Vale VX145301 John Basil Miller – Farmer, Soldier, Builder and Blockie:

Private John Basil Miller passed away in Mildura on 24 August 2022. He was born on the 13 June 1923 at Pinnaroo, SA, the second son of a farming family. In December 1941, the 18-year-old intake was called, so John commenced his military service in infantry, as a military conscript. He had been courting Edie Barraclough in Mildura for twelve months so wasn’t that keen on army life.

He spent most of 1942 in 8th Brigade in the defence of mainland Australia at the Dongara and Geraldton areas in Western Australia. He returned to Mangalore in Victoria in February 1943 and was given leave for a short period of time which he spent fruit picking in Mildura and saved enough for an engagement ring for Edie.

Within weeks he was on a troop train to Queensland where his unit, 22 Australian Infantry Battalion, was given intensive jungle training at Mt Tamborine. In April 1943 he was in the Atherton Tablelands, Qld, with strong rumours they would go to Papua New Guinea. But as 75% of the 38th Battalion were only 19, they were sent to Darwin.  His camp in NT was near Pel Air Strip where the American Liberators were stationed.  In June 1944 he was transferred on the US Troopship the USS Evangeline from Darwin to Jaquinet Bay in the Wide Bay area of the east coast of New Britain.  He remained at Wide Bay till 15 August 1945, when his unit was transported by troopship to Rabaul. John returned home arriving in Sydney on the 24 March 1946.

Edie managed to organise their marriage for the 30 March 1946.  John said it had been mainly a long-distance courtship of 600 letters, 3 per week written for four years and four months during the time in the army. He was advised to learn a trade, and as building was expected to boom, he decided on carpentry.  John was discharged from the Australian Army on 17 May 1946.

John lived the remainder of his life in Mildura as a builder and (fruit) blockie. He is survived by his four children, Kevin, Pam, Janine, and Graeme. Edie died eight years ago. John was active in the Redcliff RSL and for many years spoke at local primary schools for their pre-Anzac Day services.


Death Notice Nicholas (Nick) Hugh Marshall, MID – RAA

We have received advice of the death on 23 August 2022 of Nicholas (Nick) Marshall. He was 84. Nick was the Battery Commander of 101st Field Battery in Vietnam during 1966/67 and later was Commanding Officer of 4th Field Regiment from October 1973 until December 1975. Nick was a life subscriber of the 101 Battery Association. Nick deteriorated quickly in the week before his death and died painlessly and peacefully. A private service will be held for him in Sydney in the coming week.

RIP Nicholas Hugh Marshall.

Peter Bruce, OAM

Obituary Resource Officer

Death Notice Geoffrey Charles SERBUTT – RAA

We have received advice about the death recently of Geoffrey Charles (Geoff) Serbutt. Geoff died in England at the age of 75. He had been suffering from prostate cancer but managed to enjoy life to the end. He is survived by his wife Denise, and their daughter Jessica, and son Ben. Geoff was a National Serviceman who served with 1st Field Regiment in Vietnam from November 1968 until November 1969 with the rank of Bombardier. He was involved in the Battle of Binh Bar during Operation Hammer in June 1968.

RIP Geoffrey Charles Serbutt.

Peter Bruce, OAM

Obituary Resource Officer

Funeral Details Terry Hollindale – RAA

Funeral details for the late Terry Hollindale are as follows:

Funeral – Allambe Parkview Chapel, Allambe Memorial Park Cemetery, 129 Nerang – Broadbeach Road, Nerang 4211, at 1300 hrs on 31 August 2022.

Wake – Emerald Lakes Golf Club, Cnr Nerang-Broadbeach Road and Alabaster Drive, Carrara 4211.


Peter Bruce, OAM

Obituary Resource Officer

Vale Idrys Robin Morgan – RAA

We have received advice of the death on 18 August 2022 of Idrys Robin (know as Snow or Bob) Morgan. Idrys died peacefully at the age of 83. He had served in ‘A’ Field Battery from 1958 until 1960 and had also spent time in 104th Field Battery. His funeral is to be held at Guardian Funerals (Funeral Services and Cemeteries), 74 Kalinga Street, West Ballina, NSW 2478 on Thursday 25 August at 10.00am.

RIP Idrys Robin Morgan

Peter Bruce, OAM

Obituary Resource Officer



20 /03/1945 – 11/08/2022

Passed away on 11th August 2022, following a series of illnesses.

Aged 77 years.

Ken will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

A beloved brother to John and uncle to Michael, Paul, Tracey, Erin,

Julia and Christopher and the extended family.

Privately Cremated as Ken wished.

Brisbane:   Date listed: 20/8/2022

Condolences to Ken’s family and friends

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, Secretary

Vale Terry Hollindale – RAA

We have received advice of the death on 20 August 2022 of Terrence (Terry or Tubby) Hollindale. Terry was a long-time member of 41 Battery (Gold Coast Cowboys) at Southport in the 60s and 70s. Terry fought a long ten-year battle with a type of brain cancer and although he defied all the expert estimates of time remaining, it was still a sad loss as he continued to live life to the utmost.

Funeral details are not available at this stage.

RIP Terry Hollindale.

Peter Bruce, OAM

Obituary Resource Officer

Vale 214682 Dennis Erik Lindgren – RAA

28 Mar 1944 – 5 Aug 2022

We have been advised of the death on 5 August 2022 of Dennis Erik Lindgren. Dennis served with 105th Field Battery in Vietnam from September 1965 until June 1966. He stayed in country with 1st Field Regiment and returned to Australia in September 1966. Dennis was 78. His funeral will be held at the Springwood Baptist Church on 23 August 2022 at 1230 hours.

RIP Dennis Erik Lindgren

Peter Bruce, OAM


Death Notice Alan Frederick Turner – RAA

The 5/11 RAA Association have advised of the death recently of Alan Turner. Alan served with 5th/11th Field Regiment from April 1987 to March 1993. No funeral details available at this stage.

RIP Alan Frederick Turner.

Peter Bruce, OAM

Obituary Resource Officer