Neville George 'Nev'.
9 August 1944 - 25 August 2017.
‘Nev’ Stanton died in Coolah District Hospital in New South
Nev served with Mortar Platoon from 8 February 1969 to
18 February 1970 on the Battalion’s second tour of Vietnam.
A memorial service for Nev will be held on the 5 September, 2pm at
the Anglican Church in Coolah NSW. The service will be attended by
family members and his mates from Mortar Platoon.
Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor.
RAINER, Dennis Claude, MC MID.
27 November 1939 - 16 August 2017.
sadly advise you that Dennis Rainer passed away
this morning, 16 August 2017. He was admitted to hospital several
days ago with cancer.
Dennis was Officer Commanding 10
Platoon for the duration of the tiger's 1st tour of Vietnam. He was
mentioned-in-despatches and was awarded the Military Cross. Dennis
was a fine regimental soldier who also served with 1RAR in
Malaysia/Singapore and with SASR.
The funeral for Dennis
Rainer will be held at Fremantle Cemetery East Chapel, Carrington St
& Leach Highway, Palmyra WA at 11.30 AM Friday 25 August. I will be
attending and will deliver the eulogy.
5RAR Association Inc.
John Robert Dalton.
9 March 1948 - 13 July 2017.
John Winter gave up his struggle, in Canberra on Thursday
13 July, after being hospitalized for many years.
After completing his
Basic and Infantry School training John began his Vietnam deployment
with 1 ARU from 15 July 1969 He then served with 9 RAR from 6 August
to 18 November 1969.
He joined 5 RAR and served in 9 Platoon, C
Company from 19 November 1969 until he returned to Australia with
the Battalion in March 1970.
Unfortunately the details were not made
known to the 5 RAR Association in time for any of our members to
attend the memorial services for John.
Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor.
TIECHELMAN, Donald Charles 'Don'.
27 August 1947 - 12 July 2017.
Donald ‘Don’ Teichelman, late of Eden Park VIC, passed away suddenly
on Wednesday 12 July.
Don was posted 1 ATF in South Vietnam
on 30 July 1969 and then to 5 RAR on 20 August. He joined 9 Platoon,
C Company as a rifleman, where he served until the Battalion
returned to Australia.
Thursday 20th July 2017 at 1300 hrs
(1.00pm) at the Heidelberg Golf Club followed by a gathering at the
Greensborough RSL to farewell him.
Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor.
6 March 1936 - 25 January 2017.
ex 5RAR 65/66, passed away peacefully January 25 2017. Late of
NARRANDERA NSW formerly of Bunbury WA and Canberra.
service will take place on Monday, February 6, 2017 at the AHM
Crematorium Chappel 76 Coperland st Wagga NSW
commencing at 11am
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4717650 TURNER, Trevor Alfred John 'Anna'.
21 June 19454 - 14 December
‘Anna’ Turner passed away after being in poor health for
quite some time.
Trevor was posted to South Vietnam with 1
Platoon, A Company. He served in theatre from 8 May until 13
September, when he was medically returned to Australia. Trevor was
the machine gunner in 1 Section for the duration of his tour.
His Funeral Service is to be held at Repatriation General
Hospital Memorial Chapel, 216 Dawes Road, Daw Park, SA, at 10.30 am
on Wednesday 21st December and after at Centennial Park Cemetery,
Goodwood Road, Pasadena, SA.
Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor.
9 August 1945 - 24 September 2016.
Peter Turner passed away early on the morning of Saturday 24 September at his
home in North Queensland.
Peter served in South Vietnam, as
the signaller for D Company, from 8 February 1969 to 5 March 1970.
He was a likable and efficient soldier.
Over the years he had
been a hard working, long serving Committee Member and a Past
President of the Cairns RSL sub-branch and club. In August this year
Peter was awarded a Life Membership of both the RSL and sub-branch,
for his services.
A private cremation will be held for Peter
and a Memorial Service will be held for him at the Cairns RSL on a
date to be announced.
To read Peter's Eulogy delivered by Kel Ryan
Peter J Turner - Memorial Service.
A memorial service for Peter
will be held at 5.00pm Friday 7 October.
Place is the Cenotaph in
front of the Cairns RSL.
Mateship will be held in the RSL on
completion of the service.
All are welcome to attend.
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44558 SMITH, Matthew Kevin
6 September 1942 - 16 July 2016.
have been advised of the passing of PTE Matthew Kevin Smith.
Matthew served with 8 Platoon, C Company in
South Vietnam from 6 February 1969 to 10 March 1970 as a Rifleman.
A tribute to "MK" from one of his mates can
be read here...
Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor.
3793461 WHITTAKER, James
12 May 1946 - 9 June 2016.
On Thursday 9 June, after a brief illness, PTE James ‘Jock’
Whittaker passed away in hospital, due to a respiratory problem and
Jack served with 4 Platoon B
Company and Admin Company from 3 Febuary 1969 until 18 Febuary 1970
when he returned to Australia with the Advance Party.
A funeral service will be held for Jock at 14:00hrs Tuesday 14 June,
at the Sylvan Funerals Chapel, 22 Warwick Rd, Ipswich.
Membership Officer/Editor Tiger Tales.
6 June 1938 - 22 April 2016.
Taylor, MBE, passed away on the morning of Friday 22 April.
Bob served as the Bandmaster
for the 5th Battalion, from 30 April 1966 to 12 May 1967 on the
Battalion’s first deployment to South Vietnam. The 5 RAR Band was
the last band to serve on active service.
extensive medical training and was instrumental in producing the top
class stretcher bearers/medics that were an integral part of 5 RAR.
Bob was also
responsible for the selection of the music of 'Dominique' as the
Battalion's march in quick time.
An excerpt of the article 'Band of
the Fifth Battalion RAR' written by the Battalion's first CO, LTCOL
John Warr on this website states:
"From the time he joined the Battalion, Bob Taylor had been
thinking about a Regimental March for 5RAR and he had concluded that
the most appropriate was "Dominique". He arranged the music then
suggested to the CO that Dominique be accepted as the Regimental
March. Colonel Warr was not convinced as he had never heard the
tune. Bob Taylor, with the support of Major Max Carroll, the
Operations Officer, then proposed that the band play Dominique and
two other marches for the 800 men of the battalion who would be
asked to vote for the march they thought would the best. Dominique
received an overwhelming vote from all ranks and so it became the
march of the 'Tiger Battalion."
(Military Division) was awarded on the New Years Honours List, 1979,
for his services the Australian Army Band Corps (AABC). At one stage
in his career Robert served as the Army Director Of Music.
private family funeral was held for Bob.
Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor.
Trevor Jess "Toby."
1 May 1945 - 17 April 2016.
'Toby' Toman passed away peacefully in St John of God
Hospital, Bendigo, VIC, on Sunday 17 April.
served as a rifleman/Machine Gunner in 12 Platoon for the full
deployment of the Battalion’s 1966-67 Tour of South Vietnam. He was
an outstanding digger who could be relied upon. One could say his
motto was ‘Play Hard, Fight Hard’.
service will be held at 11:00 on Friday 22 April at St Mary’s
Anglican Church, Kangaroo Flats, VIC.
24 November 1946 - 7 April
Robert 'RK' Smith completed his last
patrol in Westlakes, South Australia, on
the morning of Thursday 7 April.
Robert served as the
radio operator with 4 Platoon, B Company in South Vietnam on the
Battalion’s 1969-70 Tour. He was medically repatriated to Australia
on 10 December 1969.
Editor, Tiger Tales.
19 April1945 - 13 January 2016.
Roberts of 6 platoon B Company 5RAR First Tour , passed away on
the13th January 2016 aged 70 .
His funeral service will be held at the West Chapel Pinnaroo Valley
Memorial Park Whitfords Avenue Padbury at 1pm Tuesday 19th January
His wife and one of his daughters still live in Thailand and cannot
attend this service .
We would appreciate any members who can attend this service to come
and pay their respects to another Tiger .
Also if anyone has any information they can supply about Peter could
they please contact me .
Alan McNulty DCM
4 November 1946 – 7 September 2015.
PTE Dennis Tilyard passed away on Monday
7 September, he had been suffering from cancer for some time.
Dennis served with D Company on the 5th Battalion’s second tour of
South Vietnam, January to August 1969 when he was medically returned
A Service for Dennis was held at the Graham Family Funeral Home,
Corner Risdon and Bay Roads, New Town, on Friday 11 September, after
which interment took place at the Malbina Lawn Cemetery, Malbina at
12 noon approx. Family, friends attended the Services and 5 RAR
Association was represented by David Keating.
Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor
WINTERFIELD, Robert Anthony.
5 January 1945 - 18 June 2015.
'Bob' Winterfield passed
away on Thursday 18 June after
losing the fight with bone cancer.
Bob served with 3 Section, 7 Platoon on the Battalion's 1966-67
tour of Vietnam until he was WIA in December 1966, when he was
repatriated to Australia. At this stage I have no other details.
Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor.
18211 SMERDON, Neville John.
18 September 1944 - 29 June 2015.
'Smerdo' Smerdon passed away suddenly this morning at his home
in Wagga Wagga, from what seems like a heart attack.
Smerdo served on the Battalion's 1966-67 tour of Vietnam with the
Funeral detail will follow as soon as they are available.
I have just been notified that the
Service for Neville Smerdon will be held at the Wagga Wagga Lawn
Cemetery and Crematorium at 10:00 on Monday 6 July.
Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor
9 February 1945 - 3 May 2015.
have just been advised that Trevor Stevens has passed away.
PTE Trevor Stevens served with 6 Platoon, B Company from 12 May 1966
to 30 April 1967.
We are waiting on further details and funeral arrangements.
Have been informed that
his funeral will be held on Wednesday 13 May at 11:30 at the
Springvale Crematorium in Melbourne
Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor
6 March 1941 - 17 April 2015.
Wilcox joined the Army in 1964 and was allocated to RA Inf. He
served with both 1 RAR and 5 RAR and saw service in Vietnam with 5
RAR in 1966/67. Geoff transferred to RACMP in 1969 and continued to
serve until 1984.
Geoff had been fighting cancer for the last few years.
Funeral arrangements: Thursday 23rd
April, Tweed Heads Memorial Gardens. 176 Kirkwood Road, at 1130hrs.
Alan McNulty DCM
James Albert "Jim."
24 June 1948 – 14 February 2015.
have been notified by the son of PTE James ‘Jim’ Reid, that
his father passed away on Saturday 14 February, in Royal Perth
Hospital, he had been hospitalized due to terminal illnesses.
Jim served with C Company, during the Battalion's 1969-70 tour.
Funeral details are:
A viewing will be held on Friday afternoon from 2pm - 3pm at:
Bowra & O'Dea
502 Wanneroo Rd
Tel: 9464 7266
Fax: 9440 1994
With a graveside service to be held at Pinnaroo Valley Memorial Park
is located on Whitfords Avenue, Padbury.
Commencing at 3.30pm.
A bio by his mate Andy MacDougal, can be
ROWLES, Leslie Ernest.
26 March 1948 - 18 December 2014.
is with deep sadness that I inform you of the passing of Les
Rowles in Traralgon VIC. Les Joined 12 Platoon D Company from
1ARU in June 1969 after the mine incident that decimated the Platoon
in June of 69. Les was a really solid, reliable honest bloke and
very well respected within 12 Platoon and D Company. Because of his
trade background he would often be seconded to work on aid
programmes with the construction of schools etc. He has had a long
battle with cancer, demonstrating great courage along such a tough
process of surgery and the prolonged treatment programme. Our
deepest sympathy is extended to Les’ family by his 5RAR mates. His
goal was to make the 2015 Reunion, unfortunately that wont happen,
but we will make sure he is remembered as though he was there. The
funeral information is:
1:30pm Tuesday 23 December 2014
Latrobe Valley Funeral Services
Commander,12 Platoon D Company 1969 - 70
Bob penned a few words in dedication to one of his 'Digs'
Robert Wilfred "Bob."
5 February 1945 – 24 October 2014.
Robert 'Bob' Turner passed away at his home in South Maclean,
QLD, on Saturday 24th October, after a long illness.
Bob served with B Company, 4 Platoon, as a forward scout, from 10
May 1966 until he was RTA'ed to Australia on 28 February 1967. He
was Wounded-in-Action on 21 February 1967 during the Long Hai Hills
It was Bob's wishes that there was a private cremation for him. It
is possible that the family may have a memorial day at their
property at a later time.
His family will be holding a
memorial day at 63-71 Chadwick Dve, South Maclean, QLD, 4280, on the
morning of 8 November.
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214129 ROBERTSON, Bruce Anthony.
3 June 1943 – 29 September 2014.
Finlayson has notified us that Bruce 'Robbo' Robertson passed
away on the evening of Monday 29 September at Pindara Hospital,
Queensland. Robbo was being treated for cancer and other ongoing
problems and very recently suffered a major stroke.
Robbo served with 10 Platoon, D Company on the Battalion's 1966-67
tour of South Vietnam. He returned to South Vietnam with 1 ALSG (1st
Australian Logistic Support Group) and the Australian Force Vietnam
Amenities and Welfare Group in 1969-70
The Funeral Details follows:
Tuesday 7 October at 11:30 hrs (NSW Daylight Savings Time), to be
held at Tweed Heads Crematorium, 176 Kirkham Rd, Tweed Heads South,
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4717639 PTE. WARREN,
26 May 1945 - 7 September 2014.
have received an email from Lynette Warren informing that Kenneth
Raymond Warren passed away on Sunday 7 September, in St Andrews
Hospital Adelaide. He had suffered from cancer for many years and in
the end the liver and bone cancer became too aggressive for him to
Ken served with C Company, 7 Platoon, 1 Section for the full first
tour of South Vietnam as a rifleman and was a well respected and
liked member of our unit.
I will send funeral details as they come to hand.
Ken's service will be at Moonta Mines Uniting Church on Monday
September 15th at 2 PM followed by a committal at at the Moonta
cemetery. We will have afternoon tea at our home at 1 Caroline
street Moonta afterwards. Everyone is most welcome. As you drive
into Moonta from Kadina direction the first road left leads to
Moonta Mines Church about 2 kilometres out from town.
Stand Easy Ken.
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DOD - 29 August 2014.
A bit more information about Shayne Williams.
into ARA - 28 Apr 2009 Transfer to ARES - 08 Jun 2013
Deployments: OP RESOLUTE, 08 Nov 2010 - 01 Mar 2011
Postings: ARTC, SOI, 5 RAR (C & D Coy), 5/6 RVR (CPL)
Honours and Awards: ADM
Shayne Williams was a member of 5RAR, deployed on op
resolute and after battling depression for the last twelve years,
took his life last Friday the 29th of August.
(Association member to 28 February 2014)
Some lads from the battalion have started a fund for his funeral
and any money left over will go into a trust fund for his 7 year old
daughter, Jordan. Our heart goes out to his family and friends.
We will remember him!
Funeral service 13:00 Tuesday 9 Sept at Sherwood Receptions, 1040
Somerton Rd, Greenvale, 3059.
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SHAMBROOK, Ronald Thomas.
16 February 1933 - 30 May 2014.
With sadness, I advise that Ron Shambrook passed
away peacefully at 10.45 AM today 30 May 2014 in
Brisbane after a long and brave fight against his
illnesses. Ron had accepted his fate with courage and
never lost his renowned sense of humour or his faith in
the path ahead.
Ron was an exceptionally devoted Tiger
being an original 5 RAR member on formation on 1 March
1965 and was a former association committee member. He
served with 5 RAR during the first tour of Vietnam,
initially in the rank of Captain as Quartermaster and
then 2IC B Company. In February 1967, Ron was promoted
to Major and commanded C Company for the last two months
in Vietnam. We pass our sincere condolences to his wife
Elizabeth and family.
Details of Ron Shambrook's funeral service to be held in
Brisbane will be advised when known.
From: Brigadier Ron Boxall
At 301045K May 2014 the subject officer
entered the perimeter of Celestial Company, 5RAR to
reinforce the doughty band who preceded him into that
garrison ― those Tigers who, having no need for
camouflage, have “handed in their stripes” and are now
the Battalion’s “White Tigers”.
It was a hard-won transfer. For over ten
years he grappled with a cruelly insidious foe; at all
times remaining stoic and of great good humour, a
combination that could only be categorised as undaunted,
Ron’s daughter Kim Knox told me a short time ago that he
passed peacefully and, in the time honoured way, just
With apologies to Adam Lindsay Gordon, let us observe:
We tarry yet, we are
He is gone yet he fares the best,
He fought fearful odds, he struggled uphill,
He has fairly earned his season of rest;
No tears are needed – pour out the wine,
Let the goblets clash, and the grape juice flow,
Ho! Pledge we a death-drink, comrades fine,
To a brave man gone where we all must go.
The funeral for LTCOL Ron
Shambrook will be conducted at 1100 hrs on Tuesday 10
June at St Michaels Catholic Church, 250 Bank St
Dorrington, which is just near Enoggera.
WILLIAMS, Edward Raymond.
30 September 1939 - 16 March 2014.
‘Ed’ Williams passed away in the Carinya Nursing
Home centre on Sunday 16 March after a long battle with
Ed served with 1 RAR and joined 5 RAR on it’s establishment. He deployed
to Vietnam as a Sergeant with B Company and then to A
Company as CSM (Temp WO2) before returning to Australia
in December 1966.
He went on to serve with Special Air Service and continued his military
career, retiring with the rank of Major.
Ed had been deeply involved as a Committee member with the Rye (VIC) RSL.
A Funeral Mass was offered for Ed at Our Lady of Fatima
Catholic Church, Friday 21 March in Rosebud, VIC.
SHARP, Peter Colin
9 June 1945 - 30 November 2013.
Peter 'Lurch' Sharp
passed away after an ongoing illness.
Peter served with D Company 11Platoon in Vietnam during
the Battalion’s first tour from May 1966 to May 1967.
Peter was conscripted into the Army in the first intake
of National Service on the 1st July 1965 and did his
recruit training at Puckapunyal before being posted to
Infantry Centre Ingleburn NSW, in late 1965. In early
1966 Peter was transferred to 5RAR at Holsworthy
Barracks, Sydney, in preparation of the Battalion going
into active service in Vietnam. Peter trained in Vietnam
as a Vietnamese interpreter.
On his return to Australia, Peter resumed his job in
advertising in Adelaide. Later he moved into Real Estate
where he became salesman of the year and at the peak of
his Real Estate career was Managing Director for an
Adelaide Real Estate firm.
In the late 1990’s Peter and his family moved to
Queensland, where he retired.
Peter’s Funeral Service was held at Southern Memorial
Park Chapel, Carbrook, Qld, and he is survived by his
wife Lee, daughter Kristin and 7 grandchildren.
On behalf of 5RAR D Company 11 Platoon.
TRANTER, Neill Arthur "Dogs."
22 February 1947 – 21 August 2013.
passed away in Townsville Hospital on Wednesday 21
August after suffering a prolonged lung infection which
then developed into pneumonia.
He served with 5 RAR’s Assault Pioneers in South Vietnam
from 3 February until 3 December 1969.
Neill went on to become a Foundation member of 5/7 RAR
1973, and deployed to Rifle Company Butterworth with C
Company in 1974.
Neill’s memorial service will be held at Morleys
Funerals, The Lakes, Townsville on Tuesday 27th August.
312608 WAKE, Peter John.
23 December 1948 - 9 February 2013.
Wake was killed when he was involved in a single
vehicle motor accident on Saturday 9 February
Peter originally went to South Vietnam as a
reinforcement, joining 1RAR in December 1968. He joined
5RAR in February 1969 when the Battalion relieved 1 RAR
and served in B Company HQ until 28 May 1969. He was
then transferred to 1 ALSG at Vung Tau, possibly joining
details are known.
17 January 1947 - 20 December 2012.
From Sigmund Jablonski:
is with deep regret that I have to inform you that
Joe Stawyskyj passed away early this morning at
His last days were unpleasant and distressing to say the
least….Joe now rests in peace.
I'll pass on funeral arrangements as soon as I receive
Funeral arrangements for Joe:
Date : Monday, 24th December 2012
Church service : 1.30 pm at St Andrews Ukrainian
Catholic Church Lidcombe.
Church St Lidcombe, approximately 150 meters from
To read John 'Doc' Lloyd's Eulogy:
The incident of the wounding
of Joe can be read here:
»The Day the Sun Went Out
SMALL, Norman McLeod.
16 February 1942 - 4 December 2012.
have just received notification that Norman McLeod
Small, 212897, passed away early this morning after
a long battle with cancer. Norm served with 5 RAR in
Vietnam 1966-67 in Admin Coy, Transport Platoon as a
The funeral is to be held on Monday 10 December at 10:00
hrs at Reflections Room, Allambie Gardens,
Nerang-Broadbeach Road, Nerang. No Flowers by request,
donations to the Queensland Cancer Council in lei.
Norm enlisted in 1957 or 1958 and served in Malaya
1961-63, I believe with 2 RAR, he then was posted to 1
RAR and then to 5 RAR when the Battalion was formed in
1965. He continued to serve with 5 RAR until he took
discharge in 1968.
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SMITH, George Alexander.
16 October 1937 - 30 November 2012.
McNulty, our WA representitive, has advised that WO2
George Alexander Smith MM has passed away.
He was CSM D Company 2nd tour and also served with 1RAR
1st tour. No further details are available at this
From Bob Fenwick:
"So a sad goodbye to a very decent man, and from my
perspective as a young Platoon Commander the job Smudger
did as our D Company CSM with his outstanding skills and
experience was exceptional, and made my role as a brash
2Lt (NS) immeasurably easier."
Farewell to a truly exceptional soldier,
23 February 1946 - 16 November 2012.
Corporal Brian Wilson passed away on the 16th
November 2012 at Garrawarra Centre, Waterfall.
bravely fought bowel and bladder cancer for nine years
and was a TPI veteran. His oncologist called him a
"tough old bugger". I guess he had to be, but he was a
wonderful, kind, humble and generous man, and his family
will always be very proud him.
Brian enlisted on the 28th September 1966 and was
discharged on the 20th October 1969. Brian served in
Vietnam 8th February to 20th June 1969 before being sent
His funeral service was held on the 20th November 2010
at Parsons Bulli Chapel.
Rest in Peace "Wilson".
2 January 1921 - 29 October 2012.
am the grandson of Colonel Graham O. Thompson.
Unfortunately I have the news of his passing on Monday
morning at the age of 91 and I thought it was fitting to
let you know, as he was very proud to be a part of your
association and to serve under the 5RAR.
If you could please inform anyone that knew him, it
would be very much appreciated. Also, if there is anyone
from Sydney that would care to attend his funeral, the
address is as follows:
Friends of Graham are warmly invited to attend his
funeral in the South Chapel of the Northern Suburbs
Crematorium, 199 Delhi Rd, North Ryde on Monday 5
November 2012, commencing at 11am.
Note: Colonel Thompson was the fourth Commanding Officer
of 5RAR. To read his biography
TOWNER, Garry Laurence.
2 June 1945 - 12 October 2012.
have just been informed by Bob Cavill that Garry
Laurence Towner passed away due to cancer, on Friday
12 October. Garry served with Assault Pioneers on the
Battalion's 1966-67 Tour of SVN.
I will forward more details as they come to hand.
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SMITH, Garrie Ian.
1 June 1946 - 10 July 2012.
I’ve just lost my best mate.
Garrie Ian Smith died at about 4.00 pm yesterday
afternoon. He was diagnosed with Lung Cancer less than 3
weeks ago and succumbed to that terrible disease so
quickly. The cancer was so far advanced that they
couldn’t do anything for him and he just gave up.
Garrie served in South Vietnam as a LCPL section
commander with 11 Platoon, D Company, from 3 Feb to 20
August 1969. He is survived by his wife Maria and two
sons, the other three loves in life were golf, cards and
Garrie’s funeral will be held at 12 noon on Tuesday 16
July at Pinegrove Cemetery in Sydney. Hope to see lots
of you there. The address is Kingston Street (just off
the Great Western Highway), Minchinbury. So sad so soon
after Jim Ward’s goodbye. My contact no’s are (02) 9482
4524 and 0414 600 518 if anyone needs to contact me.
Peace Gaz – Duty Done
WARD, James "Jimmy."
22 October 1945 - 17 June 2012.
Jimmy Ward passed away on Sunday June 17 in
Sydney. He passed quietly in a hospice with his with
wife, niece and friends with him. Jimmy had endured a
protracted battle with cancer. He was in 11 Platoon on
2nd tour and had been wounded during his period of
service. Our condolences go to his wife, his father and
many friends ... particularly those from his film and
Funeral details are:
3.15 pm Friday June 22
Northern Chapel Northern Suburbs Memorial Gardens and
199 Delhi Road North Ryde NSW 02 98872033
A wake is planned following the service, details are not
SWAN, Euston Shane.
19 August 1947 - 13 June 2012.
It is much sadness that I must advise you that Euston
Swan 'Swanny' passed away last night, 13th June
2012, just short of his 65th birthday.
Swanny had not been well in recent times, but his
passing has been a great shock to us all. Swanny was
born in Tamworth on 19th August 1947, and spent his
early years in that area. At the time of being called up
for National Service, he was working as a tyre fitter in
Werris Creek NSW, and still working on the family farm.
After National Service, he returned to the
north-west/New England area of NSW and once again took
up farming. The drought in the 1980’s forced the family
to make some hard decisions, and Swanny moved to the
Central Coast area of NSW, and bought a milk run. He ran
his business for some 25 years, and after retirement,
still continued to assist in the business.
We will always remember Swanny as a 9 Platoon machine
gunner – a stocky, fit soldier, who took great pride in
everything he did – his gun was by far the cleanest and
best maintained weapon anywhere! Swanny was a good
soldier, about the only one of us who never got into
trouble – he did whatever he was told without question,
took his National Service commitment seriously, served
5RAR and his country for the entire 2nd tour of Vietnam,
and was a totally reliable and trustworthy soldier. A
good, solid, Aussie digger.
We convey to Sharon and the family our most sincere
sympathy. Their loss is enormous, as is ours.
Rest in Peace Swanny, you have attended your last
WILLETT, Brian Richard.
1 December 1945 – 12 August 2011.
have been advised that Lance Corporal Brian Willett
passed away earlier this year, in Greenslopes Hospital
Queensland after a long illness.
Brian served with C Company and then as company clerk
with D Company during the Battalion's tour of South
Vietnam in 1969-70.
Another Tiger Stands Down
24 July 1947 - 24 November 2011.
Williams served with 5RAR on both tours of Vietnam.
He joined 4 Section, 8 Platoon, C Company on 9 January
1967 after having served with 1ARU and HQ 1ATF. He
served the full second tour of 5RAR with A Company and
was promoted to Corporal. There is a photograph of Frank
on display in the Vietnam section of the AWM with his
1st tour Section Commander Russ Quinn and his Section
2IC Tom Davern.
Frank lived in Wee Waa NSW and would phone me for an
occasional chat. A good man and a dedicated soldier. The
funeral will be held in Wee Waa on the 2nd December 2011
In memory of a comrade.
From Neville Thompson who
served with Frank:
"On returning home after the second tour, Frank was
posted to Canungra as an instructor until his discharge
in September 1971. Moving to Wee Waa, NSW he became
heavily involved in the local community and was RSL
State Councillor for two terms. He was presented with
the prestigious ANZAC OF THE YEAR AWARD in September
2009. He was twice Chairman of Narrabri Legacy Group,
President of Wee Waa Bowling club, and Town Bushfire
Brigade Captain. His funeral on 2nd December was well
attended and The RSL did a moving tribute to his
Due to flooding only four ex 5RAR blokes could make it
to his funeral, Peter Wells, Ken Answer, John McKenzie
WELCH, Alan John.
11 October 1938 - 14 September 2011.
From: Les Arnould
be advised of the death of 2411550 Sergeant
Alan Welch Mortar Platoon 5RAR 1st tour at
his home in Pottsville NSW 0600 hrs 14 September 2011.
Alan is to be cremated at Melaleuca Station Memorial
9394 Tweed Valley Way
11:30 Tuesday 20 Sep 2011
Rest in Peace.
217849 TOBIN, Ross Martin
4 September 1948 - 5 September 2011.
great mate “Tobe” passed away today in hospital
on the Gold Coast. It is with the greatest sadness that
we get this news, he has courageously fought cancer over
the last year, and today at 1500hrs, he lost his fight
with his wife Liz at his side. Ross was the 12 platoon
sig on the 2nd tour, he was the best of blokes, cheery
and spontaneous with infectious youthful exuberance,
typically able to find the fun side of things. He was
wounded twice, the 2nd time in the Dat Do mine incident
on June 15 1969, unfortunately his wounds required
evacuation to Australia, a sad loss to 12 platoon at
that time and a deeper and sadder loss to his family and
Heartfelt sympathy is extended to Liz and his 3 children
by his close 12 platoon mates, D Coy and the Tiger
battalion as a whole.
Friday 9 September 1100hrs Sommerville Funerals
Nerang Broadbeach Rd Nerang Qld
About 1km from the M1 on right hand side just past the
Allambe Gardens Crematorium (which is at 129 Nerang
We assume medals to be worn.
12 Platoon Commander
Robert Fenwick has penned a
fitting tribute to his 'Sig Tobe' It can be read by
2789641 WILLIAMS, Barry Raymond
28 July 1947 - 3 May 2011.
Raymond Williams (Nicknamed 'Bungy') was born in
Junee NSW, and was conscripted into the Army as part
of the National Service program. Barry was posted to
5RAR in 1968, and was allotted to C Company. He
served with the Battalion in Vietnam in 1969/70, and
again with the AATTV in 1971.
Barry was a rogue, but a very likeable one. He could
sniff out trouble, and be up to his ears in it
without even trying. Any schemes or plots that were
being hatched up by the diggers were sure to include
Barry. At the same time, he was an integral part of
7Platoon, and was a good, solid, dependable soldier.
We were proud to have him as a mate.
In recent years, Barry had been subject to serious
illness, but approached it on head-on. As part of
his “Bucket List”, he took his wife to America, and
remarried her in Elvis Presley territory. He was a
devoted family man and loved his motor bike – the
one with the 5RAR number plates.
in Peace Barry, your duty is done.
SHARP, David William.
27 January 1945 – 1 May 2011.
sadly advise you that David William Sharp
passed away at about 4pm Sunday 1 May in Adelaide.
His family were at his side. A funeral will take
place in Adelaide at 10am on Friday 6 May at the
Florey Chapel, Centennial Park, Pasadena South
Australia. Medals may be worn.
David was a member of the very first intake of those
magnificent national servicemen that were called up
in 1965. He was a forward scout who then became the
signaller for Call-sign 32. David will forever be
respected as a very popular and integral member of 8
platoon. I had the privilege of sharing a hootchie
with David for virtually all our operations. He will
Rest in Peace Sharpy.
38922 SINCLAIR, Arthur Phillip.
5 March 1947 - 24 March 2011.
have been informed that Arthur (Ziggy) Sinclair
passed away in Mackay on Thursday 24 March, after a
long battle with bowel cancer. Arthur served as a
Corporal with 5RAR, in the Mortar Platoon, on the
Battalion’s tour in 1969-70.
In all, Arthur served with 4 Battalions of the
Regiment in Vietnam, 6RAR from March to May 1967,
2RAR from May to December 1967, 5RAR from February
1969 to March 1970 and 4RAR from May 1971 to
Arthur’s funeral was held for family members at
Mackay Funeral Chapel at 0200 hours Monday 28 March.
Your work is done.
16978 WOLLSTEIN, Stephen Douglas.
28 October 1941 - 10 December 2010.
Stephen (Steve) Wollstein, passed away on
Friday 10 December 2010, when he finally lost a long
and fierce battle with cancer. Steve, a carpenter,
served with Pioneer Platoon in South Vietnam from
May until November 1966. No further details known.
216962 SCHAEFFER, Roger John.
12 November 1946 - 28
Roger Schaeffer served with the Battalion from March
until May 1967 and was then posted to 7RAR.
was published in the March issue of The Veterans,
Peacekeepers and Peacemakers Journal)
2788133 SHIELS, Maurice David.
6 December 1946 - 25 September 2010.
Pearson phoned me last night with the sad news that Maurie Shiels
had passed away in Taree, NSW. Maurie had been battling severe illness
for some time.
Maurie was a stalwart of 7 Platoon, and served
from February 1969 to September 1969, and apart from being a good
soldier, was a very decent bloke.
Geoff Pearson has advised that
he has spoken with Jennifer Shiels, and Maurie's funeral will be held on
Wednesday 29th September 2010, at the Taree Memorial Gardens, Pampoolah
Road, Taree, at 2.00pm.
Directions: From the Pacific Highway,
take the exit to Old Bar. This is a major intersection, as the Pacific
Highway now skirts around Taree. Pampoolah Road runs north-south off Old
in Peace Maurie, you've completed your final patrol.
To read at tribute to Maurie collated by members of Maurie's platoon
5715967 STONE, Peter John.
19 October 1947 - 1 September 2010.
is with much regret that I inform you of the passing of Peter Stone
on 1st September 2010. Peter was a valued member of D Company 5RAR
and passed away after a valiant fight with cancer.
Funeral Cortege for Peter John Stone will assemble at the Main
Entrance of the Fremantle Cemetery, Thursday afternoon, 9th
September 2010, at 1.00pm for a Cremation Service in the West
No flowers by request, donations to the Cancer
Foundation would be appreciated.
Regards Alan McNulty DCM
2412547 Pte REEVES, Raymond Walter.
26 February 1949 - 14 June
transferred to 5 RAR in Vietnam 6 February 1969 to 6 August 1969
Raymond Reeves passed away 10pm 14th June 2010 at Armidale
Funeral Service 2pm 18th June 2010 St Stephen's Anglican Church,
Armidale NSW 2350
No further details at hand.
218012 SMITH, Reginald William.
26 December 1949 - 29 April
is with great regret that I have to advise you of the
passing of 218012 Pte Reginald William Smith of 9
Platoon (2nd tour).
Reg died in the early hours of
Thursday 29th April 2010 at Dubbo Hospital. Reg was 60 years
We will all remember Reg as the typical Aussie
soldier – hopeless in the barracks, but a magnificent field
soldier. He always told me that he was the best forward
scout in the Regiment, and I have no reason to doubt this,
as it has never been disputed. After Vietnam Reg wasposted
to 1RAR and went to serve in Malaysia. He subsequently left
the Army and returned to his home town of Bingara, NSW.
After a listless life, Reg lived in various places including
Yetman NSW, and more recently at Lightning Ridge.
As you would all be aware, the funeral for the
late 218012 LCPL Reg Smith was held in Bingara NSW on Monday
10th May 2010.
The service was a very fitting tribute
for Reg, with his brother Terry and sister-in-law Yvette
delivering very touching and fitting tributes. Reg was not
painted as a super person - he was described as the Reg we
all knew, respected and trusted.
tributes were also offered by Bryan (Blue) Schafer on behalf
of Roger Lambert, and Ben Oram speaking from the heart about
his closest mate.
I was honoured to read a tribute
from David Wilkins, who commanded our group (including Reg)
during the last portion of our Vietnam tour. This tribute
was so well received that all those attending the service
have requested a copy. Many thanks Dave, your words were
Those able to get to Bingara to see
Reg off on his final patrol included Blue Schafer, Max
Postle, Terry Fitzgerald, Eddie Moon, Ross and Liz Bourke,
Eric and Pam Hamlin, Steve and Margaret Porter, Mat Mateer,
Euston Swan, Phil Greenhalgh, Colin Summerfield, Owen and
Lisa Schmidt, Ben and Pat Oram, Phil and Julie Winney, Jock
Phillips, Dave Willis BEM (representing 7RAR) and yours
truly. Bingara also turned out to farewell Reg, who was
highly regarded in the town.
A condolence message was
also received from Taffy Cheeseman.
Rest in Peace Reg,
your duty is done, and we were honoured to have you as a
friend and fellow soldier.
Lest we Forget.
PS: Please take the time to read Dave's
article - this highlights the service of Reg and fellow
Aussies. A copy of Dave's address is
2788419 SKELLY, Michael Bernard.
29 May 1947 - 2 April
Mick's Final Dustoff
have just been informed by his mate, Bill O'Mara that
Michael Skelly A Company 2nd Tour passed away this
morning at 10am 2 April 2010 in Goulburn Hospital.
Further details will be published when made available.
Michael is featured on page 249 in the latest edition of
The Year of the Tigers.
From Bill O'Mara:
Mick was in a bad way in the
Intensive care Unit ( ICU ) at the Canberra Hospital for
almost a fortnight. His Mum told me that he asked to be
checked out and returned to Goulburn Hospital to die. To
accommodate Mick’s wish to be nearer to his Mum, three
brothers and five sisters, DVA arranged for a Chopper
flight all the way to Goulburn. Not a ‘Huey”, but I
don’t think that Mick would have minded too much.
His Mum, Joan, told me that he was coming good on the
Monday night and when I spoke with his Nurse on the
Tuesday she confirmed, that in true Tiger Spirit, Mick
had rallied and was off life support and had been
transferred to a ward. She passed on my message to Mick,
that he was able to acknowledge.
When I called
back in the hope of more good news at 1:30pm on Friday
2nd April, I asked the Nurse about Mick, there was a
brief silence, then she gave me the gut wrenching news
that Mick had passed away about 10:00 am that morning.
It is a comfort to know, that all his family were with
him to the end.
I knew Mick for 43 years and even
on that sad day I couldn’t think about him for too long
without smiling or crying. That day, and the next, I did
both, as did some of his old Platoon Mates from A
Company. We attended Mick’s spine tingling funeral
service at the local Cathedral. His service started
with, Simon O’Donnell’s “One day at a time” and finished
with "Ill Silenzio" by Nino Rossi. Mick was a born &
bred Goulburn boy and the church was packed. It was good
to see that Peter Wells, Brian Lewis, Norman Chiew and
Brian Almond from Mick’s old Platoon made it to say
their farewells. I also thank them for the photos of
My mind takes Mick and I back to our time
in 1968 at Canungra where we played “Enemy” for about
six weeks. Over the Easter break we headed back to
Goulburn/Canberra for the four days leave. It was a hell
of a hike, something like 13 hours in the old EK Holden.
Mick, as usual kept us entertained with his antics and
some of the things he said that have me smiling even
today. We also had many trips to and from Holdsworthy
when we had a weekends leave.
I also remember the
day on an exercise up North somewhere, that Mick mowed
down a good sized gum tree from maybe 50-60 yards with
his M60 from the hip. Anyway, back to our Easter trip
down south. Getting back to Canungra was a bit of a
problem and we weren’t going to make it on time. So we
arranged for a tow truck operator at Taree to give us a
dodgey receipt that we had been broken down and had to
be towed to his workshop.
The Brass wouldn’t buy our story and even told us that
the same tow truck driver had tried to help other
diggers several times before us. We were charged with
being AWOL. The very next morning we were targeted on
parade and both our weapons inspected. They couldn’t get
the gas plugs out of our SLR’s as we’d put them in the
armory, wet and un-oiled in our rush to go on leave a
few days before. Needless to say that was charge number
two. Early that evening we then got sprung for "drinking
in the lines". We expected them to lock us up and throw
away the key.
First thing next morning we faced
the music on the three charges. I’ve long forgotten what
we copped, except having to do everything at the double,
and changing uniforms constantly. The punishment must
have been reasonably lenient, as Mick and I were both at
the Beenleigh Pub for my 21st birthday the day before
Anzac day and Mick had his 21st on May 29th.
lived with his Mum to his final days and never married.
Instead, he was a favourite Uncle to a tribe of Nieces &
Nephews. Of the four Skelly boys, Mick, Clyde and Steve
all served with 5RAR at some point in time.
that a record? Both Mick & Clyde served in Vietnam on
the 2nd Tour while Bernard, the youngest, joined
Artillery. Four boys in the Army and Mick’s five sisters
were all Nurses. The Skelly Gang sure did their bit for
Mick is survived by his Mum Joan, and
brothers Clyde, Steve & Bernard and sisters Kaye, Joy,
Cheryl, Sandra and Jo-Anne.
You’ve done more than your bit Mick, and thanks for
being a True Blue Mate and for the great memories.
215060 WEEKES, Graham Mervyn.
14 January 1946 -
Weekes Had being dealing with tumors on
his liver for the past two years. Last week he
requested a move into palliative care. He went to
sleep and never woke up. Graham was laid to rest on
the 28-January 2010. Graham served as a driver with
5RAR during the Battalion's first tour.
215648 SHERINGHAM, Ronald James.
1945 - 16 September 2009
Ron Sheringham passed away early this
morning after a long and gallant battle with
Pancreatic Cancer. Ron served with 2 RAR, 8/9RAR
and with 5 RAR in South Vietnam. I will pass on
funeral details when received.
Details of Ron Sheringham's funeral is as
Wednesday, 23rd September, 1300 hrs
at Lake View Chapel
Albany Creek Crematorium
Albany Creek Road.
Ron was a stickler
for protocol, so as a mark of respect I ask his
ex-service mates attending, to wear a Coat and
Tie with Medals.
2788160 Pte STEPHENS,
4 April 1947 - 18 August 2009.
have some very bad news. Geoff Pearson
contacted me this morning to advise that 'Rouster'
passed away at 0400. He mentioned how ironic
it is that he passed away on Vietnam
Rouster had been very
ill for quite some months, necessitating his
hospitalisation in Newcastle. Ngaire moved
to Newcastle to be with him, and remained
steadfastly by his side.
are still to be confirmed, but it is most
likely that a funeral service will be held
in Newcastle, with a memorial service to be
held in his home town of Warren in the near
future. It will be remembered that Rouster
and Ngaire hosted a very successful 8
Platoon Reunion in that town some years ago.
Rouster trained with 8 Platoon C Company
during 1968, and travelled to Vietnam on the
HMAS Sydney as a member of that platoon. He
left Vietnam on 20th August 1969, at the
expiration of his period of National
Service. He returned to Warren, recommenced
his work as a shearer, and later became a
shearing contractor. This bloke was a true
Australian bushie, and was made of the stuff
that our country is all about.
extend our sincere condolences to Ngaire,
Rouster’s family, his friends, and
particularly his 8 platoon mates.
Funeral Arrangements are as follows:
Friday 21/8/09 at 12.00: A Funeral Service
is to be held at Pittgrew Family Funerals–
984 Hunter Street, Newcastle West (Phone 02
49698878) for the immediate family- friends
from the Newcastle area - everyone that
would like to attend.
be a private affair only. A MEMORIAL SERVICE
will be held at Warren on Thursday 27/8/09
at 11am at the local Catholic Church for
locals of the area & whoever wishes to
he Rest in Peace.
36501 WATERS, Graham Edgar.
1940 - 28 June 2009.
We have been advised of the passing of
Graham Edgar Waters, on the 28th of June
2009. Graham served with with 5RAR on
both tours in the Republic of South
Vietnam, serving as a Corporal in Admin
Company on the second tour and also with
17 Bn RNSWR
His duty done.
October 1938 - 17 December 2007.
It is with sadness that we report
the death of former 5RAR member
John Sheehan. John joined the
battalion after it had returned from
its second tour of duty in Vietnam.
He also served with the Australian
Army Training Team Vietnam and SAS
Regiment. John died on 17 December
2007 and is survived by his son Kim
and daughter Alethea.
He will be missed.
The Life and Death of 310123 RSM
1926 - 17 March 2007
Colin Khan CO 5RAR 1968-70
John Vagg, also
affectionately known by many as
"John the Copper" or "Sandshoes"
(a name originally given him by
former RSM's George Chinn and
Arthur Stanley when we served
together as instructors at
Duntroon in the 1950's), died in
March 2007 in a nursing home on
the NSW South Coast.
While he died in the country
where he lived for 57 years and
served as an infantryman for 24
years from 1950-74, I was
personally sorry not to see him
fulfil a long time wish that he
had expressed to me, of
eventually retiring back in
London, from where he came, as a
Chelsea Pensioner in a red tunic
- he certainly would have looked
the part in that famous corps of
old, bemedalled, uniformed
John (or more correctly "Cyril
Roy") was born in WANDSWORTH
LONDON on 26 January 1926 and by
the age of 24 had seen active
service in the:
Royal Navy, 1943-44
British Army, 1944-47
postings to India, Burma and
Japan. For this service he
received the 1939/45 Star, the
Burma Star, the Defence Medal
and the War Medal.
In 1947 he joined the London
Metropolitan Police as a
constable until 1950. In October
1950 he joined the Australian
Regular Army and during the next
20 years saw service in the
Royal Australian Regiment in the
1 RAR and 3RAR in Korea, 1950/51
. 4RAR 1952/54
2RAR 1961/63 in Malaya and
. 6RAR and
1 Reinforcement Unit, in 1966/67
in Vietnam . 5RAR as RSM,
1968/70, in Vietnam.
His outstanding ability as an
instructor was recognized in his
lengthy posting to RMC Duntroon
from April 1955 to May 1961,
during which time he instructed
officer cadets in minor tactics,
weapons and drill, a number of
whom were to serve in 5RAR in
Vietnam on both tours of duty.
On return from Vietnam in 1970
he was posted to Army
Headquarters in Canberra where
he served in a number of staff
postings which included his
promotion to Lieutenant and
duties as an acting Captain. He
retired as a Lieutenant in April
1974 after 24 years of loyal,
professional and dedicated
service to the Army in general
and the Regiment in particular.
During this period, I had the
singular privilege to serve with
him in several postings, none
more significant than our time
together in 5RAR.
On retirement in Canberra, John
briefly returned to his policing
roots by joining the ACT
Corrective Services. He and his
wife Grace lived in the suburb
of Curtin until her death
several years ago. John will be
missed by all who knew him, for
his contribution to the
Australian Army, the Regiment
27 June 1942
- 26 September 2006
Ryan has informed the
Association of the passing
of Chuck Stamp,
26th September, 2006.
Chuck had been admitted to
Greenslopes Hospital for
Due to medical
reasons, the funeral will
likely be on Thursday
12 October 2006 at the
Lutheran Church Beinleigh.
Details to be confirmed when
the family have firmed them
both the Minister and the
funeral people. Details of
Chuck Stamps funeral are:
a. Date/Time: Thursday 12
October at 2.00 pm.
Place: Bethesda Lutheran
Church 81 City Rd Beenleigh.
March 1945 - 17 June
advised this morning (17
June 2006) that Bruce
Watt, 11 Platoon D
Company, 1st Tour passed
away either last night
or early this morning.
He was a first intake
National Serviceman. He
was also a voluntary
worker at the Victorian
TPI Association. Bruce
attended RAR and 5 RAR
visits from time to time
to us in Sunbury.
Life long mateships were
formed during his time
in Vietnam as part of
5RAR (first tour) and
the family was honoured
to have him escorted
from his funeral service
by members of D Company
Trinity Anglican Church,
Williamstown at 2:00 PM
FRIDAY 23rd June.
An RSL Service will be
Veterans have been
requested to wear
Medals. Followed by a
burial at 4:00 PM at the
Rothwell Cemetery, Old
Melbourne Road, LITTLE
In lieu of
flowers, donations can
be made to the Juvenile
Diabetes Research Fund.
NELSON BROS FUNERAL
SERVICE, WILLIAMSTOWN 03
SCHULTZ, Alan Richard.
1945 - 13 May 2006.
passed away on
Saturday 13 May
2006. He served with
C Coy 5RAR in
Vietnam in 1966-67.
A private graveside
service was held at
Wednesday 17 May
next-of-kin is his
Freedman, 29 Railway
Ave. Welshwood, Vic
joined 8 Platoon C
Companyy as a
1966 and after a
period with a rifle
section, he became
my batman. Alan was
a quiet but tough
bloke, he had a
and as a carpenter
by trade, he put his
skills to use within
C Company. I
appreciated the way
Alan looked after me
when we were on
operations. When we
were back in base at
Nui Dat, Alan shared
a tent with Stretch
Bryan and Dave
Sharp, just next to
May Alan rest in
RICE, Kenneth Lal.
23 August 1935 -
29 November 2005.
of Tugun, passed
away on Tuesday
2005, aged 70
father of Wendy,
Tracy and Kim.
and mate to
pop to Cameron
and Courtney and
loved son of
Ernie and Joyce
A fighter to the
and staff of
and friends are
to be held at
the Tweed Heads
Heads South on
December 2005 at
time, (12pm NSW
1933 - 2005
235192Major SUTTON, Richard (Reg) Farquher.
14 November 1948 - 26 June 2004.
OC A Company 5RAR 1969-70
It is with great sadness we advise Lt. Col Reg Sutton died at 0300 hrs on Saturday 26th June 2004. For over ten years Reg had been ill with Huntington's Disease and spent the last six years in a nursing home in Canberra. His funeral was held at RMC Duntroon Chapel and well over 200 attended the funeral. Apart from his family, these included the Governor General (a relative of his wife Robyn) and Mrs. Jeffery.
To read a tribute to Reg Sutton »Click Here
216363 WILLIAMS, Father John Francis.
29 July 1929 - 24 September 2004.
Roman Catholic Chaplin, 5RAR 1st Tour. John was the archetypical soldiers' padre, four-square with the Diggers, quietly sharing their hardships and dangers. He was totally unpretentious, effortlessly approachable and always welcomed wherever he went. Because his ministry was low-key, conversations with him could easily turn to matters religious.
His first battalion chapel, in a tent, had an alter fashioned from ammunition boxes. The communion rail was of bamboo harvested on the spot. Once he baptised a soldier using a latex collecting bowl borrowed from a rubber tree. He handed out "field rosaries", a ring surmounted by a cross and ten small bumps corresponding to the beads of an ordinary rosary.
John got around the Task Force area on a motor bike.On one occasion, he took off alone to Binh Gia, well beyond any security. This caused a great stir up the chain of command. He fostered close relations with the Vietnamese priests in as many villages as possible and, on one occasion, officiated with them in services combining our Diggers with the local congregation.
It was in his early teens that John decided to enter the priesthood and he was ordained in July 1953. Apart from Vietnam, John served all around Australia and in Singapore where he found himself the most senior Australian chaplain and officiated at a service attended by the Queen.
After leaving the army, John worked as parish priest at Bondi Junction, Darceyville and Bass Hill. His last years were marred by a heroic fight against cancer. He never lost his faith, courage, or sense of humour.
RMO 1st tour
2790040 ROSS, William John.
15 July 1947 - 31 May 2004.
My close mate Bill Ross, lost his life to cancer on 31/5/04.
His life was celebrated by many of his friends at Forest Lawn Crematorium on 4 June 2004, and afterwards at the Bass Hill RSL, and his favourite "drinking hole," the Twin Willows Tavern, where most of his 5RAR mates said their last farewells. An extremely emotional day indeed.
Bill arrived at 5RAR in 1968 & was "fortunate" enough to share a room with me, having been balloted to 4 Section, where we shared each other's company both socially & professionally during training for deployment to Vietnam. On arrival "In Country", we also shared a tent spending many hours/days/months together.
Back in Australia in 1970, our earlier service cemented a close, personal bond that lasted until the end.
Bill was a laconic - quintessential Australian who was never on time, but never late. His time become known as "Bills Time", which he practiced (unknowingly) until his last days.
He is sadly missed.
6709231 VENN, Anthony.
17 November 1947 - June 2003.
Anthony Venn passed away in June 2003. Tony served with 1ARU April/May 1969 and then with A Company 5RAR from May 1969 until March 1970.
1410796 SHERRINGTON, Graham Maxwell.
4 October 1944 - March 2003.
Graham Sherrington served with 6 Platoon B Company 1st tour. He had written a number of articles about his time with the battalion and contributed articles and photographs for the association's website. Sadly Graham passed away from cancer in March of 2003.
2788144 SMITH, Ian William Balen.
16 January 1947 - June 2002
I am writing to inform the members that Ian Smith passed away some eight months ago (June 2002) with cancer. I only found out recently through my accountant, who was a good friend of Smithy's.
Smithy worked at Hastings Deering in Brisbane as a finance manager for about 20 years, was made redundant and then set himself up as tobacconist-gift shop in a large shopping centre (Caindale) in Brisbane.
It was a very successful business and during the process of setting up another similar business became ill and subsequently discovered he had cancer. It was only a couple of months later that he passed away.
Although he and I weren't particularly good mates, it's always a shock to hear that one of the boys has 'checked out'.
Ian served with 2 platoon A Company 2nd Tour.
Graham 'Steiny' Itzein.
4717565 RIDGEWAY, Michael Warne.
8 May 1945 - 1 July 2001.
Michael Ridgeway passed away on the 1st July 2001 in Adelaide, and was an active member of the Port Lincoln Vietnam Veterans Federation for many years.
His wife, Bridgette, died a few years ago. His children Nick, Kelly and Matt and a grandson cane, survive Michael. Greg Negus spoke highly of him as a soldier.
2781522 WALKER, Allan Robert.
20 February 1945 - 25 June 2001.
Allen Walker passed away on the 25th June 2001. Allen was a national serviceman and served with distinction as a member of Signal Platoon. Tom Case, who was a good mate of Allen wrote:
I lost a mate today,
And he's taken part of me away;
But as I grow older, I'll always remember,
He's there beside my shoulder.
1731066 WALKER, Patrick Ronald "Paddy."
5 March 1945 - 9 February 2001
Paddy Walker joined the army in 1965 and was posted to infantry. He was posted to 6RAR and then joined 5RAR for its second tour. His tour with 5RAR was as a tracker with his dog 'Caesar'. As all trackers had to carry their own rations plus those for their dogs, there were not many Diggers that shared a meal with Paddy, especially when he prepared it. Paddy had a weird sense of humour and nobody was ever sure whether they were eating rations or Lucky Dog!
Paddy spent eleven years in the army then worked for Telstra until his war caused injuries and illnesses forced him to retire. His death on the 9th February 2001 was after a long illness (coma) where he leaves a very loving and close family.
41561 SOUTHWELL, Terrence John.
22 January 1928 - 2001.
It is with the deepest regret that I inform the members of the 5RAR Association of the passing of Terry Southwell. Terry was the second in command of Support Company during the battalion's 2nd Tour.
3487 Colonel WARR, John Arnold. D.S.O.
15 September 1925 - 8 May 1999.
Commanding Officer 5th Battalion 1st Tour 1966-67 Colonel John Warr passed away suddenly on the 8th May 1999. John was born in Melbourne in 1925, educated at Scotch College and later gained a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Melbourne. He enlisted in the A.I.F. in January 1944, graduated from Duntroon in 1947, served with the BCOF (British Commonwealth Occupation Force) in Japan and then as a platoon commander in Korea until he was wounded in action. John married Shirley Ruxton in 1951.
To read the awarding of the DSO to Colonel Warr
2781410 SLATTERY, Peter Anthony.
23 January 1945 - June 1997.
Peter Slattery passed away in June 1997 after a serious illness which was only diagnosed midway through 1996, aged just 52.
Peter was the first intake national serviceman and completed his recruit training at Puckapunyal. he was posted to 5RAR and served in Vietnam 1966-67. Peter had the added responsibility as an infantryman to provide communications for his platoon. He will be missed by us all. Peter is survived by his wife Robyn, and sons Dean and lee.