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708310 KING, Neil Douglas "Snoopy."
1 January 1945 - 13 October 2020.

Neil KingPTE Neil ‘Doug’ King died at his home in Magra, Tasmania on the night of Tuesday 13th October.

Doug was also known as ‘Snoopy’ during his service as a National Serviceman. He deployed to South Vietnam to join 1 ARU on 22 October 1966 until 29 November. He was transferred to Charlie Company on 30 November and served with them until he returned to Australia aboard HMAS Sydney on 12 May 1967.

At Doug’s request a private funeral will be held for him on Monday 19 October, another Tiger who is no longer with us.

Gary Townsend
5 RARA Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor  

215469 SCHOFIELD, Raymond.
10 November 1942 - 10 October 2020.

Ray SchofieldCPL Raymond Schofield died in the early morning hours of Saturday 10 October at his home in The Ridgeway, NSW. He had suffered a cardiac arrest and with other health issues, passed away suddenly.

Ray joined 5 RAR as a foundation member from 1 RAR, on 1 March 1965. He deployed to South Vietnam on 6 May 1966 as a pay clerk with BHQ. He served in that position until he returned to Australia on board HMAS Sydney on 12 May 1967. Ray served in the Army for over 20 years, with many postings and at retirement he had attained the rank of Sergeant.

A Funeral Service for Ray will be held on Wednesday 21 October at 11:30hrs at Norwood Park Crematorium, 65 Sandford Street, Mitchell, ACT.

Gary Townsend
5 RARA Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor

2790039 CONNERY, John Reginald "Jack."
10 October 1947 - 9 October 2020.

John ConneryCPL John ‘Jack’ Connery was taken to Townsville Hospital on Tuesday 6 October, in a comatose state, he died on Friday 9 October. Jack had been experiencing heart problems for some time and was receiving treatment.

On 14 May 1969 he deployed to 1 ARU and served with them until he joined 11 Platoon D Company 5 RAR on 4 June. Jack returned to Australia with the Battalion on 5 March 1970. He redeployed to 1 ARU on 15 July 1971 until he was assigned to HQ Australian Army Force Vietnam on 16 September 1971 and returned with them on 12 February 1972.

Due to current travel restrictions, it is possible that he may be cremated and his ashes retained for when it will be possible for those who wish to travel to Townsville to honour his memory.

Gary Townsend
5 RARA Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor


I have received from Jack’s son David the following details with regards to the funeral arrangements.

Funeral service has been set for Monday 19th Oct. There will be viewing from 1000hrs and the service will begin at 1100 at Morley's funeral services, The Lakes, 2 Martinez Drive , West End 4810.

For those who could attend especially those in Queensland, it would be appreciated. There will be a live feed of the funeral and once these details are known I will advise accordingly.

For those who could attend you might like to contact David. He is on 0457 008 834.

Kind Regards Ray Ward

Live streaming of John's funeral service at 1100 hrs on Monday 19th October Here the PIN No 4291 will be required

1410924 SIBSON, Laurance John "Laurie."
24 January 1946 - 7 October 2020.

Laurie SibsonPTE Laurence ‘Laurie’ Sibson, late of Joondalup WA, died on Wednesday 7 October. Doctors had been investigating why he had been suffering ill-health for quite some time.

Laurie was serving with Admin Company when he deployed to the Republic of Vietnam on 9 May 1966. Subsequently he served with A Company CHQ, as a hygiene duty-man and also with 1 Platoon as a rifleman. Laurie was returned to Australia on 24 April 1967. In later life Laurie worked with TPI Association, Legacy and the WA 5 RARA committee.

Funeral details will be provided as they come to hand.

Gary Townsend
5 RARA Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor

Funeral will be held on Friday 30th October 2020 at 1030hrs at St Andrews Catholic Parish Church, corner of Belleview Gardens and Victorsen Parade Clarkson W.A.

The Wake afterwards to which everyone is invited is at:
 Ocean Reef Sea Sports Club,
Ocean Reef Marina Boat Harbour,
Ocean Reef W.A.

Tel: 94018800 for anyone who gets lost.
Hope we can get as many members as possible to form a Guard of Honour.

Alan McNulty DCM.