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. 


I have been advised that Jack Hopgood POW (RAAF) passed away on Thursday, 14th October. Jack was 101 years old and was possibly the last or at least one of the last survivors of Changi, where he suffered 3 years of hell. There is plenty about his history on the web, but as for his official service number and Military Records I haven’t had a chance to research.

1201849 PTE L M LAMPARD, 6 RAR, MAY 69 TO MAY 70

Aboriginal Veterans Group in Adelaide has identified that Pte Laurence Lampard, who served with 6 RAR/NZ (ANZAC) in Vietnam May 1969 – May 1970 is interred in an unmarked grave in the West Terrace Cemetery in Adelaide.

They have arranged for the grave to be correctly recognised and a plaque recognising his war service to be fixed at the grave.

A dedication service will take place at a graveside ceremony to be held at 1000hrs 18 Nov 21.

Coat and tie with medals would be appropriate.