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2790202 SUMMERFIELD, Colin Roy.
14 August 1946 - 15 May 2020.

Colin SummerfieldPTE Colin Summerfield passed away on Friday 15 May 2020 at the Tamworth Base Hospital, following a long period of illness.

Colin was a National Serviceman who deferred his call-up in order to finish his training as an optician. He was then inducted and after Recruit Training, he was posted directly into 5 RAR, where his Corps Training was conducted. Colin was appointed as a Rifleman in 9 Platoon, C Company and stayed in that role throughout his service. He completed a full tour of duty from 17 February 1969 to 10 March 1970. Colin was a steady, reliable soldier who served his Platoon, Company and Battalion well.

Colin was laid to rest at the Tamworth Lawn Cemetery on 21st May 2020. Six of his C Company (2nd tour) colleagues, travelling from as far afield as Hervey Bay Qld and Melbourne, attended.

Gary Townsend
Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor

2781624 HEAD, Stephen John.
20 June 1945 - 13 May 2020.

Stephan HeadCPL Stephen ‘Steve’ Head died on Wednesday 13 May, he had been ill for some time suffering from cancer.

Steve deployed to South Vietnam (SVN) with A Company, 3 Platoon on 8 May 1966 and served in that sub-unit until the Battalion’s Return-to-Australia (RTA) on 12 May 1967. On 10 February 1970 he redeployed to SVN with 7 RAR until December of that year. Steve then joined HQ Australian Forces Vietnam and served there until May 1971. He then was posted to 3 RAR until his RTA on 16 October 1971, a total of 32 months service in country.

A Private Cremation (20 people only) will be held at Pine Grove Crematorium, Minchinbury on Wed 20 May 2020. There will be a bugler as to Steve's wishes.

Gary Townsend
Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor

2791171 COMMERFORD, Peter William.
30 April 1948 - 3 May 2020.

Peter Commerford2LT Peter Commerford died peacefully in Sydney on Sunday 3 May, he had been suffering from Huntington's Disease for some time.

Peter was a National Service graduate from the Officer Training Unit (OTU) at Scheyville outside Sydney. Peter arrived in Vietnam on 5 November 1969 and was initially placed with the 1st ARU at the Task Force base in Nui Dat before being posted to 5 RAR on 3 December. He was greatly respected and popular with his platoon and was involved in many battles against enemy units until 5 RAR RTAed in February 1970. Peter remained in Vietnam to complete his tour, initially with 1 ARU and then serving with 7 RAR until 29 October 1970.

Due to current restrictions, we will farewell him at a private service at Macquarie Park Crematorium at 2pm for a 2.15pm start on Monday 11 May 2020.

A livestream link is available if you wish to attend remotely: Here  PIN: 4209

Gary Townsend
Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor

3787077 BILSTON, John Ernest.
26 May 1945 - 3 May 2020.

James BilstonPTE John Bilston died in the afternoon of Sunday 3 May in his home town of Argyle, VIC. John had been battling cancer for some time.

A first intake National Serviceman in 1965, John completed his recruit training at 2 RTB, Puckapunyal. After completing his Corps training with 2 RAR at Enoggera, he was posted to 5 RAR at Holsworthy. John joined the CHQ Support Section of C Company until it was dissolved in late 1966. He was appointed batman to the company 2IC, CAPT Bob Milligan until Bob was KIA. John then worked in the company ’Q’ store till the Battalion’s return to Australia.

A Funeral Service for John will be held at Springvale on Thursday 7 May, 2:00pm Eastern Standard Time, it will be live streamed at the following link: Here

Gary Townsend
Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor