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

Bryan 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.

Funeral details will be supplied as they come to hand.

Regards,

Gary Townsend
Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor.


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29534 McLEOD, Charles Stuart 'Mouse'.
20 August 1936 - 2017.

SSGT Charles ‘Mouse’ McLeod was listed as having died in ‘Chin Up', the TPI VIC magazine, we do not have an actual date of death or any other details.

Mouse was an excellent CQMS – a hard worker, great organiser, and one who made sure that each re-supply was accurate and accommodated the troops’ needs. He was a very quiet man, and just went about his tasks without any fuss. He worked closely with storemen such as 'Blue' Newberry and Ted Suttor during their tenures in that role. He also worked well with “baitlayer” (cook) Paddy, they ensured that the diggers didn’t go wanting on ops.

He returned to Australia, to take his discharge, on 22 October 1969.

Regards,

Gary Townsend
Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor.


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37763 WESTERMAN, Albert Henry 'Bert'.
3 February 1931 - 7 November 2017.

Albert WestermanSGT Albert ‘Bert’ Westerman died, late of Mill Park VIC, on Tuesday, 7 November.

Bert was deployed to South Vietnam as the Platoon Sergeant of 7 Platoon, C Company on the Battalion’s 1966-67 Tour. He was returned to Australia on 15 June 1966 due to an ulcerated leg that had developed on the Trip over on HMAS Sydney.

A funeral Service was held  for Bert by White Lady Funerals, Epping, VIC, on Wednesday the 15 November.

Regards,

Gary Townsend
Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor.


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5715960 STONE, David Lawrence 'Stonie'.
19 October 1947 - 25 November 2017.

David StoneDave, or ‘Stony’ as he was generally referred to, was a National Serviceman from WA. He was a Rifleman, Platoon Medic and Section 2IC in 9 Platoon, C Coy during the Battalion’s second tour in 1969/70. Dave excelled in all three positions and was a well-respected and valued member of the tight-knit 9 Platoon team.

‘Stony’ will also be remembered for his, at times, wicked sense of humour. Whether in country or post-Vietnam at Platoon Reunions, he could be relied upon to lighten the mood with his innate wit and ability to see the funny side of situations, irrespective of the circumstances.

On RTA, ‘Stony’ turned to a career as a WA Police Officer and went on to become a Detective in that force.
Dave will be sadly missed by his comrades-in-arms. Our thoughts are with his widow, Margaret, and family.
Rest easy, digger, your duty is done.

David Stone's Funeral Service will be held at Pinnaroo Valley Memorial Park Crematorium, Whitfords Avenue, Padbury, Western Australia on Wednesday 6 December 15:00 hours. This will be followed by a wake to celebrate his life (venue to be announced).

Regards,

Roger lambert
Platoon Commander, 9 Platoon, C Coy, 1969/70.


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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.

Regards,

Gary Townsend
Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor.
 


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