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14839 JOHNS, Richard James "Dickie."
16 May 1938 - 2 December 2023.

Richard JohnsSGT Richard ‘Dickie’ Johns, formally of Fairy Meadow, died in Coledale Private Hospital, NSW, on Saturday 2 December 2023.

Dickie enlisted in September 1958 and attended 1 RTB and then joined 4 RAR, serving in Singapore-Malaya. He then joined 1 RAR. When 5 RAR was formed he became a founding member.

In 1965 Dickie served in New Guinea and in May 1966 he deployed to Vietnam with Mortar Platoon Support Company. Originally as an MFC with Bravo Company and later as the Mortar Platoon SGT. He retired in 1970 with the rank of WO2.

A private cremation will be held for Richard.

Gary Townsend
5 RARA Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor


17636 ALBRECHT, Theo Andre "Dutchy."
30 June 1941 - 23 November 2023.

Thero AlbrechtCPL Theo ‘Dutchy’ Albrecht passed away in hospital on Thursday 23 November.

Theo enlisted in the ADF in June 1959, completed his initial training and joined 4 RAR later that year, then 3 RAR. In 1962 he joined 1 RAR and was a founding member of 5 RAR. He deployed to Vietnam in April 1966 and served for the Battalions full tour, in BHQ as a Clerk, returning with the Battalion aboard HMAS Sydney on 12 May 1967. Theo went on to many other postings retired in 1980 with the rank Warrant Officer Class Two.

A Memorial Service will be held for Theo on Wednesday 6th December at 11:00 hours at Hemmant Cemetery and Crematorium, 500 Hemmant Tingalpa Road, Hemmant, QLD, 4174.

Gary Townsend
5 RARA Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor

2791975 GLENNON, John Edward.
15 December 1948 - 4 November 2023.

RAR BadgePTE John Glennon, formally of Balmain, NSW, died on Saturday 4 November.

John, a National Serviceman, Completed his Recruit and Corps Training. He deployed to Vietnam and joined 1 ARU on 12 November 1969, he was with them until 2 December. On 3 December he was transferred to 5 Platoon, Bravo Company, 5 RAR and served as a rifleman. When the Battalion returned to Australia, John was transferred to 8 RAR to complete his tour of duty and returned to Australia 12 November 1970.

A Funeral Service for John was held on Friday 17 November.

Gary Townsend
5 RARA Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor

3786751 COLE, John Warren "Gomer."
9 March 1945 - 7 November 2023.

John ColePTE John ‘Gomer’ Cole died at home in Melton South, on Tuesday 7 November.

John was a National Serviceman, 1st intake, he completed his recruit training at 2 RTB. He then was transferred to 9 Platoon, Charlie Company, 5 RAR to receive Corps Training. At the end of this training John joined Mortar Platoon, Support Company. He was deployed to Vietnam on 30 April 1965. He served the Battalion’s full 1st tour of duty with the Mortar Platoon. John returned to Australia with the Battalion aboard HMAS Sydney which docked in Sydney on 12 May 1967.

John’s service will be on Friday next (17th Nov) at 10.30am. Gardenia Funerals, 29, Reserve Road, Melton, Victoria.

Gary Townsend
5 RARA Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor