VALE – Lieutenant Colonel Ivan Clark

Our fellow Royal Australian Regiment warrior, Ivan Clark, OC 5 Platoon, B Company, 9 RAR and  Duntroon  class of 67, passed away on Monday 21st January 2019 after a long and brave battle with cancer.

The funeral is on Tuesday 29th January at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 50 Fairway Drive, Clear Island Waters, Gold Coast at 12:25 pm with the Wake afterwards at he Surfer’s Paradise Golf Club (opposite the Church) .

Ivan graduated from the Royal Military College (Class of 1967) into RA Inf and was posted to the newly raised 9th Battalion RAR for deployment to Vietnam, as 5 Platoon Commander B Company . In that role he was a successful, effective and inspirational leader. He resigned as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1986 to commence a management career.

During his military career Ivan served: in 9 RAR Vietnam (1968-69) as a Platoon commander and 8/9 RAR in Australia as a Company commander; was a JTC Battle Wing Training instructor; was Australia’s Exchange Instructor at the United States School of Infantry, Fort Benning, Georgia USA; attended the Australian Staff College at Queenscliff and was a staff officer on various Headquarters and the Australian Joint Warfare Establishment RAAF Williamtown.

Rest in Peace

Vale Brigadier (Ret’d) Anthony (Tan) Roberts 07.06.31 – 26.11.18

Tan’s family have advised that he passed away suddenly but peacefully on Monday 26 November 2018.

“It is a blessing that he did not suffer (especially given his poor health in the last 18 months) and that he enjoyed his usual nightly call to his beloved Pat on Sunday night before resuming watching is much loved ABC TV! 

Understandably, we are so sad to lose him but also very grateful we were fortunate to have had him in our lives for so long.”
Pat, John and Susan Roberts

Tan’s funeral details are:
Date:   Tuesday 4 December 2018
Time:   11.00 am
Place:   St Peter Chanel’s Catholic Church   YARRALUMLA  ACT

Refreshments after from 12.30 pm at the Southern Cross Yacht Club, Lotus Bay, Mariner Place, Yarralumla.


If you require any further information then please contact Susan  [email protected] or 0408 438 451; John via [email protected] or 0409 468 695 or Pat c/o 19 Lamington Street, Deakin, ACT, 2600 or 02 6281 3158.

Rest In Peace Tan




Vale: WO1 Gary Sutherland OAM – AATTV and RSM 8/9 RAR

Sad news from Natasha Sutherland (daughter) on the passing on 26th November 2018 of AATTV  member Gary J. Sutherland OAM, RAINF. Gary served in South Vietnam as a WO2 with AATTV from 25 Jun 1970 with AATTV RF Training, Cho Gao, Dinh Tuong, then Aug – Apr 70 NOTT, Dong Tam, IV Corps. Gary was wounded in action at Dong Tam on 21 Apr 71 and medevac to Australia on 4 May 1971. Gary was the RSM 8/9 RAR  in 1975/1976

Gary was a stalwart member of AATTV Association WA Branch and always involved in the operation of our Branch apart from the past year or so due to ill health. A well known identity and respected member of the veteran community here in WA. Gary was awarded an Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in 1986 for service as regimental sergeant major, Army Office.

Gary was a stickler for military protocol and many who served with him would have known that you did not get out of step with Gary and his love of the bagpipes. 

Our sincerest condolences and deepest sympathies go out to Nadia, Natasha, family and friends of Gary on this sad occasion of his passing.

He will be sadly missed by us all.

Condolence messages for Nadia and family may be passed through Natasha Sutherland on email: [email protected]

Rest In Peace Gary.

Vale – Colonel Wayne John Lynch

We are saddened to report the passing of  Wayne Lynch

He enlisted into the Regular Army in 1971 and served initially as a rifleman in 1 RAR. He was selected for and attended the Officer Cadet School Portsea, graduating in December 1972. From rifleman, Wayne rose in rank to Colonel over his 38 years’ service in the Regular Army and the Army Reserve.

Wayne had a wide range of appointments over the years, including company command in 3 RAR and 6 RAR, CO RURQ, CO QUR, and Commandant of LWC SQ.

On his transfer into the Army Reserve in 1994, Wayne took up a public service appointment with DVA where he was employed in the Rehabilitation and Compensation area in the Brisbane office.

He retired from DVA in March 2013 and was later appointed as a Member of the Veterans` Review Board located in Brisbane.

Wayne’s life will be celebrated at the Lakeview Chapel, Albany Creek Memorial Park at 11 am on Monday the 17th of September 2018. Ex-service members are requested to wear medals. In lieu of flowers, the Lynch family request a donation is made to Legacy Australia. Following the service, the family will be hosting a wake at the the Lynch family home in Everton Park.

Rest in Peace Wayne

Your Duty is Done

Rest in Peace – 235411 Lieutenant Colonel Robert (Bob) De Haas (Retd)

Vietnam (Lt) 2nd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment 1970-71 BHQ, C Coy
DOB: 23/07/1947
Age: 71 years.

Sad news on the passing of Bob de Haas from a heart attack; as advised by his daughter in-law.

“Today [sic] is Vietnam Veterans Day. Kind of bittersweet because whilst we acknowledge the hero’s (and they are) that fought for the freedom of the free world and sacrificed so much for our way of life.  We go out and say thanks to those men and women who remain and carry the flag of our nation proudly. 

Sadly though and with so much grief and loss we write this here on Dad’s Facebook. Because he is no longer able to carry that flag. Sometime on the night of the 15th August dad went to bed for the last time. He went quietly and peacefully…dying in his sleep.
Words are hard to come by, we his children and family are heartbroken and as hard as it is to write this, we wanted to be able to let all the people in dad’s life that mattered to him, know of his passing.
Of course we will allow anyone the opportunity to express their feelings on here, with us or in your own way.

We will update you all on arrangements once they are made.
All posts on dad’s Facebook page would be greatly appreciated as well.
We are all sorry for the loss. A hero, a good guy, a father, grandfather and a great mate.
We would also like to ask anyone who would like to share any pictures they may have of Bob to please email them to [email protected]
Facebook “

Monique Fulton, Ren de Haas, Samantha Vere de Haas.

From Gordon Hurford:
I was speaking by phone with Bob 6-8 weeks ago and all seemed to be progressing as he would have liked. He had great plans for the OCS Portsea Alumni.
I thank the 2RAR fraternity for keeping me advised.
Rest in Peace, Bob, your duty done.
Thanks John Ison 0416 231 419.
Bob was up at Noosa two days ago for a mini OCS Class of Dec 67 lunch with Des Wilmore, Ron Smith, Terry Reason, Ian Gill and myself + wives.
After lunch, Anne and I took Bob to the Noosa Men’s Shed for a look around.  Bob was in his new truck bought only a month ago.  He looked well and happy. I am still struggling to comprehend it.
When I see him next I will give him a HUG for marching out without prior approval. 

Thanks John Ison, Paul Asbury, Barry Corse

Rest in Peace Bob.

Further information about Bob will be appreciated.


“Second to None”
Gordon W. Hurford, AM
2RAR Association, Inc
The National Association
[email protected]
(07) 5443 5583
0407 926 270

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.



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
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.