Vale Lindsay Robert Laming R35141 - A/PO Tel
Following received by Shorty Moffatt.
Vale Acting PO Telegraphist Lindsay Laming.
Good afternoon Allan
My name is David Laming and I currently reside in Sydney NSW. I am a retired Naval Officer having served 22 years from 1975 to 1997. The purpose of this email is to notify you that my father Lindsay Laming (91 years) of 21 Counter Road, Elizabeth Downs, South Australia passed away on Saturday 8th April and his funeral is to be held on Friday 21st April at Fulham Funerals, 50 Midway Road, Elizabeth East at 1030. Lindsay was a subscriber to the RANCBA News as he was an ex-telegraphist onboard HMAS Hobart.
Dad enlisted in the Navy in June 1943 and after training as a telegraphist was posted to HMAS Hobart serving with British Pacific Fleet in the Pacific Ocean north of Australia. Hobart comprised part of the covering and support group for the Allied landings at Cebu, Tarakan, Wewak, Brunei and Balikpapan. She was also among the Australia ships present in Tokyo Bay for the Japanese surrender. Although discharged after World War II ended he again re-enlisted in 1947 for a further 8 years paying off as an Acting PO Tel.
I would like to thank you on his behalf for the memories and joy from your news gave him each month. He was keen to stay informed and aware of the comings and goings of his fellow communicator brethren.
David W Laming
LEST WE FORGET
Thanks David, our thoughts are with you. May your father Rest in Peace.
Yachtsmen Scheme Volunteers
Following received and for your information
Allan 'Shorty' Moffatt
President RANCBA NSW
There are few WW2 veterans who are more 'forgotten' than the 'Yachties', Australians who volunteered to serve with the RN. The attached brief tells their story in general terms.
Historian Jan Billett has been on their case since the turn of the century and is writing a book about their exploits. She has also engaged in mortal combat with the AWM, who at first refused to believe these people existed, and then denied they had any right to have their service commemorated at the Memorial. Jan won, but it was not easy. They're still going to make her pay for the tea and bikkies.
I'd be grateful if you could circulate the story and the invitation to attend to your contacts. Dave, this would make a great story for Navy News, and I can put you in contact with Jan if you or another reporter want to follow it up.
Needless to say, the Yachtie H&A recipients and their stories are all in Bravo Zulu Vol 1.
All the best,
On behalf of the Yachtsmen Scheme volunteers, you are invited to attend the Dominion Yachtsmen Scheme Plaque Dedication Ceremony. The ceremony will be held at 11.00 am on Thursday 4 May 2017 in the Captain Reg Saunders Courtyard of the Australian War Memorial.
RAN, RANR and RANVR, including the Dominion Yachtsmen Scheme,
who served in the Royal Navy 1939-45.
About five hundred Australian volunteers (the Yachtsmen Scheme) were sent for officer training to the United Kingdom from 1940-42, prior to the outbreak of war with Japan. On commissioning the men were posted throughout the Royal Navy, mostly serving in smaller ships. They served in the Atlantic and Arctic seas, on convoy duty, the Mediterranean and the Persian Gulf, in Special Operations and Rendering Mines Safe (bomb disposal). Towards the end of the war many were involved in the landings for D-Day while many also served in the South-East Asian theatre. After four or more years away they returned to an Australia in the throes of the final stages of the Pacific war and a much smaller navy.
While most of the men were posted back to the Royal Australian Navy, many found themselves serving in more junior positions of responsibility than they had in the Royal Navy. Nor on their return, were they accorded any acknowledgement by the Australian public for their contribution to the final Allied victory. Over the next sixty years the men made real efforts to build a collective identity and without this continuity of contact the material for this research would not have been accessible. Only the men could tell their story about their service and only, over a number of interviews, were the threads of the Yachtsmen Scheme story brought together. Their feelings of disillusionment and melancholy about the lack of public recognition for their war service were voiced and by the early twenty-first century the men sought similar recognition to their Australian compatriots.
The men are proud of their service in the Royal Navy as Australians and believe that as a group they are the most highly decorated servicemen of World War II. The Australian Government paid for their contribution in World War II and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs readily accepted the responsibility for their care. Yet there is no official nominal roll of this group in Australia or the United Kingdom. It is time that their story was told for future generations to understand and acknowledge their endurance and sacrifice in the terrible years of service in the war at sea on the other side of the world, far from their homeland.
Over 1100 Australians served in the Royal Navy during World War II. Most served as volunteers, RANVR, although a handful of RAN personnel were included. Approximately five hundred served through the Yachtsmen Scheme and there were also a number of Anti-Submarine officers who trained at HMAS Rushcutter in Sydney. The Yachtsmen Scheme and the Anti-Submarine Scheme ran concurrently.
The group of Yachtsmen Scheme volunteers were awarded 4 George Crosses (GM), 10 George Medals (GM), 31 Distinguished Service Crosses (DSC), I Distinguished Service Medal (DSM), 34 Mentioned-in -Dispatches (MiD), 3 Orders of the British Empire (OBE), 3 Members of the British Empire (MBE) and a Conspicuous Gallantry Medal (CGM), the only one ever awarded to an Australian.
Janet Roberts Billett MA (Melb)
ANZAC Day 25th April 2017
Herewith the details for the RANCBA NSW Chapter.
As in previous years, the RANCBA shall be Laying a Wreath at the Cenotaph, Martin Place at our allotted time 07.40am Fall in at the corner of Pitt Street & Martin Place at 07.30am. A Serving CIS Communicator in the Dress of the Day will be our dedicated Wreath Layer. I have had a email regarding the March and it is hoped that the two CIS Sailors will be also at the Wreath Laying and they can both place the Wreath on the Cenotaph.
The route for the March is the same as last year, and no longer down past the Cenotaph and into George Street. With all the construction going on for the new light rail project, it would be a disaster. The RANCBA falling in for Post WW II Navy and Merchant Navy with the March Leader for Navy being Vice Admiral Ian Knox AC RAN Rtd . Here in this section we are listed as number 11, directly behind the YARRA Assn . Our Banner will be displayed, but should you have any problems locating us, there will March Marshals in the area who will advise you. This is the top end of Castlereagh Street and Hunter Street corner.
Approximate time for Groups to form-up WW II Veterans 0845-0930 , Post WWII Navy 0930-1015 . These times are an estimate when to form up, BUT be ready to move up to the start line. Now WW II Navy Veterans 0845-0930 and here the March Leader will be Rear Admiral Guy Griffiths AO DSO DSC RAN Rtd.
Act of Remembrance
After Marching into Hunter Street, we will then swing into Elizabeth Street and follow all the way down to the dispersal point , past Museum Station in Liverpool Street. There will be a larger Wreath than last year, and also signs more predominate to Eyes Left and Bands to commence a Drum Beat and then Eyes Front.
Keep marching in Liverpool Street, till advised by one of the March Marshals to stop, break ranks and clear the roadway for more following. Last year. approximate 5.000 Serving and ex Serving Navy took part.
Current Navy Ships will be Marching in this Order HMAS WATSON, ADELAIDE, CANBERRA, PENGUIN, KUTTABUL, DARWIN, WATERHEN, MELBOURNE, ANZAC, WARRAMUNGA, & SUCCESS.
The Reunion will again be held at the GREEN SQUARE Hotel, Bourke Street , Zetland . It is just 2 stops from Museum Station , just follow the crowd. Here Mine Host is Ex L/Sig Nigel 'Swampy'Marsh. NOW, Here all family, friends, girl friends, boy friends etc are more than welcome to join with us – call it stumps when ever you wish
Hoping to see you there, and if you play your cards right, you can buy me a beer!!
Allan 'Shorty' Moffatt OAM
President RANCBA NSW Chapter
ANZAC DAY BRISBANE
Navy Leads the Parade in Brisbane, form up William Street before 9.30 am.
Following the Parade join us at the Victory Hotel Cnr Charlotte and Edward Sts commencing 11 am to circumvent the state liquor laws we have booked in for a private function. pp includes drinks and platters.
HMAS Parramatta, HMAS Success and Spanish DDG Christobel Colon expected to be in Brisbane to lead the Navy contingent in the Parade.
Look forward to seeing you all on the day.
Please ring Sonja (Secretary) on 0412 750 372 the week before the event so that we can confirm numbers with the Victory
or Alan Hellier President RANCBA Q 07 3397 2663
Brisbane Comms Contingent 2017 - Photo taken by Joan Cross
RANCBA-ACT - ANZAC DAY 2017 - ARRANGEMENTS
The RANCBA-ACT will be marching in Canberra on Anzac Day.
Your march leader will be Dave Jeffrey.
Members usually meet at the Navy Memorial – form up between 1000-1030 – march commences at 1040 – not sure as yet of our march position, look for our banner, please wear your name badge and don’t forget to turn your mobile off.
We are holding an after-march function at the Canberra Bowling Club, Hobart Ave, Forrest. Kick off at 1230 approx.
Please pass this email onto other communicators/ex-communicators, they will be very welcome at the after-march function.
75th ANNIVERSARY MEMORIAL SERVICE – HMAS VAMPIRE – '9th APRIL 2017
Today, on what could only be described as a perfect day, this Service for the loss of HMAS VAMPIRE I was held at Garden Island at the end of the Island near the CORVETTE'S Memorial and the bow section of HMAS PARRAMATTA I, with seating arranged , looking towards the harbour and Bradleys Head.
The Service was Officiated by Chaplain Kees Bosch RAN and with music by the RAN Band – Sydney Detachment and singing by L/SEA Tracey Kennedy.
Commander Andrew Fraser RAN, Commanding Officer HMAS KUTTABUL was the Master of Ceremonies , and after his Welcome to all, we were asked to Stand for the March On and Mounting of the Catafalque Party. This was followed by the Hymn Now Thank We All God , led by the RAN Band but sung by all.
On completion, the Commemorative Prayer was given by WO Matthew Hurley.Ship's Warrant Officer HMAS KUTTABUL and then the Address by Captain Paul Martin OAM, RAN Rtd, former Commanding Officer HMAS VAMPIRE II.
The Wreath Laying was then by Official Guests as directed the MC . The first by the Australian Fleet Commander Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer OA, CSC & Bar RAN , some included Ken Sherwell President VAMPIRE Association, and Ken Swain AM (VAMPIRE Commissioning crew and myself were called up, I was wearing my other cap as President of the Federation of Naval Ships Assn).
When this was completed, all were requested to stand for the ODE , recited by WO Matthew Hurley, HMAS KUTTABUL, the LAST POST, ONE MINUTES SILENCE and REVEILLE.
Chaplain Bosch RAN invited all for the saying of the Naval Prayer and then the Naval Hymn – led by L/Seaman Tracey Kennedy and on completion to remain standing for the National Anthem and Benediction.
The March Off of the Catafalque Party was given and all were then invited for Morning Tea in the RAN Heritage Centre.
Along with Ken Swain , Ken Sherwell and his wife Sandra, here I had the pleasure of talking to Digby 'Blue' Ingram from the Chaplains Office, plus some others.
To the Navy, BZ for a very good Service in memory of those that went before and Paid the Supreme Sacrifice in WW II.
Lest We Forget
Allan 'Shorty' Moffatt OAM
President RANCBA NSW
Monthly Photo taken at the Grand Central Hotel Monday 3rd April.
L to R Bob Simpson, Bas Cleary, Don Ruwoldt, Shags Hellier, Roger Garrett Esq, John Horton, Doc Watson, Kev Ruwoldt.
Next gathering at the GCH will be on the 8th May due to May Day falling on the 1st Monday.
THE BATTLE OF THE JAVA & CORAL SEA 75th COMMEMORATION SERVICE
This combined Service was held at the Cenotaph, Martin Place on Friday 31st March, commencing at the end of the ringing of the Bells on the Tower Clock at 11.00am, with the Guest of Honour, His Excellency General David Hurley AC DSC (Rtd) and accompanied by his wife Linda.
The Service commenced with the MC, Allan Moffatt OAM , saying The Acknowledgment of Country , and then for all to stand for the arrival of the Official Party and remain standing for the March On from contingents from HMAS CANBERRA ARMIDALE and NUSHIP HOBART, and then remain standing for the Mounting of the Catafalque Party from HMAS WATERHEN with music supplied by the RAN Band under the Baton of Lieutenant Brian O'Kane RAN.
Here the MC then Welcomed the following . HE, The Governor of NSW, General David Hurley and Mrs Hurley, The Hon. David Elliot MP Representing the Premier of NSW, Her Excellency, Mrs Erica Schouten, Ambassador of the Netherlands, Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer Australian Fleet Commander, Major-General Gus MacLachlan AM Forces Commander Australia, Wing Commander James Svede Representing the Commander Air, Patron of the Java & Coral Sea Association, Rear Admiral Guy Griffiths AO DSO DSC RAN Rtd, The Hon. Robert 'Bob' Lee Hawke AC , former Prime Minister of Australia, Distinguished Guests, Naval Veterans and all in attendance.
I also tended an apology from the Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett AO DSC RAN who was now required to remain in Canberra and attend a Meeting.
The MC then acknowledged the presence of current serving personnel from HMAS CANBERRA, ARMIDALE and NUSHIP HOBART, and the loss of the former CANBERRA, the torpedoing of HOBART and the loss of ARMIDALE (the Teddy Sheehan fame) , then some of the survivors that are with us today – this included Rear Admiral Guy Griffiths who was serving on the Battle cruiser HMS REPULSE and was sunk in 1941, Mr Frank McGovern survivor from HMAS PERTH I who was sunk , captured by the Japanese, sent to the infamous Changi prison and to the infamous Burma rail way. There others and it was hoped that those in attendance had a chance to talk to some of these Veterans. Also in attendance was Members of the HOBART Association with Mr John Withers OAM and Mr Michael Kay proudly displaying their Associations Banner.
On completion, I then asked Senior Chaplain Duncan Besci RAN to come forward and give God's Blessing on this Service and on completion he asked all join in the singing of the Hymn – O God Our Help in Ages Past and then The Lord's Prayer and followed by the Navy Psalm 107.
I then asked if our two Guest Speakers could come forward – the first being the Consul General of the Netherlands Mr Willem Cosijn and also a Commander of the Netherlands NAVY and if he would talk to all about the Java Sea aspects of the Battle
I then invited if Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer AO CSC & Bar RAN if he would talk to all about the aspects of the Battle of the Coral Sea.
After thanking both our Guests all were asked to stand for the Wreath Laying Service . There was many, but some of these included: HE The Governor of NSW, General David Hurley – Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer Fleet Commander – The Hon David Elliot MP, Her Excellency Mrs Erica Schouten Ambassador the Netherlands, Mrs Lynda Voltz MLC Representing the Leader of the NSW Opposition- Maj-General Gus Maclachlan & Wing Commander James Svede – Rear Admiral Guy Griffiths Patron of the Java & Coral Sea Assn & Commodore Arian Minderhoud Royal Netherlands Navy Representing Chief of the Netherlands Navy – Professor Kerryn Phelps Representing the Lord Mayor of Sydney – Acting Asst Commissioner Michael Fitzgerald Representing the Commissioner NSW Police – Mrs Valerie Fowler US Consul General & Brigadier Andrew Harrison UK Defence Advisor Canberra – Mr Hayden White DVA, Mr David Cohen OAM RSL & Mr Keith Grimley President NAA (NSW) please be seated.
The Hon Michael Baume Representing CEO American/Australian Assn, Mr Neils Marquardt CEO USA Chamber of Commerce & LCDR Adam McLeod USN Representing the USN Naval Attache – Captain Ashley Papp RAN Commanding Officer HMAS CANBERRA, LCDR Ben Welfare RAN Representing the CO NUSHIP HOBART & LCDR Barton Harrington RAN Commanding Officer HMAS ARMIDALE – Mr Raymond & Mrs Sonja Raymond President of the American Legion – Mr Tony Van Grieken President Netherlands Ex Service men and women Association, Ms Christine Roberts HMAS AUSTRALIAN Assn & Mr Bill Ross President HMAS HOBART Assn – Mrs Rosemary Stockley OAM President Ex WRANS & Naval Womens Assn of NSW , Mrs Di Vogt Representing the President of the War Widows Guild & Ms Angela Valentine Flint Secretary Combined Services Club – Mr Tony Mills President HMAS PERTH Assn, Mr Ron Glew President RAAF Assn & Mrs Mary Bell Secretary Federation of Naval Ships Assn – Mr John Lees & Mrs Pat Shield Royal Marines Assn – Mr Don Kennedy President Merchant Navy Sub Branch – Maj-General Paul Irving President Royal United Services Institute , Mr Paul Lane President Sydney Legacy & Mr Roger Selby President Jewish Ex Service men & women Assn - Cmdr Ken Swain AM RAN Secretary of the Java & Coral Sea Committee for 20 years, Mrs Jan Cunningham Coral Sea Committee for 32 years and Mr David Wallker Grandson of the Captain Hec Waller – lost on HMAS PERTH in 1942
I then asked if any Relative – friend or others wish to Lay a Wreath , Floral Tribute or a single Flower to now come forward and do so
All were then asked to Stand for the Naval Ode – Recited by Cmdr Ken Swain – The Last Post – A Minutes Silence – The The Sailors Ode Recited by Mrs Jan Cunningham and then Reveille.
Then Senior Chaplain Duncan Besci RAN was invited to come forward where all were asked to join in the Naval Hymn, and the Naval Prayer and Benediction was given.
I then invited all to stand for the National Anthems of AUSTRALIA – GREAT BRITAIN – UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and THE NETHERLANDS. Here L/Seaman Tracey Kennedy of the RAN Band was brilliant and it was so pleasing to see, some of the public stop and listen to all the National Anthems
On completion all were asked to remain standing for the March Off on the Catafalque Party and the Naval Contingents and the departure of the Official Party.
All those invited, were then asked to make their way to the Anthenium Restaurant in Barrack Street.
I would like to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU to the very small Committee who made this Service happen – In no particular order Mr Ken Swain, Ms Jan Cunningham, Mrs Rosemary Stockley, Ms Christine Roberts and I suppose myself Allan Moffatt.
Also we had help from others, placing of the Order of Services etc and escorting the Official Party – Mr Dick Thompson OAM, (RANCBA) Ms Liz Watts (RANCBA & Sec Ex WRANS & Womens Naval Service) Ray & Sharon Mundy (RANCBA) and it is with all these peoples help – it all ran smoothly - BZ.
Also noted other Communicators with partners , Andy & Jan Mills, Max Miller and Cheryl Murphy, June Swain and Helen Moffatt. I do apologise for those that I have missed.
Allan 'Shorty' Moffatt OAM
Chairman Battle of the Java & Coral Sea Committee,
& President RANCBA NSW Chapter
Vale Edmund Davern R50325 (ex LRO)
Shorty Moffatt passes on the following information:
I have received the following email advising the Passing of one Eddie Davern on 28th March aged 79 years. He was a ex Telegraphist in the 50's early 60's era and also one of those when they took their DEE and served down in the Antarctica .
I also had a phone call from Peter Baggott. On the 29th Sue Davern advised that her husband Eddie W63 W67 had gone ahead. The Funeral is in the hands of Gregson & Weight at Nambour 07 5476 2866 or email for Funeral details.
Funeral service to be held at the Gregson and Weight Chapel, 34 National Park Road, NAMBOUR, on Monday 3rd April commencing 1.00 pm.
Address for Sue is PO Box 217 Mapleton Qld 4560. If you would like to send a Floral Tribute, the Funeral Director advises to call 07 5446 3052.
Lest we Forget
Allan 'Shorty' Moffatt
(I think that W67 is for the one of the Stations in the Antarctica called WILKES and the 67 is the year based there -
From the Archives:
Edmund Vincent Jordan DAVERN R50325, DOB 26.04.37, Joined RAN 26.04.55, DEE 25.04.61. Postings: CERBERUS 54-55, LEEUWIN 55-56, QUEENBOROUGH 56, WARRAMUNGA 56, SWAN 56, WARRAMUNGA 56-57, HARMAN 57, LONDSALE 57-58, CERBERUS 58-59, MELBOURNE 59-61, HARMAN 61 - DEE. ORDTEL '54, TEL '56, A/LRO '58, LRO '59.
Vale Lawrie Baker R29025 (ex TEL)
Lawrie, one of the stalwarts of RANCBA Vic slipped his anchor for the final time, peacefully.
He served as a Telegraphist in HMAS Cerberus, Harman, Tarrangau, Albatross, Gladstone, Melville, Lonsdale, Vengeance, and Melbourne and of course finally at DSD.
Some might remember being at odds with him though this wasn’t unusual given his part time occupation as a SP Bookmaker within the fleet though I’m not sure if he kept this up after swallowing the anchor.
Lawrie’s funeral service will be held at the Wilson Chapel in Springvale Botanical Cemetery on Monday 3rd 2017 at 11.15
THE OLD WAY
There’s a wondrous Golden Harbour, far beyond the setting sun,
Where a gallant ship may anchor when her fighting days are done,
Free from tempest, rock and battle, toil and tumult, safely o’er
Where the breezes murmur softly and there’s peace for evermore.
They have climbed the last horizon, they are standing in from sea
And the Pilot makes the Haven where a ship is glad to be:
RA Hopewood.. Part of the Old way!
Hon Sec RANCBA Vic
Lest We Forget
RANCBAVIC AND SOUTHERN REGION REGIONAL REUNION PORT FAIRY WASHUP
1. Another fantastic Regional reunion has been done and dusted. It was a great event as usual and the washup comments have been very positive. the staff at the Big4 holiday park in Port Fairy were very welcoming with anything we requested being no trouble at all. So much so that they have asked me to advise all RANCBA members that wish to stay with them will receive a discount. That is all members.
2. The BAMSTONE visit was a real eye opener and was very encouraging to see a home grown firm in a country location employing 50 people and doing so well. A very unique business indeed. Refer to Gary's photos for info on this business. All activities went off very well with the dinner on Saturday night a big hit. This was helped along by our 93 year old guest and reunion attendee, Barry Downs an ex world 2 veteran sparker enlightening us all with events at HMAS Harman and the Pacific region during the war. It was very touching to witness the standing ovation Barry received. His wife Stella was just as inspiring, she is a spritely 92 year old.
3. Next year 2018 we will be holding our Regional reunion in Phillip Island over the Vietnam Veterans weekend in August. The RSL will be involved, as will the Vietnam museum and of course the Fairy Penguins. We would love to see a huge turn up to this event as we will be under our banner on Vietnam Veterans day (Saturday) with a large contingent of other Vets. There will be plenty of information re this Regional Reunion so stay posted.
4. We may however throw in a catch up weekend in the Queenscliff, Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads area during the lengthy period between the reunions. We will discuss it at our next committee meeting. Stay posted again as we will make sure it is interesting with a varied format.
5. So that's it until our Pacific Islands and FIJI cruise in August . There is still room for those that would like to join us. Any other queries please contact me on 0418 524 067.
President RANCBA VIC
Looking for Patrick Nolan, RAN, HMAS Sydney 1969
I have received the following and if anyone could assist.
Assistance please - PLEASE CIRCULATE
Frank Hicks - Life Membership RANCBA ACT
The following was recently sent to Frank Hicks from the President of the RANCBA ACT.
The RANCBA (ACT) is proud and privileged to present you with life membership for your role as foundation president and for your work in establishing the RANCBA (ACT) Chapter.
Whilst discussing the history of the RANCBA (ACT) Chapter at our last committee meeting it was obvious that without your vision and energy in the early 1990’s in setting up the RANCBA (ACT), this chapter would not be in existence today.
For this we are truly grateful and thank you for all your hard work.
It would have been nice for us to present your life membership certificate and badge in person and certainly many years earlier. That not being possible please find both enclosed.
On behalf of the current committee congratulations, thank you and best wishes.
BZ Frank, a well deserved award!
Vale Sonny James Fay R57384 (ex LRO)
Judy, Sonny Fay's wife, rang me this morning with the sad news that Sonny crossed the bar on Friday 17 March. Sonny was an RO who was a very good friend of mine and I am sure many others would remember him.
Judy's address is 97 Lagoon Drive, Yanchep WA. 6035. I hope you have Smooth seas old mate.
John Beachball Thorp
Sad news, may he RIP
Lest We Forget
From the Archives:
Sonny James Fay, DOB 05.04.1941. Joined RAN 23.09.1960. DEE 22.09.1969. Postings: CERBERUS 60-61, PARRAMATTA 61-63, HARMAN 63-64, PALUMA 64-66, MORETON 67-68, VAMPIRE 68-89. DEE 22.09.69.
RCTCO - 23.09.60, ORD RO 23.05.61, RO 23.07.62, A/LRO 05.03.65, LRO 05.03.66.
From Tackers Miles:
I have been remiss in following the RANCB website, so you can imagine my shock when I found that Tex Daley had crossed the bar. I considered Tex to be a friend and always enjoyed his company . A good bloke.
Have also just been informed that Sonny Fay has also crossed the bar. Another friend that I had totally lost contact with. Sonny was a great bloke, good Sparker and a pleasure to have a beer with.
Hopefully they have smooth seas until they find safe harbour.
RIP my friends.
Tony (Tackers) Miles
From Kev 'Ruwie' Ruwoldt:
Once again another good bloke, Sonny Fay has crossed the bar too early. I did my RS’Q’ Course with Sonny Fay along with Brian Nicholls, Wes Turnbull, Stomp Forward and Buck Rodgers in 66/67. Many a nights studying was done at the “Wets”.
I wish you smooth seas mate.
Kev ‘Ruwie’ Ruwoldt
From Allan Moffatt:
It is with very sad feelings when I read the Passing of Sonny Fay. As John 'Beachball' Thorp said many in our era would have known him.
It was indeed a pleasure to have known and served with him, he was a great person and a very good sparker.
He was the late LRO Jim Carey's mate and so they shall now be re united and spin some great yarns.
Farewell old mate – it was indeed a pleasure to have known you.
Allan 'Shorty' Moffatt OAM
RANCBAVIC & SOUTHERN REGION REGIONAL REUNION Port Fairy Final Update
1. Just a brief update to remind everybody of a few minor points, plus to wish you all a safe trip to Port Fairy.
A. Please don't forget to bring name tags, those that have them. We will have stick ons for those that don't have one.
B. We have two buses for Saturday - a 57 seater and a 25 seater. Please don't be late as we need to depart right on 1 pm. Please share yourselves onto both buses so that The large one is not too crowded.
C. Laurie Jones who works at the Vietnam Vets Museum has belt buckles for sale at each. These normally retail for .50 at the museum.
D. We have some very interesting items for both raffles, the meet and greet and Saturday evenings dinner.
2. That's about enough from me, but if anybody has any queries please call me on0418 524 067.
See you all next weekend.
Vale Trevor Harriss R62115 (ex LRO)
Heard about this yesterday from Bill Allen.
"I know that Trevor Harriss was a Tasmanian from Ross or around that way. Think he joined the RAN in early 1963. Not sure what rank he was on discharge.
He was not a member of the RANCBA (ACT) but was involved with the Vietnam Vets at Page here in Belconnen.
My youngest was in the same year as Trevor's son Richard at Ginninderra High School. Trevor after leaving the RAN went into the Washing Machine repairs business.
I would see him around Belconnen from time to time and at school functions. For the golfers he and son Richard were at one time big into golf.
Our condolences are with Penny and the greater Harriss family. Pretty sure that Penny was a WRAN."
Ken (Taffy )Eynon
Another good man down. Go Pies!
From the Archives:
Trevor James Harriss R62115, Born 14.09.45, Joined RAN 1.5.63. Discharge date not known but appears to be early 1972 after 9 years service. ORO 29.10.63, RO 19.02.65, A/LRO 6.12.68. Postings - CERBERUS 63-64, ANZAC 64-66. HARMAN 66-67, BRISBANE 67-69, HARMAN 69..
List of Indigenous or Torres Strait Islanders
An ex Dibby here in Brisbane (Ray Sandford - ex POTAS rate) is trying to make a list (for NAA Q) of all ex and current RAN personnel who qualify as Indigenous or Torres Strait Islanders. He is happy to just have names, but if persons want to volunteer their contact details he would be very happy.
Marion Dingo, Harry Mosman, Dinga Bell, and John Pummell I can think of, plus Graham Kong's wife, I think.
If you could slip his request onto the RANCBA web site it would handy.
Thanks John, cheers and Beers,
If anyone would like to know more, please contact Ray direct on the link above.
Len Eaton - HMAS PARRAMATTA
I was an army Signalman aboard Parramatta mid 1962 from Singapore-Hong Kong and return, station was EWO. There were six of us, 3 with Parramatta and 3 with Yarra....
Am looking for any background on this trip, itself being quite unusual. Skipper at the time for Parramatta was Captain Guy Griffiths.
At the time was 6/1195 Signalman L J Eaton of 201 Signals Squadron (Overseas) based at RAF Seletar in Singapore and working at CK2.
If anyone can help please reply to Len direct.
From Bill Aylott:
Surely Len should be directing his query to Shorty San, when you mention Guy Griffiths & HMAS Parramatta in one breath, Shorty would go ballistic with TMI.
Vale Fred Kluth & Ron Foale
Sorry to have to relay the following.
Vale LWRROM Robyn Lynette Sullivan (nee Jones) W86003
To whom it may concern,
My name is Bradley Sullivan and It is my sad duty to inform you that my mother, former communicator LWRROM Robyn Lynette Sullivan nee Jones W86003 passed away this morning at 0420 10th March 2017.
Funeral is set for 1030 24th March 2017 at Parkview Funeral home, 43 Holland Street Goonellabah NSW 2480.
There is a RSL component as part of the service, and former shipmates are welcome to attend.
The photos are of mum when she joined and the 2005 reunion in Sydney.
Sad news, I had many a cold one with Spike at the Tourist Hotel Queanbeyan during 1968.
May she Rest In Peace. Thank you Bradley for letting us know, our thoughts are with you.
From Robyn & Greg Rouse:
Just reading about Spike Jones passing away, so sad to hear that news we were good friends during our service, Robyn was in the class before me, after she left Canberra we sadly lost contact, but then again when you serve together you never lose contact.. Could you please put our thoughts and prayers up on your web site.
Robyn and Greg Rouse
RANCBAVIC & SOUTHERN REGION REGINAL REUNION 24th to 26th MARCH 2017
UPDATE No 3 - Big4 Holiday Park Port Fairy
1. All activities for the weekend have now been locked in place. The weekend will commence at 4pm on Friday the 24th with a Mini golf tournament for those interested. It will be conducted by the park, who will also be supplying prizes and we thank them for their kindness.
2. The meet and greet kicks off between 5.30 and 6 pm in the function room. BYO drinks and please a small platter. Any queries please ring me on 0418 525 067. We will also be providing some Pizzas and once again we will be having a raffle with very exciting prizes.
3A. Saturday commences with the park providing a pancake breakfast at 8.30 am at the camp kitchen. We will open the function room for those that would like a little more comfort.
3B. There is a market in town on Saturday morning which is next to the tourist info centre at the lower end of the main street. Also for information, the RSL is on the other side of the Tourist centre.
3C The information centre could not handle our large group due to other bookings. however they have provided me with self conducted tour maps of the Historical areas for those that would like to for groups and do this tour - duration approx. 1 hour.
3D Lunch is independent as there are lots of lovely cafes in Port Fairy. Two that we recommend are Rebeccas cafÃ© and Rock Salt both to the right at the main intersection coming from the park
4A The buses will be picking us up at the park for departure at 1 pm. Please don't be late as we have a tight schedule. Firstly we will be heading to an extremely interesting venue for a 1 hour tour. Especially interesting for those interested in gardens and monuments etc.
4B Next we will be heading inside a very large and old Volcano at Tower Hill on our way to Warrnambool. Its a scenic drive through with some short walks plus an information centre. But primarily a big hole.
4C Next we head off to do a scenic tour of Warrnambool city and surrounds - unfortunately its not wale berthing time of the year. We then return to the park for a freshen up for dinner. The buses will be transiting us to dinner and back to the park so that everybody can be completely relaxed and not have to drive.
5. Sunday - We will be providing breakfast at around 9 AM. This will be in the function room again. It will be our regular full and tasty breakfast and will include Reggie Robbins very tasty and traditional Pussers train smash for all to enjoy.
6. Don't forget payment can be made online on RANCBAVIC website for everything except Saturday night dinner which is paid direct to the RSL. If you have any queries re this payment please ring Gary Swanton on 0430 339 921 and he will be pleased to assist you.
LIST OF NAMES ATTENDING PORT FAIRY REGIONAL REUNION
Hi all just a quick minor change to the programme
The park has requested that we start breakfast Saturday morning at 9 am - Cheers
Names so far of those attending
John & Rachel White Ian & Marion Schubert Roy & Lyn Barber
John & Sue Falk Clive & Yvonne Voss Frank & Lorraine Lawton
Barry & Stella Downs Rob & Lucy Dix Jan & Rick Easom
Ray & Sharon Mundy Gary & Debbie Swanton Leslie & Kym Hutton
Kym & Heather Parry Howden & Julie Jennings Keith & Geraldine Crew
Simon Wolfe - Les Thurgood Jan Withers - Ern Power Barry Kane - Ann Drohan
Tina Norton - Karryn White Rebecca Wolfe Wendy Hanson
Brian & Ritva Harley Hugh & Pat Green Ted & Lyn Murray
Frank & Evelyn Hoy Andrew & Jan Mills Tex & Sue Sherriff
Ken & Robyn Dusting Ray & Sandra Knights Bill & Glenys Begbie
Laurie & Jan Jones David & Lyn Priebbinow Reg & Gayle Robbins
Brisbane Get Together March 2017
Another one for the QSO page at your leisure please mate.
L to R … Bas Cleary, Bob Simpson, Noel Chidgey, Jim Eagles, Doc Watson, Tackers Miles, Gus Dodds, Roger Garrett Esq, Kev Ruwoldt.
Next gathering is on the 3rd April at the Grand Central.