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)


Vale 2788800 Ian Lygoe – 9RAR

Sadly, I advise of the passing of Ian Lygoe.  Ian passed on 21st December after a prolonged illness from cancer and other medical problems.
Our thoughts and best wishes are with his wife Beverley and children.

Due to the Christmas holidays and family members living overseas, a memorial service for Ian will be held at St Michaels Golf Club at Little Bay in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney.
The timing and date for the service will be advised next week.

The family would appreciate all those who knew and served with Ian to attend the service.
Suit / Jacket, 9RAR ties and medals to be worn.

Further advice will follow.

Doug McGrath

Vale 28630 Ronald Pratt – RAA

We have received advice of the death on 24 December 2022 of Ron Pratt. He was 86. Ron served in Vietnam with 12th Field Regiment from April 1968 until March 1969. During the early 1970s he was posted as SMIG of 41 Field Battery on the Gold Coast. Ron remained on the Gold Coast following his discharge from the ARA.

RIP Ron Pratt.

Peter Bruce, OAM

Obituary Resource Officer


Vale Clive Brayshaw – RA

John Thornton has passed us information regarding the death on 18 November 2022 of (then) Captain Clive Brayshaw RA. Clive was the UK Exchange IG at School of Arty North Head in 1970-71. He died only shortly after being advised he had terminal lung cancer, despite never having smoked. He was living in retirement in Dumfries & Galloway in the ‘Borders’, near the village of Kirkgunzeon, SW of Dumfries.

RIP Clive Brayshaw.

Peter Bruce, OAM

Obituary Resource Officer