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The Fighting Fourth
MALAYA / SARAWAK - SOUTH VIETNAM - TIMOR & TIMOR LESTE - IRAQ - AFGHANISTAN
It is with the deepest regret that we advise of the passing of Kingsley 'Ken' Swincer, the President of the newly formed 4 RAR Association, Victoria, on 8 December 2009.
The formation of the Victorian association was a direct result of Ken's efforts and he will long be remembered for those endeavours and chairmanship of the founding committees. Well done, mate!
LEST WE FORGET.
Vietnam Veterans Remember a Fallen Comrade.
Private Ralph Niblett was one of five soldiers with the 4th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment killed in the battle of Nui Le, which took place on 21 September 1971.
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VICTORIA - PRESIDENT’S REPORT
Jim Flower Christmas is upon us again, signalling the end of another year which, overall, has been very successful.
February saw the 4RAR National Reunion in Queensland which was well attended by Victorian members who gave good reports on the program of events in which they participated.
Anzac Commemoration events involved our members on Anzac Day in Melbourne, Hobart and Portland with good attendances at each location.
June was our first “meet and greet” tour to rural Victoria. Held at Shepparton the event provided valuable ‘feedback’ for the committee to consider.
At the 2011 AGM, it had been determined to hold an annual commemorative/social luncheon; and it was to be named in rememberance of the battle of Nui Le. This inaugural luncheon was held on Sunday, 18 September 2011 at Greensborough RSL where the attendance (67 members and partners) and fellowship has certainly given the committee great encouragement to continue our endeavours of ensuring this becomes an annual event. A very successful raffle, organized by our ladies, enabled expenses to be covered, money to be banked and drinks from the bar to be covered for a time.
L to R: Allan Tonkin - President RAR Vic Assn (ex-4RAR, Borneo), Gary McKay, Jim Flower - President, Max Johns- Secretary and John Deighton - our Patron
We were particularly pleased Lt. Col. (Ret’d) Gary McKay MC was able to attend from interstate as guest speaker as he was committed to Twin Towns the next day to attend his platoon reunion for Nui Le. Being heavily involved at Nui Le, where he was both wounded and awarded the MC, we were honoured he was able to fulfill the role of inaugural speaker at our foundational luncheon. Gary’s speech was very well received. Coupled with “follow-up” questioning from members, the speech fulfilled the primary task of providing background information to older members of the Battalion. Thank you again, Gary.
Welfare matters have been competently handled by our Welfare Officer, Cliff Thompson. His brief in 2011 included contacting members in flood areas during the Victorian floods earlier in the year. The good news was that they had not been adversely affected.
Early 2012 will involve our committee elections and AGM. I therefore request all Victorian members to be financial for 2012 so as to enable them to participate in this process of nominating/voting for committee.
Finally, may all Association members and their families, of all States, enjoy the Christmas period and New Year in good health and cheer; whilst not forgetting those grieving for departed loved ones. In this latter category, I especially extend my sincere condolences to the families of all personnel killed in Afghanistan and hope the campaign will soon be over with all remaining troops safely home.