Sadly I advise that WO Bob Clunes Vietnam 66/67 passed away on Tuesday 2/11/2021 at his Windeyer home outside Mudgee.

His funeral service will be held on 1100hours Tuesday 9 November 2021 (tomorrow) at the Lawson room of Funeral Directors Eastaugh and Carroll at 11am and will be live-streamed – https://saltmedia.net/service-for-robert-clunes

A private interment will take place after the service.

Funeral and Wake arrangements for George Giummarra

Good afternoon all – as advised by the family the following are the funeral and wake arrangements for George.

The funeral Mass will be held on Thursday 11th November 2021 at St Dominic’s Church, 816 Riversdale Road, Camberwell, Vic. commencing at 10.00 am but with strict check in protocols it is suggested that you look to arrive anytime after 09.30 am

The Wake will be held at Wattle Park Chalet (inside Wattle Park) commencing at 11.30 am and concluding at 1.00 pm – the Chalet is located at 1012 Riversdale Road, Surrey Hills, Vic.

Following the Wake a family only burial will be conducted at the Melbourne General Cemetery

Donations – in lieu of flowers please consider donating to Brain Cancer Centre to help eradicate this insidious disease. Go to the website https://www.wehi.edu.au/donate/online-donations and select “Direct my gift to: The Brain Cancer Centre – your donation can also be listed as a “Tribute to: In memory of George Giummarra

Important points to note are

  1. Numbers are limited to 100 people
  2. Those attending must be double vaccinated and provide proof at both venues (either electronically or printed form)
  3. Masks must be worn indoors for all those over 12 years of age
  4. If wishing to attend please register your interest with Victoria before Tuesday morning by messaging to 0409 945 974 stating full name and indicating if you wish to attend either or both the Service and Wake.

Jim Davis.

Hon Secretary,

RAE Association (Vic) Inc.

Telephone:   0413 479 157

Email                 [email protected]

Web              raevictoria.com

Once a Sapper always a Sapper

R64972 Gordon Albert David TODD – POMTP3 -NAVY

It is my sad duty to inform you of the passing of Gordon Todd. Gordon passed away peacefully at Tully in FNQ last night at midnight.
As his wife Dawn said to me “he is no longer in pain”.
When details come through I will keep you informed.
Fair Winds & Following  Seas old mate.
Kerry Kerr

3797884 LTCOL George Giummarra RFD – RAE

 2nd May 1945 – 3rd November 2021

It is my sad duty to inform you of the passing of George Giummarra.

George’s health battle with a brain tumour for which he underwent surgery in February 2021 and ongoing treatment but despite the wonderful care provided regretfully George succumbed to the disease on 3rd November 2021 and passed with his loving family by his side.

In 1970 George was part of the National Service intake and then remained in the Defence Force within the Reserve – some of the Units George served with were

7 FER (1971-1983), 3 TRG GP (1984-1988), 22 Construction Regiment/6 ENGR GP (1989-1995). George was discharged in December 1995 with the rank of LTCOL – he held the Command Appointment as Commanding Officer of 22nd Construction Regiment 1989 – 1992.

He was awarded the RFD and also is a recipient of the prestigious Blamey Award.

George is survived by his wife Sue and children Cindie and Victoria and our thoughts and condolences are extended to them and all family members at this very difficult and sad time.

Funeral arrangements are to be finalised and will be advised as per the family notices.


Date of Funeral: 04/11/2021

GORSKI, John Joseph

Passed away peacefully with family by his side on 29th of October 2021. Aged 75 Years. 

Cherished Husband of Julie. Father of Gavin & Derek. Stepfather of Kerry & Scott. Father-In-Law of Hanna. Pop to Lara & Sami Grandpa to Raquel, Natalie and Ryan. Great Grandpa to Bethany and Charlie. Brother to Janine. Uncle, respected Serviceman & friend to many. 

A Celebration of John’s life will be held at the Southport Church of Christ, Cnr Olsen Ave & Griffith Sts; Southport on Thursday the 4th of November 2021 commencing at 10.30am.

In lieu of flowers donations to Southport RSL sub-branch is appreciated.


Q30420 Brigadier (Rtd)Geoffrey Andrew HITCHINGS CBE

The Royal New Zealand Artillery Association and Fellow gunners,

HITCHINGS, Geoffrey Andrew Regt No: Q30420 Brigadier (Retired) CBE, former BC 161 Battery in SVN, Director RNZA, and Colonel Commandant of the RNZA. Died peacefully on 2 November at Remuera, aged 90 years.

Much loved husband of Barbara for 67 years. Loving father and father-in-law of Richard and Heather and Rob and Tess. Proud grandfather (Gaffer) of Sarah, Kathryn and Matthew. Loved brother of Terry and Beryl Campey (Deceased). Much respected by all his family, friends and colleagues.

A funeral service will be held at a later date.

Messages to Apartment 48, 7 St Vincents Avenue, Remuera.



The Funeral of 214031 WO2 Robin William Jones OAM MM will be held at:

  • Ross Funerals and Crematorium, 18 Nikenbah Dundowran Road Hervey Bay
  • 1000hrs 30/10/2021
  • Veterans, please wear Medals there will also be a Poppy service.

Live Stream: The service will be Videoed live, go to Ross Funerals website:  We Remember – Mr Robin “Spike” Jones (rossfunerals.com.au)

Condolences/comments can be left at the above weblink

Wake:  There is no venue for the wake as yet, as the RSL was booked.   Notification of where it will be held will be passed on at the service.


Sadly, I have been advised this morning that Spike Jones OAM, MM, lost his long battle and passed away at 1930 hrs 23/10/2021.

Spike served in Malaya/Borneo with 3RAR and two tours in Vietnam 66/67 & 69/70 and Singapore 71/73 with 6 RAR.   Details of the funeral will be published later.

Please do not ring the family, information through Col Carruthers 0427737754 or email [email protected] or through the 6RAR Association.

Funeral information will be provided by email and on Facebook when known.


I received the following sad news oF the passing of another of our Korean War Veterans.

Mervyn John Ehrich (known as John Ehrich), who served in 1 RAR in Korea, then in the Northern Command Band died yesterday, 20/11. He enlisted on 29th February 1953 and left the Army on 19th February 1959. He was also a member of the group, which established the RAR National Memorial Walk. His sister Fiona attended the dedication ceremony at Gallipoli Barracks with him.

Mervyn’s funeral service will be held on 28th October at 11:00 am in the East Chapel of Mt Thompson Crematorium, Holland Park. Those who may have known Mervyn are welcome to attend.

May he Rest In Peace



I have been advised that Frederick ‘Fred’ Steele lost his long battle on Friday 15 October 2021 after nearly 7 months in hospital.

Fred’s funeral will be held at noon this Friday 22 October in Tasmania, but due to the current Tasmanian COVID restrictions, only family will attend.    The Funeral Service is Millingtons Funerals, 25 McIntyre Street Mornington TAS, (03) 6211 4888, if you want more information. 

As usual, condolence messages for Lyn and the family can be sent care-of me at [email protected] and I will send them to Lyn at a respectful time.

Please join with us in offering our deepest sympathy to those who will mourn the passing of a loved one.