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2788138 SIMPSON, Neil William "Barney."
7 January 1947 - 17 October 2021.

Neil SimpsonLCPL Neil ‘Barney’ Simpson died, in the Warren Hospital, in the early morning of Sunday 17 October. Barney had been suffering from cancer for quite some time.

Barney, a National Serviceman, started his recruit training at 1 RTB in October 1967. He moved to Infantry Centre, but within a short while, as the battalions were short on men, he was transferred to 5 RAR to complete his Corps training with the Battalion. Barney deployed to Vietnam in February 1969, as a member of Tracker Platoon. He served in that position until he was returned to Australia, at the end of his enlistment, in August of that year.

The Funeral will be graveside at the Warren Cemetery at 10.30am – Tuesday 2 November 2021, it is confirmed that they require all attendees to be fully vaccinated.

Gary Townsend
5 RARA Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor

5410806 ARMITAGE, Robert George BEM.
14 April 1940 - 1 October 2021.

Robert (Bob) ArmitageWO2 Robert ‘Bob’ Armitage died at home on the evening of 1 October, he had been stoical in enduring multiple conditions over an extended period of time.

Bob deployed to Vietnam with 11 Platoon D Company 5 RAR 2 May 1966 as Platoon Sergeant  returning to Australia with the Battalion in 1967. During this tour he was awarded the British Empire Medal, a Commendation for Distinguished Service and was Mentioned in Despatches. Bob returned to Vietnam as CSM of A Company 27 January 1969, completing the tour and returning with 5 RAR in 1970. He also served in 1 RAR, 2 RAR, 4 RAR and WA University Regiment, retiring in 1978 with the rank of WO1.

The funeral details are:
To be held on Thursday 14th October 2021 at 1500hrs at the Fremantle Cemetery, Carrington Street Palmyra W.A. 6157. Afterwards all are invited to Fremantle Sailing Club to pay respects to family.

The family requests that we respect their privacy in this sad time.

The funeral will be "live Streamed" Here

Gary Townsend
5 RARA Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor

16578 FITTON, Barry.
22 December 1945 - 21 September 2021.

Barry FittonCpl. Barry Fitton, of Canungra QLD, died peacefully on Tuesday 21 September, he had been suffering from cancer.

On his deployment to South Vietnam Barry was posted to 1 ARU from 10 June to 16 July 1966. He then joined 5 Platoon B Company where he served for the rest of the Battalion’s 1966-67 Tour. He returned to Vietnam with the 5 RAR in the Advance Party on 27 Jan 1969, serving with 3 Platoon A Company, until he returned to Australia with the Battalion on 18 February 1970. Barry continued in the ADF reaching the rank of WO2 on his retirement.

A Funeral Service will be held for Barry by Brown Family Funerals at 14:30hrs on Friday 1 October at St Margaret Mary’s Catholic Church, Canungra.

The funeral will be "live Streamed" commencing at 14:25hrs (Brisbane time) Here

Gary Townsend
5 RARA Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor

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