Another very successful reunion in Darwin has come and gone and was enjoyed by all who attended. Thanks to Jim Wright with the assistance of Hilton.
Got my eye on you lot.
He’s never looked better.
Sunday we boarded the reunion bus for a tour of the Darwin CBD followed by a trip to Battle for Australia and Defence of Darwin centre which was very informative and interesting followed by lunch. It was then off to the Aviation War Heritage Museum.
The gangs all here.
Sunday night it was farewell drinks back at the Darwin RSL with finger food served and enjoyed by all. During the night we had to decide where we will be having our reunion in 2016. Many places were put forward but in the end the vote went to Long Jetty on the central coast of NSW.
At the conclusion of the night the majority went back to their accommodation, however some of the members thought that they were still in the Army and were led astray by Amy who decided that it was time to do a bit of nightclubbing, some of us still don’t know when we have had enough, still it was a great night.
All being well we hope to see you all in 2016.
DVD’s of the reunion have been posted to all who attended.
It started with the meet & greet on Thursday 24th April at the Darwin RSL where once again many old faces came together for another reunion plus there were a few new faces who met up with members who they had not seen since they served in the battery in Malaya, Townsville or Vietnam. We were fortunate to have three serving members of the battery, Tim, Brandon & Brett who flew from Townsville to be part of this great association and I hope that they enjoyed our company as much as we did theirs. We were then welcomed by our vice president Brian Tapp as Noddy was unable to make it to the reunion due to prior commitments.
Friday 25th April we were gathered at the Bicentennial Park for the Dawn Service which also incorporated the main service. It was then onto the Darwin RSL for breakfast. At 0900hrs the main march through Darwin began with a huge contingent of present day servicemen/women, US Marine Corp and of course veterans from all services. The remainder of the day was enjoyed by all at the RSL where many won and lost money on the two up. Many old war stories were told amid the continual laughter from our members.
Saturday with a few sore heads we strolled down to the Crocosaurus Cove where we were served a substantial brunch. We were greeted with a great display of all things relating to crocodiles and other reptiles. It was then up to two of our members to get into the cage of death to swim with the crocs. Well none of us older veterans volunteered (still remember the old days, don’t volunteer for nothing) however Amy and Tim volunteered to go in. Saturday night was back to the RSL for the reunion dinner.
The 107 Bty RAA Association committee is open to suggestions and volunteers to assist with the organisation of further reunions. Contact the Secretary, President or your Regional representative.
From the Battery Commander
Having recently assumed command of the Battery (December 2014), I’m pleased to contribute to the Association’s newsletter for the first time.
While I haven’t served in the Rammers before, I have had the opportunity to admire the Battery’s work in the last two years from a distance, having been the Adjutant of 4th Regiment prior to my promotion. I have taken the reins from my very capable predecessor and good friend Major Thomas Drew at a busy and exciting time. I am joined by Warrant Officer Jason Bourke as the Battery Sergeant Major, who has a long and very proud association with 107th Battery.
Having completed a very successful three month rotation as the Rifle Company Butterworth in Malaysia late last year, the Battery has enjoyed a well-
The coming months are busy, as the Battery awakens from its New Year slumber, shakes out the cobwebs and takes to the field for the first time in March on Exercise FIRST RUN. The exercise will also see the Battery supporting an exercise run by the Air Force, qualifying soldiers and airmen to call in airstrikes as Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (Forward Air Controllers/Air Contact Officers). April and May will see the Battery in barracks in the lead up to Anzac Day, preparing for the Regiment’s 55th Birthday celebrations on Saturday the 2nd of May. The Battery will play host to any members of the Association or Old Boys who wish to join us, and the ‘Sheep Dip’ will be open for the current and former members of the Battery to share a beer.
I am a keen student of history, and know that this year is also the 50th anniversary of the raising of 107th Field Battery under CAPT Peter Badcoe, VC. While there will certainly be mention of this during the Regiment’s birthday in May, we will be looking to celebrate the Battery’s 50th birthday in some form around the 1st of August.
I look forward to meeting as many of you as I can during my tenure, and keeping you in touch with what the Rammers are up to.
Update from the Battery Commander:
Since returning in December from their tour as Rifle Company Butterworth in Malaysia (fittingly the 107th rotation of the RCB), the Battery has been focussing their efforts on getting back to the basics of gunnery. The Butterworth task has meant that the majority of the gunners in the Battery have been 'off the tools' for some six months, making the 'back to the basics' approach all the more important at the start of the year. This has also helped the command team to settle into their stride; the Battery Commander, Battery Captain, Battery Sergeant Major, Battery Guide and Battery Commander's Assistant are all new march-
During March, the Battery undertook Exercise FIRST RUN with the majority of the Regiment. Considering how long the gunners have been 'off the tools', the exercise was a success for the Battery -
Immediately following our contribution to Ex FIRST RUN, we shifted our efforts to shooting in support of an Air Force course that qualifies Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTACs -
The Battery is now back in the Barracks, cleaning up and 'refitting to fight'. After a short stint of leave over Easter, April will be full of preparations for the Regiment's 55th Birthday parade, which will take place on 01-
I look forward to seeing as many of you as are able to join us in May, and will keep you posted on what is happening with the Rampant Rammers.
Major James Casey
Reunion 2016 kicked off at Long Jetty Diggers club on 22/04/2016 for our usual meet & greet. Many old faces where there plus a couple of members who had not been to a reunion before.
It was great to see the current 107 FD Bty continuing to support us with the BC Maj James Casey, Lt Dean Nicholle, Command Post Officer, BSM WO2 Jason Burke, Troop Sgt Brendon Murray, L/Bdr Mathew Pal & Gnr Luke Thompson flying down from Townsville for the entire reunion.
The next day was a pretty quiet day for us to recuperate from the night before, but we still fitted in a tour of the local area, feeding the pelicans and lunch at the Entrance. Most of the wives & partners went of a separate tour of the Central Coast for a bit of retail therapy. It was unfortunate to those members that wanted to do a bit of deep sea fishing as this was cancelled. That night we all met up again for the reunion dinner which was a very enjoyable meal.
On Anzac eve we all boarded the reunion bus for an historical trip to Newcastle which incorporated a trip to Fort Scrathley. This was both interesting and informative. Most interest was the disappearing gun which showed how clever they were back in the WW2 era. The guides were very knowledgeable and informative. Lunch was taken at the Newcastle Diggers Club. It was then back to Long Jetty for our Anzac Eve drinks and food.
Those who rose at the early hours of the morning to go to the “Dawn Service” would not have been disappointed, it was a very good service with around 10000 (police estimate) locals attending. Those that did attend the dawn service were invited back to the Diggers Club for the traditional Gunfire breakfast.
After a couple of hours rest it was time to board the buses to take us down to The Entrance for the march. Once again we were selected to lead the march (behind the official party) and with the help of the members from the Bty in Townsville marching in uniform. It is an honour to be asked to lead a march on Anzac Day but we did ourselves proud. The estimated turn up for the March and service was 15000 – 20000 and a good crowd to be greeted by.
It was a good service with the current BC on the stage with the official party. Both the BC & our organiser Graeme Lucas laid wreaths on behalf of the past and serving members of the Bty who are no longer with us. The rest of the day was a time to reflect on the good times we had as a proud unit of the Australian Army, then and now.
The following day there were a few feeling a bit below the weather, but as we have always done we soldiered on and visited a winery followed by a substantial lunch at Harrigans Pub. Then some of us went to a Brewery and the ladies and some partners did a bit more retail therapy. We did a slow tour back to the “Diggers” followed by farewell drinks. A lot of discussions went on about the next reunion and where the 50th anniversary should be held. It was decided after a while that the next reunion will be in Townsville in 2020. The current BC said that he will do a lot of the groundwork for us in Townsville and he hopes to still be there to enjoy our company once again. It was fun to see poor old Bozo being marched up to front the BC to get a good Army bollicking from the BC and as usual he took it well. After this he was promoted to L/Bdr the highest rank he achieved both in & out of the Army.
A very good reunion and thanks must go to Graeme & Hilton for the work that they put in to make these reunions work.
In the meantime there is a reunion in 2017 in Malaya. Any member that wishes to attend this should contact the secretary at email@example.com .
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