Soldiers gather, to drink and chatter
about things that matter.
Of mates who lived short years ago, who loved and laughed, their hearts aglow.
Yet now who in death do rest, at what we the living take for granted each day.
And as evening falls we'll make a vow,
that in the morn our heads to bow,
in their fond memory - then and now.
SSGT Clive Usher
Passed away 4 July 2020
3RAR - 1RVR
Clive served as a National Serviceman (Rifleman) in Vietnam, from February to October, 1971, with 3 RAR. He went on to render Reserve Service over many years - all with 1 RVR.
Clive had battled with cancer for quite some time, and I visited him when he was in Bendigo for treatment recently.
As the CQMS Bravo COY, Clive was well known for his wicked sense of humour and cheeky grin.
He was a senior office bearer in 'Carry On' - an organisation looking after housing for veterans, and also held many positions within the Rochester RSL, including the presidency. Stand Down, Staff - your many duties have been nobly done, digger.
Colonel Geoffrey Swan, OAM MBE ED
Passed away 20 May 2013
6RMR - 2RVR
A pre-WWII militiaman Colonel Geoff Swan served in the Pacific Islands during WWII. He was CO of the 6th Battalion Royal Melbourne Regiment from 1956 to 1960 and CO 2nd Battalion, Royal Victoria Regiment (Pentropic) from 1963 to 1965. He was also a very active Legatee during his retirement.
Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Dower, ED
Passed away after a long illness 7 October 2013
2RVR - 8/7RVR
Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Dower was commissioned into the 8th/7th Battalion (North Western Victoria Regiment) in 1954. Kevin underwent National Service training in 1952. He was posted to 2nd Battalion, Royal Victoria Regiment (Pentropic) in 1960. He occupied a range of regimental postings until promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and was posted as Commanding Officer of 2RVR during the period 1968 to 1970.
Colonel Keith Hatfield
Passed away 8 November 2013
An extraordinary record of service over many decades. In World War II Keith served in New Guinea as a platoon commander and transferred to the British Army for service in Burma as a company commander. He later served in Malaya with the 3rd Battalion, Royal Australia Regiment (3RAR). He served in the Korean conflict as a captain with 3RAR were he was attached to the 5th United States Air Force (USAF), 6148 TCS based at Chunchon, Korea. (Photo) His flying duties were target identification and interdiction missions. In May 1953, while serving with the 6148 TC Squadron, 5th USAF, Keith was awarded the US Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) and the US Air Medal.
Kieth's 2 RVR service. During the 1960's he served with the 2nd Battalion, Royal Victoria Regiment (Pentropic) 2RVR. During this time he served as the XO. After retirement from the ARA he had a leading role in general aviation, particularly at the Berwick air field. He is survived by his wife Elsa and three children.
362165 Lieutenant Robert George PHILLPOT, PhD
Passed away 2 January 2014
1RVR - 2 Commando Coy
Robert passed OCTU training with the rank of 1st Lieutenant and was posted to B Coy 1 RVR Hawthorn Depot in 1978. After a number of years as commander of a Rifle Platoon he transferred to 2 Commando Coy from 1980-1983. He died suddenly at the age of 56 while teaching in the Peoples Republic of China.
Passed away 25 October 2014
Born in 1935 Doug passed away after a prolonged illness. Doug was a National Serviceman during the 1950's and re-joined the CMF in 1965 and completed the Southern Command OTS Course 2/1965. On graduation he was posted to 1RVR as a Platoon Commander at A Company, Footscray. While his civilian career restricted his military activities he continued to maintain a close interest in military affairs and the Army Reserve in particular. Just before he had a number of debilitating strokes a few years ago he donated his sword to 5/6RVR to be known as the COs Sword. He is survived by his wife Ann who had been at his side constantly over the past few years. His funeral was held on October 30th at the Le Pine Chapel in Eltham.
Passed away 11 September 2014
Michael passed away peacefully after a prolonged illness.Michael was married to Leonie, and father of Meghan and Caitlyn and father-in-law of Dan and Zaynoun. The Service celebrating his life was held at the Blair Chapel, Springvale Botanical Cemetery, Princes Hwy, Springvale on Wednesday 17 September 2014.
Passed away 26 January 2015
1 RVR - 5/6 RVR
The RVR Association regrets to advise that Joanne Robertson passed away after a long battle with cancer. Joanne was in the Transport Platoon of 1 RVR and 5/6 RVR in the ‘70/’80s. Joanne was married to Staff Sergeant Doug Robertson who was the Transport Supervisor of that time. She is survived by Doug and two daughters and a son, and grandchildren. The funeral for Joanne took place at 1400hr on Friday the 30th January, 2015 at the Uniting Church Camperdown, Cobden Road, Camperdown. RIP Joanne.
Lt Colonel Terry Blackwell RFD
Passed away 24th March 2016
3 WRAAC - 3 RAAPC - OCTU - 22 Construction Squadron
Terry was diagnosed with cancer a little over twelve months ago and lost her valiant fight in the company of her family. Terry joined the CMF at 3 WRAAC Company Kew and was a participant in the first co-ed camp at Site 6 Puckapunyal in 1969 with the rank of sergeant. She was commissioned in July 1969 and was posted to the training cell at 3 WRAAC and was later posted to the training cell at 3 RAAPC. Terry subsequently served at OCTU as an instructor, as a captain, and subsequently at 22 Construction Sqn RAE with the rank of major.
Terry was OC of the Cash Office at K89. She went on to be the first female CO of 3 RAAPC following promotion to LTCOL, and coincidentally, the last CO of 3 RAAPC which was disbanded when AFSU was raised. Following disbandment of 3 RAAPC, Terry was posted to Defence Force Recruiting at Defence Plaza. Terry is survived by husband David, and two daughters. A funeral mass was held at the Basilica of Our Lady of Victories, Camberwell, at on 1 April 2016.
Passed away 17 April 2016
Kevin was one of the battalion band members. He always supported the association in all of our activities over the years and will be missed by us all. His funeral was held at the Springvale Botanical Cemetery on Friday April 29 at 2.15 pm.
Lieutenant T.A.R. (Roy) Waldon
Passed away August 2016
5 RVR - 2 COMMANDO COY
Sadly I inform you of the passing of Roy Waldon. Roy passed away on Saturday night at Dandenong Hospital where he had been in care for the past few months. He was under 24 hour care and in deteriorating health for a couple of years. Roy served in the 5th Bn RVR and 2 Commando Coy, where he was commissioned, and returned to 5 RVR after his term at 2 Commando. Roys funeral was on the 15 August 2016 at St James Anglican Church 53 Langhorne St Dandenong
Colonel Jim Wood
Passed away 1 July 2017
1 Commando Company - MUR - 5 RVR - 1 RVR - Command and Staff College
It is with great sadness that we advise of the passing on Friday of COL Jim Wood. Jim was a fine officer and gentleman, a friend and mentor to many of us, and a great supporter of the Regiment and MURA. Our thoughts are with his wife Colleen and family. His funeral was held on Friday 7th July at the Collins Street Baptist Church.
John Hanlon wrote:- A sad message forwarded for your information. I recall working with Jim during the Big Desert camp in the early 70s. He was 2IC then and had the admin sorted to a T.
Jim was 2IC of 1RVR, during the Big Desert camp in the early to mid ‘70’s.
Over the period 1967-1984, he held a range of civilian appointments with the Departments of Defence and Foreign Affairs, with postings in Canberra, Melbourne, Jakarta (Embassy, 3rd/Sec 2nd, Political), Hong Kong (HQ British Forces) and Tokyo (Embassy, Counsellor, Political). He then settled in Melbourne and completed further post-graduate studies. Dr. Wood returned to secondary teaching in 1988 and retired in 2010 as Head of English at Fairhills High School. Since retirement, he had continued his research and writing on Australia’s military history and on behalf of those Australians who served in the British Commonwealth Occupation Force (BCOF).
He spent thirty seven years as a citizen soldier, enlisting in 1956 in 1 Commando Company in Sydney, qualifying for the Green Beret, as a parachutist and other specialist courses and was commissioned in 1961. As the first Army Reserve Officer to be awarded a Defence Fellowship, he spent a year on full time duty during which time he visited the US and Europe (UK, Sweden, West Germany) and produced a major study on Mobilisation An outline record of its origin and development in respect of Land Forces.
During his final army appointment, 1990-92, as Colonel Project Officer, Command and Staff College, Queenscliff, he updated his studies of mobilization in the light of the Gulf War in a volume ‘Case Studies in Army Mobilization’; his lectures to the College on ‘Mobilization, the Benefits of Experience’ and ‘Mobilization: The Gulf War in Prospect’, were published as SDSC Working Papers. Jim was a fine officer and gentleman, a friend and mentor to many, and a great supporter of the Regiment and MURA. His funeral was held on Friday 7th July at the Collins Street Baptist Church.
Thanks to Military History and Heritage Victoria
WOII Helmet "Max" Steininger
Passed away 6 December 2017
5RVR - 4BDE HQ
Max joined the CMF in 1966 and attended his recruit training at an annual field exercise held at the old Ballarat airfield that year. He then served for a long time in B Coy 5 RVR and attained the rank of Sergeant in the battalion. Max was a strong supporter of the Sgts Mess and a valued and loyal member of the battalion. He was well respected by his peers, officers and soldiers who had the fortune to serve with him. Max was eventually posted to 4BDE HQ and maintained the HQ Q store for a number of years before retiring with the rank of Warrant Officer Class Two, which gained whilst in the 4 BDE posting.
Max also gave of his time each ANZAC Day for several years as a marshal where he successfully administered a number of information stands within the assembly area. Max suffered a short illness with cancer which was diagnosed recently. Typically, Max did not make an issue of his problem and it was not until a couple of months ago his friends found put how serious the problem was. Max made the decision on 3 December with his family that he would not accept further treatment. He was a great friend and made friends easily. Those who knew him will remember the good times. He will be sadly missed Rest-in-Peace.
They went with songs to the battle, they were young
Straight of limb, true of eyes, steady and aglow
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted
They fell with their faces to the foe
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them
Lest We Forget