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PTE Douglas Thomas Allen

Pte Douglas Thomas Allen

3179753

10 Feb 1949 – 29 May 2018

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SGT John Franklin Addison

SGT John Franklin Addison

3179889

09 Feb 1944 – 17 May 2018

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PTE Kevin Bott

PTE Kevin Bott

3166089

16 Nov 63 – 27 Jun 1968

2/7th Commando Squadron

Sgt Jack Johanesen

Sgt Jack Johanesen

VX67212 – 2/7th Commando Squadron

28 June 1921 – 10 March 2018

Commando Squadron

Cpl Arthur H Bury

Cpl Arthur H Bury

VX70949

8/10/1921 – 5/2/2018

Wilson’s Prom, NT., Timor, NG, Tarakan 2/1/1942 – 26/11/1944

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PTE Alan Schwab

PTE Alan Schwab

3165118

TRF NS 10 Jun 63 3728885

1943 – 18 June 1993

Commando Squadron

Keith Johnston

Keith Johnston

2/10th Cavalry Commando Squadron

09 June 1922 – 29 October 2017

1st Commando Regiment

SGT Russ Bradley

SGT Russ Bradley

3/165694 (CMF)

3/779496 (NS)

21 January 1938 – 27 September 2017

1st Commando Regiment

PTE David (Spike) Stewart

PTE David (Spike) Stewart

362319

1973/75 – 8th July 2017

Commando Squadron

MAJ Edmund Hugh “Ted” Stevenson

MAJ Edmund Hugh “Ted” Stevenson

28709

Officer Commanding, 2 Commando Company

1968/69 – 24 April 2017

1st Commando Regiment

Phillip Anthony Vere Roff

Phillip Anthony Vere Roff

3760440

2 Commando Company

First Secretary of the Australian Commando Association Victoria

Commando Squadron

Ronald Frank L’Estrange

Ronald Frank L’Estrange

NX49836

2/7th Commando Squadron

7 May 1921 – 06 March 2017

Commando Squadron

Bruce Maitland L’Estrange, MM

Bruce Maitland L’Estrange, MM

NX171438

2/7th Commando Squadron

05 July 1923 – 09 March 2006

Commando Squadron

CAPT Don Astill, OAM

CAPT Don Astill, OAM

QX24485

2/8th Commando Squadron

11th February 1921 – 26th February 2017

Commando Squadron

Corp James Edmund McCabe

Corp James Edmund McCabe

VX45845

2/11 Commando Squadron

07 October 922 – 24th January 2019

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Sgt Marco De Vincentis

Sgt Marco De Vincentis

8264353

1st Commando Regt

25th June 1963 – 25th January 2019

1st Commando Regiment

Sgt Jim Trainor

Sgt Jim Trainor

316583907 & NS 3727913 2 Cdo Coy

19/06/1937-11/04/2019

 

Jim Trainor transferred from the 15 Lt Regt into 2 Commando Company in June 1957 as a National Serviceman. He qualified as a Frogman Class 3 in December 1957, and in a rewarding month in June 1958 was awarded the Green Beret and gained his parachute wings. In 1959-60 he qualified CL3 and CL2, and after discharging his National Service obligation in June 1960 immediately re-enlisted as 3/165839.
Promoted to Sergeant in October 1960 Jim discharged at his own request in May 1962 after many qualifications and five years of dedicated service.
Jim was a member at the 1960 annual camp at Point Lonsdale that endured the ‘Rip incident’ and despite his illness in recent years still made the effort to attend the Rip commemoration service in February this year. Knowing Jim’s sense of independence and his determination this was no surprise, and many of his old friends will be thankful they had the chance to catch up with Jim one more time, before he left us.

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Commando Squadron

John Lucas

John Lucas

Private NX86885 2/6th Cdo Sqn

9 October 1922– 8 February 2019

1st Commando Regiment

 

Keith J. Hughes

Keith J. Hughes

3155729

33 Tpt Coy / 2 Commando Company

12th May 1939 – 16th July 2019

Keith transferred from 33 Transport Company in April 1961 as a Sergeant and reverted to private rank. Keith’s brother Barry, a Corporal, did likewise. They followed across after Dennis 'Ned' Jenkins and Bob Jones, with whom Keith did National Service. When Keith did his basic parachute course in late 1962, alongside brother Barry, David Waterston, Tony Mills, Norm Ferguson and Rod Sayers, he did not envisage that twenty years later he would still be serving in the unit as a Warrant Officer CSM.
Keith was promoted back to full Corporal in 1962, and to Sergeant in 1963. Over the years he became a senior climbing instructor, unarmed combat instructor, and completed coxswain and diving courses among others – including air loading and submarine familiarisation - and was an instructor on Commando Selection Courses.
In the mid-1960s the Unit whaler sailing boat "Strike Swiftly", with skipper and 2 Cdo Coy Adjutant Captain Harry Smith of later ‘Long Tan’ renown won numerous events around Port Phillip Bay with crew such as Keith, Barry Rust, David Waterston, Ruben Nordblom, Ian Storey and many others.
Keith was on the light tower platform at the Melbourne Showgrounds in 1966 when his fellow Sergeant and good friend Dan Lorkin fell to his death, and recalled it as his saddest time in the Unit.
Among Keith’s other courses he attained military freefall and freefall jumpmaster qualifications, achieving 28 freefall descents on his 1/75 Freefall Parachute Course. After his Army service Keith was the chief instructor at David Waterston’s Airports Skydivers at Corowa and Bridgewater-on-Loddon for many years. Keith was rated a Parachute instructor "B" with the Australian Parachute Federation, and was with David for some 20 years of instructing. David said “The students just loved him”. Keith was also Chief Instructor of David’s Mountain and Climbing business for a number of years.
One of many highlights of Keith's time was a mountain leader course with SAS and 2 Commando troops, requiring three weeks of rock, ice and snow climbing, as well as ski patrolling, at Mt Arapiles, Crackenback, Perisher and Thredbo.
Keith followed Bruce O'Connor as 2 Coy CSM when Bruce was commissioned, and remained in this position until it was promulgated as an ARA posting and filled by Warrant Officer David Waterston. Keith then completed 12 months full time duty as the Warrant Officer Climbing and did an outstanding job, David said, before finally retiring from the Company in 1985.
On Keith’s retirement then Corporal Marc Preston gave a farewell oration, recognising Keith’s extremely long and successful career at the Company. As Chris Wallis, later to become CSM and then OC of 2 Company, said at the time, “Going through (Keith’s) mind would be thoughts of achievement and satisfaction, tinged with regret and sorrow”.
But what sums up Keith’s career in 2 Cdo Coy would be ‘love of the job, friendship and achievement’.
Earlier this year Keith shared a motorbike tour of Timor-Leste with his brother Barry, Bruce Parker, Jim Truscott, Marc Preston and Dick Pelling. They were immersed in the history of the suffering and courage of the Timorese people. It was a fitting farewell tour for Keith, whose life was also ‘love of the job, motor bikes, friendship and achievement’.
All members of the Association offer their thoughts and sympathy to Keith’s family.

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1st Commando Regiment

Clem Roy Kealy

Clem Roy Kealy

13th December 1923 – 21st July 2019

V16292, VX147690 WW2, Korea, Vietnam and post-WW2 SASR, PTS and 2 Commando Company

A member of WW2 Z Special Unit served in Korea, Vietnam and post-WW2 SASR, PTS and 2 Commando Company Clem Kealy was wounded on the Kokoda Track while serving with the 2/39 Battalion in PNG during WW2. On recovering he joined Z Special Unit and operated in Timor.
After WW2 Clem rejoined the army in 1950 at the still young age of 26 and saw service in Korea with 3RAR at the epic Battle of Kapyong. ARA staff who many 1 and 2 Cdo Coy men encountered in the late 1950s at the Williamtown Parachute Training Wing included Major John Church who was a platoon commander at Kapyong, and both of his WO PJIs - "Buck" Buchanan and Clem Kealy - later to join 2 Cdo - who were also on Hill 355 with 3RAR. As a PJI Clem trained Mike Wells in 1957, Mike recalls, and many years later became the PTS RSM, in 1975, succeeding another former 2 Cdo Coy member, Jim Husband.
In Vietnam Clem was an instructor at the Duc My training camp for Rangers. After his posting to 2 Commando Company at Ripponlea, Melbourne as an ARA WO1 instructor, from late 1962 to 1964 he was assigned to 5th SFGA Nung Company at Danang from 1964-65. His second tour was as an instructor at the Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol School at Van Kiep. A member of the AATTV, he was also mentioned in despatches.
In a speech by Governor-General Major General Michael Jeffery at ‘The Team’ dinner in 2002, Jeffrey said, “ . . in my first posting to the SAS as a subaltern in 1959 these were the sergeants, later to serve in the Team, who trained me: Roy Weir, gentleman Jim McFadzean, D J Neville (Trees and Crocodile story), Ray Simpson (Cobber), Clem Kealy, Joe Flannery and George Chinn, to name but a few.” Clem became the RSM of the SASR. He was awarded the Order of Australia in 1975.

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1st Commando Regiment

Barry Ernest Crighton

Barry Ernest Crighton

18th April 1936 4th July 2019

3/165640 2 Commando Company

M and Z Special Units

Pierre William (Bill) Bieres

Pierre William (Bill) Bieres

21st Feb 1921 - 26 August 2019

Z Special Unit Served behind the lines with Z Special Unit late in the war.

Son of Harold Biers who received the Military Cross in France while serving with the 17th Australian Infantry Battalion.

Bill served on the following SRD operations:

SEMUT 3 – Guerrilla warfare and int collection in Sarawak late May to Oct 45

SQUIRREL – Tarakan

5 Apr-9 Apr 45 – Phase 1 Mission 3 A int source (Kamjir) extraction

24 Apr -3 May 45 – Phase 2 An int collection patrol

MAGPIE 1 – Phase 2 Recon of Majoe and Tifore Islands – 28 Jun -3 Jul 45

FINCH 1 – An int collection patrol of Batjan Island 7 – 8 Jul 45

Postings: 1 AUSTRALIAN PARACHUTE BATTALION and Z SPECIAL UNIT

Commando Company

James Milgate

James Milgate

VX63674 – (V9888)

Gunner.2/5th Independent Commando Company

15th September 1922 — 30th September 2019

1st Commando Regiment

Norm Bain

Norm Bain

WO1 36179 Norm Bain
24th April 1940 — 9th April 2020

Former CSM of 2 Commando Company — 13 July 1969 – 19 July 1972. Norm served for 53 years in three parts of the service (ARA, Ares and Cadets), enlisting in 1957. He served in Thailand and Malaya, and served with SASR in PNG and Vietnam.

Following his service with 2 Commando Company he became an adviser in Vietnam on The Australian Army Training Team as a Team Commander, and one of the last Australian soldiers out of the Vietnam fields with the change of the Australian government in 1972.

Norm aged 79 years, served in RAInf as a WO2 with AATTV in South Vietnam from 19th July 1972 –18th December 1972 with MATT 2 Van

1st Commando Regiment

Garry Chipindall

Garry Chipindall

25th April 1949 – 25th March 2020

Pte 3179807 Garry Chippindall, 2 Commando Coy 25th May 1967- 30th September 1969

Garry joined 2 Commando Company in May 1967 and was eager to be involved in all activities. On completion of his recruit course he completed and qualified as a Small Craft Operator and soon after did the 35/67 Basic Para Course.

Garry, was also ex-1 & 2 Sqn (SVN 70/71)

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Joseph Hanecheon Lamb

3165746 Joseph Hanecheon Lamb

1936  -  1 May 2020

Joe was born a British subject in Hong Kong and brought up in the Anglican faith, the son of a doctor who practised in Hong Kong and did missionary work in China to treat leprosy.  Joe lived through WW2 and Hong Kong’s defence and fall in 1941, its occupation at the hands of the Japanese and liberation in 1945.

He recalled Spitfires fighting in the sky and the bravery of a close family friend, who badly wounded, swam the harbour to make it back to Joe’s father to be treated.  As a child during the occupation of Hong Kong Joe smuggled medication hidden in his clothing to the British held in the camps. During the war Joe saw soldiers of the Commonwealth fighting alongside each other to loyally serve King George VI.  Hong Kong Chinese, British and Canadians defended Hong Kong, and Australians defended Singapore, where his Grandfather was a doctor.

It is understandable that he felt a duty to serve and joined the cadets while at boarding school at Haileybury College in Melbourne, and went on to enlist in 2 Commando Company in June 1959. In his training Joe completed Assault Pioneer, demolition, cliff assault, unarmed combat, signals, NCO promotion, Unit Administration and parachute ground training courses, as well as the Small Craft Handling course at the 1960 annual camp where he played a significant part in the ill-fated ‘Rip’ exercise.  In the Rip emergency Maurice Priestly in a Zodiac 10z took on board, Joe, and others when their Kayaks foundered, but the current and seas were too strong for the 10Z and it was washed outwards through the Rip entrance. In Bass Strait the passing ship Singkiang had to leave them because they were too close to the reefs near the Heads. Joe and the men sighted another ocean liner with searchlights but were not seen. With fingers numb from the extreme cold, Joe had the presence of mind to load a point-303 rifle and fire some blanks in the traditional pattern of the SOS signal, which alerted the ship - the Toscana, it was a great feeling to see the searchlights hit them, and they were taken aboard, but sadly lost Roger Wood.

Against his wishes Joe was discharged from 2 Cdo Coy in November 1960 after a press release following the Rip tragedy revealed that a ‘Chinese man’ was serving in the Commando Unit. Joe believed this led to his being discharged, brutally and with no explanation.

Joe’s love of 'bush adventure' and canoeing led him to become a successful outdoor education and art teacher, and one of the first sea kayak instructors in Australia. Successfully coaching students in the Red Cross Murray River Marathon, in 1982 he sponsored a sea kayak circumnavigation of Australia.  In a full and worthy life he was an executive member of the Chinese Association in SA, and a vice-president of the Australia - China Friendship Society. About ten years ago Joe succumbed to a form of Parkinson's disease. In 2013 he attended the Rip commemorative service and other Association events in Victoria, after Peter Beasley and Rob Dunball earlier visited him in Adelaide, to maintain their bonds of friendship face-to-face.

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1st Commando Regiment

Keith Smith

Keith Smith

3110299 Ronald Keith Smith 2 Commando Coy and 1st Commando Regt

15th February 1932 – 26th March 2020

 

Keith served under both of the original Officers Commanding the post-WW2 Commando units – Peter Seddon at 2 Cdo Coy in Melbourne and then ‘Mac’ Grant at 1 Cdo Coy in Sydney.

Keith joined 2 Cdo Coy in its beginnings and knew Don Bergman, another “original” who had transferred earlier from the Scottish Regiment. Don once confided to Keith that he still had his 5/6 RVR kilt.

Keith originally enlisted in 2 Cdo Coy under its first Officer Commanding, Peter Seddon before he moved to Sydney for work and transferred to 1 Cdo Coy. Returning to Melbourne in October 1958, he served until November 1959, when travelling after work from Geelong to Ripponlea in time for the evening parade became impossible.

Keith served under 2 Cdo Coy OCs Peter Seddon and Seddon’s successor John Hutcheson before serving with 1 Cdo Coy in Sydney under its founding OC, Major W. H. ‘Mac’ Grant. On his return to Melbourne and 2 Cdo Coy Keith had Phillip Bennett as his OC. So Keith served under both of the founding fathers of the post-WW2 Commando Companies – Major Seddon in 2 Cdo Coy and Major Grant in 1 Cdo Coy.

 

1st Commando Regiment

Colonel John M Hutcheson

Colonel John M Hutcheson

4 October 1927  -  August 2020

Former Officer Commanding 2 Commanding Company

John Hutcheson graduated from the Royal Military College (Duntroon) in 1947. Promoted to Captain in 1951, he graduated as Batchelor of Civil Engineering from the University of Sydney in 1952. After serving with the Occupation Forces in Japan John served with the British Commonwealth Forces and the Third Battalion RAR in Korea, and had a number of postings with the Royal Engineers in the United Kingdom.
Robert Macklin wrote, in Keep off the Skyline – the story of Ron Cashman and the Diggers in Korea, “The enemy was still very active, however, and 3RAR was instructed to continue the policy of aggressive patrolling to dominate no-man's-land. The Pioneers - the battalion's explosives experts, under the command of Captain John Hutcheson - were ordered to locate and mark the outer perimeter of the minefields”.
“Hutcheson brought a distinctive sangfroid to his dangerous work: he often ventured out on his own because of the danger to his men of unlocated mines, and on such missions he always carried his toilet kit with him in case he was taken prisoner. One morning he was returning towards A Company's position when a sentry opened fire on him. Major James Norrie, the Company Commander, apologised for the mistake. Hutcheson's only comment was, ‘That man fires high and to the right'. He was later awarded the Military Cross”, Macklin wrote.
The Aussie War Dogs Association wrote, “It is noteworthy that John must be the only person in military history who handled a war dog on operations at the rank of Captain and with a Military Cross”.
During 1955-56 as Major Hutcheson he trained with 42 Commando Royal Marines, undertaking various courses, including serving with 22 SAS in Malaya, before his posting as OC of 2 Commando Company in August 1956.
He was already a qualified diver, and he and Mac Grant had done their basic parachute course together in Australia.
John wrote, “When I took command the unit was located in a neat compact timber building at Picnic Point in Sandringham.”
He later wrote, “On the 15th October 1957, the depot and its contents were totally destroyed by fire.”
“Incidentally, because we were about to run a 14- day course in the Sandringham Depot I placed all my records, photos, lecture notes etc in the depot on the Tuesday, the night of which the depot was destroyed. Those records included many photos and movies which I had taken from the time that I enlisted on the 24th February 1945. Hence, a valuable irreplaceable record, in particular photographic, was lost of the Korean War, RM Cdo Training, 22 SAS in Malaya – including trackers and the natives in the Jungle villages and more.”
Frank Read, Jim Tainor and others said, “I remember Major Hutcheson’s first weekend at Picnic Point - we all had to get around a Holden ute and lift it to shoulder height”.
“And he marched us off the end of Brighton Pier, fully booted and geared up, as a fitness test.”
 “During the 1958 Annual Camp the unit operated from the AV Vasse conducting water craft exercises in Western Port. Vasse went aground about 200 metres offshore near Cowes on Phillip Island. During the morning the press assembled in force with excellent coverage in the evening press”, Jim Trainor recalled.
Those who served under John recall him with great affection and respect. John handed over the command of the Unit, with pride in a job well done, to Major Phillip Bennett on July 3rd 1958.
Following an interesting time as the OC of 2 Commando Company John filled senior postings in various Australian states, retiring from the ARA as Chief of Staff - Headquarters Communication Zone in 1973. John then served in various capacities with the CMF in NSW and retired from military service in 1982.
After his retirement from the ARA John filled senior positions in tertiary education at the University of New South Wales and in private enterprise.
John and his wife Pauline had five children and six grandchildren.
All members of the Australian Commando Association Victoria extend their deepest sympathy to Pauline and all of John’s family.

 

M and Z Special Units

Mosrtyn (Moss) Berryman

Mosrtyn (Moss) Berryman

9-11-1923  -  6-8-2020 

Moss Berryman was born on 9th November 1923 at Kent Town, South Australia, Australia. He was a son of Archibald Creswick Berryman and Dorothy Jarrett.

On 7th April 1942, Moss enlisted in the Royal Australian Navy.  He was a member of the special commando unit, Z Force, in 1943 when it made its successful raid on Japanese shipping in Singapore Harbour (Operation Jaywick). He was Mentioned in Dispatches, published in London Gazette 11 April 1944 on page 1678 at position 7.  Moss recalled in later life that, in December 1943 when Major Lyons asked him whether he would care to return to Singapore as part of a repeat operation, that he carefully considered the proposal for two seconds before declining. He spent the remainder of the war serving aboard the destroyer, HMAS Vendetta, patrolling off New Guinea and was de-mobbed on 21st February 1946. After the war, Moss returned to his old job with stockbroking firm, S C Ward & Co., where he remained until retirement 46 years later, he married his sweetheart, Mary , a nurse, they had four daughters.

Moss was aboard the Krait when the famous old ship made her grand entry into Sydney Harbour in 1964 to commence her new life as a museum ship. On board with him were Ted Carse, Horrie Young, and Joe Jones of the Jaywick team.

In 1993, at the fiftieth anniversary of Operation Jaywick, Moss met Ivan Lyon's son, Brian – the 'spitting-image' of his dad – at the former's grave at Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore. They cried together over the fact that Brian had never met his hero father.

In 2020, at 97 years of age and lived in a retirement village in his native Adelaide, Moss was the last surviving Z Force member. .  Moss has now received the £235 'danger money' promised to members of the mission 75 years ago! Indeed, he has received nearly $5,000.

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1st Commando Regiment

Bernard Percival ‘Bernie’ Crutchfield

3 June 1924 - 26 June 2020

VX91508/VX141557  2/6 Commando Squadron

Bernie enlisted in the Citizen Military Forces (Full Time Duty) 18 June 1942 until 28 May 1943 and following some short time in Headquarters and administration units he was posted to 7 Australian Infantry Training Battalion in Darwin on 09 October 1942 where they involved in Defence of the Darwin area. On 29 May 1943 he transferred to Australian Imperial Force for volunteered for overseas service and then went to Canungra in South East Queensland to No 1 Australian Commando Training Battalion on 07 July 1943 and upon completion of his arduous Commando training he was posted to  2/6th  Australian Independent Company on 28 September 1943.

Just prior to joining 2/6th in March 1943 they had returned to Australia from a long period of hectic operations in New Guinea and after some leave, reassembled at the Army's Jungle Warfare centre at Canungra, Queensland.

This was a period of reorganisation for the independent companies as the 2/6th, along with the 2/3rd and 2/5th Independent Companies were brought together to form the 2/7th Cavalry (Commando) Regiment. Similarly, the title independent company was later changed to Cavalry (Commando) Squadron. By the end of the year the 2/6th Independent Company had become the 2/6th Cavalry (Commando) Squadron. This name was later simplified to just Commando Squadron. In the meantime, the 2/6th was preparing for its next campaign.        They sailed from Townsville for Moresby in August, and then, in the middle of September were flown to Leron, in the Markham Valley. The 2/6th was to support the 7th Division in its coming Ramu-Markham Valley campaign where it provided "flank" protection for the division by carrying out reconnaissance and long range patrols, and, where necessary, capturing and holding ground. The 2/6th performed these roles well, particularly at Kaiapit, where, on 19 and 20 September, it captured the village and then repelled a large Japanese counter- attack. Bernie joined the unit shortly after this big attack and participated in many patrols and small-scale offensive operations continuously until April 1944 when the unit returned to Australia. For the remainder of 1944 and into early 1945, the 2/6th was based in the Mapee/Kairi area on the Atherton Tablelands, where it trained and conducted exercises with the rest of the 7th Division. Between May and July 1945, the 7th and 9th Divisions made a series of landings on Borneo as part of the OBOE operations. The 7th Division landed at Balikpapan on 1 July and the 2/6th was attached to the 25th Brigade and went ashore on the second day of the battle. Over the next three weeks the squadron supported the brigade in its advance along the Milford Highway. Among its other tasks, the 2/6th conducted many successful ambushes along Pope's Track.

Following Japan's surrender in early August and the end of the war, the ranks of the Squadron thinned quickly as men were discharged, transferred to other units, or volunteered for service in Japan with the British Commonwealth Occupation Force. Bernie was one of these and in November 1945 he transferred to 2/27th Australian Infantry Battalion which formed part of the occupation force in the Celebes until March 1946 when he returned to Australia and was transferred to 2 Australian Base.

   Bernie’s wife Joyce died in October 2008 and Bernie lived in retirement at Macedon, and remained active in the Gisborne RSL until recent times.     Bernie was also an active member of the Gisborne Lodge and the Edward Coulson Mark Lodge of the Freemasons.

 

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1st Commando Regiment

Derrill de Heer

Derrill de Heer

12/10/43 - 29/09/20.

Dear Members It is with regret that I inform you of the passing of 37643 Derrill de Heer , Derrill passed away peacefully yesterday 30th Sept..
Derrill. served in 2 & 1 Coy Coy between 1961 and 1979 WO2 2 Cdo Coy 1960 - 1962 again in 1966 - 1969 1 Cdo Coy 1972 - 1975 again in 1976 – 1979.
He enlisted as a recruit in mid-February 1961, under major Bennett. Remarkably, he completed his 21/61 Basic Parachute Course on June 2nd, (with Geoff Woodman, Peter Beasley, John Gray, et al) whilst still a recruit!
Derrill was upgraded to Private in late June, and among other courses completed the Small Scale Amphibious Raids course in December 1961 – again with Geoff Woodman, and also the Milliken brothers, Marshall Power and ‘Danny’ Daniliuc. It was a busy and high performing year for a young recruit.
One of Derrill’s memorable occasions in 2 Company occurred during an unarmed combat demonstration at the Royal Melbourne Show.
Derrill raised his arm to fend off a simulated knife attack from Alan Leicester – using a real weapon – and in a split second the Fairbairn-Sykes knife had impaled his hand. Lt Ted Malone immediately ushered the two shocked diggers off the mats, invited the crowd to applaud the departing pair and pushed the next demonstration duo on, to do their thing.
The knifing happened so quickly that few realised the enormity of what occurred, as Derrill walked away with the blade of the knife protruding from the back of his hand. He was taken to hospital but suffered no serious damage.
Derrill discharged in April 1962 to enlist in the ARA. He served for in Malaya and did two tours of Vietnam. He also returned to 2 Cdo Coy and spent time with 1 Cdo Coy in a training role.

This from Bob Hall
“Over the last couple of months Derrill was aware that his health was declining but he continued to “live life to the full” with his beloved Christine and family. Over many months I chatted with him about life and death. He was very satisfied with his life and that he had managed to cram into it so many varied experiences, from his early army career, through business connections and finally in his academic career.  He was particularly proud of his work with Operation Wandering Souls and he approached his death with equanimity”.

Derrill has been a long-standing UNSW Canberra @ ADFA Visiting Fellow from 2009-2020 – a big achievement. Derrill served in Malaya and South Vietnam. He has Master of Arts in History from UNSW. And was a Research Associate in a research team lead by Dr Bob Hall.
From November 1969 to April 1970 Sergeant Derrill De Heer worked in the Operations Section of the battalion headquarters of 8 RAR churning out typewritten orders on Gestetner wax skins. Then he was posted to the formation of a new unit, the 1st Australian Psychological Operations Unit (1 Psyops Unit). He believed he got the job because he had previously served in Asian countries [Malaya and Thailand], was infantry, and intelligence-operator and signaler-trained.
Derrill did a second tour in South Viet Nam with 4 RAR/NZ (Anzac) Battalion as the unit Intelligence Sergeant.

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1st Commando Regiment

Richard (Dick) Kluczniak

VALE

Richard (Dick) Kluczniak
16-1-1943 – 12-9- 2020

31033493   RAEME / 2 Commando Company / 3 Squadron SAS

Dick was born on the 16th January 1943 in Poland. Dick and Karl Jahn (Kalisz) were lifelong friends, having first met in a displaced persons camp in Germany in 1947 as young children. Dick and Karl, with their families, arrived in Melbourne as migrants in September 1949. The two families lived near each other in Newport and remained friends.

After he left school Dick served his apprenticeship as a boilermaker-welder for the company where Karl was a truck driver. They both joined the CMF in the Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. It was there that a friend, David Waterston, convinced them to join 2 Commando Coy. They transferred in September 1963, reverting from Sergeants to Corporals, serving under their OC Major Geoff Cohen, who had previously served as OC of 1 SAS Company before posting to 2 Cdo Coy. This may have influenced Dick’s thinking about his future Army career.

With his previous rank and experience Dick had to wait only a few months before he did his Basic Parachute Course with Bob McDowell, Nick Howlett, Paul Butler and others.
After completing a number of specialist courses Dick again relinquished his rank, now back to Private, to work full time ARA duties from January to July 1965. During this time he shared staff accommodation with the legendary WO2 Jim Husband, who had just returned from Vietnam.

Soon after, following a selection course and “many interesting escapades”, Dick posted to SASR.  With the SAS he served in Vietnam, with the 1 Australian Reinforcement Unit from February to June 1969 then the 3rd Special Air Service Squadron until February 1970. Before and after his Vietnam service Dick maintained his contact with 2 Cdo Coy by participation in specialist Courses, and made sure he kept his parachute rating current by jumping with 2 Cdo Coy on occasions.
Peter Tierney wrote, “I visited Dick in Perth about five years ago, he was the same bloke I remember about 60 years ago. I enjoyed the afternoon and having a few drinks with him”.
Bruce Parker also commented, “A good soldier and a good bloke.  I served with Dick as did Bluey and many more of you – he had some villain in him!  “RIP Dick”.

The meaning of Dick’s surname translates into two words, ‘key’ and ‘man’ and Dick was a ‘Key-man’ to many people during his greatly respected lifetime.

All members of the Australian Commando Association and Dick’s old friends from Victoria offer their thoughts and sympathy to Glennis and all family members.

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 2/6th Commando Squadron

Robert James Fingher

Robert James Fingher

VX140546 (V502499)

 2/6th Commando Squadron

13 September 1924 – 09 February 2016

RSM 1 Commando Regiment

David Willem Scheele DCM

David Willem Scheele DCM

54901

RSM 1 Commando Regiment
1982-1984

29 January 2016

2 Commando Company

Henrik Steen Zimmermann

Henrik Steen Zimmermann

3176906

2 Commando Company

29th December 2015 

2/7 Australian Independent Company

Desmond John “Jack” Wilkinson

Desmond John “Jack” Wilkinson

V331541, VX113056

2/7 Australian Independent Company

06 September 1923 – 05 December 2015

2/7 Australian Independent Company

Frank Rust

Frank Rust

VX 120128

2/7th Commando Squadron

01 December 1923 – 25 August 2015

2/3rd Australian Independent Company

Keith Gerald Taylor

Keith Gerald Taylor

VX 105908

2/3rd Australian Independent Company

11 December 1922 – 07 July 2003

1st Independent Company 

Alexander (Sandy) McNab

Alexander (Sandy) McNab

VX 20424

1st Independent Company 

25 November 2015

2/10th Australian Commando Squadron

Frederick Moon

Frederick Moon

VX5356

2/10th Australian Commando Squadron

25 November 1913 – 28 November 2015

2/3rd Australian Independent Company

Melville John Wade

Melville John Wade

VX 102903

2/3rd Australian Commando Squadron

17 February 1923 – 05 September 2015

2 Commando Company

MAJ Keith Long RFD (Ret’d)

MAJ Keith Long RFD (Ret’d)

386732

2 Commando Company

21st November 2015 

2/3rd Australian Commando Squadron

Arthur Norman Bear

Arthur Norman Bear

VX 109389

2/3rd Australian Commando Squadron

15 May 1923 – 01 November 2015

“M” Special Unit

Francis Roden

Francis Roden

VX86113

“M” Special Unit

31 December 1922 – 22 July 2010 

2/4th Independent Company

Ralph Joseph Coyne

Ralph Joseph Coyne

VX64527 

2/4th Independent Company

20 July 1919 – 07 October 2015 

2/4th Independent Company

Rex John Lipman

Rex John Lipman

VX69785 (V17003)

2/4th Independent Company

26 April 1922 – 4 July 2015 

2/5 Australian Commando

Geoffrey Clarence Youlden

Rodney Yeomans

393837

126 Signal Squadron (Special Forces),
126 Signal Squadron
1st Commando Regiment

23 April 2015

126 Signal Squadron (Special Forces),

Rodney Yeomans

Rodney Yeomans

393837

126 Signal Squadron (Special Forces),
126 Signal Squadron
1st Commando Regiment

23 April 2015

 2/6th Commando Squadron

Ronald Arthur Hamilton

Ronald Arthur Hamilton

VX131878

 2/6th Commando Squadron

25 February 1922 – 25 April 2015

2/5th Cdo Sqn
Z Special Unit

Keith Stringfellow

Keith Stringfellow

NX27091

2/5th Cdo Sqn and “Z” Special Unit

8 January 1920 –  Feb 2015

2/9th Commando Squadron

Eric Robinson

Eric Robinson

VX111889

2/9th Commando Squadron

19 Nov 1922 – 8 Feb 2015

“Z” Special Unit

Reginald K. Morgan

Reginald K. Morgan

VX108959

“Z” Special Unit

27 Jun 1922 – 

2/8th Commando Squadron

Rex Healey

Rex Healey

VX109458

2/8th Commando Squadron

5th April 1923 – 23rd November 2014

2/10th Commando Squadron

Oscar (Ozzie) POMROY

Oscar (Ozzie) POMROY

NX202915

2/10th Commando Squadron

15 Feb 1924 – 31 Jan 2015

Attached to the No 1 Commando British Army WW2

Edward (Ted) Ruston MC

Edward (Ted) Ruston MC

Attached to the No 1 Commando British Army WW2

30th December 2014 age 99 years.  A respected WW2 Commander of 451 Mountain Battery winning his MC crossing the Rhine at Wesel with No1 Commando. Liberator of concentration camp victims at Neustadt on the Baltic. 

2/7 Commando Squadron

Ian Michael Seale

Ian Michael Seale

NX203304

2/7 Commando Squadron

20 Jan 1926 – 31 Dec 2014

2 Commando Company

Richard (Rick) S McDonald

Richard (Rick) S McDonald

3166110

2 Commando Company

6th Jan 2015

2/7th Commando Squadron

Federick Samuel King-Davies

Federick Samuel King-Davies

VX827052 (V205079)

2/7th Commando Squadron

11 May 1922 –  Sept 2014

2/5th Commando Squadron

Lindsay Arthur Langley

Lindsay Arthur Langley

VX132209

2/5th Commando Squadron

13 Nov 1923 –

2/4th Commando Squadron

Robin Charles Brackley Whelan

Robin Charles Brackley Whelan

QX24764

2/4th Commando Squadron

2 May 1920 – 7 August 2014

2 Commando Company

Alan James Kelso

Alan James Kelso

NX166192 (N334174)

2/4th Commando Squadron

21 Apr 1924 – 21 June 2014 

2/3rd Independent Company

Ray Shellenberger

Ray Shellenberger

VX 102887

2/3rd Independent Company

02 July 2014 aged 93

“Z” Special Unit

Leonard Lindsay Cottee

Leonard Lindsay Cottee

NX151354 (N84506)

“Z” Special Unit
Operation Python

 10 Feb 1919 – 22 June 2014 aged 95

2 Commando Company 1961-1963

Steve Milliken

Steve Milliken

2 Commando Company
1961-1963

13 June 2014

2/4 Commando Squadron

S.W. Boldiston

S.W. Boldiston

35563 (V14315, VX63170)

2/4 Commando Squadron

6 Jan 1922 – 08 Aug 2014

2 Cdo Coy 1980 – 1983

Robert George Phillpot

Robert George Phillpot

362165
2 Cdo Coy 1980 – 1983

02 Jan 2014 aged 56

2/10th Commando Squadron

Reginald R Baxter

Reginald R Baxter

NX171986 (N444944)

2/10th Commando Squadron

 24 Sep 1924 – 

2 Commando Company 1967-1969
 SASR 1970-1978

William (Bill) Robb

William (Bill) Robb

3179834

2 Commando Company 1967-1969 SASR 1970-1978

22 December 2013

2/7th Commando Squadron

Gregor MacKenzie

Gregor MacKenzie

23668NX82886

2/7th Commando Squadron

17 Oct 1922 – 21 Dec 2013

RMO 2 Cdo Coy 1958

Keith B Layton

Keith B Layton

350275
RMO 2 Cdo Coy 1958

14th December 2013

QX 6470

Alexander (Lex) Fraser

Alexander (Lex) Fraser

QX 6470

December 2013

2 Commando Company 

Geoffrey Munro Crabtree

Geoffrey Munro Crabtree

387228

2 Commando Company 

28 Nov 2013

“Z” Special Unit Operation Semut 3 Borneo 1945

Desmond Foster

Desmond Foster

NX73768

“Z” Special Unit
Operation Semut 3 Borneo 1945

11 November 2013 aged 88

“Z” Special Unit

Frank Doyle

Frank Doyle

Frank served initially with the 2nd / 9th Battalion in the Middle East and was a “Rat of Tobruk” prior to transferring to “Z” Special Unit as close quarter combat instructor.

November 2013

2/5th Commando Squadron

Alan Morrison Marshall

Alan Morrison Marshall

VX78192

2/5th Commando Squadron

11 Jun 1920 – 24th October 2013

2/5th Commando Squadron

Kenneth Uchter Knox

Kenneth Uchter Knox

VX7709

2/5th Commando Squadron

1 Mar 1923 – July 2013

2nd Commando Regiment

CPL Cameron Stewart Baird VC MG

CPL Cameron Stewart Baird VC MG

2nd Commando Regiment
Afghanistan – Iraq – East Timor

22 June 2013

126 Signal Squadron (Special Forces)

Michael Warren Meridith

Michael Warren Meridith

26509
126 Signal Squadron (Special Forces)
Adjt 1962-65 OC 1968-70
1932 – 2013

2/2nd Independent Company

Herbert ” Harry ” Handicott BEM

Herbert ” Harry ” Handicott BEM

QX 28232

2/2nd Independent Company

4th June 2013 aged 90 Years

1st Commando Regiment
2/5th Commando Squadron

William .H. (Mac) Grant OAM RFD

William .H. (Mac) Grant OAM RFD

NX49125 (McArthur)

2/5th Commando Squadron

24 June 1922 – 10 June 2013

Special Air Service Regiment
2nd Commando Regiment

Johannes (Hans) Cornelis Fleer

Johannes (Hans) Cornelis Fleer
AM DCM

Special Air Service Regiment, 2nd Commando Regiment

27 Apr 1949 – 5 Apr 2013

2/3rd Commando Squadron

Bob McMahon

Bob McMahon

2/3rd Commando Squadron

passed away – date unknown

2/10th Commando Squadron

John Matthew Corbett

John Matthew Corbett

TX5600

2/10th Commando Squadron

6 April 2013

2/8th Commando Squadron

Frank Henry Wilson

Frank Henry Wilson

2/8th Commando Squadron

passed away – date unknown

“Z” Special Unit

Arthur Jones DSM

Arthur Jones DSM

F3383 (Royal Australian Navy)

“Z” Special Unit

30 May 2013

2/4 Commando Squadron

Frederick Lyons

Frederick Lyons

VX 103784

2/4 Commando Squadron

passed away May 2013

served with FELO WW2

Bruce Hubert Little

Bruce Hubert Little

VX78939

served with FELO WW2

26th January 1923 – 10th March 2013

VX89257 (V101773)

Matthew Bernard Foley MBE

Matthew Bernard Foley MBE

VX89257 (V101773)

1921 – 24 Mar 2013

2/2nd Independent Company

Leith N R Cooper

Leith N R Cooper

VX103924

8 Dec 1916 – 24 Jan 2013

2 Cdo Coy Apr 1964 – 1968

Richard John Hammon Paine

Richard John Hammon Paine

3166109

2 Cdo Coy Apr 1964 – 1968

18 Jan 1941 – 13 Dec 2012

WW2 Service Feb 1940-Dec 1945

Roland Griffiths-Marsh

Roland Griffiths-Marsh

MMVX16310

WW2 Service Feb 1940-Dec 1945

22 Apr 1923 – 29 Dec 2012

2/4 Commando Squadron

Ronald (Slim) Arthur Dent

Ronald (Slim) Arthur Dent

NX127423 (N171690)

2/4 Commando Squadron

Nov 1922 – 18 Nov 2012

B4104 (Royal Australian Navy)

John Frederick Van Peype

John Frederick Van Peype

B4104 (Royal Australian Navy)

5 Apr 1925 -27 Aug 2012

2/7 Australian Independent Company

Colin Geoffrey (Geoff) Forden

Colin Geoffrey (Geoff) Forden

NX97491

28 Nov 2012 aged 90

2 Cdo Coy 1960-1964

Tony (Anthony) Dunlap

Tony (Anthony) Dunlap

3165857

2 Cdo Coy 1960-1964

19 Nov 2012

301 & 126 Signal Squadron

Graham Fredwick Howatt

Graham Fredwick Howatt

3795404

SGT Clerk 126 Sig Sqn 1969-72

21 Dec 1948 – 20 Oct 2012

2/3rd Independent Company

Ray Roberts

Ray Roberts

2/3rd Independent Company

7th Sept 2012

2/4th Ind Coy C Platoon 8 Section.

George Mackenzie Dickson

George Mackenzie Dickson

QX26792
2/4th Ind Coy C Platoon 8 Section.

10 Sep 2012 aged 90 years

2/6th Commando Squadron

Bob Balderstone MC

Bob Balderstone MC

VX54281

9th March 2012 aged 90 years.

126 Sig Sqn 1966-67 1975-76

Robert Alexander (Bob) Baird

Robert Alexander (Bob) Baird

53898

AATTV Vietnam
126 Sig Sqn 1966-67 1975-76

16 February 1932-25 July 2012

2/3rd Commando (Ind Cav Cdo)

Roy Walker

Roy Walker

VX57614

2/3rd Commando (Ind Cav Cdo)

22 Oct 1919-11 Aug 2012

2 Commando Company

Bill (William) F Oliver

Bill (William) F Oliver

2 Commando Company

28 June 2012

2/5th Commando Squadron

Robert (Bob) William Buchanan

Robert (Bob) William Buchanan

VX76355

2/5th Commando Squadron

2 Commando Company

Michael McLoughlin

Michael McLoughlin

2 Commando Company

02 May 2012 aged 67 years

2/8th Australian Commando Squadron

Roy GAUL

Roy GAUL

VX25794

2/8th Australian Commando Squadron

 26 Oct 1917 – May 2012.

2/6th Commando Squadron

Andrew James Kay

Andrew James Kay

NX55904

2/6th Commando Squadron

22 Dec 1915 – 2nd April, 2012

2/5th Commando Squadron

Karl Kalisz

Karl Kalisz

3103642

2 Cdo Coy 1962-1972

6 Apr 2012

126 Sig Sqn (Special Forces) 1962-63

Robert ‘Bob’ Redgwell

Robert ‘Bob’ Redgwell

17517, QX16676 / QX21928

126 Sig Sqn (Special Forces) 1962-63
OC 126 Sig Sqn 1966-67
LTCOL (ret) and “Squire” at Swan Island

14 March 1919-04 April 2012

126 Sig Sqn 1975-1979

Peter Thomas Martin

Peter Thomas Martin

214343

126 Sig Sqn 1975-1979

Oct 2011

2 Cdo Coy 1969-1970 CMF

Nicholas (Tom) Dooley

Nicholas (Tom) Dooley

3794613

2 Cdo Coy 1969-1970 CMF
ARA SVN

30 Apr 1948 – 03 Oct 2011

V25236

William Norman Gibbs

William Norman Gibbs

V25236

26 Feb 1921 – Apr 2012

126 Sig Sqn (Special Forces) 1960-69 

Robin (Bob) Winter Pullinger BEM

Robin (Bob) Winter Pullinger BEM

2411151

126 Sig Sqn (Special Forces) 1960-69 

14 October 1939 – 28 November 2011

SGT 126 Sig Sqn-660 Sig Tp 1993-94

Rod Bourke

Rod Bourke

SGT 126 Sig Sqn-660 Sig Tp 1993-94
Cambodia UNTAC

passed away 2012

2 Cdo Coy 1970s

Paul Butler

Paul Butler

2 Cdo Coy 1970s

14 Sept 2011
Marseille, France

2 Cdo Coy 1959-1964

Earnie Conyers

Earnie Conyers

2 Cdo Coy 1959-1964

20 Feb 1941 to 17 Sep 2011

2 Cdo Coy 1968-1972

Colin Clark

Colin Clark

2 Cdo Coy 1968-1972

passed away Sep 2011

2 Cdo Coy 1964-1966

Russ Holling

Russ Holling

2 Cdo Coy 1964-1966

passed away Sep 2011

2nd Commando Regiment

Todd Matthew Langley

Todd Matthew Langley

2nd Commando Regiment
1976 – Jul 04 2011

Sgt. Todd Langley was killed by small arms fire while serving with 2nd Commando Regiment as part of Operation Slipper
in Afghanistan. This was his fifth tour of duty.

126 Sig Sqn 1980-1996

Chris Wheeler

Chris Wheeler

353984
126 Sig Sqn 1980-1996

10 Aug 2011 age 61
succumbing to a long battle with cancer.

2nd Commando Regiment

Brett Wood MG, DSM

Brett Wood MG, DSM

2nd Commando Regiment

Sgt Wood was killed May 23 2011 age 32 when an improvised explosive device detonated during clearance operations in southern Afghanistan

2 Cdo Coy and 5/6 RVR

Warren Janson

Warren Janson

2 Cdo Coy and 5/6 RVR

31 May 2011 as a result of car accident

5/6 RVR, 1st Cdo Regt Lt. 6th Aviation Regt

Marcus Case

Marcus Case

5/6 RVR, 1st Cdo Regt
Lt. 6th Aviation Regt

Killed in the crash of a Chinook helicopter in Afghanistan

May 2011 age 27

“Z” Special Unit

Keith Charles Turland

Keith Charles Turland

VX149030

“Z” Special Unit

17 Apr 1924 – 06 June 2011

Served with the 2/10th Commando Squadron at the landing of Wewak

Henry J Hindle

Henry J Hindle

SX15874

Served with the 2/10th Commando Squadron at the landing of Wewak

16 May 1919 – 13th May 2011

2/4th Commando Squadron

Lindsay (Lyndon) Griffiths

Lindsay (Lyndon) Griffiths

 VX122290

2/4th Commando Squadron
Served in the Tarakan campaign

6 Oct 1921 – 14th June 2011

301 & 126 Signal Squadron

Ernest Francis Blocksidge

Ernest Francis Blocksidge

17607

28 November 1936 – 03 January 2011

CMF, AATTV, 2 Cdo Coy, PTS

Edward Allan Nicholas MBE

Edward Allan Nicholas MBE

3166072

CMF, AATTV, 2 Cdo Coy, PTS

28 April 2011

WO2 (SCC) 126 Sig Sqn 1981-82

Alan Twynam-Perkins

Alan Twynam-Perkins

55113
WO2 (SCC) 126 Sig Sqn 1981-82

November 2010

Service in WW2, Borneo, Vietnam OC 126 Signal Squadron 1964 LTCOL (Ret’d)

Colin James Cattanach AM

Colin James Cattanach AM

QX30364

Service in WW2, Borneo, Vietnam
OC 126 Signal Squadron 1964 LTCOL (Ret’d)

1922 – Jun 2010

126 Sig Sqn 1979-1982

Armin Edgar Durr

Armin Edgar Durr

126 Sig Sqn 1979-1982

19 Feb 1951 – 29 Jun 2010
after a long battle with liver cancer

2nd Commando Regiment

Timothy James Aplin

Timothy James Aplin

Ben A Chuck

Scott T Palmer

2nd Commando Regiment
Tragically killed when their Black Hawk helicopter crashed in Kandahar Province in southern Afghanistan on 21 June 2010

126 Sig Sqn-660 Sig Tp

Bryan Panting

Bryan Panting

3176719

126 Sig Sqn-660 Sig Tp

Passed away Feb 2010

126 Sig Sqn 1967-1971 & 1980

Neville (Snakey) James Daniels

Neville (Snakey) James Daniels

53554

126 Sig Sqn 1967-1971 & 1980

Passed away Mar 2010

4 RAR (CDO)

Mason K Edwards

Mason K Edwards

2009 age 30

4 RAR (CDO)

Accidentally shot at Cultana in South Australia during a live-fire training exercise.

2/5th Commando Squadron

Evan Macgregor

Evan Macgregor

VX73184

2/5th Commando Squadron

Passed away 18th Apr 2010

OC 2 Cdo Coy 1972-1976

Royston Stanley (Bill) Billett

Royston Stanley (Bill) Billett

OC 2 Cdo Coy 1972-1976

20 Sep 1937 – 19 Mar 2010

2 Cdo Coy Mar 1956-Jan 1959

Brian Hinneberg

Brian Hinneberg

2 Cdo Coy Mar 1956-Jan 1959

Passed away 05 Dec 2009

2 Cdo Coy Feb 1956-Jan 1959

Don Alexander William Porteous

Don Alexander William Porteous

3165662

2 Cdo Coy Feb 1956-Jan 1959

11 Nov 1930 – 4 Nov 2009

ex SBS, 1955 instructor with 1 and 2 Commando Companies

Len Holmes

Len Holmes

ex SBS, 1955 instructor with 1 and 2 Commando Companies

passed away Sep 2009

2 Cdo Coy 1967-1967

John Ronald Rigby

John Ronald Rigby

2 Cdo Coy 1967-1967

passed away 12 Apr 2009

2/2nd independent company
2/4th Commando Squadron

Francis John (Curly) Papworth

Francis John (Curly) Papworth

VX66806

2/2nd independent company & 2/4th Commando Squadron

09/05/1915 – 29/06/2005

“Z” Special Unit

Lawrence Sydney Black

Lawrence Sydney Black

NX105873 (N206759)

“Z” Special Unit

18 Jul 1923 – 8 Dec 2009

126 Sig Sqn (660 Sig Tp)

Barry Hearn

Barry Hearn

126 Sig Sqn (660 Sig Tp)
mid-late 1980 s.

He was a member of the Queensland Police Service at the time of his death. After discharging from the
ARA, Barry remained in the GRES. Believed to have passed away in 2002

2 Commando Company

Gregory Sher

Gregory Sher

2 Commando Company

Killed in Action during a rocket attack on 04 Jan 2009 while serving with the Special Operations Task Group in Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan.

2 Cdo Coy 1955

MAJ Peter Seddon

MAJ Peter Seddon

2 Cdo Coy 1955

30 Nov 1923 – 02 Dec 2008

2 Cdo Coy

Karel Hulsbergsen

Karel Hulsbergsen

2 Cdo Coy

Passed away 13 Sep 2008

126 Sig Sqn 1968-1970

Noel Anderson

Noel Anderson

126 Sig Sqn 1968-1970

passed away 12 Jul 2008

2 Cdo Coy

Neil Chasemore

Neil Chasemore

2 Cdo Coy

passed away Jun 2008

126 Sig Sqn 1978 – 1984

Marty Breed

Marty Breed

126 Sig Sqn 1978 – 1984

30 Apr 1957-06 Jun 2008

1st Commando Regiment

David Maughan

David Maughan

passed away 12 Jun 2008

1st Commando Regiment

Trevor Watson

Trevor Watson

06 Oct 1955 – 07 Dec 2007

2 Cdo Coy 1962-1965

Col Titmarsh

Col Titmarsh

2 Cdo Coy 1962-1965

passed away 2007

Adjt 2 Cdo Coy 1959-1960

John (Jack) Fletcher GM

John (Jack) Fletcher GM

Adjt 2 Cdo Coy 1959-1960
received a George Medal for actions during the RIP incident

02 Dec 1933 – 05 Nov 2007

1st Commando Regiment

Michael Williamson

Michael Williamson

1 Cdo Coy

06 Jan 1941 – 27 Apr 2007

2 Cdo Coy 1993-1995

David O’Neil

David O’Neil

2 Cdo Coy 1993-1995

passed away 09 Apr 2007

1 Cdo Coy 1961-1967

Anthony (Tony) Raffaele

Anthony (Tony) Raffaele

1 Cdo Coy 1961-1967

passed away 2007

2 Cdo Coy 1964-1971

Peter Peart (Lowe)

Peter Peart (Lowe)

2 Cdo Coy 1964-1971

13 Apr 1947 – 27 Oct 2006

2 Commando Coy

Michael (Macca) McAvoy

Michael (Macca) McAvoy

2 Commando Coy

passed away 09 Apr 2007

126 Sig Sqn 1981-1987

Ronald Ireland

Ronald Ireland

365592
126 Sig Sqn 1981-1987

passed away May 21 1999

2 Cdo 1974
126 Sig Sqn 1983

Arthur BRAND

 

Arthur BRAND

VX66116

Served with Kanga Force in New Guinea during World War II in 1942. Commanded by Major Norman Fleay it was made up of elements from the 1st and 2/5th Independent Companies and the New Guinea Volunteer Rifles . Passed away 2003

Arthur served with No 1 Australian Independent Company and embarked from Sydney on 27 Feb 1942 for New Guinea. He returned to Australia on 14 Jan 1943 and after training at 1st Australian Commando Training Battalion, Arthur joined the unit at Canungra, Qld as a Trooper on 15 May 1943, but before the unit left for New Guinea, he fell ill and was transferred to hospital on 20 May 1943 and was discharged from hospital on 6 Jun 1943. He then spent some time recuperating and embarked aboard "KATOOMBA" for New Guinea, disembarking at LAE on 19 Feb 1944 and re-joined the unit on 29 Mar 1944. Arthur transferred to 2/3rd Australia Composite Anti Aircraft Regiment on 24 Apr 1944. He embarked from LAE aboard "ORMISTON" for TOWNSVILLE on 27 Apr 1944. Arthur embarked aboard "SEA RAY" on 10 Apr 1945 and disembarked at MOROTAI on 22 Apr 1945, he then embarked aboard Landing Ship Troops 697 for LUBUAN, British North Borneo on 2 Jun 1945.He returned to Australia on 20 Dec 1945 and was discharged on 8 Jan 1946. Passed away 2003

126 Sig Sqn 1972-1983

Kenneth Richard Lucas

Kenneth Richard Lucas

126 Sig Sqn 1972-1983

20-03-1950 to 12-09-2004

126 Sig Sqn

Andrew Constantinidis

Andrew Constantinidis

1 Squadron, Special Air Service Regiment, who along with 17 other soldiers died in a mid air collision between two Blackhawk helicopters at Townsville on Wednesday 12 June 1996. Prior to enlisting in the Regular Army, Andrew was an Army Reserve soldier with 126 Sig Sqn, a respected member of Commando Signal Troop and Training Troop.

His infectious smile will always be remembered.

126 Sig Sqn – 660 Sig Tp 1976-77

Merv Jenkins

Merv Jenkins
126 Sig Sqn – 660 Sig Tp 1976-77
June 1951 to June 1999

Merv Jenkins, the Australian Defence Intelligence Organisation’s senior man in Washington, committed suicide at his Arlington , Virginia, home on June 13, 1999, his 48th birthday. Jenkins had come under investigation for allegedly passing secret material to allies. The official suspicion came as an extraordinary shock to him having had an impeccable record of military service before taking up the Washington posting.

126 Sig Sqn 1973-1981

Maurice Maxwell (Blue) Keane

Maurice Maxwell (Blue) Keane

31981
Occupation forces – Japan
Service in Korea-1953
126 Sig Sqn 1973-1981

16 Dec 1927 – 29 Dec 1993

126 Sig Sqn 1969-1973

Paul Taylor

Paul Taylor

126 Sig Sqn 1969-1973

Murdered on 21 August 1993 by John Lascano who also killed Pauls daughter and a friend at a gunshop in the Melbourne suburb of Springvale.

301 & 126 Signal Squadron

Edward (Ted) Blacker BEM

Edward (Ted) Blacker BEM

13695

passed away 1992

2 Cdo 1974
126 Sig Sqn 1983

Arthur Caffery

Arthur Caffery

362321
2 Cdo 1974 & 126 Sig Sqn 1983

passed away 1991

WO1 / Capt 126 Sig Sqn 1973-1992

Roy Frost

Roy Frost

27194

WO1 / Capt 126 Sig Sqn 1973-1992

passed away – date unknown

301 & 126 Signal Squadron

Vivian (Viv) Kein

Vivian (Viv) Kein

25 Jun 1928 to10 Jan 1981

born Villipuram , India
1945-46 British Army in India.
1947 Indian Army
1970 16 Feb enlisted in Australian Military Forces-CMF.
1970-75 Served with 3 Signal Regiment
1974-81 Served with 126 Sig Sqn

126 Sig Sqn SSM 1979-1981

Kenneth James (Ken) Grantham

Kenneth James (Ken) Grantham

43173

126 Sig Sqn SSM 1979-1981

died Apr 1989 as a result of a motor cycle accident

126 Sig Sqn 1979-1986

John Street

John Street

126 Sig Sqn 1979-1986

passed away – date unknown

126 Sig Sqn 1966-1972

Phil Noonan

Phil Noonan

3177072

126 Sig Sqn 1966-1972

died 10 Mar 1972 as a result of a car accident

1st Independent Company Reinforcements 20th March 1910 – 28th May 1986

Norman Roy Howard

Norman Roy Howard

NGX 174
C.O. 1st Independent Company Reinforcements

20th March 1910 – 28th May 1986

126 Sig Sqn 67-68 69-70 72-79

Basil Lees

Basil Lees

32468
Birth Date: 25 April 1932

126 Sig Sqn 67-68 69-70 72-79

8 October 1951 – 17 September 1952 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment
21 July 1953 – 31 March 1954

2nd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment
1 April 1954 – 24 July 1954
1st Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment

2 Cdo Coy

George (Taffy) Drakopoulos

George (Taffy) Drakopoulos
CSM 2 Cdo Coy

Roger Frederick Wood
2 Cdo Coy

Edward Stanley Meyer
41st Amphibious Platoon

Lost in The Rip – Wed 17 Feb 1960

2/8th Australian Commando

Dr Bertram Sutherland Vanrenen

Dr Bertram Sutherland Vanrenen

VX91552

2/8th Australian Commando
Squadron
6th November 1920 – 6th July 2014 

1st Independent Company Reinforcements 20th March 1910 – 28th May 1986

Peter Shew

Peter Shew

3110479

4/2/1956----5/ 6/ 2016.

Rimau Platoon have been mourning at Peter's passing.  Peter joined 2 Cdo in 1982. Mal Edgar remembers “I still remember his laugh, and offbeat comments that relieved a tense situation, or at a time when we were all just bloody bone tired and being inspired to carry on!
Unfortunately when Peter passed and the timings of his funeral, I was stuck working in Saudi Arabia on contract and couldn't leave until the contact obligations were finished. Particularly sad too is that Peter is the first of the Old Crew to head off to the great beyond, so we are all hoping that when we get there ourselves, he will have a hot brew waiting, and be ready to re-tell some old stories of just what we got up to when we were young and silly”.

The Department of Tourism and Culture - Heritage branch was arranging a plaque in recognition of a military site that Peter identified and instigated a heritage listing for.
WWll 16 Mile Camp Heritage Walk – Palmerston NT

Major Jim Truscott

 

1st Commando Regiment

Major Jim Truscott

3110479  OC 2 Commando Company 31-01-1990  to  14-01- 1992

DoB 26-05-1956 Brisbane      DoD  28-04-2021 NSW

Jim first served in the Marist Brothers Ash Grove school cadet unit then the Queensland University Regiment before entering RMC as a third class cadet in 1975.  He graduated in 1977 and was awarded a BE (Hons) in 1978 (he later completed a BA out of interest).  Jim subsequently served as a Troop Commander in 1 Field Squadron of the 1st Field Engineer Regiment and as an observer with the Commonwealth Monitoring Force in Rhodesia attached to a mixed race field propaganda unit before completing selection and serving in 3 SAS Sqn as the OPSO.  He along with his OC Bill Forbes will be long remembered for organising and overseeing “Ex Biltong Watcher”, an epic in the NT that even included airstrikes by B52s operating from Guam.  Jim subsequently served as the Garrison Engineer in Newcastle and on the Ops Staff in Field Force Command, Army Headquarters and Headquarters Special Forces.  Following these postings he vowed never again to serve in the “Big Army” or as a “Staff Wally”.  He achieved legendary status as the OC 2 Commando Company with his many innovative and realistic exercises often involving short notice call out.  He also served in the Pilbara Regiment as a Surveillance Squadron Commander then in the Northern Territory as a Civil Affairs Officer before returning to SASR as the OPSO.  It is during this last posting that his ingenuity, knowledge and experience came to the fore as he led the regimental planning team for the deployment to the Middle East for OP POLLARD, the initial entry into East Timor for OP SPITFIRE and OP FALCONER and the support to the 2000 Olympics during OP GOLD.  But above all Jim’s core professional interest lay in Special Warfare.  He had completed the Special Warfare Course and starred on Ex Blue Flame, taught himself jungle Bahasa Indonesia and studied in detail the activities of the Services Reconnaissance Department (SRD) during WW2.  He was a known “Friend of Z” and had befriended, supported and interviewed many of the original operatives.  He had also conducted a long distance sea kayak trip from Singapore through the Indonesian archipelago tracing the route of the escaping OP RIMAU party, spent two months walking through the jungles of Borneo retracing the steps of the OP SEMUT operatives and interviewing the few surviving guerrillas and their families and had recently travelled to East Timor to research a battle field guide covering the activities of the Independent Companies and SRD in WW2, TNI and Falantil during the Independence War and finally INTERFET and UNTAET post 1999.  As a Special Forces Officer, Jim was one of the few truly unconventional thinkers, and he pushed and prodded SASR and Commandos toward more advanced capabilities, often with complete disregard to his own career.  Matt Rogerson recounts that it was always a joy and terror to be a junior officer within his command or earshot.

Jim was also a passionate, committed and enthusiastic mountaineer, rock climber and Nordic skier.  As a cadet at RMC he was a founding member of the RMC Mountaineering Club, instrumental in the re-establishment of the Army Alpine Association (AAA) and the instigator of the famous RMC August Epic.  He was a fierce and dedicated climber and mountaineer his entire life. Anyone who knew Jim will have a favourite tale of his eccentricities, his at times manic drive and his fiery intellect, his endless energy, great projects and causes and his legendary wordsmithing. He was always driving hard, whether rustling up a team to tackle Carstenz’s Pyramid; signing off on C130 flights for Everest logistics or hitting up Big Ben Pies to sponsor an expedition to the remote volcano of the same name.  Jim’s list of achievements is lengthy. As a mountaineer and climber he first headed to the Southern Alps of New Zealand in December 1974.  He then spent many summers in the 70’s and early 80’s in the Southern Alps.  While recovering from a major injury incurred solo climbing near Majors Creek, Jim along with Mike Hindmarsh made an early ascent of Ball’s Pyramid, this in turn after a disastrous and near death experience attempting to sail to the remote sea stack.  In 1981 he, along with Dave Simpson and Maila Pemba, survived an avalanche at Camp 2 on Ganesh IV (7102 m) in Nepal.  Tragically Dave Sloane was not so lucky and was swept to his death.  Jim was a member of the successful expedition to Broad Peak (8047 m) in Pakistan in 1986, at that stage only the second 8000 metre peak climbed by an Australian team. Jim was also a member of the successful 1988 Australian Bicentennial Everest Expedition, the second ascent of the mountain by an Australian team and the only ascent of the mountain accomplished without local high altitude porters. He was awarded an OAM and CDF Commendation for his organising efforts and participation in this activity.  Subsequently, he climbed Aconcagua in Argentina (the highest mountain in the America’s) in 1990, Carstenz Pyramid in Irian Jaya (the highest mountain in South East Asia) in 1991 then Nanda Devi East on a multi-national expedition with the Indian Army in 1996.

He was also a voracious rock climber, putting up hundreds of new rock climbing routes wherever he was based from Kangaroo Point and Frog Buttress in SE QLD, the Sydney Sea Cliffs and Blue Mountains in NSW, Arapiles and the Grampians in VIC, the remote WA northwest coast, to the Perth Hills and his beloved Southwest WA. Generations of future climbers will puzzle at his climb names and wonder at his route selection and bolting practices. Jim knew a quality route when he saw it, but didn’t mind putting up the odd scrappy climb – Matt Rogerson recalls getting told to bring a shovel when joining him on one of his Perth Hills new routing adventures.   Many a climbing partner will recall that it was always prudent to double check Jim’s belay stances and to be wary of his pick of climbs, as the call “your lead” would oft come at an inopportune moment.  I recall many a session in the Dugandan, Natimuk and Mt Vic pubs contemplating our failures, celebrating our successes and building Dutch courage for future ventures.  Early on Jim was also a committed and competitive Nordic skier.  He organised and competed in many Inter-Service events, representing Army on numerous occasions and finishing in the top 30 in NSW state championships several times in the 1980’s.  On one occasion he, along with Matt Walton, skied the length of Kosciusko National Park in 18 hours.  In 1989 he also led a ski mountaineering trip to Mt Shasta in California.  Jim had in addition to tracing the route of the OP RIMAU operatives conducted several remote sea kayak trips including to the Monte Bello Islands and two attempts to cross the Torres Strait.  He also rafted the Franklin River in TAS before it became popular.

Immediately following OP GOLD Jim left the Army and entered business as a crisis management consultant, first with a British multinational company, before setting up his own firm “Truscott Crisis Leaders”.  After a learn start Jim through sheer determination and exceptionally hard work established a very successful consultancy with a clientele that included many of the world’s leading multi-national companies.  His straight forward and sometimes abrupt style was not everyone’s cup of tea but his advice and training was highly valued by many mining and off shore oil and gas companies operating in the remote corners of the world.  Jim was known to cover 10 countries in 7 days, conduct day trips to Singapore and travel to Europe for one day jobs.   His ideas, advice, guidance and training significantly enhanced the emergency response capabilities and safety of many work places around the globe.

Jim was a prolific writer.  A cursory inspection of the RV, ACA journal, AAA newsletters and various professional journals will feature Jim Truscott.  Jim’s thoughts on Special Operations published under his nom de guerre “Taipan” have graced many an RV and ACA journal.  While his accounts of his personal adventures in the AAA newsletter not only inspired many but were in the finest traditions of mountain writing.  He was also a prolific reviewer and authored several books including his autobiography “Snakes in the Jungle – Special Operations in War and Business”, an account of OP SEMUT titled “Voices from Borneo – The Japanese War” and in concert with Bob Kilsby a business sales guide titled “Who Dares Sell, Wins - Mastering True Sales in Management”.  At the time of his death he was finalising a detailed “Battlefield Guide of East Timor”.  His writing was always erudite, often lengthy and sometimes unprintable.   As you considered his ideas and read of his adventures, as you listened to his proposals and stories, you were sometimes stunned by his audacity but more often left enriched by his grasp of history, military capabilities, mountain geography and business practices, giddy in the wake of his often preposterous ideas and actions, and unsettled by how boring your own mind and life appeared next to his.

Following the recent sale of his business Jim qualified as a Surf Life Saver and served as a hose man in the Darlington Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade.  He was also actively working with the 2/2nd Commando Company Association in an attempt to have the unit awarded a Unit Citation for Gallantry for their actions as an Independent Company in Timor in 1942 and the HMAS Armidale Association on a project to locate the wreck.

Above all, Jim was a family man, devoted to his life partner, Colette, and their children and grandchildren.  He was a man to follow and learn from, both in his words and deeds. You had to be quick to keep up and follow his thinking, but he suffered fools better than he made out, and we are all the better for his friendship and life.   His passing not only brings a great sadness to his family and close friends but leaves an enormous gap for many across military, veteran, business and adventure communities. Vale Jim Truscott, gone but not forgotten.

Ric Moor

 

WO2 Ray Sanders

 

1st Commando Regiment

WO 2 Ray Sanders 1st July- 1928    Dod 23rd Nov 2018

3165608  2 Commando Company 15th Dec 1955-  4th June 1963

Ray was a very long, loyal member of the Australian Commando Association and he will be missed by many of those he served with, and with the many friends he made in the Association over the years.

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1st Independent Company Reinforcements 20th March 1910 – 28th May 1986

Tony Boardman

Anthony Ellis Boardman

 

312282
28-12-1953----1-9-2019

Tony started his time in the Army as a Regular Soldier with the Royal Australian Army Catering Corp and was based at Holesworthy, 9/04/1975 to 10/12/1978 . Tony was posted to 2Cdo on 10 October 1981. He completed selection and Cdo IET in Rimau Platoon that was commanded by Bruce O’Connor and Pops Bennet as PL SGT. Tony obtained his GB around December 1982. He completed the usual courses such as Amphib, Para. And Rappelling Courses.
Army Reserve 20 OCT 81 to 17 AUG 84
Employment: Cook, Rifleman
Rank on discharge: Private
Postings: 1 Recruit Training Battalion 09 APR 75
Army School of Catering (Training Strength) 24 JUN 75.1 Field Engineers Regiment Workshop 13 Nov 75.2 Commando Company 20 Oct 81

Pte James Lovig

 

1st Commando Regiment

Private James Lovig

3166142- 2 Commando Company 1964 to 1968

DoB 7-11-1939      DoD  24-04-2021

James completed his National service and  served in Korea and Vietnam. Service records shown him as serving from 1964 to 1968 (records are scant and will be added as and when they come to hand).

 

Roly Good 2/3rd

 

2/3rd Australian Independent Company

Robert (Roly) Roland Good

VX90284 (V56817)

2/3rd Independent Company/Commando Squadron

8 October 1919  - 11 November 2018

Roly  enlisted in September 1942 and discharged in February 1946 from 2/3 Australian Commando Squadron. He served with the 2/3rd as a medical orderly in New Guinea and Borneo until the end of the war, accompanying the ambush and recce patrols, so was in constant contact with the Japanese.

After the war Roly qualified as a doctor, and later went to Korea during their war with the Save the Children Fund, as a medical officer, as part of the United Nations Civil Assistance program. Later in Korea he established and operated a health centre for mothers and babies. Roly began his medical practice in Traralgon in 1957.

Roly possessed a very strong social conscience, perhaps fueled by some of his earlier experiences.

Roly was not an RSL member, but he always remained in touch with his WW2 comrades. He was a strong supporter of the WW2 Commando Association (Victoria), and was a regular contributor to their regular ˜Double Diamonds newsletter.

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2nd 10th Commando Squadron

Arthur William Trevena

Arthur William Trevena

2/10th Commando Squadron

S112371   SX30756

13 April 1924---1 June 2021

Categories of service:

Citizen Military Forces                                                       14 May 1942 to 15 February 1943

Citizen Military Forces (Full Time Service)                       16 February 1943 to 02 May 1943

Australian Imperial Force                                                  03 May 1943 to 29 July 1946

Rank on discharge:                                                          Lance Corporal

Postings:

Recruit Reception Depot                                                    14 May 1942

3 Training Battalion                                                           19 February 1943

3 Australian Infantry Training Battalion                            30 April 1943

32 Australian Infantry Training Battalion                          20 September 1943

2 Australian Infantry Special Group                                  09 October 1943

32 Australian Infantry Training Battalion                          19 November 1943

1 Australian Training Centre (Jungle Warfare)                 10 January 1944

1 Australian Cavalry (Commando) Training Squadron    17 January 1944

2/6 Australian Cavalry (Commando) Regiment                 01 March 1944

2/10 Australian Commando Squadron                              27 December 1944

4 Australian Infantry Battalion                                           01 November 1945

New Guinea Details Depot Rabaul                                    04 January 1946

37/52 Australian Infantry Battalion                                    16 January 1946

4 Military District Recruit Reception and

General Details Depot                                                       20 May 1946

Operational Service/Deployment:

New Guinea                                                                       14 October 1944 to 16 May 1946

Attachments:

Headquarters, 4 Infantry Brigade                            12 March 1946 to 25 April 1946

Honours and Awards:

1939-45 Star

Pacific Star

War Medal 1939-45

Australia Service Medal 1939-45

Australian Service Medal 1945-75 with Clasp PNG  And the Returned from Active Service Badge

Pte Robert Dunball

 

1st Commando Regiment

Private Robert (Bob) George Dunball

3785111- 2 Commando Company 21st April 1959 to 30th June 1960

Dob 15-10-1939      Dec  7-6-2021

Bob did his National Service from the 3rd January 1959 to 20th March 1959 his posting during that time was 20 National Service Training Battalion 03 January 1959 ,1 Medium Workshop 21 March 1959 and then Bob Joined the Citizen Military Forces as it was called back then, signing up for 2 Commando Company on 21 March 1959 to 30 June 1960. For his service Bob was awarded the Australian Defence medal and the Anniversary of National Service medal . 

As Bob said I was called up for National Service on the 3rd January 1959 with 20th Battalion E Company RAEME and posted to Puckapunyal where I shared the hut with Glen Doyle and 14 others. After 3 months I was posted to Medium Workshops RAEME at Yarraville with Glen Doyle, however Glen came up with this great idea of joining the Commandos so off we went and we never ever reported to 1 Medium Workshops and went straight to Ripponlea. Glen and I lived around Essendon and we traveled together to the unit.  The 17th of February's RIP incident has ever since been Bobs memory and he recalled that night when they were rescued, "How long we drifted after that I cannot remember but it was quite some time and the waves were by now huge and at times we floated over them and at other times great mountains of water crashed down on us. By now I thought that we would be lucky to get out of the situation, We spotted an ocean liner with search lights and we all whistled very loudly but the ship didn’t seem to see or hear us. Joe Lamb, after great difficulty, managed to get a .303 rifle loaded and fired some blanks, which alerted the ship. It was a great feeling to see the search lights hit us and Joe was very popular for his effort under duress. The liner was the Toscano  which had a boarding line along the ship and a Jacob’s ladder hanging down. The sea was so rough at times we could see the propellers of the 20,000 ton ship and the next minute we were nearly on the bridge. The ship was heaving from side to side which made it very difficult to get near, Roger Wood had managed to hold the Zodiac to the boarding line, enabling one man at a time to scramble up the Jacob’s ladder.

This was frightening. As the ship rolled the ladder then shot out at an angle causing the person on the ladder to hit the side of the ship, Roger was the last man in the Zodiac and as he grabbed the Jacob’s ladder a huge wave hit the side of ship causing him to dangle dangerously on the ladder. A crew member, Ascione Pasquale, was lowered down and reached Roger but another huge wave hit and when it receded only Pasquale was left dangling, but for Roger perhaps many more may have been killed. If anyone deserved a bravery award then Roger, more than anyone, earned one. We were taken to the ship’s hospital in poor physical condition due to the exposure of wind and water and were stripped and rubbed with huge rough mittens and given cognac, Some of the crew thought that we were American Marines raiding Australia, but his was soon corrected. For many years Bob has kept in contact with Joe Lamb up until he death, but has continued to keep in contact with Joe's Daughter Jasmine.

Bob's attendance at the last RIP service 2021 where he was one of the few remaining survivors was in doubt, due to his condition, but regardless, he attended with his wife Suzie, and daughter Karen.  

For many years Bob was an AFL football Umpire and  the AFL Umpires' Association awarded Bob a Life Membership, a  Lifetime Achievement Award, and was inducted into the Umpires Hall of Fame. Bob was a member of Legacy (and Nepean Area Captain) Bob was responsible for the good care of many Legacy Widows.

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Jim Walker

 

James (Jim) Morey Walker

11th Dec 1935 - 23rd August 2021

Jim was the son of Major Edward McDonald (Mac) Walker.Co 2/4th Independent  Commando Squadron in Timor Leste. Jim was not a commando but was an association member and he contributed  greatly to the 2/4th  history through his knowledge and the access to the  informative files his father Mac Walker had written. Jim was a long serving and very loyal member of the ACA.

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2/8th Australian Commando

MAJOR Dennis Arthur ( known to his friends as Doc) Livingston

Major Dennis Arthur Livingston

61249
27.12.2020

Dear Members, It is with deep regret that I have to inform you of the passing of MAJOR Dennis Arthur ( known to his friends as Doc) Livingston.

The Doc Served in the ADF from 1957 – 1979. Headquarters, Australian Force Vietnam (Army Component) 02/07/1970 - 30/06/1971, 7 Signals Regt.
121 Signals Squadron (Singapore). 126 Signals Squadron (Officer Commanding 1972 -73)- School of Signals--13 Sig Regt (UK) Germany 1965-66. Seconded to the PNG Police 1973-77.
Steve Pilmore said Doc was a charming man and a great Officer to work for.

Pte Garry Lobb

 

1st Commando Regiment

Private Garry Lobb

3411804 2 Commando Company March 1971 August 1971

Dec  8th April 2018

Garry Lobb enlisted in the Australian Regular army on the 15th March, 1966, and was allotted to the Royal Australian Infantry. He joined the SAS Regiment in June, 1967, and arrived in South Vietnam with the 2nd SAS Squadron in February 1968. From March, 1968 until February 1969, Corporal Lobb was deployed on over 30 patrols of which 10 resulted in contact with the enemy.

His courage, calmness and ability during these contacts materially assisted the patrol to maintain the initiative and inflict casualties on the enemy.

On the 17th June,1968, Corporal Lobb was a member of a patrol which was invloved in a contact with a heavily armed enemy group. During the contact one member of the patrol was wounded by enemy machine gun fire at close range. Corporal Lobb attempted to engage the enemy gunner, but his weapon malfunctioned. Without thought for his personal safety Corporal Lobb cleared the stoppage and killed the enemy thus permitting the wounded member to reach cover. During the contact Corporal Lobb was in full view of, and only 15 metres from the enemy.

On the 14th July 1968, Corporal lobb was a member of a patrol operating in an area known to contain enemy mines. When his patrol commander was seriously wounded by a mine Corporal Lobb once again disregarded his personal safety as he ignored the dangers of further mines and proceeded to administer life saving first aid to his patrol commander.

Corporal Lobb, by his courage and calmness in the face of the enemy, has been personally responsible for saving the lives of two fellow patrol members. His professional competence and disreagrd for his own safety reflect great credit on himself, his Regiment and the Australian Army.

 

Dennis Wilkins

 

1st Commando Regiment

 

VALE

3166085  Dennis L. Wilkins

2 Commando Company 1963 – 1968

 

Dennis died on Friday, December 20th, 2019 after a long illness. Dennis enlisted in 2 Cdo Coy in November 1963, along with many other ‘notables’ of that era, and was a member of the notorious “Malone’s Molls” brigade. He completed many courses, including his Basic Para Course, was a qualified Stick Commander and was also a Small Scale Raids commander. Dennis attended the iconic Swan Island camp in 1967 and discharged early in 1968 after providing distinguished service and making many friends.

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