Volume 70 December 2012
RSL South Australia, Northern Territory and Broken Hill
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Exercise Executive Stretch 2012
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Inside this Issue 1
State President’s Report 2
Chief Executive Officer’s Report 3
Defence News 4
Military Entitlements 6
Sub-Branch News 7
Points of Order 12
Women’s Auxiliary 13
Letter to the Editor 13
Young Veterans Forum 14
Exercise Executive Stretch 2012 15
General News 16
Requests and Reunions 26
Book Reviews 27
The Last Post 28
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CLAIMS • PENSIONS • ENTITLEMENTS • WELFARE • ADVICE AND ASSISTANCE
Open Monday - Friday
To make an appointment - Phone 08 8232 0322 Fax 08 8232 0377
Torrens Training Depot, Victoria Drive, ADELAIDE SA 5000
Welcome to the RSL! This is the
greeting that you will receive
when you telephone State
Headquarters. It is the greeting
that I encourage all of you to use
whenever somebody contacts
your Sub-Branch. Unfortunately,
it is not the experience that
we universally offer our many
visitors and potential new
members. I know because I
am one of them! That is, I have
stood at the front door of some
RSL premises and been greeted
with looks which belong in a
horror movie. We need to fix this as part of our offering. It is not
the job of your Sub-Branch committees to meet and greet visitors.
It is everyone’s responsibility to embrace people who wish to make
contact with and be part of our great organisation.
John F Kennedy once said that “Change is the law of life. And those
who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.”
I know that many of you recognise the need for change as the RSL
approaches its first 100 years. It isn’t easy but we need to keep
working hard to position ourselves for future success. Continue to
Looming issues remain for us:
• Brand recognition - what does the RSL stand for and what do
we do? We don’t sell ourselves well enough.
• Sub-Branch management - adopt the rules, stick to them and
look after your finances
• Membership - take every opportunity to increase it by being
flexible and accommodating to different needs.
I was very privileged to hear Major General John Cantwell speak
recently on his experiences with PTSD as he describes in his book
‘Exit Wounds’. The General’s talk was very sobering. His courage in
candidly speaking in public about his experiences is a landmark in
Australia. It will greatly assist in improving public acceptance that
mental health is every bit as important an issue as physical health.
Having a mental health issue is normal just as having a physical
disease is normal. Sadly, many young veterans are returning
from current conflicts badly affected by their service. The RSL is
determined to be there for them. We are examining options for a
major contribution in this area and believe that the RSL community
in South Australia will see this as a very tangible symbol of what the
RSL is here to do. We will let you know more on this early next year.
My last few months have involved many trips to Sub-Branches
across the State. It has been a great pleasure for me to meet so
many dedicated RSL people as I have travelled from Victor Harbor to
Murray Bridge and Mannum to Ardrossan since assuming the role
of President in July. It is inspiring to see the great pride that you all
have in your RSL and the work that you undertake.
Recently, I met with a group of young cadets who were undertaking
a tour of Canberra as part of one of our RSL programs. They were
under the guidance of former Army officer and RSL staffer, Mark
Keynes. The cadet movement is a wonderful one and the four
cadets I spoke to were bright, articulate and enthusiastic. They
also learnt a lot about the RSL during their tour. They had some
interesting views on what might make the RSL more relevant for
their generation! At least one of them will be invited to speak at the
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State President’s Report
next State Conference.
Poppy Day has come and gone for another year. Thank you for your
efforts for this important day on the RSL calendar. Some may have
heard comments that I made in the media about extending Poppy
Day sales. We are looking at options to enable improved sales
perhaps for 11 days. We have received many comments about how
difficult it was to buy a poppy. Our consideration will include means
other than relying on our volunteers.
This year has seen the 70th anniversaries of some very significant
moments in Australian military history. The RSL is pleased to be able
to support nominations for veterans which has resulted in South
Australian representation in London for the Bomber Command
memorial, in Timor, El Alamein and at Kokoda. Most recently, Eric
Sambell and Ray Baldwin, both ex 2/27 Bn soldiers, returned from
Papua New Guinea. I have been advised that the experience has
been well worth it for our veterans, despite some of the physical
challenges many face. As Ray said, ‘You never forget.’ As we salute
these wonderful Australians lest we forget.
2012 is rapidly drawing to a close and the festive season is
nigh. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your
commitment to the RSL and the wellbeing of all who have served,
whether they are returned or not. I wish you all the best for 2013
and, on Christmas Day, I ask you to pause and share a thought for
our service men and women who are deployed in various theatres
across the globe.
Tim Hanna AM
7 RAR Deploy
Approximately 450 soldiers from the Adelaide based, 7th Battalion
(Mechanised), The Royal Australian Regiment were farewelled as
they prepare to deploy to Afghanistan as the 7 RAR Task Group.
The Task Group, commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Malcolm Wells,
is the first one deployed by the Australian Defence Force, as advisors
to the Afghan National Army’s 4th Brigade, not mentors as seen in
previous rotations. This change of role reflects the current transition
of responsibility of security and governance in Afghanistan to the
Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Afghan
National Security Forces.
The 7 RAR Task Group will provide advice to Afghan National Army’s
4th Brigade as they plan, support and conduct their own operations
in Uruzgan province.
The RSL wishes favourable experiences and a safe return to all
those deployed to Afghanistan.
Chief Executive Officer’s Report
Greetings all. The whirlwind of
Poppy Appeal and Remembrance
Day has passed and I’d like
to take this opportunity to say
a big THANK YOU to all those
individuals and Sub-Branches
who help us out every year, we
couldn’t do it without you.
You will see that we have some
exciting new initiatives in our
membership renewals this
year. We are offering Service
members the option to renew
for 3 years, and if you do so
before the end of February 2013
you will go into the draw to win
one of four flat screen TVs. All Affiliates will receive a personalised
letter outlining the benefits of RSL membership and both Service
members and Affiliates will receive the new Ambassador booklets
which will give you some idea of the great savings that can be made
from your RSL membership Australia-wide.
I have had a few Sub-Branches come in with the same questions,
mostly about their future and what they are going to do. So I did up a
simple information memo which I put into the Sub-Branch mail out.
I thought I might repeat a few of them here so you can get an idea
of what’s been said. Here are the most common questions I get and
Our members are dwindling, what can we do?
Do you accept Affiliate members? If not, this is a good way to
encourage local community to join the club. If you do and your
numbers are still dwindling, are there other local clubs who you can
amalgamate with. If you do need to close your doors then contact
us so we can help with the legalities and ensure your memorabilia
I can’t get a committee together at our AGM?
Your club might be a great going concern within the local community,
but what happens when you can’t get a Committee together. There
are a couple of options here, we can write to all members on
your behalf outlining the issues and seeking their support for the
Committee. In the end if you can’t get a Committee together contact
State Branch and we may be able to assist. The reason no one is
willing to put their hand up is in this day and age of regulations
and legal responsibility of volunteer committees, many people
simply don’t want the responsibility of running a Sub-Branch; and
understandably so too, it’s a huge responsibility. So what can you
do? One option is to give up your separate incorporation and ask
State Branch to run the business side of the Club. This will take
the financial and regulatory responsibility away from a Committee.
Many may see this as State Branch forcing you out. This is not so,
it is simply a way the Sub-Branch can form a Committee and get
back to the basics of helping their fellow veterans in the community.
What this will mean though is that State Branch will be responsible
for the Club and premises.
The administration of our club and bar is too much for our
I think I have answered this above, but let me give you a fictional
The Outer Bloggstown RSL Club has 21 Service Members and 15
Affiliates, they own their Hall but lease it to the Community to get
a bit of an income, and open the Bar for Members on a Sunday
afternoon and have a Monthly lunch after their meetings. They get a
small profit from the leasing of the Hall of about $1000 per month.
They just had their AGM and couldn’t form a Committee because
no one wanted the responsibility of running the Club. The President
approached State Branch for a solution. In the end they gave up
being an incorporated club and became an un-incorporated club
and moved under State Branch’s Incorporation. State Branch then
has the responsibility to manage the Club. The Committee now
meet as a social group to help organise activities of the Club for
the betterment of the veteran community be it social functions,
commemorations or pensions and welfare work. The financial
management, government reporting and auditing, licence regulation
and general administration of the club becomes State Branch’s
responsibility. As we are all bound by the Constitution very little
would change for members, the Club would still be run as a Sub-
Branch and State Branch would report the finances to the members
at the AGM as opposed to the Committee.
My committee don’t understand their legal responsibilities?
If you do wish to stay independently incorporated then the
Committees do have a significant amount of responsibility for the
management of the club. Members of the Committee are personally
liable for the good governance of the club, not the Club Manager. In
other words if anything goes wrong and it ends up in court, individual
Committee members could risk their house and/or income. This has
happened to other not-for-profits in the eastern states. But it is not
all doom and gloom, there are plenty of training packages out there
to assist you in staying on the straight and narrow, and we are more
than happy to provide advice and assistance if you’re not sure. The
golden rule here is, if you are not sure don’t fudge it, ask us to help.
What’s the future of our Sub-Branch?
So what is the future of your Sub-Branch? I don’t know, that’s up
to you. But whatever it is, involve us. We see all Sub-Branches
come through our doors, we know what works for one but hasn’t
for another, we can offer assistance and advice, that’s what we are
here for. One thing is for sure, if you ignore this question, your Sub-
Branch will not have a future.
I do hope these may be of assistance. If you have any queries or
suggestions for the future of your Sub-Branch, please contact our
Project Development Officer, Julia Langrehr who can offer some
advice and assistance.
It’s been a busy year and no doubt next year will be the same. I
thank you all for your hard work over the last 12 months and wish
you all the best for the festive season. See you in the New Year.
Wishing you a
Merry Christmas and
all the best for 2013.
Hosting a Growling Capability
RAAF Base Amberley played host to three United States Navy (USN)
EA-18G Growler aircraft visiting Australia for the first time.
The Growler aircraft, from the USN’s Electronic Attack Squadron
(VAQ) 132 (known as the ‘Scorpions’) based at Oak Harbor in
Washington, arrived on 28 September to participate in Exercise
In a media day at Amberley on October 5, Defence Minister Stephen
Smith, Defence Materiel Minister Jason Clare and Chief of Air Force
AIRMSHL Geoff Brown officially welcomed the USN visitors.
“The US Navy are regular visitors to Australia as part of longstanding
aircraft cooperation arrangements between Australia and the United
States, however this is the first visit for the EA-18G Growler aircraft,”
Mr Smith said.
“The USN EA-18G Growler visit will allow the Australia Defence
Force to learn more about how the capability works alongside our
F/A-18F Super Hornets.”
The Growlers were working with the RAAF’s Super Hornets during
the bilateral Airborne Electronic Attack exercise, which began on
October 1 and finished on October 20.
Operating out of Amberley, Exercise Growler training missions were
focussing on real-world proficiency in Airborne Electronic Attack
employment and integration.
OC 82WG GPCAPT Geoff Harland said it provided a valuable training
opportunity for the RAAF’s Super Hornets.
“The EA-18G Growler capability will provide Australia with an ability
to disrupt or jam a range of military electronics systems, including
radars and communications systems.”
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Photo courtesy: Dept of Defence
Australian Soldier Honoured with Victoria Cross
Corporal Daniel Alan Keighran VC has been invested as the recipient
of Australia’s 99th Victoria Cross by Governor-General Quentin
Bryce during a ceremony at Government House, Canberra.
His citation reads: “For the most conspicuous acts of gallantry and
extreme devotion to duty in action in circumstances of great peril at
Derapet, Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan, as part of the Mentoring
Task Force One on Operation SLIPPER” on 24 August 2010.
At the time, Corporal Keighran was a member of the 6th Battalion,
The Royal Australian Regiment which was deployed to Afghanistan
with Mentoring Task Force One.
Corporal Keighran is only the third recipient of the Victoria Cross
for Australia, which in 1991 replaced the British or Imperial Victoria
Cross awarded to 96 Australians. He is the first member of the Royal
Australian Regiment to receive the country’s highest military honour.
“This is a very unexpected and humbling experience and I don’t
think it has really sunk in yet,” Corporal Keighran said.
“I am very proud of the boys from Delta Company, 6 RAR and how
they performed that day. This award is as much for their efforts as
it is for mine.
“I would also like to acknowledge my family, friends and especially
my wife Kathryn. They have been very supportive throughout my
service and deployments and I would like to recognise and thank
The Chief of the Defence Force, General David Hurley, congratulated
Corporal Daniel Keighran, VC on being awarded the Victoria Cross
“Corporal Keighran acted with exceptional clarity and composure
that spread to those soldiers around him, giving them confidence
to operate effectively in
an extremely stressful and
dangerous situation,” General
“His actions identified and
suppressed enemy firing points
and turned the fight in our
“The valour of his actions and
those of the other members
of his patrol, are exemplars
of the very best in Australian
soldiering,” Lieutenant General
Photo courtesy: Dept of Defence
First LHD Hull Delivered to Australia
The hull of the first of the Royal Australian Navy’s two new
amphibious ships, HMAS Canberra, transited through Port Phillip
Heads and was greeted by the men and women of HMAS Cerberus
on 17 October 2012.
The Canberra class vessels are 230.8 metres long overall, with a
maximum beam of 32 metres, and a maximum draught of 7.18
At full load, Canberra will displace 27,851 tonnes, making the new
LHDs the largest ships to serve in the RAN.
HMAS Canberra will be accepted into service in 2014, followed by
her sister ship HMAS Adelaide (LHD02) the year after. Photo courtesy: Dept of Defence
Australia Assumes Leadership Role in Afghanistan
Australia assumed leadership of Combined Team – Uruzgan (CT-U)
in Afghanistan on 18 October.
Outgoing Commander CT-U, United States Colonel Gerald Hadley,
handed over command to the incoming Australian Commander,
Colonel Simon Stuart, at a formal Transfer of Authority parade at
Multinational Base, Tarin Kot.
Australian leadership of CT-U is a step toward transferring security
responsibility from the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF)
to Afghan National Security Forces.
The CT-U has the role of commanding International Security
Assistance Force (ISAF) operations in Uruzgan Province. The United
States has led CT-U since its establishment in August 2010.
Australian Task Groups, Special Forces and the Provincial
Reconstruction Team in Uruzgan have been working closely with
their International Security Force and Afghan counterparts to
improve security and build the capacity of the Afghan National
Photo courtesy: Dept of Defence
Prime Minister Visits Tarin Kot
The Prime Minister of Australia, the Honourable Julia Gillard MP
visited Afghanistan on 14 October 2012.
The Prime Minister met with Afghan President Hamid Karzai in
Kabul and later made a surprise visit to Australian Defence Force
personnel based at Tarin Kot in Uruzgan province.
During her visit to Multi National Base - Tarin Kot the Prime Minister
was briefed by the staff of Combined Team Uruzgan, met with the
Provincial Governor Amir Mohammad Akhundzada and spoke with
ADF personnel and Defence civilians over a meal.
Photo courtesy: Dept of Defence
Royal Australian Navy: International Fleet Review
The 2013 International Fleet Review has been launched in Sydney
by Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Ray Griggs.
From 3–11 October 2013 the International Fleet Review will offer
a spectacular program of naval events to celebrate the centenary
of the Royal Australian Navy’s fleet arrival in Sydney Harbour on 4
On this day, the flagship HMAS Australia led the new Australian Fleet
of seven cruisers and destroyers (HMA Ships Melbourne, Sydney,
Encounter, Warrego, Parramatta and Yarra) into Sydney Harbour for
the first time.
The program will include: a tall ships parade; warships arrival;
ceremonial fleet review; naval gun salutes; fixed wing and helicopter
flypasts; aerial acrobatic displays; Sydney Harbour fireworks and
light show; ships open to visitors; combined naval march through
the streets of Sydney; military band concerts; Freedom of Entry
parade in Parramatta; religious and memorial services; and sporting
Vice Admiral Griggs said the International Fleet Review would be the
nation’s most significant commemorative naval event in the past
The Royal Australian Navy will be represented by at least 17 ships
and submarines from across the Navy.
A significant naval aviation component is also planned with more
than a dozen current and former naval aircraft types represented,
including the Australian Fleet Air Arm’s current Sea Hawk, Squirrel,
Bell 429 and MRH90 helicopters alongside historic aircraft from
Navy Historic Flight.
Tall ships from around the world will embark on an exciting journey
to Australia to help celebrate the centenary of the Royal Australian
Navy’s fleet entry into Sydney Harbour.
Australian and foreign tall ships will visit Fremantle, Melbourne and
Hobart prior to gathering in Sydney on 3 October 2013 then take
part in a special regatta race to Auckland, New Zealand.
Many of the Australian and international warships will participate in
Exercise TRITON CENTENARY off the east coast of Australia and visit
other Australian ports before and following the International Fleet
Photo courtesy: Dept of Defence
I have been the Senior Entitlements Officer since July this year. You
may have heard the expression ‘drinking from a fire hose’. That’s
about how I feel and I expect the sensation to last for some time.
By way of background I did 27 years in Army as an Infantry Officer
and deployed several times. I am a young veteran and part of the
next generation. In this article I want to talk about younger veterans,
the value of getting assistance early on, the growing number of
female veterans and the need for grass roots support for mental
health. Also the State Branch Entitlements Team is getting bigger
and reaching out to help.
We have more young veterans now than at the end of our involvement
in Vietnam. I want to thank those that went before us, especially
the Vietnam Veterans, for the services they fought long and hard
for: the Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS)
that supports us and our families and the Training & Information
Program (TIP) which provides us with trained Entitlements and
Welfare Officers. We know young veterans and their families are
using these services and I encourage you to encourage them to
keep using them as need be.
Reach Out – Get Assistance Early
To RSL Members and Affiliates everywhere, please reach out to the
young veterans and serving members and let them know we are
here to help. Many of them don’t see themselves as veterans and
don’t know how the RSL can help them. Many return with hidden
scars or finish long careers with an accumulation of problems. Too
many think the RSL is about old people and this is plain wrong - we
were all young once (and the older we get the better we were). I see
many clients at the end of their tether, they spend months or years
alone finding their way through a maze of claims and processes
confused and frustrated. We can save them and their families a lot
of heartache if we reach out to them with a hand of friendship early
in the piece. If you think someone needs help, you are probably right
- please safe hand them to a Sub-Branch Entitlements or Welfare
Officer or any one of my team at State Branch.
We have a growing number of young female veterans and they are
not immune to the pressures or conditions suffered by their male
colleagues. An added problem is the lack of an authentic identity
for them in the national story. We can fix that. They serve their
country and deserve due respect. In my short time in this role I have
encountered several with PTSD and other serious conditions. Just
like everyone else who suffers from PTSD they feel isolated, a sense
of shame and a fear of being rejected in case someone thinks they
are not real veterans with real wounds. We will be making a huge
mistake if we downplay their role and ignore the fact that women
have been part of every force that has deployed since the Boer War.
They deserve our respect, help and support. Next time you see a
woman with medals on her left side be assured she is wearing them
Mental Health at the Grass Roots
A lot of work has been done to address mental health among the
wider community and veterans in particular. Professional counselling,
prescribed medication, government funding and programs, toll free
numbers, glossy brochures and corporate show bags are all good
but can only do so much. One thing we can do particularly well is
personal support at the grass roots. As members of the RSL we
should have empathy in spades. We know from experience, either
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personal or from our mates, how debilitating mental illness can be.
There are no obvious wounds on the outside but inside is a mess.
Young veterans now tend to be scattered far and wide throughout
the community. They have more choice than previous generations
and therefore are not likely to congregate of their own accord in
Sub-Branches. I applaud everyone who reaches out to them and
helps them to establish support networks. There are some excellent
programs being run by RSL members and other ESOs at grass
roots level. Young veterans need that personal contact from older
veterans. They need to be grand-fathered into a Sub-Branch. With
grass roots support a stronger recovery is more likely and they in
turn will be better able to help others when the time comes. There
is a powerful lot of good in having a cup of tea with someone who
listens and understands. This isn’t a substitute for professional
health care and no-one should avoid seeking professional help if
they need it. Social inclusion is essential for good health and this is
something every Sub-Branch is well equipped to do. It’s the reason
for their existence.
The Team and the Dream
The State Branch team now includes the Advocates and Pension
Officers from the Plympton/Glenelg Pension Office and Tea Tree
Gully RSL; Murray Crittenden, Graham Coghlan and Jeff Yates.
They still work out of the Plympton/Glenelg RSL and Tea Tree Gully
RSL respectively. A new member to the team is Ian Kennedy being
mentored by Jeff Yates. Ian will eventually work out of the Stirling
RSL and aims to cover Woodside Barracks. Di Capus works three
days a week at ANZAC House and Tuesday mornings from Salisbury
RSL to cover RAAF Edinburgh. Roger Donnelly continues to work
from ANZAC House and is being assisted by Craig Mitchell a Level
4 Advocate. In the NT we have Joy Handicott based in Darwin at
the Palmerston RSL and between Joy and I we will work together
to cover Central Australia from the Alice Springs RSL from 2013.
My dream is to assist Sub-Branches, their Officers and anyone who
needs help with personal contact and a professional level of service.
If anyone needs help or advice please don’t hesitate to contact me.
I may not have the answer straight off the bat, but I have a network
that I can call on.
RSL SA Senior Entitlements Officer
Military Pensions, Entitlements and Welfare
Telephone: 8232 0322 Fax: 8232 0377
Entitlements Officers at RSL SA State Headquarters
Wendy Rydon Director (Operations)
Mark Keynes Senior Entitlements Officer
Roger Donnelly Entitlements and VRB Case Officer
Di Capus Entitlements and Welfare Officer
Pirie Gets a Huey
One of 6 decommissioned Bell UH-1 Iroquois helicopters will get
a new home in the Port Pirie RSL Museum. Sub-Branch President
Haydn Madigan welcomed the recent announcement and expects
the iconic Huey to become a magnificent drawcard to Port Pirie.
The museum is already a ‘must see’ for locals and visitors with high
quality displays and military memorabilia exhibits.
The Huey will be an interactive exhibit and visitors will be able to sit
inside it. It will be displayed in a purpose built enclosure, protected
from the weather. Inscribed pavers are being sold to raise funds
towards the cost of the building. Individual, lettered pavers are
offered for $65 or including a service symbol for $95. Businesses
may include a logo and can range from one $175 paver or multiple
pavers forming a graphic from $275 for 4 pavers to $1000 for 32
For more information on how your name will go down in history
contact Port Pirie RSL, 240 The Terrace, Port Pirie (08) 8633 1448;
Wishing you a
Merry Christmas and
all the best for 2013.
Remembrance Day 2012 Macclesfield Sub-Branch
Sunday 11th November all over the Commonwealth people stopped
at 11am and reflected. At Macclesfield a Living Tribute of trees in
the form of the refurbished Avenue of Honor was the setting for a
moment of reflection.
The Avenue symbolises the loss experienced by the town and district
of those who sacrificed all in the service of their nation starting from
the Boer War.
With a good crowd in attendance, a simple ceremony led by Padre
George Smith was conducted.
With a catafalque party from the 16th Air Land Regiment Woodside
stationed around the Lone Pine, Macclesfield RSL Sub-Branch
President Dennis Oldenhove opened proceedings. A lone piper set
the mood, accompanying the hymns and the Laying of Wreath’s.
Members of the Australian Air Force Cadets 622 Squadron were
also invited to take part.
The emotional playing of the Last Post followed by the one minute
silence gave the gathering time to pause.
After the Service was over, many people lingered at the Avenue to
reflect on the plaques placed adjacent each tree in tribute to the
fallen. Many also retired to the RSL hall for refreshments and to
share some camaraderie.
SANDAKAN MEMORIAL TOUR
Fully escorted 11 day tour in deluxe accommodation
from $3,675 incl. taxes. Departing on 9th August 2013
Phone for a brochure to be posted to you.
Exclusively conducted by
Phone: (08) 8555 0468
VIETNAM VETERANʼS TOUR
Fully escorted 9 day tour in deluxe accommodation
from $2,980 incl. taxes. Departing on 4th April 2013
Phone for a brochure to be posted to you.
Remember to Renew your Membership
Whether you’re a Service member or an Affiliate, your membership is vital for the RSL.
You can be assured your membership is valued by current Defence and ex-Defence
personnel, their families and dependents who benefit from the support, care and
assistance we are able to provide through your membership.
If you require information regarding membership, please contact 08 8232 0322. Affiliate subscriptions need to be paid to the Sub-Branch.
Back in 2011 the Macclesfield Sub-Branch applied to the District
Council of Mount Barker, via their Community Grants Project, for
some assistance in the purchasing of Solar Panels. Our aim was to
make the Sub-Branch as close to carbon neutral as possible. Early
in 2012, a grant was received, which matched dollar for dollar the
Sub-Branch’s contribution in the purchase and installation costs for
a 3.2 kW 14 Solar Panel System. The Sub-Branch sincerely thanks
all the elected members especially Mayor Ann Ferguson and Deputy
Mayor Roger Irvine and the staff of the District Council of Mount
Barker in this worthwhile project.
Dennis Oldenhove, President
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prepared without taking into account your personal objectives, financial situation or needs. Before
making any investment decision you should assess your own circumstance and seek independent financial
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Murray Bridge Memorial
The Murray Bridge Memorial is
making great strides ahead. We
still have a number of pavers to
sell and you are all welcome to
take advantage of this limited
edition. Our engraved pavers
are for sale at $55.00 each.
PLEASE DO NOT MISS THIS
For further information please
contact John Ali: 0418 807 576.
Photo courtesy of Murray Valley
Kadina to Host Gallipoli Centenary
A meeting for the combined Gallipoli centenary march was held
on Saturday, October 6, and it was decided Kadina would host the
The Centenary of the ANZACs Committee, comprising members
from throughout Yorke Peninsula as well as RSL officials, met at the
Ardrossan RSL Sub-Branch to select a suitable venue for the march.
Joining the local RSL members were state RSL president Brigadier
Tim Hanna and state RSL CEO Sam Jackman, as well as Member
for Goyder Steven Griffiths, District Council of Yorke Peninsula
mayor Ray Agnew and District Council of the Copper Coast mayor
A committee to organise the combined march was formed in July.
It called for submissions from towns to host the march, which is
expected to be a major drawcard.
“All submissions came with some capabilities and, after much
discussion, it was decided Kadina would host the event,” committee
chairman Garry Brown said.
“A written submission was made by Kadina president Les Maynard
on the Sub-Branch’s behalf, pointing out Kadina has a good town
“Kadina also has the ability to provide accommodation, food outlets
and toilet facilities with the memorial located in Victoria Square plus
many other factors.”
Mr Brown said the march will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2015,
instead of on ANZAC Day because Sub-Branches will hold their own
“It is envisioned the march will commence in Digby Street and
conclude at the memorial area at 11am, subject to approval from
council, police and other interested parties,” he said.
Story courtesy Yorke Peninsula Country Times
Port Pirie Vietnam Veterans Reunion
The Port Pirie RSL decided to organise a Port Pirie Vietnam Veterans
Reunion on Sunday the 12th August 2012, just prior to the Australia
wide Vietnam Veterans Day on the 18th August. On researching the
Pirie Veterans, we found that 147 Pirie born Veterans did a tour
of Duty in Vietnam. This compares with Port Augusta 58, Whyalla
76 and Port Lincoln 53. We contacted all that we could of those
147. Any other Vietnam Veteran that was known to the RSL that
currently lived in Port Pirie was asked as well. Many had passed
away since their Tour of Duty, some we had no way of finding their
current address. We are pleased to have a number of widows of
Veterans attending to honour their husbands service. We had a
total of 40 veterans from as far away as the ACT, Vic, SA and many
locals attend. Veterans were given the opportunity to reminisce with
other Pirie Vets over a BBQ lunch. No pressure was applied for the
Vets to do anything more than have a good time. We had some
Vietnam Veterans that had never entered an RSL since returning
home from Vietnam. They attended to see their school friends that
toured Vietnam. During the day it was explained to them that most
RSLs are now run by Vietnam Vets and that the Port Pirie RSL would
welcome the current crop of veterans with the recognition that they
The veterans supplied the RSL with photos from their days in
Vietnam and these were displayed in the RSL. Much discussion was
had on who had changed the most and who hadn’t changed at all.
Place mats were made up of these photos for the veterans to take
home as souvenirs. A video displaying the photo’s and also movies
of Australian soldiers was displayed on the RSLs TV and Projector
for all to see. The DVDs could be purchased to take home.
The day went off well and everybody had a good time. The only
decision now is when to have another get together. At this stage we
look like having it bi-annually.
I would like to thank the efforts of Angela Mertens and the Volunteers
from the Military Museum in tracking down Pirie Vets that had left
Port Pirie. It involved many phone calls and researching phone
books to find some of the vets.
Morphett Vale Sub-Branch Nurse
Earlier this year, Morphett Vale Sub-Branch was offered free labour
from the WorkSkill unit which coordinates the ‘Work for the dole’
scheme. This has worked out very well and a great deal of painting
and many other tasks have been completed in and around the Sub-
Branch. Allan Puttock, who supervised the workers and was aware
that we had a female mannequin in urgent need of repair work, was
asked by Mrs Brigitte Arthur if he could source an Australian Army
Nurses uniform to compliment the three male mannequins we are in
the process of dressing in the uniforms of the three Services.
Brigitte was put in touch with Custodial Specialist Jackie Pomery
from the textile section of the Adelaide Women’s Prison (AWP). With
support from her offsider Andrea, and approval from Sandra Russell,
the General Manager of theAWP, it was decided that the manufacture
of the uniform could become the textile section’s project for this
year’s Royal Adelaide Show and, having been displayed at the show,
it could then be presented to the Morphett Vale RSL.
The uniform was expertly made by one of the inmates, who did a
wonderful job. The inmate is working her way through her Certificate
3 in garment production and the results of her work were entered
in the ‘Reproductive Costume’ category where it was awarded 1st
Prize, much to everybody’s delight.
On Monday, 5th November, I accompanied Brigitte Arthur and my
wife Dierdre to the AWP for a light luncheon and formal hand-over
of the uniform. We also met the inmate who had done such a good
job. The Correctional Services Officers who supervise in that area
were extremely supportive of
the venture and Morphett Vale
Sub-Branch will very soon, have
a complete set of uniformed
We are grateful for the support
and encouragement given by
AWP General Manager Sandra
Russell, Jackie Pomery and
Andrea Agostino and thank them
for their interest. Special thanks
must go to the inmate for the
excellent work she did and we
wish her well for the future.
The Combined Ex-Services Mess
The Combined Ex-Services Mess at ANZAC House, Torrens Training
Depot, Adelaide will be open for members and guests on the second
and third Fridays of each month from 4 - 7.30 pm.
The bar is well stocked with packaged beer and a selection of wines
and spirits. Light snacks will also be available.
Comfortable surroundings, ample car parking.
All who wish to make use of the facilities are encouraged to join and
Membership applications are available at the Mess.
Annual subscription is $10.00 per year which becomes due on 1
January each year.
Indoor Bowls Competition
On the 22nd of September 2012, eleven members of the Victorian
RSL Indoor Bowls Association arrived in Adelaide to compete for
the RSL Interstate Indoor Bowls Competition that has been running
since 1947, with only four years not being played. In the early days
teams going either way would fill up one to two carriages of the
Overland train as many RSL Clubs here and in Melbourne were
involved in the friendly competition.
The week started off with a welcoming lunch on Sunday 23rd at
Norwood RSL, followed by the first game of bowls. On Monday
morning at 11am a short service was held at the Vietnam War
Memorial where wreaths were placed by both teams and then the
Throughout the week the visitors were taken on tours during the day
and then to RSLs for dinner and games. Clubs participating were
Plympton/Glenelg, Norwood and Enfield. The Farewell and Trophy
presentation was held at Enfield RSL on Thursday 27th September
where all had a most enjoyable meal and a great deal of talk about
the preceding week.
The Victorians were just a little too good on the night and took home
the Cup and also the Captains Trophy, leaving SA with the wooden
spoon. This of course gives us a good reason to travel to Melbourne
next September and get the trophies back.
All had a great time and we look forward to next year when the
South Australian members hopefully go to Melbourne to sample
their hospitality and of course, bring back the Trophy and Cup.
The events could not have happened without a grant from the
Veterans SA Department, and for that we thank them.
President, SA RSL Indoor Bowls Association.
SA and Victorian RSL indoor bowls members at the Service in front of the
Vietnam War Memorial, which was also attended Mr Graham Nybo of the
RSL Senior Representative Group.
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Army Museum of South Australia
The Army Museum of South Australia is located just through the main
gate at Keswick Barracks, ANZAC Highway. Open to the public on
Sunday afternoons between 12 and 4 pm. Several galleries display
uniforms, weapons, vehicles, equipment, pictures, documents and
memorabilia from Colonial times to present day.
New glass cabinets enhance the displayed items. The Medal and
Trophy room displays unique items including three US Distinguished
Service Cross medals awarded to South Australians.
Group tours can be arranged. Anyone with an interest in SA military
history and becoming a Museum Guide should contact Peter Collins.
Ph: 8305 6374; www.amosa.org.au.
Malaya Borneo Veterans
Selamat tengahari Gentlemen,
During the past five years, submissions have been put to the
incumbent Ministers of Veterans’ Affairs, to have due recognition
acknowledged and confirmed properly, by gazetting an official Day
of Remembrance for those Australian Armed Forces personnel who
served in the two post WW2 campaigns of the Malayan Emergency
from 1948 – 1960, and The Indonesian Confrontation with Malaysia
from 1962 – 1966.
It gives me great pleasure to advise you that as a result of discussions
between our association’s National Patron Maj Gen J C Hughes AO
DSO MC, and Maj Gen Brian (Hori) Howard AO MC ESM, that this
long awaited recognition will be confirmed and duly recorded in the
Australian Military Calendar of Commemorations in the near future.
The 31st of August is now entrenched as “Malaya & Borneo
Veterans’ Day” annually.
Further to this milestone, the compilation of the Australian Armed
Forces Nominal Rolls for both of these campaigns will also be
compiled and officially published in due course.
This year, for only the second time in Australia, Malaya &
Borneo Veteran’s Day commemorated the 46th anniversary
of the end of the Indonesian Confrontation and the
52nd anniversary of the end of the Malayan Emergency.
We can be assured that the efforts have been finally
acknowledged. Banyak baguslah.........
President, SA & NT Branch
Keeping the Kids Amused
RSL SA was very happy to
provide a children’s table and
chairs to be used in the waiting
room of VVCS. As we are all
aware there is an increasing
number of younger serving
Australian Defence Force
personnel now requiring and
using the service of VVCS, and
a significant number of them
have small children who need
to be amused while “Mum and
Dad” have a grown up talk.
Alice Springs Sub-Branch Re-Opens
After extensive renovations, the Alice Springs Sub-Branch officially
re-opened to the public on Friday 23rd November.
Visitors and guests enjoyed the newly refurbished, comfortable
and relaxed surroundings. There were many special guests, live
entertainment, BBQ and activities.
The Long Tan Bar re-opened earlier on the 12th of October ahead of
the Masters Games that were being held in Alice Springs.
The response from the Alice Springs community has been very
positive and heartening.
Improvements will continue to be seen at the Sub-Branch, which we
will continue to update progress on.
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RSL & Movember
Partnering with MOVEMBER
to raise awareness of men’s
health issues and fundraising
has been a beneficial
exercise. RSL members and
Sub-Branches assisted with
donations and in-kind support
to help ADF members who
took on the MOVEMBER project
and relationships have been
strengthened. Movember raises
funds to assist education,
research and recovery of
prostate cancer and depression.
With RSL and ADF support it
may go nationwide next year.
RSL SA State Branch Christmas Closure
The RSL SA State Branch will be closed over the Christmas break
from midday on Friday 21st December until 8.30am Wednesday
2nd January 2013.
Old Vic New Voices.
$18.60 – $26.90
Booking fees may apply
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It is pleasing to find that on
occasions some Sub-Branches
are willing to request clarification
on the Model Rules. I have had
two such requests recently,
both to do with qualifications
required of members who wish
to nominate for office.
For the information of others
who may not have read previous
explanations of qualifications to
hold office, here they are again
and please note the words in
bold. The quoted rules are
extracted from the Model Rules for Sub-Branches:
President/Vice President: “Any Service or Life member shall be
eligible for election as President or Vice President, providing that
member has been a Service or Life Member of the Sub-Branch for
not less than twelve (12) months immediately prior to the calling of
nominations and has previously served at least twelve (12) months
on the Committee of a Sub-Branch.” Rule 22.3 refers.
Committee Member: “Any Service, Life Member or Affiliate of the
Sub-Branch shall be eligible for election as Secretary, Treasurer
or as a member of the Management Committee provided that the
member has been a Service, Life Member or Affiliate of the Sub-
Branch for not less than twelve (12) months immediately prior to the
calling of nominations.” Rule 22.4 refers.
Affiliates of Sub-Branches have almost all of the same rights
and responsibilities as Service Members, except that they may not:
• speak or vote on matters concerning the sale or relocation of
• nominate or vote for any office which they are not eligible to
hold, ie. President, Vice President or Sub-Branch Delegate; or
• speak or vote on any Constitutional matter.
Sub-Branches should ensure that Affiliates are aware of their rights
and responsibilities and encourage them to nominate for those
Offices they are eligible to hold.
Social Members are not eligible to hold any office on Sub-Branch
Management Committees and have no standing within the League
structure, nor can they be included on Sub-Branch Membership
Any person who is eligible to be a Service Member of a Sub-Branch,
cannot be admitted as an Affiliate or a Social member of a Sub-
Branch. By-Law 3 of the Model Rules for Sub-Branches refers.
While it is well known that social members generally pay a cheaper
rate of subscriptions, Sub-Branches should encourage them to
become Affiliates of the Sub-Branch.
Adoption of the Model Rules:
There is still a significant number of Sub-Branches which have yet
to adopt By-Law 8, the Model Rules for Sub-Branches, as their
Constitution. It is almost eighteen months since the new State
Branch Constitution was adopted at a properly constituted Annual
Sub-Branch Constitution and all Sub-Branches are bound by the
decisions made at Sub-Branch Conferences.
Powers of the Sub-Branch Conference: “The Sub-Branch
Conference is the supreme governing body of the State Branch.
Resolutions of the Sub-Branch Conference are binding on the State
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Points of Order
Branch in relation to matters required to be decided by it under this
Constitution or the Act.” State Branch Constitution Rule 32.2 refers.
The State Branch Constitution and Model Rules for Sub-Branches
may be found on the RSL SA website; www.rslsa.org.au
As this is the last issue of The Signal for 2012, I take the opportunity
to wish all members a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous
New Year. Please take care if you are driving over the festive season
and return home safely.
Frank Owen OAM
Balaklava Veterans Race Day 2013
A marvellous day out for veterans, serving ADF, family, friends and
the public on Wednesday 10th April 2013 at Balaklava Racecourse.
Balaklava is one of South Australia’s finest country tracks and
just a short distance from Adelaide. This annual event has a great
following and is the highlight on many group calendars.
Tickets will be available in 2013. Buy a $20 ticket from RSL
State Branch and participating Sub-Branches, TPI House and the
Balaklava Racing Club. Each ticket gives a chance to win a return
trip for 2 people to Penang, Malaysia with accommodation, valued
at $3,000. For those attending race day it also includes track entry,
free BBQ lunch and discounted drinks. More information closer to
the day can be found at www.rslsa.org.au
RSL Australian Forces Overseas Fund
The RSL provides packages to Australian Defence Force and
Australian Federal Police personnel serving overseas on Military
Missions, Peacekeeping and Peacemaking Operations and other
Operational activities. Packages are made available for delivery
twice yearly; mid-year and Christmas.
The Australian Forces Overseas Fund (AFOF) was established in
1966 to continue the longstanding tradition of supporting Australia’s
Military Forces overseas. The sending of comfort parcels to the
troops is not a new initiative, as almost every town and community
throughout Australia has at some time formed an auxiliary committee
which organised, prepared and packed parcels for dispatch to those
serving overseas in both WWI and WWII.
The RSL appreciates the support of all Australians who share our
desire to continue this support to all those personnel who commit
themselves to the service of our country.
Please offer your support to
RSL AFOF by sending your tax
deductible donation to:
RSL SA State Branch,
ANZAC House, Victoria Drive
Adelaide SA 5000
or visit www.rslsa.org.au
Another year... almost over.
Sadly I have to report the
passing of another of our State
Councillors, Mrs Pat Johnson
A great many friends from all
walks of her life said their last
farewells to her on Wednesday
14 November; she probably
would have wondered what all
the fuss was about.
Pat joined the Women’s Auxiliary
of the Keswick/Richmond RSL
on the 27 January 1983.
She served as Secretary of this Auxiliary from 1984 to 1990 and
then as President from 1991 to 1997 when the Auxiliary closed.
She then transferred her membership to the Hilton RSL Women’s
Auxiliary and in latter years was also a member of the Payneham
RSL Women’s Auxiliary.
Elected as a State Councillor of the Central Council of RSL Women’s
Auxiliaries in 1998, Pat strived to instil into all of the women in her
Group the love and the importance she herself felt for the RSL and
its work for veterans.
All of us who knew her, knew of her passion to support and raise
funds for the veterans she was so proud of. Pat stood on the
Grenfell/King William Street corner selling tokens for ANZAC Day
and Remembrance Day for so many years, business people on their
way to work knew her by name. So, she will be missed not only by
her fellow badge sellers on these days, but also by those who have
been used to seeing her cheery face at the corner.
Pat was awarded Life Membership of the Women’s Auxiliary in
1998, in 2000 she was awarded The Certificate of Merit and Gold
Badge, the highest award made by the National RSL to a nonservice
member. She was extremely proud of these awards but the
“cream on her achievement cake” and her proudest moment was to
be awarded and receive the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2011.
We will sorely miss Pat not only for her seemingly endless charity
work, her down to earth attitude, and her effortless ability to pop
out 200 cupcakes whenever they were needed but also for the
friendship she extended to all she met. Vale Pat.
Vice President Gloria and I joined the ladies of Kadina RSL Women’s
Auxiliary on 20 November to celebrate their 60th anniversary. Well
done ladies and thank you for your hard work and for inviting Gloria
and I to help you celebrate.
Nominations have been re-called for the position of Group 5
Councillor and will now be called for Group 3. I hope the Auxiliaries
in these Groups will think long and hard on this matter.
Frank and I wish everyone a happy and safe festive season now
rapidly approaching, time to relax, have some family time and
recharge the batteries. My thanks to the staff at State Branch for
their help this past year.
Remember the best gifts in life will never be found under a Christmas
tree! Those gifts are friends, family, kids and the one you love!
When Good King Wenceslas phoned for a pizza. The salesgirl asked
him:- ‘Do you want your usual? Deep pan, crisp and even?’
Dierdre Owen OAM
Letter to the Editor
I appreciated the excellent article by Keith Harrison (“The Signal”,
October) on those who adorn themselves with medals to which they
are not entitled and/or which are not officially recognised. The first
offence is illegal, as Keith points out. Those so exposed may be
prosecuted, and shamed. However those with the latter offence
do not act illegally and cannot be prosecuted. Some years ago the
Prime Ministerial Advisory Council, at the urging in particular of
Brigadier Neil Weekes AM MC (retd), strongly recommended that the
Defence Act be amended so that the wearing of unofficial medals, or
“tinnies”, should also be outlawed. It has not yet happened. The RSL
may “actively discourage” such display, but it cannot as yet insist
that the offensive medals be removed. Unfortunately many unofficial
medals may be seen on ANZAC Day.
Wishing you a
Merry Christmas and
all the best for 2013.
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Formed in 2009 and meeting at least four times a year, the purpose
of the Young Veterans (YV) Forum is to provide a consultative
forum that can effectively address issues raised by current serving
members of the Australian Defence Forces (ADF) and ex-Defence
Force Members, post 1975, who have recently separated from the
The YV Forum’s function is to liaise, through the body of the
League, with the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) on tangible
matters raised concerning post 1975 service personnel and their
families. The Forum has an open door arrangement that is made
possible through the generosity and ongoing support of the Deputy
Commissioner of DVA NSW/ACT Ms Jennifer Collins.
The relationship forged with DVA has led to forum members being
involved in several fact-finding, review panels and other similar
The YV Forum does not work in isolation, nor is it another breakaway
Ex-Service Organisation. We are endorsed and supported by the
NSW State Branch of the Returned & Services League of Australia.
The Forum is a great representation of the three services and all
the other ESOs that link up to form, a conduit that previously did not
exist on behalf of young veterans. We, the League must remember
that whilst the YV Forum is about raising those issues that are
affecting our men and women of the ADF past and present it must
also concentrate on what we can do for the families and widows of
contemporary conflicts. Our families are the crucial link in helping
our young veterans facing many situations and must never be left
out of the Forum’s agenda.
What can we do as an organisation that can support this? The list
is endless and as long as it is part of the Aims and Objects of the
League there is no reason why more support to families cannot be
While there is no formal membership, there are many serving and
ex-serving personnel representing the Army, Navy and Air Force and
other agencies, such as, Department of Veterans Affairs, (DVA) the
Veterans’ and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) - to
name just a few.
Membership to the League is one that must be retained to fight
for their long-term welfare now and into their many years ahead
including those future pension years. Retaining young member’s
regimental social associations is also encouraged.
The best examples of Sub-Branches with real practical applications
and runs on the board with younger members are South Lake
Macquarie and North Bondi. Recently, I spoke with North Bondi on
what they did and what works for them.
In the last 60 days, North Bondi has had 131 serving members join
their Sub-Branch. Currently their membership stands at 285 and
expected to be approximately 500 strong by the end of the year. Not
a bad effort considering they only had a membership of 37 Service
Members and 14 Associates in early 2009. North Bondi achieved
this by providing relevant services for our serving ADF members and
younger veterans that had a positive effect on their lives and that of
We as League Service Members need to become Sub-Branch centric
with more focus on outcomes rather than on the process. There is
also a need to be more outward focussed not just looking internally.
Our motto must remain to act locally while thinking Nationally.
Sub-Branches need to identify issues specifically of concern to their
local contingents such as - youth, mental health, suicides and family
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Young Veterans’ Forum
breakdowns - and structure the services they offer to members
around such concerns. As somebody mentioned to me “You’ve got
to get relevant to your veteran community or you’re dead.”
The younger society is looking not only for ‘what’s in it for me’, but
also for their family unit; they are looking for the benefits in joining
the League for their whole unit. The family make-up today is a more
hands on role with all parties, partners and children.
The RSL needs to change targeting to meet todays’ serving
members, such as why should I join the League when I am not
“old”, how can I get involved and what can I do?
I am very much involved and hold a position on the committee of my
Sub-Branch having previously held an Executive position at another.
My young family is supportive in my RSL commitments but I am also
aware that my family must come first.
Opportunities on the Young Veterans agenda are many and it is
constantly evolving. We are encouraged to strengthen ties with
groups that support the men and women of the ADF specifically
those that support our families.
There are many looming problems such as Mental Health and many
of which we know so little. We need to stand up and get involved
with the League to ensure there is involvement on government
committees and Departmental agencies that will assist the many
veterans in the future. Our involvement in Departmental decision
making is vital for the balanced future we are promising our
Following the old ways of the League will only guarantee a slow and
painful demise. Being creative, innovative and making the League
welcoming, relevant, supportive, and listening to needs of serving
ADF members and younger veterans will guarantee the League’s
survival long into the 21st Century and beyond.
We must become one League moving forward in a positive new
direction. The key is always transforming to make ourselves a better
organisation and not being stuck in the last Century as many of us
currently fear. If we are to predict the future we must determine that
future for ourselves.
Let us market and celebrate the considerable achievements that this
great organisation has and will achieve. Look at the opportunities
and challenges that await - not the threat of being taken over or
becoming irrelevant to members.
Together we are working for the betterment of our Young Veterans.
We have learnt a good deal from mistakes made following the
Vietnam Conflict and our future has now become brighter, positive
and more expansive as we embrace an increasing membership with
new hopes and aspirations.
Secretary, Young Veterans Forum.
Currently serving member of the Royal Australian Air Force
RSL - New South Wales Branch
Exercise Executive Stretch 2012
Exercise Executive Stretch 2012 was a rewarding
and exhilarating experience, which will not be forgotten easily.
Exercise Executive Stretch (EES) is an exercise aimed at employers and potential employers of Reservists
to give them an insight into the types of training conducted in the Australian Defence Force and the
skills and qualities Reservist can return to their civilian employment. It is aimed to foster support for
Reservist Employees enhancing the availability of Reservists for Defence Service. Exercise Executive
Stretch was held at RAAF Base Edinburgh from 11-13 October 2012.
I arrived at RAAF base, Edinburgh on a windy Thursday afternoon, not really knowing what to expect of the coming days - I had comfort in
knowing that the other twenty three participants were in the same boat.
We were warmly welcomed by those involved in the coordination and running of EES. After a short briefing, everyone was instructed to hand
over any valuables, watches, keys and any communication with the ‘outside world’. We were then split into 3 groups. These of course were
Army, Air Force and Navy. Our team leaders were Nicholas (Army), Rudi (Air Force) and Mick (Navy).
The fun and polite competitiveness that comes from a group of people that don’t really know each other began. I was placed in the Air Force
team, with our leader Rudi - a tall, well muscled and scary looking man... what had I got myself into?
We were told to grab our gear and boarded our team buses to the barracks where we would be staying for the next couple of nights. In our
rooms were: a bag containing camouflage clothing, a bag with goodies from Defence Reserves Support and a backpack. Our instructions: ‘put
your bags in your room, change into camouflage clothing and be out the front with cap and back pack on’.
We were then instructed on how to build a Hootchie - a shelter traditionally used by Australian soldiers in the field that consists of a tarpaulin
that is normally suspended at waist height between two or more trees with cord or specifically hootchie cord. The different interpretations of a
hootchie between Army, Air Force and Navy couldn’t have been more contrasting.
We had a hot ration-pack dinner and were off in our buses to a mystery destination. This ended up being the 3rd/9th Light Horse Regiment.
We learnt about an array of weaponry and run through how to fire some of them. This was followed by a ride in some of the 4WD troop carriers
over a vehicle obstacle course. We then gathered on the parade ground for drill. An amusing lesson on left and right, THE left and THE right
and how uncoordinated we were. Thankfully there was a drink in the ‘boozer’ on offer and an opportunity to learn more about the other people
involved in EES and the guys from the 3rd/9th, who kindly gave their time to teach us a thing or two, while we in turn gave them a good laugh.
Friday we were awoken by Rudi yelling at us to be outside with our packs on in 5 minutes. It was still dark. No one was game to drag their
heels hearing Rudi’s voice. He was ready and waiting to inflict some pain on our unsuspecting bodies. After the warm up came short jogs, sit
ups, squats, lunges, push ups… my body aches just thinking about it!
Breakfast was a welcome relief before Air Force team were first to ride in the M113AS4 Armoured Personnel Carrier and look through and
chat to the guys about an armoured ambulance. We then moved onto a firing range where we were instructed on the use of a variety of fire
arms used within the Defence Force. We were then given the opportunity to fire blank rounds from a Minimi machine gun, a Steyr rifle and a
Browning 9mm pistol. Yet again the ADF personnel were very informative, helpful and a lot of fun.
Next, the obstacle course. The first obstacle was how our sore bodies were, before even contemplating the course! We attempted warm up
exercises amongst a lot of laughter, joking and egging each other on. Knowing we were all suffering the same affliction was a constant source
of amusement and compassion of sorts.
Survival exercises in the pool, fully clad in our cams, occured after lunch. We learnt useful facts and tips about safety and survival. We did
exercises with personal flotation devices (PFDs), were given the opportunity to swim in a dry suit, clamber in and out of life rafts and upturn a
flipped life raft. When finished in the pool, we had an hour and a half to make ourselves respectable for a Regimental Dinner. Air Force team
was last back to the barracks to get ready. The sun was shining and the grass out the front of the barracks looked as though there had been
some sort of carnage, bodies were lying all over the ground. People
had collapsed and literally fallen asleep on the lawn.
Alice, from our Air Force team was panicking about being given the
task to ‘Toast the ADF’ at dinner. So anyone who wasn’t asleep was
reassuring Alice that she would be fine.
At dinner, most of the EES participants had been given some sort of
role as the Regimental Dinner unfolded. Once the formal part of the
dinner was over, many willingly participated in the ‘Subs Court’ - a
mock court where one could be called to answer for any actions
requiring further explanation. This was a very entertaining part of the
evening and everyone seemed to ‘get in on the act’.
Saturday morning was a much more relaxed start to the day. We
marched from our barracks to the Combined Mess for breakfast with
some of the troops from 7 RAR. A bus trip down to Port Adelaide
followed, with a boat ride along the Port River past the frigate HMAS
Parramatta docked for Navy Week, and a submarine being serviced.
Back at the RAAF Base, it was time to pack up our belongings and
change into our civilian clothes for a BBQ and farewell. Although we
were all still sore and laughing
about each other’s aches and
pains, we were sad that it had all
come to an end. It had been a
jam packed couple of days where
we were all challenged, taken
out of our comfort zones and
‘stretched’. EES was a rewarding
and exhilarating experience,
which will not be forgotten easily.
The hard work, effort and
enthusiasm put into EES by
everyone involved in coordinating
this event was evident in the
professionalism, the variety of experiences we participated in, and
ease in which everything flowed.
I really enjoyed the EES experience and learnt a lot about what skills
and qualities Defence Reservists can contribute not only to businesses,
but the wider community. Interestingly, if you Google the top attributes
employers seek in their employees you’ll find: strong work ethic;
dependability/responsibility; self-motivated; eager and willing to learn
new skills; and ability to plan, prioritise and problem solve. These are
skills I believe Reservists have ‘in spades’.
I also learnt that Rudi wasn’t as scary as he looked.
For further information visit www.defencereservessupport.gov.au
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Participation by Older Veterans in ANZAC Day
The RSL greatly values the participation of older veterans in ANZAC
Day commemorative activities. Many older veterans have mobility
difficulties and may reside in their own homes, retirement villages
or in residential aged care facilities. Ageing veterans are always
welcome to participate in Dawn Services and Marches on foot,
in wheelchairs, in gophers, with mobility aids, accompanied by a
carer or in appropriate vehicles depending on their preference and
physical capacities. If you are an older veteran who finds it hard to
get to your local ANZAC Day commemorative activities, please speak
to your local RSL Sub-Branch and/or the lifestyle coordinator of your
aged care provider to let them know your wishes. If you are unable
to leave your aged care facility due to your care needs, please let
your local RSL Sub-Branch know, and they may be able to assist
your aged care provider to conduct an ANZAC Day commemorative
activity at your facility on ANZAC Day.
Adelaide ANZAC Day March
One of the objectives of the RSL regarding ANZAC Day is to
maximise the participation of older veterans in the Adelaide March.
RSL Sub-Branches in the metropolitan area have been encouraged
to facilitate the transport of older veterans to participate within the
veterans’ individual capabilities in the March. Metropolitan Sub-
Branches have been asked to get in touch with their local aged care
providers, particularly the lifestyle coordinators of nearby residential
aged care facilities, to identify older veterans wishing to participate in
the March. Older veterans can be delivered to the assembly areas in
order to participate on foot, in wheelchairs or gophers, or in military
and ex-military vehicles, and a carer may accompany any veteran
that needs assistance to participate. For those unable to otherwise
participate, minibuses may be authorised to transport incapacitated
veterans along the March route in designated vehicle pods. RSL
Sub-Branches may be able to provide transport for older veterans
through their own resources, in cooperation with local aged care
providers, or through assistance from local and state government
sources. Over the Christmas break, the ANZAC Day Committee will
be writing to all metropolitan aged care providers to encourage
them to work with their local RSL Sub-Branches and other nearby
residential aged care facilities to maximise the involvement of older
veterans in the 2013 Adelaide March.
Any inquiries should be directed to Karen Marchant at RSL State
Branch on 08 8232 0322 or email@example.com
RSL South Australia values the support of our Corporate partners in supporting those who serve
and have served our nation.
There are a number of Corporate Sponsorship packages to suit all types of businesses.
For further information, please contact RSL SA State Branch on 08 8232 0322 or email
War Memorials Just a Click Away
Take a journey of discovery around the war memorials of South
Australia and the Northern Territory at www.tributesofhonour.info.
This valuable resource can be used for research or general interest.
You can search listings by town or district, type of memorial, a
person’s name and entries give extensive information on memorial
locations, details, names and images.
The site is testament to years of dedication by the late Will Clough
and his wife Jacqui, who travelled the countryside recording over
1700 memorials and honour boards, firstly of South Australia then
the Northern Territory. What began as an intended printed record
then a CD format eventually became a website. The website was
launched in 2006 and has been extensively used from all around
Details of many honour boards and honour rolls are included but with
an estimated more than 6000 boards the emphasis is on memorials,
monuments, buildings, weapons and gardens. Memorials that no
longer exist are covered in the LOST category.
Tributes of Honour is hosted by RSL SA and updating and
maintaining memorial details is an ongoing task as new memorials
are dedicated, established ones are re-located and others are
renovated or damaged. Information on new memorials or corrections
to site information should be advised through the contact facility on
Earlier this year, the very prominent Tarlee memorial was destroyed
when a stolen motor vehicle crashed into it. Thanks to “Tributes of
Honour”, a comprehensive record exists and will be used as the
basis of creating a replacement.
The South Australian Virtual War Memorial
RSL SA is pleased to announce that we are going to take “Tributes
of Honour” to another level.
As a sometime battlefield tour guide, I and a colleague named
Malcolm McInerney began a journey four years ago on a project to
create “The South Australian Virtual War Memorial”.
The aim is to create a web-based repository so that we can put
the life behind the names of service people that are our social and
military history right across the State, through personal memorabilia
such as photographs, letters and other media before they are lost
forever to our community.
It will enable search by name, unit, conflict, memorial, town, and
even campaigns. There are others sites that do some of what is
proposed - but not all. It is designed to become a key platform to
support the education of young South Australians about our society,
history and conflict. Fortunately, Tributes of Honour is an ideal
platform on which to base this project. This project will cover all
conflicts, not just WW1.
Having done the rounds in an attempt to source funding through
a number of public channels to no avail so far, I presented the
project concept to the RSL State Board earlier this year. We are
still in discussion around a partnership with the State Government
to approach the Centenary of ANZAC Committee to resource this
and some related activity. However the RSL SA State Board formed
the view that we need something more tangible than an idea. As a
result, the RSL SA State Board recently approved funding to create
a pilot site as the basis of submissions to the Centenary of ANZAC
and to elicit private sector and community support for the project.
South Australian firm Mind Vision Interactive is building the pilot site.
Below is a first concept.
We plan to have a working pilot by February 2013.
This is a call to arms. We are going to need a network of people
to help take this project to the community. The RSL Sub-Branch
network is ideally placed to be at the centre of this process. Many of
you already have active military history groups and in some cases,
collections of artefacts.
There are several steps to get this up and running. We want Sub-
Branches to get onto this - to become community hubs for interested
people in your communities.
1. Form a working group.
2. Liaise with neighbouring Sub-Branches
3. Check out Tributes of Honour and do an audit of memorials in
your area. Provide any updates to the contact details on the
4. Register your Sub-Branch’s interest in participating in this
project. Use the Contact email address on the Tributes of
Honour web page
5. If your Sub-Branch needs technical/ hardware/ software
support to get going there are avenues available through
a number of agencies. If you need help, say so in your email
when you register interest.
We expect to know by March where this is heading. With your
support this can become a landmark contribution to the Centenary
of ANZAC. In the next edition I’ll include a piece about how to
research soldiers in your local community, so we can get some
profiles prepared for publication.
If we’re serious about perpetuating the memory of those who’ve
served our nation, this is going to bring it together like no other.
We want you to be part of it.
Deputy State President
In April of 2013 The Ghan will make a special journey from Darwin to Adelaide. The Ghan’s
ANZAC Tribute is a four day commemoration of the glories and sacrifices of the Australian Armed
Forces during the Second World War.
The trip encompasses a series of special events including a visit to the Adelaide River War Cemetery, a traditional Dawn Service
in the outback town of Katherine and a journey aboard an original ‘troop train’ through the picturesque Flinders Ranges.
A unique chance to reminisce with mates, make new friends, listen to guest speakers and performers. Enjoy the comforts in the
privacy of your Platinum Service or Gold Service cabin while the magnificent Australian outback glides past your window. Bask
in the unrivalled splendour and culinary delights of the Queen Adelaide Restaurant and the Outback Explorer Lounge.
For every ticket sold Great Southern Rail will make a donation to the RSL. To book your journey on The Ghan’s ANZAC Tribute
visit www.greatsouthernrail.com.au or call 13 21 47.
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RSL Cadet of the Year 2012
Australian Defence Force Cadets are a premier youth development
organisation. We in the RSL have always had a close relationship
with Navy, Army and Air Force Cadets in SA, NT and Broken Hill.
Each year State Branch sponsors a trip to Canberra for a worthy
Cadet from each Service from both SA and NT. This year there were
four cadets on the tour, three from SA and one from the NT.
This years’ Cadets were: Cadet Able Seaman Scott Barber (TS
Noarlunga), Cadet Under Officer Jakob Batchelor (40 ACU -
Noarlunga), Cadet Leading Aircraftsman David Sandison (601
Squadron – Keswick) and Cadet Corporal James Brown (70 ACU
– Darwin). Each Service also provided chaperones, Lieutenant
‘Connie’ Francis - Navy Cadets SA, Captain Julie Andrew - Army
Cadets Darwin and Flight Sergeant Steven Buscomb – Air Force SA.
The RSL guide and mentor was Mark Keynes.
The group flew into Canberra on Melbourne Cup Day and over the
days leading up to the National Remembrance Day Service they
toured the following places: RSL National HQ, National Museum of
Australia, Museum of Australian Democracy (Old Parliament House),
Parliament House, National Archives, Australian Defence Force
Academy and Australian War Memorial. The highlight of the trip was
front row seats at the National Remembrance Day Ceremony where
once again the Cadets had the opportunity to meet Chief of Navy,
Chief of the Defence Force and even a chance meeting with the
Prime Minister who stopped to chat with them! Once again a ‘well
done that man’ goes to a Navy Cadet for asking the Chief of Defence
Force to join them in laying their wreath, Bravo Zulu!
The Cadets gained a deeper insight into our nation’s history, the role
of the RSL and the idea of ‘serving the nation’. After a thoroughly
educational tour of Parliament House we walked to the North East
Corner of Parliament Drive to see the RSL Fountain and reflect on
the words inscribed there: “Look around you – these are the things
they believed in’. By then everyone was starting to get a much
better appreciation for the level of involvement of the RSL in the
Nation’s history and why it is so important. Standing at the Fountain,
looking at up at Parliament House and then down the sweeping
vista over Old Parliament House, The High Court, Lake Burley Griffin
and the War Memorial in the distance one cadet pondered then
remarked: “Wow, the RSL isn’t just a club for old soldiers,” He was
spot on, it is a living breathing thing through which generations of
men and women serve to ensure that programs are in place for
the well-being, care, compensation and commemoration of serving
and ex-service Defence Force members and their dependants; and
promote Government and community awareness of the need for a
secure, stable and progressive Australia.
The State President was in Canberra and joined the Cadets for
dinner one night where he asked them to think about speaking at
the Annual Sub-Branch Conference. Planning for 2013 will start
early next year. The aim is to get six cadets; three from SA and three
from NT. The Cadets said their units had a good relationship with
their local Sub-Branch and we hope the relationships stay strong.
For enquiries about the 2013 tour please contact Mark Keynes,
Senior Entitlements Officer, at State Branch on 08 8232 0322.
Photo left to right: Jakob Batchelor, David Sandison, James Brown, General
Hurley, Scott Barber
An Australian First - A Coloured $2 Remembrance Coin
The RSL in conjunction with the Royal Australian Mint has issued a
$2 Remembrance Poppy coin. This is the first coloured coin issued
in Australia for circulation and is obtainable exclusively from the
RSL State Branch, participating Sub-Branches and through the RSL
The limited edition $2 coin, features a red Flanders poppy, is the
first coloured coin to go into circulation in Australia and is a fitting
tribute to the sacrifice of Australian servicemen and women.
These highly collectable coins
were produced for, and are
available exclusively from the
RSL for a $10 donation. The
unique $2 coin comes with a
certificate of donation.
Explore Your Online World
ForwardIT is an easy to navigate website developed by the South
Australian Government that provides free online learning materials
to help you, your family, your peers or your clients to develop
digital literacy skills and knowledge to use the internet safely and
ForwardIT is for people wanting to learn about using the internet
and how to participate online, be it for pleasure, work or social
interaction. It is designed to allow you to work through the learning
materials yourself, with support and even to deliver digital literacy
training to others.
ForwardIT learning materials suit a range of learning styles with
videos, step by step guides and printable materials. Topics include
what is the internet, setting up an email account, how to use Skype
and online shopping. New topics, videos and articles are regularly
being added to ForwardIT.
ForwardIT allows you to learn what you want to learn at your
own pace and offers foundation to advanced level digital learning
ForwardIT is FREE - www.forwardit.sa.gov.au
Adelaide United Remembrance Day Match
Sunday 11th November saw Adelaide United play Perth Glory at
Hindmarsh Stadium at 4.30pm.
A Remembrance service was held prior to the match where RSL SA
Deputy State President Colonel Steve Larkins recited The Ode and
Bugler WO2 Graeme Reynolds played Last Post and The Rouse.
For the second year, the Tomas Dale medal was awarded to the
player displaying the finest qualities of sportsmanship during the
match. Dario Vidosic was deemed the best player and was presented
the medal by Tomas Dale’s parents, Karen and David.
Private Tomas Dale was killed in action in Afghanistan in August
2010. Twenty-one year old Private Dale joined the Army in 2007 and
was on his first operational deployment with the 6th Battalion, The
Royal Australian Regiment.
Veterans’ Radio Programs
Service themed or veteran hosted shows.
News from the RSL hosted by Dione Busuttil can be heard on
1197AM at 6pm on Thursdays.
Reminiscing with Robin Carbins 88.7 CoastFM Monday midnight
Peter Haran’s Drive program can be heard on 88.7 CoastFM on
Listen in to Vets on Air with Gilly and the VVF team on 88.7 CoastFM
on Tuesday evenings 6-8pm. The program includes information,
music, fun, news and commemoration.
The VVA radio program is on Thursdays from 7-8pm on 1197AM.
In the Mid North and Iron Triangle area listen in to Haydn Madigan
on 105.1 TraxFM on Mondays 6-8pm.
The Legacy Hour. Music, information and reminiscing with Legacy
Widows on Mondays at 3pm on Radio Adelaide 101.5FM.
100.5 WOW FM Classic Hits - 9am to 12 midday Fridays. Hosted by
Something for Everyone with
Margaret & Bert Newell on 89.7
PBA-FM on Fridays 9.30am-
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Hunt & Hunt has been a long time supporter and provider of legal
services to the RSL.
A representative of Hunt & Hunt attends Torrens Training Depot
every second Thursday to provide FREE LEGAL ADVICE to members,
their dependents and to Sub-Branches.
If you have a legal problem please ring Carol on 8232 0322 and
make an appointment for an interview.
The Extremely Disabled War Veterans Association SA conducts a
number of regular social functions for EDA recipients and carers.
A Memorial Service each April is conducted in the Repat Chapel
and followed by lunch. Membership is now open to retired people
receiving 100% benefit and we are pleased to have welcomed some
Vietnam veterans as new members. For further information contact
8449 4632 or 8277 2125.
RSL Gives Welcome They Never Received
The homecoming given to Vietnam veterans might have left a lot to
be desired 40 years ago but attitudes change.
Early November members of the Mt Barker RSL Sub-Branch opened
their doors to 37 soldiers from the 16th Air Land Regiment (16
ALR) based at Woodside who had returned home after a 10-month
deployment overseas, including eight and half months in Afghanistan.
Old diggers in their 80s shared a beer and a snag with fresh faced
soldiers in their 20s, swapping stories and peering at old medals.
Sharing a barbecue lunch were Major Charles Slinger, left, and Warrant
Officer Jon Eastley, right, from the 16th Air Land Regiment with Mt Barker
RSL president Greg Lowe.
Story and photo courtesy: The Mt Barker Courier
Publication dates for The Signal magazine 2013
Issue Ad Booking Artwork/Submissions Distribution
71 4 Mar 2013 12 Mar 2013 15 Apr 2013
72 11 Jun 2013 17 Jun 2013 15 Jul 2013
73 2 Sep 2013 9 Sep 2013 8 Oct 2013
74 11 Nov 2013 18 Nov 2013 16 Dec 2013
Ride 4 Recovery
Ride 4 Recovery is a national fundraising event that saw two strong
teams of serving and former Defence personnel cycling the 4500km
across Australia. This ultimate cross-country ride commenced in
Perth and finished in Sydney, passing through the awe-inspiring
landscapes of Adelaide, Melbourne and Canberra.
Ride 4 Recovery supports a National endorsed RSL campaign -
Mates 4 Mates. Designed to raise vital funds that provide welfare and
treatment programs dedicated to supporting physically or mentally
injured Australian Defence Force members and their dependents.
Ride 4 Recovery arrived in Adelaide on Friday October 26 at ANZAC
House in the afternoon. Mrs Sam Jackman, CEO of RSL SA officially
passed the torch to the Ride 4 Recovery team when they departed
on the Sunday morning.
ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER
SERVICEMEN AND SERVICEWOMEN
Are you a current service person or an ex‐serviceman or ex‐servicewoman of Aboriginal or
Torres Strait Islander descent? If so, we would like to speak to you as part of a new project
documenting the experiences of Indigenous service personnel and veterans both in the
armed forces and civilian life.
If you would be interested in participating in this project or would like more information,
Dr. Noah Riseman OR Naomi Wolfe
School of Arts and Sciences Academic Coordinator, Jim‐baa-yer Centre
ACU for Indigenous Education and Research
03 9953 3226 03 9953 3839
LISTEN LEARN UNDERSTAND TEACH
NGURRUNDE AKATYE DIMIRWARET NINTILA
DVA Online Service
A new website offering veterans a more immediate way of dealing
with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs has been launched.
MyAccount offers online forms, transport booking, payment and card
information, lodging travel claims, changing contact details, viewing
status of claims. The service is optional and veterans wanting to set
up an online account should phone 1800 173 858.
Campbells Wholesale Offer
Campbells is a wholesale supplier of grocery, dairy, confectionery
and general products to business and hospitality. Several RSL Sub-
Branches already obtain supplies at Campbells and the company
has now extended the opportunity to RSL members to shop with
When buying members are required to show a valid RSL membership
card and pay by cash or credit card. Campbells warehouses are at
65 Deeds Road, Plympton and 58 Diagonal Road, Pooraka.
Regular catalogues and further information can be viewed at
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One Man Painted to Keep Sane as a POW Under the
Introducing a new website www.changipowart.com of over 300
images dedicated to Des Bettany who served during WWII as a
Lance Bombardier on 25 pounders.
Evacuated from Dunkirk and posted to North Malaya he was
imprisoned by the Japanese at various POW camps on the Changi
You may well ask, how did he make it through all of this? Well, he
painted to keep his sanity.
This artwork of his service life before and after the Capitulation of
Singapore is a range of fascinating illustrations, done often with
However, while painting to keep his head, he nearly lost it, as he was
also painting political cartoons of the Japanese and hiding these.
They were found and after some quick talking and who knows what
else occurred, Des was warned by Col Saito, if he ever painted like
this again, he would get a ‘short haircut’ (be beheaded).
This new website has been put together by us, Des’ family as a
tribute, and to help raise awareness of what the POWs went through,
as seen through the eyes of one man, Des Bettany.
It also gives a rare insight on how others kept ‘sane’ by looking
forward to such things as: The Changi University; The Theatre and
Musical Programs; working to help others ie. making rubber soles
for boots or limbs for amputees; getting up to mischief; partaking in
things of Faith; etc.
After 60 years in a cupboard, at last, this artwork is available to all
who have access to the internet. Who knows, one day there may be
A small copied sample of the artwork is on display at the Army
Museum of South Australia.
All the artwork can be viewed at www.changipowart.com. Please
share this site with your contacts, members and family so the
message gets out to many of what these men went through and
some of the strategies they used to keep sane.
Should you have any added information, or if you would like me
to give an illustrated address to your group, please contact me at
Keith Bettany (Des’ son)
RSL Care SA
RSL Care SA provides accommodation, personalised care
and support for the benefit of the ex-service and wider
community of South Australia.
There are facilities at War Veterans’ Home at Myrtle Bank, RSL Villas at Angle Vale and
Affordable/Community Housing villages at Clovelly Park, Campbelltown and Wallaroo.
RSL Care SA believes that the ex-service community deserves the best care and affordable accommodation. RSL
Care SA is an independently constituted not for profit organisation with links to the Returned & Services League of
Australia (SA Branch).
Our mission is to support veterans and their dependents, although the ex-service community are our primary client
group it is not exclusively so. The facilities and services are also available to the broader community.
Services include Residential Aged Care providing low and high care including secure dementia care. Facilities are
located at Myrtle Bank (War Veterans Home) and Angle Park (RSL Villas); Retirement Living options (Myrtle
Bank); Community Housing located at Wallaroo, Angle Park, Clovelly Park and Campbelltown.
War Veterans’ Home, Myrtle Bank
The War Veterans’ Home is a residential aged care facility where a home-like, friendly environment is provided. Our
aim is to ensure our residents retain their identity, values and individuality.
We believe in providing choices to older people, enabling them to age positively and live fulfilling lives. Special needs
of residents with dementia can also be met, with consideration also given to respite care.
A retirement living village is co-located at the War Veterans’ Home at Myrtle Bank, providing modern retirement
living options of apartment living or independent living villas with a range of support services.
War Veterans Home has been providing care and support to ex-service persons and their families since 1917.
RSL Villas, Angle Vale
RSL Villas is a residential aged care facility providing low and high care options based on the design of a family
home. A friendly community atmosphere has been achieved by dividing the hostel into six separate villas, inter
connected by a large living activity and administration area. These are designed for aged men and women, including
married couples, who need care but who are able to maintain a reasonable independent lifestyle.
Residents are supported by caring staff who facilitate their independence.
Each villa has its own private entry, lounge, dining room and kitchen.
All units have en-suite facilities and open out onto landscaped courtyards which incorporate pergolas, paved and
planted areas. Special needs of residents with dementia can also be met, with consideration also given to respite care.
For further information contact:
RSL Care SA
55 Ferguson Avenue, 18 Trafford Street,
Myrtle Bank, South Australia 5064 Angle Park, South Australia 5010
Tel: 08 8379 2600 • Fax: 08 8338 2577 Tel: 08 8268 7277 • Fax: 08 8268 7211
Veterans Revisit North Africa Campaigns 70 Years on
Australian Second World War veterans, who helped defeat the
Germans in North Africa, returned to Egypt to mark the 70th
anniversary of the Battle of El Alamein and the North Africa
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Warren Snowdon, said the 21 veteran
representatives, aged between 88 and 95, came from all over
Australia and represent each arm of service involved in the North
He said the group included a Prisoner of War, several ‘Rats of Tobruk’
and a nurse, and for most, it was their first time returning to North
Africa since the war.
“This group represents the thousands of men and women who so
bravely served in North Africa through some of the most ferocious
fighting of the Second World War, including the decisive Battle of El
Alamein from 23 October to 4 November 1942,” he said.
The Allied forces comprised Navy, Army and Air Force personnel
from Britain, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and India; fighting
against Germany and Italy.
On the night of 23 October 1942, the Allies launched a major
offensive at El Alamein that would lead to 12 days of brutal fighting.
The Australians of the 9th Division were tasked with holding the
northern flank against the German assault while the British forces
breached the enemy line on the southern flank.
The RAAF provided air support, the Navy patrolled in nearby waters
and nurses helped evacuate the wounded to nearby casualty clearing
stations. Together, their efforts forced the Germans to retreat along
the Mediterranean coast and abandon North Africa in May 1943.
“Whilst ultimately a success, the El Alamein campaign was extremely
costly for the Australians – between July and November more than
1,000 were killed, almost 200 listed as missing in action and more
than 3,600 were wounded,” Mr Snowdon said.
The veterans who travelled to North Africa participated in a range
of commemorative activities including an Australian service at the
9th Division Memorial to honour lost mates, and services at the
Commonwealth War Graves Commission El Alamein War Cemetery
with Allied counterparts they fought alongside 70 years ago.
The El Alamein War Cemetery contains the graves of 7,240
Commonwealth burials of the Second World War, more than 1,000
of whom are Australians.
Jim Quilliam, Bill Corey, Joe Madeley and Clyde Towler lay a wreath
on behalf of the veterans at an Australian service at the 9th Division
Memorial, El Alamein, Egypt
24 THE SIGNAL
Photo courtesy: DVA
William (Bill) Thomas Corey
Rostrevor, South Australia Age 94
Bill Corey was a 22-year-old butcher when he enlisted in Adelaide
in June 1940. Bill was an original member of the 2/43rd Battalion
and remained with them for his entire war service, serving with
the battalion in Tobruk, El Alamein, New Guinea and Borneo. In
December 1940, Bill sailed to the Middle East, arriving in Palestine
in February 1941.
The battalion moved to Tobruk in March 1941 and were stationed
there throughout the fighting, usually on defensive duties around
the Red Line or Blue Line, or aggressively patrolling no-man’sland.
Bill was evacuated from Tobruk with the battalion in October
1941, moving to Palestine then Syria and Lebanon. In July 1942 Bill
moved with the battalion to El Alamein, where they were involved in
the fighting at Ruin Ridge. Later, during the October Allied offensive,
the 2/43rd took part in a feint attack, raiding enemy lines as a
diversion. It remained in reserve until the night of 31 October, when
the battalion took part in the fighting around the Blockhouse area,
suffering more than a hundred casualties in one day.
After a brief return to Australia, Bill again sailed for service overseas,
arriving in Papua New Guinea in August 1943. Bill took part in the
landings at Lae and Finschhafen in September 1943, returning
to Australia with the battalion in January 1944. His final overseas
service took him to Morotai in April 1945, in preparation for landings
in Borneo. He returned to Australia in October 1945 and was
discharged as a Private in November 1945.
After the war Bill returned to his trade as a butcher. Currently Vice-
President of the 2/43rd Battalion Club, Bill has also served as
President for several years and was a member of the Rats of Tobruk
Association in South Australia.
James (Jim) Alfred Quilliam
North Plympton, South Australia Age 93
Jim Quilliam was an apprentice watchmaker at Wendts Jewellers
before the war. Told he was too young when he first tried to enlist,
Jim ‘fixed’ the problem by filling out a new form, putting his age up
from 19 to 20, and he successfully enlisted in the AIF in June 1940.
Jim was posted to the 2/7th Field Regiment. He left Australia for the
Middle East in November 1940. Arriving in Palestine in December
1940. In April 1941 the regiment moved to Ikingi Maryut in Egypt,
moving again to Mersa Matruh in May 1941. In early 1942 the 2/7th
moved again to Syria, taking over defensive positions at Bsarma,
near Tripoli. The 2/7th moved to El Alamein and was heavily involved
in the fighting during the German counter-offensive at Tel el Eisa in
July 1942. The 2/7th remained in El Alamein through to November,
supporting Operation Bulimba. As a signaller, Jim supported the
infantry by helping to direct the gunfire against the enemy, and as
a result he was always very close to the infantry. Jim returned to
Australia in February 1943, disembarking in Melbourne. In April
1945 he again sailed for service overseas with the 2/7th in Borneo
and the landing on Tarakan in May 1945. Jim was discharged, with
the rank of Lance Sergeant, in November 1945.
Jim returned to Wendt’s Jewellers to take up his apprenticeship.
However, his service as a signaller had sparked an interest in
communications. After gaining qualifications in communications
and administration, Jim worked in the Commonwealth Public
Service as a communications advisor. Jim is an active member of
the 2/7th Australian Field Regiment social club and has been editor
and publisher of Dial Sight, their quarterly newsletter, for 45 years.
Veterans Revisit Kokoda and the Beachheads 70 Years on
Australian veterans of the Kokoda and Beachhead battles returned
to wartime soil in Papua New Guinea to mark the 70th anniversaries
of the iconic Second World War campaign.
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Warren Snowdon said ensuring the
Japanese advance halted in Papua was vital to the defence of
“Australian soldiers on the Kokoda Track won an important victory
for the Allies and played a crucial role in bringing an end to Japanese
occupation of Papua,” he said.
“In July 1942 the Japanese landed near Gona on the north coast of
Papua (now a part of Papua New Guinea) and advanced along the
Kokoda Track over the rugged Owen Stanley Range, reaching within
48 kilometres of Port Moresby.
“For four gruelling months on the treacherous terrain and jungles
of the Kokoda Track, Australian soldiers fought side-by-side with
Papuan infantry, forcing Japanese troops slowly back along the
track. Assisting the troops were civilians who became affectionately
known as the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels,” he said.
After Kokoda was secured, the fighting moved to the Beachheads
where Australians and Americans joined together in attacks on the
Japanese positions at Buna, Gona and Sanananda in late 1942.
With increased supplies, reinforcements and air support, they took
all three strongholds by January 1943.
“The battles of Kokoda and the Beachheads were a long struggle
that cost more than 1,800 Australian lives and more than 4,000
wounded or struck down with terrible illnesses.”
Mr Snowdon said the special journey back to the battlefields saw
veterans of the campaign share their memories and honour those
who fell 70 years ago in the courageous defence of our shores.
The veterans travelled to Papua New Guinea to represent all
Australians who served and died during the battles. They participated
in a range of commemorative activities including services at Kokoda
and Popondetta and visits to the Bomana War Cemetery to pay
tribute to lost mates.
The Port Moresby (Bomana) War Cemetery contains the graves
of more than 3,300 Australian service personnel who died in the
Second World War. More than 700 Australian soldiers, sailors and
airmen who have no known grave are commemorated on the Port
Moresby Memorial to the Missing within the cemetery.
Len Griffiths, Les Cook, Ray Baldwin, Bob Iskov, Eric Sambell, Ken
Kell, Bill Stuart and Cyril Allender along with Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels.
Eric Thomas Sambell
Peterborough, South Australia, 92 years old
Eric was a shearer before the war. He enlisted at Wayville, South
Australia, in March 1941. He was posted to the 2/27th Infantry
Battalion and served with the battalion in all its campaigns of the
Second World War. Eric first saw action against the Vichy French
in Syria in 1941. The battalion returned to Australia and was
committed to the Kokoda Track fighting in September 1942. Eric
was manning a Bren gun on Mission Ridge when the Japanese
attacked. His platoon suffered severely, losing six killed and four
wounded. During the retreat from Mission Ridge the entire battalion
was cut off in the jungle. For two weeks they marched south to
regain the Australian lines. Eric remembers that there was nothing to
eat except for some sugar cane they found. Rested in Port Moresby
the 2/27th Battalion was next sent into battle at Buna-Gona. There
the battalion was committed to an assault on Gona on 29 November.
The assault failed and Eric was wounded and evacuated to Port
Moresby. Recovering from his wound, Eric was back with the
battalion in time for the advance along the Ramu Valley to Shaggy
Ridge. Eric was also present with the battalion when it fought at
Balikpapan in Borneo in July and August 1945. At the end of the
war Eric went to Macassar for several months for occupation duties.
He was discharged January 1946. After discharge Eric returned to
the family farm. He married and returned to shearing to save money
to buy his own farm, where he raised six children and still lives. He
served on Peterborough District Council for forty-one years, seven
as Council Chairman. Of his old battalion he said ‘the bond the men
of the battalion created still exists between us.’
Raymond (Ray) Gordon Wilson Baldwin
Glenelg, South Australia, 91 years old
Ray enlisted in Adelaide in May 1940 when volunteers were called
for from his militia battalion. He says a childhood memory prompted
him to join up. When he was young he used to sit on a fence near
the Kensington Drill Hall, listening to the bugle calls and watching
the soldiers drill.
Ray disembarked in the Middle East with 2/27th Battalion and
fought in the Syrian campaign. He returned to Australia in 1942.
In September of that year the battalion was engaged in the fighting
on Mission Ridge, where it was cut off. Ray spent two weeks in the
jungle, experiencing starvation and illness before the battalion found
its way back to friendly troops.
In November Ray went with the battalion to Buna-Gona where he
was wounded in action by hand grenade fragments during an attack
on Gona. After a spell in hospital, without having been correctly
discharged, Ray returned to the battalion to ‘see out the rest of the
In 1943 Ray fought along the Markham and Ramu Valleys and in
the Finisterre Range Campaign, returning to Australia once more in
March 1944. In 1945 he went with the 2/27th Battalion to Borneo.
Discharged in November 1945 Ray returned to his pre war job which
his company had kept open for him. However he soon rejoined the
army, travelling to Italy in 1946 as a guard for Italian ex-prisoners
of war returning home. Ray went to Malaya with the 2nd Battalion
Royal Australian Regiment in 1963 & retired from the army in 1970.
Ray worked at Adelaide Supreme Court and the South Australian
Education Department before retiring. He was awarded the Order of
Australia for work with war veterans and the widows of veterans. He
is custodian of the 2/27th Battalion flag.
The Royal Australian Corps of Signals Assn. (SA)
will be holding the Royal Australian Corps of Signals National
Reunion in the beautiful Barossa Valley, SA between the 25 - 28
An expression of interest page can be found on the Signals website
Whitlam TV Series - callout for stories
This two part ABC TV documentary series examines an era when as
a country we were at our most confident and flamboyant, when we
took risks and went to the margins.
It was a time of power, of passion… and which divided us as a
nation in a way that hadn’t happened before - or since .
If you have a story about Gough Whitlam the man, or the politician
please contact our office on 02 9968 1970 or email
Officer Training Unit, Scheyville National Reunion
Sydney 25 - 28 April 2013
All former national servicemen and staff who shared the ‘Scheyville
Experience’ are invited to the national reunion in Sydney in April
2013. Events will include participation in the Sydney ANZAC Day
March, and ANZAC luncheon, national reunion dinner, Church
Parade at Windsor, and a BBQ at Scheyville National Park. Details of
the national reunion may be found at: www.otunationalreunion.com
Did you serve in Malaya, Sabah, Sarawak, Singapore or East Timor
post WW2, with any Australian or, Allied Armed Forces including
2/30 Bn RAR Rifle Company Butterworth? Sign on now with the
National Malaya & Borneo Veterans Association Australia Inc.
QLD 07 3396 6705; NSW/ACT 02 6258 8988; VIC 03 5428 3623;
TAS 03 6228 5034; SA/NT 08 8387 1672; WA 03 5428 3623.
Looking for Don Phillips
Pam Field (Noske) says Don was at Torrens Parade Ground in
the 1960s. He was married to Betty and lived on Military Road,
Contact Pam on 0429 676 516; or firstname.lastname@example.org
Bombing of Darwin Day 2013
A service of Commemoration will be held on Tuesday 19 February
2013 in the Chapel at the Repatriation Hospital at 11am. The
Speaker will be Mr Jack Holder OAM, a WWII Darwin veteran. Please
be seated by 10.45am.
If attending the luncheon after the service please advise Mr Darren
Renshaw, Veteran Advocate at Repat Hospital before 11 February
2013 at email@example.com
There will also be a Service in the northern suburbs conducted by
the Salisbury RSL Sub-Branch, 19 Park Tce, Salisbury. Commencing
at 9.45am on Tuesday 19th February 2013, with refreshments to
26 THE SIGNAL
Requests and Reunions
50th Anniversary Reunion OCS Graduating class of June
As part of the reunion I am trying to contact staff members who
were at OCS at the time.
Our reunion is planned for the weekend 13 - 15 June 2014 and will
be held at The Twin Towns RSL, Coolangatta QLD.
Peter Ingram, Class Coordinator OCS Portsea
Mob: 0422 412 586 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Seeking WW1 Artillery Piece
Bordertown RSL seeks a WW1 artillery piece to enhance a display
area in the town. If you can help please contact Leonard Holly on
8752 2552; email@example.com
Any veterans of British Commonwealth
Occupation Forces interested in marching in
the 2013 Adelaide ANZAC Day March as a
unit should contact Keith Harrison, RSL-SA,
8232 0322; firstname.lastname@example.org
Interested in trying a fun recreational sport...
Active Ageing Australia in cooperation with
Rowing SA, Salisbury Recreation Precinct,
Surfing SA and Volleyball SA invite you to
participate in a five week program for the
special introductory price of $10.
All coaching and equipment is included.
Be part of this new initiative to get more
South Australian adults active.
To be eligible for the program you just need
1. Doing less than 150 minutes of
moderate physical activity per
2. New to the sport you plan to select.
To find out more or to enrol in the program
or phone 8362 5599.
ACTIVE AGEING AUSTRALIA
State Association House
105 King William St
KENT TOWN SA 5067
Ph: 8362 5599
Fx:: 8256 0578
The 5 FOR 10 Program invites you to ‘have-a-go’
at one of these recreational sports.
Where: Salisbury Recreation Precinct
Waterloo Corner Rd
When: Tuesdays from February.
Time: From 10am – 11am.
Where: Mawson Lakes Blvd,
When: March 2013
A VIETNAM VET’S REMARKABLE LIFE - The True Meaning of Mateship
Things don’t get much more remarkable than standing on a landmine and surviving the explosion.
The initial cost was the lives of two mates, a leg, an arm and most of a hand. Lying on the ground
immediately afterwards and realising the extent of damage to his lower body what was his first thought
about? Buy the book and find out.
This is John ‘Jethro’ Thompson’s story. He tells about his childhood and joining the Australian Army, then
his life changed in May 1967 in South Vietnam. Surgery in Vietnam, return to Australia, more surgery
and rehabilitation. Gradually life broadened from a hospital bed to the ward, then the rest of the hospital
and visits home. All the while thinking about beer, girls and wondering what his future was likely to be.
The future was eventful – studying, marrying, fatherhood, being widowed, raising small children,
remarrying, more children, grandchildren, working for veterans, open-heart surgery then writing a book
about it all. Jethro is a larrikin who writes in an honest, gritty style. Within a few chapters he will be
270 page, paperback. Price $27.00 + $3.00 postage.Published by Brolga Publishing.
To order (07) 3216 8906; 0488 680 360; email@example.com
EXIT WOUNDS - One Australian’s War On Terror
A cracking read about modern warfare, an exciting and frightening record of an Armoured Corps officer’s
active service. From the First Gulf War when coalition forces bulldozed Iraqi troops, burying them alive
in their trenches to the slaughterhouse that was an aftermath of a car bomb in a market place in the
Second Gulf War. He tells of the terror of coming under artillery fire, walking through a minefield and
the possibility of being obliterated by your own forces. Major General Cantwell was the Australian
commander in Afghanistan in 2011, while concealing the mental toll that war takes on a human.
“Generals are meant to be strong, to lead by example – they aren’t paid to sit around in psychiatric
wards. Not so long ago I was in charge of 1,500 Australian troops in Afghanistan….Now, the only thing
I’m able to manage on my own is a trip to the bathroom.”
John Cantwell has become one of Australia’s best known Army commanders of recent years due to his
admission of mental health problems resulting from his military service, and for his criticism of aspects
of the system. There is nothing new in warriors’ suffering, it’s occurred for thousands of years. The
story is new though, it’s by a modern day Australian soldier and there are thousands like him. Chief of
Defence, General Hurley, recommends that people read this book to better understand post-traumatic
Price $34.99. 370 page, paperback. Published by Melbourne University Press.
PACIFIC 360° - Australia’s Battle for Survival in World War 11
Australia’s Pacific War (1941-1945) against Japan was fearsome. But the off-field struggle was also
significant and vital for its survival. Its two biggest ‘Allies’, the British and the US, were at loggerheads
with it over the use of Australia’s Army. Winston Churchill wanted this mighty warrior force for his war
against Hitler and the Nazis in Europe, or to please the US by using it against the Japanese in Burma
to help China. Churchill and Roosevelt at a critical moment ganged up on and tried to bully Curtin;
US General MacArthur was opposed to Australia’s General Blamey. Australian Prime Minister, John
Curtin, defied them. The book reveals secret court files on Blamey’s sexual peccadilloes that Macarthur
secured to have an advantage over his Australian counterpart.
Pacific 360 analyses the plan of Japan’s General Yamashita who had by mid-February 1942 taken
Thailand, Malaya and Singapore in ten weeks. He was super-confident he could attack and devour
undefended Australia. Other senior Admirals in the Japanese Navy believed that Australia was an easy
target and should be taken.
The author’s extensive research draws on Japanese and Australian military files never before made
public. It shows how Curtin, an insecure man with problems over alcohol and depression, rose to the
occasion to make a stand that for the first time in Australia’s history, defined it as an independent
nation. Readers are taken inside the major cities and Darwin to show the attitude of the population and
its preparedness for war.
500 page, hard cover. Price $50.00. Publisher Hachette Australia. Review provided by publisher.
* Books not available from RSL SA unless stated.
NUMBER NAME DATE
PLY/X111224 H ARKELL 10/11/12
SX26239 F AUSTIN 27/9/12
SX13290 M AUSTIN 29/9/12
SFX24644 D BALDWIN 29/11/12
443100 A BALFOUR 28/9/12
8008 H BANNISTER 5/10/12
PA2772 L BATES 16/11/12
4/709923 K BESTT 20/10/12
WR/2161 E BIBBS 15/10/12
R52952 D BRINKLEY 23/10/12
SX22944 A BROWN 11/9/12
122286 L BRYANT 14/10/12
4707751 J BUNN 11/10/12
314446 G CARDWELL 28/10/12
SX6186 N CLAYTON 30/11/12
SX7163 R COLLINS 12/11/12
47799 H COLLINS 7/9/12
S45478 J CONNORTY 28/10/12
R36767 D COOPER 2/11/12
SX22450 J COTTON 20/10/12
R39862 D COULTER 6/9/12
4/715717 J CURL 7/10/12
28184 H CURNOW 12/9/12
30058 A DAVIES 3/9/12
1441553 L DONN 20/9/12
S44066 M DREW 26/10/12
SX19531 G DUNBAR 16/9/12
PA3375 P DWYER 13/10/12
39620 G ELLIS 29/10/12
PA3759 W ENTWISTLE 26/9/12
39073 M FATCHEN 14/10/12
SX34273 E FAWCETT 14/10/12
502807 A FELICI 9/9/12
SX21999 G FRANCIS 2/11/12
SX11716 C GIFFARD 23/10/12
127153 H GILBERT 28/10/12
72113 P GOLDSWORTHY 14/9/12
14219047 C GOWER 8/10/12
SX38548 J GRIMM 15/10/12
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3785696 G HARVEY 12/9/12
422439 W HATELY 21/9/12
PA2658 R HAZEL 3/11/12
39955 W HOLMAN 10/10/12
26902 G HOWARD 4/9/12
S112363 G ISAACSON 16/10/12
SX20139 L ISAACSON 24/10/12
L JEFFERY 13/10/12
107611 E JOHNSON 14/11/12
1120661 L JONES 12/11/12
SX14907 J KAIN 25/9/12
SF113273 V KELLY 29/9/12
SX34185 R KEVERN 13/11/12
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SX31045 K LEWIS 12/9/12
S111351 K LINKE 28/10/12
3165363 P LUKER 28/9/12
47919 W MAAS 19/10/12
R32672 C MAHONY 7/11/12
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114694 W MARLING 15/11/12
4722693 J MATSCHOSS 10/6/12
SX31548 R McCARTHY 6/10/12
SX19434 J McCLIMONT 3/9/12
22884438 H McCRANOR 18/9/12
R313237 W McMAHON 7/10/12
T MILBURN-LLOYD 29/9/12
PA5124 D MILLER 19/10/12
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PJX523613 S MILLS 17/9/12
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S111170 L MUNT 18/9/12
PA4422 G NEIGHBOUR 13/9/12
SX23002 R NICHOLLS 15/9/12
116111 E NICOLLE 16/10/12
4704490 R OBORN 27/9/12
F OTTERSPOOR 2/11/12
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47388 M PINK 3/11/12
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SX32965 P RIEDEL 19/10/12
141377 H RYAN 17/10/12
30940 V SALTER 11/10/12
J SAVAGE 21/9/12
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SX30047 R SCHULZ 8/10/12
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32249 B SKINNER 11/9/12
437169 P STEDMAN 29/10/12
434512 R STEVENS 7/11/12
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4704960 R WILLIAMS 19/10/12
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225 A WOOD 29/9/12
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S WOOLCOCK 22/10/12
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Lest We Forget
The PTSD Minefield
There’s a special kind of minefield
Just for veterans back from war
It has ghosts that come to taunt you
With hidden memories from before
There’s no barrier fence to warn you
Or a sign to say ‘keep out’
But it soon becomes apparent
When your luck at last runs out
It has the impact of a land mine
With its shock wave repercussion
This really knocks your head about
Like a permanent concussion
This can alter your behaviour
As it modifies your thinking
With depression and despair as well
It can seem your world is sinking
There are haunting night time visits
That can really raise your hair
These will come to you while sleeping
In the form of bad nightmares
You can try to hide the symptoms
And keep quiet about the dreams
But your partner will have noticed
All the thrashing and the screams
She will soon begin to realise
That her man is not the same
Once the moods and fits of anger
Become a permanent refrain
Now, when you walk into a minefield
There is not that much to see
Just an open space of nothing much -
As things can blow up in an instant
That will bring you sudden strife
For not only can these harm you
They can also harm your wife
Seems I’d stumbled on this minefield
Which I didn’t know was there
When bad things began to happen
I sensed trouble in the air
Now this has altered my emotions
And has left me feeling numb
I can see my wife is struggling
With how distant I’ve become
For I was always easy going
With a happy sense of fun
Now I’m quiet and I am angry
I don’t like what I’ve become
The main trouble with this minefield
That can strike with such a clout
Is that once you land within it
There is simply no way out
Seems you’re stuck in this forever
And can only hope and pray
That your partner will stay with you
As you try to find your way.
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