LTCOL R.P. (Phil) Kudnig RAE (Retd)

LTCOL R.P. (Phil) Kudnig RAE (Retd) passed away in Victoria on 27 April 2020.

Phil was commissioned with the OCS Class December 1953 (The Third Class), he also being awarded the Governor General’s Medal.

He returned to OCS on the staff 1964 – 1966.  He then moved over The Rip to Army Staff College in 1967.

In South Vietnam, he commanded 1 Fd Sqn RAE Jan – Nov 1971.

1733972 Raymond Arthur Bourne

Sadly I have been advised that 1733972 Raymond Arthur Bourne passed away on Tuesday 21st April after a long battle with cancer. He was a member of 9 RAR and served in Vietnam 9 Nov 68 – 12 Dec 69.

He will be cremated under isolation rules and a memorial service will be held at a later date.


214706 John Leslie Mitchell

214706 John Leslie Mitchell

I have been advised by Bill Giles that John passed away yesterday (17th April 2020). He served in 11PL, D Coy 1RAR in Vietnam 65-66. John died in the Mater Hospital in Newcastle his funeral will be next Friday.

3411779 Sgt. Barry A Brewer.

3411779 Sgt. Barry A Brewer.

I have been advised that Barry has passed away, unfortunately, I do not have a date of his passing. Barry served as a Sgt at OR Training Wing, 3 Training Group at Puckapunyal, he served as a Corporal with 3RAR  in South Vietnam from 16 Dec 1967-18 Dec1968, Barry was born in Southend on Sea, the UK, on 3 January 1947, Sadly Barry Died from Lung Cancer.


17864 Robert Julian Davis

Bob Davis passed away Good Friday evening after a long illness. Bob graduated from OCS Portsea in Dec 1964. He served in 1,2 and 8 RAR. He was the platoon commander of 12PL D COY 1RAR from Feb 66 – May 66, then 1ARU from May 66 – Sep 66 then 5RAR Sep 66 – Feb 67. Bob also served with 8 RAR

After the Army Bob became a successful restaurateur and had restaurants in Byron Bay and Brisbane. At the time of death he lived in Casino.

Bob was. Colourful larrikin fondly remembered and respected by his Portsea classmates.

I am unsure of funeral details.

Raymond John ( Blue ) Parnell

Raymond John ( Blue ) Parnell passed away on 8th April, Blue lived in Kippa-Ring on Redcliffe peninsular.  Blue served in Malaya 67- 69 with 8RAR. He had a few tours to Malaya as he married Sue who was from Ipoh Malaya. Great rugby player and a great bloke


Blue Parnell funeral will be streamed tomorrow 15th April at 1.20 pm

213316 John Moller RAE

Sadly I advise of the death of 213316 Sapper John Ignatius Moller.

John served in Vietnam with 21 Engineer Support Troop RAE

No funeral details available as yet, I am assuming that it will be a private funeral (10 pers).

May he rest in peace.

2783420  Cpl  A E  Evans

2783420  Cpl  A E  Evans

1 Field Sqn RAE South Vietnam 7/1/1967 to 28/11/1967.

Sunday 5th April 2020 Australia lost one of its best.

2783420  Anthony George  Evans- 1 Field Sqn RAE.  South Vietnam 7/1/1967 to 28/11/1967.

Tony the plumber was just Tony true blue, the quiet achiever.

May he now rest from his labours. His earthly duty done.

215262 David Phillip Allgood

I have just received the sad news of the passing of First Tour Vietnam veteran 215262 Pte David Phillip Allgood who passed away Thursday 26th at Ardrossan SA.

Funeral details will be advised once known

Vic Simon – 1RAR First Tour C Coy – 6RAR First Tour D COY

Vic Simon – D COY 1ST TOUR

From John Heslewood:

 Sorry again to report the passing of another of our members. Vic came to the Company from 1 RAR in June 1966 and was attached to 12 Platoon until he returned home in December 1966. He has been suffering from cancer for some time and passed away on the morning of the 13th March. I managed to have a few words with him in palliative care last week and he asked to be remembered to all his mates in the Company. To his wife Beverly and family I extend our condolences. His funeral will be held on Thursday the 26th March at the Eastern Suburbs Crematorium Botany South Chapel Sydney at 2.00pm followed by the burial at 3pm. I realize we don’t have that many members in the Sydney area but if you can make the effort to attend it would be appreciated by family and friends.