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4 RAR ASSOCIATIONS OF AUSTRALIA
THE FIGHTING FOURTH
MALAYSIA/BORNEO - SOUTH VIETNAM - EAST TIMOR/TIMOR LESTE - IRAQ - AFGHANISTAN
On the occasion of the 51st birthday of 4 RAR
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On Saturday 31 January, 2015 members gathered at the Sherwood/Indooroopilly RSL Sub Branch to celebrate the 51st birthday of the Battalion and to honour those who had served. The decision to hold the event at the sub branch was fed by the difficulty of entering the Gallipoli Barracks at the moment. Entering the barracks is not that difficult but very time consuming as security checks are a must and escorts within the barracks are required at most times.
11 members of the Frank Baker family attended, marshalled by Frank and his wife Lorraine who has now been given the nickname of “Ma Baker”. At every event, a large contingent of the Baker family attends shepherded by Ma Baker and this day was no exception.
All committee members and their spouses including our patron Lt Col Brian Avery and his lady Evelyn attended; Jim Milne travelled down from Bundaberg to attend and our treasurer Lisa Mountney and her husband travelled up from the Gold Coast and Ken Carter and Deslie travelled from the Sunshine Coast. It was a great pleasure to especially welcome Jim and our other guests.
Kevin Alcock, a 4 RAR veteran association member and president of the sub branch had given his permission for us to conduct the service in the forecourt of the sub branch next to their new memorial to all those from all allied countries who had serve in Afghanistan. The name of Pte Luke Worsley, LCpl Jason Marks and Lt Michael Fussell of 4 RAR (Cdo) appear with others, on the memorial.
A mixture of events however caused us to move the service indoors to the large sub branch hall that was unintentionally but conveniently set up to suit an indoor service.
The first problem was that although the duty manager of the service club had been forewarned that we were coming and had the keys to let us into the sub branch she did not have the keys to the storeroom for us to gain the outdoor chairs and lectern to set up outside. Secondly, it was a stinking hot day and the shade sails next to the memorial did not shade members from the westerly sunset, so Alan made the only suitable decision and that was to hold the service indoors in the large hall. It proved a more than sensible result as all were much more comfortable n the air conditioned hall.
The wreath and poppies that were originally laid indoors under the 4 RAR flag were later taken outside and reverently laid at the memorial outside by Frank Baker. Alan gave an address referring to the times that the battalion had prepared for war and the love and respect shown to 4 RAR warriors by their families as they did so.
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