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55695 GEERNAERT, Alan Glorieux.
23 September 1944 - 24 February 2021.

Alan GeernaertWe have been notified that LCpl Alan Geernaert died on Wednesday 24 February after succumbing to cancer. He passed on in Fort St James, British Columbia, Canada, where he had been residing for many years.

Al deployed to 1 ARU on 26 November 1968 and served with that unit until 14 December. He was then transferred to 1 RAR, where he served with them until they returned to Australia.

He joined 6 Section 8 Platoon Charlie Company, serving as a forward scout on 5 February 1969. He continued in that position until he was returned to Australia, on 19 November 1969, when his tour was completed.

He was widely known in Charlie Company as ‘the wild red-headed Canadian’.

Gary Townsend
5 RARA Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor

14429 McLEAN, Allan Charles.
26 October 1936 - 17 March 2021.

CPL Allan McLean died late on the night of Wednesday 17 March, after losing a long battle with cancer.

Allan deployed to South Vietnam, with the Anti-Tank Platoon, on 10 May 1966. When the Reconnaissance Platoon was formed in September of that year he was transferred to Alpha Company. He served there until his return to Australia on 22 February 1967. Allan returned to Vietnam with 6 RAR, serving as the Pioneer Platoon Sergeant from 8 May 1969 to 16 May 1970.

A funeral Service will be held for Allan at 11:00hrs on Wednesday 24 March, at Gregson and Weight’s Chapel, 5 Gregson Place, Caloundra, QLD.

Gary Townsend
5 RARA Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor