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44556 GRAY, Eric John.
23 June 1946 - 5 October 2022.

Eric GrayPTE Eric Gray of Kadina, South Australia, died on Wednesday 5 October.

Eric enlisted for a three year term on 6 November 1967 He attended 1 Recruit Training Battalion for recruit training and then Infantry Centre for corps training. After his initial training he was transferred to 5 RAR on 3 May 1968. In February 1969 Eric deployed to South Vietnam with 11 Platoon, D Company, 5 RAR as a rifleman. On 9 March, near the village Hoa Long, he received a severe gunshot wound to the head and was evacuated from the field. Eric was medivaced to Australia on 24 March 1969. He was discharged on 10 April 1970.

A private family cremation was arranged for 1100hrs Friday 14 October in Moonta, South Australia.

Gary Townsend
5 RARA Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor

335075 DUCKER, Claude Henry MC.
22 September 1933 - 18 September 2022.

Claude DuckerMAJ Claude Ducker MC, died, in a nursing home, on the evening of Sunday 18 September.

Claude was accepted into Royal Military College Duntroon in February 1952. In January 1957 he was posted to 3 RAR and deployed to Malaya, where he was awarded a Military Cross for his service there. Claude had various postings, including 1 RAR and 4 RAR, Staff College and Officer Training Unit before deploying to SVN joining HQ-AFV in January 1969. In April 1969 he joined 5 RAR as OC Charlie Company where he was mentioned in dispatches. Claude then transferred to the CMF and discharged in 1983.

The funeral is to be held at 11am on Friday 30th September, at the Anzac Memorial Chapel of St Paul at Duntroon. Claude will be interred privately after the wake. It was live streamed Here

A Eulogy of the life of  Lt.Col. Claude Ducker MC can be viewed Here

Gary Townsend
5 RARA Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor

44584 ANSELL, Guy Hamilton.
16 August 1948 - 29 August 2022.

Guy AnsellCPL Guy Ansell died on Monday 29 August after a long and heroic battle with melanoma.

Guy enlisted in November 1967, and following initial training was allocated to the Corps of Infantry. After training at Ingleburn NSW he was posted to 5 RAR in May 1968 joining C Company. Guy deployed to Vietnam with the Battalion’s Advance Party in January 1969. He initially served as the OC’s Batman until transferring to the Support Section in C Company Headquarters. He was promoted to section commander. Guy returned to Australia on 5 February 1970. He remained in 5 RAR and was discharged after his three years’ service in November 1970.

A Funeral Service for Guy was held by Farrell & O’Neill Funerals on Monday 5 September.

Gary Townsend
5 RARA Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor

2787945 GIBSON, Donald Bruce "Donny."
22 October 1946 – 26 August 2022.

Donald GibsonPTE Donald ‘Donny’ Gibson, of Wardell near Ballina NSW, died peacefully on Friday 26 August.

Donny was deployed to 1 ARU in South Vietnam on 14 May 1969, staying with the unit until 18 June. He was posted to 12 Platoon, Delta Company, 5 RAR on 19 June and served with that sub-unit for the balance of the Battalion’s 1969-70 tour of South Vietnam.

A Funeral Service will be held for Donald by Parkview Funeral Home, 21 Kalinga St, Ballina, NSW on Thursday 1 September commencing at 10:00hrs. The service will be live-streamed Here

Bob Fenwick.

Gary Townsend
5 RARA Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor

55855 HINDMARSH, Clifford Malcolm.
1 September 1947 - 12 August 2022.

Badge of the Royal Australian RergimentPTE Clifford Hindmarsh, of Cloverdale WA, died on Friday 12 August after battling illness for some time. He passed away peacefully surrounded by his family.

Malcolm enlisted in November 1968, was trained at 1 RTB and Infantry Centre. He joined 1 ARU in South Vietnam on 10 September until 7 October 1969 when he was transferred to 4 Platoon, Bravo Company, 5 RAR, as a rifleman. When 5 RAR returned to Australia he was transferred to 7 RAR, where he completed his tour of duty and. On his return to Australia he rejoined 5 RAR, staying with the Battalion until his discharge in November 1971.

The Funeral Service for Clifford Hindmarsh will be held at Pinnaroo Valley Memorial Cemetery, east chapel, Whitfords Ave and Gibson Ave, Padbury on Friday 2/9/2022 commencing at 14:00hrs.

Gary Townsend
5 RARA Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor

1202552 BRIAIS, Ronald Edwin.
15 June 1948 - 15 May 2022.

Ronald BriaisPTE. Ronald ‘Ron’ Briais died early in the morning of Sunday 15 May, he had not been in good health for quite some time.

Ron enlisted in February 1969 and completed his recruit training at 1 RTB and Corps training at Infantry Centre. He then joined Infantry Centre (Reinforcement Wing). Ron deployed to 1 ARU, South Vietnam, on 22 October to 18 November 1969. Ron was transferred to 5 RAR on 19 November and joined 12 Platoon Delta Company. When the Battalion returned to Australia in February, Ron transferred to 7 RAR to complete his tour of duty. Later in his ADF career he joined 8 RAR and still later became RSM of 8/9 RAR. He also had many other postings to units and instructional centres.

Funeral details for Ron are:

Thursday 26th May 2022 @ 1100 hrs
in the Lakeview Chapel, Albany Creek Memorial Park,
400 Albany Creek Road, Bridgeman Downs, Queensland.

Followed by a celebration of his life at Aspley Hornets Football Club,
50 Graham Road, Carseldine
Dress smart casual, medals optional.

Gary Townsend
5 RARA Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor  

18353 HERON, Bruce David.
8 April 1946 - 29 January 2022.

Bruce HeronCPL Bruce Heron died peacefully at home in Forth, TAS, on the morning of Saturday 29 January, he had been suffering with cancer for some time.

Bruce, a foundation member of 5 RAR, deployed to South Vietnam (SVN) with Signal Platoon Support Company, on 10 May 1966. As a radio operator he was attached to various companies throughout the tour and returned to Australia on 8 May 1967. He returned to SVN on 28 January 1969 with D Company, 12 Pl, and was made section commander of 8 Section.

Bruce was WIA in two incidents, the first on 4 April and the second on 15 June 1969. Due to the second wound he was repatriated to Australia on 1 July 1969. Bruce had also served in 1 RAR and 6 RAR.

A Remembrance Service will be held at a later date.

Gary Townsend
5 RARA Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor

6708281 DUFFEY, James Patrick "Paddy."
14 April 1945 - 16 January 2022.

Badge of the Royal Australian RegimentPTE James ‘Paddy’ Duffey died in his home town of Lindisfarne, Tasmania.

Paddy was a 1st Intake National Serviceman, doing his recruit training at 2 RTB and his Corps training at Infantry Centre. He joined 5 RAR in December 1965, with 10 Platoon, Delta Company and completed his training for deployment to South Vietnam. Paddy arrived in Vietnam on 6 May 1966 and acclimatised at Vung Tau.

During Operation Hardihood on 10 June, about 19 kilometres north of Vung Tau, 10 Platoon received incoming mortar fire. The Battalion lost two members KIA and 4 others WIA. Paddy received multiple shrapnel wounds and was repatriated to Australia on 5 July. He served for many years with the Tasmanian Police, reaching the rank of Inspector.

 A private cremation will be held for Paddy on Monday 24 January.

Gary Townsend
5 RARA Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor

5411528 CRAIB, Murray George "Grandpa."
24 October 1942 - 24 November 2021.

Murray CraibPTE Murray ‘Grandpa’ Craib died on Wednesday 24 November 2021, he had endured several strokes over the last 12 months. On Saturday 20 November he suffered a major stroke.

Grandpa enlisted in May 1965, attended 1 Recruit Training Battalion (1 RTB), Infantry Centre (IF) and then IF (Reinforcement Wing. He deployed to 1 ARU for 4 days in June 1966, and then joined 1 Section 7 Platoon C Company, as a rifleman, for the balance of the Battalion’s first tour. Murray transferred to 8 RAR, which included over 20 months service in Singapore/Malaya. He also served with 10 Task Force, 1 RTB and 16 Bn RWAR before discharging in May 1969.

A private, family only, Funeral Service was held for Murray on Monday 29 November.

Gary Townsend
5 RARA Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor    

39669 CAMERON, William Arthur "Billy."
27 October 1945 - 25 October 2021.

William CameronPTE William ‘Billy’ Cameron succumbed to prolonged and chronic health problems while in care at Heyfield , Victoria, on Monday 25 October.

On 8 February 1969, the battalion boarded HMAS Sydney deployed to South Vietnam. Amongst the men proceeding to war was Billy Cameron, one of the diggers in 12 Platoon, D Company. He served with 12 Platoon for the full tour, returning to Australia, again aboard HMAS Sydney, with the Battalion on 5 March 1970.

Billy was a cheerful deep thinker, didn’t always have a lot to say but certainly worth listening to if he did. He was a most valued and well regarded member of the team.

It was Billy’s wish that there be no funeral service held and the family complied with this.

Gary Townsend
5 RARA Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor  

61859 COLEMAN, Dennis Francis "Sluggo."
14 July 1949 - 22 October 2021.

Dennis ColemanL/CPL Dennis ‘Sluggo’ Coleman died in Dubbo Hospital, on Friday 22 October, just two weeks after being told he had from 2 to 24 months left, due to an extensive invasion of cancer.

Dennis deployed to South Vietnam with the Battalion on 8 February 1969, serving as a member of 12 Platoon, D Company. He started the Tour as a Private and later was promoted to Lance Corporal section 2IC. He was wounded on 15 June of that year in the Dat Do mine incident. Dennis returned to Australia aboard HMAS Sydney on 5 March 1970. He was a unique character, enthusiastic, spontaneous and at times apt to attract the wrath of a platoon sergeant, but it never dampened his spirit.

A private cremation was held by his family.

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.

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.

Gary Townsend
5 RARA Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor

2782560 CORK, Brian James "Corky."
27 January 1945 - 26 July 2021.

Badge of the Royal Australian RegimentPTE Brian ‘Corky’ Cork, late of Ballina NSW, passed away in St Vincent’s Private Hospital, Palliative Care unit in Brisbane where he had been for some time.

Brian was conscripted into the National Service scheme in 1965, he completed his recruit training at 1 RTB, Kapooka, and Corps training with 7 RAR. In September 1966 he was transferred to the Infantry Centre (Reinforcement Wing). He deployed to South Vietnam on 19 November 1966, joining 1 ARU for ten days and was then posted to 3 Platoon Alpha Company 5 RAR on 30 November of that year. Brian returned to Australia, with the Battalion, arriving in Sydney on 12 May 1967.

Brian was cremated in a private ceremony by Parkview Funeral Home.

Gary Townsend
5 RARA Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor

219020 HOWARTH, Allan James "Big Al."
17 July 1950 - 20 July 2021.

Alan HowarthPTE Allan ‘Big Al’ Howarth, late of Toukley, NSW, died on Tuesday 20 July. Allan had been suffering with cancer.

Allan deployed to 1 ARU in South Vietnam on 19 September 1969 until he was transferred to Bravo Company 5 RAR on 8 October. He served with 4 Section 5 Platoon and also was with 7 Section 6 Platoon. When the Battalion returned to Australia he was moved to 7 RAR where he served until he completed his Tour. Allan was returned to Australia on 2 July 1970.

Funeral details will be provided as they come to hand.

Gary Townsend
5 RARA Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor

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

235268 BRITTEN, Timothy Jordan.
23 October 1943 - 15 February 2021.

Tom BrittenCAPT. Timothy Britten died in the late morning of 15 February in Greenwich Hospital, Sydney.

Tim graduated from RMC-D in 1964 as a Lieutenant. He joined 1 RAR for a few months and then spent three years in New Guinea with the P&NG Training Depot and the Pacific Island Regiment. In January 1969 he deployed with the Battalion to South Vietnam as the Intelligence Officer. Approximately in June of that year he assumed the position of 2IC Delta Company. Tim served there until he took command of the Advance Party, returning to Australia on 18 February 1970. Tim took his discharge in 1974.

Tim Britten's Service is to be held at Sydney’s Northern Suburbs Crematorium, East Chapel, on Friday 19 February at 3.25 pm to

Because of COVID, seating in the chapel is limited to immediate family and some close friends only. However there will be a screen located outside the chapel for others wishing to attend. The service will also be filmed by OneRoom.

David Wilkins OAM, has penned a short eulogy about his fellow officer and it can be read Here

Gary Townsend
5 RARA Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor

2787916 BRINES, Colin Charles "Blogsy."
24 April 1947 - 11 February 2021.

Colin BrinesPTE Colin ‘Blogsy’ Brines died peacefully in his sleep at an Aged Care facility where he resided in Yarrawonga, VIC.

Colin was a National Serviceman when he deployed to South Vietnam in February 1969. He served with Delta Company in CHQ, had a short stint with 11 Platoon and then back to CHQ. Colin was medically returned to Australia on 17 September of that year.

The family abided with Colin’s wish that there be no funeral or service be held.

Gary Townsend
5 RARA Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor 

2789730 FALLINS, Vincent "Vince."
10 September 1947 - 1 February 2021.

Vincent FallinsWe have belatedly been advised that PTE Vincent ‘Vince’ Fallins died on Monday 1 February 2021, on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland. His death was caused by leukaemia or a similar disease.

Vince served with 2 Section, 1 Platoon, A Company as a rifleman. He deployed to South Vietnam with the Battalion, aboard HMAS Sydney, on 8 February 1969. He completed the tour with that section and returned to Australia, again aboard HMAS Sydney, on 5 March 1970.

In 1973 he joined the NSW Police Force, serving with them for many years, and reaching the rank of Detective Senior Sergeant.

Funeral details were not known to the 5 RAR Association.

Gary Townsend
5 RARA Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor   

2174592 BARNETT, Walter Richard "Wally."
26 May 1948 - 1 February 2021.

Walter BarnettPTE Walter ‘Wally’ Barnett died during the night of 1 February in his home town of Hervey Bay QLD, he passed peacefully in his sleep.

Wally served two tours of SVN, the first with 1 ARU and 3 RAR in 1967-68 and then returned to 1 ARU in July-August 1969. On 6 August he was transferred to 5 RAR, joining Trackers Platoon in Support Company, where he remained until returning to Australia with the Battalion on 5 March 1970. In August 1970 Wally deployed to Singapore where he served until June 1971. He served with various other units including 1 RAR, 3 RTB, Infantry Centre and 1st/15th RNSWL during the 13 years of his enlistment.

A Funeral Service will be held for Wally at J. Kirk & Son’s crematorium, 224 Urraween Rd Hervey Bay on Thursday, 11 February, commencing at 1100hrs, medals to be worn. A wake will follow and be held at The Clubhouse, Hervey Bay Golf Club on Tooth St.

Gary Townsend
5 RARA Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor


3791539 BOLAND, Arthur Thomas Alfred "Tom."
9 November 1946 - 26 January 2021.

Arthur BolandPTE Arthur ‘Tom’ Boland died peacefully with his family beside him, on Tuesday 26 January, after suffering from cancer.

Tom completed his recruit training at 2 RTB, Puckapunyal, and his Corps training at 3 TB (Infantry Corps Wing). He joined the Battalion in December 1967, serving there until November 1969. Tom, a National Serviceman, was disappointed to be transferred from the Battalion, this was because his enlistment period was due to end only four months into the 1969-70 Tour of Vietnam. He was transferred to Infantry Centre (Reinforcement Wing) and in May 1969 to Southern Command Personal Depot.

A Funeral Service was held for Tom, on Wednesday 3 February, at the Peninsula City Church, Frankston.

Gary Townsend
5 RARA Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor

6708240 BROOKS, Irvine Stuart.
9 May 1945 - 11 December 2020.

Irvine BrooksPTE Irvine Brooks died at 10:30hrs on Friday 11 December, it was not unexpected.

Irvine was a 1st intake National Serviceman who served with 9 Section 3 Platoon, A Company. He deployed to Vietnam on 8 May 1966 and completed the full tour, returning to Australia, with the Battalion, on board HMAS Sydney on 12 May 1967.

A Funeral Service was held for Irvine at 10:00hrs Thursday 17th December at Graham Family Funerals Directors’ Chapel, 73 Risdon Road, Newtown, Tasmania. Irvine's funeral was screened live Here Password IrvBro

Gary Townsend
5 RARA Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor

214198 GAY, Trevor James.
9 July 1942 - 2 December 2019.

Badge of the Royal Australian RegimentWe have been notified, by the widow of CPL Trevor Gay, that he died on Monday 2 December 2019, when he suffered a major heart failure.

Trevor served as a signaler with the Signals Platoon, Support Company, deploying to South Vietnam on 28 April 1966. He served in that position for the Battalion’s entire 1966-67 Tour. Trevor was not very comfortable with ocean voyages, so he volunteered to be a member of the rear party. He flew back to Australia with that party, on a chartered aircraft, arriving on 9 May 1967.

Gary Townsend
5 RARA Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor

217830 BUZELIN, Jean Pierre "Buz."
3 April 1947 - 20 November 2020.

Jean BuzelinLCPL Jean Buzelin died in a Gold Coast hospital on Friday 20 November, succumbing quickly to cancer.

Also known as John or ‘Buz’ he joined 5 RAR in May 1968, after completing Recruit and Infantry training. He deployed to Vietnam with the Battalion, serving in 6 Platoon B Company. In August he was posted to 1 ALSG at Vung Tau. On his return to Australia he was reposted to 5 RAR before transferring to Service Corps (RAASC), in August 1970, until his discharge in September 1972.

His Funeral Service is; Monday 4 January at 10.00hrs, Sommerville Chapel, Allambie Gardens, Gold Coast.

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.


Gary Townsend
5 RARA Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor

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.

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

37079 GIBSON, John Andrew James "Gibbo."
19 May 1941 - 31 July 2020.

John GibsonSGT John Gibson passed away in his sleep in Queensland on Friday 31 July.

John, a Royal Australian Corps of Signals member, was the NCO I/C of the 103 Signals Squadron detachment to 5 RAR’s Support Company for the 1966-67 tour of South Vietnam (SVN). He redeployed to SVN with the Australian Army Training Team Vietnam from 15 July 1971, returning to Australia on 13 July 1972 with the rank of WO2.

He later transferred to the Australian Army Aviation Corps and qualified as an Observer while in the United Kingdom. John wrote the course details for the training of Observers at the School of Army Aviation.

A private family Funeral Service was held for John

Gary Townsend
Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor

4717625 GRAY, David Bruce.
23 April 1945 - 5 June 2020.

David GrayPTE David Gray died on Friday 5 June due to a previously undiagnosed lung cancer.

David, a first intake National Serviceman, completed his recruit training at 1 RTB Kapooka and his Corps Training at Infantry Centre. He was then posted to 5 RAR, joining 3 Section, 10 Platoon, Delta Company as a section scout. David deployed to South Vietnam in that sub-unit, from 6 May 1966 until he returned to Australia with the Battalion on board HMAS Sydney on 12 May 1967.

David will be having a private grave side funeral, June Wednesday 17th at 1pm at Victor Harbor SA cemetery.

Gary Townsend
5 RARA 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 the then current restrictions, we farewelled him at a private service at Macquarie Park Crematorium at on Monday 11 May 2020.

A livestream link was available if you wished 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 was held at Springvale on Thursday 7 May, 2:00pm Eastern Standard Time, it was live streamed Here

Gary Townsend
Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor

17864 DAVIS, Robert Julian.
5 December 1944 - 10 April 2020.

Robert DavisLT Robert ‘Bob’ Davis passed away on the evening 10 April. Bob had not been well for some time and had recently been hospitalised in Brisbane.

Bob joined 1 RAR at Bien Hoa as a reinforcement officer on 25 February 1966, on their return to Australia (RTA) in May he transferred to 1 ARU from 5 May until 6 September. He briefly commanded 8 Platoon, 5 RAR, possibly while seconded from 1 ARU. Bob was then posted to 5 RAR on 7 September 1966 and assumed command of 11 Platoon. Bob stayed in that position until his RTA on 22 February 1967, having completed his 12 month tour.

Funeral details are not yet known but in the current circumstances we know this can only be small.

Gary Townsend
Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor 

4717496 GORDON, Duncan John.
6 January 1945 - 26 February 2020.

Duncan GordanPTE Duncan Gordon, late of Sellicks Beach SA, died on Wednesday 26 February. He had been suffering from throat cancer for quite some time and had been in a care facility for a few weeks.

Duncan deployed to South Vietnam aboard HMAS Sydney with 9 Section, 9 Platoon, C Company on 22 April 1966. He served as a rifleman in that section for approximately six months and then worked in the Sergeant’s Mess for the remainder of the tour. He returned to Australia with the Battalion, aboard HMAS Sydney on 12 May 1967.

Duncan’s funeral will be held at St Annes Anglican Church, 7 Stonehouse Lane, Aldinga at 11am on the 13th of March.

Gary Townsend
Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor

38080 BALL, George Graham.
15 February 1945 - 20 February 2020.

George BallLCPL George ‘Graham’ Ball passed away in care, on Thursday 20 February, he had not been travelling well for quite some time.

Graham served as the Section 2IC in 5 Section, 8 Platoon, C Company on the Battalion’s first deployment to South Vietnam. He arrived in country on 28 April 1966 and returned to Australia with the Advance Party on 3 March 1967. Graham then transferred to 8 RAR and re-deployed to Vietnam from 18 November 1969 to 5 November 1970 having attained the rank of Sergeant.

A Funeral Service is to be held on Thursday 27 February at 15.30 in the East Chapel of Pinnaroo Valley Memorial Park, Whitfords Ave and Gibson Ave, Padbury, WA.

Gary Townsend
Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor

4717621 CLAYTON, Ian Jon "Bunnsy."
20 February 1945 - 21 January 2020.

Ian ClaytonOn Tuesday 21 January, PTE Ian ‘Bunnsy’ Clayton lost his more than 12 months battle with pancreatic cancer. He died relatively peacefully, surrounded by his family in Wallaroo Hospital SA.

Ian served with 2 Platoon, A Company, for the Battalion’s full 1966-67 tour of South Vietnam, as a member of the MG group of 5 Section. His mates describe him as a happy-go-lucky character and good bloke. He deployed to New Guinea, on Exercise Sprinkler, with A Company in late 1965.

A graveside service will be held for Ian at 14:00hrs on Friday 24 January at Wallaroo Cemetery, the service will be followed by a Wake.

Gary Townsend
Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor

3795570 GEAGHAN, Robert Bruce.
11 August 1947 - 14 November 2019.

Robert geaghanPTE Robert ‘Bob’ Geaghan died on Thursday 14 November in the northern suburbs of Sydney.

Bob deployed to South Vietnam joining 1 ARU on 20 August 1969 until he was posted to 5 RAR on 3 September. He served with 2 Platoon, A Company until the Battalion returned to Australia and he was then posted to the Defence and Employment (D&E) Platoon at HQ 1 ATF. Bob was WIA on Long Son Island on 14 April 1970 and Medivaced to Australia on 20 April 1970.

A Memorial Service will be held for Bob at the Nature Reserve, 420 Mona Vale Rd, St Ives on Friday 22 November at 14:30hrs.

Gary Townsend
Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor

410810 ARNOLD, Dean Spencer "Deano."
4 July 1946 - 14 November 2019.

Dean Spencer ArnoldLCPL Dean 'Deano' Arnold died in Royal Adelaide Hospital on Thursday 14 November.

Deano served with D Company, 11 Platoon as a section 2IC, in South Vietnam, from 2 May 1966 until his return to Australia with the Battalion aboard the HMAS Sydney on 12 May 1967.

Funeral details will be provided as they come to hand.



Gary Townsend
Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor

215608 CAMERON, Victor Maxwell "Max."
27 November 1946 - 18 October 2019.

Badge RARCPL Victor ‘Max’ Cameron died on Friday 18 October at his home in Walligan, in the Hervey Bay area of Queensland. He had been quite ill for some time.

Max first saw service in South Vietnam with 1 RAR from January to June 1966 and he was WIA in April. When 1 RAR returned to Australia he joined 6 RAR until he completed his deployment in December 1966.

He later joined C Company 5 RAR and redeployed with the Battalion to SVN on 28 January 1969, serving with C Company. Max suffered a non-battle casualty in April which necessitated his return to Australia.

We believe that a private family funeral will be held on Saturday 26 October in Hervey Bay.

Gary Townsend
Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor

1201713 COLLINS, Alan Martin.
2 January 1948 - 26 June 2019.

RAR BadgePTE Alan Collins passed away on Wednesday 26 June, after a losing long struggle with cancer.

Alan served as a rifleman with the Battalion in 3 Platoon, A Company on 5 RAR’s 1969-70 Tour of Duty. During a bunker contact, on 21 August, while on Operation Camden, he was Wounded-in-Action and returned to Australia due to his wounds.

Alan served in the ADF for many years after Vietnam and at one stage was a WO1 in the RAAOC.

A Funeral Service and Cremation will be held for Alan at 10:00hrs on Monday 8 July at The Lakes Chapel, Morleys Funeral Home, Martinez Ave, West End (Townsville).

Gary Townsend
Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor

39641 CAMIN, Noel Thomas "Camo."
15 June 1949 - 14 June 2019.

Noel CaminCPL Noel ‘Camo’ Camin, of Balranald, NSW, died in the Epping Gardens Palliative Care facility in Epping, VIC, at 12:30 hrs on Friday 14 June.

Noel served as a Mortar Section Commander with Support Company for the Battalion’s 1969-70 Tour of South Vietnam.

A Graveside Service will be held for Noel Camin at 11:00 hrs on Monday 24 June at the Balranald Cemetery, Moa St, Balranald, NSW.


Gary Townsend
Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor

61183 AITKEN, Brian Roy "Dadda."
2 December 1935 - 16 May 2019

Brian Aitken 5RARWe have been informed that CPL Brian ‘Dada’ Aitken died on Thursday 16 May in the Philippines.

Brian deployed to South Vietnam aboard HMAS Sydney as a member of Transport Platoon, Administration Company, for the Battalion’s 1966-67 Tour.

In 1969 he returned to South Vietnam as a member of 8 RAR, serving in country for a further 12 months.

Funeral details are: On Monday 3 June at 11.00hrs a Requiem Mass will be held for Brian at St Williams Catholic Church, 67 Dawson Parade, GROVELY (Brisbane). This will be followed by a burial at 13.30hrs at Beerwah Cemetery, in Section 2, Row 5, Roy's Road, BEERWAH (This is an hour's drive from Brisbane)

Gary Townsend
Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor.

2790749 BETTENS, John Joseph.
25 March 1948 – 14 April 2019.

John BettensPTE John Bettens died on Sunday 14 April, in the South East Regional Hospital, Bega, after a very long battle with cancer.

John was deployed to 1 ARU in South Vietnam on 14 May 1969 and served with them until 3 June. He was then posted to 5 RAR and served with 8 Section, 3 Platoon, A Company for the balance of the Battalion’s 1969-70 Tour of Duty, returning to Australia as a member of the Advance Party.

A Private Cremation will be held for John at Bega and he will be interred in Tamworth, NSW. A Memorial Service will be held in Sydney at a later date and details will be provided as they become available.

Gary Townsend
Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor.

44262 HENDERSON, William John.
6 October 1948 - 25 March 2019.

RAR BadgePTE William ‘Bill’ Henderson died on Monday 25 March due to complications from an injury.

Bill was deployed to South Vietnam on 11 March 1968 and was posted to 1 ARU until 27 May. He then served with
1 RAR for the remainder of their tour. He was then posted to Support Company 5 RAR on 5 February 1969 and served there until his return to Australia on 8 October 1969.

Gary Townsend
Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor.

1201717 BURR, Anthony Michael "Burrie."
3 November 1949 - 13 March 2019.

Anthony BurrKnown as 'Burrie' or 'Tony', PTE Anthony Burr died on Tuesday 12 March after a four week battle and hospilisation with an infection in Queensland.

Tony served in 9 Section, 6 Platoon, B Company for the entire 1969-70 tour of South Vietnam. As with most members of a platoon he was utilised in all section positions; rifleman, scout and machine gunner.

There will not be any funeral service and in due course Tony's ashes will be placed as part of a private family activity.

His brother, Derek Burr, advised that anybody who wishes to send a Sympathy Card to the family may do so by sending it to him at PO Box 986 HERVEY BAY QLD 4655.

Gary Townsend
Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor.

1201683 BURCHELL, Trevor Howard.
19 September 1947 - 5 February 2019.

Trevor BurchellPTE Trevor Burchell died peacefully in the early morning of 5 February, his wife and daughter were with him. He had been admitted to a palliative care facility in the last few weeks.

Trevor served on the Battalion’s second tour of South Vietnam from 8 February until 16 July 1969. Trevor’s position was as a rifleman in 8 Platoon for his time deployed. He apparently had contracted malaria and was medically returned to Australia.

Funeral details for Trevor are: Wednesday 13 February at 1100hrs at Laidley Crematorium, Southern St, Laidley Queensland.

Gary Townsend
Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor.

43781 GROWDEN, Graham "Smiley."
29 April 1947 - 27 December 2018.

Graham GrowdenSGT Graham ‘Smiley’ Growden died as the sun rose on the morning of Thursday 27 December, at his home in Pooraka SA.

Smiley initially deployed to 1 ARU Vietnam, in June 1966, before joining 5 RAR on 18 June 1966. He served with 5 Section 4 Platoon B Company for the balance of the Battalion’s 1966-67 Tour. He returned with the Battalion for its 1969-70 Tour, again serving with B Company CHQ as a Corporal in Support Section. Later in the tour he was promoted to Platoon Sergeant of 4 Platoon and returned to Australia with the Battalion.

Smiley was a well respected soldier who went on to reach the rank of Major in the Reserves. In later life he served in the South Australian Police.

Funeral details: Friday 4 January, 14:00 hours at Ridgehaven Chapel, Harrison Funerals, 63 Golden Grove Rd, Ridgehaven, SA, 5097.

Gary Townsend
Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor.

5713802 CHECKLY, John Raymond.
12 January 1945 - 10 December 2018.

John ChecklyOn Monday 10 December PTE John Checkley died in his sleep at home in Kendenup, WA.

John was deployed to 1 ARU on 8 October 1966 and stayed in that unit until he joined 4 Section, 8 Platoon, 5 RAR on 7 November of that year. He continued in that position as a rifleman until his return to Australia, aboard HMAS Sydney, with the Battalion.

In accordance with John's wishes a private cremation will be held on Friday 21 December.


Gary Townsend
Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor.

215048 DEMPSEY, Michael John.
16 October 1945 - 6 December 2018.

MIchael DempseyCPL Michael ‘Mick’ Dempsey passed away suddenly on Thursday 6 December, he had been diagnosed with a rare brain disorder which took his life in just four weeks.

Mick was a member of 8 Platoon when he deployed to Vietnam with the Battalion for its 1966-67 Tour. Later in the tour he was transferred to Company HQ, where he served until his return to Australia with the Battalion.

The funeral service for Michael will be held at St Bridget's Church Dubbo, at 2.30pm this Friday, 14 December.

Gary Townsend
Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor.


44537 ERRINGTON, William Ronald "Boong."
31 July 1948 - 6 November 2018.

William ErringtonLCPL William ‘Boong’ Errington died on the evening of Tuesday 6 November, in his home state of South Australia, after a long illness.

Boong served in 8 Section, 6 Platoon for the full term of the battalion’s 1969-70 tour of South Vietnam. He started the tour as the section machine gunner until being promoted to LCPL and 2IC of his section.

According to those that served with him he was a good digger, a real character and many a story could be told of him.

Funeral to be held on Monday 19th November at 1230hrs in the Heysen Chapel, Centenial Park, Goodwood Road, Pasadena, followed by a Commital in the Derrick Gardens to follow at 1400hrs.

At the conclusion of the funeral you are invited back to the RARA club rooms,13 Beatty St Linden for drinks and light snacks.

Gary Townsend
Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor.


1201694 ALLEN, Leonard William.
14 October 1947 - 5 October 2018.

Leonard AllenCPL Leonard ‘Len’ Allen died on Friday 5 October, in his home city of Darwin, of complications relating to his cardiac condition.

Len was the section commander of 5 Section, 5 Platoon for the battalion’s entire 1969-70 tour of South Vietnam. He was Mentioned-in-Despatches for his actions in contacts with enemy forces, specifically in August 1969 during Operation Camden, but also in other contacts throughout that year.

A Funeral Service will be held for Len at Darwin Funeral Services, 121 Amy Johnson Avenue, Marrara, NT, on Friday 19 October at 10:00 hours.

Gary Townsend
Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor.

2790463 DICK, Clive Marshall.
11 May 1948 - 1 August 2018.

Clive DickLate of Waratah NSW, PTE Clive Dick died peacefully on Wednesday 1 August, after losing his long battle with cancer.
Clive was deployed to South Vietnam to join 1 ARU from 13 May to 3 June 1969. On 4 June he was posted to 5 RAR and served in 4 Platoon B Company for the balance of the battalion’s 1969-70 Tour.

He re-enlisted in 1977 and served for a further 21 years in the ARA. During his basic training on his return to the ADF he was known as Grand-pop because of his age and the wearing of his service ribands.

A Funeral Service will be held for Clive at James Murray Funeral Chapel, 44 Blackall St, Broadmeadow NSW on Friday 10 August, commencing at 1300 hours. In lieu of flowers donations to the Cancer Council can be made at this service.

Gary Townsend
Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor.

5716485 GREEN, Phillip John.
10 November 1948 - 12 July 2018.

Phillip GreenPTE Phillip Green died peacefully at a nursing home in Perth, he had been suffering dementia for quite a long time.

Phil was deployed to 1 ARU in South Vietnam on 27 August 1969 and stayed with them until he was posted to 5 RAR on 24 September. He joined Tracker Platoon Support Company and served with them until he returned to Australia with the battalion on 5 March 1970.

Phil’s Funeral Service will be held at the Broomehill Town Hall on Thursday 19 July at 11:00 hours, after which his Funeral Cortege will proceed to Broomehill Cemetery.

Gary Townsend
Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor.


2781313 CASE, Thomas Edward.
20 March 1945 - 6 June 2018.

Thomas CasePTE Thomas Case died in the John Hunter Private Hospital in Newcastle NSW, on Wednesday 6 June, after a short illness.

Tom was posted to the battalion immediately after Recruit Training and received his Corps Training in 7 Platoon, C Company. Upon completion of this he was transferred to Support Company and trained as a Signaller and Line Technician. He served with the battalion in South Vietnam for the full 1966-67 tour of duty.

A Funeral is to be held in The Chapel, 444 Pacific Hwy, Belmont (parking via Henry St.) this Friday 15th June 2018, Service commencing at 10.00am. In lieu of flowers, donations to Vietnam Veterans and Marine Rescue Lake Macquarie may be made at the Service.

Gary Townsend
Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor.


215708 CAMPBELL, Donald Alexander.
28 March 1946 - 7 May 2018.

Donald CampbellI have received the sad news of the passing of CPL Don Campbell. Don served as a section commander with 6 Platoon, B Company during the battalion's second tour of South Vietnam and had been wounded-in-action on two separate occasions.

His daughter Kat has stated that Don's wish is for a cremation with no funeral service and ashes scattered.

Don is featured in an article titled: "My First Contact" by Greg "Spike" Dwiar on this website.

Gary Townsend
Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor.


14942 CASE, Neville John "Cowboy."
17 June 1941 - 6 April 2018.

Neville CaseSGT Neville "Cowboy" Case passed away in a Bowen Nursing home, he had been suffering from dementia.

Neville deployed to Vietnam for the battalion’s full 1966-67 tour. He served as a Platoon Sergeant with 2 Platoon, A Company. His Company OC, MAJ Max Carroll, describes him as, "A bit rough around the edges, but a first class field soldier, extremely good value.”

Funeral details will supplied as they come to hand.

Gary Townsend
Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor.


38785 BOWMAN, David John "Bowie."
16 December 1946 - 2 April 2018.

David BowmanCPL David ‘Bowie’ Bowman lost his last battle in Flinders Hospital, Adelaide, on Monday 2 April 2018. 
Dave was posted to 1 ARU in Vietnam from 19 to 29 November 1966 before joining 5RAR in 2 Platoon, A Company, where he served until returning to Australia with the Battalion.  He redeployed to Vietnam for the Battalion’s second tour, 1969/70, initially as a Section 2IC with B Company before transferring to C Company where he was a Section 2IC in 7 Section, 9 Platoon.

With the re-organisation of 7 Platoon, C Company following their disastrous mine incident in the Long Hais, Dave was transferred to 7 Platoon with promotion to Corporal. ‘Bowie’ proved to be an outstanding Section Commander. He returned to Australia with the Battalion having completed a full tour of duty from 3 February 1969 to 5 March 1970.

His funeral was held at the Catacomb Church, Coober Pedy, SA, on 10 April 2018, and afterwards at the Coober Pedy RSL. 

Gary Townsend, Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor
and Roger Lambert, Platoon Commander, 9 Platoon, C Company, 1969/70


5411552 HILLIARD, Charles Thomas "Chas."
24 November 1945 - 20 March 2018.

RAR BadgePTE Charles ‘Chas’ Hilliard passed away in Townsville Hospital on Tuesday 20 March due to heart complications, after a lengthy admittance.

Chas was posted to 1 ARU in June of 1966, on 20 July he deployed to 5 RAR and was posted to 6 Platoon, B Company. He served there for the remainder of the battalion’s tour and returned to Australia with 5 RAR.

A Funeral Service will be held for Chas at the Woongarra Crematorium and Memorial Gardens Townsville. 37309 Bruce Hwy, JULAGO 4816, on Monday 26 March at 14:00 hours.

Gary Townsend
Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor.


3786753 CUMMINS, Brian Francis.
22 April 1945 - 6 March 2018.

RAR BadgePTE Brian Cummins died in Melbourne 6 March, after a short illness.

Brian served the full term of the Battalion's 1966-67 tour of Vietnam in D Company.

A Funeral Service will be held at St Agatha’s Catholic Church, 129 Sladen St, Cranbourne, Vic, at 11:30 Wednesday 14 March.


Gary Townsend
Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor.


42873 DAWSON, Bryan Maxwell "Smokey."
15 July 1944 - 15 December 2017.

Bryon DawsonBrian "Smokey" Dawson served as an ambulance driver with Administration Company, Transport Platoon, for the complete 1966-67 tour of South Vietnam.

You may remember that Smokey was hijacked by Tassie Wass as the ‘get-away’ driver involved in the kidnapping of Cole Joye on the evening before the Battle of Long Tan.

The Funeral Service for Smokey will be held at Metropolitan Funerals, 174 Anzac Ave, REDCLIFFE, at 10:00 hours on Friday 22 December.

Gary Townsend
Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor.


29971 GILLAN, John William OAM.
30 October 1938 - 23 November 2017.

John GillanSGT John Gillan lost his last battle on Friday 23 November in his home town of Toowoomba, QLD.

John served in Mortar Platoon and as a MFC (Mortar Fire Controller) with Bravo Company from 3 February 1969 to 10 March 1970 when he returned to Australia with the Battalion. He developed a friendship with the Vietnamese translator, SGT Khan.

John also served with 1 RAR and 8/9 RAR during his career with the Australian Defence Force. He was an efficient, respected and diligent MFC who accepted no nonsense.

His funeral will be held at Burstows Chapel, 1020 Ruthven Street (South) Toowoomba, Friday 1st December commencing 1200 hrs.

Gary Townsend
Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor.


218962 DARLING, Kevin John.
23 February 1947 - 30 August 2017.

RAR BadgePTE Kevin Darling died on Wednesday the 30th August. He served with 1 ARU in October 1969.

Kevin was posted to Support Company. and served with the Battalion until it returned home. Kevin Completed his tour with 7 RAR.

A Graveside service was held on Monday 4 September, at the New Dubbo Cemetery, NSW.

Gary Townsend
Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor.


534852 de MASSON, Peter Graeme.
26 April 1949 - 2 October 2017.

Peter de MassonPTE Peter de Masson suffered a massive heart attack and passed away on the evening of Monday 2 October.

Peter’s deployment to South Vietnam started on 10 August 1969 when he was posted to 1 ARU for 12 days. He was posted to A Company, 5 RAR, on 3 September 1969 and served with the Battalion until it returned to Australia. Peter was then transferred to 7 RAR, to complete his tour, returning to Australia on 21 October 1970.

Peter's Funeral Service will be held in the Cemetery Chapel, 09:30 Thursday 12 Oct 2017 at Pinnaroo Valley Memorial Park, Whitfords Avenue, Padbury. This will be followed by a graveside burial at 11:30 hours.

Gary Townsend
Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor.


42763 ANNELLS, David Robert.
31 May 1943 - 12 September 2017.

David AnnellsLCPL David Dave Annells passed away peacefully on Tuesday 12 September at Joondalup Hospital in WA, after suffering a severe illness.

Dave served with 8 Platoon C Company from 28 April until 16 November on the Battalion’s 1966-67 tour of Vietnam. He returned to Australia and transferred to the Royal Australian Corps of Military Police and redeployed with them to Vietnam late 1971 to early 1972.

The Funeral Service for Dave will be on the 29th September 2017 at Perth Crematoria, at 1100hrs 2/2 Carson Road Malaga, Perth.

Gary Townsend
Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor.


215337 DOHERTY, John Robert.
27 July 1943 - 16 August 2017.

RAR BadgeLCPL John Doherty passed away in the early hours of Wednesday 16 August in the Coffs Harbour Base Hospital.

John deployed to Vietnam with the Battalion on 12 May 1966. He served as a clerk with Battalion Head Quarters. John returned to Australia with the Battalion Advance Party on 3 March 1967. John retired from the Australian Defence Force as a WO2.

Funeral Details: 11am Monday, 28 August at Nambucca Valley Funerals, Back Street, Nambucca Heads. (Western side of Woolworths).

Gary Townsend
Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor.


38797 EVANS, Evan "Bill"
15 February 1938 - 16 August 2017.

Evan EvansCPL Evan ‘Bill’ Evans passed away on Tuesday 15 August on the Sunshine Coast in QLD. He had been in nursing care for a couple of weeks.

Bill deployed to South Vietnam with 1st Army Reinforcement Unit (1ARU) and was posted to the 9 Platoon C Company, 5 RAR on 25 September 1966. On the formation of Recconnaisance Platoon, Bill applied for and was accepted as an inaugural member and completed his tour in that sub-unit. He returned to South Vietnam in January 1969, serving with 8 Platoon C Company, until he was medically RTA’ed in July 1969.

Funeral details: 11am on Tuesday 22nd August at Caloundra Crematorium – 5 Gregson Place, CALOUNDRA (Gregson & Weight Funeral Directors 0754 911559)

Gary Townsend
Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor.


786704 BAYRE, Raemonde Joseph.
2 February 1945 - 12 July 2017.

Raemonde BayrePTE Raemonde "Ray" Bayre died on Wednesday 12 July, after a year-long fight with cancer.

Ray served with BHQ as ‘Doc’ White’s batman for the Battalion’s full 1966-67 Tour of Duty in South Vietnam. He took discharge on RTA, but then re-enlisted in RAAMC approximately twelve months later. Ray then served many years in administration of the medical corps and retired as a Captain.

The funeral service for Ray Bayre will be held at the Gold Creek Chapel, 17 O'Hanlon Place, Nichols ACT at 12.30 PM next Monday 17 July. It will be followed by a private cremation.


Gary Townsend
Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor.


38198 HARRIS,Terence John "Harry."
25 November 1946 - 20 June 2017.

Terence HarrisPTE Terence ‘Harry’ Harris, late of Westmeadows, VIC, passed away on the afternoon of Tuesday 20 June, after a debilitating illness.

Harry was a member of 8 Platoon, C Company for the Battalion’s 1966-67 Tour of South Vietnam, travelling aboard HMAS Sydney both to and from SVN.

Harry Harris’ funeral service will be held at White Ladies Funerals, cnr Cooper St and Dalton Rd, Epping, at 10:00 hours on Monday 26 June. Dress will be jackets and medals.


Gary Townsend
Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor.


PTE. CHALLIS, Jason Walter "Jaso."
3 February 1992 -10 May 2017.

Jason ChallisPTE Jason "Jaso" Challis, a serving member of the 5th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment, was killed on Wednesday 10 May.

Jason was operating with his section, in a live fire, building clearance exercise at Mt Bundy Training Area in the Northern Territory. During the exercise he was accisdently killed.

A funeral service was held on Friday 26 May at the Barrabil Chapel, Highton, VIC This service was followed by an internment at the Geelong Memorial Park and Crematorium and then a wake at Geelong RSL.

The 5th Battalion was represented by the CO, RSM and an Honour Guard at the service and wake. Members of the 5RAR Association were in attendance at the ceremonies.

Gary Townsend
Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor.


3786680 CORET, Gerardus Cornelius Peter "Gerry."
17 June 1945 - 14 May 2017.

Geradus CoretPTE Gerardus "Gerry" Coret passed away on Sunday 14 May, in Tasmania.

Gerry served with 12 Platoon, D Company for the full deployment of the Battalion’s 1966-67 tour of South Vietnam.

Upon leaving the Army, Gerry went back to school (Melbourne High) and finished his education, he worked for the Navy and Telecom. He trained as an opera singer, and he came to Tasmania to be Secretary of Launceston RSL.

For many years Gerry worked voluntary as a Bench Justice of the Peace doing after hours work. His involvement with Service Clubs was ongoing and at the time of his passing was the President of Lilydale RSL. Gerry was also a past State Representative of the 5 RAR Association.

His funeral service will be held at Launceston on Thursday 18th May at 12.30 pm. Finneys Funerals, 34 Nunamina Ave, Kings Meadows, TAS. He will then be interred at Lilydale at 3pm. It is requested that medals be worn please.

Gary Townsend
Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor.

3166092 ASHBY, Graham James "Bill."
7 June 1946 - 13 April 2017.

Graham AshbyLCPL Graham "Bill" Ashby suffered a stroke and passed away on Thursday 13 April, while visiting Da Nang, Vietnam.

Graham served as the 2IC of 3 Section, 10 Platoon, D Company from 19 May to 12 September 1969 when his 1st deployment finished. He also served in SVN with 1ARU, 1RAR, 2RAR and 1ATF during his 2 tours of SVN which was comprised of 1,031 days.

A funeral service was held for Graham at the Allambie Memorial Gardens, Nerang-Broadbeach Rd, Nerang, QLD, on Monday 24 April.

The 5 RAR Association was represented by several of Graham’s mates at his funeral service.

Gary Townsend
Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor.

217899 COOPER, Richard Ronald "Speedy."
11 January 1949 - 28 March 2017.

Richard CooperLCPL Richard "Speedy" Cooper passed away on the evening of Tuesday 28 March at Corowa District Hospital, NSW.

Richard served with 2 Platoon, A Company, first on the Machine Gun and then as a section 2IC. His deployment in Vietnam was from 8 February until 22 September 1969, when he was returned to Australia due to medical reasons.

The funeral service for the Richard will be held on Friday April 7, 2017, at St Andrew's Church, Mary Street, Corowa at 11.00am. A private cremation will follow the service.

Gary Townsend
Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor.


37952 EDWARDS, John Thomas "Bluey."
30 November 1943 - 26 February 2017.

John EdwardsAfter a long fight with illness PTE John "Bluey" Edwards passed away on Sunday 26 February.

John deployed to South Vietnam with Transport Platoon and then moved to Reconnaissance Platoon on it being formed in the later part of 1966. He continued in this position until the Battalion’s return to Australia in May 1967.

The Funeral will be at 11:00 hours, on Tuesday 7 March at Rose Chapel, Palmdale Lawn Cemetery, 57 Palmdale Rd, Palmdale, NSW, 2258.

Gary Townsend
Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor.


2781344 DWYER, Morris Noel "Mick."
1 February 1945 - 25 February 2017.

Morris DwyerPTE Morris "Mick" Dwyer lost his long battle with a persistent and serious illness on Saturday 25 February.

Mick was a member of the 5 RAR Band and a stretcher-bearer with 4 Platoon, B Company. He was seriously wounded, in the Long Hai Hills incident on 21 February 1967, when one of the APC’s the company were travelling in triggered a massive land mine. Mick was repatriated to Australia on 13 March 1967.

Mick’s Funeral Service will be held on Thursday 2nd March at 1300hrs at the Garden Chapel, CastleBrook Crematorium, Windsor Road, Rouse Hill, NSW.

Morrie's daughter Sonia Young has penned a poem dedicated to her father: Here

Gary Townsend
Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor.

37479 HINDSON, William Francis.
3 March 1943 - 19 February 2017.

William HindsonI advise you that that Bill Hindson MC, MG passed away on Sunday after a very long illness. Bill was an original member of 5RAR (1 March 1965) but returned to 1RAR at short notice to deploy with them to Bien Hoa.

Bill was awarded the MC for his service with SAS and the MG in the Vietnam End of War List for his service as a Platoon Commander with 1RAR 1st tour.

I understand the funeral will be in Canberra next Monday and I will attend.

Roger Wainwright
5RAR Association Inc.

214868 AVIS, Bradley Irwin "Brad."
11 March 1945 - 24 December 2016.

Bradley AvisL/CPL Bradley "Brad" Avis passed away on Saturday 24 December in the hospital in his home town of Moruya, NSW.

Brad served in South Vietnam from 22 April 1966 to 9 May 1967. During his deployment he served in various sub-units and roles in the Battalion.

​A Funeral Service will be held for Brad at the Broulee Memorial Garden, at 1300hrs Friday 30 December, 2016. The service will be followed by a private burial.

A wake will be held at the the Bubble at the Batemans Bay Soldiers Club following the service.

Gary Townsend
Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor. 


2789982 AMOR, Harold James.
31 October 1947 - 22 July 2016.

RAR BadgeLCPL Harold Amor passed away peacefully at his home in Curra, Queensland on Friday 22 July 2016. He had been in poor health for some time.

Harry served with 3 Platoon, A Company from 8 February 1969 to 24 March 1970, on the Battalion’s second tour of duty in South Vietnam.

His graveside service was held at Gympie Cemetery, Gympie on Friday 5 August and was attended by some of his service and 5 RAR Association mates.

Gary Townsend
Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor.

3175767 BIELE, Richard Leigh "Aussie."
27 April 1947 - 3 December 2016.

Richard BieleOn Saturday 3 December PTE Richard "Aussie" Biele passed away suddenly after suffering a major heart attack.

Aussie served in CHQ of C Company during the Battalion’s 1969-70 Tour of South Vietnam. He was deployed from 8 February to 3 December 1969 when he was medically RTA’ed. Richard was always a bit of a character and a good member of the CHQ Team.

The funeral details for Aussie Biele are:
Time: Thursday 8th December at 10.30am
Location: St Stephens Anglican Church, 79 Westbourne Ave, THIRLMERE NSW 2572

A gathering will follow at the Thirlmere RSL Sub Branch.

Gary Townsend
Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor.

2789124 FORD, Geoffery Merven "Fordy."
23 March 1947 - 18 November 2016.

Geoffery FordI regret to advise that Geoff Ford passed away in the early hours of 18th November 2016. He had been suffering poor health for some time, but in his usual manner, did not complain.

You would remember that Geoff was our CPL Stretcher Bearer in Vietnam, and was highly regarded by all. Pre-Vietnam training included service at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney, and those who can remember the Kings Cross area in the late 1960’s would appreciate that he received a good grounding in the treatment of trauma.

When Geoff returned from Vietnam, he married his fiancée, and they had three girls and a boy. Sadly, Geoff’s wife passed away when the children were young, and he took it upon himself to raise them as a single parent. Anyone who has met Geoff’s children can only admire what a magnificent job he did. He was our mate, a fellow digger, and a gentleman. Rest in Peace, Fordy.

Funeral details:
Griffith Lawn Cemetery, Cnr Blumer Avenue and Wakaden Street, Griffith, at 1.00pm on Friday 25th November 2016.


Don Harrod
Editor 'Half Circle'.

215548 BRADD, Warren Herbert "Jack" OAM.
3 January 1944 - 19 August 2016.

Jack BraddCPL Warren "Jack" Bradd passed away in hospital in Hervey Bay, Queensland, on Friday 19 August.

Jack served with 7 RAR in South Vietnam in 1967. He returned in 1969 to 1 Australian Reinforcement Unit (1 ARU) and then C Company, 5 RAR, from 6 August 1969 until 9 February 1970. On the Battalion’s return to Australia he remained in country serving with HQ Australian Force Vietnam, 1 ARU and then with 8 RAR before his return to Australia.

Jack was an outspoken champion of the use of correct military protocol.

In 5RAR's Year Book for the second tour there is a quotation From Jack:

I served in four battalions of the Regiment on active service and when I am asked "Who were you with?"
I always answer "5RAR."

Don Harrod, editor of 'Half Circle,' has published a special edition commemorating the life of Jack Bradd, including the full eulogy delivered by Andy MacDougal Here  A tribute to Jack by George Mansford Here

Gary Townsend
Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor.

235127 HAMLYN, Ronald Douglas.
8 April 1935 - 12 July 2016.

Ronald HamlynSadly I inform you that Ron Hamlyn passed away at 12.15 PM today at Prince of Wales hospital Sydney prior to him being placed in a palliative care hospice. His daughter and son in law, Shari & Andrew, were present at the time. We have all known that Ron had not been well for some time.

Ron was a devoted tiger who served as Officer Commanding Admin Coy and then Officer Commanding B Company on 5 RAR's first tour of Vietnam. He was a long standing committee member as both treasurer and membership officer of our association. Ron was made a life member for his outstanding contribution.

Details of Ron's funeral will be provided when known. On your behalf, I thank Brian Budden for the time and care he has taken to be a good friend and shopping companion for Ron over the past years of his health deterioration.

The funeral for Ron will be held at:

Walter Carter Funeral Home,
302 Oxford St, Bondi Junction, NSW, 2022,
at 11:00 hours on Thursday 21 July.

Medals to be worn.

Roger Wainwright
5RAR Association Inc.

From Bob Fenwick:

A funny thing happened on the way to the funeral……..

It was an honour to attend Ron Hamlyn’s funeral today. But an unusual, surprising and touching thing happened on the way to Ron’s last parade. There was a bit of time before the funeral, almost next door to the Walter Carter Funeral Home in Bondi Junction is a café. There were three 1st Tour B Company blokes already there and I was asked to join them and have a coffee, we were wearing medals ready to attend the funeral. When time came to pay we were told there is nothing to pay, already taken care of. Now how about that, yep taken back somewhat but VERY pleasantly surprised, and touched that such sensitivity and generosity was shown to us by the café. I recounted the story to my wife & daughter, who got onto the internet and contacted the café to confirm it was them and not some other customer. An immediate response came back from Sophie Henley who replied (owner I assume).

So was this Ron’s “last shout”?? However it happened Thank You Sophie Henley for such touching generosity, I will choose to believe somehow you & Ron arranged for our free coffee.

Any local Tigers please take note of Henley’s Wholefood Café, probably can’t always expect a free coffee but you can count on a great coffee served with great respect.

29690 CALVERT, Raymond William "Skinny."
25 July 1938 - 5 July 2016.

Raymond CalvertSergeant Raymond "Skinny" Calvert passed away peacefully on Tuesday 5 July. Ray joined
5 RAR from 1 RAR on the formation of the Battalion.

He served with Support Company/Anti Tank Platoon, on the Battalion’s first deployment to South Vietnam, from 10 May to 11 December 1966 when he was medically returned to Australia.

A Funeral Service was held for Ray at the Lake Macquarie Memorial Park Chapel on Monday 11

Gary Townsend
Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor.

1200522 HODGES, Terrence Keith.
13 February 1940 - 10 June 2016.

Terry HodgesCPL Terrence "Terry" Hodges passed away in Laidley Hospital, QLD, on Friday 10 June after losing his battle with cancer.

Terrence was deployed on the Battalion’s 1966-67 tour of South Vietnam. He served in Support Company, Mortar Platoon, from 6 May 1966 until 9 May 1967.

Terry’s Funeral Service will be held at 12:30pm Wednesday 15 June at the T.S.Burstow Chapel,1020 Ruthven St, Toowoomba, QLD.

Gary Townsend
Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor.

235052 COLE, Peter Grahame.
3 March 1931 - 29 May 2016.

Peter ColeI have just received the email from Peter Cole's son, Michael. Very sad news but perhaps a blessing as Peter's quality of life has not been good in recent years and last year the family made a decison to place him in a care unit.

Peter joined 5 RAR in late August 1966 as Officer Commanding A Company and in December 1966 exchanged jobs with Max Carroll to become OC Support Company/Operations Officer.

I will provide further details as they come to hand. I have sent a separate notification to 5 RAR 1st tour officers.

Roger Wainwright
5RAR Association.

43197 HOSKIN, Barry Kenneth "Bazza."
12 November 1945 - 13 January 2016.

Barry HoskinPTE Barry "Bazza" Hoskin passed away peacefully in Hospital on Wednesday 13 January. He had been undergoing tests to determine why he had not been feeling well for a few months. The tests that had been completed were negative and an autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death.

Barry served with 12 Platoon, D Company from 2 May 1966 to 3 February 1967 when he was returned to Australia due to a medical condition.

Funeral arrangements: Barry's funeral will be at 1430hrs Friday 22 January at Padthaway, South Australia.

Notified by Mal Lyons
D Company 1st Tour.

Barry Hoskin 1200309 HEMMING, Stephen Geoffrey "Doc."
3 August 1946 - 2 January 2016.

Stephen HemmingCPL Stephen "Doc" Hemming lost his final battle and passed away on Saturday 2 January this year.

Doc, a member of the Royal Australian Army Medical Corps, (RAAMC) was attached to the Battalion for the 1969-70 Tour of South Vietnam. He served with Admin Company and B Company during his deployment.

We have been informed that due to Doc's wishes, there will not be a funeral service held. There will be a private cremation and the family will commemorate Stephen in their own personal way.

Gary Townsend
Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor

5571 FOALE, Leslie Thomas.
21 February 1929 - 1 June 2015.

Leslie FoaleWO1 Leslie "Les" Foale passed away on Monday 1 June 2015 in Yerrinbool, NSW. He had been enduring a brain tumour but passed away peacefully in his sleep.

Les served as a Sergeant, during his deployment with 2 RAR, in Korea from 17 March 1953 to 6 April 1954. He then served as 5 RAR’s Regimental Sergeant Major, in South Vietnam, from 8 May 1966 to 3 March 1967.

During his career he spent 12 months on secondment to the United Kingdom.

Les returned to Australia as a member of the Advance Party, which prepared for the return of the Battalion to the Holsworthy lines. He took discharge from the ADF in December 1970 after 22 years service.

Gary Townsend
Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor

3786972 EVERARD, Bruce Gregory.
8 March 1945 - 5 September 2015.

Bruce EverardPTE Bruce Everard passed away in the St John of God Hospital in his home town of Warrnambool, VIC. Bruce has been fighting cancer and respiratory problems for the last five years, but thankfully, he passed away peacefully on Saturday 5 September.

He deployed to Vietnam, on the Battalion’s 1966-67 tour, with Anti-Tank Platoon. When the Reconnaissance Platoon was formed, Bruce transferred to B Company, where he completed his tour.

Bruce’s Funeral Service is to be held at 10:00 hrs on Thursday 10 September at Guyetts Funerals, 60 Verdon St, Warrnambool.

Gary Townsend
Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor

29504 ANDERSON, Wallace Sydney.
27 November 1924 - 26 August 2015.

Wally AndersonHave been advised by Max Carroll of the passing of Wally Anderson. Wally was the Sgt Cook for A Company 5RAR during the battalion's 1st Tour.
Max Carroll, who was Officer commanding A Company for a period, remembers Wally fondly and had this to say:

"I was deeply saddened to learn of Wally's passing. We were good mates and he was a well liked, respected and valued member of our A Company group. As our Sergeant Cook he ran a tight, efficient team who fed us well, even though at times the rations he was given were not that good or plentiful. He had a wonderful sense of humour and always gave as good as he got in any repartee regarding cooks.

I saw him last at our reunion earlier this year and enjoyed our catch up yarn and drink. I think both of us realised it was the last time we would meet as the years had caught up with us. Nevertheless, we were grateful for the occasion.

"Vale old mate. Give Hughie Hughson 'stick' when you meet up."


3795222 CURTIS, Robert Stephen.
15 December 1948 - 27 April 2015.

Robert CurtisI have been informed of the passing of Robert Curtis who served in D Company. Robert joined the Battalion from 1ARU in October 1969 and finished his tour with 8RAR after the Battalion Returned to Australia in February 1970.

Funeral arrangements are: Holding funeral Maryborough QLD Monday 7th September 2015. Wagga celebration Memorial Service planned Sunday 20th September 3pm, Inspire Church, 555 Kooringal Rd. All welcome. Details near event.

1734239 CASEY, Barry William.
8 August 1947 - 10 August 2015.

Barry CaseyBarry Casey served with 4 Platoon B Company during the Battalion's 2nd Tour in the Republic of South Vietnam.

On discharge he worked for Caltex for a period, then did a Masters Degree in Psychology and was instrumental in helping many Vietnam veterans over many years.

Barry had been battling cancer over the last two years and finally succumbed to his illness on Monday the 10th of August.

The funeral is on Friday the 14th of August at Albany creek Crematorium 400 Albany creek Rd Bridgeman downs at 11.00 AM.

Another Tiger at rest.

8501186 HODGE, Edward.
17 November 1986 - 5 August 2015.

Edward HodgeCPL Edward Hodge passed away on Wednesday 5 August. Hodge was well respected from all ranks within the military especially his brothers in arms. A digger who served our country proudly with honour and respect in Iraq with 5/7 RAR and Timor-Leste with 5 RAR. He had also been a member of the Federation Guard. Eddie later transferred into the RAN and excelled in the Officers course, winning the Rear Admiral Hammond Memorial Trophy.

Edward participated in the Operation Resolute, Australia’s border protection. Edward was farewelled on 25 August, 2015 at a Military Funeral in Hobart. The funeral included Navy escorts and an Army firing party (from 12/40 RTR).

4717642 ARTHUR, Geoffrey Leonard.
19 February 1945 - 11 April 2015.

Geoffery ArthurHave been advised of the passing Geoffrey Arthur, who has died in an Microlight incident. Geoff was a member of 10 Platoon D Company under the command of Dennis Rainer MC.

From Mike von Berg MC:

Geoffrey Arthur funeral ceremony was held in Melrose South Australia on Thursday the 23rd April 2015. Geoff a farmer and keen and experienced pilot died when his ultralight aircraft hit power lines near one of his properties near Melrose SA.

Geoff was a machine gunner in Dennis Rainer MC, 10 Platoon, D Company on the Battalion's first tour of Vietnam 66/67. Many of his 10 Platoon fellow warriors were present at the funeral, some from interstate, as were his Country Fire Service comrades who with other ex-service personnel formed a guard of honour outside the town hall where the service was conducted. Geoff was very highly regarded by his platoon commander as a soldier and as a bloody good mate by his fellow 10 Platoon soldiers.

Geoff was a regular attendee at Platoon reunions and heavily involved in community activities in the Melrose area and he will be sadly missed. The funeral was well attended by other 5RAR members and although a sad occasion, it’s always good to catch up with old mates. A wake was held in the local pub and the Tiger Battalion sash was presented to the family.

54332 DRIMATIS, Nicholas.
12 May 1944 - 17? March 2015.

RAR Badge


Nicholas served for the full term of the 1966-67 Tour of Vietnam attached to 5RAR. He was a member of the Australian Army Catering Corps.

The funeral service for Mr Nicholas Drimatis will be held in the Greek Orthodox Cathedral , St Constantine and Helene, Parker Street Northbridge commencing at 9.45 am on Monday 23/3/2015. The cortege will leave the Cathedral at the conclusion of the service and arrive at the main entrance of Karrakatta Cemetery, Railway Road Karrakatta at 12pm for a burial service.

Regards Alan McNulty DCM
W.A. Representative.

4410757 HAY, Trevor William "Tubby."
24 September 1946 - 8 February 2015.

Trevor HayI have been informed of the passing of Trevor "Tubby" Hay. Trevor served with 3 Platoon A Company as a forward scout during the Battalion's first tour. Details are sketchy but it is believed that Trevor passed peacefully at his home after a long illness.

Trevor Tubby Hay's Funeral Service was held in the Murray Bridge RSL Bowling Club, on FRIDAY, February 13, 2015, followed by his Burial in the RSL Section of the Bremer Road Cemetery. “Tubby” a regular soldier and forward scout in 3 Platoon, A Company 5RAR first tour, was one of the world’s great characters. After his service in Vietnam and on completion of his 3 years engagement he went back to his home town of Murray Bridge where he was born. He immersed himself in the community, work, married life, raising a family and played some serious country football where up until recently he held the goal kicking record (full forward) of 88 goals in a season.

No matter where you encountered Tubby on operations in Vietnam he always had that mischievous smile and never complained and got the job done. A very moving and hilarious eulogy was presented by one of his sons-in-law which said it all for those that knew “Tubby”. It was great to see “Pinky” Woods; his section commander in Vietnam who came down from Sydney also presented a very moving eulogy. Geoff Connors who was section 2IC also came down from NSW.

Tubby will be very much missed by his wife, three daughters and sons-in-law and grandchildren, and a bloke who will really miss him is Reginald “Patch” Patching who also served with “Tubby” in 5RAR,and lived around the corner in Murray Bridge. “Patch” and “Tubby” were lifelong friends formed and bonded so many years ago in South Vietnam. “Tubby” succumbed to medical issues and is now at peace.

Mike von Berg MC

3792840 ELLIS, Roy Charles.
26 November 1946 – 18 November 2014.

Roy EllisSadly we have been notified of the passing of another Tiger. CPL Roy Ellis passed away on the morning of Tuesday 18 November in Sydney. He was suffering from multiple myeloma, a blood disorder similar to leukaemia.

Roy served on the Battalion’s 1969-70 tour of South Vietnam from 2 February until 3 December 1969, when he was RTA’ed at the end of his enlistment. He served as a Section Commander with Trackers, Support Company for the time of his deployment.

A Funeral Service was celebrated for Roy on Friday 28 November at St Peters Anglican Church, 331 Old South Head Rd, Watsons Bay, NSW.

Gary Townsend
Tiger Tales.

2781478 DIBDEN, Clifford Ronald.
8 January 1945 – 27 October 2014.

Clifford DibdenSadly we have been notified that PTE Clifford Dibden passed away suddenly on Monday 27 October at his home in Mayfield, NSW, apparently from a heart attack.

Clifford arrived at 5 RAR after his recruit training and completed his Corps training with 8 Platoon, C Company. When others marched in from Infantry Centre he was transferred to Mortar Platoon, where he served in South Vietnam on the Battalion's 1966–67 tour.



Gary Townsend
Editor, Tiger Tales 5RAR Association Newsletter

9650 GARDNER, Maxwell John "Tracer."
29 October 1941 – 27 September 2014.

Maxwell GardnerRegretfully we have been informed that Maxwell "Tracer" Gardner, of Shepparton, Victoria, passed away on Friday 27 September in tragic circumstances.

Max enlisted in the ADF and after recruit training was posted as a rifleman to 11 Platoon, D Company, for the Battalion's full 1969-70 tour of South Vietnam.

A funeral service will be held for Max at the Church of Christ, cnr Nixon and Corio Sts, Shepparton, Victoria, at 11:00 hrs on Thursday 9 October.

Gary Townsend
Editor Tiger Tales, 5RAR Association Newsletter

3795189 CHIVERS, Ronald Peter "Hoss."
17 April 1948 – 22 September 2014.

Ronald ChiversWe have been notified that Ronald "Hoss" Chivers passed away on Monday 22 September at Walkerston, near Mackay, Queensland.

Ronald served in South Vietnam with 1 ARU (1st Reinforcement Unit) and was then posted to 3 Platoon, A Company, 5 RAR and served from 3 September 1969 until 5 March 1970. He received fragmentation wounds during a contact on 3 December 1969, possibly while participating in Operation Kings Cross.

A Funeral Service will be held for Ronald at 10:00 hrs on Wednesday 24 September at Walkerston Cemetery, Walkerston, QLD

Gary Townsend
Editor Tiger Tales, 5RAR Association Newsletter

3787916 DUROUX, Lionel George.
31 December 1944 - 19 September 2014.

Lionel DurouxWe have been advised that Lionel Duroux passed away suddenly early on Friday 19 September. Lionel was staying with his brother, Brian, while he was attending a fellow serviceman’s funeral in Hervey Bay, QLD.

Lionel had been serving in the CMF when his birth date came up for National Service and he was deferred. He later joined the ADF and was posted to 5 RAR where served with D and ADM Coy, in SVN from 8 February until 2 July 1969, when he was RTA’ed. He transferred to RAASC and served for 20 years until he retired.

The Funeral Service will be held at the Uniting Church, Redcliffe, (Cnr of Anzac Ave & Richen St) at 2 PM on Wednesday 1st Oct 2014.

Gary Townsend
Editor Tiger Tales, 5RAR Association Newsletter

2789206 DONNELLY, Trevor John.
8 June 1947 - 3 August 2014.

Trevor DonnellyI regret to inform you of the passing of Trevor John Donnelly. Trevor served with Support Company 5RAR, 2nd Tour. It appears that Trevor had been very ill for a number of years.

He passed away on 3rd August, 2014, aged 67 years. Loved by his wife Timna, his brother Erran, his sons from his first marriage; David, Andrew and Brett, their wives, his grandchildren, his step­daughter Ella, his brothers and sisters and his extended family.



61618 EVANS, Hugh Charles "Tas."
19 March 1946 - 13 July 2014.

From Mrs. Susie Evans:

Hugh EvansIt is with deep sadness that I write to inform you of my husband's death; 61618 Hugh Charles "Tas" Evans. He served with 5RAR in 1966 in Vietnam with A Company, 1 Platoon.

He died suddenly of a massive heart attack on the 13th July 2014.

He loved to receive his Tiger Tales and I'm sure it brings happiness to many other Tigers.

Yours faithfully,

Mrs.Susie Evans.

Note: Tas Evans served with distinction as 1 Platoon's Signaller, early part of our first tour.
Another tiger's final roll call... Rest in peace Tas.


54458 BULLOCK, George Robert.
2 April 1937 - 9 June 2014.

George BullockIt is with a sad heart I advise you all of the passing away of SGT. George Bullock, 2nd tour, South Vietnam and a member of the Association, on the 9th June 2014.
George was a medic whilst serving. He has been quite ill for a long time. At this time we have no advise as to the funeral arrangements, but will notify all as soon as we know.

The funeral service for the late Mr. George Bullock of Mandurah WA, will be held at:
Fremantle Cemetery, Carrington St Palmyra, at 2pm Friday 20th June. And afterwards, a Wake will be held to farewell George at the Tradewind Hotel, 59 Canning Highway East Fremantle WA.


Alan McNulty DCM
WA Representative.

3786981 COX, William Peter "Billy."
26 March 1945 - 8 May 2014.

William CoxIt is with much sadness that I have to inform you that Bill Cox passed away on Thursday morning peacefully at his residence, Darebin Lodge Preston Vic.

Bill was born, together with his twin sister, in Koroit Vic and grew up there working in agriculture. He was called up in the first National Service intake and did his rookie training at Puckapunyal. He was then posted to 2RAR where he did his Corps training. He came to 5 RAR in early 1966 and did the first tour of Vietnam with the Battalion.

Bill served in 7 section, 9 Platoon and Company HQ where he was a very popular member. After his discharge he travelled over to the west where he got a job in the Swan Brewery, telling me it was the best job he ever had. He eventually settled back in Victoria and raised a family which now extends to grand children. Bill has been in reasonable health of late and his passing was unexpected. It was great that Stretch Bryan visited him on Tuesday 6th, only two days before his passing.

We will all miss you Bill.

Russell Briggs

1730803 FORAN, Ian William.
6 April 1945 - 9 December 2013.

Ian ForanHave today, (2 April), been informed by Gary Townsend of the passing last December of Ian Foran late of Seventeen Mile Rocks, Queensland. He passed away peacefully at Canossa Care, Oxley, 9th December, 2013. Aged 68 Years.

Ian Served with 8 Platoon and CHQ of C Company during the Battalion’s 1966-67 Tour of South Vietnam and had been twice wounded in action.


2789441 CUNNINGHAM, Robert John "Tex."
15 July 1947 - 17 November 2013.

Robert CunninghamBob “Tex” Cunningham passed away on Sunday 17th November, after a battle with a very aggressive cancer.

Tex was a National Serviceman who joined C Company in 1968 and travelled with the Battalion to Vietnam in February 1969. Tex was an integral member of 8 Platoon, and carried out the roles of forward scout, machine gunner and rifleman. Shortly before the Battalion returned to Australia, Tex was seriously wounded, losing an eye.

In later years, Tex became involved with the Ingleburn (NSW) RSL, and held the position of President for approximately seven years.

“Tex” was one of the great characters of C Company, and will be missed by all his leaders and fellow soldiers.

Don Harrod
Half Circle Newsletter

6708275 BENN, Darrel Lyle.
11 April 1945 - 3 November 2013.

Darrel BennPTE Darrel Benn died on Sunday 3rd November in St Luke's Hospital Palliative Care unit Launceston. He had been a patient there for quite some time and his lung capacity had reduced to 40% of normal.

Darrel came directly from 2RTB Basic Training joining 7 Platoon, C Company, where he completed his Infantry Corps Training.

After this training was completed he was transferred to Signals Platoon and served in this position on the Battalion’s 1966-67 Tour of Duty in South Vietnam.

A private family Funeral Service was held for Darrel on Wednesday 7th November in Launceston.

4720284 CAMERON, Darryl Martin Royston.
10 June 1948 - 16 September 2013.

Fellow Tigers: From Darryl's son Alex:

Darryl CameronDarryl Martin Royston Cameron died on the 16th of September at St Basil's Home in Noarlunga, South Australia. He had suffered various ailments both physical and psychological for much of the previous decade. He is survived by two of his three sons and three grandchildren. We all love and miss him dearly. He was in Vietnam in 69-70.

Alex Cameron.

1731087 DEAN-BUTCHER, John Hugh.
14 April 1945 - 9 September 2013.

John Dean-ButcherI have just been advised by the Deane-Butcher family that John passed away peacefully in his sleep at 5 AM this morning. I have no further details beyond my message of a few days ago advising of his illness. Funeral details will be advised when known.

John was a member of the first national service intake, a graduate of the first class of OTU Scheyville and commanded 9 Platoon C Company during the tiger's first tour of Vietnam. The sad loss of a good friend.

Jo Deane-Butcher has advised me that the funeral for John will be held at St Michael & Johns Cathedral, William St Bathurst at 11.00 AM this Friday 13 September 2013. An RSL service will be conducted as part of the ceremony. Medals to be worn. A wake will be held after the ceremony at the Rugby Club House, Bathurst.

I will be attending the funeral. If there are sufficient numbers a 'guard of honour' may be formed at the Cathedral. Could those intending to attend please advise me via one of the contacts below.

Duty First

Roger Wainwright
5RAR Association.

The Western Advocate Newspaper article celebrating the life of John can be read here: PDF icon

3787128 HEXTER, Noel Bruce.
7 April 1945 - 12 April 2013.

RAR BadgeWe have been advised that PTE Noel Hexter passed away, in Cardwell Queensland, on Friday 12 April. Noel had been suffering for some time before his death. He served with A Company, during the Battalion’s 1966-67 Tour of Duty in Vietnam, and was Wounded-In-Action in January 1967. Noel had been in a nursing home at Cardwell for some time. He was a past President of Cardwell RSL and also was involved with the Bush Tucker Man’s Northern Vietnam Retreat.

A Funeral Service was held in Cardwell for Noel on Tuesday 16 April, he is survived by his wife Letty.

Gary Townsend
Tiger Tales Newsletter

3792186 BOND, Barry Ronald "Lofty."
29 July 1947 - 27 May 2013.

Barry BondBarry "Lofty" Bond passed away peacefully on Monday 27 May, he had been fighting cancer for quite a period. He was surrounded by family and friends at the John Flynn private hospital on the Gold Coast.

Barry served with B Company as the BHQ Sig, in Vietnam from 8 February to 28 May 1969 when was medically repatriated to Australia.

His funeral will be held at St Monica's Catholic Church, Tugun, Gold Coast, on Monday 3rd June at 09:30 hours.

Gary Townsend
Tiger Tales Newsletter

3787131 HOLLAND, Bruce Ian "Dutchy."
4 January 1945 - 7 May 2013.

Bruce Holland"Dutchy" was a very colourful character (refused to answer to any name other than "Dutchy") who served with 5 RAR in Vietnam on our first tour 1966-67.

In the weeks leading up to this year’s Anzac Day March we learned that he had been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. He participated in the Melbourne Anzac Day March in a wheel chair, wearing his black beret as usual, and leading the Tiger contingent immediately in front of the 5 RAR banner.

Dutchy Holland passed away at about 9.00 am this morning, Tuesday 7 May 2013.

Doug Bishop
Victorian Representative
5RAR Association

219075 CARLSEN, Carl Stephen "Bluey."
5 June 1950 - 6 March 2013.

Carl CarlsenI received advice from Rowdy Hindmarsh last night that 219075 PTE Carl "Bluey" Stephen Carlsen, was killed yesterday in an Ultralight aircraft crash at Tuggerah Lake in NSW. He served with 1ARU 17-9-69 to 21-10-69, then in 7 Section, 6 Platoon, B Company 5 RAR, 22-10-69 to 9-2-70 and 7 RAR 10-2-70 to 17-9-70.

Carl was an experienced Ultralight pilot with over 500 hours of operating this type of aircraft. I will pass on any further details if they come to hand.

Gary Townsend
Tiger Tales Newsletter.

44530 GRAY, Allen.
6 January 1942 - 2013.

RAR BadgeIt has been published in ‘The Last Post’ section of the RSL NSW magazine ‘Reveille’ that PTE Allen Gray passed away recently.

Allen served in South Vietnam with Admin Company, Transport Section we believe, from January 1969, until February 1970.

There are no additional details that we can supply at this time.

Gary Townsend,
Tiger Tales Newsletter.

35950 HOLTMAN, John Frederick.
28 February 1939 - August 2012.

John HoltmanIt is with sadness that I notify you that I have just been advised that former 9 Platoon Sergeant, John Holtman passed away late last week. It is expected that his funeral will take place in Morwell Victoria sometime next week.

At first I didn’t recognise the name as he came to 9 Platoon replacing Sgt Derrick Collins quite late on the 1st tour, having served previously as a Section Commander in B Company under then OC Ron Hamlyn. Roger Wainwright was able to refresh my memory;

I think that his brother senior NCOs knew him as "Jack" whereas we lesser mortals knew him affectionately as "Crazy Horse". By my calculations he was 73 years old. I will let you know when further information comes to hand.


Doug Bishop
Victorian Representative.

57026 HODGEKINSON, Ivor Ronald John. MBE
9 January 1931 - 5 August 2012.

From our President:

Ivor HodgekinsonI sadly advise you that our comrade Blue Hodgkinson passed away yesterday Sunday 5 August. We know that Blue has not been well for some time. He was 2IC of 5RAR from 4 December 1966 to 30 April 1967.

Details of his funeral in Canberra are not yet known but may be on Friday 10 August. I will pass details on when known.

A sad loss of a fine soldier and friend.


Roger Wainwright
5RAR Association.

A tribute to Blue from a mate, George Mansford Here

3793688 BENSLEY, Brian Vincent.
10 September 1947 - 19 June 2012.

From Gary Townsend:

Brian BensleyI have just had had a telephone call advising me of the passing of 3793688 PTE Brian Vincent Bensley, Brian had been suffering from a muscle wasting disease (I believe Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) for quite some time and was on a ventilator unit. He decided that he wanted to try breathing normally and came off the ventilator but could not manage and passed away today.

Brian served with 2 Platoon A Company from 18 May 69 to 28 Jan 70

Funeral details:
1030 Tues 26 June, Weerona Chapel, Bunurong Memorial Park, 790 Frankston/Dandenong Rd, Dandenong South, VIC. A private cremation is to follow.

11836 ARNOLD, Stanley Richard.
23 August 1932 - 12 May 2012.

Stanley ArnoldStanley Arnold passed away at Charters Towers on 12 May 2012 and was laid to rest on Friday 18 May 2012 Age: 79 + years.

Stanley served in Vietnam with 9 Platoon, C Company, 5 RAR, from February to August 1969.
His service included Korea and Malaya,

He served in the following units, 1RAR, 2RAR, 3RAR, 4RAR, 5RAR, JTC, 1RTB, 2RTB, 1st Reinforcement Holding Unit. He served from 2 March 1951 to 10 November 1969.

25478 GRANTER, Noel Ewert William.
27 March 1933 - April 2012.

From our President:

Noel GranterI have been advised today by Gary Townsend that Noel Granter, OC C Company 1st tour on deployment and until July 1966 passed away in April 2012. The exact date is not known. He had been living at Gunning, near Yass, north of Canberra.

Rest in Peace Noel

Roger Wainwright
5RAR Association

54596 BUNTING, Patrick John.
24 November 1935 - 25 April 2012.

Patrick BuntingI have been advised that Patrick passed away early 25th April and the funeral details are as follows :

The Funeral for the late Mr Patrick John Bunting (Tim) of Jurien Bay West Australia will assemble at the East Chapel in PINNAROO VALLEY Memorial Park, Whitfords Avenue Padbury for a Cremation Service to commence at 11.OO AM on MONDAY 7th May 2012.


Alan McNulty DCM
WA Representative

Note: Harry Neesham was Pat's Platoon Commander and he read a eulogy to Pat at the funeral Here

217950 HOLDEN, Kenneth Roy.
17 June 1948 - 12 April 2012.

Kenneth HoldenKen Holden served in CHQ D Coy on the 2nd tour. Sadly he passed away on 12 April after a long fight with cancer. He spent his last 6 weeks at St Vincents Hospice in Sydney. He had suffered acutely with cancer through various parts of his body, I believe starting in the throat, other areas including the brain and finally into his lungs. He was closely supported to the end with the dedicated care and love of his brother Garry. Ken’s mother and Garry are his only immediate family. Another sad loss of one of our number, our deepest sympathy to his mother and Garry. Hopefully a few blokes who served with Ken can make the funeral in Barraba


Funeral is at 2pm Friday 20 April at Barraba

St Laurence's Anglican Church
Fitzroy St
Then at the Lawn Cemetery at Barraba.

Bob Fenwick.

16378 COOPER, Ian David "Coops."
27 October 1943 - 22 February 2012.

From Don Harrod:

Ian "Coops" CooperI am sorry to have to advise that Ian Cooper (Royal Australian Army Medical Corps) – our
C Company Medic – passed away yesterday, 22nd February 2012, from cancer.

Ian "Coops" was the C Company medic from 1968 until about mid 1969, when he was transferred from C Company to B Company, and was replaced by Kevin (Doc) Mulligan. After his working career, Coops retired to Ingham in Queensland, and spent his time gardening, fishing, or at his favourite recreational pursuit, riding his motorbike. Coops kept in touch with his old mates, particularly Geoff Ford, the C Company Stretcher Bearer.

About two years ago, Coops was diagnosed with a very aggressive cancer, and it quickly overtook his vital organs. He refused to give in, and underwent protracted treatment. He also refused to complain, accepting his fate as the hand that he had been dealt. Coops telephoned me as recently as ten days ago, and as usual, he was his happy self, although he knew that his final parade was fast approaching. He even told me that he had arranged for his funeral to be held in Toowoomba rather than Ingham, so that if any of his mates wanted to attend, they would not have to travel too far.

Coops leaves behind his wife Margaret, and his daughter.

Farewell Coops, you served us well, and we thank you. Suffer no more, old friend.
Don Harrod

3786995 DUELL, Peter Reginald.
19 February 1942 - 28 January 2012.

Peter DuellPeter Duell was a National Serviceman that served as the Platoon Signaller with 6 Platoon, B Company, 5 RAR on their first tour of Vietnam from 12 May 1966 to 12 May 1967.

This morning I spoke with Elizabeth Duell and can now advise that Peter’s funeral service will be held on Friday, 3rd February at 1430 hrs. The service will be conducted at St Georges Anglican Church, 300 Glenferrie Road, Malvern (Melways Ref. Map 57, C7, about 200 metres North of the High Street intersection). It would be appropriate for medals to be worn.

At the conclusion of the service, at a hall nearby Peter’s family have invited attendees to join them in some alcohol free refreshments for an hour or so, to celebrate and acknowledge the passing of a very good man, before his time.

To: Victorian members of the 5 RAR Association,

Peter Duell was the Platoon Sig for 6 Platoon on 5 RAR's first tour of Vietnam. Last year he was diagnosed with a particularly virulent form of Motor Neurone Disease. He passed away on Saturday, 28 January 2012. Where applicable, medals should be worn. There will be non-alcoholic refreshments for an hour or so after the service.

Rest in peace Peter.

Doug Bishop,
Victorian State Representative
5RAR Association.

2791611 BLACK, Kenneth Thomas.
25 March 1949 - 18 January 2012.

Don Harrod wrote:

Kenneth BlackI am sorry to have to advise that Ken Black, a member of 8 Platoon C Company (2nd tour) passed away yesterday, 18th January 2012.

From available information, we think that Ken had volunteered for National Service, as he only 20 when he was sent to Vietnam. He was posted from 1ARU to C Company 5RAR in September 1969. Ken was wounded in February 1970 on Operation Bondi near Xuyen Moc, and returned to Australia with the main body on HMAS Sydney.

After he returned to Australia, Ken seemed to have disappeared off the map. Bob Hooper met up with Ken in 2008, where it was revealed that Ken had spent some twenty years living in a tent in the bush. He was not aware of available entitlements at that time. We know that Ken had two sisters and a brother.

Ken was the sort of bloke that the Australian Army is all about. He was a digger, pretty laid back, did his job, and didn’t attract a lot of attention. Perhaps he was typical of the diggers that we hear about when it’s too late—the diggers that Australia didn’t want to know.

Alan Riley, Ken's section 2 I/C, said the following: “Kenny carried the M79 for us (6 Section) he liked the idea of just it and a 9mm pistol. He did change his ideas on that after a contact up in the Nui Dinh Mountains but not sure if he did go back to carrying a SLR. Kenny was, if I recall correctly slightly built—wiry probably more like—and very likable. Got on with things, did his job, didn’t bitch and minded his own business. A sad day.”

Rest in Peace old mate – you have attended your last parade.

42292 BURGE, Brian Raymond.
24 July 1935 - 31 December 2011.

From Mike von Berg MC:

Brian BurgeThe funeral for Brian Burge was held in Gawler, South Australia on Friday the 6th of January 2012. Brian sadly passed away in the Southern Cross Nursing Home, Gawler on the 31st December 2011. Brian had been experiencing heart problems for some time and succumbed in New Year's Eve. The funeral was well attended by family and friends and Wayne “Bluey” Clarke ex 2 Platoon, A Company 66/67 and Vice President of the Gawler RSL did a marvellous job in organising all arrangements and had been assisting Brian in his later years.

Brian was in Assault Pioneers on the first tour with the Battalion and many of those Pioneers resident In SA attended the funeral. Max Carroll, OC Support Company wrote a wonderful tribute to Brian which was read out as a part of the eulogy, by the minister, who laid Brian to rest. Brian’s son and daughter flew in from Tasmania to attend the funeral. Brian will be remembered by all who had either served with him or had anything to do with him whilst serving in the Battalion on its first tour as a bloke who relished the challenge and hard work of being a Pioneer but most importantly his sense of humour and at times mischievousness which endeared him to all.

He will be sadly missed.

3794613 DOOLEY, Nicholas John "Tom."
30 April 1948 - 9 October 2011.

Nicholas "Tom" DooleyNicholas "Tom" Dooley passed away on Sunday 9 October 2011 in a Melbourne Hospital. Nicholas served with 2 Platoon, A Company in South Vietnam 1969-70.

Nicholas had been living in Vietnam until he returned home for treatment.

A funeral was held in Bairnsdale, Victoria on Wednesday 12 October.

Another Tiger gone.

5713628 L/Cpl CULLEN, Terrence Kingsford "Pud."
12 June 1945 - 26 July 2011.

Terrence CullenIt is with great sadness that I inform you o f the passing of my Uncle, Terrence Kingsford Cullen,  fellow Member 5th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment Association.

Terry passed away last Tuesday, 26th July, 2011. Leaving behind his much loved wife, Wendy.

Arthur Cain.

I was recently notified of the death of 5713628 Terrence Kingsford Cullen.
Terry, also know as “Pud”, was 2IC 4 Section 5 Platoon B Company and I remember him as he
was in this photo. A genuine good bloke and proven leader in the performance of his responsibilities on active service 1966/67.

Terry has changed now, from one who remembers, to one who is remembered with a sense of pride and affection.
Lou O’Dea. OC 5 Pl 1966/67

From Alan McNulty DCM. WA Representitive:

2781367 HILLIER, Denovan Eric "Don."
28 January 1945 - 28 April 2011.

Don HillierNotice has been received that Denovan "Don" Hillier passed away on Thursday 28 April.
Don served with 4 Platoon, B Company on the Battalion’s first tour until he was Wounded-In-Action in the Long Hai Hills Mine incident on 21 February 1967.

22608 CLARKE, John Percy.
15 July 1930 - 20 March 2011.

John ClarkWO2 John Clarke served as CSM ADM Coy and then CSM D Company, with 5RAR in South Vietnam 1966-67, passed away in Sydney on Sunday 20 March.

John completed a tour with AATTV from July 1964 to June 1965. On 10 November 1964 John, along with other AATTV members in the Da Nang area, took part in a rescue operation after Tropical Storm Kate, for which he was awarded the "Queens Commendation for Brave Conduct", the award for bravery in a non-military situation.

Previous to that, in Korea, John served with 3RAR and also with Head Quarters, 1st British Commonwealth Division

John's funeral was at Pine Grove Cemetery Sydney on 24th March.

216922 GRELCK, John Vincent.
19 October 1941 - 2 February 2011.

RAR BadgeJohn Grelck served with the Battalion from March until April 1967 and was then posted to 7RAR.
(His passing was published in the March issue of The Veterans, Peacekeepers and Peacemakers Journal)

2781554 DRAYTON, Keith Leonard.
17 March 1945 - 24 October 2010.

Keith DraytonKeith Drayton, Late of Riverstone. Loving Husband, Father and Pop of Karen, Brett, Kylie and Norm, Shayne, Adam, Bradley, Caitlyn and Shannon. Aged 65 Years At Peace The relatives and friends of Keith are kindly invited to attend his Funeral Service to be held Thursday, October 28, 2010 in the Chapel of the Castlebrook Crematorium, Windsor Road, Rouse Hill commencing at 2.00pm.

Keith served with 1 Platoon A Company during the Battalion's 1st Tour.

216202 L/Cpl DALE, Barry Hugh.
1 April 1939 - 3 October 2010.

Barry DaleThe funeral service for Barry Dale was conducted in Adelaide on Friday the 15th October 2010.

Barry joined Dennis Rainer's 10 Platoon D Company as reinforcement on the Battalion's first tour in May 1966 and in December 1966; he was accepted as a student to the Point Cook School of Languages to study Indonesian. He originally joined the RAAF as an apprentice at 15 years of age and transferred to the Army on the completion of his apprenticeship. After his graduation from Point Cook he transferred to Intelligence Corps, and completed his second tour in Vietnam with HQ Aust Force Vietnam 70/71. He retired from the Army after many years service as a WO2. Born into a close and keen rugby family in Sydney, Barry was one of seven children and all siblings were in attendance. Barry has three children and Adrian his son delivered the eulogy.

Barry retired and saw out his life at his shack on the Glenelg River on the border of SA and Victoria with his race horses and nature. A wonderful quote from Barry recited by Adrian during the eulogy illustrates the peace and the space that Barry was in, in his last years.

"Being able to watch the river flow by, while soaking up the view, sure is a privilege. The Supreme Being must love Australia as I do!"

This really sums up the life and patriotism of this wonderful warrior who died peacefully in Mt Gambier Hospital from cancer. The funeral was attended by his siblings, children, grandchildren and friends from all parts of Australia. Ron Workman the President of the Currumbin-Palm Beach RSL, who was Barry's closest mate during their time together as apprentices in the RAAF, officiated an appropriate returned soldiers farewell where as a sign of respect, a red poppy was placed on the coffin by all present. A "Tiger Battalion" sash was presented to the family by Barry Ryan (2nd Tour) the Battalion elder and representative in South Australia and Mike von Berg (1st Tour) in his role as President, representing the RAR Association in South Australia.

Barry's ashes will be spread at his shack on the Glenelg River that was his recluse and passion in his retirement days. Another Battalion warrior now passed is at peace.

Mike von Berg MC
16th October 2010

3786684 HELEY, Douglas Franklin.
23 April 1945 - 10 September 2010.

Douglas HeleyI received a phone call late this afternoon from Cheryl Heley to advise that her husband Doug Heley passed away peacefully this morning. Doug was recently diagnosed with cancer and I had the opportunity to visit him on several occasions whilst he was hospitalised in Canberra and bravely fighting his battle before returning to his home town. The Heley's reside near Young NSW. Doug was a popular and valued member of 9 Platoon C Company 1st tour as well as being one of those vital people who robustly carried an MG.

The funeral service to celebrate his life will be held at :St John's Anglican Church, Cloete Street Young, NSW at 2.00pm on Thursday, 16 September.

Rest in peace Doug. Your mates will miss you.

Roger Wainwright
5RAR Association

From John Deane-Butcher:

Douglas Franklin Heley passed away peacefully at his home in Young NSW on September 10 2010 after a short unexpected but courageous battle with cancer. Doug was supported by his loving family wife Cheryl children Yolanda and Dan son in law Andrej and cherished grandchildren Luka Natasha and his as yet third unborn grandchild. Also the extended family including brothers Ron & Peter and their families. Doug's mother was due to turn 100 within a few days of his passing.

Doug was a member of 9 Platoon Charlie Company first tour and was an exceptional soldier who carried the machine gun for the entire tour. He was a much admired member of the platoon and company. This was evident when 30 of his fellow soldiers attended the service at Young to pay their respects and support his family. The guard of honour that was formed outside the lovely country church was a powerful mark of respect and support.

In life after his two years service Doug quietly went about becoming a leader in Australia in the field of growing mushrooms and the processing of the residue. He was instrumental in building a large factory in the Singleton region to this end. In later years he established a successful prune orchard and he and Cheryl marketed this product into a niche market ... a resourceful couple.

Doug was a quite determined capable person who will be sadly missed by all his mates whom he caught up with at many reunions. 9 Platoon and C Company, as well as the 5 RAR Association sends commiserations to Cheryl, Yolanda, Dan and Family.

Well done DOUG HELEY. Rest peacefully.

John Deane-Butcher,
9 Platoon Commander 1st Tour

1733577 CURTIN, Brian Lionel "Curts."
14 May 1947 - 11 August 2010.

Brian CurtinIt is with much regret that I inform you of the passing of Brian "Curts" Curtin on the morning of the 11th August 2010. Brian was a valued member of 5 Platoon B Company and BHQ Second Tour.

He was seriously wounded on 21 June 1969 and returned to Australia 2 July 1969.

I lost track of him for a while but when I made contact with him again he was raising cattle on a property in Casino NSW. He was a keen motorcyclist and golfer which he excelled at.

He was farewelled at Lismore Memorial Crematorium Gardens on the 18th August 2010 by Family, Friends, Vietnam Veterans and my wife Allana and I along with Ian Gardam and wife Glenys from B Company. He is survived by his daughter Amy.

Rest in Peace Mate
George Ward 5 Platoon.

4410641 HARRIS, Stephen Thomas.
25 July 1945 - 6 June 2010.

 Dear Sir

Stephen HarrisI am Emailing you to notify you of the passing of a 5 Battalion Vietnam Veteran. He was 4410641 Private Stephen Thomas Harris. Steve slipped away yesterday morning after a battle with cancer in the Waikerie Hospital.

Stephen served with 5RAR in Vietnam from April 1966 until September 1966 when he was RTA'ed on medical grounds.


Owen Bain
Welfare Officer
Blanchetown RSL Sub Branch.

Rest easy now.

3786771 ASBURY, William Howard.
9 March 1945 - 3 February 2010.

William AsburyI have just found out that my second cousin (whom I never met) died on 3 Feb 2010 - William Howard ASBURY. Bill served with 5RAR in SVN from 8 May 1966 - 12 May 1967.

The Funeral Service for Mr William Howard (Bill) Asbury of Shepparton formerly
of Dorset Hill Wildlife Park will be held on Monday February 8, 2010 at the Owen Mohan Memorial Chapel, corner Nixon and Corio Streets, Shepparton at 1.30 p.m. followed by a Private Cremation. Returned service personnel are respectfully invited to attend. No flowers by request Donations to Parkinsons Victoria would be appreciated. Envelopes will be available at the Service.


Paul Asbury

2790792 HELLMRICH, Peter Eric.
11 May 1948 - January 2010.

Dear All,
Peter HellmrichThe sad news of the passing of Peter Hellmrich, ex B Company 2nd Tour.

The funeral of Pete will be held on Tuesday 5 January 2010 at 1315 hrs, at the
The North Chapel
Northern Suburbs Crematorium,
Delhi Rd
North Ryde NSW 2113

Arrangements are being made by Pete's sister

Jim Revington advises that a memorial service for Pete will be held at the end of the month on the south coast of NSW, (possibly 30th) after which his ashes will be cast into the surf at Pete's wishes. This is the area where he surfed etc as a young man. Details from Jim R 02 64944237.

Moose Dunlop.

1735027 HODGSON, Richard Jeffrey "Teach."
15 July 1947 - 25 November 2009.

Richard HodgsonI am sorry to announce that Jeff "Teach" Hodgson passed away this afternoon, Wednesday 25th November in Bundaberg QLD. 'Teach', as he was known, was a well respected member of Tracker Platoon on the 2nd tour.

Arrangements are for Monday at 2.30pm at the Bundaberg Crematorium, Cummins St. Afterwards will be at the Vietnam Veterans' drop in centre - someone will give out directions at the service.


RIP Mate

Wally Barnett

2781647 ASSANGE, William Victor.
30 May 1945 - 18 September 2009.

William AssangeWe have been advised that Billy Assange passed away in the Mt Druitt Hospital on Friday 18 September due to an only recently diagnosed lung cancer. Billy served with 2 Platoon, A Company 1st Tour, as a forward scout until receiving major injuries in a Battle Casualty incident in September 1966 and he was returned to Australia.

Billy was actively searching for former members of 5RAR and trying to recruit them to the Association, he was also instrumental in arranging an annual reunion of A Company members at Rooty Hill RSL Club on Vietnam Veterans' Day each year. This year it was broadened to welcome any and all ex-members of 5RAR.

From Mike von Berg MC:

"Billy was in the first NS intake, my batman and a great mate for many years. He will be missed by his family and many mates."

Your work is done, mate.

Mike von Berg MC.

61392 COWEN, Charles Watkins.
25 October 1935 - 13 March 2009.

RAR BadgeHave been informed of the passing of Charles Watkins Cowen. Charles served with the Battalion for part of the first tour.

Lest We Forget.

4717624 FRASER, Peter. MM
8 January 1945 - 22 February 2009.

Peter FraserIt is learned with regret that Peter Fraser MM passed away Sunday the 22 February 2009, after a long bout with illness. Peter served with 5RAR on its first tour in the Republic of South Vietnam. Peter was a stretcher bearer attached to Anti-Tank Platoon, then Reconnaissance Platoon when it was formed. He was awarded the Military Medal for bravery whilst under fire attending a wounded comrade.
(Peter's citation Here).

Funeral details are: A Funeral Cortege for the late Peter Fraser MM will assemble at the main gates of Karrakatta Cemetery WA for a Cremation Service in the Norfolk Chapel commencing at 1030 am Saturday 28th February 2009 .

Lest We Forget.

Alan McNulty DCM.

5715828 DAVIS, Neal Robert.
23 March 1947 - 15 February 2009.

Neal DavisAlan McNulty DCM have informed us of the passing of Neal Davis Sunday 15 February.
Neal served with C Company during the battalion's second tour.

The funeral service will take place at the Bunbury Crematorium Chapel on WEDNESDAY( 25/02 /09 ) commencing at 1pm .

By Request donations in lieu of flowers direct to Crawford Lodge, Nedlands WA .

At peace.

53157 BUNTING, Robert Arthur "Bunts."
30 December 1937 - 15 August 2008.

Robert BuntingIt is with a heavy heart that I write to you all. Bob Bunting "Bunts" has passed away. He was an original member of the 5th Battalion and was on the first tour to Vietnam. He was in 10 Platoon Delta Company. There will be a service held at Pinnaroo Cemetery on Thursday the 21 August 2008. I will give you Times on Monday as Hooky and I have a meeting with the funeral director on Monday. He service will be held by Purslo.

He leaves behind one daughter (Toni), two sons ( Mike still serving, Bruce) two granddaughters (Nicole, Jessica) and a wife Ann.

We request no flowers but a donation to the RSPCA. For serving and ex- members of the defence force could you please wear your medals.

Bruce Bunting ( Bunts Jr)

2412438 HAYNES, Kenneth Gordon.
9 May 1942 - 2 August 2008.

Kenneth HaynesWe have been advised that on 2 August, Ken Haynes passed away in his home state of Western Australia, he had been battling cancer and had been in hospital for some time.

In March of 1967 Ken was posted from 1ARU to D Company, 5RAR until the Battalion's return to Australia in April. He then went on to serve with 7RAR.

At Rest

2781333 DEACON, Robert Myles.
16 June 1945 - 18 May 2008.

Robert Deacon It is with sadness that we have been told of another of our members leaving our ranks. Robert 'Bob' Deacon, who served with the Battalion in Vietnam until late June 1966, passed away on Sunday 18 may 2008.

Another Tiger rests.

3793286 COSGRIFF, Denis Michael.
22 July 1945 - 5 June 2008.

RAR BadgeI have been advised today of the passing of the above member. The e-mail, in part, states:

Dear all,

A Vietnam veteran, Denis Cosgriff, Who was a Lance Corporal during the battalion's 2nd Tour, passed away this morning at about 3am. His last words for his friends and those who knew his humour, was 'see you when you get here'. He was very brave and passed to sleep at noon yesterday and never woke. The cancer was caused by the agent orange chemicals he was exposed to in Vietnam. He had a good life and, as we veterans say, he is another soldier who is safe now 'behind the wire'.

Funeral likely next Tuesday but I am not certain if it will be here in Bendigo, I suspect it might be held in Melbourne.

kind regards,
Maryann Martinek.

2789115 COELLI, Christopher Joseph.
23 March 1947 - 28 March 2008.

RAR badgeIt is with regret that we have been informed by Lorraine Coelli, of Hervey Bay Qld, that her husband Christopher Coelli has passed away. Christopher died on Friday March 28 due to complications with the cardiomyopathy that he had been enduring for some time.

Christopher served with 1ARU, 1RAR and then with 5RAR during 1969.

No other details are at hand.

2790338 FRAUENFELDER, Ray.
17 July 1947 - 5 April 2008.

Ray FrauenfelderI have been advised that Ray Frauenfelder passed away at 9.00pm Saturday night, 5th April 2008. Ray was a member of 6 platoon B Company second tour. He was a 10th intake Nasho, but deferred until the birth of his first child.

Ray died peacefully in the Yarrawonga hospital after five years of cancer. He is survived by his wife Pauline, and three children, Sharyn, Kerrie and Craig and 12 grandchildren.

Funeral is being held at Yarrawonga Lawn cemetery Thursday 10th April at 11:30am.

RIP mate

Bill O'Mara
6 Platoon B Company.

8503214 Private CONNELLY, Mark.

Mark ConnellyPTE Mark Connelly was sadly killed in a motor cycle accident this week. I have passed the commiserations of the Association through the CO.

Pte Connelly was an Iraq veteran. His funeral will be held at the Robertson Barracks Chapel, Darwin at 8.30 AM on Thursday 20 March 2008.

A young life gone.

Roger Wainwright
5RAR Association.

43301 GONTAR, Gregory.
13 March 1946 - December 2007.

Gregory GontarIt was with regret that we received sad news from our comrades in SA that Gregory Gontar had passed away in Adelaide in mid December 2007. Greg served both tours of Vietnam with 5RAR and also served with 1ARU.

In early December Greg presented two bayonets to the South Australian Branch of the RAR Association.

May another Tiger rest in peace.

16193 FULLER, John Edward.
7 June 1943 - 3 December 2007.

RAR BadgeWe have been notified by John Bingham, secretary Memerambi-Kingaroy RSL Sub Branch of the death of John Fuller. John served in Vietnam with 5RAR from 12 April to 14 July 1966 and then with Headquarters Australian Force Vietnam.

Sadly another Tiger Departs.

42717 GAYNES, Vernon John.
5 February 1942 - 21 December 2007.

RAR BadgePassed peacefully on December 21, 2007, late of Gulgong. Dearly beloved husband of Christine, loved father of Paul and Davin, father-in-law to Audrey, cherished Grandpa to William and Sara. Loved brother of Betty, Ronald, Colin, Marcia and their families. Aged 65 years. Will live in our hearts forever.

The relatives and friends of Vernon Gaynes are warmly invited to attend his funeral service, to be held at St. Matthew's Uniting Church, corner Charles and Edgar Streets, Baulkham Hills, on Monday (December 31, 2007), commencing at 10 a.m.

Vern served with Admin Company on the first tour of duty in 1966-67 and will be remembered by all in transport platoon.

notified by James Walker 214870

Rest in Peace Mate.

3794330 CROTHERS, Ian Henry.
5 January 1948 - 4 November 2007.

RAR BadgeI have the sad duty of informing you of the demise of one of your 5RAR comrades who committed suicide on 4/11/2007.

His name was Mr Ian Crothers. He served in Vietnam From 16/04/1969 to 29/07/1969.

As he did not belong to any veteran/service organisations nobody here in Geelong knew that he was a returned man let alone doing National Service. The irony of all this is that he used to knock around with Rod Meeke who is heavily involved with the local RSL and VVAA Geelong Sub Branch.

Geoff Miles.

Rest in peace, Ian

My thoughts go out to both his family (Wife Pam, and children Shane, Natalie, Ben and Amy) and his veterans mates at this very stressful time.

"LEST WE FORGET" another warrior who has gone to his eternal peace.

216037 BRETT, Stanley James.
16 January 1943 - 3 September 2007.

Stanley BrettI was advised today by Klaus "Tank" Scheuermann that Stanley J. Brett of 7 Platoon C Company 1st tour, sadly died a short while ago.

The detail I have is:
Stan Brett sadly passed away on 3 September 2007, the day after Father's Day. His funeral service was held at Burpengary QLD on 10 September 2007. He was in Ray Orchard's section of 7 Platoon C Company first tour and later served on a second tour of Vietnam with 8RAR. Stan was wounded in action on Nui Thi Vai in October 1966. He had not joined the 5RAR Association. We respect Stan's service to his country.

May a fellow warrior and mate rest in peace.

Roger Wainwright
5RAR Association

335028 Brigadier COOPER, John. CBE
18 February 1929 - August 2007.

John HooperJohn Ashby Hooper commanded 5RAR at Holsworthy in 1970-71, after the Battalion returned from Vietnam. He died very suddenly, in August 2007, at his home on the NSW South Coast.
John went to RMC Duntroon in 1947 and graduated in 1951 having been my class senior and BSM of the Corps of Staff Cadets. His overseas service included Japan and Korea, Malaya, Vietnam and Singapore. He served, during his 37 years in the Army in five battalions of the Regiment, namely 2RAR (Puckapunyal), 3RAR (Korea), 1RAR & 6RAR (Vietnam) and 5RAR (Holsworthy). He also had staff postings at Army Headquarters and retired in 1984 as Commander 2nd Military District.

At his memorial service in Canberra, I wrote a special prayer for John and also read a message of condolence from the CO of 5RAR in Iraq. Our Association was well represented by the President, Geoff Pearson, Brian Budden and Paul Greenhalgh. Stan Maizey was also present as an RMC classmate and former member of the Battalion.
John will be remembered as an outstanding soldier who gave his all to the Regiment and the Army. It is a privilege to have known him.

By Colin Khan
CO 5RAR 1968-70.

43887 EVERETT, John Edward.
19 December 1946 - 10 July 2007.

John EverettI was advised this afternoon by Mike von Berg MC, of the death of John Everett in Adelaide on Tuesday 10 July, 2007. John was a member of 2 Platoon A Company 1st tour which Mick commanded before commanding Recce Platoon. No funeral arrangements have been advised, but will be posted if available.


Roger Wainwright
5RAR Association

From Don Harrod:

"I first met John Everett when I was posted to C Coy in May 1968. He was a corporal section commander in 8Pl, and had completed a tour of Vietnam. I was a young, naïve 19 year-old, "living-in" in the barracks. John and I became mates. On Saturdays, the diggers would venture into Liverpool, have a haircut (most weeks), then proceed to the Golden Fleece Hotel (the early opener), or to the Railway Hotel. We would install ourselves in the saloon bar, and spend the rest of the day there, barring trips to the local TAB. We knew that after the pub closed at 2200 hours, there was a good chance that the local police would pick us up, and convey us to the Liverpool lock-up to spend four hours in the "wet cell".

This is where life's valuable lesson - Everett style - would come into action. John taught me that before you left Holsworthy, you would place a cigarette, a piece of the striker section of a matchbox, and a match in one sock, and a dollar note in the other. When you got locked up, you could sit back in the cells and have a smoke, and would have a dollar for your bail, regardless of how financially rewarding (or otherwise) your day had been. You did not bother to attend Liverpool Court the following Monday, your dollar bail would be forfeited, and everyone was happy.

John always threatened that he was going to see the Battalion Pay Sergeant to make a $2 per fortnight allotment to the NSW Police Force, in order to have his bail paid in advance.

John was a good bloke, a good soldier, and will be missed by all those who knew him.

Rest in Peace, Digger.

2781591 COOTE, Stephen William.
9 January 1945 - 8 January 2007.

RAR BadgeI know some of you have heard of the sad passing of Steve Coote on the 8th January 2007 after a prolonged illness.

Steve was called up in the First National Service Intake in 1965, posted to 2RTB at Puckapunyal and served in E Company 24 Platoon. After recruit training he was posted to Support Company, Assault Pioneers and served with 5 RAR in Vietnam First Tour. Upon discharge Steve travelled overseas, met and married his love Anne. They moved to the N.S.W. Central Coast at Buff Point in 1976 where he ran a Sign-Writing Business. In that time they had three sons Jamieson, Iain and Stuart.

Steve's Funeral was held at Palmdale Lawn Cemetery on the 12th January 2007 and was attended by several former members of 5 RAR. Anne and the boys wish to convey their thanks to all concerned.

David Harries.

1411166 HOGAN, John Frederick "Jack."
8 November 1942 - 20 September 2006.

RAR BadgeFrom: Blue Schafer

John "Jack" Hogan sadly passed away 20 September 2006 at the Peninsula Hospital Brisbane Jack served both tours with the battalion in Vietnam and will be sadly missed by his fellow soldiers and his loving wife Joan and family.

Funeral of Jack Hogan is on Monday 25 September 06 at 1.30 PM at 636 Morayfield Rd Burbengary, this is just north of Brisbane. John served with Pioneers first tour and BHQ 2nd, Prior to his Army service he was in the Navy. 5RAR Association members in the vicinity are requested to attend John's funeral if possible Our Qld Representative, Kel Ryan can be contacted on 0418 759 120 for further details.

43554 EDMONDS, Robert James.
8 December 1945 - 10 July 2006.

RAR BadgeFrom Maree Stevenson:

I am writing to let all those who knew my Dad, Robert Edmonds (ex Charlie Company medic 1st tour) that Rob passed away Monday 10 July. Rob had been in nursing care for some time in Victoria. Twelve months since he lost his partner Lily, 40 years since he lost 'Tich'. For all the fellas who made me so welcome last weekend at Tich Tomas's memorial, thank you. All I can say is I am sure Rob planned this, I can see beers being pulled up there now, although Rob would be on the red.

Rob's funeral will be held Thursday 13 July, Altona Memorial Park Crematorium Dohertys Road North Altona. Service to commence at 3pm. Medals to be worn.

Am proud to be his daughter, and the child of a Tiger vet.

240195 CASSIDY, Albert Peter "Bert."
29 July 1924 - 8 July 2006.

Albert CassidyAnother sad message to let you know of the passing of Bert Cassidy. Bert passed away over the weekend (8-9 July) and his funeral will be held as follows: Fremantle Crematorium Chapel, Perth, WA Thursday 13th July 2006 at 12 noon. Assemble at the Main Entrance .

Bert Cassidy enlisted in the Army in Aug 1942 and served with the 2/33 Australian Infantry Battalion during WW2. He later served with 3RAR during the Malayan Emergency and with SASR. He joined 5RAR in 1965 and served with the Battalion for part of its first tour of Vietnam.

 Alan McNulty DCM.

214444 HUSH, Jack Richard "Blue."
9 May 1935 - 2 March 2006.

Jack Hush'Tassie' Wass has advised the committee that Jack "Blue" Hush passed away today (2/3/06). He has not been well for some time. Bluey was an MFC with mortars 1st tour and spent his time with C Company. Regrettably, Blue's passing was on the birthday of his wife, Nola. His daughter Carol and son Graham were present. Bluey was a great bloke whom I kept in touch with in later years.

He served in the Army for 24 years which included service in Japan, Korea, Vietnam and Papua New Guinea. The infantry units Bluey served with were 4RAR, 1RAR, 5RAR and 1/19 RNSWR. Bluey served with the Tiger's Mortar Platoon in Vietnam in 1966 and was recognised as a tough professional soldier, an outstanding Mortar Fire Controller and a good mate.

The Chapel at the Leppinton Lawn Cemetery on 6th March was overflowing as many relatives and friends gathered to farewell Bluey. Eulogies were given by Bluey's children and Norm Goldspink with an RSL Service also being conducted. The Association extends its sympathy to His widow Nola, his children Carol & Graham and their families."

From: Roger Wainwright.

55179 GODFREY, Robert Joseph "Dogs."
19 September 1934 - 20 January 2006.

Robert GodfreyIt is my sad duty to inform you of the death of Bob "Dogs" Godfrey. He served in Support Company 1969 and I had the great privilege of serving with him then also on the MAT team .. He passed away this morning 20th January . Will inform everyone at a later date when further arrangements have been made .Have spoken to Bob's wife Wendy and she would like to hear from you.
Wendy's address is as follows : 20 Colville Street Waikiki WA 6169

Their daughter Billie, and son Rob are giving great support to their Mum. The funeral service for Bob was held on Wednesday 25th January 2006. Many of Bob's friends and family including members from other Battalions attended . Fifteen members of 5RAR escorted the casket up to the Chapel and formed a Guard of Honour inside the Chapel to where the casket was placed. It was a very moving ceremony , with tributes from his daughter Billie and son Robert . Bill Evans also read a tribute from Michael Von Berg MC recounting times spent with Bob in Tracker Platoon 1966-1967 with many funny anecdotes. Bob returned to Vietnam for the second tour with 5RAR. I received a letter from his wife Wendy part of which I quote :

"Would you please thank 5RAR Association and the boys who walked beside his coffin. I had to keep looking back at them as I was so very, very proud of them and honoured to see them walk my Bob to his final farewell ."

Wendy also said she would like to still keep receiving Tiger Tales as she will always be a part of the Battalion. After the service the 5RAR members went to the Esplanade Hotel in Fremantle where we fare-welled Bob as he went to join his fellow departed comrades.


Alan McNulty DCM

2789386 BATEMAN, Terrence John.
29 June 1947 - 2005.

Terrence BatemanTerry BatemanTerry Bateman has sadly passed away and the funeral will be conducted on Friday at 1400hrs (Church not known at this time).

And from Kerry O'Conner: "Terry Bateman was a member of 1 Platoon A Company (my Platoon). I am going up tonight for the funeral tomorrow, (Don't know too many details yet but it is tomorrow at 2pm.) and flying home on Saturday. They gave him 2 weeks about 20 months ago with liver cancer. I had he and his wife up in Darwin last year with us, and the 1 platoon blokes have been keeping in touch with Terry and Carol very closely the whole time."

From: Neville Paine

2781651 CRAIG, Peter James "Sluggo."
17 February 1945 - 5 October 2005.

Peter CraigShort note to let you & other 5RAR members know Peter Craig passed away Wednesday morning 8am 5 October at Manning Base hospital Taree NSW, after serious lung problems; things became bad about July this year. Pete served with 5 RAR on the 1st tour with Mortar Platoon: a national serviceman who was 60 years old this year, he had no children and never remarried after losing his wife to cancer some 15 years ago. He was heavily involved with the Viet Nam Veterans' Great lakes Branch and also the local RSL.

"Sluggo" rarely missed a reunion with 5RAR and many a good time we had within his company. He had been a TPI recipient for a number of years and had certainly been to the low depths of a bad time, but to his credit he turned things around and enjoyed a number of good years in the Foster Tuncurry areas. The family organising things for Pete are his sister Jean & brother in law Geoff Garth I believe the service is on Monday the 10th October Catholic Church Kent St. Tuncurry, at 11am.

From: Ash Eyles.

310897 BROOK, Patrick Albert .
31 October 1928 - 29 June 2005
The First Regimental Sigs Officer 5RAR

Patrick BrookPassed away on Wednesday, June 29, 2005, of Katoomba. Dearly loved father to Natasha, Bernadine and Harley. Poppy to Eden, Elki, Lily, Hayden and Charlie. Aged 76 years. Sadly missed by all.

The relatives and friends of the late Major PATRICK BROOK are to be advised a funeral service is to be held on Tuesday (July 5, 2005),at St. Canice's Catholic Church, Katoomba Street, Katoomba, commencing at 10 a.m. At the conclusion of prayers the cortege will proceed to Leura Memorial Gardens Crematorium, Kitchener Road, Leura. No flowers by request, donations to Legacy would be appreciated (envelopes available at church).

217860 CORR, George Anthony "Paddy."
15 May 1935 - 29 March 2005.

George CorrGeorge 'Paddy' Corr served with Signal Platoon during the Battalion's 2nd tour.

Paddy had been living in Yamba NSW when he was diagnosed with cancer and admitted to Macleay Hospital. Sadly, Paddy passed away on the evening of the 23rd March 2005.

Paddy's funeral will be held at St Joseph's Catholic Church Yamba NSW, Tuesday 29th March at
1000 hrs. All Welcome. Paddy's ashes will return to Ireland to be reunited with his family.

217672 CARRINGTON, Norman Phillip Leslie.
20 May 1948 - 4 January 2005.

Norman CarringtonNorm Carrington passed away 4th January 2005. Norm served with 5 RAR on the battalion's second tour. The 5 RAR Committee and members of the Rosebud RSL regret the passing of their esteemed member.

The funeral service will be held in the Chapel of Rosebud Funeral Services, 123 Jetty Road Rosebud VIC on Tuesday 11th January 2005, commencing at 3 p.m. Private Cremation.

18305 BURNS, Warren John "Wogs."
12 June 1942 - 12 August 2004.

Warren BurnsHave just received a phone call from Zeke Mundine to advise that 'Wogs' Burns passed away at 5.30 p.m. today, Thursday, 12th August 2004. We all knew that 'Wogs' time was short due to his failing health in recent months. Warren Burns made a difference. I remember him being promoted to L/Cpl in 9 Platoon at Nui Dat in 1966. I was also lucky enough to serve with Wogs in Support Company, 1 RAR in Malaysia and again later in Canberra. He became RSM of 8/9 RAR, RSM 6 Brigade and was the first RSM of the Defence Force Academy. He was subsequently commissioned and reached the rank of Major.

Wogs Burn's funeral was held at the chapel at Enoggera Barracks, Brisbane at 11.00 a.m., Friday 13th August.

May a fine infantry soldier rest in peace.

From: Roger Wainwright
5RAR Associarion.

215615 DUNNE, Trevor John.
24 December 1946 - 18 April 2004.

RAR BadgeTrevor Dunne passed away on the 18th April 2004 after a courageous battle with illness, mainly cancer. He has left behind his wife Rae and his two sons with their families.

Trevor was much respected and disregarding his own condition, worked tirelessly for other veterans and widows through the maze of DVA red tape. He was also regarded as a great asset by the staff of DVA. Even though Trevor had passed away, in the Australia Day Honours 2005 he was awarded the "Order of Australia Medal" in recognition of his fine work. Trevor served with D Company during the Battalion's first tour.

4717870 BARRETT, Daryel Leigh.
2 June 1945 - 7 November 2002.

Daryel BarrettDaryel served with the battalion during its first tour 1966-67. A national serviceman, he volunteered for Vietnam.

Daryel died on 7 November 2002 after six months battle with Oesophagel Cancer, age 57 at home in Perth.

Survived by his wife Julia, and their two Children, Natalie and Matthew, son-in-law Grant and daughter-in-law Taysha, and two week old baby granddaughter Taylin (1st daughter of Natalie and Grant).

3795197 CHESTNUT, Robert Batchelor.
3 August 1948 - 14 October 2001.

Robert ChestnutRobert Chestnut passed away on the 14th October 2001. Robert Joined the battalion in September 1969 and served in Support Company.

29466 Lieutenant Colonel HARRING, Rein Eelmaa "Ray."
20 December 1937 - 1999.

Rein HarringLt. Col Ray Harring enlisted in the Australian Army in 1957. On graduation from Portsea he served with the Royal Australian Regiment in Malaya. He also served with various units and held diplomatic postings during his army service.

Ray will be remembered by the association for his service in 5RAR during 1969-70 as Company Commander of B Company. Major Harring gave of himself completely during training to ensure the men under his command were prepared for their operational role in Vietnam. Ray was an officer of the highest order and proved his worth by his excellent leadership and example he set for his young team of officers, NCOs and men.

Ray Harring was highly regarded and respected by the members of the association, in particular, those who had the honour to serve under his command.

Ray will be sadly missed by all.

3786705 BEST, Richard Allen.
5 May 1945 - 17 June 1998.

RAR BadgeThe passing of Richard Allen Best, 17th June 1998.

Allen served with the battalion on the 1st tour in Vietnam. Allen was in the first intake of national servicemen and after training was posted to Admin Company 5RAR as a driver. Allen was well known throughout the association and will sadly be missed by us all.


Geoff Levey

217964 FITCH, Frank Thomas. MM
1 June 1949 - 1998.

Frank FitchFrank was a well known and respected member of the association and will be deeply missed by us all.

Private Frank Fitch enlisted in the Australian Army on the 30th October 1967. He joined 5RAR on the 3rd March, 1968 as a stretcher bearer in the Medical Platoon.

On the 4th April,1969, during operation 'Overlander' in Long Khanh Province, D Company came under heavy machinegun fire and rocket fire from enemy occupied bunkers at a distance of twenty metres. During a heavy fire fight that lasted over one hour, two members of D Company were killed and 13 wounded. The leading scout, who was subsequently shown to have been killed by machinegun fire , was lying within ten metres of the enemy position. Private Fitch, discarding his personal weapon and carrying only his medical stores went forward to assist the leading scout. He returned to the remainder of the platoon and moved fifty metres to the flank to assist another critically wounded soldier. At this time Private Fitch was himself wounded in the stomach by rocket fire. Throughout the remainder of the action, Private Fitch, although always under accurate enemy fire, continued to move around the platoon treating the other 12 wounded soldiers. Over two hours later, during the evacuation of the wounded, Private Fitch was still treating others and refusing any help himself. He displayed a complete disregard for his own safety and despite his own wounds placed the care of others as his only concern.

Frank was awarded the Military Medal Here

214383 FADDY, Peter Lloyd.
30 August 1933 - 27 March 1998.

Peter FaddyPeter Faddy served with 5RAR during the battalion's first tour, 1966-67 as a sergeant in Admin Company. He also saw service in Korea and served with the First, Second and Third Battalions, making up three tours in Korea.

On retirement from the army, Peter worked as a general assistant for the education department. He became ill with a heart complaint and spent the last 12 months in hospital. Peter passed away on the 27th March, 1998 aged 65 years. Peter leaves behind his wife Barbara, four children and five grandchildren. The funeral was attended by several members of the Association, which included Col. John Warr D.S.O., Blue Hush, Tassie Wass and others.

214758 HALL, James Christopher "Jimmy."
14 May 1945 - 1998.

RAR BadgeJim Hall proved himself to be a very competent section commander, being promoted to sergeant upon his return to Australia Not only did Jim lead his men well in the field but also he was largely responsible for the intra and inter-section cohesion in 5 Platoon, B Company 5RAR.. That was not an easy task considering the conditions under which the rifle companies operated, particularly at that time. He achieved success largely through extracting co-operation and never did abuse the power that was at his disposal.

Jim like many, apparently suffered, to some degree from post Vietnam side effects, although he kept these well hidden outside his family......Jim was 21 in Vietnam....he died aged 52. Jim leaves behind a wife and five children. He will be missed by his family and mates.

From: Paul La Forest.

3793544 HEINZE, Rodney Ernest "Rowdy."
10 September 1947 - 7 May 1998.

Rodney HeinzeRod ‘Rowdy’ Heinze was born in Colac, Victoria, on 10 September 1947, was conscripted into the Army at age 21 and deployed to South Vietnam in May 1969.

He initially served with the 1st Australian Reinforcement Unit before transferring to 5RAR on 4 June 1969. He became a machine gunner with 8 Platoon C Company and later was moved to be in Company HQ working in the Q store. He returned to Australia with the battalion on HMAS Sydney and following the unit march through Sydney on 10 March 1970, he travelled by train to his home state where for a while he became a Holden dealer in Portland, Victoria.

We were greatly saddened to learn of Rod’s death on 7 May 1998 and extend our condolences to his widow Faye.

David Wilkins OAM

23814 CUNNINGHAM, William Noel "Lofty."
5 August 1925 - 1997.


William CunninghamLofty Cunningham was born at St Leonards, Sydney on the fifth of August 1928 and joined the A.I.F. early in World War 11 by altering his age. As soon as the army became aware of his real age, he was discharged.

As soon as he became 18 in 1943, Lofty joined the A.I.F. and served in New Guinea and Borneo and with the British Commonwealth Forces in Japan. He served with 3RAR in Korea. He also served with 1RAR in Malaysia and at Holsworthy when he was transferred to 5RAR when the 'Tiger Battalion' was raised on the 1st March, 1965. he served as CQMS Support Company during the battalion's first tour.

Max Carroll, OC Support Company at that time writes:

"Lofty was CQMS when I took over command in January 1966 and I could not have asked for a better 'Q bloke'. he served the company well as he knew his way around. He was an accomplished 'scrounger' and Support Company rarely missed out on anything, in either Australia or Vietnam He was also an experienced infantryman with previous service in World War 11, BCOF, Japan and Korea."

Vale old mate.

235326 HOSIE, Ian Robert "Hoss."
22 March 1946 - 3 April 1997.

Ian HosieIan Robert Hosie was born on the 22nd March, 1946 in Wagga Wagga NSW. He was educated a Tamworth High School and entered the Royal Military College Duntroon in 1964.On graduation, he was posted to 5 RAR and served as a platoon commander on operational service in South Vietnam 1969-70. Ian cherished his time as a platoon commander and was always concerned for his men.

After Vietnam, Ian returned as an instructor at the Infantry centre and later returned to his battalion as a company commander and then served as a staff officer.

Ian Hosie resigned his commission because of ill health in 1998, even then he was called back on a part-time basis as author of a platoon pamphlet on platoon and section leadership.

The Eulogy delivered by The Chief of the general Staff - Personnel stated in part: " He was courageous, as was demonstrated on war service where he was wounded. On the Rugby field, the boxing ring or on the athletics track, where he was determined to succeed, often in the company of much larger opponents."

Ian was made a Member of the Military Division of the Order of Australia in 1984 for his leadership, dedication to duty and example in training.

To read a tribute to Major Hosie Here

29019 FRIDOLF, Mervyn John.
6 March 1936 - 31 December 1995.

Mervin FridolfMerv Fridolf passed away in Brisbane on the 31st December, 1995 after a short illness. Merv will be remembered as the Chief Clerk of 5RAR during the first tour in Vietnam.

When the battalion was formed in March 1965, Merv was transferred from 1RAR and was responsible for establishing the administrative systems and procedures within the battalion.
Following his service in Vietnam, Merv attended the School of Languages at Point Cook to study the Thai Language and he was then posted to Bangkok as assistant to the Australian Military Attaché.

In recent years Merv has been very active in keeping Queensland members of the 5RAR Association informed of the association activities, and through his untiring efforts the membership increased considerably.

Mervyn was well known for his cheerfulness and enthusiasm for everything he undertook. He will be sadly missed.

3411726 Pte BENHAM, Glen "Moose."
7 October 1946 – 23 May 1988.

Glen BenhamI have been advised that "Moose," as he was affectionately called in Recce Platoon, passed away on the 23rd of May 1988. The Platoon had been trying to contact Moose for various events over the years and the sad news today, (16 May 2011) explains why we were unable to do so.

Moose was my Platoon Signaller and a strapping young bloke of incredible strength who used to carry his load and more with considerable ease.

Moose struggled with his inner demons and sadly at such a young age he died by his own hand. A much loved member of the platoon, a fine soldier and a good mate gone far too young and far too soon.

Moose and Judy his now divorced and remarried widow, had a son, Shawn. I am in touch with the family and have extended our hand of friendship albeit some 23 years after Moose's passing.

Sadly after Vietnam, Moose isolated himself from anything Vietnam and none of us ever had the opportunity to say g’day, or now goodbye!

May this fine soldier always rest in peace.

Michael von Berg MC
Platoon Commander
Reconnaissance Platoon 1st Tour

2781546 COOMBES, Robert Stanley.
2 June 1945 - 29 May 1987.

RAR BadgeRobert Coombes, a national serviceman, served with the Battalion during its first tour. Sadly Robert passed away from cancer in 1987.

He was buried in Lawn, East Kempsey, in New South Wales.

210875 CAHILL, Frederick Bernard "Paddy."
3 July 1921 - 14 August 1985.

Fred "Paddy" CahillOne of the true characters of the battalion was Sgt Frederick ‘Paddy’ Cahill, the Catering Corps sergeant in C Company 5RAR with whom he served two full tours of Vietnam. He had served in World War 2 with the British Army, then with the Australian Army in Korea, Japan, Singapore, Malaya and Vietnam. We of C Company will always remember his thoughtful catering for us, particularly his morale-boosting fresh meat and salad rolls (‘Paddy’s buns’) for us all on many resupply days. Our thanks Paddy.

He was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (Military Div) in the 1976 Australia Day Honours list for service to the military.

Born on 3 July 1921, Paddy died on 14 August 1983, aged 62, survived by his widow Edith and children Philomena and Anthony. He is fondly remembered by us all.

See also a detailed article on Paddy by Roger Wainwright in Tiger Tales of December 2018. Here

David Wilkins OAM

2166889 FAINT, John Ashton "Fainta."
7 Febuary 1946 - 12 December 1982.

Johnn FaintLance Corporal John “Fainta” Faint served with 7 Platoon C Company 5RAR in South Vietnam from 3 February 1969 until repatriated home on 14 July after being severely wounded in action 10 days earlier.

“Fainta" was a big bloke from Tamworth with a reputation of being an excellent rugby league forward. He also had the knack of getting into trouble without really trying. One of his platoon mates recalled them both being AWOL during R&C at Vungers. They had separately been out overnight but had to be back at the Badcoe Club for the 7 a.m. roll call. His mate was returning along “back beach” at about 6.30 a.m. when he heard a sharp whistle from a clump of bushes. There, sitting quietly, was “Fainta“ who told him to stay put and “watch this” just as two other Diggers came running along the beach and began climbing over the club’s back fence. They were half way over when two Military Policemen appeared from nowhere to arrest them and put them straight into the paddy wagon. The vehicle roared off at which “Fainta” gave the thumbs up, so over the fence they went and easily made roll call.

“Fainta” died from his wounds on 12 December 1982 far too young at age 36. His funeral in Tamworth was officiated by our 5RAR Vietnam padre, Father Tom Shanahan.

John Faint was an excellent infantryman and is fondly remembered by all those who served with him.

Rest in peace Digger.

David Wilkins OAM

217915 HOCKHAM, John Henry.
26 October 1939 - 14 September 1979.

John KockhamBorn in Sydney on 26 October 1939 to become a jockey before joining the Regular Army, Pte John Hockham served with C Coy, 5RAR in Vietnam from 18 February 1969 until 18 September when he transferred to HQ 1st Australian Logistic Support Group in Vung Tau, returning to Australia on 21 February 1970.

 John passed away on 14 September 1979, aged 39, late of Kingston, Queensland, dearly loved husband of Beverley and father of Debbie and Terry.


David Wilkins OAM,

39620 CROFT, Robert William "Sparks."
16 May 1949 - 27 July 1975.

Robert CroftPte. Robert Croft enlisted in the ARA on the 18 September 1967. After completing Basic and Infantry Corps Training he was posted to 3RAR Woodside S.A.

On 19 August he was on strength at 1ARU and on 3 September he was posted to 5RAR and joined B Company.

Bob served with the battalion for its remaining six months and on 10 February joined 7RAR for its tour of duty.

Bob passed away from a massive heart attack.

(Information supplied by Adrian Taylor, a 7RAR veteran.)