Local News Updates

VALE Reginald John Poole (Reg)

It is our sad duty to inform you that Reginald John Poole, passed away on 19th May 2019. More details and funeral arrangements to follow.:

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:

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/

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.


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


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.

Vietnam Veterans Research Project

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.
Pietro Ruggeri
16th Air Land Regiment
0435 589 304

VALE – Field Marshal The Lord Vincent GBE KCB DSO

VALE – Field Marshal The Lord Vincent GBE KCB DSO

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
Baytree House
Dauntsey Road
Great Somerford
United Kingdom
SN15 5HR

 –  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Vincent,_Baron_Vincent_of_Coleshill