11 April 1944 – 5 August 2022

CPL Kevin ‘John’ Smee died in hospital on Friday 5 August, he had been admitted to the hospital some time ago.

John enlisted in January 1963, he did his training at 1 RTB and then Infantry Centre before joining 1 RAR in August of that year. He was a founding member of 5 RAR when the Battalion served on both tours of South Vietnam. As a LCPL with CHQ of B Coy on the 1966-67 tour and a CPL with ADM Coy on the 1969-70 tour. John stayed with 5 RAR until it was linked with 7 RAR and then served 6 years with 5/7 RAR. He continued in the ADF, serving for 20 years and discharging in January 1983.

John’s Funeral Service will be held at the C.J. Finney Centre, 34 Nunamina Ave, Kingsmeadows at 12.30hrs on Monday 15 August.


Gary Townsend

5 RARA Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor

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