Vale Major John D. Guy, RA Inf (Retd).

OCS Portsea Class December 1968 & awarded the Sword of Honour.

John died at Rathdowney, Qld on 12 January 2023, aged 75 years.

Before selection to OCS, John served in South Vietnam:

  • 3 SAS Squadron, 8 February – 5 March 1967
  • 1 SAS Squadron, 6 March – 6 December 1967.

Other postings included Pacific Islands Regiment PNG, 7 DEO Gurkha Rifles on exchange and Royal Australian Regiment

Attended Army Command & Staff College, Queenscliff in 1982.

A man of immense integrity and abounding love for his fellowman, particularly for youth at risk.

John will be missed by so many.

Rest In Peace.

Vale 4410943 John David Guy – SAS

Colleagues and dear Friends

With heartfelt sorrow may I advise you, with deep sadness, that my close mate and family friend of many decades and our SAS colleague from those Vietnam and Papua New Guinea days, John Guy, passed away peacefully at his property at Rathdowney, Scenic Rim, this afternoon.

A man of immense integrity and abounding love for his fellowman, particularly for youth at risk. You will be missed old mate. RIP with your heavenly father.

Behain me lukim yupela,  John


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Vale 214666 Kenneth (Kenny) George Cheers – 1 RAR C COY 65-66

I am extremely sad at having to post details of Kenny Cheers passing. Ken and I shared a tent for seven months in Vietnam, he was a forward scout in our section and did an outstanding job. We have remained good mates since I again established contact in 1985. I will miss your phone calls Kenny, rest in peace mate till we meet again.  Ray

Hi Ray

I’m writing to inform you of the passing of my father Ken Cheers.

Dad loved and cherished every C Coy 1RAR get-together he attended, and was incredibly grateful for the work you did keeping everyone in C COY in contact, and so do I. Thank you.

Pte. Kenneth Cheers
25.09.42 – 10.01.23

Dad’s funeral will be held on Monday, January 16th at St. John’s Anglican Church, Coffs Harbour, commencing at 1:30pm.

The funeral service will be streamed via Facebook: Allied Funeral Home (Coffs Harbour)

With thanks and kind regards,

Troy Cheers

Vale 213051 Ivan Trevanthan MILLS

We have received advice of the death on 9 January 2023 of Ivan Mills.  He was 88. Ivan served in Vietnam with the Detachment of 131 Divisional Locating Battery from February to November 1969. Ivan’s funeral will be held on Wednesday 18 January at South Chapel, Forrest Lawn cemetery Leppington NSW, at 1030 AM.

Cards can be sent to his widow:

Jean Mill, 16 Mitchell St, Campbelltown 2560

Anyone wishing further details can contact Joe Kaplun via details shown below.

Joe Kaplun OAM, KSJ, CMC, JP

6 Apex Ave

Picnic Point, NSW, 2213

Mob:  040 774 1473

RIP Ivan Mills

Peter Bruce OAM, JP




Amended Wake Details for George Salmon

Please note the correct time for the wake for George Salmon is 12.30pm (not 2.30pm as advised in some communications) on Friday 13 January at the Royal Canberra Golf Club, Bentham Street Yarralumla.

My apologies for any inconvenience.

Peter Bruce, OAM

Obituary Resource Officer


Vale – WO1 John Powell – RAEME

It is with sadness that I have to advise the passing of WO1 John Powell (ret) Art Tels who passed away on Tuesday 3 January 2023.

John served in the 70’s and 80’s predominantly at Puckapunyal and RTC Bandiana.

He resided at Cobram Victoria but was visiting his daughter in Melbourne over the Christmas period.

Funeral details to be advised

Rest In Peace my friend

Lest We Forget

Arte et Marte

Rest in Peace

Barry Shipway (Welfare Rep)


Vale 3791335 David James Ryan – RAA

We have received advice of the death on 4 January 2023 of David James (Buck) Ryan. He was 76. Buck served with 101st Field Battery, 1st Field Regiment in Vietnam from May 1969 until March 1970.

No other details are available at this stage.

RIP David (Buck) Ryan.

Peter Bruce, OAM

Obituary Resource Officer


Vale – 1202604 Merv Potter – RAEME

It is with great sadness that we advise of the passing of Merv Potter on Monday 2 January 2023.

He served at NQ WKSP COY and 3 EME SVCES among other postings.

Merv was an active member of the RAEME Association in North Queensland, number 156.

He resided just outside Ingham in North Queensland and was a Board Member of the Herbert River RSL Sub Branch.

Funeral details to be advised

Arte et Marte

Rest in Peace

Barry Shipway (Welfare Rep)