Vale: 18497 Leonard Francis Battley

Sadly I need to advise you of the death of Len Battley last Monday night (11/4) due to a massive heart attack in Brisbane.
Len served with 1 RAR on their first tour of SVN and was RTA after being WIA. He transferred out of RA Inf into RAASC until its disbandment then into RAAOC until his discharge from the ARA at Enoggera as the Chief Clerk of 1 Div under then Gen Peter Arnison. He then transferred to the ARes.
I go back over 40 years as both a friend and work colleague in civvy street in the ARes until we were discharged in 1999.
He also was a member of the Greenbank RSL and will be sorely missed in Brisbane on Anzac Day.
Bob Shiels

VALE 34349 Private John Fry – 2RAR

John Fry, President of Assoc. of QLD Korea Veterans 2012-2019
18 November 1933 – 25 March 2022
John Served in Korean War with 2RAR.
He served as president of Assoc of QLD Korea Veterans for nearly 10 years until his doctor ordered him to stop.
John moved from Gold Coast to Mackay a few months ago to be closer to families.
Now John will be resting in Peace overlooking the morning sunrise in Gold Coast as his plan made many many years ago.
Gravesite Funeral service:
11:00 on 11/4/2022 (Monday),
Mudgeeraba Cemetery
307 Mudgeeraba Rd, Mudgeeraba QLD 4213

VALE: 54540 Sapper John Raymond THORBURN ~ 1ALSC BIEN HOA 1965

It is with sadness I advise the passing of John Raymond THORBURN the older brother of Cpl (later WOI Rosco Thorburn) who joined John at Bien Hoa posted to 3 Field Troop in September of 1965.

John was the older brother of Cpl (later WOI Rosco Thorburn) who joined John at Bien Hoa posted to 3 Field Troop in September of 1965.

A long-serving sapper known to many. When they served in New Guinea together John was nicknamed bootlace and Ross was shoelace.

May they Rest In Peace now together again.

VALE 14109 WO1 Marco ‘Kiwi” Gibbons, OAM 22 March 1931 – 06 April 2022

Sadly I have to inform you that Kiwi Gibbons passed away peacefully in his sleep yesterday at 1 pm, at Fairview Nursing Home, Pinjarra Hills, Brisbane.

Marco “Kiwi” Gibbons, OAM enlisted originally in New Zealand K-Force in 1953 during the Korean War. He moved to Australia in 1954 and transferred to the Australian Army in 1956. He served with 3 RAR as a Tracker during the Malayan Emergency. Kiwi went on to serve with 2 RAR on both tours of Vietnam and was Mentioned in Dispatches on each deployment. He has served in 1, 2 and 3 RAR. Kiwi Gibbons retired from the Army as an RSM.

Kiwi has a long history of voluntary involvement with associations, particularly 2 RAR, 3 RAR, RSL Queensland, RAR Association Queensland, and the RAR National Memorial Walk, where he was curator from its inception. In 2012, both Kiwi and his wife Margaret were honoured with the award of the Medal of the Order of Australia for service to veterans and their families.

Both Marco and his wife Margaret are Life Members of the Association for their dedication and support to the association over many years.

Further details will be passed on as they become available.

VALE : 1733933 Pio Giorgio MARTIN, 6 RAR MAY 69 TO APR 70

Sadly we have been informed by Barry (Gus) Guthrie that Pio Martin passed away from a heart attack.

No other information is currently available, but I will pass anything, including, Funeral information, on as it as it becomes available.

Please join 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: 214963 Cpl Brian Desmond O’SULLIVAN EWPS SVN

It is with sadness I advise the passing of  Brian O’Sullivan a stalwart of the Corps who always displayed his willingness to mentor the younger men of the unit and our Corps with whom he worked.

To his family, comrades and friends His duty done may he now Rest in Peace and never be forgotten.

VALE 41565 J. F, Monk 2 RAR/NZ Victor coy 1967/68

Gary King of Victor Coy NZ advised me on 31/03/2022 to advise you of the passing of 41565 J. F. Monk  2 RAR/NZ Victor Coy 1967/68 4RAR/NZ 1970/71  Borneo 1966/67  2RAR/NZ ANZAC No2 Machine Gun team 1967/64 RAR/NZ ANZAC Section 2/ic 1970/71

 Now passed Private Cremation RIP My Brother ANZAC Soldier

 Wendy M McLean (J.P.) LM


Vale Lieutenant Colonel Ian C. (Trader) Teague, RA Inf (Retd).  OCS Class Dec 55.

Trader died in March 2022 aged 87 years in Victoria.

Ian served with AATTV in South Vietnam as a Capt from 17th April 1964 – Nov 65 Revolutionary Development, CSD Danang Group, responsible for Quang Ngai Combat, Psy Ops, Civic Action Teams’ Renamed Peoples Action Teams in 1965. Coordinator national PAT program May – Nov 65, I, II and IV Corps. Ian was with HQ AFV 3 Dec 65 – 10 Dec 65 and on his second tour of duty served with 1 SAS Sqn from 27 Jan 1970 – 3 Dec 70.

 In addition to the unit citations awarded to AATTV, Ian also one of the few AATTV members awarded GSM 1962 with Clasp South Vietnam, US Air Medal for Valour (with ‘V’ Device), US Army Commendation Medal for Service, US Air Medal for Service with Cluster, South Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry (with Gold Star) and South Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry (with Silver Star).

Trader served on the staff of OCS from 1965 – 68.

Attended Army Staff College Queenscliff in 1971.

A well-remembered member of the staff by every officer cadet who knew him.

Rest In Peace Trader.

VALE – CMDR Col Fitzgerald RAN Rtd and POMTP Barry (Lofty) Mathers

Sad news passed on to me today.

Onforwarded by Bob Grant;

Col Fitzgerald has crossed the bar. Col had 41 years of continuous service and attended many of our ASW (TAS in Col’s day) reunions along with his wife Hazel.

His funeral service is to be held at the Tobin Brothers Chapel, 11 Nettlefold St. Belconnen ACT at 1030 Monday 11 April 2022. Medals to be worn. Details of a wake to follow.

Onforwarded by Fred House:

Wanting to inform anyone on here who may have known or served with my Dad, POMTP Barry (Lofty) Mathers who served between Nov 1964 and November 1973.

Dad passed away on the 10th March 2022 after a very quick battle with aggressive cancer (8 days) and he is now at rest with Mum – PO Steward Judith Atkinson (now Mathers) who passed in January 2020.

So dearly loved, so sadly missed – with Barry N Judy Mathers

They have served and will not be forgotten.

Bob Mummery



Sadly we have found out from Facebook that John R. McCarthy (aka Peter N. Blair) who served with 6 RAR on the 2nd Vietnam Tour 1969/70, passed away on 14 November 2021 at the age of 89.   No other information is available.

Please join 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