Message from the Master Gunner St James’s Park

(From 21 April)

FROM THE MASTER GUNNER ST JAMES’S PARK

I am sure all members of the Royal Regiment of Artillery, serving and retired, and all members of our sister artillery regiments in Commonwealth countries, will join me in congratulating Her Majesty The Queen, our Captain General, on the occasion of Her 94th birthday today.  We wish Her and also His Royal Highness, The Duke of Edinburgh continuing good health as they isolate at Windsor Castle.

Normally we would be proud to mark our Captain General’s birthday with gun salutes at a number of locations but Covid-19 means that is neither appropriate nor possible.  However, we plan to share footage of previous salutes held on 21st April as a mark of respect to Her Majesty.  

These gun salutes are certainly not the only events that we have been forced to cancel or delay as a result of the pandemic.  The Royal Artillery Association Assembly, due to be held in Blackpool in mid May, has been provisionally rescheduled for October.  I very much hope it will be able to occur, not least because firstly this is the centenary of the formation of both the Royal Artillery Association and the Royal Horse Artillery Association and secondly that these two important organisations have decided to merge in recognition of the fact that we are all Gunners.  The Blackpool gathering will be the first ever combined Assembly.  Please remember that the Association is there to support you and your family, particularly now with the pressures of the lockdown; if you know of a serving or retired member of our Regiment, or their dependants, who need help, do use our Regimental networks.

Other events that have been disrupted include recruit training, all training at Larkhill, the events to mark the centenary of the Royal School of Artillery in July, memorial services to celebrate the lives of distinguished former members of the Royal Artillery, sports meetings, dinners and much more.  However, the serving regiments remain busy and, in a number of areas, are providing support to the NHS and related organisations; I congratulate them, as always, for their professionalism and commitment as they go about their business, never seeking the limelight but still doing a first class job.

Most importantly, I wish you and all your families continuing good health and wellbeing during these unprecedented and most challenging times.  As Gunners we need to continue to look out for one another; please do that, especially where you know of hardship, for the Regiment can and would like to help.

Lieutenant General Sir Andrew Gregory KBE CB

Master Gunner St James’s Park

May News

We’ve made a few changes to the website. You will notice a scrolling banner of recent pictures on the main page, as well as addition of sponsors to the association. We’ve also added newsletters and articles we get in from other associations.

Face-to-face Events Cancelled

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.

RAA Assoc (Vic) – March News

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: secretary@artilleryvic.org.au.

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:

  1. Submissions for the April RAA Assoc (Vic) Newsletter – Articles needed ASAP
  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 Mar – Canberra
  3. RAA Liaison Letter 2020 – Winter Edition and Cannonball Journal – Articles by 27 Mar
  4. Invitation to attend ‘The Bloody Beachheads’ One-Day Conference – 4 Apr 2020 – Melbourne
  5. ANZAC Day Gunfire Breakfast – 25 Apr – Chapel St Depot
  6. 2/10 Mdm Regt RAA Reunion – Sat 25 Jul 1pm-5pm – Cranbourne RSL
  7. M777 prints for sale

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.

6. 2/10 Mdm Regt RAA Reunion – Sat 25 Jul 1pm-5pm – Cranbourne RSL

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.

Many thanks for your assistance.

VALE – Jan 2020

SSGT Keith Zibell

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)

Local News Updates

VALE WO1 Frank 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.

Other RAA events by kindred organisations

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 Meeting on 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:  laurie.geoff45@gmail.com    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. –

Facebook contact:  https://www.facebook.com/CJB747?eid=ARBZCJLpoexqbolpPpRgRf4AuQKZl2_vgTvCvItAuZ1bdXPF0AAr8ktaoqRUTlgBREArhsS3Y8UoGD-3
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 –

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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.

PAST EVENTS

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:  laurie.geoff45@gmail.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:  laurie.geoff45@gmail.com    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.

http://www.australianartilleryassociation.com/2019_national_gunner_dinner/2019_national_gunner_dinner.htm

 

 

May/June 2019 – 

16 AL Regt in conjunction with Australian Air Defence Artillery Association is holding a parade and series of events on May 31  to 2 June 2019 at Woodside Barracks in S.A.

For full details and registration please go to https://aadaa.com.au/anniversary-event/

April 2019 –

Gunners are organising a 8/12 Reunion for ANZAC Day 2019 in Sydney.  Details can be found:
 

March 2019 – 

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:  laurie.geoff45@gmail.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:  laurie.geoff45@gmail.com    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.