New South Wales & Australian Capital Territory . . . Northern Territory . . . Queensland . . . South Australia . . . Tasmania . . . Victoria . . . Western Australia 4 RARASSOCIATIONS OF AUSTRALIA THE FIGHTING FOURTH
MALAYA/BORNEO - SOUTH VIETNAM - EAST TIMOR/TIMOR LESTE - IRAQ - AFGHANISTAN
Reunions - August 2012
4 RAR Colours
RAR Cap Badge
On Monday 28 August as part of the 4 RAR Signals Platoon reunion, a commemorative service was held at the Royal Australian Regiment National Memorial Walk (RAR NMW) at Gallipoli Barracks Enoggera. Alan Price, the president of the 4 RAR Qld Association, was invited to address the gathering of approximately 40 members and he spoke of the appreciation for and the responsibilities of a “sig”. He and reunion organiser Noel Fairley, each laid a wreath in honour of all those Signals Platoon members who have passed away.
At the BBQ that followed Max Johns, when asked about certain events stated, “How do I know? I can’t remember, I drank then and it was the 60s.” Bull Burnett got all excited when he saw a Manual of Land Warfare pamphlet entitled “IT Vol 2 Pam 3 Radiotelephone Procedure” and just wanted to touch it and Tom McGee attended even though scheduled for a serious operation on the following Tuesday. It is believed that a fair amount of money was donated to the Memorial Walk and that was much appreciated.
The second event was the reunion of the National Malaya and Borneo Veterans Association of Australia also held at the RAR NMW on Friday 31 August. Approximately 100 members and invitees marched a short distance, accompanied by the band of the National Servicemen’s Association, to the Memorial Walk and a commemorative service followed. Allen Edwards (4 RAR) is the Queensland branch president and after an address by the president of the Banyo RSL Sub Branch, Ron Virgin (4 RAR), he invited representatives from all arms and services to read the names of those who died overseas. Alan Price did this representing 4 RAR and Alan also laid a wreath on our behalf.
Other 4 RAR members in attendance were Derek Firth, Joe Dvoracsek, Lorraine Hughes, Maureen Price and Roger Wickham. Roger was Alan’s platoon commander in Malaysia and Borneo and they kept the crowd interested (laughing) whilst regaling some of their warries. The old buildings in the background of the above photo do not do justice to the new building being done in the barracks. New buildings are springing up everywhere and the barracks are unrecognisable now.
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Do I hear WO Toghill shouting in full voice, "You lizards!" ?
A former Royal New Zealand Army Provost Corps member, David Hodgetts and his wife Anne, were there and David told a few stories about taking 4 RAR soldiers back to camp at Terendak after finding them all alone in Malacca after curfew. Apparently the storm drain outside the guard room provided a safe access for those dropped just short of the guard room by the Kiwi MPs. So that he wouldn’t mention names, David and Anne were invited to join the association. Welcome Dave and Anne.
the motto of the Royal Australian Regiment