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As with ever facet of our life at the moment, the Association is moving to meet the government “Stay at Home” mandates. This means face-to-face events have been cancelled. This includes the Committee Meeting scheduled for 9 Apr – this will now be a virtual event. You should have seen notices that the ANZAC Day events are cancelled.
I would assume any of the other events we have advertised on behalf of associated organisations will be cancelled or changed to virutal events, although I have not seen any details.
The following is the March update emailed to members (with attachments and contact details removed. If you wish further information on the items or the Association in general, please email: email@example.com.
Good Morning Victorian Gunners, Friends and Associates,
Please find below a list of upcoming activities and items to be aware of. As always we try to keep the website (https://artilleryvic.org.au) up to date. The items are:
Submissions for the April RAA Assoc (Vic) Newsletter – Articles needed ASAP
Invitation to the launch of the book “Clash of the Gods of War: Australian Artillery and the Firepower Lessons of the Great War” – 26 Mar – Canberra
RAA Liaison Letter 2020 – Winter Edition and Cannonball Journal – Articles by 27 Mar
1. Submissions for the April RAA Assoc (Vic) Newsletter – Articles needed ASAP
MAJ Neil Hamer is preparing for the next edition of our Association newsletter. He is keen to get articles of interest to the Victorian (and indeed the wider) gunner community. If you have a story to share or other item of interest, please contact Neil or contact me. Neil can help with any editing needs. The earlier the better for submission, but the end of March is the cutoff. Note that we are also looking for sponsorship to help cover the printing and mailout costs of the newsletter. Whilst most of our members get an electronic copy, some still prefer a hard copy in the mail, and whilst our income is decreasing, printing/mailing costs are increasing. Details will be in the next newsletter.
2. Invitation to the launch of the book “Clash of the Gods of War: Australian Artillery and the Firepower Lessons of the Great War” – 26 March – Canberra
From MAJ Terry Brennan (Staff Officer to Head of Regiment) … On behalf of Deputy Head of Regiment, LTCOL Ben Gray and RAAHC board member and co-editor, LTCOL Nick Floyd, I am pleased to forward you details on the soon to be released excellent RAA publication ‘Clash of the Gods” which will be of interest to all Gunners.
Clash of the Gods of War Background
Following the success of the Firepower Seminar Series, Nick Floyd proposed that an anthology of all the presentations be published as a book. The RAAHC endorsed the proposal and the result has been the production of Clash of the Gods of War: Australian Artillery and the Firepower Lessons of the Great War. Nick has had tremendous support from his steering committee, Dr William Westerman from the AWM and from Big Sky Publishing
The book will brings together scholars and practitioners to present fresh and erudite insights into the development of Australian artillery through the First World War and the application of firepower more broadly. Please refer to the attached brochure for more background detail.
Book Launch If you are in the Canberra area I would encourage you to attend the book launch on the 26th of this month (March). Please refer to the attached invitation for details.
The book will be available for purchase in all good book stores. Enjoy reading about our history.
3. RAA Liaison Letter 2020 – Winter Edition and Cannonball Journal – Articles by 27 Mar
From MAJ Terry Brennan (Staff Officer to Head of Regiment) …
Hello from Puckapunyal. I have attached the formal request calling for submissions for the next RAA Liaison Letter & Cannonball.
It would be most help full if everyone could try and adhere to the submission deadlines if possible, however I always remain flexible.
The journal is only as good as the contributions made so I encourage everyone to consider supporting it even if only to write a letter to the editor.
As highlighted in the attachment submissions are requested to be sent to me by Friday 27 March 2020.
Addressees are welcome to forward this email as they feel appropriate to interested Gunner parties.
I look forward to your continued support.
4. Invitation to attend ‘The Bloody Beachheads’ One-Day Conference – 4 April 2020
From LTCOL Michael Buckridge … “Would you be kind enough to pass on this email and attachment to your membership list. I would be grateful if you could assist in this way to publicise the event to an audience many of whom may be interested. It promises to be a very interesting day with well qualified speakers on a somewhat neglected aspect of Australian military history.”
5. ANZAC Day Gunfire Breakfast – 25 Apr – Chapel St Depot
The annual gunfire breakfast run by the Bty at Chapel St. Open to all. Details to follow.
This is a gathering for anyone associated with the Victorian regiments of the last few decades; 2/15 Fd, 10 Mdm, 2/10 Mdm/Fd, 2/10 Bty. Following the very successful event in 2019, Lisa is organizing another one. Please consider coming along. See details in attached pic, or contact me. (removed)
This will be a great catchup afternoon.
7. M777 Prints for Sale
This came from MAJ Gary Down (SO2 HOR) late last year… As some of you may be aware, in May 2017 the Australian Artillery Association very kindly presented the RAA with a large oil painting of an M777 and detachment painted by Mr Phillip Pomroy. The painting now hangs in the School of Artillery.
A proposal was discussed at the Regimental Committee Meeting in Feb this year regarding prints of the painting, and it was agreed that there would be a run of 200 prints of which 50 would be numbered and signed by the artist.
The prints have now been produced and a low-res image is attached FYI. The only difference between the attached image and the hard-copy prints is that the prints have a 40mm white border for framing purposes. The overall dimensions of the print are 672mm x 415mm.
The signed prints will be sold for $100 each, and the unsigned prints for $35 each. Additional unsigned copies can be printed if there is the demand.
Individual prints will be available for purchase in November and I would therefore be grateful if you would give this matter the widest distribution and place any orders through me.
It is with regret that Staff Sergeant Keith Zibell, aged 81 years of 132 Div Loc Bty, died on 13 Jan 20 and a Service to Celebrate Keith’s Life will be held at Redeemer Lutheran Church situated at 25 Cypress Ave., Glen Waverley on 20 Jan 20 at 1030 hours.
SGT Robert (Bob) Semple
Also it is with regret that Sergeant Robert (Bob) Semple, aged 99 years who was a Gun Sergeant with 2/12 Field Regiment, RAA during WW2. Bob’s funeral will be held at Scot’s Church in Collins Street (near Russell Street), City on Wednesday 22 Jan 20 at 1030 hours. (Bob was not a Member of the RAA Association, but he did attend RAA Luncheons with Brigadier D. Perry)
It is out sad duty to inform you WO1 Frank Perry passed away on 2 December 2019 after a short illness. A Funeral Service will be held on 10 December 2019 at 1330 hrs at the Rosebud Funeral Chapel, 123 Jetty Road, Rosebud.
VALE CAPT Peter Wertheimer OAM RFD
It is our sad duty to inform you CAPT Peter Wertheimer OAM RFD passed away on 23rd November 2019. The funeral will be held at 1200 hrs, Saturday 30 November 2019 at St Peter by the Lake, Anglican Church, 35 Newlands Drive, Paynesville. There will be an internment at Paynesville cemetery, followed by a wake at the Paynesville RSL, 57 Main Road, Paynesville.
VALE LTCOL Graham Allinson
It is our sad duty to inform you LTCOL Graham Allinson passed away on 4th November 2019. Upon notification, his funeral had been held on 8th November.
VALE CAPT Donald W Taylor
It is our sad duty to inform you that Captain Donald W Taylor passed away on 11th November 2019. The funeral will be held at William Matthews Funerals, 45 Cave Hill Rd, Lilydale VIC 3140 on 19 November at 1030 hrs. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Leukemia Foundation in remembrance.
VALE CAPT Percy N Cooper RFD ED BComm LPI
It is our sad duty to inform you that Perc Cooper, passed away on 12th July 2019 in East Brighton. His family are holding a private family cremation.
A military memorial service will be held on the 1st floor of Bentleigh RSL, situated at 538 Centre Road, Bentleigh on Friday 26th July, 2019 at 1400 hours. (Military members may wear their medals)
VALE WO2 Max G Murray
It is our sad duty to inform you that Max G Murray, passed away on 4th June 2019 in Berwick after a rapid and unexpected decline in his health. His funeral will be held at David Bull Funerals, 190 Princes Hwy, Pakenham, at 10.30 am Wednesday 12th June followed by burial at Pakenham Cemetery. Wake location TBA.
VALE BDR Reginald John Poole (Reg)
It is our sad duty to inform you that Reginald John Poole, passed away on 19th May 2019. His funeral will be held at Tobin Brothers Expressions of Life Chapel, 21 Lyall Road, Berwick on Monday 27th May 2019 at 10.00am. A private cremation will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Parkinson’s Victoria or Kidney Health Australia. Envelopes will be available at the chapel.
VALE : Colonel Graham Farley OAM RFD ED
It is our sad duty to inform you that Colonel Graham Farley OAM RFD ED passed away on 30th April 2019. A memorial service will be conducted at the Anglican Church of the Resurrection, Honour Avenue, Macedon at 11.30 AM on Friday 10th May 2019. The service will be followed by a reception at Braemar College, Mt Macedon Road, Woodend 3442.
The Association is often asked to relay events happening in the gunner community around Australia. Below are some of the events you may be interested in if you are travelling interstate:
November 2019 –
RAA Assoc (S.A) are holding their Annual General Meetingon Monday 25th November at the Griffins Hotel, 3 Hindmarsh Square East , Adelaide SA 5000.
Details: Timings 1730 hrs for 1800 hrs meeting then 1900 hrs dinner Dress: Neat casual
Agenda items to President by 20th October. Parking: Available in Hindmarsh Square or nearby parking stations RSVP: To President by 20th November 2019
RSVP: President Geoff Laurie – email: firstname.lastname@example.org or mobile 0418 852 661
February 2020 –
C J Bird is hosting a “Back to Manly” reunion.
After a successful reunion in 2018 and by demand we are heading “Back to Manly” in February 2020. Partners are welcome. DATE: Saturday 29th February 2020. LOCATION: Sergeants Mess, School of Artillery, North Head, Manly TIMINGS: 1730-2300 hours. Cash bar from when you arrive till 7pm. Drinks package DOES NOT START until 7pm DRESS: Neat Casual (No T-Shirts or Thongs) COST: $140.00 per person includes: Venue Hire, 4-hour food and beverage package, Small Memento, Bus Transport to Manly Corso from Sergeants Mess after Function DRINKS PACKAGE: Young Henrys Draft beer All Rivers Retreat wines, Light Beer, Ultra-light beer, soft drinks and juice, NO SPIRITS INCLUDED Bar closes 11pm off premises by 11.30pm. RSVP: With names and numbers ASAP. Closing date will be confirmed. PAYMENT: ASAP as deposit is required to confirm booking. We need a minimum of 100 people for the function to go ahead. Bank Details: Q Bank Account Name: Christopher Bird BSB: 704:052 Account #:437668 Reference: Please provide your name/s.
Please send me a message on Facebood once paid.
Please share to other Gunner pages and pass this information to any ex Gunners not on Facebook have them contact me to confirm their attendance and payment. PM for my contact email and mobile number. –
Please reply and deposit your money ASAP to ensure a great night full of BS stories like only Gunners can. A informal get together on Friday Afternoon/Night in the front bar in Manly at the Steyne Hotel. UBIQUE, Birdie.
-May 2020 –
4 Regt are celebrating their 60th Anniversary on Friday 1st May commencing with a BBQ at the Regiment followed by a parade, with a formal dinner on Saturday 2nd May. Full details to be provided later.
November 2019 –
RAA Assoc (S.A) are holding their 2nd Gunner Lunch on Thursday 12th November at the Griffins Hotel, 3 Hindmarsh Square East , Adelaide SA 5000.
Details: Timings 1130 hrs for 1200 hrs. Dress: Neat casual Cost: Meals and drinks as ordered from the menu – orders being planned to be processed by 1155 hrs. Parking: Available in Hindmarsh Square or nearby parking stations RSVP: Bookings essential, please advise President by 5th November.
All gunners and partners welcome.
RSVP: President Geoff Laurie – email: email@example.com or mobile 0418 852 661
September 2019 –
RAA Assoc (S.A) are holding their Gunner Dinner on Thursday 5th September at the Colonel Light Gardens RSL Club, 4 Prince George Parade, Colonel Light Gardens SA 5041. Further details to follow.
RSVP: President Geoff Laurie – email: firstname.lastname@example.org or mobile 0418 852 661
August 2019 –
Australian Artillery Association – National Gunner Dinner August 24, 2019 to be held Caloundra on the Sunshine coast. Happy Hour will be Friday 23 August with the main dinner being Saturday 24 August 2019.
For FULL details, costs and activities etc, please refer to the Aust Artillery Assoc webpage.
RAA Assoc (S.A) – is holding their Gunner lunch in conjunction with a visit to the Army Museum of South Australia.
Date: 17 March 2019 – Museum tour commences 10:00am – Venue Army Museum of S.A. Keswick Barracks. RSVP: For more information contact the President President Geoff Laurie – email: email@example.com or mobile 0418 852 661 RSVP by March 11.
October 2018 –
RAA Assoc (S.A) are holding their AGM on Monday 15th October at Griffins Hotel, Hindmarsh Square East, Adelaide. Timings are: Assemble 1730 hrs, meeting commences at 1800 hrs with dinner served approx 1900hrs. Dinner and refreshments at members own cost. Dress: Neat casual.
RSVP: President Geoff Laurie – email: firstname.lastname@example.org or mobile 0418 852 661 Further agenda items to be sent to the Secretary, mobile 0411 446 656 by Wednesday 10th October.
RAA Assoc (NSW) are holding their AGM on Sunday 21st October at Parramatta RSL Club, cnr Macquarie & O’Connell streets, commencing 1100 hours. After the AGM there will be a meeting of the new committee to finalise St Barbara’s Day activity. Members and friends can adjourn to the Treetops Cafe Parramatta RSL Bistro and enjoy a light lunch.
September 2018 –
RAA Association (S.A) Gunner Dinner Thurs 6th September – RSVP’s have closed.
The Colonel Commandant, The Royal Regiment of New Zealand Artillery
The Colonel Commandant The Royal Regiment of New Zealand Artillery Address: 2 Friend Street Karori Wellington New Zealand 6012 Mobile: +64 27 248 8224 Email: email@example.com
26 May 2019
Brigadier Gerry Warner, AM LVO (RETD) Representative Colonel Commandant Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery 51A Stoneham Road ATTADALE WA 6156 AUSTRALIA
Dear Colonel Commandant and all members, serving and retired, The Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery, Your Kiwi gunner friends send greetings and best wishes for Gunners’ Day, 26 May 2019. May it be a restful opportunity to reflect on our shared history and common understanding as a family. We have much in common. Ubique Matthew (Matt) Beattie Colonel Colonel Commandant, RNZA
We have had contact from a serving member who is seeking RAA Vietnam Veterans to assist him with his Masters of War Studies through ADFA. We hope our members who served in Vietnam can assist him with his research.
His letter is below:
Dear Royal Australian Artillery Association – Victoria,
My name is Captain Pietro Ruggeri. I’m a field gunner currently serving as a Ground Liaison Officer with 16th Air Land Regiment. I’m based out of RAAF East Sale, Victoria, and am completing a Master of War Studies through the Australian Defence Force Academy.
This year I’m undertaking a research project to complete my postgraduate education. My topic, fuelled by my allegiance to the Royal Regiment, is on the employment of Forward Observers during the Vietnam War.
I’m writing to you seeking the contact information of veterans who served in Vietnam that would be interested and willing to speak with me regarding their service as a Forward Observer before, during, and immediately after the Vietnam War. I am seeking both officers and soldiers in order to gain a depth of understanding across the corps.
The intent of my research project is to understand the development of the role of Forward Observers during the Vietnam War and identify commonalities with contemporary doctrine and practice. During my time as a Joint Fires Team Commander with the 8th/12th Regiment I saw a uniquely Australian method of supporting manoeuvre commanders, something I assess originates from our experiences in South East Asian conflicts.
I appreciate your time addressing this email and hope to hear from you soon.
The following Vale notice has been received from the SO2 HOR and will be of interest to all Gunners serving and retired:
You may already be aware through diplomatic channels; but I regret to inform you that Field Marshal The Lord Vincent GBE KCB DSO sadly died on Sat 8 Sep 18. The Field Marshal is the last Gunner Field Marshal and was Master Gunner St James’s Park from 1996 – 2000.
PS12 at M.O.D London, have circulated notification of the death at diplomatic level, in line with protocol and taking into account the wishes of the family. This notification can now be circulated to those serving and retired members of your regiments, who may have had the opportunity to meet or serve with the Field Marshal during their service.
The funeral will be held at 1200hrs, Fri 28 Sep 18 and is a family funeral. There will be a memorial service at a later date, the details of which have yet to be confirmed. RHQRA will inform you of this as a matter of courtesy and PS12 will inform your respective Embassies in London.
I have spoken with the Field Marshal’s son, Colonel Mark Vincent, regarding letters of condolence. He requests that all correspondence is sent through him and he and his sister (Mrs Amanda Matthews), will pass the letters to their mother, The Lady Vincent.
If anyone wishes to write, correspondence should be addressed to:
The Lady Vincent
c/o Colonel The Hon M A F Vincent MBE