1200734 MARALDO, Norman Peter.
9 December 1943 - 15 May 2017.
CPL Norman ‘Norm’
Maraldo, late of Mintaro, South Australia, suffered a sudden massive heart attack
in Marble Bar, Western Australia. He and Karli, his wife, had been touring at the
Norm joined the Battalion as a rifleman and later
served as a CPL with 12 Platoon, D Company from 18 October 1966 to
the Battalion’s return to Australia.
The funeral is to be held at the hall in Mintaro SA. on Friday 2 June
at noon with the burial at the Mintaro cemetery.
Ex 5 RAR & ex
service welcome to attend. Medals to be worn. Any further details
contact Mid North Funeral Services, Clare,South
Australia on 0888423368. Regards
Eric Leask, OAM.
Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor
December 1993 - 3 May 2017.
Bryce Muscat tradgically passed on Wednesday 3 May in Darwin. Bryce
was a serving member of the 5th Battalion The Royal Australian
funeral service was held at Karrakatta Cemetery, Railway Road
Karrakatta, WA and was followed by an internment.
Commanding Officer, Regimental Sergeant Major an Honour Guard from B
Company and members of the 5RAR Association paid their respects to
Bryce at the ceremonies.
Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor
26 June 1945 - 9 February 2017.
Paul Phillips passed away on the morning of
Thursday 9 February at his home in Benalla, VIC.
Paul served with
1 Section, 7 Platoon, C Company, for the full deployment of the
Battalion’s tour of South Vietnam 1966-67.
His role in the
section varied between Machine Gun N0 1 and 2, Rifleman and Forward
Scout and could be a bit of a rogue at times.
will be provided as they come to hand.
The Funeral details for Paul Phillips are as follows;
February, 10:00 hours, a graveside service at the Benalla Cemetery,
128 Cowan St, Benalla, Vic. There will be a wake held after the
service with the venue to be advised at the service.
Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor
MUGGLETON, Thomas Lloyd MBE.
10 December 1924 - 15 January 2017.
Thomas ‘Tom’ Muggleton passed away on the evening of Sunday 15
January on the Gold Coast.
During WWII Tom served in the
Aitape/Wewak area of Papua New Guinea with 2/5th Infantry Battalion
AIF. At the end of hostilities he joined 67 Battalion AIF, deploying
to Japan with the Commonwealth Occupation Force and was with them
when they became 3 RAR on formation of the Regiment.
He was with 3 RAR
when they deployed to Korea from September 1950, to May 1951.
For six years Tom
served as RSM Royal Military College Duntroon, (RMC) after which he
took his commission. He was posted to 5 RAR as QM for the
Battalion’s 1969-70 tour of SVN. Towards the end of his military
career, Tom served as OC, HQ Comany, at RMC.
The funeral will be conducted at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 50
Fairway Drive, Clear Island Waters on Friday, 20 January, 2017
commencing at 11am (Queensland time).
Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor.
To read Tom's
To view the video of
Tom's interview by 'Australians at War:'
30 January 1949 - 1
‘Pom’ Lawson passed away on Tuesday 1 November on the Gold
Coast, Queeensland, after a fairly short illness.
Rob, a member of the
Australian Army Catering Corps, served with Administration Company
from 8 February 1969 until 5 March 1970, on the Battalion’s 2nd
deployment to South Vietnam.
A Funeral Service is
to be held for Rob at Allambie Memorial Park Cemetery and
Crematorium, Gold Coast, at 11:30 hours on Tuesday 15 November. Dress code is jackets and medals.
Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor.
MUSSON, Peter James.
26 October 1945 - 26
Peter Musson passed away in the Mandurah area of
Western Australia on Wednesday 26 October, his 71st birthday.
Peter arrived in
Vietnam and joined the 1st Australian Reinforcement Unit in February
1967. On 13 March he was posted to the strength of 5 RAR and
remained until the battalion returned to Australia. He was posted to
C Company ,7 RAR to complete his deployment and was
RTA'ed on 20 February 1968.
His funeral will be
held at Bowra & O'Dea Funerals, 10 Leslie Street, Mandurah, WA at
14:00 next Wednesday
(2 November, 2016). There will be a gathering
after at the Mandurah RSL.
Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor.
MELLOWSHIP, David George.
7 April 1945 - 14 August 2016.
David ‘Dave’ Mellowship passed away on Sunday 14
August in his home state of Western Australia.
Dave received his
initial training at 2 RTB, Puckapunyal, he was then posted to 5 RAR
at Holsworthy and completed his Corps Training with 8 Platoon, C
Company. On completion of this he joined 5 Platoon, B Company where
he served for the Battalion’s full deployment to South Vietnam, 1966
A Funeral Service will be held for David at
Pinnaroo Valley Memorial Park, Whitford & Gibsons Avenues, Padbury,
WA, 6025, Monday 22 August at 13:00 hours.
Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor.
2796662 OWEN, Jeffery Keith
25 October 1949 - 20 July 2016.
Have been advised of
the passing of Jeffery Owen B Company 5RAR on the 20th this month.
Great Western Hwy Leura 2780
at 1300hr 26 July
Officer/Tiger Tales Editor.
54818 PENMAN, David James.
November 1946 - 13 June 2016.
On Monday 13 June, PTE
David Penman lost his battle
with cancer and passed away in Wynnum North, QLD.
David served as
a driver with Transport Platoon, Admin Company for the full
deployment of the Battalion’s 1966-67 tour of South Vietnam.
Funeral detail's will be supplied as they come to hand.
The funeral details
for David Penman are as follows:
Wednesday 22 June, 10:00 hrs,
Hemmant Chapel, Hemmant and Tingalpa Rd, Hemmant, QLD.
Officer/Tiger Tales Editor.
216185 JOZWIAK, Sigmund.
October 1945 - ?? 2016
We have been advised of the passing of CPL Sigmund Jozwiak,
date unknown at this stage.
Sigmund served as a
clerk in BHQ and then as Company Clerk with B Company during the
Battalion’s 1969-70 tour of South Vietnam.
was published in the Vietnam Veterans & Peacekeepers magazine of the
Officer/Tiger Tales Editor.
McCORMACK, Russell Shane "Stretch."
29 March 1948 - 10 June
It is with regret that advise you of
another Tiger passing, I received a telephone call from the widow of
Russell McCormack this morning informing me of his passing.
PTE Russell ‘Stretch’ McCormack passed away suddenly on Friday 10
June. He suffered a major cardiac arrest while mowing his lawn, at
his home in North Queensland.
Stretch served with
Support Company in the Mortar Platoon from 7 May 1969 to 10 March
1970 in South Vietnam.
Funeral details are below and will be in
Wednesday Courier MailYou are invited to the commemoration of
Russell (Stretch) McCormack.
Friday 17 June @ 11.30am
Family Catholic Church
Wake will be at the Frenchville Sports Club following the service.
Officer/Tiger Tales Editor.
13 May 1940 - 23 May 2016.
Ronald ‘Doc’ Nichols passed away at his home in WA
on Monday 23 May. He had been battling his illness for quite some
A RAAMC member, Doc served as the Company Medic
with B Company from 12 May 1966 to 10 May 1967.
the first medic to reach, and dress the wounds, of Errol Noack on 24
May 1966, our first casualty. He was also WIA on 21 February 1967,
during the Long Hai Hills mine incident.
will be held for Doc at Simplicity Funerals,73 Gordon Rd, Mandurah
on Monday 30 May, at 10:00 hours.
Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor.
18 September 1947 - 29 March 2016.
Graeme McCarthy passed
away in hospital on the morning of Tuesday 29 March. He had been
suffering and in hospital for some time.
Graeme served with Administration Company, from 8 February till 22
October 1969, on the Battalion’s 1969-70 Tour of South Vietnam.
Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor.
26 April 1946 - 8 February 2016.
Monday 8 February PTE Mervyn ‘Doug’ McClelland, aged 70, passed away
in hospital. Doug underwent surgery for prostate cancer in late
and appeared to recover well. He was recently returned to hospital
after he suffered a massive stroke, from which he did not recover.
served in South Vietnam, with Administration Company, from 3
February until 8 October 1969 when he was medically returned to
funeral Service will be held for Doug at 11:00 Saturday 13 February,
Olsen’s Funeral Chapel, 691 Old Princes Highway, Sutherland, 2232.
Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor.
29058 MEALING, Matthew John "Sailor."
9 August 1928 - 12 October 2015.
"Sailor" Mealing passed away on Monday 12 October, at
St Vincent's Private Hospital in Lismore He had been suffering from
respiratory and blood problems and his some of his organs shut down.
Sailor served with 3 RAR in Korea where he was severely wounded and
than spent 12 months in Malaya during the Emergency. He was the CQMS
of B Company from May until October, when he was WIA in a helicopter
crash, after the pilot was shot by a VC sniper. Sailor again
returned to Vietnam in 1968 with the AFV Amenities and Welfare Unit.
Funeral service will be held on Monday 19 October at 1200 hrs at
Rainbow Chapel, corner of Rainbow Ave & Kalinga St, Ballina.
Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor
24 March 1932 - 26 August 2015.
Rowdy Hindmarsh phoned to advise that
Tony Perriman passed away in Grafton this morning.
Tony served with 5RAR 2nd tour, as the Battalion's Operations Officer.
Funeral details are: Funeral service will be held at the Cowper Catholic Church, Grafton NSW at 10.00 AM on Mon 31 August.
To read a tribute to Major Perriman
James Charles "Jim."
20 May 1946 - 14 May 2015.
wish to inform the 5RAR association of the passing of my father
James "Jim" Charles Matthews
on 14 May 2015 at Camden Hospital after battling brain cancer since
being diagnosed in June 2014.
Jim was a serving Police Officer with the NSW Police Force when he
was conscripted for National Service. He enlisted in the Army on 12
July 1967 and was discharged on 11 July 1969 before returning to the
NSW Police Force. During his army service he was posted to 5RAR on
13 December 1967 and completed his operational tour in Vietnam with
5RAR (LCPL, Regimental Police Section, BHQ) Feb-June 1969.
Jim's funeral service will be held at Forest Lawn Crematorium, South
Chapel, Camden Valley Way, Leppington, NSW, Australia on Friday,
22nd May 2015 at 10:30am.
I would appreciate if you could post a Vale message and funeral
details on the Vale page of the 5RAR association website.
Jim's memorial page is
28 March 1945 - 22 April 2015.
have just been advised that Henk Maalste passed away this
morning (22 April) in Berri Hospital. Henk was a member of my 8
Platoon on the 1st tour of Vietnam. We knew that he had been ill and
was admitted to hospital about three weeks ago where he celebrated
his 70th birthday with family and friends. His passing was
relatively quick though he fought to the end. Henk is to be returned
to Broken Hill where a funeral service will be held. Details will be
provided when known.
The Mushroom Club has been advised.
Rest in peace fellow
13 July 1941 - 22 March 2015.
We have been informed that Ernest
'Doc' Patterson passed away on Sunday 22 March, in Hollywood
Hospital WA, after a long illness.
Ernest served two tours of Vietnam, the first with 1 RAR in 1965-66
and then with 3 RAR in 1971. He was a member of 5/7 RAR when it was
based at Holsworthy.
A cremation service will be held for Doc at Pinnaroo Valley Memorial
Park, East Chapel, on Thursday 26 March at 09:30 hours.
28 March 1945 - 16 March 2015.
have just been advised by John's wife Pam that John Kay has
passed away today, 16th March 2015.
He was the M60 gunner from 2 platoon. Great guy. He had been
battling Throat Cancer and Lung Cancer for several years. I recently
visited him while at the 50th Reunion which he wished to attend,
however he was too ill. He passed away in Caloundra Palliative care
Other details to follow.
Just to hand Funeral arrangements:
11 am Saturday 21st March at Funeral Directors Gregson & Weight 5
Gregson Place Caloundra Qld.
Wayne 'Bluey' Clarke
9 September 1939 - 9 March 2015.
have been advised that Fred Pfitzner passed away at 1.00 AM
this morning at home in Adelaide. We knew he had been ill for some
time and was under palliative care at home. Fred served in 5 RAR
from February 1967 as 2IC C Company for a short period and then as
2IC D Company.
After RTA of 5 RAR he served on HQ 1ATF. Fred also served on active
service with 3 RAR, commanded 8/9 RAR, was Director of Infantry and
commanded 6 Brigade.
Funeral is to be held at 2.00 PM on Tue 17 Mar at Christ Church, 35
Palmer Place, North Adelaide (near Jeffcott St).
I have not seen any details about medals but presume this would be
appropriate. Afternoon tea will follow the service.
5RAR Association Inc.
6 April 1946 - 3 March 2015.
I have been advised of
the passing of John Mullen By his nephew Chris Burgess.
John served in Admin Company during the Battalion's 2nd Tour. Cause
of death to be determined by a coroner's report.
John was buried on the 17 March, Centennial Park SA, in the soldiers'
MEREDITH, Gordon Desmond.
5 March 1945 - 20 December 2014.
We have been notified of the passing of LCPL Gordon Meredith,
on Saturday 20 December, in Bunbury, WA. Gordon has been
significantly incapacitated by a cerebral haemorrhage for some time
and has been cared for by his wife, Sylvie.
Gordon served as 2IC of 7 Section, 9 Platoon, C Company, for the
full term of the Battalion’s 1966-67 deployment to South Vietnam. He
will be sadly missed by his mates who served beside him.
A private cremation will be held for Gordon and at this stage his
family is asking for their privacy to be respected.
5RAR Association newsletter.
MORONEY, Darryl Martin “Butch.”
3 April 1946 – 5th Dec 2014.
was a regular soldier and originally a member of the Anti-Tank
Platoon. He volunteered and was selected for Reconnaissance Platoon
and was forward scout for Bill Harvey’s 61B patrol, a role in which
he excelled and relished. Butch had been ill for some time and
typical of his stoic character he quietly succumbed to his cancer
surrounded by his family and friends. Butch was a typical laid back
Queenslander where no task was too daunting and challenge
insurmountable as he showed throughout his fight with cancer,
wonderfully supported by Leigh his wife. He was a unique individual
and we are all going to miss that mischievous smile when you knew
something was up. He was a great friend and supporter of everyone in
the Platoon and that’s pretty special.
Butch’s funeral is on 10th Wednesday 10.00 hours at Eco Chapel,
Quinn's Hill Rd Stapylton QLD.
Michael von Berg MC,
Commander Reconnaissance Platoon.
24 August 1941 – 12 November 2014.
is with regret that we have been informed of the passing of
Laurence ‘Laurie’ Lewis, who passed away on Wednesday 12
November. Laurie had been ill for some time and was being looked
after in Townsville General Hospital.
He served with the 5 RAR Band and was platoon medic with 10 Platoon
D Company where he was awarded an
MID during an action. Laurie service included 1RAR Band
(attached), Engineers Band, NQ Army Band and 6 MD Band.
Funeral details will be
advised when they come to hand.
Laurie Lewis's Funeral is this coming Thursday 20th Nov 2014 at 1100
hrs. at the Morley's Funeral Home, Townsville, followed by
refreshments at the Tvl RSL.
Tiger Tales 5RAR Association Newsletter.
217886 MOORE, Leonard William
2 April 1949 – 26 October 2014.
am sad to inform you that our mate ..
Leonard 'Grub' Moore.. passed away peacefully earlier today
(26th October) in Innisfail Hospital, after a long battle with
cancer. He was only 65.
His wife Ros .. and loving family .. were on hand
during his final hours. 'Grub' is remembered as a courageous man who fought until the very
He (along with most of the Battalion) arrived in
Vietnam 8th February 1969 as a 19 year old forward scout with 6
Section, 5 Platoon, B Company .. a task that he relished.
Later in the tour he was promoted to the role of 2IC 4 Section.
'Grub' was a loyal mate and loveable 'larrikin' ... who
endeared himself to all who knew him.
Over the past 18 months or so 'Grub' was fortunate to
re-establish contact with most of his former 5 Platoon mates, which
was a privilege for all concerned.
Mourn not that 'Grub' has gone ... rather.. be glad
that he lived .. and that we were fortunate and proud to call him a
Funeral will be held in Innisfail Qld. at 10 am
Thursday 30th October. They do not have an exact location yet ..
either St. Albans Anglican Church, then graveside ... or just
If and when I am given confirmed details I shall let you know. Any
of his 5RAR mates who would like to attend .. and pay their respects
.. are quite welcome to do so.
Lest we forget.
former 2IC 6 Section
22 April 1945 – 21 October 2014.
have been informed of the passing of Bill Maroulis, 3 Platoon
A Company 1st Tour.
I'm led to understand
that Bill was visiting family in Burke, NSW when he suffered a heart
attack and passed away on Tuesday 21 October 2014. The funeral will
be conducted at 2pm, Monday 27 October in Coffs Harbour.
MAHER, Phillip Robert.
9 July 1945 - 11 April 2014.
be advised that I have been notified by the Welfare
Officer of the Watsonia RSL that Phillip Robert Maher
passed away on Friday night (11 April 2014).
I am told that he has had cancer for some time but I don't know that that
was the cause of death beyond this being a very high
It is my understanding that he served in B Company 5 RAR in Vietnam from
09-September-1966 till 12-May-1967.
His funeral service will be held at St Mary's Church, Grimshaw Street,
Greensborough (opposite Red Rooster) at 1030 hrs on
Wednesday, 16 April 2014.
5 RAR Association
43974 LECKIE, Robert James.
21 August 1947 - 5 January 2014.
news I am afraid, Bob Leckie passed away this morning in the
Murray Bridge Soldiers' Memorial Hospital.
Bob did two tours of Vietnam, both with 5 RAR. Would you be kind
enough to pass this on to the members & advise that details of the
funeral will be forthcoming as the information comes to hand.
Bob slipped away after suffering from cancer over the last year, his
family were by his side.
SA & NT Representative
I'm advised that the funeral for Bob
Leckie will be held at the Imperial Football Club, Adelaide Road,
Murray Bridge at 10.30 AM on Tuesday 14th January.
IRWIN, David Bede "Brush."
24 February 1940 - 17 September 2013.
have been informed that PTE David ‘Brush’ Irwin
passed away on Wednesday 17 September in the Newcastle,
David served for a full deployment in the Quartermaster
Platoon, Administration Company, with 5 RAR during the
Battalion’s 1966-67 tour of in south Vietnam.
He originally served with 1 RAR and then joined 5 RAR
when it was established in 1965.
From the reports of those who served with him, ‘Brush’
was known as a bit of a character.
A funeral service will be held for David at James Murray
Funeral Chapel, Broadmeadow, on Monday 23 September
MASTERON, Kevin James "Bat."
6 January 1945 - 29 June 2013.
I have been informed by Tom Davern that Kevin 'Bat'
James Masterson, D Company 1966-67, Passed away in
Northern Territory yesterday, Saturday, 29 June.
There are no other details at this stage.
Just received word from Luke Masterson
(Son), that Bats funeral service will be held at 10 am
Saturday 6th July 2013, at Darwin Funeral Services, Amy
Johnston Drive Darwin.
Tiger Tales Newsletter
MARSHALL, William Patrick.
24 February 1933 - 31 March 2013.
have been informed that CPL William ‘Bill’ Marshall,
of Rothwell, Queensland, passed away on Sunday 31 March this
Bill suffered a stroke approximately four years ago and
his health had deteriorated over the last 6 months of
his life, according to his son, Robert Marshall.
He served as a clerk with Admin Company, from May 1966
until May 1967, during the Battalion’s first deployment
to South Vietnam.
The Funeral Service for Bill was held at Traditional
Funerals, Redcliffe, QLD on Friday 5 April.
Tiger Tales Newsletter
2790819 MOON, Edward James.
25 March 1948 - 24 April 2013.
It is with much sadness that I advise that Eddie Moon, (C
Company 2nd Tour) passed away last night in Liverpool hospital.
I will inform every one of the funeral arrangements when known.
Rest in Peace Mate,
5RAR memorabilia Officer.
tribute to Eddie Moon by a good mate Don Harrod, can be
tribute to Eddie from his Platoon Commander Roger
Lambert, can be viewed
215733 PHILP, David Alan.
25 September 1946 - 23 February 2013.
David Philp passed away on Saturday Night (23rd
February) in Rylestone Hospital. Philp was a non member
of the Association who served with the battalion on its
1st tour. I am also advised that he was WIA and
evacuated probably to Aust.
16979 ORCHARD, Raymond Laurence.
14 April 1944 - 12 February 2013.
members and other colleagues
Sadly advise you that our fellow tiger
passed away this morning from a heart attack. Ray served
as a section commander in 7 Platoon throughout the
battalion's 1st tour of Vietnam. Ray was 68.
I visited Ray at his aged care home in Canberra only
last week and he was happy and in good spirits
particularly following the recent arrival of his new
grandson. I understand that there will be a cremation
service in Canberra and Ray's ashes will then return to
his family base in Queensland. More details will follow.
A very sad loss of a very popular and outstanding
13 November 1947 - 9 December 2012.
– 2791197 Pte David
Nicholls (7 Platoon). We regret to advise that
Dave passed away on 9th December 2012. Dave served with 7PL from
August 1969 to February 1970. He was also wounded in action. We will
remember Dave as being a young National Serviceman who took his
service seriously, did his job well, and was a good reliable team
member. We extend our condolences to Dave’s family, including his
son Daniel, who has kept us informed.
Farewell Dave, you have served
your Country well.
MATYSAIK, Michael Leo.
24 May 1948 - 29 September 2012.
is my sad duty to inform you that Mick Matysiak
(6 Section, 5 Platoon 2nd Tour) passed away at
Greenslopes Hospital on Saturday 29th September at 22:20
I will forward funeral details when I am informed.
Please be advised that the
funeral of Mick Matysiak will take place at Heritage
Park Crematorium 113 Stuart Street, Goodna QLD on Friday
the 5th of October at 10:00hrs.
Qld Rep 5 RAR Association
To read a tribute to Mick
Matysiak »Click Here
MOORE, Bertram Peter.
25 June 1936 - 24 September 2012.
night by Bob Trenear that Association Member Bertram
Peter MOORE (1st Tour) passed away on Monday
Funeral- Friday 1pm @ Mackay Family Funerals – 249 Pacific H’way
OURIMBAH (phone 0243 622733). The service is being
conducted by the Welfare Officer of Toukley RSL (Cathy
Marvell) where Peter was a member.
I forwarded to her a Funeral Sash which she is to attend to.
Bob is going to ‘try” to attend the funeral & is
advising a number of our members that live around the
LOWE, Peter William.
16 October 1947 - 2 August 2012.
I am sending this to let you know - if you hadn't
already heard - of the passing away of an ex-Nasho, who
served in South Vietnam with 5RAR (second tour).
Unfortunately, all the local paper here in Bendigo (Vic) reported
was that Pete had passed away on 2 August at the Bendigo
Peter Lowe was a neighbour of my parents for many years. My
dad has passed on, but mum & I will be attending Pete's
service today (7 August) at 1400 hrs, to be held at the
William farmer Funeral Home, Bendigo (followed by the
interment later at the Kangaroo Flat cemetery).
Pete was a TPI Pensioner, and very much a 'loner' in his life; he
lived by himself, never married, and kept a couple of
wee chihuahua dogs. He rode a small motor bike and the
dogs would sit in his jacket (or pannier bags),
accompanying him most places.
Once in a while I would visit Peter, who was a very gentle guy, and
he would 'open up' a bit on rare occasions about his war
service. Your roll has his name in blue colouring,
indicating WIA - he never spoke of that. All I remember
clearly is him recounting one occasion when an enemy
soldier came very close to him during either sentry, or
an ambush setting, at night (of which he was totally
unaware). From memory, Pete got in the shit over that
one, and Pete had to try and explain that he wasn't
sleeping or 'switched off' - apparently the MO
discovered soon after that he was totally blind at night
- absolutely no vision unaided at night time - once that
'big hexamine' set in the west.
Anyway, mate, just to let you fellows know that another Tiger has
'Gone to God.'
RIP, Pete Lowe.
YourS sincerely, in fellowship,
Lest We Forget.
28 March1943 - 1 May 2012.
news passed to me today of the passing away last night
of Ronald Lennon.
brother John, (ex Army & Navy SVN service) gave me the
news and advised he went peacefully and without pain.
John also advised me that Ron, during his 3 tours "In
Country", had completed 928 days.
funeral details are:, Gregson and Weight, Caloundra,
1300hrs next Tuesday the 8th of May.
Kevin Lynch, 9 RAR Association, Queensland.
A tribute to Ron Lennon can
be read: »Click Here
JONES, Frank Boyce.
24 July 1948 - April 2012.
We have been
informed that PTE Frank Jones, who served with B
Company from August 1969 until
February 1970, passed away in April.
Frank’s funeral was held on Thursday 19 April at the Forest Lawn
Memorial Park, Camden Valley Way,
Stand Down Soldier
Forest Lawn Memorial Park,
Camden Valley Way, Leppington, NSW
in the North Chapel at 11:00am on Thursday 19th April.
23 October 1946 - 19 February 2012.
From Kerry White, Qld Rep:
Have seen an email on my
phone from Royal Australian Regiment Association Qld the
passing of Richard Prater, who served with 5 RAR
He has been in Greenslopes Private Hospital for some
time with lymphoma, I was advised by the hospital's RSL
Pensions and Welfare officer, Ron Bird. He does not have
much detail as apparently there is no close family.
Before going into hospital, Richard was from Yeppoon.
Born in Armidale NSW 23 October 1946 according to DVA
Honour Roll and served with 1 ARU before going to 5 RAR,
4 June 1969 to 5 March 1970.
Funeral notice is in today's Courier-Mail: East Chapel,
Mount Thompson Crematorium, Nursery Road, Holland Park,
Friday, 24th February, at 10.30am.
From the CO 5RAR:
Battalion lost one of its soldiers on the 31st of
December 2011. PTE Sam Osborne was
tragically killed in a motor vehicle accident at Tweed
Heads. A brief service history of PTE Osborne
8551119, Private Sam Osborne, enlisted into the
Australian Regular Army on the 9th of February 2009. PTE
Osborne completed Initial Employment Training on the
21st of August 2009 and was posted to the 5th Battalion
(Mech) the Royal Australian Regiment.
PTE Osborne was assigned to Operation Slipper on the
17th of September 2010 and deployed to Afghanistan as
part of the Provincial Reconstruction Task Force on the
5th of October 2010. He returned from service in
Afghanistan on the 6th of July 2011. For his service in
Operation Slipper, PTE Sam Osborne was awarded the
Australian Active Service Medal with ICAT Clasp, the
Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the NATO – ISAF Medal and
the Infantry Combat Badge.
PTE Osborne's funeral will be held at the Uniting
Church, Dalley St, Mullumbimby on Wed 11 Jan at 1100h.
The Battalion is providing bearers, a firing party and
the OPSO, MAJ Dave French, will be the official mourner
and deliver the military eulogy. The Battalion will
affix a plaque to the Brigade Non-Operation Death
memorial Wall in due course.
Tiger at rest
JOHNSON, Charles Allen.
10 January 1945 - 28 October 2011.
was born in Launceston Tasmania where he received his
initial music training and played in brass bands. A very
talented musician, he won many age group and open
eisteddfods in Tasmania. When conscription was re-born,
Charlie became a member of the 1st intake National
Servicemen and after recruit training at Puckapunyal he
was posted to the Army School of Music at Balcombe for
corps training. From there he was posted to 5 RAR band
and served with them in Vietnam until he was severely
wounded and sent home. He spent several months in
hospital having many operations to remove shrapnel from
Charlie was an easy going bloke, loved a joke and loved
a drink. His final years were spent living in relative
seclusion on acres in his riverside 'mansion' in north
western Tasmania. He enjoyed tinkering, fixing,
repairing and making. He passed away from the ravages of
cancer on Friday October 28, 2011.
A funeral service was held for Charlie at Church of
Christ, Ulverstone, on Wednesday 2nd November.
No more pain. RIP.
MANGAN, Wayne Vincent.
23 May 1948 - 9 June 2011.
A Vietnam Veterans' magazine
has noted the passing of Wayne Vincent Mangan.
Wayne served with 7 Platoon
C Company from July 1969 to March 1970.
39666 LOCHRIE, Peter John.
3rd July 1947 - 4 July 2010.
some sad news, Peter Lochrie passed away last Sunday (4 July
Peter Lochrie was a good bloke. I had the privilege of
completing both Recruit and Infantry Corps Training with Peter. Although
he was posted to CHQ, he always spent his social time with 1 Platoon A
The Chapel Funeral of Mr. Peter John Lochrie will be held at
Tobin Brothers Expressions of Life Chapel, 21 Lyall Rd, Berwick, on
THURSDAY July 8, 2010 at 10 a.m. A private cremation will follow.
INGLETON, Robert James.
10 March 1942 - 10 June 2010.
of Robert Ingleton on the 10th of June 2010 was
published in "Reveille" the magazine of the New South Wales
Returned Services League.
Robert served with the 5th Battalion on its tour of duty
1966 - 67. No further details are available.
Rest easy now
18446 GENTRY-PIKE, Colin Douglas.
24 October 1946 - 23 May 2010.
I would like to advise your organisation of the passing of my father
who was a member of 5RAR & did a tour in Vietnam & then returned as
an interpreter until 1970.
My father's name is Colin
He was born 24 October 1946 & passed
away from cancer at Junee hospital at 4.07am, 23rd May 2010. He was
surrounded by his wife & children when he passed away.
funeral will be held in Wagga Wagga Cemetery, Tuesday 25/05/2010.
3793713 LEAHY, Michael Francis.
11 August 1947 - 9 May 2010.
is with great sadness that I advise of the passing of Mick
Leahy in Melbourne on Sunday 9th May, 2010.
Mick served in 3 Platoon during the second tour and
distinguished himself as a brave and competent soldier. He was
wounded twice during the tour and took part in all major
engagements. He particularly distinguished himself when he and
privates Kevin (Willie) William and Tim Donnelly recovered
Lieutenant John Lee's body under intense enemy fire.
For the last 30 years he has suffered as a result of his service
but always remained in close contact with his 5RAR mates. He
attended this year's reunion on the Gold Coast.
funeral will be held on Friday 14 May at St Leonard's Roman
Catholic Church, 349 Springvale Rd, Glen Waverley at 1:00 pm.
Lest We Forget.
39377 MASSIE, Michael Gregory.
14 May 1947 - 10 February
I advise of the death of 39377 Michael G. Massie,
(5RAR 2nd Tour). He passed away during the night of February
10, 2010 while in intensive care at Western Hospital,
Footscray Vic. I believe caused by his long term illness. At
this time I have no further news.
Today, Tuesday, 16 February 2010, I attended an overflow
funeral ceremony for former Tiger veteran Michael Massie at
the Altona Crematorium along with members of his family and
civilian friends; a number of Collingwood supporters; and
elements of the Vietnam Veteran's Fraternity from all parts
of Australia, and in particular a strong representation from
his Noble Park RSL Comrades. We celebrated the life of an
all-round good bloke who turned out to be a diamond with
many dimensions. Michael was a soldier, a husband (more than
once), a dearly beloved parent; he was also a poet (moves
are currently afoot to have his poetry published); he was a
one-eyed Collingwood supporter – 'Go Pies'; and he was a
mate with a wicked sense of humour and a clever turn of
phrase. Michael spent more than 20 years in the Australian
Regular Army; however what is unusual about the Massie
family is that he had one brother who made a career of
serving in the RAN and another brother who made a career of
serving in the RAAF.
served in Vietnam in D Company, 5RAR from February 1969
until March 1970. Michael's former Company Commander paid
this tribute to him:
"Mick was a
valued member of headquarters D Coy 5RAR in Vietnam, where
he served for several months as the company radio operator.
There was no glamour in the job, just constant demand,
physical hardship and little sleep, together with having to
relay information accurately and stay as calm as possible in
tense and confusing circumstances. Despite all the
difficulties, Mick was cheerful and popular and I could
always rely on him. He served the nation with honour and
pride, and I am privileged to have served with him."
General Murray Blake AO MC, (Retd).
Ah, good one Muzz – and all of us at the 5th Battalion RAR
Association extend our most heartfelt sympathy and
condolences to Michael's wife Kathy (who brought mutual
meaning and happiness to the past seven years of his life),
and his loving sons who have been blessed with a wonderful
role model memory to accompany them throughout the rest of
their lives. Michael, your work here is done – you may now
stand down. Rest in Peace my friend.
As a post-script, Kathy's brother Bill Edwards served with
5RAR in B Company on the first tour and was seriously wounded in
the final months there; and special mention is due to Tony 'Skeeta'
Speelman who served in Vietnam with Michael, for loyalty and
friendship above and beyond the call of duty.
5 RAR Association Victorian Representative.
2790351 JACKSON, Ian John
30 April 1948 - 28 November
I am sorry to have to inform you of the passing of
Ian 'Jacko' Jackson.
Geoff Ford contacted me
two weeks ago and told me that Jacko was very ill, and I
had prepared a notification for our members in Half
Circle No 36.
Jacko was a National Serviceman, a
reinforcement, and posted to 7Platoon. He was seriously
wounded in the mine incident on 4th July 1969. He was
treated for his injuries, and the decision was made to
retain him in Vietnam. Due to the trauma of the
incident, Jacko did not return to operational duties,
and was retained at our Ap An Phu base, looking after
Company hygiene for the remainder of the Battalion's
After the Battalion returned to Australia,
Jacko was discharged and returned to his home town of
Narrandera NSW. He stayed there for a short while, and
moved to Sydney. Jacko was classified as TPI many years
ago, and lived in the TPI units at Canterbury Road,
Belmore (Sydney). Jacko never married, and is survived
by a brother and sister, and five nephews and nieces.
Many will remember Jacko as a very quiet, solid bloke
with black hair, slow moving, but always completed the
task at hand. He had a very gentle manner. A good,
Jacko's funeral will be held at
1200 hours on Tuesday 1st December 2009, at the West
Chapel of the Rookwood Memorial Gardens Crematorium
Rest in Peace Jacko, your duty is done.
L/Cpl JOHANSON, Steven Carl.
L/Cpl Steven Johanson 5RAR Darwin was killed
in a motor vehicle accident whilst on leave after an
eight month deployment to East Timor with
Timor-Leste Battle Group 5
1945 - 21 May 2009.
is with sadness that I advise you that earlier
today Leo Pantalone lost his battle with
cancer. Leo was a first intake National
Serviceman who served with 12 Platoon D Company on
our first tour. For a few years now Leo has been
undergoing chemotherapy for cancer here and
cancer there, winning each battle before moving
on to the next bout. In recent times the cancer
took hold in his liver which I understand means
that his fate was sealed. Leo's friend and
former 12 Pl comrade, Gerry Coret came over from
Tasmania to be with his friend during his hours
of need and brought Leo's plight to my
attention. (Twelve Platoon was commanded by 2Lt
Melford Roe on 5RAR's first tour).
Tuesday evening I paid a visit to Leo and asked
him if there was anything that I could do for
him. He asked me for an assurance that an
Australian flag would be draped over his coffin
at his funeral. I promised him that this would
be done. With his permission I took a photograph
of him before leaving. I am pleased to say that
he appeared to be in good spirits.
following day I wrote to his local Federal
Member of Parliament, Maria Vamvakinou, telling
her of Leo's situation and asked if an
Australian flag could be presented to Leo before
he passed away; his own flag to adorn his coffin
to become a memento to be cherished by his wife
(Amelia) and his two daughters. Maria Vamvakinou
was so moved by my request that she went to
Leo's home this morning to personally deliver
the Australian Flag (that had been presented her
by the Speaker of the House of Representatives).
Unfortunately, when she got there no-one was at
home there – Leo and Amelia had gone to the
hospital for some treatment. Maria left the flag
at Leo's place for when he came home.
the hospital Leo collapsed to the floor in a
coma and passed away about an hour or so later
without ever getting to see or know about his
flag. Special thanks are due to Gerry Coret, his
wife Anne; and also to Maria Vamvakinou MP for
her prompt action and generous spirit. Action
above and beyond the call of duty, to both of
you. So close, and yet so very far.
have just been advised that the funeral for Leo
is at 12:30pm Wednesday 27 May at St Monica's
Catholic Church 22 Robinson St Moonee Ponds.
Another Tiger at rest.
1410882 MOLONY, James Patrick.
2 June 1945
- 13 February 2009.
James Molony passed away on the 13th of
February 2009. James served with
B Company during the Battalion's first tour.
Now at rest.
217995 MINTON, Eric John.
1949 - 18 January 2009.
have sadly learned of the passing of our
esteemed member Eric Minton after
losing his battle with cancer. Eric
served with 11 Platoon D Company during
the Battalion's second tour in the
Republic of South Vietnam.
funeral will take place at 10 am 23
January 2009. Manning Memorial Gardens
Pampoolah Rd, Old Bar, Taree NSW.
May a fellow Tiger rest in peace
MOORE, Richard Gordon
July 1941 - 6 January 2009.
have been notified by the family of
the passing of Richard
Moore who sadly passed away on
the 6/1/09 at Greenslopes, age: 67
years. Loving father and friend of
Children Wendy, Kevin, Tony and
Richard served with 3 Platoon, A
Company until he was wounded in
action on 10 June 1966 and he was
returned to Australia in July of
that year. Richard returned to
Vietnam with Signals Platoon, 8RAR
from November 1969 until March 1970.
A memorial service will be held
at the RAR National Memorial Walk
Enoggera Barracks, Sunday 18th
January 2009. Time: 1115hrs -
1200hrs with a BBQ after.
Richard served with the following
1961-63 2 RAR Malaya
1966 5 RAR Vietnam
Malaya and Vietnam
Army No. 36456
24 June 1948 - 29 December 2008.
Barry 'Nugget' Noonan passed
away on Monday 29 December 2008.
He was 14th intake National
Serviceman and joined 2 Platoon
A Company during the Battalion's
second tour. He leaves his wife
Rhonda, a son and three
arrangements are: A grave-side
service will take place Friday
2nd January at 1:pm in Griffith
Another Tiger laid
26 March 1945 - 26 October
Nottage passed away in
the Port Pirie Hospital on
the 26th Oct 08 after a very
short illness. Garry was a
valuable member of
Reconnaissance Platoon on
the battalion's first tour
of SVN 66/67. After working
in the smelter works in Port
Pirie, Garry at 19 years of
age decided to join the
Army. An original member of
the Anti Tank Platoon, Garry
volunteered to attend the
Recce Platoon training and
selection course in Nov 66
and passed that course with
flying colours. His early
teens working in the heat
and intensity of the
smelting works served him
well for the arduous tasks
to follow. Everyone in Recce
Platoon, like many other
Platoons' in the Battalion
had nicknames and Garry's
was "Background" mainly due
to his quiet demeanour and
the fact that he never
complained about anything
and when in a group would
always be in the
"background". Although quiet
and reserved he was an
enthusiastic and competent
member of the team who went
about his tasks with
resilience. He also
responded with good humour
to his new found nickname.
After Vietnam and after his
period of regular service
had expired he went back to
live and work in his home
town of Port Pirie. His
funeral service was held in
a small local funeral
parlour on Thursday 30th Oct
08 and Garry was laid to
rest in the Port Pirie
cemetery in the war graves
section attended by his
family, friends and members
of the local ex service
community. Bob "Dogs"
Kearney, Dennis Mills and me
as the only other ex Recce
Platoon members in SA drove
up for the funeral and to
support his partner Pat. We
were honoured to be asked to
be pall bearers and
particularly proud during a
eulogy delivered by one of
his ex service mates of no
matter how low at times
Garry would get struggling
with his inner demons he
would always say how proud
he was to have served in SVN
with the Tiger Battalion and
have been in the
"background" during his time
with us but he certainly is
not in the background of our
thoughts and memories. Rest
in peace old digger!
Michael "Deaky" von Berg MC
McKENNA, Patrick Joseph
3 March 1947
- 2 September 2008.
The Association has been
notified of the passing
of Patrick 'Paddy'
McKenna on 2
September 2008 due to a
massive heart attack.
Paddy served with 1ARU,
1RAR and then with 12
Platoon D Company 5RAR
from February until June
May he now
1410929McKENZIE, Earl Lachlin.
November 1932 - 2
we have been advised
of the passing of
Earl McKenzie on
Saturday 2 August.
Earl had suffered
from Prostate Cancer
Bronchitis and had
entered hospital to
treat the latter.
During the treatment
it was found that he
Lymphoma and a few
days later he
succumbed to a
served as a Section
Commander in B
Company for most of
first tour until he
was medivaced to
Australia in late
Earl is survived by
his wife Frances,
two sons and two
grandchildren and a
Rest In Peace.
July 1928 - 16
moved on to his
final posting on
with 7RAR on
their first tour
in 1967-68 and
then with 5RAR,
second tour in
until he was WIA
on September 18
The death of
Pollock on 16
June in Perth is
served with 3
Was an original
member of 7 RAR
(Porky 7) South
Vietnam 1st tour
and WIA 5 RAR
2nd tour. His
deeply felt by
all who knew
1949 - 5
that he had
cancer for 4
April 5 of
years in the
the rank of
for as long as I can remember had the nickname of “Buncha”
characterised both his physical features and his warrior feistiness.
“Buncha” of course was the prefix of that well known term that most
soldiers could relate to when referring to the receiving or
offensive act of a “bunch of fives” and in looking closely at
Buncha’s ever smiling face you would deduce that Buncha had been on
the receiving end on more than one occasion or just had one bad
altercation with a 5 tonne truck. A badly broken and disfigured
nose; cuts and stitch markings all over his face and “Buncha” was
I first met Buncha in the OR mess queue in 1 RAR in 1962 as a digger
in E Company and Buncha, a driver in Admin Company, where the mess
was shared between these two Companies. Right from the outset due to
our rugby and recreational interests a mutual respect and friendship
was spawned. The non-soldiering activities in those days was rugby,
the canteen for post game refreshments and then the Railway Hotel in
Liverpool for the late night entertainment and Buncha certainly, like
so many others of that vintage, knew how to entertain.
Nothing changed in coming back to what ostensibly was half of 1 RAR
in the newly established 5 RAR as an officer after OCS, where Buncha
would smartly salute, which made the both of us laugh almost
uncontrollably, and then reverting to a more digger to digger
greeting, a warm handshake and as Buncha was wont to do, a bit of a
yarn, about life but rugby more importantly.
I was saddened when notified of Buncha’s death not only because we
had lost a fine individual and soldier but because we would never
ever again see that broad, broken face of a smile at an Anzac Day
parade or one of the battalion reunions. I last saw Buncha at an
Anzac Day parade in Sydney some years ago and although considerable
time had passed the infectious grin and handshake was still as firm
and genuine as always.
I don’t think Buncha had an enemy in the world and the world is
lesser place in losing such a fine individual far too soon and far
Mike von Berg MC.
4717629 McQUADE, Trevor Garry.
20 February 1945 - 14 December 2007.
I have been advised that Trevor McQuade had passed away on the 14 December 2007 after a long illness. Trevor was a national serviceman and had served with 1 Platoon A Company during the battalion's first tour.
He is survived by his wife Carmel and their two children Tanya and Ricky, his son in law Michael, and his grand children Alison, Andrew and Peter.
Trevor's obituary can be read »here
Another Digger rests.
2796622 McPHEE, Roderick McKenzie.
12 October 1949 - 30 November 2007.
I was informed yesterday of the passing due to throat cancer of Roderick McPhee on 30/11/07.
Roderick was a Nasho and served with 1ARU, 4RAR '71, 2AOD and 5RAR back in Australia.
Alan McNulty DCM, WA Representative.
3795002 MAHER, Daniel John.
15 January 1948 - 1 March 2007.
I was advised by Murray Blake that Danny Maher had died on 1 March 2007. I subsequently contacted Danny's mother and had a long talk about Danny and what had happened to him during the past few years as we had lost contact after I moved. He had contracted throat cancer which had been cleared but then succumbed to lung cancer on 1 March and was laid to rest in Mildura cemetery.
Danny joined 5RAR in August 1969 and served with the Battalion 'till February 1970 when the second tour returned to Australia.
Being signal trained he was posted to Signal Platoon, then to D Company where he was our Admin/Air Radio Operator. I had a lot of support from Danny, he was a competent Radio Operator who always had Communications. He had a wry sense of humour and was good company and took great pride in 5RAR and serving as a Tiger. I will miss him and may he rest in peace.
D Coy 1969-70.
342917 LEVEY, Geoffery Robert.
2 February 1947 - 15 July 2007.
Geoff Levey joined the Army in 1963 and served with 1RAR in 1964 - 65. He joined 5RAR as an original member on 1 March 1965 and served with the Tigers during the first tour of Vietnam. He was the Administrative NCO with C Company. In 1968-70 he served in Singapore with HQ FARELF. Geoff discharged from the Army in July 1973 and was the proprietor of a Mobil service station for five years. He joined the Australian Customs Service in 1978 and retired in 2002.
In May 2002, Geoff's health suffered a severe setback when he and his wife, Tricia were injured in a serious car accident whilst returning from holiday, causing Geoff to spend eight months in hospital. Despite this setback Geoff continued his voluntary work and must be admired for the brave and positive outlook he maintained.
Geoff has been an outstanding voluntary contributor to 5RAR and other veterans groups. He was the 5RAR Association Victorian Representative for 10 years and at the time of his passing was a member of the RAR Association (Victorian Branch) committee as the 5RAR representative. He has been a long serving RSL member and from 1991 to 2005 he was President of the Sunbury RSL Sub-branch. Geoff was also an active member of the Melton VVAA. Over many years Geoff has been a dedicated worker for the veterans community and has spent many years as a welfare and pensions officer. He is widely respected in the Sunbury district for his untiring support of community activities.
The Association extends its sympathy to Tricia, their three children and their families.
Lest We Forget
The Sunbury Telegraph article celebrating Geoff's life can be read here Page 1, Page 2
54792 LONGLEY, Terry John.
27 November 1941 - 22 April 2007.
It is with deep regret that I must notify you of the passing of our esteemed member, Terry Longley. Terry passed away on Sunday, 22nd of April 2007. He will be especially remembered at our dawn service tomorrow. His funeral will be conducted on Thursday 26th of April at Pinnaroo Cemetery 0930hrs.
I have been working with his family to make the necessary DVA claims etc and all is going well. The funeral was well attended and conducted with feeling and respect. I think Terry would have been very happy with it.
Bullsbrook and Districts Sub-branch
26988 WO1 McGARRY, Larry. OAM
29 December 1930 - 28 February 2007.
WO1 McGarry served in the Australian Army for 37 years. He served with 1 RAR in Korea and on return from Korea he met and married Betty O'Halloran, a young Tasmanian girl working in Sydney. He served with 2RAR in Malaya during the Malaysian Emergency Campaign.
In 1964 he was posted to AATTV where he served with the American Special Forces Group as an advisor. In later years he served with 5RAR and the Royal Military College, Duntroon. He finished his career as the W01 Training Command Sydney.
Larry died on the February 28, 2007 after a courageous battle with Cancer. He is survived by his wife, Betty, sister Barbara, children David, Robert and Sue and nine grandchildren.
2788403 MURDOCH, William Robert.
12 February 1947 - 28 January 2007.
I have been advised that Bill Murdoch, B Company 2nd Tour, passed away last Sunday after a massive heart attack. His funeral is at 2.00pm Friday 2nd of February 2007, at Rockdale Funeral Home, Sydney; and we understand the service will be conducted by Metro Funerals. There is a post-funeral reception at the RSL Club, Bay St, Rockdale.
A special thought for another Tiger who has completed his duty.
From Bill O'Mara:
I recall as we stopped to pick up Billy at Harden/Murremburrah railway station, we met at the rear of the train carriage for a smoke. Billy commented "She's a beautiful bloody sight" referring to his home town. Bill (or Billy) as he was known by his many mates, was the first new recruit I met on the train from Yass to Kapooka. We were both 10th intake Nashos and did our two full years together. He was in 5 Platoon B Company in Vietnam, until we flew home together on 20th August '69.
In the early 70's I went to Harden and called at the local store asking " where can I find Billy Murdoch"? She just pointed to the pub across the road. We spent a couple of hours together and last saw him in 2002.
61960 LEO, Terrence Michael.
4 December 1946 - 7 October 2007
From: 'Bung' Porter RAAC.
"Thought I would pass on that Terrence (Terry) Michael Leo Support Company 2nd Tour 5RAR, passed away at Caloundra Qld at 6:50am 7/10/06. Terry spoke of his time in 5RAR in Vietnam and back home before joining the RAAC. Terry was from Queenstown Tasmania and received his share of jokes. He will be remembered by all 'Black Hats' who knew him fondly. His wish was to be buried back home and if any one wants any information I can be contacted by this site."
3786830 IVES, Kenneth James.
21 February 1945 - 3 September 2005.
Kenneth James Ives, 7 Platoon C Company First Tour, sadly passed away on 3rd September 2005 having been diagnosed with cancer shortly after the 40th anniversary reunion in February.
Ken was a popular and likeable member of 7 Platoon Charlie Company on the 1st tour of Vietnam. His funeral was held at Frankston, Victoria on 7th September and he was interred at Bunurong Cemetery, Dandenong.
The funeral was attended by about 200 people. The Frankston RSL formed a guard of honour and Ken's
partner, Margaret Chamberlain, was presented with the Australian flag that adorned the coffin. As well as Margaret, Ken leaves behind his mother, two children, three stepchildren and their families. He was an active member of the Frankston District Veterans' organisations.
213206 JENKINS, Walter "Jock."
15 August 1929 - 11 June 2005.
Advice has just been received (15-June-05) of the passing of Walter 'Jock' Jenkins who served with the battalion on the 1st tour. His son has posted a message on the Message Forum which states:
"My name is Andrew Jenkins and I would like to advise any of the ex- servicemen who served with my Father Walter (Jock) Jenkins that he passed away suddenly on the morning of 11/6/2005. Dad served with 1 Battalion in Malaya and with 5 Battalion in Vietnam in 1966/67 The Funeral service will be conducted on Friday 17/6/2005 at the Mackay family Crematorium which is on Lot 21 Pacific Hwy Palmdale (Central Coast NSW) The service will commence at 14:30hrs followed by a wake at the Ourimba R.S.L. "
214650 LONDON, Brian Kent. O.A.M., D.C.M.
3 March 1938 - 8 March 2003.
Brian London was twice decorated for service, outstanding service, to his country. Once by being made a Member of the Order of Australia. But more significantly, with the award of the Distinguished Conduct Medal; primarily for personal bravery but in addition, for Leadership in battle in South Vietnam.
As a result of, not one, but two tours of active service with the 5th battalion in Vietnam, he was an outstanding leader who, apart from personal courage, provided guidance, assurance and professionalism as an example to the younger soldiers under his command.
No greater accolade can be given to him to say he was honoured and beloved as a soldier, comrade and leader by his subordinates, his peers and by senior officers. He will be greatly missed by all with whom he served, namely the 'Tigers' of both tours.
He will be remembered by the 5th Battalion Association as the tireless editor of the 'Tiger Tales' a newsletter with which his name became synonymous.
We of the 5th Battalion Association send our sympathy to his wife, Marie and his family.
Brigadier Colin Kahn, DSO. (Ret.),
Commanding Officer, 5RAR
2nd Tour, 1969-70
Chairman of the 5th Battalion Association.
To read a tribute to Brian London »Click Here
2790572 KING, David John.
14 January 1948 - 19 August 2002.
David King served with Support Company 5RAR during the Battalion's second tour. David was living at Toongabbie when he suffered a massive heart attack and passed away.
Information supplied by his sister Beverley
2781606 MEREDITH, Robert Wittfield.
9 May 1945 - 9 August 2001.
Robert Meredith passed away on the 9th August 2001 at his home in Surfers Paradise. Bob was a first intake national serviceman. He went on to serve as a sergeant in the NSW police Service.
Robert is survived by his children, Karen and Janelle.
235092 NEWMAN, The Hon Kevin Eugene. AO.
10 October 1933 - 17 July 1999.
Soldier and Federal Minister
A long illness finally has claimed Kevin Newman on the 17th July 1999. Kevin was, in his distinguished career, the CO of the Fifth Battalion the Royal Australian Regiment for two years prior to the amalgamation with 7RAR.
Claude Ducker, who visited Kevin just before his death wrote: "He had his usual smile when he read the card which I had brought on behalf of his class."
Claude in his written report to Kevin's classmates who could not attend, stated that the funeral had a fitting RMC influence as Kevin and his family would have wanted it. RMC cadets were casket bearers and classmates lined the road in front of the chapel.
167125 MALTBY, Wayne Barry "Bluey."
8 August 1949 - 23 November 1998
Corporal Wayne Maltby was born in Brisbane on 8th August 1949. Wayne grew up wanting to be a soldier and joined the 2/14 Q.M.I (Queensland Mounted Infantry) Civilian Forces in October 1966. He then enlisted in the regular army in March 1967. Wayne received two awards, one for Outstanding Soldier and one for Top Recruit. He was assigned to Armoured Corps but requested reassignment to Infantry. He was eventually transferred to 5RAR and served with the battalion in Vietnam 1969-70. Wayne was promoted in the field to the rank of Corporal and was the section commander of 3 Section, 7 Platoon C Company. He was a courageous soldier and very proud of the fact that he never lost a man whilst he was Section Commander.
Wayne passed away in Greenslopes Hospital on November 23, 1998. He is survived by his wife Carmel and his three daughters Michelle, Lisa and Lynette. No prouder family could any man have.
Wayne penned a phrase quite awhile back, which is to be inscribed on his plaque at Mount Gravatt Lawn cemetery, ANZAC Section.
"Shall come the darkness, shall come the peace."
2789144 KEARNEY, Patrick Francis
13 January 1946 - June 1998.
Patrick Kearney was enlisted in the Australian Army as a National Serviceman on the 7th February, 1968. Pat served in 1RAR and 5RAR in South Vietnam and again in Malaya in 1969. Pat served his country with distinction as a rifleman and as a platoon medic and was discharged from his national service in 1970.
Pat was born in Young, NSW on the 13th January, 1946 and lived in Bribaree where he worked as a motor mechanic until his call up.
On discharge from the army he married Elizabeth Moran in May 1970 and moved to Wollongong and worked as a fitter at BHP. Pat passed away in June 1998. He was a caring person and as always ready to help anyone in need. Pat will not be forgotten, may he rest in peace.
2146596 Major MALLINSON, Kenneth George. R.F.D., E.D.
28 February 1932 - 7 July 1998.
Ken Mallison passed away in his home on the 7th July, 1998. Ken was born in Newcastle in February, 1932. Ken had always wanted to join the army and in 1952 he was accepted to attend the number 4 course at Portsea. Ken served with the battalion as Mortar Platoon Commander 1966/67.
Colonel Warr spoke of Ken:
"Service with 5RAR in Vietnam was demanding, exciting and dangerous. but it was a very efficient, professional battalion due to the dedication, loyalty and hard work of its members such as Ken. He devoted the past 13 years to working ceaselessly for several organisations relating to returned soldiers. As secretary of the 5RAR Association, Ken was always a tremendous help to me. He was enthusiastic, cheerful hard working and constantly coming up with proposals to improve the association. The greatest memorial to Ken will be his family. He relied very much on June, they were a great team and justly proud of his daughters, Charlenne and Christine, their husbands, his six grandchildren and one great grandchild."
43676 LOGAN, John McKenzie.
1 August 1945 - 1997.
John McKenzie Logan was born on the 1st August, 1945 in Warwich. His family then moved to Adelaide where he attended primary school and later completed his secondary education at the Croydon Technical School. John also completed his apprenticeship as a builder prior to joining the Australian Army in 1964. After recruit training at Kapooka, he was allocated to infantry and completed his corps training at Ingleburn.
John was posted to 1RAR at Holsworthy and joined 5RAR on formation of the battalion. He completed two tours of Vietnam (1966-67 and 1969-70) John served as Platoon Sergeant of 1 Platoon A Company on the second tour with 5RAR. In 1970 after returning from active service, John elected to take his discharge and return to his home in Adelaide.
John was well known throughout the battalion and will be sadly missed.
4717628 LYNCH, Trevor Michael.
23 May 1945 - 8 April 1997.
Trevor Lynch passed away on the 8th April, 1997. Trevor served with the battalion as a member of Assault Pioneer Platoon. He was badly wounded in October, 1966 and as a result of his wounds, lost sight in both eyes.
Trevor developed liver cancer and was admitted to Concord Hospital Adelaide. He requested during this period for members to visit him. A thank you to John Warr, and all of the members of the association who provided comfort and assistance to Trevor during that time. In particular, Wayne Clark and Chris Kuchenmeister, Robert 'Dogs' Kearney and Colin Cogswell, their families and others.
Robert Kearney went on to co-author a book about the wounded of Vietnam titled: "Flashback, Echoes from a Hard War" in which his mate was one of those featured.
39679 Private NEWBERRY, Robert Lyle..Robert Newberry passed away sometime during 2009. A tribute to Robert penned by a mate Ian Leis can be read »Here
20 March 1948 - 1992
2298 Colonel OXLEY,Peter Henry Griffith. OBE, mid
17 March 1923 - 5 October 1981.
The first Commanding Officer of 5RAR, Lieutenant Colonel Peter Oxley, was born in Cairns on 17th March 1923. Educated at Brisbane Grammar School, he entered the Royal Military College, Duntroon in January 1941 and graduated in December of the following year. He saw WW2 service with 15th Australian Infantry Battalion in the SW Pacific Theatre where he was wounded.
In early 1965 he was appointed Commanding Officer effective upon the formation of the Battalion on 1st March 1965. After just six months he relinquished command to his successor, the now Lieutenant Colonel John Warr, and left on promotion to Colonel to raise the new 3rd Training Battalion at Singleton.
To read Col Oxley's bio »Click here