3790149 Allan (Jock) ROBERTSON was a gun number. He was a tall, happy-
GONE, BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN -
Blue, Carrot Top, Red, Blood Nut, Red Knob – he had all sorts of names, but we’ll just call him as I knew him…… Blue!
Yeah; he was Blue, and he was funny, he was tough, he was “salt of the earth” and for all too short a time he was my best mate.
We met up at Holsworthy, just after rookie training. We were there for Corps Training (Artillery –Nine mile snipers, Drop Shorts, anything you cynical Grunts wanted to call us – but bloody hell! weren’t you glad to hear that first round come whistling over your heads when you wanted us!). From different sides of the tracks (Blue from Braybrook, me from Malvern)…. But, like many other Nasho’s, we discovered a lot of common ground -
Went to and did our thing in Vietnam-
Neither of us hero’s, just two 21 year old Aussies doing our best not too let things get to us, not to get shot, just doing “what we were told” and having the balls to stand up and give it our best shot when we needed to.
Five days of bar and bedroom terrorism in Honkers on R&R – two of us on a rooting, drinking, having a bloody good time, rampaging at Government expense just strengthened the bond between Blue & myself.
The last six months of “Nasho” spent in a state of “working the system” – great times, great people in Townsville. Couple of “smart arse, but bloody cunning Vets for a month or two in Sydney-
Then, September 1971 – it’s all over….. Blue goes back to Braybrook, I go back to the sanctuary of family and the leafy streets of Melbourne’s eastern suburbs.
Sin Loi. Blue’s dead now, stabbed to death by some doped out freak after an argument about rights to a pool table at a Pub in Maidstone. Something that would have been sorted out by a quick “OK! Let’[s sort it out in the Car Park, couple of punches (it was Maidstone, so maybe a head but!), then arms around each other _ “better come & have a beer with me!” – Not necessarily mateship, but a bit of respect for each other.
“So long Blue, I’ve never talked about this before, but I’m hoping nature will take me rather than the way you went. When the time comes I know I’ll find you there (probably at the Jade Bar) and j’eez mate…. I’m looking forward to having a beer or three with you”.
Up the old Red Rooster…and you know the rest.
Cheers & Beers.
1735930 Gnr Helmet “Wally” WALDAU was born in Germany on 16th October 1947.Wally was a National Serviceman who served with the Battery in Townsville & in Vietnam from 29th April 1970 to 5th May 1971. Wally was returning from Cairns to Townsville with an empty semi-
Gnr Gill WARMAN served as a signaller in the Battery in Malaysia. He died of heart failure on 31 July 2001, while surfing at his favourite beach in WA.
It is with great sadness that we pass on the message that Alan Corcoran's eldest daughter Sally passed away on Monday 13th September 2010. She was 32 years old. Our thoughts are with Alan & his family at this very sad time.
WO1 Donald (Don) DONKIN MBE, passed away on 30 July 2016. Don was our RSM at Townsville and in South Vietnam. Don was a very fair, firm & friendly man who was highly respected by all. Don attended the Association Reunion at North Fort on North Head in April 2008 to join us in seeing the completed Memorial 107 Battery Paver and with the 100 individual pavers surrounding. Don did two tours of South Vietnam, the first with the AATTV in 1963-
214987. Capt David Joseph "Neggers" NEGLINE. David was born on 23/01/1941 in Newcastle, NSW. David served as the BK in Malaysia and as Forward Observer & BC in Vietnam from 07/05/1970 to 05/07/1971 with 107 Fd Bty. David passed away suddenly from a massive heart attack on 23rd April 2004 whilst visiting his home town of Newcastle for the ANZAC Day weekend.
2793214Gnr Peter “Porky” McKinnon. Porky was born in Temora, NSW. He served in Townsville & Vietnam as a Gun Number on Bravo Gun He served in Vietnam from 7th May 1970 to 5th May 1971. Passed away at Yass 9th June 2005 from cancer.
Gnr Ross Charles MORRIS, of Rozelle NSW, passed away on the 11 May 2008 from Leukaemia. He was 6th intake National Serviceman and served with 107 Battery at Holsworthy in 1966-
2411931 Sgt Barry "Moose" MOSSMAN. Born in Sydney on 23rd September 1941, enlisted in the Army 24th May 1960 Barry served as a Gun Sgt Malaysia with 107 Fd Bty from 1967 -
Gnr Peter “Opie” OPRAY was born in Kyabram, Vic on 22nd July 1948 Peter served in Townsville as FO Sig. Peter also served in Vietnam from 7th May 1970 to 5th May 1971. He was wounded twice in action once in the head and once in the neck. Peter died in Victoria of brain tumour at age 51. Peter’s widow Ann-
Gnr Barry PEARCE, a national serviceman who served in the Battery as an Operator Command Post Field in Townsville and Vietnam. Barry passed away on 20 June 2012 after a long and brave battle with cancer. Barry was the founding Vice-
SSgt Brian George "Speed" REEVES died in Brisbane on 30 October 2013, age 76. He served in 107 Battery as a signals Bombardier and Sergeant at Holsworthy 1966-
Gnr Allan "Jock" ROBERTSON, Gun Number Holsworthy and Malaysia, died of cancer in Lanark, Scottland, on 8th July 2005 (see note below).
Gnr Peter Robert "Robbo" ROBERTSON passed away on 6 September 2012 at Rosebud, Victoria, after suffering from cancer for some time. Peter was a national serviceman who served as a gun number in 107 Battery in Townsville and the full 12 month tour in Vietnam 1970-
Rex ROBINS, Born in Melbourne on 12 March 1949, Rex accepted his final posting to the Great Gun Park on 27 March 2014. 3797553 Rex Robins was conscripted into the Australian Army and served in 107 Battery at Townsville and in Vietnam 7 May 70 -
Gnr Chris “Sawtee” SAWTELL, Gun Number Holsworthy. Too young to go with the Battery to Malaysia, he was transferred to and subsequently went to Vietnam with HQ Bty, 12 Fd Regt. He was Killed In Action on 13 May 1968 at FSB Coral, Vietnam. Two Gunners were among those who fell during Operation Surfers involving FSB Coral and FSB Balmoral in May-
3795734 Gnr Trevor SCHULTZ. Trevor was born in Warracknabeal, Vic on 24th June 1948. Trevor served was an Operator Command Post in Townsville and later served with the battery in South Vietnam from 7th May 1970 to 5th May 1971. Trevor passed away after a motor vehicle accident in 1974.
4720834 John “Rusty” William RUSSACK. Born 18Th August 1948. 6th intake National Service. John Passed away suddenly on 5th June 1986. John served with the battery in Townsville and Vietnam until the end of his national service in Oct 1970.John is buried in Centennial Park Adelaide. Derrick Gardens of Remembrance. Tree 37 Position 006. Never to be forgotten by his mates.
Captain Ian McGregor SIMPSON, of Alice River NQ, passed away on 12 March 2010 from a heart attack. He was a graduate of the Officer Cadet School, Portsea Vic, and served continually in 107 Battery from 1965 to May 1971, including Holsworthy, Malaysia, Townsville and Vietnam. He undertook two tours of Vietnam, one in May/June 1968 when detached from the Battery in Malaysia to 12 Fd Regt at FSB Coral and the second for twelve months with the Battery in 1970-
2108089. Capt Donald McLeod SMITH was born on 09/03/1934 in Cooranbong, NSW. Don served with 107 Fd Bty in Malaysia as the BK & BC. On his return from Malaysia on 05/10/1969 he went on to serve in Townsville & then in Vietnam from 19/05/1970 to 04/01/1972 with Headquarters 1 Australian Task Force. Don passed away in Sydney on 25/10/2011 from complications of a routine surgery
Gnr Tony “Sob” SOBOLEWSKI, Sig Malaysia
Gnr James (Jim) Ernest STAVELEY. Born 10th December 1950. Jim served with the Battery on Charlie Gun in the mid 1970’s and went with 107 to Hawaii in the 1970’s. Jim eventually with the RAAF. Not long after he retired from the RAAF in 2009 Jim was killed in a road accident on Buckets Way, Stroud, NSW. John’s son Josh served with 131 Battery
Gnr Lee John (LJ) SMITH. 3796769
‘LJ’ Passed away on 05/03/2015 from a brain tumour.
'LJ' served in the Battery in Townsville and SVN as a gunner signaller with the BC's Party then as an OF Sig with C Company 2 RAR/NZ. He returned to Townsville with the Battery before taking his discharge on the successful completion of his National Service obligation.
Sgt Ruben "Timmy" TIMMINS, RAEME Holsworthy & Malaysia, passed away peacefully on 6 June 2007.
Maj Tony THWAITES was Battery Commander from 1987-
Vale Michael SULLIVAN. Mick was a member of HQ Battery in Townsville and Vietnam and was the L/Bdr OF Ack of the Forward Observer party HQ Battery provided to Whiskey Company 2RAR/NZ. As such that OF party was under command of 107 Battery from 7 May 1970 until Whiskey Company returned to its parent unit the 1st Battalion RNZR in Singapore, in October 1970. Those who had contact with Mick will never forget his cheeky smile and attitude, regardless of the situation confronting him. Our thoughts are with Glenda and family.
Gnr Geoff James (Swifty) Swift aged 67, passed away at Wollongong early February 2016, after a battle with cancer to the brain and spine. Swift served with the Battery in Malaysia as an OP Signaller, working with FO Warren Feakes.
3796543 Bombardier John Francis Tuck. Born in Dandenong Victoria on 26th December 1948 & passed away on 21st February 2017 aged 68. John served with the battery in Townsville. He also served in Vietnam on Charlie Gun from 7th May 1970 to 5th May 1971. John attended the 2012 reunion held in Mildura. Condolences to his wife Corry & family.
Gnr Jan KOLARIC. Jan was a National Serviceman who served with 107 Fd Bty as a Sig in Malaysia. Jan passed away on 26/11/2005 from cancer.
Gnr Robin Wallace "Wally" MATHERSON, was a Gun Number in Malaysia and Singapore. He passed away in Victoria on 17 August 2008 at age 60 from a stroke.
311232 Sgt Ernest (Ernie) Scott MARTIN. Ernie was born on 25th April 1929. He served with the battery in Townsville & Vietnam. He also served in Korea with 2RAR from 4th November 1953 to 29th June 1955.
Ernie did two tours of Vietnam with 4 Fd Regt, the first being from 8th June 1967 to 28thMay 1968 and then with the Battery from 7th May 1970 to 5th May 1971. Ernie was discharged from the Army on 24th June 1975 after a long and distinguished Career. No other details available.
Sgt John Samuel McCONNELL was gun sergeant of Alpha Gun in Malaysia between 1967 to 1969. He had previously been posted to 105 Field Battery in Vietnam in 1965 and 1966. He died at home at Wooli, NSW, on 9th July 2013.
14518 T/Bdr Richard William BUCKMAN was born in Marrickville, NSW on 13th October 1942. Richard was a gun number with the Battery in Malaysia, Townsville and served in Vietnam from11th March 1970 to 7th January 1971. Richard passed away in June 2007 from a heart attack.
Gnr Larry John "Father" DADD, a Q Store member of the Battery in Malaysia in 1967-
16363 Bdr Eric “Jock” DOUGLAS, born in Glasgow 3 January 1943. Jock worked in the Q Store at Holsworthy & Transport in Malaysia, Townsville & Vietnam. Jock died because of an accident on Heathcote Rd Holsworthy around March 1972 at the age of 29.
Gnr Mick “Blue” FOLEY, Gun Number Vietnam (Ed: see story below)
Sgt Richard John "Dick" CREEK was the TARA Sgt (Technical Assistant Royal Artillery) with the Battery at Holsworthy in 1966-
31401 Sgt Raymond Thomas (Bwana) HARPER was born in Albury on 26/08/1929. Ray passed away 05/12/2003 age 74 years after a long battle with cancer place of death unknown. Ray served with the battery as the transport supervisor in Malaysia. Also served with HQ & 107 battery in Townsville & Vietnam.
1201217 Peter Raymond HIELSCHER AACC. Peter was born in Maryborough on 18/09/1945. He served in the Battery from 7th May 1970 to 12th March 1971 as the Battery Cook in Vietnam.
51587 WO2 Robert John JOHNSON. Born 01/12/1927. Johno had an extensive service record. He served in Korea with 3RAR 27/05/1951 to 28/05/1951, T/Sgt 103 Fd Bty in Malaya between 1961 to 1963, Malaysia with 107 Fd Bty 1967 to 1969. He then served in Townsville 1969-
214187 Kevin “Kevvy” James Jolliffe. Kevin was born in Manilla NSW on 14th July 1934. Kevin served with transport the battery in Malaysia & Townsville. He also served as the Manager of the Ram Inn in Vietnam from 7th May 1970 to 4th January 1971. His date & place of death are unknown.
Maj Michael KINGSFORD served as Battery Commander from 1998 to 1999 at Townsville. He later was promoted and commanded 4th Field Regiment from 2005 to 2007. He died suddenly and unexpectedly while still serving in the Regular Army as a Colonel in Canberra on the 14 May 2013.
16801 Bdr William Charles (Salty) KLASS. Salty was born in Brisbane on 22nd January 1943served as a gun number and Q Store Bdr in Malaysia, Townsville. Salty served as Q store Bdr in Vietnam from 7th May 1970 to 5th May 1971. Salty passed away in Brisbane on 3 October 2011.
15926 S/Sgt William Raymond (Rocky) BOSTOCK MID. Bill was born on 21/08/1940 at Murwillumbah NSW. Bill passed away in 1993 at Geebung NSW.
Bdr Lloyd Sidney GREENTREE, was attached to 107 Field Battery as a Gun Number One from Headquarters Battery in 1969 for live firings of the 25 Pounders by the Battery Aust Component. Born on 30 April 1944, Lloyd passed away in Ingham, North Queensland, on 18 April 2016 from lung cancer, a complication of his kidney transfer some 20 years earlier. Lloyd is survived by his wife Rhonda.
John (Jack) Frederick DAVIDSON, Jack passed away on 12th August 2012 aged 77. It is understood that Jack served in the Battery at Townsville in the 1970’s.
Bdr David John HOLMES born 2 August 1942, enlisted in the British Army as a boy soldier in December 1957 and served in the Royal Artillery with the British Army on the Rhine, in Hong Kong and Borneo, Malaysia where he was acting Sergeant. In July 1969 he transferred and enlisted in the Royal Australian Artillery as a Gunner serving with 107 Battery in Townsville and Vietnam as Operator Command Post Field being promoted to Bombardier. He then served as FO Assistant to Warren Feakes as call sign 12 Alpha in Vietnam. He returned to Townsville with the Battery where he was affectionally known as the 'Egg on Legs'. After posting from the Battery he served as a sergeant instructor at the School of Artillery North Head and HQ 1 Divisional Artillery Enoggera. Promoted WO2 he served with the ARes in Sydney, instructor at the School of Artillery and finally at PE&E Port Wakefield. Taking his discharge in June 1990, he lived a secluded life on the cattle property 'Bollards Lagoon' in SA, some 35 kms from Cameron's Corner, the junction of NSW, Qld, and SA boarders. In 2011 his health deteriorated and he moved to Canberra for constant medical treatment, becoming considerably worse over recent times. His death on 11 March 2017 was a surprise, even for those close to Dave. The RAA was everything to Dave and he was a strong supporter and life member of the 107 Battery (Black Sheep) Association, the 4 Regiment (SVN) Association, the RSL and Defence Force Welfare Association and the Brothers Rugby Union in Townsville. He has no direct family in Australia. Farwell and thank you Dave. End of Mission and Good Shooting.
2792406 Gnr Donald "Don" James ISON was born in NSW on 12th January 1948. Don was conscripted into the Australian Army as a National Serviceman on 23 April 1969 and served in 107 Battery as a member of Echo Gun at Townsville 1969 and Vietnam in 1970 and 1971. Don was discharged on completion of his national service obligation on 22 April 1971.
Don was a builder and returned to this in Sydney then on the Central Coast of NSW until his retirement. Don accepted his final posting to the Great Gun Park on Friday 4 August at Bateau Bay on the NSW Central Coast, after a long battle with cancer. Don is succeeded by his wife Sue and daughters Melainie and Simone.
Don’s funeral will be conducted at Palmdale Lawn Cemetery and Memorial Park) just west of the M1 exit at the Ourimbah interchange) at midday Friday 11th August 2017. A wake will be held at the “Diggers @ The Entrance”. Don was a life member of the 107 Battery Association.
46637 Bdr D. C. BISSET, passed away at the Tumby Bay Hospital on the 14 Jan 2013 aged 62. Dave served in 107 Fd Bty from 1972 to 1979 and was a Command Post Operator at Townsville. Dave died from a stroke as a result of a swimming accident at Cairns Army Holiday Homes. Condolences to his family & friends.
VALE – 107th Field Battery Members
We remember our comrades and Association Members, who are no longer with us, with happiness for the unique experience and friendship we shared with them and the sadness when we realize that we can have that no more.
They joined for many reasons, to march, to sail, to fly
They went where they were posted but nobody joins to die.
Their leaders talk on TV; what else could we have done?
But those leaders lost no daughters and none has lost a son.
So here’s to all our soldiers wherever they may be...
and here’s to all their families, I raise my glass to thee.
Capt Peter BADCOE, VC was the founding Battery Commander on the Battery’s re-
18949 Cfn Ian Gifford Allison. Born in Alexandria, Scotland on26th September 1948. Ian was a member of the battery in Townsville & served in Vietnam from7th May 1970 to 12th May 1971. Ian was a member of the association and passed away at Darra after a long illness on 15th September 2007.
L/Bdr Bob (Sludge) ARTHURSON. Bob passed away 21st June 2015 Bob served with the Battery at Holsworthy and Malaysia 1966-
Listed alphabetically and using their highest rank while serving with the Battery, this information has been complied and kindly supplied by Neil Layton. If there is a mistake, omission or further information that should be included than please email:
Gnr Terrance “Terry” BECKHAM. 6th intake National Service, from Adelaide. Terry was a driver with 107 in Holsworthy & Malaysia. Terry attended the Sydney reunion in 2008 and donated many bottles of wine with him from the local wineries in Adelaide for the reunion. Terry Passed away in Sydney, January 2015.
WO2 Jason Bourke, serving as the A/MG (Assistant Master Gunner) of 4th Regiment and aged just 41, accepted his final posting to the Great Gun Park on 4th September 2017 after a short but strong fight with cancer. Jason served for 23 years in the RAA including BSM of 107 Battery in 2015-
Maj Kenneth William (Ken) MacKenzie accepted his final posting to the Great Gun Park on 26th September 2017 following a long battle with emphysema. Ken served as Battery Commander between March and December 1971 in Vietnam and Townsville. He was born on 31st May 1937, commissioned through the Officer Cadet School, Portsea in 1962 and served initially with 1st and 4th Field Regiments. He served with the Australian Army Training Team Vietnam 1964-
216216 Bdr Garry Edward McDonnell. Born 24 October 1947 & passed away on 13 December 2016. Garry served with 107 Battery in Holsworthy, Malaysia, Townsville and Vietnam between 1966 and 1971. He served on the gun line then as transport NCO. Garry passed away after years of fighting cancer. He died from an infection complication after a successful operation. Garry was a life member of the Association. He is survived by wife Julia and family.
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