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.


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
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.
-May 2020 –

Image may contain: cloud, sky and text

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:  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.




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.

Artillery Day Messages

Attached are Artillery Day Messages from-

LT GEN Sir Andrew Gregory KBE CB and

The Colonel Commandant, The Royal Regiment of New Zealand Artillery

The Colonel Commandant
The Royal Regiment of New Zealand Artillery
Address: 2 Friend Street
New Zealand 6012
Mobile: +64 27 248 8224
Email: matthew.beattie@insteplimited.com

26 May 2019

Brigadier Gerry Warner, AM LVO (RETD)
Representative Colonel Commandant
Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery
51A Stoneham Road

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.
Matthew (Matt) Beattie
Colonel Commandant, RNZA

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