16 May 1938 – 2 December 2023

SGT Richard ‘Dickie’ Johns, formally of Fairy Meadow, died in Coledale Private Hospital on Saturday 2 December 2023.

Dickie enlisted in September 1958 and attended 1 RTB and then joined 4 RAR, serving in Singapore-Malaya. He then joined 1 RAR. When 5 RAR was formed he became a founding member. In 1965 Dickie served in New Guinea and in May 1966 he deployed to Vietnam with Mortar Platoon Support Company. Originally as an MFC with Bravo Company and later as the Mortar Platoon SGT. He retired in 1970 with the rank of WO2.

A private cremation will be held for Richard.


Gary Townsend

5 RARA Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor

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Vale R121460 Daniel James Korrel – RAN

It is with a huge loss that Daniel James Korrel has passed away on Saturday 25th November 2024. Daniel leaves his wife Sue and daughter Rebekah. He has gone home to be with our Lord. Daniel served on HMAS Sterling and HMAS Perth and other vessels and was based in Perth, and moved to Queensland where he spent many years as a prison chaplain. A memorial service will be held in Perth in the new year and information can be obtained through Veterans Hub Australia at; [email protected]

Death Notice Geoffrey Alan Bydder

We have received advice of the death on 13 November 2023 of Geoffrey Alan Bydder. He was 102 years and six months young.

Geoffrey was the last surviving member of the 2nd/8th Field Regiment which served during WWII in Egypt (Mersa Matruh), Syria, Morotai Island (May 1945) and North Borneo. The unit was formed as one of the 9th Division’s field regiments in 1940 and was equipped mainly with 25 Pounders. At the end of the war, the 2nd/8th Field Regiment was disbanded on 30 January 1946.

Gunner Bydder was born in Kew, Victoria and initially joined the RAAF in April 1940 before enlisting in the Army at Royal Park, Melbourne on 4 March 1941 at the age of 20. He discharged on 8 January 1946. Geoff and his wife Normie lived in Seaford, Victoria and was a proud member of the Seaford RSL. Earlier this year (2023) Geoff had received a Commonwealth Certificate of Appreciation from his local MP.

IP Geoffrey Alan Bydder.

Peter Bruce, OAM
Obituary Resource Officer
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It is with much sadness that I advise the passing of Bill Ritchie last night, Monday 27 Nov, in Hollywood Hospital.  Bill was 97 years young and a stalwart of many Ex-Service Organisations and well known for not missing a function – always happy to respond positively to an invite.

Bill was actually christened as Bill but, when enlisting in the RAN in 1944, was told that the navy would not recognise the name Bill, so Bill became William.  His long service as a sailor and an officer in the RAN included active service in WWII, Korea, the Malaysian Emergency and Vietnam.  He was Officer of the Day in the carrier HMAS MELBOURNE on Christmas Day 1974 in the immediate aftermath of Cyclone Tracy.  What followed kept Bill a very busy man for some time.  His stories of that time, and others, are legendary.  He has written quite a tome on his naval career, maybe sometime in the future we may get to see and read it.

RIP Bill, you will be missed by many of your family and friends.


10.00am Tuesday 12 December, Our Lady of Lourdes, 2 Townsend Road, Rockingham, WA, 6968

Bob Mummery

Notice of Death of wife of former 1RAR member – Pam Densley

It is with sadness that I inform you that the wife of the late John Alfred Densley (WIA) who served with 1RAR in Vietnam 1965, passed away in the early hours of the 23 November.

Pam suffered a stroke at home in Warrnambool, Victoria, a few days earlier and was transferred to Geelong Hospital.

Pam will be buried in Hamilton with her late husband on Thursday 7 December at 10:00 am. A service will be held at the F. Greed Chapel 43 Collins Street. Hamilton. Victoria.

May she rest in peace.


Live Stream Link for the Funeral of Peter Cimbaljevic – RAA

The link below should lead you to a live stream of the funeral for Peter Cimbaljevic. His funeral details are:

WHEN: Wednesday 29 November at 1:30pm

LOCATION: Albany Creek Memorial Park, The Garden Chapel, 400 Albany Creek Road, Bridgeman Downs, QLD 4035

WAKE TO FOLLOW: Aspley Hornets Football Club, 50 Graham Road, Carseldine, QLD 4034.

Their partners are welcome, RSVP is not required.

The link is: https://view.oneroomstreaming.com/index.php?data=MTcwMDQ5MDk3MzEyNDkzMzAmb25lcm9vbS1lbWFpbCZpbnZpdGF0aW9uX2NvcHlfbGluaw==

Peter Bruce, OAM

Obituary Resource Officer


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Vale 2784709 Peter John Beuzeville – RAA

We have received advice of the death on 23 November 2023 of Peter John Beuzeville. He was 77. Peter was a National Serviceman who served with 108th Field Battery in Vietnam from June 1967 until February 1968.

No other details are available at this stage.

RIP Peter John Beuzeville

Peter Bruce, OAM
Obituary Resource Officer



15 December 1948 – 4 November 2023

PTE John Glennon, formally of Balmain, NSW, died on Saturday 4 November.

John, a National Serviceman, Completed his Recruit and Corps Training. He deployed to Vietnam and joined 1 ARU on 12 November 1969, he was with them until 2 December. On 3 December he was transferred to 5 Platoon, Bravo Company, 5 RAR and served as a rifleman. When the Battalion returned to Australia, John was transferred to 8 RAR to complete his tour of duty and returned to Australia 12 November 1970.

A Funeral Service for John was held on Friday 17 November


Gary Townsend

5 RARA Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor [email protected]


30 June 1941 – 23 November 2023

CPL Theo ‘Dutchy’ Albrecht passed away in hospital on Thursday 23 November.

Theo enlisted in the ADF in June 1959, completed his initial training and joined 4 RAR later that year, then 3 RAR. In 1962 he joined 1 RAR and was a founding member of 5 RAR. He deployed to Vietnam in April 1966 and served for the Battalions full tour, in BHQ as a Clerk, returning with the Battalion aboard HMAS Sydney on 12 May 1967. Theo went on to many other postings retired in 1980 with the rank Warrant Officer Class Two.

A Memorial Service will be held for Theo on Wednesday 6th December at 11:00 hours at Hemmant Cemetery and Crematorium, 500 Hemmant Tingalpa Road, Hemmant, QLD, 4174

Gary Townsend
5 RARA Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor 

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