8 June 1935 -
12 May 2018
M. (Murray) Alexander RFD, ED (Retd) passed
away Saturday, 12 May 18 after recent cancer surgery. Murray
was the last Commanding Officer of 3/9 SAMR in 1974 and has
been a Life Member of SAMRA for 31 years.
January, 1942 - 26 September, 2017
Lewis passed away 26 Sep 17
aged 75 he has been a life member of SAMRA for 11 years and served in B Sqn circa
1960 to 1964.
Mark Boon passed away 11 Sep
17 aged 82 he has been a life member of SAMRA for 22 years.
Johnson MM passed away in the
Flinders Medical Centre on Tue, 11 Jul 17 aged 95 he has been a member of SAMRA
for 19 years.
Brian Long Mick Brook advised
that Brian (Longy) Long passed away last week, his funeral will be held at Simplicity
Funerals, Main Nth Rd, Enfield at 10.00am Friday 14. Brian was a popular member
of the Unit, he was originally in B Sqn at Gawler but I have memories of him when
he was working on the Tilly providing us with much needed diesel during our AFX
resups. Brian was a member of SAMRA for 23 year and marched with us on ANZAC Day
from 2005 - 2009 until he was too unwell to continue..David Mercer
I have fond memories of Longy especially his jerry can of 'cold tea - port'on
C.B. (Cedric) Wells OAM, ED (Retd) passed
away after a short illness on Friday, 7 Jul 17 aged 91. Cedric was the Commanding
Officer of 3/9 SAMR from 1971 - 1974 and the Honourary Colonel of the Regiment
1977 - 1983. He has been a Life Member of SAMRA since 1987.
Peter Coghlan - I wish to advise he died peacefully on 2nd July 2017 after
a short battle with lung cancer aged 94. Pa was the last man to continue to march
in the Melbourne ANZAC Day parade for his unit (missing only this year due to
illness). A march that he was so proud to be a part of and we had the honour of
sharing this day with him over the last 25 years.
(Bill ) Milton - It is with sadness
I advise that dad passed away peacefully on October 5, 2016 at Eldercare, Evanston
Park. Mum (Gloria) had died 5 days earlier, on Sept 29. They were buried together
after a double funeral on 13 October 2016. Both were aged 92. Dad had served with
2/9 Aust Armd Regt from 1942 until 1945. He was a loyal member of the 2/9 Assn
and served as its president for a term in the 1980s. A life member of 2/9 AARGA
he used to place the Regimentís memorial crosses near the War Memorial in North
Terrace, assisted by other AARGA members...Kay Milton
433823 LCPL John Sampson was
cremated on 24 Nov 2016. John's last posting with the Unit was with 1 Tp which
was located at Warradale at the time. He served in the Unit from 1972 - 1986 and
was a member of SAMRA for thirteen years. He marched on ANZAC Day in 2007, 2009
and 2012 before he became to ill to continue marching with us.
October 1952 - 9 October 2015
SGT Breck Donald Waterman passed
away on Friday, 9 Oct 15 aged 62 years, after a seven week battle with lung cancer.
Breck served in the Sqn from the late 1970s to the late 1980s, he was parading
mostly with the Warradale Tp and was TP SGT to Peter Byass 1982-83. Breck joined
SAMRA in 1982 and has been a life member for 28 years.
Pte Robert James Duncan passed
away on 8 Aug 15, aged 93 years. Robert saw active service in the Pacific with
2nd/9th AARG from 1941-43 and later he served with the 2/9 Infantry Bn in 1944-45.
April 1922 - 4 July 2015
(Rex) Lipman AO, ED passed
away peacefully on the 4 Jul 15 after a short illness, aged 93 years. He was the
Commanding Officer of the Regiment from 1961 - 1963.
He was the CO of the Regiment during
the time I served. On his first camp as CO at Cultana, he had us dig a command
pit ( known as the coal hole) over which a large tent was erected with steps down
into....given our Cavalry role I always thought that was unusual and we said it
reflected his infantry training... Quite often he wore odd socks....In deed, he
was a character......Wayne Vantenac.
am pleased that Rex was able to attend the 67th Birthday of his Regiment on 30th
May 2015 and speak about its beginning in 1948. He was a remarkable man, dynamic
and generous. We will all miss him, Nick Williams AM RFD FAICD, President, AUR
411343 Christopher Stokes RFM (CAPT Retd) passed away at 0130 h on the
10 Jun 15, aged 71 years. He was a life member of SAMRA for 15 years. Chris enlisted
in the Regiment in 1966 at Unley as a Tpr and was later posted to A Sqn and in
1967 was promoted to CPL. Chris then discharged and later re-enlisted in 1980
at Warradale again as a Tpr, he then went onto OCTU in 1980 and was promoted to
the rank of LT in 1982. After he was commissioned he was posted to 8 TPT SQN (RACT).
Chris retired in 1993 as a CAPT in HQ 9 BDE.
Maddison passed away peacefullly 21 Nov 13, aged 92. When he first enlisted
he was knocked back because of health issues, after he fixed up those issues he
reapplied and passed the medical. He wanted to join 2nd/9th Australian Armoured
Regimental Group because he had some mates there. He trained at Pucka and in the
jungles of Queensland and finished up in the Islands,well versed in tank warfare.
Most of his time in the army was as a "Donr" or in other words a Despatch rider.
He also recieved a Certificate of appreciation from the 2nd/9th Association for
all the work he did - Brian Maddison (son).
O'Callahan was taken by a cancer on 17 Sep 13, Mick OíCallahan was in 1
Troop as a M113 Driver. For 2 years he was my driver when I was Tp Ldr at Gawler.
He was great mates with Wally Walton.- Jim Kennelly.
CAPT Clarrie Mitchell ED passed away peacefully and suddenly on 30 Mar
13, aged 80 years.
"I spent a good part of my life (some 14 years) in the Regiment serving with
Clarrie as he advanced through the ranks and the various posts we both held. I
am pleased to say, I am glad to have know him and many a time we would discuss
the pros & cons of Regimental life involving both social & operational activities.
In some respects he was a mentor to me and many others through out my army life.
Ask a question you got the right answer and friendly advice even when he held
the rank of Sergeant Major and I was a baggy arse Corporal. He was one of the
first to congratulate both Ron Richards (now deceased) and I, when we were both
promoted to 2nd. Lieutenant within the Regiment, OCTU started after that. He was
a man of integrity who had the respect of those around him and one you would readily
follow. If it is at all possible, I would appreciate it, if you could pass on
my few thoughts to the family and offer our sincere condolences from June & Wayne
Van Tenac, Panton Hill, Victoria. Whilst, I will not be at the Service on Tuesday,
I will be there in thought.", Regards Wayne Van Tenac
news about Clarrie, he was a Lieutenant in A Sqn. When I first joined the Regiment,
I had a lot to do with my early training. Iím sure all of us who served with Clarrie
will remember his gruff but friendly manner." Regards Mike Phillips.
Captain C F Mitchell ED has seniority date of 5 December 1957 as a Lieutenant.
He was promoted to temporary captain on 1 July 1968, he was a WO2 before being
commissioned. He may have originally enlisted in 3/9 SAMR in 1948, the year the
Regiment was established. When the regiment was reduced to a squadron in 1975,
Clarrie was chosen as the Tech O and left the Squadron in 1976." Regards
remember Clarrie and his brother, known as Clacker. From his home in theCherry
Gardens area in an old truck he arrived at the Thomas Street depot for an evening
parade. My vague recollection is that before they went home they had swapped its
gearbox for one they had in the back of their truck. Perhaps the LAD obliged with
some tools"...Cedric Wells
was a WO2 when I joined the Regt in 1959. He remained as such, doing various jobs,
until about 1963 when Capt Hill made him leader of a training troop. He stayed
in troop leader positions of various A Sqn troops until I left the Regt late in
362125 CAPT John Stobart passed away at 2.30am this morning,
6 Dec 12, aged 71 years. He was very brave in his fight against his cancer but
at the end it was peaceful and pain free. Thank you all for your ongoing care
and well wishes.
Peter, Matthew and the Stobart family.
Kenneth Phillip Charles Ruddock passed
away peacefully after a long battle with cancer and general ill health on 29 January
2012, aged 62 years.
Ozbert (Ossie) Quirk recently
passed away aged 95 years. He was the OC of the Signals Squadron when he landed
at Labuan. After WWII he became the President of the Auckland Officers club and
was the Past President of the NZ AIF Association.
Geoffrey Quirk (Son).
LT Harold Ernest Shipp
passed away peacefully on 9 October 2011, aged 89 years.
SX12739 Tpr L.V. Rogers was a long serving member of HQ
Squadron and was with that sqn when he landed on Labuan.
SX14202 Tpr Rex Gum
served in HQ and A Sqn for a limited period and then transferred out. He was young
and and a keen soldier.
Corporal G.T.J. Wrench was
one of the few remaining NCO's of the 2/9 Aust Armd Regt, he passed away on 2
June 2011 in Victoria. Gordan was Corporal of 4 Troop, A Squadron (my old squadron).,
and was a fine tank commander. He was an excellent soldier, well liked by his
crew. He was also a fine athlete and at one stage held the divisional quarter
mile title (running). He was a good leader and well regarded by all, He was with
his troop at the Brunei assault.
Norman Edmund Lavis 8/11/37 -
25/2/2011 passed away on 25 February 2011. Norm was my Troop Sergeant at B Sqn
Gawler when I was first commissioned as a 2nd Lt and got my first Troop. Ellis
A Sqn 3/9
CPL John Percival Mitchell,passed
away on Thursday, 5 March 2009, aged 76 years. Perc was an active Life Member
of SAMRA for 14 years. He served in the first original compulsory conscripted
National Service at Woodside on 1 Aug 1951 for three months. He was then posted
to B Squadron 3/9 SAMR which at that time was an Armoured Car Regiment at Thomas
St, Unley. His duties consisted of driving 6 x 6 3 Tonne Cargo Trucks, Staghound
Armoured Car, Whites Scout Car and assisted as a dozer operator in the Tank Dozer
Troop. He was promoted
to Corporal in June 1953 and posted as a driver to Captain Maurie Temple, 2IC
of A Squadron.
his first marriage to Rose he had five children and nine grandchildren and from
his second marriage to Barbara he had a further three children which resulted
in a another seven grandchildren. He is survived by his elder brother Keith and
twin brother Clarrie. Both brothers served with Perc.
Tpr Len McAvany died on
2 Dec 2008. Len was a member of A Sqn for many years. After service in many places
in Australia Len participated in the landings in Borneo. To get there he had a
luxury trip on the Kaninbla as he was with the Squadron Recce Officer as his runner.
This also meant that he landed only minutes after the infantry on Green Beach
to lead in the first tanks from A Squadron, 1 Troop. Regards, Reg Skinner.
Ferguson, late of Torquay,
Victoria passed away peacefully at the age of 86 years. Jim was very involved
with all 2nd/9th affairs as well as all the Armoured Corps events at held at Puckapunyal.
He was President of their local society for some years, his brother-in-law was
Weary Dunlop. Posted to "B" Sqn he was an excellent instructor and later had an
outstanding academic career.
always kept close links with the SA Branch and will be missed.
Sansom late of Lindisfarne,
Tasmania passed away in a nursing home on the 26th September 2008 after a long
illness, he served in C Squadron and saw active service with 2/9 in Tarakan, Borneo
Ray Stubbs, the Advertiser of 20 Jan 08 announced the death of Lt R.L.
Stubbs. Ray Stubbs enlisted in Tasmania into "C" Sqn then being formed and he
moved with it in Oct 1941 to join the Regiment then at Puckapunyal. He spent the
next period with that Squadron until he and a number of Sergeants were commissioned.
He was immediately moved to "B" Sqn. where he remained for the rest of his service.
he was appointed troop leader of 9 Troop and he lead this troop in the landing
on Labuan Island on 10 June 1945. He supported 2/43 Bn and later 2/28 Bn. until
the cessation of hostilities. Ray was a quiet but determined man, a good soldier
who always put his troop first. He lived in Adelaide after the war and attended
unit functions. He always gave good support to any project that the unit was engaged
FEB 1928 - 21 NOV 2008
Officer Class One Brian Bond, we
were all saddened by the recent passing of Brian Bond after a long illness. At
his funeral on 26 Nov 08 SAMRA members formed a guard of honour as the coffin
left the church.
was one of the first to join 3/9th after the introduction of the re raising of
the CMF in 1948. He was a long serving Sqn SSM, being promoted to WO1 in 1973.
He was the only member promoted in a posting at 3/9th to hold that rank.
discharged in 1975, after the restructuring of Army Reserve, having served a total
of 27 years. Arrangements had been made to acknowledge his service as one of the
original members of the CMF, at Government House as part of this yearís Reserve
Force Day celebrations. Unfortunately, he was too ill to attend.
is survived by his wife Mary, five children and several grandchildren. He will
be fondly remembered and sadly missed.
Teusner - President SAMRA
LT Jack Hamilton Mack OAM,
born 19 April 1919 passed away peacefully on 23 November 2008. Jack was selected
to transfer to the new Armoured Division for which training was about to commence
in February 1941. He attended the first schools at Puckapunyal and on their completion
he returned to Adelaide in August and he was one of the first batch of officers
allotted to the unit being formed by Lt Col F.E. Wells. After advanced training
he volunteered to join one of the squadrons being hurriedly formed to be rushed
to Malaya to oppose the rampaging Japs. The squadrons could not be equipped in
time and the project was abandoned. Jack became Staff Captain to the force on
Thursday Island. After the war Jack was a very successful business man. He gave
service to the St Andrews Hospital Board which he chaired. He also was a member
of Legacy. He served his old unit by being President of the 2/9 Aust. Armd Regt.Gp
LCPL Kenneth Douglas Williams, born
29 May 1921 passed away peacefully around 16 Nov 08. Ken joined the 2/9 Aust Armd
Regt at Wayville in late August 1941 soon after the Unit's formation. At Puckapunyal
he was allotted to "B" Sqn and after training he was in the Sqn HQ tanks. He served
with the unit in eastern Australia including the Tablelands where he was hospitalised
with a severe infection. Thus he was unable to sail with the unit to Moratai.
On his discharge he became a very successful manager of a large firm.
William John Patman, born 20 December 1917, passed away
peacefully at his Croydon Park home on the 15 August 2008. He enlisted on the
12th March 1941 as a Tank driver, then later transferred to 2/9th Regimental Workshops
as a Cfn Fitter & Turner. He was allocated to B Sqn, 10 Tp, Landing Craft
"Carter Hall" as a Cfn. Jake discharged on the 11th January 1946, he
started work at Shearers, Woodville after the war and retired at the age of 65
C Squadron - 2/9 AARG
Tpr S.(Scotty) E. McDougall
any members have any service details on the above, please forward to me so I can
add it to the page.
Sgt Gwynn Thomas John (ĎScottí) Hester, born 15th December 1910, died at
Stirling on the 23rd May 2008. He was President of the 2nd/9th AARG Association
in 1967/1969. The congregation was well attended at the funeral service at the
Church of the Epiphany, Crafers, on the 29th May 2008.†
Fordinandt Lindner (8 Apr 1917 - 16 Apr 2008)
away peacefully on Friday, 16 April 2008 at Mt Gambier, aged 91 years.
WO1 Edward (Ted) George
20 Dec 1933 - 5 Aug 2007
did his 100 days National Service at Woodside Army Barracks in 1952 with Clarrie
Mitchell, 'A' Coy, 3 Pl, 6 Sect. He was posted to 3/9 SAMR, 'A' Sqn at Unley and
completed his two years national service obligation, with the Staghound armoured
cars, Canadian scout cars and White command vehicles.
1956 he joined the RAAF, in the fire department and served for 22 years, becoming
a Chief Fire instructor and qualified to the rank of WO1, he was later posted
to Sale, Pt Cook, Thailand and Western Australia.
and Eileen came to live at Burton and was keenly involved with the Salisbury RSL
and Para Districts Sub Branch of the National Service Association, he was a member
of SAMRA in 2004.
Tpr G. Bray
passed away on 28/4/07,
Geoff was an initial member of "A" Sqn and stayed with the Regiment until Borneo
He transferred to "B" Sqn for the Labuan landing. He was a well liked soldier
and he always was cheerful and did his duty.
Harold (Harry) Amos Young
passed away on 10 July 2007 aged 69 years. Harry enlisted in the RAAC at aged
18 years, he had a long career with the corps retiring around 1976. He spent three
years with the Regiment, 3rd/9th SAMR from 1973 to 1976 as a member of the cadre
Ross Williams was privately
buried on 22 May 07, aged in his early 80's. Ross was in RHQ as Tp Ldr Recce Tp,
Clarrie Mitchell was his 2ic (WO2). Before retirement he was the chief baker at
Sunshine Bakery, Seaton. He also served 43 years with the Sea Rescue Squadron
Frank Riley passed away
peacefully some months ago, aged in his early 80's. Frank was the TPT NCO in HQ
Sqn circa 1960, serving under Cedric Wells, Ray Stanley, Clarrie Mitchell and
Brian Bond. Before retirement he was as a semi trailer driver with Kelvinator
transporting white goods to Melbourne.
52226 LT Richard (Dick) Schofield (LTCOL Retd)
A Troop Leader
of 3 Troop "A" Squadron, 2/9 Australian Armoured Regiment AIF, Dick died in Sydney
on 2 May 2007.
was inducted in late 1940 into the training scheme at Balcome for instructors
to train officers and NCO's for the Armoured Fighting Vehicles School to be assembled
at Puckapunyal in February, 1941, as a preliminary to the formation of the Armoured
Division. Thus he had contact with officers and NCO's from South Australia and
Tasmania who were later to form the 2/9 Australian Armoured Regiment.
the Regiment moved to Puckapunyal for training in late 1941 Dick was attached
to it and later he was commissioned in it. After preliminary training , he was
attached to "A" Squadron and later appointed Troop Leader of 3 Troop. He trained
his troop in various tanks ..such as the General Grant, the Stuart (his favorite),
and the Matilda.His training was strict and of high quality, helped by his own
earlier training as an instructor. He led his troop through in the opposed landing
on Muara Island, then on to Brunei, he then pushed down the coast to Miri, Sarawak.
Here he organised the defences for an anticipated counter attack by the Japanese.
However, hostilities ceased suddenly with the dropping of the atom bomb.
became active in assisting troops in rehabilitation and training for civilian
life. After the war he retained a connection with the Army and in time attained
the rank of LTCOL. He maintained his close links with the 2/9 Aust Armd Regt Group
Association, visited us for commemorations etc. and attended our visit to the
Commonwealth War Memorial, Canberra. Unfortunately his health prevented his attendance
at the unveiling of our plaque there last year. We will all miss him.
2IC, A Sqn
Alexander (Jim) Polkinghorn (Capt Retd)
passed away peacefully on Sunday, 16 December 2006, aged 67 years.
Bill was buried on Monday 22 May
06, he passed away on Wed 17 May 06, Bill has been a member of SAMRA since 1993.
is with great sadness to learn of the passing of Bill. He had a great love for
the unit, Scotland and poetry."
Albert Pryce RFD ED (Capt Retd)
passed away last night (Wed 5 Apr 06) after fighting against an aggressive cancer
for over 2 years. In fact the medical marvel he achieved by surviving for so long
has created a new record the medical profession are amazed about. Thankfully,
he is now at rest.
remember Bert coming to 3/9 in around 1964 from 4/19 PWLH. He was a meticulous
planner, and a very competent radio technician. On one occasion when comms were
really not working well, Bert ran the entire regimental net through a 10 set with
an aerial slung over a wire fence. I don't pretend to know how he did it, but
I remember being mightily impressed by his skill. I'm sure all who knew him will
have tales to tell about Bert's quiet determination."
in Armour, Mike Phillips.
B. Blinman, 3/9 SAMR
1936 - 2005
B. Blinman was a SAMRA member since 1994 and was admitted Ward C at FMC on life
support in August 05.
died aged 69 on the 24th December 2005, the funeral was held on the 30th December
2005 which I attended. There were about 60-70 people there being family and members
of his bowls club, the retired bankers' association and the RSL. A good eulogy
was delivered with his beret on the coffin and a bugler for the Last Post.
did 3 months National Service as well as his service with 3/9 SAMR. I met his
only surviving sibling, Michael, explained why I was there and offered the Association's
condolences and made a donation to the Heart Foundation on behalf of SAMRA."
John Bermingham, B Sqn - Gawler,
1938 - 2005
sadly passed away on Sunday, 2 October 2005 aged 67, as a result of a heart attack.
Officer Class One Ray
January 1949 - 31 January 2005
FROM WO1 RAY BROWN's EULOGY
introduction to army life began when he became a member of the schools army cadet
unit, achieving the rank of Cadet Under officer. A highlight of these times was
a camp in the school holidays at El Alamein Army Camp - a proper soldier for two
weeks! On leaving school he gained a printing apprenticeship with Adelaide Typographers
- a branch of News Ltd - under Jack Oatey who was also a neighbour. Ray was never
really happy with this work, and when he was called up for National Service, he
couldn't resign his job fast enough. Whilst in the regular army Ray gained the
rank of Acting Troop Sgt, 1st Armoured Regiment. Whilst he was there he played
football against Kevin Sheedy's Engineers team (and lost the game.) When National
Service was abandoned due to a change of Government, he wanted to stay in the
Regular army, but was forced to leave due to hearing damage caused by noise of
tank guns. Ray then spent a further 16 years in the Army Reserve where he rose
to the rank of Warrant Officer Class 1 within the Armoured Corps.