Dads’ Army – Today at the RAR National Memorial Walk (NMW)

By way of introduction the NMW is the Regiment’s memorial to those who died while serving overseas. It is  located within Gallipoli Barracks at Enoggera Brisbane and is maintained by a group of dedicated veteran warriors every Monday morning.

Here is today’s report from the Curator Paul ‘Wombat” Gallagher.

Very busy day again at the Walk with a good roll up of our regulars as well as a welcome return from Robert Cross and a visit from Alan Wayne! Alan still works in security at the Base and comes in when his shift suits!

Julian Shaw and Peter Brennan

What struck me was the co-ordination that went on in that trees were being cut down and no sooner had the branches hit the ground, there was a crew following up to mulch it all straight into the tree area!

Then a couple of blokes came along and dug holes ready for the seven new trees and then these same blokes planted three new trees!

You don’t get that sort of co-operation and   efficiency other than ‘well trained Diggers’!!

Mick van Brugh

Paul Gallagher

Today’s pics illustrate that work! On other fronts thing just got   done by other ‘well trained Diggers’ as well as a couple of super efficient Lasses!

Come smoko I must apologise for being a tad vague as I’d just been hit on the shoulder by that post hold digger when it sruck a large tree root and belted me!

I neglected to let you know that I’d spoken to Rod Wyatt on the weekend and the Golden Staph infection he has contracted is still with him but a stronger antibiotic has been prescribed to fight it! His nursing wife, Ros is looking after him but he is itching to get back to the Walk! However there is an old Rugby League saying – “It’s the back up that beats them Every time” and that’s where Arthur  Willemse (mower) and Mick and Rod Newham (leaf blowers) step up and cover for Rod Wyatt.

Rod Newham, Alan Wayne and Robert Cross

I also spoke to our old mate Tom Elliott and he’s travelling OK with a few medical issues still haunting him but all of his ‘stuff’ will keep him away for good but he still wishes to be kept informed on DA!

I also wish to thank the crew who clean up after us come smoko and wash all the cups and store everything away! Truly appreciated and whilst not spoken of often – never taken for granted! We all know who they are – Thanks heaps! Also Dave McDonald and Margaret for supplying excellent munchies every week!

Look for this on the DA facebook page and give it a ‘like’ if you  wish! Tell your mates as any publicity is good publicity!

Don’t forget to support Robert  Cross and the RCB Review Group’s campaign for an independent public enquiry into the nature of their service. Follow it on the RCB Facebook here . You can help by  encouraging your family and friends to supporting it

‘Til next week, keep your gunpowder dry and pray for rain


PS. Visitors are welcome. Contact Dave McDonald [email protected]  for details

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Access to the RAR National Memorial Walk – Gallipoli Barracks Enoggera Brisbane

This information applies to all persons wanting to visit The Walk except for those attending approved activities where an approved person from the Association is acting as escort.

Entry to Gallipoli Barracks is through the Security Office at Lloyd St, Enoggera where you advise the staff that you want to visit the Walk. You will be required to complete the entry documentation that requires you to produce photographic identification (driver’s licence etc), to be photographed and issued with a Pass and to watch a 10 minute Barrack Security and Safety orientation video. The staff will call the duty room of the on call duty Battalion (either 6 or 8/9 RAR) who will provide an escort for you during your visit.

To arrange a planned visit with an RARA escort please contact the RARAQ Secretary Greg Decker [email protected]