27 December 1946 – 20 September 2022

CPL Donald ‘Don’ Kennedy died peacefully in his sleep on Monday 20 September, in the nursing home where he had been residing.

Don enlisted in January 1964, and completed his recruit Training at 1 RTB and Corps Training at the School of Infantry. He was transferred to 1 RAR in August 1964 and served with that unit until March 1965. Don then joined 5 RAR assigned to 6 Platoon B Company and deployed to South Vietnam (SVN) with them. During his time in SVN he was promoted to Corporal and appointed the Section Commander of 8 Section. Don took his discharge after his 3-year enlistment

A Funeral Service for Don will be held by Farrell & O’Neill, 85 Plunkett St, Nowra, NSW, at 13.30hrs on Tuesday 27 September.



Gary Townsend

5 RARA Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor


VALE LT. COL (RET’D) Klaus (Claude) DUCKER

I have been advised today that Lt Col (Ret’d) Klaus (Claude) Ducker passed away on the 18/09/2022 at the Calvary Haydon Village Residential Facility, after a long battle with Parkinson’s.

His funeral service will be held at 1100 hrs on 30/9/22, at RMC Duntroon.

From memory, Lt Col Ducker was my Company Commander when I joined 4RAR in March 1964.

My apologies if you already have this info via other means.


Alan Whitcombe

0409 474 232



22 September 1933 – 18 September 2022

MAJ Claude Decker MC, died in a nursing home on the evening of Sunday 18 September.

Claude was accepted into RMC-D in February 1952. In January 1957 he was posted to 3 RAR and deployed to Malaya, where he was awarded a Military Cross for gallantry while there. Claude had various postings, including 1 RAR and 4 RAR, Staff College and Officer Training Unit before deploying to SVN and joining HQ-AFV in January 1969. In April he joined 5 RAR as OC Charlie Company where he was mentioned in dispatches. Claude then transferred to the CMF and was discharged in 1983.

A Funeral Service for Claude will be held on Friday 30 September 11.00hours, at the Anzac Memorial Chapel of St Paul at Duntroon. Claude will be interned privately after the wake. A notice with further details will be in Saturday’s Canberra Times, Melbourne Age and Sydney Morning Herald.

Gary Townsend

5 RARA Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor

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16 August 1948 – 29 August 2022

CPL Guy Ansell died on Monday 29 August after a long and heroic battle with melanomas.

Guy enlisted in November 1967, and following initial training was allocated to the Corps of Infantry.  After training at Ingleburn NSW, he was posted to 5 RAR in May 1968 joining C Company.  Guy deployed to Vietnam with the Battalion’s Advance Party in January 1969.  He initially served as the OC’s Batman until transferring to Support Section in C Company Headquarters.  He was promoted to section commander. Guy returned to Australia on 5 February 1970.  He remained in 5 RAR and was discharged after his three years’ service in November 1970.

A Funeral Service for Guy was held by Farrell & O’Neill Funerals on Monday 5 September.

Gary Townsend

5 RARA Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor

[email protected]

Vale 110810 Darrel Albert Cunnington – RAA

We have been advised of the death on 14 September 2022 of Darrel Cunnington. He was 79. Darrel was a CMF Warrant Officer in 11 Field Regiment who signed on to Full-time Duty as a Bombardier Command Post Signaller to join ‘A’ Field Battery on Operations in South Vietnam from 16 June 1971. When ‘A’ Battery ceased operations and moved to Vung Tau in October 1971, Darrel was one of several Battery members who transferred to 104 Battery and remained in Nui Dat until RTA on 15 Dec 1971.

RIP Darrel Albert Cunnington

Peter Bruce, OAM

Obituary Resource Officer

Vale 4719459 Trevor Ronald Chapman – 9RAR

Aged 75 years. A veteran of A Coy, 9RAR 1968-69

Loving husband to Chris

Loved dad to Vicki and Phil, and Marc

Adored Chappie to Thomas and Lucy

We hope you’re somewhere warm, where the fish are biting and the Stanley Port is flowing.

Please join us to celebrate Chappie’s life, Thursday 22d September from 2:00pm at the Kimba Golf Club.

Vale – 53387 Petrus ‘Peter’ De Jong – RAEME

The Association regrets to advise the Passing of Petrus (Peter) De Jong, (RAEME) aged 81 years, on Sunday 18 September 2022.

Peter was a Recovery Mechanic and served with 1st Armoured Squadron Workshop and then C Squadron Section 1 Armoured Regiment LAD from February 1968 to December 1968 in Vietnam.

Peter was a highly respected member of the Australian Army, the Royal Corps of Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers and the 1st Armoured Regiment.

May he Rest in Peace

Barry Shipway (Welfare Rep)

Vale Brigadier (Rtd) Lawrence (Laurie) John Lewis AM, MID. – 9RAR

It is my sad duty to advise you of the death today (12/9) of Laurie Lewis, Retired Brigadier and Officer Commanding C Company, 9 RAR during the Battalions tour of duty in Vietnam.

In addition to his military service Laurie was the former Chair of the Repatriation and General Hospital Board and Veteran’s Advisory Council.

His  funeral service will be held at Berry Funerals

198-204 Magill Road, Norwood SA 5067

1300 hrs. Tuesday 27th September 2022.

The service will be live streamed for those unable to attend on the link below

At the completion of the service there will be a “wake” to celebrate Laurie’s life at the:

Maylands Hotel

67 Phillis Street, Maylands SA 5069

Rest in Peace Laurie. Your Duty is Done

“Lest We Forget”

Michael von Berg MC OAM

President RARA-SA




29 June 1947 – 18 Sept 2022

It is with sadness that I have been advised by Brian Fitzpatrick of Tasmania that “ROBERT HENRY PEEBLES” passed away on Saturday the 18th of September 2022. His Funeral is at 1.30pm on Friday 23rd September 2022 at Preston Community Centre 325 South Preston Rd Preston Tas.

Live stream at

Wendy M McLean