Vale: Colonel Stan Maizey

We have been advised by his daughter Judith that our warrior comrade Colonel “Stan the Man” Maizey died peacefully at home on Monday 18th June 2018

 

His operational service included:

Korea (Lt) 2nd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment  13 November 1953 to 31 March 1954

Malaysia (Maj/Coy Comd) 2nd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment 1960-61

Vietnam (Maj/Bn 2ic) 5th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment  12/05/1966 to 12/12/1966

Headquarters, 1st Australian Task Force 13/12/1966 to 07/07/1967

His funeral will be at 11.00 AM next Monday 25 June at Mount Cotton Crematorium, 1774 – 1794 Mount Cotton Road, Carbrook, Qld.

 

Rest in Peace noble warrior your duty has been done.

QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY HONOUR – The Late Brigadier Neil Harvey Weekes AM MC OAM

He was awarded a posthumous OAM in the Queen’s Birthday Honours today for his service to veterans and their families.

Extracts from the nomination include:

After his retirement from the Army Brigadier Neil Weekes AM MC continued his duty of care responsibility to his troops by becoming actively involved with the well-being of the wider Australian Defence Community (ADC –current and past servicemen and servicewomen and their families) and the protection of their service entitlements.

“Retirement” in Townsville saw him championing the causes of the military community especially its veterans, at the Regional, Queensland State and National levels. He stridently fought injustices through the DVA processes and where necessary through the local media to ensure that all veterans received respect and their service entitlements. 

Neil’s contribution to the veterans’ community was recognised at the highest level by Prime Minister Rudd when he appointed Neil as a notable person to represent veterans on the inaugural Prime Minister’s Advisory Council (PMAC) 2008-2013.

After his move to South East Queensland, Neil continued his veterans’ activities by becoming the President of The Royal Australian Regiment Association Queensland where his dedication and dogged determination continued unabated.

He is the epitome of the RAR’s motto Duty First and his contribution to the Australian Defence Community is outstanding.

LEST WE FORGET

 

NEIL Weeks was never known to walk away from a fight, whether on Vietnam’s battlefields or battling bureaucracies over veterans’ benefits.
He lost the toughest battle of his life in Brisbane on   6th March 2017 when an aggressive brain tumour claimed one of Australia’s toughest soldiers of the contemporary era at the age of 71.
Neil Weekes was born in Mackay on September 21, 1945. He was educated in Sarina and at St Brendan’s College in Yeppoon before entering Teachers Training College at Kelvin Grove in Brisbane.
He was called up for national service on February 1, 1967.
At Kapooka he was selected for officer training and after graduating from the Officer Training Unit Scheyville on July 7, he was posted to 3 Platoon, A Company, 1 RAR.
He deployed to Vietnam with the battalion in March 1968, leading his platoon in the Battle of Coral on May 15-16, with his gallantry recognised by the awarding of the Military Cross.
He returned to Australia to be discharged at the end of his national service in December 1968 but was soon back in the army and 1RAR, serving with the battalion in Singapore and Malaysia during 1969-1971.
He also served in Papua New Guinea with 2 RPIR at Wewak, and attended the Malaysian Armed Forces Staff College at Kuala Lumpur.
He was a consummate infantryman, leader and instructor, holding many demanding staff, regimental and training postings, including at the Royal Military College, Duntroon.
From July 1985 to December 1987 he commanded NORFORCE, a regional surveillance unit with subunits based throughout the Northern Territory and the Kimberley area of Western Australia. He was appointed a member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his leadership.
He returned to Townsville in December 1990 on promotion to colonel to command the district support unit, beginning 22 years in the city.
He retired from the regular Army in 1993 after 26 years service, but would remain in the Army Reserve for a further five years, being promoted to brigadier and commanding 11 Brigade, Ares at Jezzine Barracks.
His civil employment was with James Cook University, where he was executive officer to the Vice-Chancellor until he retired in October 2003.

Brigadier J.J Shelton DSO MC (Retd) – Funeral Arrangements

Advice has been received from AHQ, which is handling Army’s part of Brig Shelton’s funeral service, that it will act as a central point of contact for anyone wishing to send written tributes to the family.

The details of the contact are:

SO1 Pers Ops, AHQ, LTCOL Mal Stewart, email: [email protected]

For those of you who have already sent tributes to me, or wish to do so, I will also pass them to the family.

Duty First

John Robbins
Secretary
RAR Association (ACT Branch)
P: (02) 62901948
M: 0414 483 729
E: [email protected]

 

Funeral Notice – Brigadier Jeffrey James (Jim) Shelton DSO MC Retd 29 June 1926 – 13 May 2018

Passed away peacefully.
Much loved husband of Lyn (dec) and Caroline.
Treasured father of Wendy.

Profound thanks to those who cared for him

A funeral service will be held at the ANZAC Memorial Chapel of St. Paul, RMC Duntroon, Robert Campbell Road, Campbell ACT, on Monday 4 June 2018, commencing at 11:30 am.
A private cremation will follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Legacy please.

Grantley Perry & Sons Funeral Directors
(02) 62414101
Published in The Canberra Times on May 19, 2018

Vale Brigadier Jeffrey James “JJ” Shelton DSO MC – 29 June 1926–13 May 2018

James Shelton was born in Melbourne on the 29th of June 1926. He attended Scotch College in Melbourne, and then Bendigo High School, before going on to study engineering at Melbourne University.

Shelton entered Duntroon as a cadet in February 1944. After graduating in December 1946, he was sent to Japan to serve with the British Commonwealth Occupation Force in Japan joining the 66th Battalion. He returned to Australia two years later, having been promoted to acting captain.

He next served as adjutant to a Citizens’ Military Force battalion in Adelaide, which is where he heard about the start of the Korean War.

Shelton was sent to the reinforcement holding unit in Japan in 1951 and joined the 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (3RAR) as a reinforcement officer after the battle of Kapyong.

He commanded A Company during the battle of Maryang San, for which he was awarded a Military Cross for his personal bravery and leadership.

After returning to Australia in 1952, Shelton was sent to England for a two year posting with the British Army. Here he attended numerous infantry courses and was attached to a British Battalion based at Luneberg in Germany, as part of the British Army of the Rhine.

On his return to Australia, Shelton served at the School of Infantry at Singleton before being posted as adjutant to Duntroon, where he was reunited with his friend and former commanding officer, Colonel (later General Sir) Frank Hassett.

Two years later, Shelton was posted to the Defence Force Staff College at Quetta in India. It was a posting he thoroughly enjoyed.

His next posting was to Army Headquarters in Melbourne. During this posting Army HQ transitioned to Canberra. Shelton returned to 3RAR as a company commander, before being promoted to lieutenant colonel.

Another two year posting to England followed, this time as an exchange instructor at the British Army Staff College, then located at Camberley. During this period Shelton met luminaries such as Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery.

On his return to Australia at the start of 1967, Shelton was posted as commanding officer of 3RAR, then based at Woodside, South Australia. He was delighted to command the battalion with which he had already seen so much service and felt it to be the pinnacle of his service career. 3RAR deployed to Vietnam at the end of the year, and was soon on operations in Phuoc Tuy Province.

Shelton and his men took part in numerous operations in Vietnam, most notably the battles of Coral and Balmoral in May of 1968, in which the battalion experienced the most sustained combat experienced by Australian soldiers in the Vietnam War. Shelton was awarded the Distinguished Service Order for his leadership during the long month of near-constant fighting.

After returning to Australia, Shelton returned to Army HQ and was promoted to colonel. After further postings to Citizen Military Forces, regular army units, and headquarters, he was promoted to brigadier. In 1972 he was given command of the 3rd Task Force (as it was then known) in Townsville. In 1974 Shelton returned to Army Headquarters in Canberra and took up several more staff appointments.

Following his retirement from the army in 1980, he was made honorary colonel of the Australian Army Band Corps, a position he held for 14 years. Shelton also completed a degree in history and geography at the Australian National University, Canberra.

Sunday 13 May 2018 marked the 50th anniversary of the first battle of Coral. While watching the ceremony from his hospital bed, Jim Shelton, who had been unwell for some time, closed his eyes and passed away peacefully. He was 92 years old.

Shelton will be remembered by those who knew him and those who served with him as a true gentleman and a soldier’s soldier. Vale Brigadier Jim Shelton.

Vale – Brigadier J J Shelton, DSO, MC (Retd)

An RAR tribal elder has completed his duty.

I regret to inform you that BRIG Jim Shelton died this afternoon [Sunday 13 May 2018] in the NATCAP Private hospital, shortly after the conclusion of the Commemorative Service for the Battles of Coral and Balmoral.

BRIG Shelton was CO 3 RAR for these battles. He watched the live streaming of the parade and service in the hospital, and soon after quietly passed away.

Funeral and other details later.
His duty done.

John Robbins
Secretary
RAR Association (ACT Branch)
P: (02) 62901948
M: 0414 483 729
E: [email protected]

VALE – MAJOR IVAN BATES – RAAC

Major Ivan Bernard BATES RAAC (Ret’d) a comrade warrior to  Australia and supporter of the Royal Australian Regiment died peacefully on Bribie Island on Friday 15/12/17, aged 87 years.

He was commissioned into the Royal Australian Armoured Corps (RAAC) serving in both Regimental and non-regimental postings throughout his 33 years career. He was 2IC of the 1st Armoured Regiment in Puckapunyal and a very proud member of his military family.

Ivan saw active service both during the Malayan Emergency on secondment to a British Army Cavalry unit based in Ipoh from 1957 to 1958 (which supported 2 RAR’s operations), and later in Vietnam in 1971 with HQ 1ATF.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral on Friday 22nd December at the Little Flower Church, 41st Avenue, Bribie Island at 1 pm and/or his Graveside Service at Pinnaroo Cemetery, 294 Graham Road, Bridgeman Downs Brisbane at 3 pm.

Military persons are requested to wear their medals and for Armoured Corps members their black berets.

Condolences may be sent to the Bates Family: his wife Esme and children Melita, Paul, Michael and Helen, at 16 Pelican Street, Bellara, Queensland 4507.

Rest in Peace Noble Warrior

 

 

 

 

 

Vale – PARSONS, Marcus Charles

PARSONS, Marcus Charles Late of Pullenvale. Passed away peacefully on 09.08.2017. Aged 63 Years Beloved Husband of Debbie. Much loved Father of Five.

Relatives and Friends are respectfully invited to attend a Celebration of  his Life, to be held in the Chapel of Centenary Memorial  Gardens, Corner Wacol Station and Wolston Roads, Sumner, on Tuesday, 15.08.2017, at 3 p. m.

He graduated from the Royal Military College Duntroon in 1974 and served as a platoon commander in 1 RAR Townsville  1975-1976

Rest in Peace Marcus your Duty has been Done

 

Vale – Alan ‘Curly’ Kirwan

It is with great sadness I advise of the passing of Alan “Curly” Kirwan  this morning Monday 10th July at his home in Esperance Western Australia after a short battle with cancer.

Alan served 24 years in the Army from 1958 to 1982. 1 RAR (Malaya 1960), Airborne platoon (Williamstown 1963), SASR (3Sqn SVN 1966), AATTV (SVN 1971), 8/9RAR (Enoggera 1976), his final posting was Land Warfare Centre Canungra ( SI Admin Wing 1980).

Funeral details will be advised.

Rest in peace noble warrior your duty has been done

Homeward Bound – by George Mansford

                         For our mates

I saw the shooting star burning so bright

Falling, falling, fading and soon from sight

So distant and yet so near

In its wake, a soldier’s journey so very clear

Duty, sharing, caring, courage and sometimes fear

No longer a mortal in life’s short race

A contented spirit bound for home somewhere in distant space

This fiery trail I saw tonight marks a warrior’s farewell

Leaving behind another legacy of proud deeds to tell

George Mansford©April 2012

Vale – Mervyn “Dutchy” Holland – Service Details

Dutchy’s  eldest son Michael has provided the following information:

“There will not be a funeral service as requested by Dutchy.

They are going to hold an informal gathering at the Blackbutt RSL commencing at 11-00 hrs on Mon. At 12-00 hrs they will pause to remember the Great Warrior at the same time he will be cremated in Toowoomba. Be prepared to spin a few Yarns about the Rascal.

Anyone who would like to contact Michael can do so on his mobile 0413845255 or  email [email protected]

Please pass this information out to everyone & give the family comfort.

In respect to Dutchy we will lower the Australian ensign to half mast at the RAR National Memorial Walk at noon

RIP noble warrior