Commando News Spring17


Australian Commando Association

NSW Inc.

PO Box 1313, Sutherland, NSW 1499


1941 - 1946 1955 -

President: Barry Grant Secretary: Ted Hartley Treasurer: Ivan Kelly

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NSW President & Editor’s Report

This edition is running late for many reasons and I

apologise for my tardiness.


It is with some sadness that we report the passing of

our National President, MajGen Mike Clifford, AM

CSC. Mike has been battling a cancer for some time

and finally succumbed a couple of weeks ago.

Hard time trying to replace a talent such as his.


The next edition of “Commando News” will have

report on the Australian War Memorial’s exhibition

“From Out of the Shadows”.

The exhibition opened recently after almost 12

months of preparation. The Museum is to be

congratulated and I attended the opening night with

members of SOCOM.

They have brought

together Commando

items from WW2 and

recent conflicts as well

as memorabilia from

along the way.

It is a must see

exhibition and will be

running for the next 12



Also, when in Canberra I attended the unveiling of

the Memorial to Australian Peacekeepers. Seated

behind me was Commando Royalty, Doug and Kay

Baird. This Memorial is to all Australian Peacekeepers

who have served our country in this role.


At the AGM of the NSW Association I gave notice

that 2018 would be my last year in the role as


I have been President since 2001 (1 Commando

Association, 1st Commando Regiment Association and

Australian Commando Association NSW).

It is time I spent more time with my wife, that

combined with some health problems in 2017, has

made the decision a whole lot easier.

So in the next 12 months it will be time for others in

the Association to step up, hopefully some of younger

members who will be the future of the Association.

Those who say it is full of “old blokes”, whilst true,

without younger members of the units joining the risk

of the Association waning is a real possibility.

Up to you fellow Commandos.

Barry Grant

Keith Payne VC has his brush with fame,

our very own Brian Gerber

Australian Commando

Association (NSW) Inc

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