I received the following sad news this afternoon. Condolences to John’s family and friends


John was the radio mech for 1RAR in Vietnam 68 and went on to Malaya and Singapore Though RAEME Corp he has the Infantry combat badge

My great mate passed today at 12.30pm

There will not be a funeral but I hope a celebration of his life

John was at Coral

Please put this sad news out

With thanks

Chris Strudwick



10 December 1947 – 29 September 2023

PTE Douglas ‘Doug’ Kent, formerly of Caboolture, QLD, died on Friday 29 September.

Doug did his Recruit Training at 2 RTB, Puckapunyal, VIC. He then went to Infantry Centre, Ingleburn, NSW, for his Corps Training. Doug deployed to Vietnam, on 8 February 1969 as a carpenter, with Assault Pioneers Platoon. He was returned to Australia on 13 August, of that year, due to a medical condition.

No funeral details are at hand at this time.


Gary Townsend

5 RARA Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor

[email protected]


Vale 1410862 Peter Michael Cachia – 3 Field Troop Vietnam

Aged 82 Years

Late of Mount Louisa. Peter passed away peacefully at Townsville University Hospital on Tuesday 26th September, 2023. Loving Husband to the late Pam. Loved Father and Father-in-Law of Rebecca and Christian. Beloved Son of Dorothy and Francis (both deceased). Beloved Brother of Nicholas (deceased), Georgina (deceased) and Paula. Brother-in-Law of of Sidney, Mark, Nadia, Roseanne, Gerard, Bernadette, Lindsay, Jeffrey and Lois. Beloved Uncle, Cousin and Friend to many.


Merv Dicton


Vale 1200605 Robert Service – RAEME – 6RAR Vietnam

10 Jul 1942 – 23 Sept 2023

I don’t know whether you know of ex-army soldier Robert Service. He is a member of the Wynnum and Manly Men’s Shed. He served in Vietnam and I think the battle of Long Tan. Sadly, he passed away last Saturday23 Sep.
His funeral is tomorrow Fri 29th, in Wynnum.

Clive Bond RAAF Rtd


Vale 55213 LTCOL DAVID JOHN WATSON – 104 Sig Sqn Vietnam

Sad news via Ross Eastgate, David Watson passed away in Perth yesterday, (Wednesday). He has been unwell for some time with Parkinson’s.

From his daughter Tammy.

“Dad’s wish was not to have a funeral, instead to spread his ashes at a favourite location and for us to celebrate his life.

While we can’t give a date, we will provide details for anyone wishing to celebrate in Perth and then on the East Coast.”

He served in SVN with 104 Sig Sqn, PNG, Germany and was CO 1 Sig Regt in Brisbane.

Lest we forget

Vale 2784036 Daryl Robert Naysmith – RAA

John Wells has advised of the death on 17 September 2023 of Daryl Robert Naysmith. He was 77.

Daryl was a National Serviceman who served with 108 Field Battery in South Vietnam from June 1967 until February 1968.

RIP Daryl Naysmith

Peter Bruce, OAM
Obituary Resource Officer

Vale 1202372 Kevin Michael Byrne – 4RAR

Sad news Kevin Byrne (D Coy, 4 RAR SVN second tour) and OC Spt and OPSO in 2/4 RAR mid 80s died this morning.   Phil. RIP Kevin. Condolences to family, friends and brothers in arms.


Lest We Forget

Wendy M McLean JP(Qual) LM


4RAR Association Qld Inc.

VALE 13091 Capt Edward Ackroyd Taylor – AATTV

NSW RSL Reveille September edition last post advised that 13091 E A Taylor (Squizzy) has passed, no date of death.

Ed was living here on the Central Coast of NSW, tried ringing his wife but phone not connected.

Ed was born on 8-7-34, served in 2 RAR 55/57 and 61-63 Malaya joined 6 RAR on forming and served in Vietnam 69/70 with AATTV. He retired at the rank of Captain.

Henry Chisholm