Warrant Officer Class One
Member of the Order of the British Empire
Mentioned In Dispatches
Warrant Officer Class Two Antony Toghill enlisted in the Australian Regular Army on 16 November 1950. He was posted to 4th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment on 21 October 1964 as a Company Sergeant Major. On 18 November 1966, he was appointed Regimental Sergeant Major and moved with the 4th Battalion to South Vietnam, arriving on 01 June 1968.
During his service in South Vietnam as Regimental Sergeant Major, he displayed exceptional ability, professional competence, loyalty and devotion to duty in this demanding appointment.
He took an active part in operations, often commanding patrols himself. He was responsible for the defence of Battalion Headquarters and for its daily routine and accepted this and a multitude of other tasks enthusiastically. He showed outstanding attention to all his duties.
His demeanour, advice and guidance to junior officers, warrant officers and non-commissioned officers was exemplary.
Warrant Officer Toghill’s fine example of the very best soldierly qualities earned the respect and admiration of all members of the battalion, both Australian and New Zealand. His achievements as Regimental Sergeant Major of an integrated Australian and New Zealand battalion reflect great credit on him and have been a contributing factor to the harmony and co-operation enjoyed within the battalion in South Vietnam.
He has served with the Battalion in Australia, Malaya, Borneo and South Vietnam. During this period, he has been a driving force within the unit and has been largely responsible for the high standard of professionalism exhibited by all the senior non-commissioned officers of the Battalion.
As Regimental Sergeant Major, he has performed admirably and has always insisted upon, and obtained, the highest standard of dress, bearing, discipline and conduct from all members of the Battalion. His personal conduct is beyond reproach and has been an example to all. This, together with his attention to detail, his complete reliability and his willingness to work long hours to achieve the best result, has made him an ideal Regimental Sergeant Major.
During the Battalion's tour of duty in South Vietnam, Warrant Officer Toghill was responsible for the co-ordination of all the administrative requirements of the Battalion’s forward fire bases. His constant vigilance, untiring interest and professional competence ensured that these bases were maintained at the highest order of efficiency.
Throughout the last five years, Warrant Officer Toghill has been an inspiration to all who have served with him and is a fine example of the very best type pf professional soldier.
Mentioned In Dispatches
shown on Vietnam Medal ribbon
Member of the Order of the British Empire [MBE]