WO 1 Anthony Charles (Tony) Toghill
Submitted by : Roger Wickham
210105, Anthony Charles (Tony) Toghill
4 RAR Associations of Australia
Warrant Officer Class 1 Anthony Charles (Tony) Toghill has been introduced elsewhere in the anecdote titled 'A good Army . . . . except for the Aussies' however his service with, and prior to his service with, 4 RAR/NZ is deserving of individual record.
Anthony Charles Toghill was born in Bristol, County Somerset, England on 29 July 1929. Enlisting in the Royal Australian Infantry Corps he served with the Australian Army Training Team Vietnam (AATV) from 3 August 1962 to 3 August 1963, followed by his service with 4 RAR in Vietnam from 21 May 1968 to 30 May 1969.and it is believed that during this service he received his Mentioned In Dispatches award.
From the 'A good Army . . . ' anecdote' written by one who served with him.
And it is hereafter quoted;
"Warrant Officer Class One A.C. (Tony) Toghill MBE, now RSM, lined up the first defaulters for COs Orders after our return from Borneo. There were seven of them, all Nashos who came direct from Oz to Terendak. On their first night in camp, the old sweats took them out for a night on the tiles. They were left unbriefed (in more ways than one) and ignorant in a brothel and sure enough at midnight, in walked the Redcaps and rounded them up.
So, on day two in country, our heroes are completely perplexed as to how they got to be with no hats, no belts, under escort, lined up, standing at ease outside the RSMs office and invited to have morning tea with the CO.
The RSM had stood at the door to my office at Bn HQ, put his cap on, returned his pace stick under his arm, tweaked his incredible waxed 8 moustache and asked me, How do I look? to which I replied You look magnificent RSM. He replied, You are a very astute young officer, then he turned about and, standing his full 6 2 with moustache quivering, he screamed, meaning that he could be heard over the entire Terendak Garrison, Defaulters!! Ah-ten-cha!!!
Then moving to the first defaulter in line, Whats your name, soldier? he bellowed. Smith, sir, squeaked the absolutely terrified prisoner. Where are you from, Private Smith? B Company, sir, was the cringing reply. What are you charged with? Out of bounds, sir.
Then in a voice that could easily be heard in Brisbane and Bangkok; OUT OF BOUNDS???? OUT OF BOUNDS???!!!!
So! Not only a military criminal - but a dirty little military criminal as well! Does your mother know that you are a dirty, little military criminal, Private Smith?
Not surprisingly, the brand new Digger all but evacuated his bowels.
This lesson was not lost on the other six, each of whom was terrified that he would be next to have his name and crime broadcast over the entire garrison.
With an incredible amount of noise from yelled orders and the crashing of boots, Private Smith was quick-marched into the COs office, duly found guilty and marched out with even more noise, banging of boots and booming voices and halted beside the unfortunates still awaiting trial and their inevitable fate.
A deathly silence then settled as the RSM positioned his mouth five centimetres to the left rear of the left ear of Private Smith.
Then in the Brisbane - Bangkok voice: Private SMITH of BEEEE COMPANEEEEEY of the 4th Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment, you have been found GUILTYYYY of the charge of OUT OF BOUUUNDS. You have been fined FOORTY DOLLAAARS AUSTRALIAN, sentenced to SEVEN DAAYS IN THE SLAMMER and CONFINED TO BARRACKS FOR FOURTEEEEEEN DAAAYS ! ! ! !
A very, very pregnant pause.
"From here you will be transported back to Australia in chains as a military criminal ! ! Sheriff ! ! ! Sgt Curley Jones, Grease the hinges ! ! ! Polish the handcuffs ! ! You have a prisoner ! !
Not one of those seven was ever charged again."
WO 1 Anthony C (Tony) Toghill
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