1732984 Barry Norman Ireland

Barry serviced in Vietnam with 9 RAR. He was in Support Company as a dog handler/ RP and went over on HMAS Sydney. He discharged from the army in April 69 and about 12 months later joined the RAAF as a dog handler and served for 31 years
He left the RAAF in 2002 with the rank of Warrant Officer and he and his wife built a house on a small acreage plot in Ferndale, a small town near (Ipswich on the Brisbane Valley Highway).
Barry had been ill for some time but was stoic till the end.
He was very proud of his service to the Army and RAAF.



Sadly I advise that the former CO 6RAR 1970-72 died at Buderim Private Hospital, Buderim yesterday morning, Thursday, 28th January 2021.

He was 89 years of age and had been in good health until the last and the end was swift and merciful.


1732884 Neil Stuart Luxford

A notice in today’s Townsville Bulletin advises that the funeral service for the late 1732884 Neil Stuart Luxford that was to be held on Friday 8 January has been postponed until further notice due to weather conditions.

Neil served with 3RAR (and Reinforcements) in South Vietnam from 21 May 1968 to 21 November 1968.


Sadly I advise that Jim Wieland passed away on Monday 04 Jan 21 at his home in 1770 after a short illness. Jim served in Vietnam with A COY 6 RAR 1969-70 and AATTV 1971-72.

Jim was 2IC A Coy 1968-1970, including the second tour in Vietnam, although he spent most of the tour as the Liaison Officer working with the Regional Force and Popular Force elements of the South Vietnamese Army throughout Phouc Tuy Province.

His funeral will be held at the Woodgate Hall QLD next Tuesday 12 Jan 2021 at a time yet to be advised. The wake will be at the Woodgate Club after the funeral.

17777 Sgt Roger Anthony Harris – 1RAR


Sadly I advise the passing of Roger Harris. He served two tours of Vietnam with 1RAR on his second tour he was the Mortor Platoon Sergeant at Fire Support Base Coral in 1968.

He passed away in Coffs Harbour on 26th Dec 2020. His funeral will be held Friday 8th at Karangi Cemetry.


Sadly I must inform you that 3787221 Gilbert (Gil) Alan Mitchell passed away on Tuesday (29/12) in the afternoon.

Gil was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer a short time ago. The cancer was inoperable due to its advanced state and it had spread to his liver.

He spent the last few weeks between hospital and home. His final days were in the comfort of his home with Lesley and their five sons.

Jeff Foster spoke with Gil regularly by phone and skype over the past several weeks. He spoke to me of Gil’s courage and toughness, who he said was inspirational to the end.

Funeral details will be advised as soon as they are known.

36694 John Edmund GIERSCH

36694 John Edmund GIERSCH

Born Dandenong Victoria 24 June 1942
Passed away aged 78, at
National Capital Private Hospital,
after a courageous struggle with cancer.

John is survived by his wife Lita, of 54 years, three children Mark Tracie and Justin and his two brothers Brian and Ken.

A Vietnam Veteran 1966 – 1967. AFV Detachment, 1st Division Intelligence Unit
Proudly served in the Australian Intelligence Corps 1964 – 1990.

A funeral service for John will be held in the Chapel of Norwood Park Crematorium, 65 Sandford St, Mitchell on WEDNESDAY 6 January 2021 commencing at 1:30pm.

If you are unable to attend the service, you can watch via livestream on the Norwood Park Crematorium Website.

Vale 23235 Brigadier David Buring AM

Brigadier (Retired) Royal Australian Engineers AM 22.6.1942 – 20.11.2020.

Beloved Husband to Jane, father to Mike & Kate, father-in-law to Roslyn,

grandfather to Isabella, brother to Virginia, Margaret & Christopher.

A small private family service will be held in Canberra.

Funeral Details for MAJGEN D M Butler AO, DSO

The funeral of MAJGEN D M Butler, AO, DSO will be conducted at the RMC Chapel, Duntroon, Canberra at 1.30 pm, Monday 7 December 2020.

It is realised little time is left to organise travel and that there remain questions about COVID etc.     However, all are welcome to attend. Personnel driving to Duntroon is advised to enter via the back gate and into the car park from where a bus shuttle service will ferry people to the Chapel.    Note, other parking exists in the camp including near the Sergeants’ Mess.   There will be some special parking for disabled personnel with signposting.

This will be a full military funeral in accordance with the entitlement for officers of major-general rank.    Those attending should wear uniform, suit, or coat –with medals.

After the service refreshments will be served in Duntroon House.

Please send any condolence messages via Brigadier (retired)Terry Holland’s email address:    [email protected]