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

RARA QLD – E News – August 2018

RARA QLD has launched its new E News  which replaces The Spirit Newsletter as the major communication means. It will be a released monthly. All contributing articles will be gratefully received

This August edition features the AGM and our new President Dave McDonald and the Management Committee.


The Royal Australian Regiment – 70th Anniversary Celebrations

The Royal Australian Regiment will be a focus of activities in Canberra 22-23 Nov 18 to mark the 70th Anniversary of the Regiment.

Past and serving members of the regiment, together with supporters of the regiment are invited to a number of events:

Thu 22 Nov 18.

Regimental style dinner at the Canberra Institute of Technology restaurant.

Guided tours of the AWM with a Regimental focus.

Battalion or State/Territory Associations may wish to hold functions in Canberra – AGM’s, lunches etc

Fri 23 Nov 18

Primary activity is a parade on the Australian War Memorial (AWM) Parade Ground from 1530hr, involving all the colours of the battalions of the regiment, a guard found from 8/9 RAR and a ‘massed band’ of regimental pipes and drums of 8/9 RAR and the RMC band. Of interest, it is anticipated that all of the battalion colours will have ‘new’ battle honours emblazoned on them.

This will be followed by the Last Post ceremony, where a soldier of the regiment will be remembered.

A reception in Anzac hall will be held from 1830-2030hr. A separate invitation list will be advised shortly.

It will be a great opportunity for former and current serving members of the Regiment, together with family and friends, to celebrate this important milestone and remember the sacrifice of those who have gone before them.

Place these dates in your diary and keep an eye out for more details to be made available in early September.

Happy Fathers Day

To all the military Dad’s currently serving, at home or away, and veterans our best wishes to YOU for a HAPPY FATHER’S DAY


Commemorating the Service of Malaya and Borneo Veterans

Malaya and Borneo Veterans’ Day, today recognises Australian military personnel who served in two historical campaigns – the Malayan Emergency (1948–1960), and the Indonesian Confrontation, or Konfrontasi, (1962–1966).


Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester today encouraged Australians to reflect on the service and sacrifice of those who served during these post-Second World War conflicts in Malaya and on Borneo.

“The Malayan Emergency was declared on 18 June 1948, following the Malayan Communist Party launching an insurgency against British colonial rule,” Mr Chester said.
“Australia’s military became involved in 1950 and served in the Emergency until its official end in 1960, however, some units remained in Malaya until 1963.
“I encourage all Australians to pause and reflect on our 13 years in Malaya, and to recognise how our personnel from the Royal Australian Navy, Australian Army and Royal Australian Air Force played a key role in bringing the long-running insurgency to an end.”
The Indonesian Confrontation began in 1962 when Indonesian forces launched attacks on the newly federated state of Malaysia. Australian forces became involved two years later.
“The British led response to the Confrontation included the deployment of various elements of the three Australian armed services,” Mr Chester said.
“Australian and other Commonwealth troops proved themselves during the Confrontation as professionally adaptable to the challenges of conducting successful small scale operations in the thickly forested terrain of Borneo, experiences that would prove useful in the Vietnam War.”
“Today we should reflect on the Australian service personnel who served in the Malayan Emergency and Indonesian Confrontation, and pay tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice.”

SIX PACKS THE HEAT – 6 RAR wins the DoG Cup

The soldiers of 6RAR have proven themselves the best battalion in the infantry at the Duke of Gloucester Cup.

THE Duke of Gloucester Cup now has pride of place at 6RAR’s Cpl Dan Keighran VC Club, with its section taking the award, along with the Ghurkha Trophy for best overall shooting.







Sections from each of the Royal Australian Regiment’s battalions competed for the prestigious cup at the School of Infantry from August 5-8.

6RAR’s Cpl Josh Conaty led his section through patrols and long stomps to victory.

Although the team prepared from early this year, a few last-minute adjustments were needed.
“One of our team members finished a course on the day we left for DoG Cup, we briefed him on the strategies we were going to employ and he took that on board, just like we would do in any combat situation,” Cpl Conaty said.
“It’s been a busy year already. I’m sure the section was considered as the underdog this year, but I think our guys were quietly confident in their abilities.
“Looking up and seeing the trophies we took away from the DoG Cup in the cabinet of the Dan Keighran Club, it’s a great feeling to have earned that bragging right.”

6RAR spent two months in Shoalwater Bay earlier this year and majority of its fighting force are deployed to the Middle East.

“The message has gotten to our deployed members and they were so happy, we really wanted to boost their morale,” Cpl Conaty said.“I am so proud of all of the section members for volunteering and really put-ting in so much effort, especially on the day.”

Senior Instructor – Tactics Wing at the School of Infantry, Maj Alastair Robinson, said the competition changed this year.
“Last year we brought fatigue to the competition, this year the focus was on the basic skills of a soldier; marksmanship, navigation and communication“Each regiment was extremely competitive and the soldiers displayed a high level of marksmanship this year.”

Soldiers were tested on things like command ability, care of the battle casualty, soldier welfare, navigation, resupply and communications.

Over five days each soldier covered close to 150 kilometres, including a 20-kilometre extraction, a 3-kilometre jerry can carry and 4-kilometre stretcher carry.

Before the completion finished, each section was put through the obstacle course.

In October 6RAR’s DoG Cup winning section will compete in Exercise Cambian Patrol, a two-day competition in the Cambrian Mountains and swampland of Wales.

READ the full Report and Results here

For the U.S., a frustrating history of recovering human remains in North Korea

At their historic summit last month, President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un committed to recovering more American remains, including the “immediate repatriation of those already identified.” Their statement raised hopes that as many as 200 sets believed to be ready for transfer could be collected in coming days and possibly more in the near future.

But the up-and-down nature of past efforts suggests the process could be fraught with pitfalls, including a mixed record of cooperation from the North Koreans. Any successful repatriation also will face the laborious identification process that has dragged on for years with the remains already in U.S. possession.

READ MORE from this Washington Post article

Australian MIA

The Australian Government’s unrecovered Korean War casualities – The Koreran War Project is closely associated with the United States’ Defense Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Accounting Agency(DPAA) and the South Korean Ministry of National Defence Agency for Missing in Action Recovery and Identification (MAKRI).

The Korean War Missing in Action Working Group was established in December 2015 through the advocacy of Ian Saunders the son of the missing Pte :John Saunders supported by the veterans’ associations (Korean Veterans Association, RAR Association, Air Force Associations, the Naval Association of Australia) and the MIA families. It is active in seeking progress towards the identification of remains still unidentified and held by the DPAA,. You can follow their minuted progress here.

Enquiries are welcome, you can contact the Korean War Project team via telephone 1800 019 090 or email [email protected] .

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.

Hope for Families of Troops Lost in Korea

Australian families whose loved ones never returned from Korean War could be a step closer to recovering the remains of those missing in action following the US-North Korea summit.

A four-point plan US President Donald Trump and North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un signed in Singapore on Tuesday included a pledge to recover the remains of prisoners of war and those missing in action in the 1950-53 conflict.

Veterans Affairs Minister Darren Chester said he was heartened the issue was raised during the historic talks.

“I think it gives some hope,” he told the National Press Club on Wednesday.

There are 43 Australians missing in action from the Korean War.

imagesIan Saunders, whose father Private John Phillip Saunders was one of the missing Australians, is happy families might soon see some progress.

“We have an excellent opportunity for the Australian government and Department of Defence to consolidate a matter that has never been addressed in 65 years,” he said.

Australia and the US military at the end of the month are expected to sign a deal to exchange relevant information and records relating to the 43 lost Australian servicemen.

Mr Saunders has uncovered evidence from the Australian and US military records from 1950-1955 revealing the locations of 1700 unidentified remains.

While some of the remains could be in North Korea, others are likely to be located above and below ground on Hawaiian soil and at the United Nations Military Cemetery Busan, South Korea.

Lisa Martin, Australian Associated Press
June 13, 2018

ADSO Comment

Advocates for increased active Australian Government action by the late Jim Bourke, Admiral Ian Crawford and Ian Saunders supported by the Royal Australian Regiment Association, The Naval Association of Australia, and the Air Force Association, The Korean Veterans Association  and others led to the establishment of the Korean War Missing in Action Working Group in December 2015. You can follow its progress here

It sought greater active involvement and co-operation with The United States’ Defense Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Accounting Agency(DPAA) and the South Korean Ministry of National Defence Agency for Missing in Action Recovery and Identification (MAKRI) organisations.

Ian Saunders effectively represents the MIA families.

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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.