44354 Ian David Sampson

Sadly I advise that 44354 Ian David Sampson (aka Sambo) formerly 1RAR 6PL B Coy Vietnam 68/69 passed away 10/3/2020 due to an aggressive Glioblastoma brain tumour which was diagnosed in January of this year.  Ian was working full time until November of 2019 until symptoms started to arise. He survived four weeks past his initial prognosis of one month.

Ian immigrated to the USA with his wife in 1980, which is where he passed.

VALE – Edward James “Ted” Walker


Sad news in the loss of another good mate, digger and friend to so many.

VALE – Edward James “Ted” Walker

Better known to all of us as “Ted”.

Born on the 18th November 1944, in Cloncurry, completing his schooling in Mareeba, Queensland. Ted was the eldest of three children.

Ted joined the Australian Army on the 14th August 1967 to the 13th August 1982 and served again in the Australian Army Reserves from the 2nd August 1983 to the 31st August 1984.

He completed his operational service/deployment in Vietnam from the 18th June 1968 to the 28th Feb 1969, and Singapore/Malaysia from the 25th April 1969 to the 19th June 1971 whilst attached to 1 Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment. Ted attained the rank of Sergeant and was a rifleman, and a store man technical.

Ted was awarded the Aust Active Service Medal 1945-75 with Clasp Vietnam, Vietnam Medal, Defence Force Service, Australian Defence, and Vietnamese Campaign Medals, as well as Infantry Combat Badge, and the Returned from Active Service Badge.

Ted has three children Mark, Kylie and Paul and three step children Maria, John and Robert which he loved dearly and supported all of them, as well as his loving grandchildren. Ted married his loving wife Menetta, on the 7th December 1991, in Kuranda and they lived a happy life in Ravenshoe, as well as being active members of the Ravenshoe RSL and the community.

Ted was a tall, happy go lucky fella, who was a mate, friend and a genuine bloody good bloke to so many. He had many pastimes, laughs and was a strong supporter of the many Vietnam Veterans that were his real buddies. He will be sorely missed and unreplaceable. I know I will sure miss all the jovial laughs and yarns mate. Hope the beer is cold up there mate.

Your duty done. Rest In Peace dear ole mate.

Funeral details – Atherton Crematorium, Atherton, Qld

Friday 13th March 2020.


It is with great sadness I wish to inform you of the death of my father, Noel Frederick Slaven. I believe he was a member of your association. My father served in D Coy of 1 RAR in Korea.

His funeral is to be conducted at 2.30 pm on Wednesday 19 February 2020 at Jonathan Hepner Funerals, 199 Ormond Road, East Geelong, Victoria.


Peter Brennan pass away at home following an accident with a ladder on Tue 05 Feb 2020. Peter was the curator of the RAR NMW loved coming in on a Monday to do the maintenance, Dads Army will certainly miss him. Peter served with 2RAR in Vietnam.

Details of Peter’s funeral are:

Friday 14 February
St Gerard Majella Church, 146 Maundrell Tce, Chermside West

It will be a Requiem Mass followed by interment at Albany Creek Memorial Park, 400 Albany Creek Rd, Albany Creek.

Coat & medals would be appropriate.



It is with much sadness that I advise that our old mate Lofty Wendt is finally at rest after a long and gallant battle with cancer.  He had been looking forward to marching our Association on at the 50th Long Hai Day Commemorative Service in February this year.  We will certainly miss his towering presence.

16663 Kevin Stanley (Lofty) WENDT OAM,BEM. served 28 years in the Army in various units and ended his career in July 1990 as the WO1 RSM of the Army. He served in both Malaysia and Vietnam with 8RAR and was wounded on 10 July 1970 in Vietnam.


I will notify you of funeral details once received.

Funeral- WO2 Stephen Brinkworth

Funeral- WO2 Stephen Brinkworth

27 Jul 50 – 23 Jan 20
Stephen’s funeral will be at Holsworthy Chapel Holsworthy Barracks, NSW, 1100hrs Feb Sat 01 Feb 20
For anyone & everyone that wants to celebrate his life. He served 51 years and touched a lot of people