Good Afternoon Victorian Gunners, Associates and Friends,
Please find below several notices covering the 2020 AGM Replay, Newsletter, Vale and other Notices. As always we aim to maintain relevant information on the association website, https://artilleryvic.org.au and on our facebook page.
Welcome New Members
We have had two new members recently – SGT John Staples (ex 2 Fd Regt and 2/15 Fd Regt) and LBDR Stjepan Bosnjak (2/10 Bty and our new Treasurer). Welcome both.
43rd RAA Association (Victoria) AGM Replay
The 2020 AGM was recorded and can be viewed on a private YouTube page: https://youtu.be/IGkWszl3LOw. It can also be found via the website https://artilleryvic.org.au/index.php/2021/01/16/2020-association-agm/.
The latest RAA Association (Victoria) newsletter (Nbr 12, Jan 2021) has been published and can be viewed on our websites Cascabel page: https://artilleryvic.org.au/index.php/cascabel/
I’d encourage you to read through the older cacabel’s on that page also. There’s some great articles in the older editions there. We are going through an exercise to scan and upload the older (missing) copies.
We receive Vale notices from Peter Bruce of the RAAHC. If you are on Facebook, I would suggest you follow the Australian Artillery Association group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/346818566245872) as Graham Hampton does a great job of posting timely notices.
03/01/21 – Ken (KJ) Slow
Alan Mears, via Graham Hampton, has advised of the death on 31 December 2020 of Ken Slow. Ken served in Vietnam with 4th Field Regiment from June 1967 until April 1968. He spent his later Army years with 16 Air Defence Regiment and the School of Artillery in a career spanning 25 years. No other details available at this stage. RIP Kenneth James SLOW.
09/01/21 – Peter Dinwoodie and WO1 Gordon Albert (Mick) Cole
Advice has been received of the death on 30 December 2020 or Peter Dinwoodie. WO2 Peter Dinwoodie was a Life Subscriber of RAAA(Q). He had served with 11 National Service Bn, 5th Fd Regt RAA, and 121 LAA Bty Darwin. Peter was a regular and very sociable attendee at RAAA(Q) luncheons when his health permitted. Unfortunately he was unable to attend the December function. Peter Gore last spoke to him shortly before that. Funeral details are not finalised, but it might be private – family only. I will advise if more information is available.
Advice has also been received of the death of WO1 Gordon Albert (Mick) Cole on 16 September 2020. Mick was 93 years young. Mick saw service with the RAAF towards the end of WWII and then in the ARA in Japan with the BCOF and later in Malaya. Mick also had service with 1st Fd Regt & then later as RSM of 7th Fd Regt. His step-son is asking for any old memories, photos etc for a memorial service shortly. If you can help, please phone Chris on 0407 632 077.
RIP Peter and Mick
20/01/21 – William (Bill) Tooke
I have been advised of the death on Tuesday 19 January of William (Bill) Tooke. Bill and Juliet had moved back to England late last year. Bill knew he was not well and wanted to spend time with family he not seen for some time including a new grandson. Bill’s health deteriorated rapidly and he required full time care towards the end. Juliet and their daughters were with Bill at his bedside until the end.
Bill Tooke had a distinguished career in the Royal Artillery and rose to become WO1 Master Gunner. He then migrated to Australia and joined the Australian Army and of course the RAA. Bill was well known and respected as an instructor on Gunnery Wing at the School of Artillery. Bill and Juliet were also the life of the party especially at Sergeants’ Mess functions.
Bill was a wonderful human being. He was smart, eloquent, and a wonderful family man. He will be sadly missed by all his family both in Australia and in England and by his many friends around the world.
Rest in Peace, Billy Tooke.
28/01/21 – Obituary for Clagg Wilkinson
An obituary for the late Clagg Wilkinson has now been posted on the RAAHC web site. Sincere thanks for all who responded to our initial call for information. It really is wonderful to see the RAA networks in action.
A link to the obituaries section of the web site is http://artilleryhistory.org/gunners_past_and_present/obituaries/obituaries_home_page.html or you can access the site via www.artilleryhistory.org.
02/02/21 – David Adams and Graham Fredrick Hubbard
David Adams died on 16 January 2021 after several weeks of illness. His funeral was held on Monday 25 January 2021 in Mitchell ACT. Dave was the Battery Sergeant Major of ‘A’ Field Battery from 1963 until 1967, this included 2 years in Malaysia during Confrontation. Tex Bassan first met Dave when he was posted to 1 Field Regiment, at Georges Heights Sydney, straight from recruit training at the School of Artillery, North Head and was posted down to Middle Head, 3 Heavy Anti Aircraft Battery, where Dave was a gun Bdr. Dave’s son Phill advises that David was 90 years young and had been married for 70 years and will be sadly missed.
Graham Fredrick Lawrence Hubbard (Dadda to many) died on Friday 29 January. His funeral will be held on Wednesday 3 February at 1100 hrs (EDST) at Easton Funeral Service, 16 Florence Street, Tweed Heads. Friends are invited to gather at the Tweed Heads RSL Club after the funeral. A record of Service is not available as yet however Graham served in the ARA as a driver in RAASC in the 1950s and later joined 41 Battery, 11th Field Regiment at Southport in the late ‘60s.
RIP David and Graham.
06/02/21 – John Edward Irvine
I have been advised of the death on 3 February 2021 of 1731636 Cpl John Edward Irvine. John served in the Light Aid Detachment with 4th Field Regiment in South Vietnam from 8 Jun to 13 December 1967. John’s funeral will be held at Drysdale Funerals, 33 National Park Road, Nambour on Tuesday 9 February at 11.00am.
RIP John Edward Irvine.
150th Anniversary Notices
2021 is the 150th year of permanent Artillery in Australia and various part of the Regiment are organising activities. This includes a synchronised firing of guns around Australia on 1 Aug, events in Canberra on that day, and the presentation of the new Banner at an event in Sydney. There will also be merchandise available from the various associations.
The committee is still building a consolidated list of events in Victoria and we will publish these as they develop. We hope to make the website calendar function more useful this year.
2021 Gunner Luncheon
The 2021 Gunner Luncheon will be held on Wed 3rd March at the RACV Club in Melbourne.
From Brig Perry
My dear fellow Gunners and our supporting Arms,
This year will be our 16th lunch at RACV and despite the Covid Crisis it looks like we have missed the bullet, as last years event slipped in before the lockdowns and at this time it appears that we will be in the clear unless there is an unforeseen breakout.
Reg made this years booking, as we usually do, in the day after the last lunch and so far it is looking good and we have proceeded as usual.
It is my aim to ensure the continuum of this social activity at any cost.
At this early stage we have a good early response to our initial invitation and I expect a good turnout on the day. There will be some spacing and other restrictions however I am confidant that we can manage that.
In the circumstances I urge you to respond early and actively encourage as many of your old comrades as possible to attend.
We are inviting the family members of the WW2 Associations committees to attend even though their serving Fathers may no longer be able to attend. I will continue to host the RMC graduates who may be on course at the time and also canvas the staff at School of Artillery.
If you have any suggestions or names that can be pursued, please contact me or Reg
My warmest regards
Details, including reply slip, can be found in the latest newsletter (https://artilleryvic.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/RAA-Assoc-Newsletter-Number-12.pdf).
Please consider attending and responding by 21st Feb to Reg.
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