
give you Times on Monday as Hooky
and I have a meeting with the
funeral director on Monday. He
service will be held by Purslo.
He leaves behind one daughter
(Toni), two sons ( Mike still
serving, Bruce) two granddaughters
(Nicole, Jessica) and a wife Ann.
We request no flowers but a donation
to the RSPCA. For serving and ex-
members of the defence force could
you please wear your medals.
Bruce Bunting ( Bunts Jr)
HAYNES, Kenneth Gordon.
9 May 1942 - 2 August 2008.
have been advised that on 2
August, Ken Haynes passed
away in his home state of
Western Australia, he had been
battling cancer and had been in
hospital for some time.
In March of 1967 Ken was posted
from 1ARU to D Company, 5RAR
until the Battalion's return to
Australia in April. He then went
on to serve with 7RAR. Further
details will be posted if and
when they come to hand.
16 June 1945 - 18 May 2008.
It is with sadness that we
have been told of another of
our members leaving our
ranks. Robert 'Bob'
Deacon, who served with
the Battalion in Vietnam
until late June 1966, passed
away on Sunday 18 may 2008.
Another Tiger rests.
COSGRIFF, Denis Michael.
22 July 1945
- 5 June 2008.
I have been advised
today of the passing of
the above member. The
e-mail, in part, states:
Denis Cosgriff, Who
was a Lance Corporal
during the battalion's
2nd Tour, passed away
this morning at about
3am. His last words for
his friends and those
who knew his humour, was
'see you when you get
here'. He was very brave
and passed to sleep at
noon yesterday and never
woke. The cancer was
caused by the agent
orange chemicals he was
exposed to in Vietnam.
He had a good life and,
as we veterans say, he
is another soldier who
is safe now 'behind the
likely next Tuesday but
I am not certain if it
will be here in Bendigo,
I suspect it might be
held in Melbourne.
March 1947 - 28
It is with regret
that we have been
informed by Lorraine
Coelli, of Hervey
Bay Qld, that her
has passed away.
Christopher died on
Friday March 28 due
he had been enduring
for some time.
with 1ARU, 1RAR and
then with 5RAR
No other details are
17 July 1947 - 5
passed away at
night, 5th April
2008. Ray was a
member of 6
tour. He was a
the birth of his
five years of
cancer. He is
survived by his
Kerrie and Craig
Funeral is being
killed in a
this week. I
be held at
8.30 AM on
A young life
was with regret that we received sad news from our comrades
in SA that Gregory Gontar had passed away in Adelaide
in mid December 2007. Greg served both tours of Vietnam with
5RAR and also served with 1ARU.
In early December Greg presented two bayonets to the South
Australian Branch of the RAR Association
May Another Tiger rest in peace.
42717 GAYNES, Vernon John.
5 February 1942 - 21 December 2007.
Passed peacefully on December 21, 2007, late of Gulgong. Dearly beloved husband of Christine, loved father of Paul and Davin, father-in-law to Audrey, cherished Grandpa to William and Sara. Loved brother of Betty, Ronald, Colin, Marcia and their families. Aged 65 years. Will live in our hearts forever.
The relatives and friends of Vernon Gaynes are warmly invited to attend his funeral service, to be held at St. Matthew's Uniting Church, corner Charles and Edgar Streets, Baulkham Hills, on Monday (December 31, 2007), commencing at 10 a.m.
Following the service, a private burial will take place.
By request, no flowers please. Donations may be made to the Vietnam Veterans' Federation.
Vern served with Admin Company on the first tour of duty in 1966-67 and will be remembered by all in transport platoon.
notified by James Walker 214870
Rest in Peace Mate.
3794330 CROTHERS, Ian Henry.
5 January 1948 - 4 November 2007.
I have the sad duty of informing you of the demise of one of your 5RAR comrades who committed suicide on 4/11/2007.
His name was Mr Ian Crothers (3794330) of 5 Marlee Ct Grovedale Victoria 3216. He served in Vietnam From 16/04/1969 to 29/07/1969.
As he did not belong to any veteran/service organisations nobody here in Geelong knew that he was a returned man let alone doing National Service. The irony of all this is that he used to knock around with Rod Meeke who is heavily involved with the local RSL and VVAA Geelong Sub Branch.
Rest in peace, Ian
My thoughts go out to both his family (Wife Pam, and children Shane, Natalie, Ben and Amy) and his veterans mates at this very stressful time.
"LEST WE FORGET" another warrior who has gone to his eternal peace.
216037 BRETT, Stanley James.
16 January 1943 - 3 September 2007.
I was advised today by Klaus "Tank" Scheuermann that Stanley J. Brett of 7 Platoon C Company 1st tour, sadly died a short while ago.
The detail I have is:
Stan Brett sadly passed away on 3 September 2007, the day after Father's Day. His funeral service was held at Burpengary QLD on 10 September 2007. He was in Ray Orchard's section of 7 Platoon C Company first tour and later served on a second tour of Vietnam with 8RAR. Stan was wounded in action on Nui Thi Vai in October 1966. He had not joined the 5RAR Association. We respect Stan's service to his country.
May a fellow warrior and mate rest in peace.
335028 Brigadier COOPER, John. CBE
18 February 1929 - August 2007.
John Ashby Hooper commanded 5RAR at Holsworthy in 1970-71, after the Battalion returned from Vietnam. He died very suddenly, in August 2007, at his home on the NSW South Coast.
John went to RMC Duntroon in 1947 and graduated in 1951 having been my class senior and BSM of the Corps of Staff Cadets. His overseas service included Japan and Korea, Malaya, Vietnam and Singapore. He served, during his 37 years in the Army in five battalions of the Regiment, namely 2RAR (Puckapunyal), 3RAR (Korea), 1RAR & 6RAR (Vietnam) and 5RAR (Holsworthy). He also had staff postings at Army Headquarters and retired in 1984 as Commander 2nd Military District.
At his memorial service in Canberra, I wrote a special prayer for John and also read a message of condolence from the CO of 5RAR in Iraq. Our Association was well represented by the President, Geoff Pearson, Brian Budden and Paul Greenhalgh. Stan Maizey was also present as an RMC classmate and former member of the Battalion.
John will be remembered as an outstanding soldier who gave his all to the Regiment and the Army. It is a privilege to have known him.
By Colin Khan
CO 5RAR 1968-70.
43887 EVERETT, John Edward.
19 December 1946 - 10 July 2007.
I was advised this afternoon by Mike von Berg MC, of the death of John Everett in Adelaide on Tuesday 10 July, 2007. John was a member of 2 Platoon A Company 1st tour which Mick commanded before commanding Recce Platoon. No funeral arrangements have been advised, but will be posted if available.
From Don Harrod:
"I first met John Everett when I was posted to C Coy in May 1968. He was a corporal section commander in 8Pl, and had completed a tour of Vietnam. I was a young, naïve 19 year-old, "living-in" in the barracks. John and I became mates. On Saturdays, the diggers would venture into Liverpool, have a haircut (most weeks), then proceed to the Golden Fleece Hotel (the early opener), or to the Railway Hotel. We would install ourselves in the saloon bar, and spend the rest of the day there, barring trips to the local TAB. We knew that after the pub closed at 2200 hours, there was a good chance that the local police would pick us up, and convey us to the Liverpool lock-up to spend four hours in the "wet cell".
This is where life's valuable lesson - Everett style - would come into action. John taught me that before you left Holsworthy, you would place a cigarette, a piece of the striker section of a matchbox, and a match in one sock, and a dollar note in the other. When you got locked up, you could sit back in the cells and have a smoke, and would have a dollar for your bail, regardless of how financially rewarding (or otherwise) your day had been. You did not bother to attend Liverpool Court the following Monday, your dollar bail would be forfeited, and everyone was happy.
John always threatened that he was going to see the Battalion Pay Sergeant to make a $2 per fortnight allotment to the NSW Police Force, in order to have his bail paid in advance.
John was a good bloke, a good soldier, and will be missed by all those who knew him.
Rest in Peace, Digger.
2781591 COOTE, Stephen William.
9 January 1945 - 8 January 2007.
I know some of you have heard of the sad passing of Steve Coote on the 8th January 2007 after a prolonged illness.
Steve was called up in the First National Service Intake in 1965, posted to 2RTB at Puckapunyal and served in E Company 24 Platoon. After recruit training he was posted to Support Company, Assault Pioneers and served with 5 RAR in Vietnam First Tour. Upon discharge Steve travelled overseas, met and married his love Anne. They moved to the N.S.W. Central Coast at Buff Point in 1976 where he ran a Sign-Writing Business. In that time they had three sons Jamieson, Iain and Stuart.
Steve's Funeral was held at Palmdale Lawn Cemetery on the 12th January 2007 and was attended by several former members of 5 RAR. Anne and the boys wish to convey their thanks to all concerned.
1411166 HOGAN, John Frederick "Jack."
8 November 1942 - 20 September 2006.
John (Jack) Hogan sadly passed away 20 September 2006 at the Peninsula Hospital Brisbane Jack served both tours with the battalion in Vietnam and will be sadly missed by his fellow soldiers and his loving wife Joan and family.
Funeral of Jack Hogan is on Monday 25 September 06 at 1.30 PM at 636 Morayfield Rd Burbengary, this is just north of Brisbane. John served with Pioneers first tour and BHQ 2nd, Prior to his Army service he was in the Navy. 5RAR Association members in the vicinity are requested to attend John's funeral if possible Our Qld Representative, Kel Ryan can be contacted on 0418 759 120 for further details.
43554 EDMONDS, Robert James.
8 December 1945 - 10 July 2006.
From Maree Stevenson:
I am writing to let all those who knew my Dad, Robert Edmonds (ex Charlie Company medic 1st tour), that Rob passed away Monday 10 July. Rob had been in nursing care for some time in Victoria. Twelve months since he lost his partner Lily, 40 years since he lost 'Tich'. For all the fellas who made me so welcome last weekend at Tich Tomas's memorial, thank you. All I can say is I am sure Rob planned this, I can see beers being pulled up there now, although Rob would be on the red.
Rob's funeral will be held Thursday 13 July, Altona Memorial Park Crematorium Dohertys Road North Altona. Service to commence at 3pm. Medals to be worn.
Am proud to be his daughter, and the child of a Tiger vet.
240195 CASSIDY, Albert Peter "Bert."
29 July 1924 - 8 July 2006.
Another sad message to let you know of the passing of Bert Cassidy. Bert passed away over the week-end (8-9 July) and his funeral will be held as follows: Fremantle Crematorium Chapel, Perth, WA Thursday 13th July 2006 at 12 noon. Assemble at the Main Entrance .
Bert Cassidy enlisted in the Army in Aug 1942 and served with the 2/33 Australian Infantry Battalion during WW2. He later served with 3RAR during the Malayan Emergency and with SASR. He joined 5RAR in 1965 and served with the Battalion for part of its first tour of Vietnam.
Regards Alan McNulty DCM.
214444 HUSH, Jack Richard "Blue."
9 May 1935 - 2 March 2006.
'Tassie' Wass has advised the committee that Jack 'Blue' Hush passed away today (2/3/06). He has not been well for some time. Bluey was an MFC with mortars 1st tour and spent his time with C Company. Regrettably, Blue's passing was on the birthday of his wife, Nola. His daughter Carol and son Graham were present. Bluey was a great bloke whom I kept in touch with in later years.
He served in the Army for 24 years which included service in Japan, Korea, Vietnam and Papua New Guinea. The infantry units Bluey served with were 4RAR, 1RAR, 5RAR and 1/19 RNSWR. Bluey served with the Tiger's Mortar Platoon in Vietnam in 1966 and was recognised as a tough professional soldier, an outstanding Mortar Fire Controller and a good mate.
The Chapel at the Leppinton Lawn Cemetery on 6th March was overflowing as many relatives and friends gathered to farewell Bluey. Eulogies were given by Bluey's children and Norm Goldspink with an RSL Service also being conducted. The Association extends its sympathy to His widow Nola, his children Carol & Graham and their families."
From: Roger Wainwright.
55179 GODFREY, Bob Joseph "Dogs."
19 September 1934 - 20 January 2006.
It is my sad duty to inform you of the death of Bob 'Dogs' Godfrey. He served in Support Company 1969 and I had the great privilege of serving with him then also on the MAT team .. He passed away this morning 20th January . Will inform everyone at a later date when further arrangements have been made .Have spoken to Bob's wife Wendy and she would like to hear from you.
Wendy's address is as follows : 20 Colville Street Waikiki WA 6169
Their daughter Billie, and son Rob are giving great support to their Mum. The funeral service for Bob was held on Wednesday 25th January 2006. Many of Bob's friends and family including members from other Battalions attended . Fifteen members of 5RAR escorted the casket up to the Chapel and formed a Guard of Honour inside the Chapel to where the casket was placed. It was a very moving ceremony , with tributes from his daughter Billie and son Robert . Bill Evans also read a tribute from Michael Von Berg MC recounting times spent with Bob in Tracker Platoon 1966-1967 with many funny anecdotes. Bob returned to Vietnam for the second tour with 5RAR. I received a letter from his wife Wendy part of which I quote :
"Would you please thank 5RAR Association and the boys who walked beside his coffin. I had to keep looking back at them as I was so very, very proud of them and honoured to see them walk my Bob to his final farewell ."
Wendy also said she would like to still keep receiving Tiger Tales as she will always be a part of the Battalion. After the service the 5RAR members went to the Esplanade Hotel in Fremantle where we fare-welled Bob as he went to join his fellow departed comrades.
VALE BOB !!
Alan McNulty DCM
2789386 BATEMAN, Terrence John.
29 June 1947 - 2005.
Terry Bateman has sadly passed away and the funeral will be conducted on Friday at 1400hrs (Church not known at this time).
And from Kerry O'Conner: "Terry Bateman was a member of 1 Platoon A Company (my Platoon). I am going up tonight for the funeral tomorrow, (Don't know too many details yet but it is tomorrow at 2pm.) and flying home on Saturday. They gave him 2 weeks about 20 months ago with liver cancer. I had he and his wife up in Darwin last year with us, and the 1 platoon blokes have been keeping in touch with Terry and Carol very closely the whole time."
From: Neville Paine
2781651 CRAIG, Peter James "Sluggo."
17 February 1945 - 5 October 2005.
Short note to let you & other 5RAR members know Peter Craig passed away Wednesday morning 8am 5 October at Manning Base hospital Taree NSW, after serious lung problems; things became bad about July this year. Pete served with 5 RAR on the 1st tour with Mortar Platoon: a national serviceman who was 60 years old this year, he had no children and never remarried after losing his wife to cancer some 15 years ago. He was heavily involved with the Viet Nam Veterans' Great lakes Branch and also the local RSL.
'Sluggo' rarely missed a reunion with 5RAR and many a good time we had within his company. He had been a TPI recipient for a number of years and had certainly been to the low depths of a bad time, but to his credit he turned things around and enjoyed a number of good years in the Foster Tuncurry areas. The family organising things for Pete are his sister Jean & brother in law Geoff Garth phone number 6555 5289 living at Tuncurry NSW. 2428 I believe the service is on Monday the 10th October Catholic Church Kent St. Tuncurry, at 11am.
From: Ash Eyles.
310897 BROOK, Patrick Albert .
31 October 1928 - 29 June 2005
The First Regimental Sigs Officer 5RAR
BROOK, Major Patrick Albert William MBE, 3 RAR. On Wednesday, June 29, 2005, of Katoomba. Dearly loved father to Natasha, Bernadine and Harley. Poppy to Eden, Elki, Lily, Hayden and Charlie. Aged 76 years. Sadly missed by all. The relatives and friends of the late Major PATRICK BROOK are to be advised a funeral service is to be held on Tuesday (July 5, 2005),at St. Canice's Catholic Church, Katoomba Street, Katoomba, commencing at 10 a.m. At the conclusion of prayers the cortege will proceed to Leura Memorial Gardens Crematorium, Kitchener Road, Leura. No flowers by request, donations to Legacy would be appreciated (envelopes available at church). Please meet at church. WOOD COFFILL FUNERALS. KATOOMBA. (02) 4782 2411. Proudly Australian Family Owned Member - Selected Independent Funeral Homes.
217860 CORR, George Anthony "Paddy."
15 May 1935 - 29 March 2005.
George 'Paddy' Corr served with Signal Platoon during the Battalion's 2nd tour. Paddy had been living in Yamba NSW when he was diagnosed with cancer and admitted to Macleay Hospital. Sadly, Paddy passed away on the evening of the 23rd March 2005. Paddy's funeral will be held at St Joseph's Catholic Church Yamba NSW, Tuesday 29th March at 1000 hrs. All Welcome. Paddy's ashes will return to Ireland to be reunited with his family.
217672 CARRINGTON, Norman Phillip Leslie.
20 May 1948 - 4 January 2005.
Norm Carrington passed away 4th January 2005. Norm served with 5 RAR on the battalion's second tour. The 5 RAR Committee and members of the Rosebud RSL regret the passing of their esteemed member. The funeral service will be held in the Chapel of Rosebud Funeral Services, 123 Jetty Road Rosebud VIC on Tuesday 11th January 2005, commencing at 3 p.m. Private Cremation.
18305 BURNS, Warren John "Wogs."
12 June 1942 - 12 August 2004.
have just received a phone call from Zeke Mundine to advise that 'Wogs' Burns passed away at 5.30 p.m. today, Thursday, 12th August 2004. We all knew that 'Wogs' time was short due to his failing health in recent months. Warren Burns made a difference. I remember him being promoted to L/Cpl in 9 Platoon at Nui Dat in 1966. I was also lucky enough to serve with Wogs in Support Company, 1 RAR in Malaysia and again later in Canberra. He became RSM of 8/9 RAR, RSM 6 Brigade and was the first RSM of the Defence Force Academy. He was subsequently commissioned and reached the rank of Major.
Wogs Burn's funeral was held at the chapel at Enoggera Barracks, Brisbane at 11.00 a.m., Friday 13th August.
May a fine infantry soldier rest in peace.
From: Roger Wainwright
215615 DUNNE, Trevor John.
24 December 1946 - 18 April 2004.
Trevor Dunne passed away on the 18th April 2004 after a courageous battle with illness, mainly cancer. He has left behind his wife Rae and his two sons with their families.
Trevor was much respected and disregarding his own condition, worked tirelessly for other veterans and widows through the maze of DVA red tape. He was also regarded as a great asset by the staff of DVA. Even though Trevor had passed away, in the Australia Day Honours 2005 he was awarded the "Order of Australia Medal" in recognition of his fine work. Trevor served with D Company during the Battalion's first tour.
BARRETT, Daryel Leigh.
2 June 1945 - 7 November 2002.
served with the battalion during its first tour
1966-67. A national serviceman, he volunteered
Daryel died on 7 November 2002 after six months
battle with Oesophagel Cancer, age 57 at home in
Survived by his wife Julia, and their two
Children, Natalie and Matthew, son-in-law Grant
and daughter-in-law Taysha, and two week old
baby granddaughter Taylin (1st daughter of
Natalie and Grant).
3795197 CHESTNUT, Robert Batchelor.
3 August 1948 - 14 October 2001.
Robert Chestnut passed away on the 14th October 2001. Robert Joined the battalion in September 1969 and served in Support Company.
29466 Lieutenant Colonel HARRING, Rein Eelmaa "Ray."
20 December 1937 - 1999.
Lt. Col Ray Harring enlisted in the Australian Army in 1957. On graduation from Portsea he served with the Royal Australian Regiment in Malaya. He also served with various units and held diplomatic postings during his army service. Ray will be remembered by the association for his service in 5RAR during 1969-70 as Company Commander of B Company. Major Harring gave of himself completely during training to ensure the men under his command were prepared for their operational role in Vietnam. Ray was an officer of the highest order and proved his worth by his excellent leadership and example he set for his young team of officers, NCOs and men. Ray Harring was highly regarded and respected by the members of the association, in particular, those who had the honour to serve under his command. Ray will be sadly missed by all.
3786705 BEST, Richard Allen.
5 May 1945 - 17 June 1998.
The passing of Richard Allen Best, 17th June 1998.
served with the battalion on the 1st tour in Vietnam. Allen was in the
first intake of national servicemen and after training was posted to
Admin Company 5RAR as a driver. Allen was well known throughout
the association and will sadly be missed by us all.
217964 FITCH, Frank Thomas. MM
1 June 1949 - 1998.
was a well known and respected member of the association and will be
deeply missed by us all.
Private Frank Fitch enlisted in
the Australian Army on the 30th October 1967. He joined 5RAR on the
3rd March, 1968 as a stretcher bearer in the Medical Platoon. On the
4th April,1969, during operation 'Overlander' in Long Khanh
Province, D Company came under heavy machinegun fire and rocket fire
from enemy occupied bunkers at a distance of twenty metres. During a
heavy fire fight that lasted over one hour, two members of D Company
were killed and 13 wounded. The leading scout, who was
subsequently shown to have been killed by machinegun fire , was
lying within ten metres of the enemy position. Private Fitch,
discarding his personal weapon and carrying only his medical stores
went forward to assist the leading scout. He returned to the
remainder of the platoon and moved fifty metres to the flank to
assist another critically wounded soldier. At this time Private
Fitch was himself wounded in the stomach by rocket fire. Throughout
the remainder of the action, Private Fitch, although always under
accurate enemy fire, continued to move around the platoon treating
the other 12 wounded soldiers. Over two hours later, during the
evacuation of the wounded, Private Fitch was still treating others
and refusing any help himself. He displayed a complete disregard for
his own safety and despite his own wounds placed the care of others
as his only concern.
Frank was awarded the Military Medal
his courage and devotion to his fellow soldiers.
FADDY, Peter Lloyd.
30 August 1933 - 27 March 1998.
Faddy served with 5RAR during the battalion's first tour,
1966-67 as a sergeant in Admin Company. He also saw service in
Korea and served with the First, Second and Third Battalions,
making up three tours in Korea.
On retirement from the army,
Peter worked as a general assistant for the education
department. He became ill with a heart complaint and spent the
last 12 months in hospital. Peter passed away on the 27th March,
1998 aged 65 years. Peter leaves behind his wife Barbara, four
children and five grandchildren. The funeral was attended by
several members of the Association, which included Col. John
Warr D.S.O., Blue Hush, Tassie Wass and others.
214758 HALL, James
14 May 1945 - 1998.
Jim Hall proved himself to be a very competent section
commander, being promoted to sergeant upon his return to
Australia Not only did Jim lead his men well in the field
but also he was largely responsible for the intra and
inter-section cohesion in 5 Platoon, B Company 5RAR.. That
was not an easy task considering the conditions under which
the rifle companies operated, particularly at that time. He
achieved success largely through extracting co-operation and
never did abuse the power that was at his disposal.
like many, apparently suffered, to some degree from post
Vietnam side effects, although he kept these well hidden
outside his family......Jim was 21 in Vietnam....he died
aged 52. Jim leaves behind a wife and five children. He will
be missed by his family and mates.
From: Paul La Forest.
23814 CUNNINGHAM, William
5 August 1925 -
Lofty Cunningham was born at St Leonards, Sydney on the fifth of
August 1928 and joined the A.I.F. early in World War 11 by altering his
age. As soon as the army became aware of his real age, he was
As soon as he became 18 in 1943, Lofty joined the A.I.F.
and served in New Guinea and Borneo and with the British Commonwealth
Forces in Japan. He served with 3RAR in Korea. He also served with 1RAR
in Malaysia and at Holsworthy when he was transferred to 5RAR when the
'Tiger Battalion' was raised on the 1st March, 1965. he served as CQMS
Support Company during the battalion's first tour.
Max Carroll, OC Support Company at that time writes:
"Lofty was CQMS when I took over command in January 1966 and I could not
have asked for a better 'Q bloke'. he served the company well as he knew
his way around. He was an accomplished 'scrounger' and Support Company
rarely missed out on anything, in either Australia or Vietnam He was
also an experienced infantryman with previous service in World War 11,
BCOF, Japan and Korea."
Vale old mate.
235326 HOSIE, Ian
22 March 1946 - 3
was born on the 22nd March, 1946 in Wagga Wagga NSW.
He was educated a Tamworth High School and entered
the Royal Military College Duntroon in 1964.
graduation, he was posted to 5 RAR and served as a
platoon commander on operational service in South
Vietnam 1969-70. Ian cherished his time as a platoon
commander and was always concerned for his men.
After Vietnam, Ian returned as an instructor at the
Infantry centre and later returned to his battalion
as a company commander and then served as a staff
Ian Hosie resigned his commission
because of ill health in 1998, even then he was
called back on a part-time basis as author of a
platoon pamphlet on platoon and section leadership.
The Eulogy delivered by The Chief of the general
Staff - Personnel stated in part:
" He was courageous, as was demonstrated on war
service where he was wounded. On the Rugby field,
the boxing ring or on the athletics track, where he
was determined to succeed, often in the company of
much larger opponents."
Ian was made a
Member of the Military Division of the Order of
Australia in 1984 for his leadership, dedication to
duty and example in training.
To read a tribute to Major Hosie
6 March 1936 - 31
Merv Fridolf passed away in Brisbane on the
31st December, 1995 after a short illness. Merv
will be remembered as the Chief Clerk of 5RAR
during the first tour in Vietnam.
battalion was formed in March 1965, Merv was
transferred from 1RAR and was responsible
for establishing the administrative systems and
procedures within the battalion.
his service in Vietnam, Merv attended the School
of Languages at Point Cook to study the Thai
Language and he was then posted to Bangkok as
assistant to the Australian Military Attaché.
In recent years Merv has been very active in
keeping Queensland members of the 5RAR
Association informed of the association
activities, and through his untiring efforts the
membership increased considerably.
well known for his cheerfulness and enthusiasm
for everything he undertook. He will be sadly
Pte BENHAM, Glen
7 October 1946 – 23 May 1988.
have been advised that "Moose" as he was
affectionately called in Recce Platoon passed away on
the 23rd of May 1988. The Platoon had been trying to
contact Moose for various events over the years and the
sad news today, (16 May 2011) explains why we were
unable to do so. Moose was my Platoon Signaller and a
strapping young bloke of incredible strength who used to
carry his load and more with considerable ease. Moose
struggled with his inner demons and sadly at such a
young age he died by his own hand. A much loved member
of the platoon, a fine soldier and a good mate gone far
too young and far too soon. Moose and Judy his now
divorced and remarried widow, had a son, Shawn. I am in
touch with the family and have extended our hand of
friendship albeit some 23 years after Moose's passing.
Sadly after Vietnam, Moose isolated himself from
anything Vietnam and none of us ever had the opportunity
to say g’day, or now goodbye!
May this fine soldier always rest in peace.
Michael von Berg MC
Platoon 1st Tour
2781546 COOMBES, Robert Stanley.
Robert Coombes, a
national serviceman, served with the Battalion during its first tour.
Sadly Robert passed away from cancer in 1987.
2 June 1945 - 29 May 1987.
He was buried in Lawn, East Kempsey, in New South Wales.