Vale – Col. David Rankine MC, MID, VCOG

It is with a very heavy heart that Len Thompson OAM advises that a little after 2.00 am this morning, the much loved, respected and fearless 8RAR Charlie Company Leader, 13527 Col. David Rankine MC, MID, VCOG passed away. David’s widow, Joy and daughter, Susan were with him at the time. David was 87 in May this year.

REST YE, OH WARRIOR, YOU’LL BATTLE NO MORE NO LONGER TO LIVE THE HORRORS OF WAR, YOUR DUTY WAS DONE, WITH HONOUR AND PRIDE. FAREWELL! OH BROTHER, UNTIL WE AGAIN MARCH BY YOUR SIDE! WE CAN NEVER FORGET

The funeral arrangements will be advised when known.

RIP

Homeward Bound – For our mate

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

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  1. Ben Meighan says

    Please see the following message regarding the funeral arrangements for David Rankine.

    Good Morning Ladies and Gentlemen,

    Regarding the late David Rankine, the Funeral arrangements and details.

    The Sub-Branch has contacted the family and passed on our deepest sympathies and condolences. David’s daughter, Susan, was most appreciative and thankful to have heard from the Sub-Branch, and has requested a very private service, in Brisbane.

    Given current circumstances around large gatherings and David’s past Military Career, only close family members and invited guests will be attending the closed private Service in Brisbane.
    The family are aware of the many others, including the Sub-Branch, that might have liked to attend the Service for David Rankine and have organised with the Funeral Directors, Alex Gow of Brisbane to provide a ‘Live Stream Service’.
    Therefore the Service may be viewed ‘on line’ or at a later time with the following link and PIN number.
    Into the future the family may consider a memorial service for Tamborine Mtn, at a time and place to be decided.

    Live Stream Details:
    The service for David Rankineis scheduled to begin at:
    Friday, July 24th 2020 at 9:30 AM (Australia/Brisbane)
    Thursday, July 23rd 2020 at 11:30 PM (UTC)

    LINK: https://www.alexgowfunerals.com.au/funeral-service-streaming/#client/feff9e0c-5646-4004-a5d2-b2b561a0a511
    PIN: This is a Private Service and as such requires a PIN number to access the page.
    Please ensure that this PIN number is only provided to individuals that you would like to have access to this live streamed service.
    This service’s PIN number is: 8606
    PLEASE NOTE
    If you are unable to view this stream at this time, you can revisit this link at a later time to watch a recording of the live event.

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