Death Notice 2785502 Ross Prowse – RAA

We have received advice of the death on 12 April 2024 of Ross Prowse. He was 78. Ross was a National Serviceman who served in Vietnam with 102nd Field Battery from March 1969 until August 1968. A funeral for Ross was held on Anzac Day.

RIP Ross Prowse.

Peter Bruce, OAM
Obituary Resource Officer

Vale 54208 Peter Batty – 4RAR

I have received the sad news from Western Australia,  Mrs Shirley Batty that Peter has passed away on the 13th of May 2024 after having accident falling of his roof while cleaning his gutters. At this time, his funeral will not be for a couple of weeks. I will forward the details when available.

Condolences may be sent to:

Mrs Shirley Batty

22 Hamilton Way,




Wendy M McLean J.P.(Qual) LM

Secretary/Membership Officer

4RAR Association Qld. Inc.’

Vale 213525 Neil Jackson Rankin – 6RAR Two tours

Sad to hear another Long Tan veteran has passed away yesterday, 8 May 2024 – Staff Sergeant Neil Jackson Rankin, 83 years young. Neil was Platoon Sergeant of 10 Platoon, Delta Company, 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment and fought in the Battle of Long Tan.

Neil was born in Aberdare, New South Wales, Australia, on the 4 December 1941 and he enlisted in the Australian Army on 2 June 1966 serving twice with 6RAR.

Much loved dad, brother, uncle, poppy and grandpoppy, husband, friend, and soldier.

Thoughts are with his family, friends, and mates.

Rest In Peace, Neil. Lest we forget.


Vale – 2783588 Michael Walter ‘Mick’ Coulsen – RAEME

It is with great sadness we advise of the passing of Michael ‘Mick’ Coulson.

Mick passed quietly in palliative care in the Townsville University Hospital on Monday afternoon on 29th April 2024, aged 78

He served on operations in SVN with 102 FD WKSP from June 1967 to Jan 1968. Mick was instrumental in the raising of the Rollingstone RSL and was the foundation President.

A funeral will be held on Friday May 24, 2024
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

The Lakes Chapel, Morleys Funeral Home

2 Martinez Avenue, West End QLD, Australia (Townsville)


Barry Shipway (Welfare Rep)


ED: From 1RAR Association
Dear Members,
I have received sad news from Eileen Vogele , her husband David Vogele passed away last Friday morning in Townsville University Hospital.
His funeral will be held in Charters Towers on Monday 13th at 1100 hrs at the Church of Christ 25 Anne St Charters Towers.
David served in B Coy 1 RAR 65/66 tour of Vietnam and then in 70/71 with the AATTV.
Deepest condolences to David’s family, friends and brothers in arms.
May he Rest In Peace


ED: From 1RAR Association.
Dear Members
Just received further sad news from Merv Dicton this evening
Had a call from Dutchy Hemerik tonight to pass on the sad news that our original Bn 2IC, Major Robert Ian (Bob) George passed away in his sleep last night in Carlyle Gardens Townsville. Some of us last saw Bob at a coffee catch up on the Saturday of the reunion.
Dutchy said he was sitting next to Bob on ANZAC Day and Bob said he wanted to make it to June when he turned 90. Sad news indeed and I’m raising a glass in Bob’s memory now.
No other details now, will pass on once I find out anything.
RIP Bob. An outstanding Officer and gentleman and all manner of things to each of us in the Premier Battalion. Bob served in AATTV and 1 RAR in Vietnam. He is remembered by Dutchy as a 2LT in 2 RAR. Bob had a great career in Army and was a mentor and legend to the vast majority of us.
I imagine that Bob and JPA are catching up right now and reliving their memories as we will be.
Condolences to any surviving family, friends and brothers in arms. Another legend is lost to us.
Lest We Forget.
Thanks for letting us know Dutchy and Alan Braby.

VALE – 4RAR Assoc Members

I am sorry to inform you of the passing of (3) of our members recently.

1st April 2024 from South Australia                            Brian Kotz (Private Service)

2nd May 2024 from Northern Territory                       Fredrick Roberts

3rd May 2024 from Gold Coast                                   Wally Mulder

Currently, I do not have any Funeral arrangements.


Wendy M McLean J.P.(Qual) LM

Secretary/Membership Officer

4RAR Association Qld. Inc.’