Vale – Lt Col Bill McDonald BA

Bill passed away yesterday in hospital.

There will be a private family funeral in due course BUT there will also be a celebration of Bill’s life on Wednesday 20th November at 2.00 p. m. at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, 1 New Beach Rd, Darling Point, Sydney.

All of Bill’s friends and ”Comrades at Arms” are invited to the latter service.

Bill was a 1959 Royal Military College graduate into Infantry. His service included postings to 2 RAR, 4 RAR and 9 RAR (Vietnam), the Infantry Centre, 1st and 2nd Battalions Pacific Island Regiment, and Commanding Officer RMC Corps of Staff Cadets

Rest in Peace

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

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

Comments

  1. Steve Darcy says

    RIP.
    Duty completed sir.

  2. Peter Kelly says

    RIP Sir Stand down duty done

  3. Mick Shave says

    Lift your glass, e’en though your old
    And roar back down the table.
    Boast and glare, give back the stare
    For you, sir, have been able
    To cut and thrust, to fire-and-move
    To prove yourself in might.
    To show that you enjoyed the gore
    The carnage of the fight, so,
    Because we’re alive and because we can
    Let’s raise our glass to a fighting man
    Of The Royal Australian Regiment.
    Vale, Bill McDonald.

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