Funeral Details – Vic Lagettie

Update on Vic`s Funeral

East Maitland RSL sub Branch received  a request this afternoon From Fry Bros  to conduct a RSL tribute & Eulogy for Vic.

His Funeral will be held on Tuesday 1st August  at 11am at Fry Bros Funeral Chapel on the New England Highway Rutherford ( Maitland).

I will conduct the RSL Tribute and military service part of the service, it will be a privilege as a fellow veteran and member of the 173rd Airborne Association .


Neil Cromarty OAM

East Maitland RSL sub Branch

Secretary Chapter 11  173rd Airborne Association

Memorial Service: Katherine Louise Cowen (Murray) RAN

Katherine Louise Cowen (Murray) RAN. This is an updated notice of the late Katherine Louise Cowen (Murray) who was released into Gods hands 2 weeks ago and a low key funeral and wake services is as follows. Katherine’s life will be celebrated at Veterans Hub Australia, Rose Farm Lane Logan Village Queensland, with fellow veterans and family for light refreshments and gathering at 10:00am. At approximately 11;00am those who wish to attend the release of Katherine’s ashes at Moreton Bay, Redcliffe are welcome. It is requested that all serving and ex serving members wear their medals in honour of Katherine.
For further information please contact
Phillip Bond
Defence Advocate
Veterans Hub Australia
[email protected]

Vale: 212929 Victor John LAGETTIE – AACC

08 August 1939 – 21 July 2023

With a sad heart I advise that Vic Lagettie passed away yesterday at 1300hrs. Vic was a good mate and a larger-than-life character. He served in Vietnam with 1ALSC 1965-66 as a Sergeant cook and then again with 2RAR in Vietnam in 1970. During his career he also served as WO Caterer in 1RAR.

Vic was an inaugural member of the Down Under Chapter 11 of the 173d Airborne Brigade, US Army. When the Queensland Chapter 23 was formed in 1996 Vic was the inaugural president. His leadership style brought forward a strong social strength and built a camaraderie that remains the foundation of the Queensland Chapter today.

He had been unwell for a while now and talking to his wife, Helen, last night Vic is now at peace. He will be missed by all who knew him, particularly me.

I will advise funeral details when known.

Lest we forget




Sadly, we have received the news that Terrance Patrick MARTIN passed away on 2 July 2023 in Geelong Victoria.

Terrance served the full 2nd tour of Vietnam with 6 RAR 1969/70.

At the time of his death, Terrance was living in a home for homeless veterans run by the Victorian Branch of the Vietnam Veterans Federation of Australia.

VVFA is trying to arrange funeral funding through various sources (including DVA) but out of respect, will not be running a Go Fund Me page.

A Memorial Service will be held in Geelong during the 1st week of August 2023 – more information on the Funeral & Memorial Service was information is received.

Please join with us in offering our deepest sympathy to those who will mourn the passing of a loved one.  Another 6 RAR family member, taken too soon.


Allan Whelan


Vale: 4719766 Graham John Newstead -RAA

Jim Box, secretary of the 105th Battery RAA Association has advised of the death recently of Graham John Newstead. He was just shy of his 76th birthday.

Graham was a National Serviceman who served with 12th Field Regiment in Vietnam in early 1969 and then with 105th Field Battery until RTA in January 1970. Graham also spent some time in country with the 1st Civil Affairs Unit.

Graham was a South Australian and a Double Life Member of the 105th Battery RAA Association and active with the Association.

RIP Graham John Newstead.

Peter Bruce, OAM
Obituary Resource Officer

Vale 2785230 Matthew David Cleland – RAA

We have received advice of the death on 12 July 2023 of Matthew David Cleland. He was 77. Matt was a National Service 2nd Lieutenant Section Commander with 102 Field Battery in Vietnam from March to December 1968.

No funeral arrangements know at this stage.

RIP Matthew David Cleland.

Peter Bruce, OAM
Obituary Resource Officer