'QSO the World'

The aim of this page is to pass on articles of interest to serving & ex-serving Communicators  and interested parties. 

 I am sure that many of the contributor names listed below will be familiar to other Comms shipmates.

We are now in direct contact around the globe via the Internet and email, so we are truly  QSO the World”

This is not an on-line forum, if you would like Comms related articles published on this page please send me an email.

I update this website regularly and will publish your article (with accompanying photo/s if you wish) as soon as I am able.

Follow this link for previous years QSO.

John Curbishley
Web Yeoman

April 2017

Vale Stanley Michael KEAN R50007 (ex SIG)

Long time RANCBA and Naval Association member Stan Kean passed away on Anzac Day.

His wife, Mary informed me as I have been a friend since meeting him on the Melbourne in 1960.

His funeral service will be held on Wednesday 3rd May at 1300 hrs at the Little Flower Church in First Avenue, Bongaree, Bribie Island.

Stan was a long time friend and an all round top bloke.

RIP Stanley Kean.

Fred Harper
Bribie Island

Lest We Forget

From the Archives:
Stanley Michael Kean, R50007, DOB 14.07.34, Joined RAN 12.02.54, DEE 11.02.60.  Postings: CERBERUS, SHOALHAVEN, SYDNEY, MELBOURNE, CERBERUS, MELBOURNE.  Rated O/SIG 21.09.54, SIG 28.09.56.



Please put this out on both sites urgently - I shall endeavour to call all those booked urgently They need to make their own decision re this email, but please everybody ring the agency.
Cheers Nokka

On Wednesday, 26 April 2017, 15:02, Karen Vella wrote:

Hi John

Kath is in Bali and not back until Friday so I am back looking after the group in her absence.

Carnival Cruises has released a 72 hour sale starting today and expires close of business this Friday.

Based on guaranteed cabins only which means you do not know your cabin number until you check in but will be guaranteed a cabin in the category passenger has paid for.

With regards to Ocean view and Balcony this can also mean they are obstructed or partially obstructed cabins. We cannot request any particular deck or side – it is purely at the discretion of Carnival.

We cannot just do an automatic reprice , you will need to cancel your original booking and forfeit your original deposit. A new booking is made and it is instant purchase and nonrefundable. Of course I would not cancel the original booking unless
I knew I had a cabin confirmed on the special.

No on board credits are included except for Military ($100 pp) and the on board credits which are attached to our group ($100 per cabin) so if passengers have on board credits other than these they will also lose them.

Limited number of cabins allocated to this sale so it is subject to availability.

Cost of cabins;

Interior - category IS4 $949.00 per person
Outside – category OV4 $1099..00 per person
Balcony – category BL4 $1299.00 per person

Can I suggest you put a message on the Facebook page with all the above details and also state that anyone who is interested in changing their booking to contact me immediately on or 0397648487 . I am not going to make any changes to anyone's bookings unless I hear directly from them because even though the prices are crazy cheap there are clients who are very specific with the location of their cabin and this may not suit them.

I will send a list shortly of who is currently booked.


Anzac Day – Canberra 2017

Sunburnt in 2016 and soaked to the skin in 2017.

Light rain fell during the Dawn Service and kept the numbers down with the AWM estimating a crowd of 38,000 in attendance. I think many more would have attended if they had known the weather was not really a factor at this ceremony and it was quite warm at the time.

I arrived on Anzac Parade at around 0900 in pouring rain and set up the Chapters Banner with Frog McCoy and Schubes. Between this time and when we finally stepped off at 1030 approximate it did not stop raining and kept raining for the rest of the day.

Despite the bad weather it was very pleasing to see a large turn-out of serving members who just about out-numbered those of us from the local chapter.  WOCISC Shane O’Gradey had done well in getting the message around. I also know that many serving members were advised that they should march in Queanbeyan and Shane himself had been assigned to undertake duties in Harden. From what I saw on local television it looks like many serving members did march in Queanbeyan.

We stepped off with LCDR Dave Jeffrey (Rtd) in charge and our serving members in the first half dozen rows and holding up our banner proudly. Amongst the serving members were eight who had just posted into HMAS Harman after the completion of their CISC Training which including the two who were assigned to look after the banner.

Taking the salute on the parade ground was VCDF Admiral Ray Griggs. As most know his father was long serving Sparker, so naturally the VCDF has a lot of time for communicators. From my position near the back of our squad it was great to see the smile on his face as we marched past. His de facto uncle Dave Jeffrey leading us, some very smart communications officers and sailors making us look very professional and somewhere at the back near me his brother within our ranks. It was pouring rain but we could all still smile.

The set-up at the AWM had changed this year and the large open type stands removed and replaced by plastic seating. As we were ushered off the road area and dismissed at the top of Anzac Parade not many were willing to sit on the wet seating. The best positions around the barricades were already taken by the watching crowds. Due to recent threats, security had been step-up and arrangements on Anzac Parade changed to improve the safety of all.

Unfortunately our after march function at the Canberra Bowling Club was not as well attended as in past years. This was understandable as those of us who when directly to the club turned up like drown rats. Many of those who lived closer were able go home and change.

It was very pleasing to see past president and life member Keghead Weaver at the function. Keg’s grandson Daniel and wife Ruth had managed to get him along and he is looking a lot better each time I see him. He did not like it that he was limited to two beers, but accepted the fact. I did notice that he ate well and enjoyed himself.

On behalf of the RANCBA (ACT) Chapter, I would like to thank all the serving members who marched with us and all those RANCBA members including a few from interstate and overseas (Kev Luke), who attended. It was also great to have a large group from the WRANS Association in attendance at the after march function. Hopefully the weather will be kinder to us in 2018. I would like to make a few suggestions at our next meeting on possible ways to increase our numbers at what is a very special day for serving and ex serving members.

Ken (Taffy) Eynon
Thanks Ken, good to see Keghead on the road to recovery.


ANZAC Day Service

Good afternoon – I received an invite to attend this Service held at the Kokoda Track Memorial Walkway and this is how I saw it.

ANZAC Day Service – Kokoda Track Memorial Walkway

This Service was held on Friday, 21st April 2017 and it was fully attended by varying groups . The weather was perfect and this made it more of a beaut service. The MC was Mr. John Gatfield, very well known and for those that a recipients of the RSL Magazine REVEILLE , you will find his photo in all editions, he then asked Mr Dale Baikie, Anglican Chaplain and Father Graeme Malone, Catholic Chaplain to Concord Repatriation Hospital to deliver the Prayers.  This was a ANZAC Requiem carried out by both.

On completion, the Official Welcome was given by Mr John Haines AM, Chairman of the Kokoda Track Memorial Walkway and State President of RSL NSW. All were then asked to stand for Mounting of the Catafalque Party by the 4th/3rd Battalion Royal NSW Regiment.

A Prayer for ANZAC Day was given and also A Prayer for Armed Forces. Then a Scripture Reading (John 15 Verses 9 –17) by Dr. Steevie Chan, A/General Manager , Concord Repat Hospital.

The ANZAC Address was then given by COL. Professor Robert Lusby AM , who is Chairman of the ANZAC Research Institute and he certainly gave a very interesting talk . Following was Reflection and here a item on War Memorials was shown on a big screen and also very well done and greatly appreciated.

Wreath Laying Service was then held and here the names of those Laying a Wreath was called by the MC – normally in groups of 3, and were escorted by the RSL Corp to the Memorial, but shown on the screen.  On completion, all were asked to stand for The Last Post, 1 Minutes Silence and the Ode (here is was Recited by Mr Bill Harrigan, RSL State Councillor) and then Rouse.  The Bugler was played by a Member of the NSW Corrective Services Band , who also provided all the music.

A Prayer of Commemoration followed , The Lord's Prayer and the Hymn Amazing Grace (sung by all).

Brigadier Phillip McNamara OAM CSC ESM came forward and gave a Thank You to all.

Benediction and all to stand for the National Anthem – and the Dismounting of the Catafalque Party.

On conclusion for all to join in very nice refreshments.

The only annoying and in the end a good outcome. Some nutter for want of a better word had parked their car across the access to Lovedale Park which was the parking for all those who attended and drove vehicles . About 6- 8 men managed to jump /move it so, cars to drive safely past, BUT when Brigadier McNamara was giving his Thank You, he advised that the owner (m/f) will be very surprised when they return to their vehicle – it aint where they left it and I also believe they have been issued a Parking Infringement Notice One of the cars trying to get in, was the Official Police car of a Police lady representing the Police Commissioner. The joys of driving!!!

Allan 'Shorty' Moffatt OAM


Bas Cleary - Reaching a Milestone

Bas Cleary was surprised with an 80th Birthday at the Caboolture RSL organised by his son Thomas and his 2 sisters and families.

A few ex Comm mates helped with the celebration.

L to R..,Cliff "Squizzy" Taylor, Jim "Big Bird" Eagles, Thomas "Tom" Cleary, Basil "Baz" Cleary, Trevor "Percie" Percival, Kev "Ruwie" Ruwoldt, Tony "Tackers" Miles and David "Doc" Watson.

Easter Saturday 15th April.

From Alan Rodgers:

“Who let the dogs out”?
 When one sees all these gentle, gentlemen, one has to say what the heck and where the heck has the time gone. I can kindly remember when we were together there were no “stretch marks” or flabby skin. What went wrong during the time since we were last together?

From Allan Moffatt:
BAZ Well done – you have been granted your OBE !!! I will go down to my local Club and have a drink in your HONOUR!! – you can pay me later.

Hard to pick whose 80th it is !!! all look the same
Shorty Moffatt


Vale Lindsay Robert Laming R35141 - A/PO Tel

Following received by Shorty Moffatt.
Vale Acting PO Telegraphist Lindsay Laming.

Good afternoon Allan

My name is David Laming and I currently reside in Sydney NSW. I am a retired Naval Officer having served 22 years from 1975 to 1997. The purpose of this email is to notify you that my father Lindsay Laming (91 years) of 21 Counter Road, Elizabeth Downs, South Australia passed away on Saturday 8th April and his funeral is to be held on Friday 21st April at Fulham Funerals, 50 Midway Road, Elizabeth East at 1030. Lindsay was a subscriber to the RANCBA News as he was an ex-telegraphist onboard HMAS Hobart.

Dad enlisted in the Navy in June 1943 and after training as a telegraphist was posted to HMAS Hobart serving with British Pacific Fleet in the Pacific Ocean north of Australia. Hobart comprised part of the covering and support group for the Allied landings at Cebu, Tarakan, Wewak, Brunei and Balikpapan. She was also among the Australia ships present in Tokyo Bay for the Japanese surrender. Although discharged after World War II ended he again re-enlisted in 1947 for a further 8 years paying off as an Acting PO Tel.

I would like to thank you on his behalf for the memories and joy from your news gave him each month. He was keen to stay informed and aware of the comings and goings of his fellow communicator brethren.

David W Laming
Thanks David, our thoughts are with you.  May your father Rest in Peace.


Yachtsmen Scheme Volunteers

Following received and for your information
Allan 'Shorty' Moffatt
President RANCBA NSW

Hello All,

There are few WW2 veterans who are more 'forgotten' than the 'Yachties', Australians who volunteered to serve with the RN. The attached brief tells their story in general terms.

Historian Jan Billett has been on their case since the turn of the century and is writing a book about their exploits. She has also engaged in mortal combat with the AWM, who at first refused to believe these people existed, and then denied they had any right to have their service commemorated at the Memorial. Jan won, but it was not easy. They're still going to make her pay for the tea and bikkies.

I'd be grateful if you could circulate the story and the invitation to attend to your contacts. Dave, this would make a great story for Navy News, and I can put you in contact with Jan if you or another reporter want to follow it up.

Needless to say, the Yachtie H&A recipients and their stories are all in Bravo Zulu Vol 1.

All the best,
Ian Pfennigwerth


On behalf of the Yachtsmen Scheme volunteers, you are invited to attend the Dominion Yachtsmen Scheme Plaque Dedication Ceremony. The ceremony will be held at 11.00 am on Thursday 4 May 2017 in the Captain Reg Saunders Courtyard of the Australian War Memorial.

Please have your office contact Ms Allanah Bannister, Events and Ceremonies Coordinator, on 02 6243 4227 or via by Wednesday 26 April 2017 to advise your availability. Should you be able to accept this invitation, a brief regarding your attendance will be sent closer to the date.

Yours sincerely,

Janet Roberts Billett MA


RAN, RANR and RANVR, including the Dominion Yachtsmen Scheme,

 who served in the Royal Navy 1939-45.

About five hundred Australian volunteers (the Yachtsmen Scheme) were sent for officer training to the United Kingdom from 1940-42, prior to the outbreak of war with Japan.  On commissioning the men were posted throughout the Royal Navy, mostly serving in smaller ships.  They served in the Atlantic and Arctic seas, on convoy duty, the Mediterranean and the Persian Gulf, in Special Operations and Rendering Mines Safe (bomb disposal).  Towards the end of the war many were involved in the landings for D-Day while many also served in the South-East Asian theatre.  After four or more years away they returned to an Australia in the throes of the final stages of the Pacific war and a much smaller navy.

While most of the men were posted back to the Royal Australian Navy, many found themselves serving in more junior positions of responsibility than they had in the Royal Navy.  Nor on their return, were they accorded any acknowledgement by the Australian public for their contribution to the final Allied victory.  Over the next sixty years the men made real efforts to build a collective identity and without this continuity of contact the material for this research would not have been accessible.  Only the men could tell their story about their service and only, over a number of interviews, were the threads of the Yachtsmen Scheme story brought together.   Their feelings of disillusionment and melancholy about the lack of public recognition for their war service were voiced and by the early twenty-first century the men sought similar recognition to their Australian compatriots.  

The men are proud of their service in the Royal Navy as Australians and believe that as a group they are the most highly decorated servicemen of World War II.  The Australian Government paid for their contribution in World War II and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs readily accepted the responsibility for their care.  Yet there is no official nominal roll of this group in Australia or the United Kingdom. It is time that their story was told for future generations to understand and acknowledge their endurance and sacrifice in the terrible years of service in the war at sea on the other side of the world, far from their homeland.

Over 1100 Australians served in the Royal Navy during World War II.  Most served as volunteers, RANVR, although a handful of RAN personnel were included.  Approximately five hundred served through the Yachtsmen Scheme and there were also a number of Anti-Submarine officers who trained at HMAS Rushcutter in Sydney.  The Yachtsmen Scheme and the Anti-Submarine Scheme ran concurrently.

The group of Yachtsmen Scheme volunteers were awarded 4 George Crosses (GM), 10 George Medals (GM), 31 Distinguished Service Crosses (DSC), I Distinguished Service Medal (DSM), 34 Mentioned-in -Dispatches (MiD), 3 Orders of the British Empire (OBE), 3 Members of the British Empire (MBE) and a Conspicuous Gallantry Medal (CGM), the only one ever awarded to an Australian. 

Janet Roberts Billett MA (Melb)

April 2017.

ANZAC Day 25th April 2017

Herewith the details for the RANCBA NSW Chapter.

Wreath Laying

As in previous years, the RANCBA shall be Laying a Wreath at the Cenotaph, Martin Place at our allotted time 07.40am Fall in at the corner of Pitt Street & Martin Place at 07.30am.  A Serving CIS Communicator in the Dress of the Day will be our dedicated Wreath Layer. I have had a email regarding the March and it is hoped that the two CIS Sailors will be also at the Wreath Laying and they can both place the Wreath on the Cenotaph.


The route for the March is the same as last year, and no longer down past the Cenotaph and into George Street. With all the construction going on for the new light rail project, it would be a disaster.  The RANCBA falling in for Post WW II Navy and Merchant Navy with the March Leader for Navy being Vice Admiral Ian Knox AC RAN Rtd . Here in this section we are listed as number 11, directly behind the YARRA Assn . Our Banner will be displayed, but should you have any problems locating us, there will March Marshals in the area who will advise you. This is the top end of Castlereagh Street and Hunter Street corner.

Approximate time for Groups to form-up WW II Veterans 0845-0930 , Post WWII Navy 0930-1015 . These times are an estimate when to form up, BUT be ready to move up to the start line.  Now WW II Navy Veterans 0845-0930 and here the March Leader will be Rear Admiral Guy Griffiths AO DSO DSC RAN Rtd.

Act of Remembrance

After Marching into Hunter Street, we will then swing into Elizabeth Street and follow all the way down to the dispersal point , past Museum Station in Liverpool Street. There will be a larger Wreath than last year, and also signs more predominate to Eyes Left and Bands to commence a Drum Beat and then Eyes Front.

Dispersal point.

Keep marching in Liverpool Street, till advised by one of the March Marshals to stop, break ranks and clear the roadway for more following.  Last year. approximate 5.000 Serving and ex Serving Navy took part.


The Reunion will again be held at the GREEN SQUARE Hotel, Bourke Street , Zetland . It is just 2 stops from Museum Station , just follow the crowd. Here Mine Host is Ex L/Sig Nigel 'Swampy'Marsh.  NOW, Here all family, friends, girl friends, boy friends etc are more than welcome to join with us – call it stumps when ever you wish

Hoping to see you there, and if you play your cards right, you can buy me a beer!!

Allan 'Shorty' Moffatt OAM
President RANCBA NSW Chapter


Navy Leads the Parade in Brisbane, form up William Street before 9.30 am.

Following the Parade join us at the Victory Hotel Cnr Charlotte and Edward Sts commencing 11 am to circumvent the state liquor laws we have booked in for a private function. $20 pp includes drinks and platters.

HMAS Parramatta, HMAS Success and Spanish DDG Christobel Colon expected to be in Brisbane to lead the Navy contingent in the Parade.

Look forward to seeing you all on the day.

Please ring Sonja (Secretary) on 0412 750 372 the week before the event so that we can confirm numbers with the Victory

or Alan Hellier President RANCBA Q 07 3397 2663

Many thanks

Brisbane Comms Contingent 2017 - Photo taken by Joan Cross



The RANCBA-ACT will be marching in Canberra on Anzac Day.

Your march leader will be Dave Jeffrey.

Members usually meet at the Navy Memorial – form up between 1000-1030 – march commences at 1040 – not sure as yet of our march position, look for our banner, please wear your name badge and don’t forget to turn your mobile off.

We are holding an after-march function at the Canberra Bowling Club, Hobart Ave, Forrest. Kick off at 1230 approx.

Please pass this email onto other communicators/ex-communicators, they will be very welcome at the after-march function.

Peter Guy


Today, on what could only be described as a perfect day, this Service for the loss of HMAS VAMPIRE I was held at Garden Island at the end of the Island near the CORVETTE'S Memorial and the bow section of HMAS PARRAMATTA I, with seating arranged , looking towards the harbour and Bradleys Head.

The Service was Officiated by Chaplain Kees Bosch RAN and with music by the RAN Band – Sydney Detachment and singing by L/SEA Tracey Kennedy.

Commander Andrew Fraser RAN, Commanding Officer HMAS KUTTABUL was the Master of Ceremonies , and after his Welcome to all, we were asked to Stand for the March On and Mounting of the Catafalque Party. This was followed by the Hymn Now Thank We All God , led by the RAN Band but sung by all.

On completion, the Commemorative Prayer was given by WO Matthew Hurley.Ship's Warrant Officer HMAS KUTTABUL and then the Address by Captain Paul Martin OAM, RAN Rtd, former Commanding Officer HMAS VAMPIRE II.

The Wreath Laying was then by Official Guests as directed the MC . The first by the Australian Fleet Commander Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer OA, CSC & Bar RAN , some included Ken Sherwell President VAMPIRE Association, and Ken Swain AM (VAMPIRE Commissioning crew and myself were called up, I was wearing my other cap as President of the Federation of Naval Ships Assn).

When this was completed, all were requested to stand for the ODE , recited by WO Matthew Hurley, HMAS KUTTABUL, the LAST POST, ONE MINUTES SILENCE and REVEILLE.

Chaplain Bosch RAN invited all for the saying of the Naval Prayer and then the Naval Hymn – led by L/Seaman Tracey Kennedy and on completion to remain standing for the National Anthem and Benediction.

The March Off of the Catafalque Party was given and all were then invited for Morning Tea in the RAN Heritage Centre.

Along with Ken Swain , Ken Sherwell and his wife Sandra, here I had the pleasure of talking to Digby 'Blue' Ingram from the Chaplains Office, plus some others.

To the Navy, BZ for a very good Service in memory of those that went before and Paid the Supreme Sacrifice in WW II.

Lest We Forget
Allan 'Shorty' Moffatt OAM
President RANCBA NSW

Monthly Photo taken at the Grand Central Hotel Monday 3rd April.

L to R Bob Simpson, Bas Cleary, Don Ruwoldt, Shags Hellier, Roger Garrett Esq, John Horton, Doc Watson, Kev Ruwoldt.

Next gathering at the GCH will be on the 8th May due to May Day falling on the 1st Monday.

Kev Ruwoldt



This combined Service was held at the Cenotaph, Martin Place on Friday 31st March, commencing at the end of the ringing of the Bells on the Tower Clock at 11.00am, with the Guest of Honour, His Excellency General David Hurley AC DSC (Rtd) and accompanied by his wife Linda.

The Service commenced with the MC, Allan Moffatt OAM , saying The Acknowledgment of Country , and then for all to stand for the arrival of the Official Party and remain standing for the March On from contingents from HMAS CANBERRA ARMIDALE and NUSHIP HOBART, and then remain standing for the Mounting of the Catafalque Party from HMAS WATERHEN with music supplied by the RAN Band under the Baton of Lieutenant Brian O'Kane RAN.

Here the MC then Welcomed the following . HE, The Governor of NSW, General David Hurley and Mrs Hurley, The Hon. David Elliot MP Representing the Premier of NSW, Her Excellency, Mrs Erica Schouten, Ambassador of the Netherlands, Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer Australian Fleet Commander, Major-General Gus MacLachlan AM Forces Commander Australia, Wing Commander James Svede Representing the Commander Air, Patron of the Java & Coral Sea Association, Rear Admiral Guy Griffiths AO DSO DSC RAN Rtd, The Hon. Robert 'Bob' Lee Hawke AC , former Prime Minister of Australia, Distinguished Guests, Naval Veterans and all in attendance.

I also tended an apology from the Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett AO DSC RAN who was now required to remain in Canberra and attend a Meeting.

The MC then acknowledged the presence of current serving personnel from HMAS CANBERRA, ARMIDALE and NUSHIP HOBART, and the loss of the former CANBERRA, the torpedoing of HOBART and the loss of ARMIDALE (the Teddy Sheehan fame) , then some of the survivors that are with us today – this included Rear Admiral Guy Griffiths who was serving on the Battle cruiser HMS REPULSE and was sunk in 1941, Mr Frank McGovern survivor from HMAS PERTH I who was sunk , captured by the Japanese, sent to the infamous Changi prison and to the infamous Burma rail way. There others and it was hoped that those in attendance had a chance to talk to some of these Veterans.  Also in attendance was Members of the HOBART Association with Mr John Withers OAM and Mr Michael Kay proudly displaying their Associations Banner.

On completion, I then asked Senior Chaplain Duncan Besci RAN to come forward and give God's Blessing on this Service and on completion he asked all join in the singing of the Hymn – O God Our Help in Ages Past and then The Lord's Prayer and followed by the Navy Psalm 107.

I then asked if our two Guest Speakers could come forward – the first being the Consul General of the Netherlands Mr Willem Cosijn and also a Commander of the Netherlands NAVY and if he would talk to all about the Java Sea aspects of the Battle
I then invited if Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer AO CSC & Bar RAN if he would talk to all about the aspects of the Battle of the Coral Sea.

After thanking both our Guests all were asked to stand for the Wreath Laying Service . There was many, but some of these included:  HE The Governor of NSW, General David Hurley – Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer Fleet Commander – The Hon David Elliot MP, Her Excellency Mrs Erica Schouten Ambassador the Netherlands, Mrs Lynda Voltz MLC Representing the Leader of the NSW Opposition- Maj-General Gus Maclachlan & Wing Commander James Svede – Rear Admiral Guy Griffiths Patron of the Java & Coral Sea Assn & Commodore Arian Minderhoud Royal Netherlands Navy Representing Chief of the Netherlands Navy – Professor Kerryn Phelps Representing the Lord Mayor of Sydney – Acting Asst Commissioner Michael Fitzgerald Representing the Commissioner NSW Police – Mrs Valerie Fowler US Consul General & Brigadier Andrew Harrison UK Defence Advisor Canberra – Mr Hayden White DVA, Mr David Cohen OAM RSL & Mr Keith Grimley President NAA (NSW) please be seated.

The Hon Michael Baume Representing CEO American/Australian Assn, Mr Neils Marquardt CEO USA Chamber of Commerce & LCDR Adam McLeod USN Representing the USN Naval Attache – Captain Ashley Papp RAN Commanding Officer HMAS CANBERRA, LCDR Ben Welfare RAN Representing the CO NUSHIP HOBART & LCDR Barton Harrington RAN Commanding Officer HMAS ARMIDALE – Mr Raymond & Mrs Sonja Raymond President of the American Legion – Mr Tony Van Grieken President Netherlands Ex Service men and women Association, Ms Christine Roberts HMAS AUSTRALIAN Assn & Mr Bill Ross President HMAS HOBART Assn – Mrs Rosemary Stockley OAM President Ex WRANS & Naval Womens Assn of NSW , Mrs Di Vogt Representing the President of the War Widows Guild & Ms Angela Valentine Flint Secretary Combined Services Club – Mr Tony Mills President HMAS PERTH Assn, Mr Ron Glew President RAAF Assn & Mrs Mary Bell Secretary Federation of Naval Ships Assn – Mr John Lees & Mrs Pat Shield Royal Marines Assn – Mr Don Kennedy President Merchant Navy Sub Branch – Maj-General Paul Irving President Royal United Services Institute , Mr Paul Lane President Sydney Legacy & Mr Roger Selby President Jewish Ex Service men & women Assn - Cmdr Ken Swain AM RAN Secretary of the Java & Coral Sea Committee for 20 years, Mrs Jan Cunningham Coral Sea Committee for 32 years and Mr David Wallker Grandson of the Captain Hec Waller – lost on HMAS PERTH in 1942

I then asked if any Relative – friend or others wish to Lay a Wreath , Floral Tribute or a single Flower to now come forward and do so

All were then asked to Stand for the Naval Ode – Recited by Cmdr Ken Swain – The Last Post – A Minutes Silence – The The Sailors Ode Recited by Mrs Jan Cunningham and then Reveille.

Then Senior Chaplain Duncan Besci RAN was invited to come forward where all were asked to join in the Naval Hymn, and the Naval Prayer and Benediction was given.

I then invited all to stand for the National Anthems of AUSTRALIA – GREAT BRITAIN – UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and THE NETHERLANDS.  Here L/Seaman Tracey Kennedy of the RAN Band was brilliant and it was so pleasing to see, some of the public stop and listen to all the National Anthems

On completion all were asked to remain standing for the March Off on the Catafalque Party and the Naval Contingents and the departure of the Official Party.

All those invited, were then asked to make their way to the Anthenium Restaurant in Barrack Street.

I would like to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU to the very small Committee who made this Service happen – In no particular order Mr Ken Swain, Ms Jan Cunningham, Mrs Rosemary Stockley, Ms Christine Roberts and I suppose myself Allan Moffatt.

Also we had help from others, placing of the Order of Services etc and escorting the Official Party – Mr Dick Thompson OAM, (RANCBA) Ms Liz Watts (RANCBA & Sec Ex WRANS & Womens Naval Service) Ray & Sharon Mundy (RANCBA) and it is with all these peoples help – it all ran smoothly - BZ.

Also noted other Communicators with partners , Andy & Jan Mills, Max Miller and Cheryl Murphy, June Swain and Helen Moffatt. I do apologise for those that I have missed.

Allan 'Shorty' Moffatt OAM
Chairman Battle of the Java & Coral Sea Committee,
& President RANCBA NSW Chapter

March 2017

Vale Edmund Davern R50325 (ex LRO)

Shorty Moffatt passes on the following information:

I have received the following email advising the Passing of one Eddie Davern on 28th March aged 79 years.  He was a ex Telegraphist in the 50's early 60's era and also one of those when they took their DEE and served down in the Antarctica .

I also had a phone call from Peter Baggott.  On the 29th Sue Davern advised that her husband Eddie W63 W67 had gone ahead. The Funeral is in the hands of Gregson & Weight at Nambour 07 5476 2866 or email for Funeral details.

Funeral service to be held at the Gregson and Weight Chapel, 34 National Park Road, NAMBOUR, on Monday 3rd April commencing 1.00 pm.

Address for Sue is PO Box 217 Mapleton Qld 4560. If you would like to send a Floral Tribute, the Funeral Director advises to call 07 5446 3052.

Lest we Forget
Allan 'Shorty' Moffatt
(I think that W67 is for the one of the Stations in the Antarctica called WILKES and the 67 is the year based there -

From the Archives:
Edmund Vincent Jordan DAVERN R50325, DOB 26.04.37, Joined RAN 26.04.55, DEE 25.04.61.  Postings: CERBERUS 54-55, LEEUWIN 55-56, QUEENBOROUGH 56, WARRAMUNGA 56, SWAN 56, WARRAMUNGA 56-57, HARMAN 57, LONDSALE 57-58, CERBERUS 58-59, MELBOURNE 59-61, HARMAN 61 - DEE.  ORDTEL '54, TEL '56, A/LRO '58, LRO '59.


Vale Lawrie Baker R29025 (ex TEL)

Lawrie, one of the stalwarts of RANCBA Vic slipped his anchor for the final time, peacefully.

He served as a Telegraphist in HMAS Cerberus, Harman, Tarrangau, Albatross, Gladstone, Melville, Lonsdale, Vengeance, and Melbourne and of course finally at DSD.

Some might remember being at odds with him though this wasn’t unusual given his part time occupation as a SP Bookmaker within the fleet though I’m not sure if he kept this up after swallowing the anchor.

Lawrie’s funeral service will be held at the Wilson Chapel in Springvale Botanical Cemetery on Monday 3rd 2017 at 11.15


There’s a wondrous Golden Harbour, far beyond the setting sun,
Where a gallant ship may anchor when her fighting days are done,
Free from tempest, rock and battle, toil and tumult, safely o’er
Where the breezes murmur softly and there’s peace for evermore.
They have climbed the last horizon, they are standing in from sea
And the Pilot makes the Haven where a ship is glad to be:

RA Hopewood.. Part of the Old way!

Ian Hogarth
Hon Sec RANCBA Vic
Lest We Forget



1. Another fantastic Regional reunion has been done and dusted. It was a great event as usual and the washup comments have been very positive. the staff at the Big4 holiday park in Port Fairy were very  welcoming with anything we requested being no trouble at all. So much so that they have asked me to advise all RANCBA members that wish to stay with them will receive a discount. That is all members.

2. The BAMSTONE visit was a real eye opener and was very encouraging to see a home grown firm in a country location employing 50 people and doing so well. A very unique business indeed. Refer to Gary's photos for info on this business. All activities went off very well with the dinner on Saturday night a big hit. This was helped along by our 93 year old guest and reunion attendee, Barry Downs an ex world 2 veteran sparker enlightening us all with events at HMAS Harman and the Pacific region during the war. It was very touching to witness the standing ovation Barry received. His wife Stella was just as inspiring, she is a spritely 92 year old.

3. Next year 2018 we will be holding our Regional reunion in Phillip Island over the Vietnam Veterans weekend in August. The RSL will be involved, as will the Vietnam museum and of course the Fairy Penguins. We would love to see a huge turn up to this event as we will be under our banner on Vietnam Veterans day (Saturday) with a large contingent of other Vets. There will be plenty of information re this Regional Reunion so stay posted.

4. We may however throw in a catch up weekend in the Queenscliff, Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads area during the lengthy period between the reunions. We will discuss it at our next committee meeting. Stay posted again as we will make sure it is interesting with a varied format.

5. So that's it until our Pacific Islands and FIJI cruise in August . There is still room for those that would like to join us. Any other queries please contact me on 0418 524 067.

Nokka White
President RANCBA VIC


Looking for Patrick Nolan, RAN, HMAS Sydney 1969

I have received the following and if anyone could assist.
Shorty Moffatt

Assistance please - PLEASE CIRCULATE

If you are able to assist please contact Mike direct at email address -

or phone - 07 3869 1236

* * * * * * * * * * * * * *

I and a group of ex students from Padua College at Kedron Brisbane are attempting to contact one of our old students who was apparently on HMAS Sydney in 1969.

The aim is to commemorate the Vietnam Area service by all our students by way of a plaque laid at our school.

We are attempting to contact one person and ask that if your association might have any contact details, and pass on a message to the veteran or his family, to please contact us.

We are looking for Patrick James Nolan

Born 1952 Brisbane

Served RAN number R96571

Ordinary Seaman (Electrical Mechanic)

Vietnam Service HMAS Sydney, 08/02/1969 to 25/02/1969 and 08/05/1969 to30/05/1969.

Please contact
Mike Willett
07 3869 1236

Thanks very much
If anyone can assist please contact Mike as above.

From Ken Eynon,
I just copied Shorty Moffatt's post on subject matter to facebook and have been advised by a Wayne Roots that he joined up with Pat and has put him in contact with the Kedron School.


Frank Hicks - Life Membership RANCBA ACT

The following was recently sent to Frank Hicks from the President of the RANCBA ACT.


The RANCBA (ACT) is proud and privileged to present you with life membership for your role as foundation president and for your work in establishing the RANCBA (ACT) Chapter.

Whilst discussing the history of the RANCBA (ACT) Chapter at our last committee meeting it was obvious that without your vision and energy in the early 1990’s in setting up the RANCBA (ACT), this chapter would not be in existence today.

For this we are truly grateful and thank you for all your hard work.

It would have been nice for us to present your life membership certificate and badge in person and certainly many years earlier. That not being possible please find both enclosed.

On behalf of the current committee congratulations, thank you and best wishes.

Ken Eynon


BZ Frank, a well deserved award!

Vale Sonny James Fay R57384 (ex LRO)

Judy, Sonny Fay's wife, rang me this morning with the sad news that Sonny crossed the bar on Friday 17 March. Sonny was an RO who was a very good friend of mine and I am sure many others would remember him.

Judy's address is 97 Lagoon Drive, Yanchep WA. 6035. I hope you have Smooth seas old mate.

John Beachball Thorp
Sad news, may he RIP
Lest We Forget

From the Archives:
Sonny James Fay, DOB 05.04.1941.  Joined RAN 23.09.1960.  DEE 22.09.1969. Postings: CERBERUS 60-61, PARRAMATTA 61-63, HARMAN 63-64, PALUMA 64-66, MORETON 67-68, VAMPIRE 68-89. DEE 22.09.69.
RCTCO - 23.09.60, ORD RO 23.05.61, RO 23.07.62, A/LRO 05.03.65, LRO 05.03.66.

From Tackers Miles:
I have been remiss in following the RANCB website, so you can imagine my shock when I found that Tex Daley had crossed the bar. I considered Tex to be a friend and always enjoyed his company . A good bloke.

Have also just been informed that Sonny Fay has also crossed the bar. Another friend that I had totally lost contact with. Sonny was a great bloke, good Sparker and a pleasure to have a beer with.

Hopefully they have smooth seas until they find safe harbour.

RIP my friends.
Tony (Tackers) Miles

From Kev 'Ruwie' Ruwoldt:
Once again another good bloke, Sonny Fay has crossed the bar too early. I did my RS’Q’ Course with Sonny Fay along with Brian Nicholls, Wes Turnbull, Stomp Forward and Buck Rodgers in 66/67. Many a nights studying was done at the “Wets”.

I wish you smooth seas mate.
Kev ‘Ruwie’ Ruwoldt

From Allan Moffatt:
It is with very sad feelings when I read the Passing of Sonny Fay. As John 'Beachball' Thorp said many in our era would have known him.

It was indeed a pleasure to have known and served with him, he was a great person and a very good sparker.

He was the late LRO Jim Carey's mate and so they shall now be re united and spin some great yarns.

Farewell old mate – it was indeed a pleasure to have known you.

Allan 'Shorty' Moffatt OAM



1. Just a brief update to remind everybody of a few minor points, plus to wish you all a safe trip to Port Fairy.

A. Please don't forget to bring name tags, those that have them. We will have stick ons for those that don't have one.

B. We have two buses for Saturday - a 57 seater and a 25 seater. Please don't be late as we need to depart right on 1 pm. Please share yourselves onto both buses so that The large one is not too crowded.

C. Laurie Jones who works at the Vietnam Vets Museum has belt buckles for sale at $5 each. These normally retail for $28.50 at the museum.

D. We have some very interesting items for both raffles, the meet and greet and Saturday evenings dinner.

2. That's about enough from me, but if anybody has any queries please call me on0418 524 067.

See you all next weekend.


Vale Trevor Harriss R62115 (ex LRO)

Heard about this yesterday from Bill Allen.

"I know that Trevor Harriss was a Tasmanian from Ross or around that way. Think he joined the RAN in early 1963. Not sure what rank he was on discharge.

He was not a member of the RANCBA (ACT) but was involved with the Vietnam Vets at Page here in Belconnen.

My youngest was in the same year as Trevor's son Richard at Ginninderra High School. Trevor after leaving the RAN went into the Washing Machine repairs business.

I would see him around Belconnen from time to time and at school functions. For the golfers he and son Richard were at one time big into golf.

Our condolences are with Penny and the greater Harriss family. Pretty sure that Penny was a WRAN."

Ken (Taffy )Eynon

Another good man down.  Go Pies!

From the Archives:
Trevor James Harriss R62115, Born 14.09.45, Joined RAN 1.5.63.  Discharge date not known but appears to be early 1972 after 9 years service.  ORO 29.10.63, RO 19.02.65, A/LRO 6.12.68.  Postings - CERBERUS 63-64, ANZAC 64-66. HARMAN 66-67, BRISBANE 67-69, HARMAN 69..


List of Indigenous or Torres Strait Islanders

An ex Dibby here in Brisbane (Ray Sandford - ex POTAS rate) is trying to make a list (for NAA Q) of all ex and current RAN personnel who qualify as Indigenous or Torres Strait Islanders. He is happy to just have names, but if persons want to volunteer their contact details he would be very happy.

Marion Dingo, Harry Mosman, Dinga Bell, and John Pummell I can think of, plus Graham Kong's wife, I think.

If you could slip his request onto the RANCBA web site it would handy.

Thanks John, cheers and Beers,

Greg Palmer

If anyone would like to know more, please contact Ray direct on the link above.



I was an army Signalman aboard Parramatta mid 1962 from Singapore-Hong Kong and return, station was EWO. There were six of us, 3 with Parramatta and 3 with Yarra....

Am looking for any background on this trip, itself being quite unusual. Skipper at the time for Parramatta was Captain Guy Griffiths.

At the time was 6/1195 Signalman L J Eaton of 201 Signals Squadron (Overseas) based at RAF Seletar in Singapore and working at CK2.

Len Eaton
If anyone can help please reply to Len direct.

From Bill Aylott:
Surely Len should be directing his query to Shorty San, when you mention Guy Griffiths & HMAS Parramatta in one breath, Shorty would go ballistic with TMI.


Vale Fred Kluth & Ron Foale

Sorry to have to relay the following.

Frederick Thomas Kluth R52485 (former Signalman) died in Darwin on Sunday 5th March.  Fred served from 1956-62.

Ronald Alan Foale R50610 (former Telegraphist) died in Adelaide on Tuesday 7th March. Ron served from 1955-61.

My informants are reliable and I will vouch for the authenticity. Regrettably I have no other information. Both men were employed in the aviation industry post RAN.

Max Miller
Thanks Max, may they both RIP.
Lest We Forget

From Brian Nichols:
Sad to hear of Ron’s passing- Served with him on the “Quickmatch” 1960-61- ran into him a few times while doing Reserve time- great guy.
RIP Horse.

From Danni Snow:
Was just on your site to see if I could add details about Ron Foale’s passing when I noticed it had already been posted. Ron was my neighbour for a few years in Edithburgh SA before moving to Adelaide. Ron and I enjoyed many chats about his time in the Navy and his many other adventures including his time in Antarctica. Ron would have turned 80 next month.
Danise (Danni) Snow
(ex CPOET )

From Kev 'Ruwie' Ruwoldt:
Sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. Served with him on the Quickie-Maru also. He was in DCA for years at Moorabin Vic and ended up the Boss of Flight Service/Comms in Adelaide. Great bloke who loved a coldie….

From Peter Baggott:
'Horse' foal was at Davis Station in Antarctica in 1963. Only twelve chaps wintered.  Horse was the only Radio Op, with a tech backup. However , he broke his leg and had to be placed next to his radio gear, where, for three months he slept, ate and socialised,  Wonderful happy chap.


Vale LWRROM Robyn Lynette Sullivan (nee Jones) W86003

To whom it may concern,

My name is Bradley Sullivan and It is my sad duty to inform you that my mother, former communicator LWRROM Robyn Lynette Sullivan nee Jones W86003 passed away this morning at 0420 10th March 2017.

Funeral is set for 1030 24th March 2017 at Parkview Funeral home, 43 Holland Street Goonellabah NSW 2480.

There is a RSL component as part of the service, and former shipmates are welcome to attend.

The photos are of mum when she joined and the 2005 reunion in Sydney.

Bradley Sullivan


Sad news, I had many a cold one with Spike at the Tourist Hotel Queanbeyan during 1968.
May she Rest In Peace.  Thank you Bradley for letting us know, our thoughts are with you.

From Robyn & Greg Rouse:
Just reading about Spike Jones passing away, so sad to hear that news we were good friends during our service, Robyn was in the class before me, after she left Canberra we sadly lost contact, but then again when you serve together you never lose contact..  Could you please put our thoughts and prayers up on your web site.
Robyn and Greg Rouse


UPDATE No 3 - Big4 Holiday Park Port Fairy

1. All activities for the weekend have now been locked in place. The weekend will commence at 4pm on Friday the 24th with a Mini golf tournament for those interested. It will be conducted by the park, who will also be supplying prizes and we thank them for their kindness.

2. The meet and greet kicks off between 5.30 and 6 pm in the function room. BYO drinks and please a small platter. Any queries please ring me on 0418 525 067. We will also be providing some Pizzas and once again we will be having a raffle with very exciting prizes.

3A. Saturday commences with the park providing a pancake breakfast at 8.30 am at the camp kitchen. We will open the function room for those that would like a little more comfort.

3B. There is a market in town on Saturday morning which is next to the tourist info centre at the lower end of the main street. Also for information, the RSL is on the other side of the Tourist centre.

3C The information centre could not handle our large group due to other bookings. however they have provided me with self conducted tour maps of the Historical areas for those that would like to for groups and do this tour - duration approx. 1 hour.

3D Lunch is independent as there are lots of lovely cafes in Port Fairy. Two that we recommend are Rebeccas café and Rock Salt both to the right at the main intersection coming from the park

4A The buses will be picking us up at the park for departure at 1 pm. Please don't be late as we have a tight schedule. Firstly we will be heading to an extremely interesting venue for a 1 hour tour. Especially interesting for those interested in gardens and monuments etc.

4B Next we will be heading inside a very large and old Volcano at Tower Hill on our way to Warrnambool. Its a scenic drive through with some short walks plus an information centre. But primarily a big hole.

4C Next we head off to do a scenic tour of Warrnambool city and surrounds - unfortunately its not wale berthing time of the year. We then return to the park for a freshen up for dinner. The buses will be transiting us to dinner and back to the park so that everybody can be completely relaxed and not have to drive.

5. Sunday - We will be providing breakfast at around 9 AM. This will be in the function room again. It will be our regular full and tasty breakfast and will include Reggie Robbins very tasty and traditional Pussers train smash for all to enjoy.

6. Don't forget payment can be made online on RANCBAVIC website for everything except Saturday night dinner which is paid direct to the RSL. If you have any queries re this payment please ring Gary Swanton on 0430 339 921 and he will be pleased to assist you.



Hi all just a quick minor change to the programme

The park has requested that we start breakfast Saturday morning at 9 am - Cheers

Names so far of those attending

John & Rachel White Ian & Marion Schubert Roy & Lyn Barber
John & Sue Falk Clive & Yvonne Voss Frank & Lorraine Lawton
Barry & Stella Downs Rob & Lucy Dix Jan & Rick Easom
Ray & Sharon Mundy Gary & Debbie Swanton Leslie & Kym Hutton
Kym & Heather Parry Howden & Julie Jennings Keith & Geraldine Crew
Simon Wolfe - Les Thurgood Jan Withers - Ern Power Barry Kane - Ann Drohan
Tina Norton - Karryn White Rebecca Wolfe Wendy Hanson
Brian & Ritva Harley Hugh & Pat Green Ted & Lyn Murray
Frank & Evelyn Hoy Andrew & Jan Mills Tex & Sue Sherriff
Ken & Robyn Dusting Ray & Sandra Knights Bill & Glenys Begbie
Laurie & Jan Jones David & Lyn Priebbinow Reg & Gayle Robbins
Graham Wilsdon


Brisbane Get Together March 2017

Another one for the QSO page at your leisure please mate.

L to R … Bas Cleary, Bob Simpson, Noel Chidgey, Jim Eagles, Doc Watson, Tackers Miles, Gus Dodds, Roger Garrett Esq, Kev Ruwoldt.

Next gathering is on the 3rd April at the Grand Central.


February 2017


On Sunday 26th February 2017, this combined Service was held at the Chapel, Garden Island and attended in the vicinity of 150 plus, and Officiated by Chaplain Colin Tett RAN, with music by a group from the RAN Band Sydney Detachment.

The Service commenced with all to stand by the Parade of the Australian White Ensign paraded into the Chapel, and it was very well executed, and the AWE was presented to the Chaplain and it was Laid to Rest on the Altar. He then made a Welcome to all and then the Hymn Amazing Grace was sung – here a Sailor from the RAN Band came forward to lead the singing, but unfortunately I did not take down his name, so for this I do apologise.

This was followed by The Lord's Prayer and then the Naval Psalm and this was given by Mr. Tony Mills , President of the HMAS PERTH Assn. All were then invited to stand for the Hymn May the Mind of Christ My Saviour and then the Bible Reading, by Chaplain Tett (1 Corinthians 12 4-11)

This was then followed by Reflections of those whose Plaque will be Dedicated.

The following had served this Nation in the RAN

Writer John Edward Knox
AB William Charles Horswell
Lieut Fredrick Sydney Sharpe
Lieut Gavin Roy Campbell
Lieut Commander Warren Francis Lloyd
Cmdr James Gordon Somerville

Here the reflections that are given, my only regret that no recording is taken as most I believe should be kept as a full record of this Nation's commitment to helping the Peace in the World.

Then the Commemoration to remember those who Paid the Supreme Sacrifice whilst serving aboard HMAS PERTH in the waters of the Sunda Strait, and also HMAS YARRA who died in the waters of the Mediterranean, and for those of other ships for whom the sea is their final resting place.

Then Mr Frank McGovern, HMAS PERTH Assn came forward to Recite a POEM called HMAS PERTH , and should you have the opportunity to read, please do so, as it has such meaning for those that fought and lost their life.

This was followed by the Naval Hymn ( sung by all ) , and then the ODE's , Recited by Allan Moffatt – The Last Post – A Minutes Silence – then Reveille

Followed by the Australian National Anthem (sung by all and with great pride) – then the AWE was then Paraded by Slow March down the Aisle of the Chapel.

A Prayer for the Navy and the Blessing.

All were then Invited to join in Morning Tea at the Historical Bldg, a very short walk from the Chapel, and by this time, the sky had started to clear as heavy rain had been predicted, but someone looked after us, so a quick decision was made to set up outside . The food, sandwiches/cakes/quiches/party pies) were made, supplied by Members of the FNSA & RANCBA Members. Also cool drink, tea & coffee.

Here the feed back that I was given by many that had attended both the Service at the Chapel and then with the Morning Tea, was very positive, and for many, this was their first encounter with the Navy and they had nothing but praise, but more so for the volunteers who had provided the refreshments.

This included, Mary & Philip Bell (FNSA), Jan & Ric Easom, June & Ken Swain, Jan & Andy Mills, Helen & Allan Moffatt – all RANCBA Members, and John Byrnes HMAS SYDNEY Assn. So to all, I cannot thank you enough for making this day, that most of the NOK and friends of deceased something they will remember.

Unfortunately a couple of our very stalwart RANCBA Members were not available , this included Ms Liz Watts who had a bad accident 2 days prior, and Sharon & Ray Mundy a prior engagement and their expertise and help was greatly missed.

Lest We Forget

Allan 'Shorty' Moffatt OAM
President RANCBA NSW Chapter

Mr. Tony Mills (PERTH II Gulf War) President of the PERTH Assn, Mr Frank McGovern PERTH I survivor of Battle of Sunda Strait in WW II, Mike Kay (PERTH II -Vietnam) Secretary PERTH Assn. In the background Chaplain Colin Tett RAN.


Some of the guests.

Vale Denis George Wilkinson R52252 (ex-TEL)


I work with this lady as Volunteers for the Redcliffe Vision Impaired Group at Redcliffe.  She surprised me at the previous meeting with a picture of me in my R2/59 class and also a copy of my Cyclone Tracy story.  When I asked where she got that from she then informed me that she had been on the RANCB site looking for any information at all on her brother Dennis.

Can you put on QSO please John.  Paulette would love to know if anyone remembers him and can tell her a ditty or two!!!
Kev Ruwoldt

Hi Kev

Details for one of my three brothers who were quite some years older than me. I still have one brother living and he is 10 years my senior. 

Denis circa 1956

Denis home on leave c1957. On the Gold Coast beach

Denis & June married Northgate Naval Chaplain Fr. V.J. Rowan 27 December 1958

Name: Denis George Wilkinson

Born Victoria 6 April 1935

Died Townsville 29 Dec 2010

Married in uniform Northgate, Brisbane 27 Dec 1958. He died 2 days after their 52nd wedding anniversary.

Enlisted - Navy Cerberus 27 July 1956. “Signals” R52252
DEE - Navy 26 July 1962

Served on the Frigate “Q” ships for a time Quickmatch, Quiberon, Queenborough.  I remember when I was about 7 he took Mum and Dad and myself on board one ship, so that we could cross over to the other ship when they were berthed side by side at the old docks on the Brisbane River. We also visited the aircraft carrier Melbourne on another of his shore leaves. You can imagine my memories of such a huge ship at that young age, and the fact that Aeroplanes were lifted up and down on the vast decks. It was quite windy that day and my eyes would have been like saucers.

Den also did some other Navy work overseas that apparently was not listed against his name for future reference (!!!) He was dirty about that little lot. Then he was on the survey ship Paluma for a while. I remember he was a very fast typist and was able to take Morse straight onto the big machines that produced a paper tape with holes in it. Once he brought a Morse code key home with him and put it on the floor under our brother’s bed - Mum went into vacuum under the bed the next morning and nearly had a fit when she hit the key with the wand and it went berserk - it was supposed to have frightened the brother not the mother > Oh Ooh!

Personal: He loved his time in the navy but didn’t sign on again after his 6 year stint because he had 2 young boys. He played the trumpet and sang, and while overseas he used to take the mouthpiece with him into town and busk to make money for a beer. He had his uniform tailored for him and then wasn’t allowed to wear it. Non Regulation! He had an EAGLE tattooed on one forearm with R.A.N under it but then had Jiminy Cricket tattooed on the other forearm. His motto was “let your conscience be your guide” Now his adult daughter has a colourful Jiminy on her ankle in memory of her “Daddy”. He ended his days telling Irish jokes of a morning on a radio station in Townsville - always the scallywag with a fine wit.

You probably have no knowledge of him, but your mannerisms often remind me of him. His wife still misses his company very much.


RANCBA National Reunion 2019

The President and the Committee of RANCBA Vic extend an invitation to all members to attend the next RANCBA National Reunion, to be held in Geelong, Victoria in 2019. Whilst the reunion is still over 2 years away, we all know how fast time flies and it is vitally important to the success of the reunion that early planning gets underway.

Your Expression of Interest (EOI) to attend the reunion is now being sought.

To register your EOI , please follow this link:

To view names from EOI , please follow this link:

Contact details obtained through your online registration will be utilised to keep members updated as planning for the reunion continues. Updates will be provided via email to all those registered and via information posted to our media platforms, ie National Website, RANCBA Vic website and via our FaceBook page where in excess of 1200 people are now registered.

Please note that this is an Expression of Interest only - Once the reunion schedule has been finalised, further online registrations will be required so that attendees will be able to register / pay for their attendance at specific reunion events along with purchasing of reunion merchandise.

The organising committee look forward to seeing you all at the reunion in 2019.

John (Nokka) White

The Brisbane Mob 13th February.

We were blessed today with the attendance of our State Pres Allan "Shags" Hellier and Roger Garrett Esq.

L to R... Kev Ruwoldt, Don Ruwoldt, Doc Watson, Rachelle Larven (Don's Future Daughter-in-law), "Shags" Hellier, Jim Eagles, Roger Garrett Esq, Gus Dodds.

The next gathering will be on the 6th March at the Grand Central.

Cheers and beers,



Vale LSRO Tex Daley R93187

Following was published on on 15 February:

Sadly Tex passed away in Cairns 1400 yesterday 14 February. He was a real character & did a lot of his seatime in FLINDERS where his great mate the late Vic Wilmot was the Coxswain. They will now be reunited in that great Messdeck in the sky. I used to see him infrequently when he was the Lollypop man at Cairns West State School.

Rod Ellis is handling arrangements but there's no funeral just a memorial TBA. Tex had no family I understand.

Advised by Ian Potter ex-CPOETP

Sad news.  May Tex RIP.
Lest We Forget

From the Archives:

I have found a Vivian Wayne Daley R93187, who joined as a JR on 4 January 1961 - promoted to LRO on 1 September 1968.  As I can't access records after 1970 I presume this is Tex and that he continued to serve until at least 1973.  He may have then discharged or signed on to complete 20 years service.  Can anyone confirm this is Tex?

From Scoops Cooper:

You have the right Tex Daley, he went on to complete his 20. Had postings to Coonawarra and the Duchess in the 70's. Have attached a photo of Tex and Max Prewett at the Brisbane 96 reunion. Many thanks to you John for the time and effort you put in to keep this site up and running.

All the best.

From Shorty Moffatt:

When I saw the sad passing of my old mate Tex, I could not believe as I always thought he was indestructible. What a great person and when at the COMCEN at HMAS KUTTABUL, the then BCO, LCDR 'Spider' Currie would always check on him, just to make sure he was still with us as they were great friends

Tex, may you Rest in Peace
Allan 'Shorty' Moffatt

From Tackers Miles:
I have been remiss in following the RANCB website, so you can imagine my shock when I found that Tex Daley had crossed the bar. I considered Tex to be a friend and always enjoyed his company . A good bloke.

Have also just been informed that Sonny Fay has also crossed the bar. Another friend that I had totally lost contact with. Sonny was a great bloke good Sparker and a pleasure to have a beer with.

Hopefully they have smooth seas until they find safe harbour.

RIP my friends

Tony (Tackers) Miles


On the 10th February 2017, it was the 53rd Anniversary of the fatal collision of HMAS VOYAGER and HMAS MELBOURNE in 1964.

I never served on VOYAGER, but had become involved in different Services regarding the tragic loss and I was invited to be the MC again at the Reunion Dinner, having previously done same at the the big 50th Anniversary.

The first part of the Reunion was held at Huskinson, the Meet & Greet at the Jervis Bay Club, previously called the Huskinson RSL, but all the traditions of the RSL are kept and this was very evident at the time of the Last Post and a special mention was made of the loss of VOYAGER and the 81 serving personnel of the RAN and 1 civilian employee who were lost that night. Here I caught up with many that I had previously served with or had met on different occasions. A few of the survivors were not in attendance, and on enquiring was advised they had been invited to the Mess at HMAS CRESWELL and here Vice Admiral Ray Griggs would be in attendance.

At 2030 hrs on Friday 10th, we made out way out to the breakwater wall and here is located the VOYAGER Memorial , issued with Order of Service and nice battery operated candles . The Service was Officiated by Chaplain Andrew Watters RAN from HMAS CRESWELL, and on completion and before the Naval Ode, Wreaths were Laid by Survivors, NOK of deceased personnel and those who also wished to Lay a Floral Tribute. This was followed by the Last Post and before the Minutes Silence, the Chaplain asked all to reflect back and remember those who were lost that night.

My thoughts went back to those I had known – mainly Communicators
RO Bob Denham , we had joined up together, Rct School & Comms School. It was Bob'S 2nd posting to VOYAGER and sadly to be his final posting in life . Yeoman Kev Cullen who I had known quite well. Sub Lieut Errol 'Sandy' Beavis who had been my Regulating CRS in Coonawarra in 1960 and had just returned from the UK after doing a SD Course. LRO Don McPharlin , we had a over the years had many a drink together. LS John Sparrowhawk, who was a QM at HMAS HARMAN, great hand, TO Peter Harris and LTO Arthur Teape . These were just some that I reflected back, but there were others also.

On the 11th there was a Reunion Dinner held at the Jervis Bay Club, and I would have to say , the Club did the Reunion right proud. At a given time , the Guest Speaker arrived, Commodore Chris Smallhorn, RAN. When I was Reading his BIO prior to inviting him to address all in attendance, his career was outstanding in such a short time and he was so young, but I would have to say, if any Associations was in need of a Speaker, he would be my first choice , and also when seated beside him for the Dinner, a delightful person, and as of the 20th January 2016, Commander Fleet Air Arm.

Unfortunately his wife could not attend as she was in Newcastle with their two young daughters for trials in a State Hockey Team, but also and it was hard to believe, he had just flown in from Europe that morning after attending a Conference. Here I was to meet up with some that had been at the Mess Dinner the previous night, TO Garry Evans, the only person to get off the bridge, President Alex Hegarty, the only person to escape from the wheel house and I served with on HMAS MORESBY, Duncan Fletcher, badly injured but survived and we served on Patrol Boats and became very good friends

The next day, 12th February a Church Service was held at the Holy Trinity Chapel, RANC, HMAS CRESWELL and again Officiated by Chaplain Andrew Watters RAN, and attended by Commodore Chris Smallhorn RAN, and the Commanding Officer HMAS CRESWELL. The Reading was Revelation 21 Verses 1- 7 by Brian Hopkins, a Survivor and well attended by all. When you stand near the Parade Ground and in the distance you can see the entrance to Jervis Bay and out there is the final resting place of VOYAGER and those that lost their life.

On completion of the Church Service , should you wish, there was to be a BBQ at the Secretary's Place – John & Brenda Hannay at Sanctuary Point .

It was an outstanding success and to President Alex Hegerty, John & Brenda Hannay - BZ and it was indeed a privilege and a honour to have been Invited and participate in this Remembrance and Commemoration for those that lost their lives on that fatal night.

Lest We Forget
Allan 'Shorty' Moffatt OAM
President RANCBA NSW

                                  Some of the VOYAGER Survivors after the Church Service at HMAS CRESWELL

Navy Week Victoria 2017 - Ball

Dear Colleagues,

we are very pleased to share the attached invitation to join the NCCV Organising Committee at what will be a significant Defence related function at the Melbourne Town Hall on Saturday, 21st October 2017.

There are very few formal events arranged for the purpose of Service and Ex-Service men and women, Mariners and others with a keen interest in Defence to gather together socially. This is such an event, the second in the last decade or more organised by the NCCV with specific support from the Royal Australian Navy. With you suport, the 2017 Ball will match the 2015 experience which was a wonderful experience for all that attended.

If you have a noticeboard at your disposal, please print off a copy or ten and place them where others may learn of this opportunity.

Yours aye,

NCCV Executive and the Organising Committee

Follow this link for the Navy Ball flyer.



1. We are very pleased to advise all those booked and others planning to attend that all activities we have been planning have now been put into place including Bus quotes. We feel sure that this will be another very enjoyable regional reunion.

2. The list of those currently booked appears below and I am aware of quite a few more that intend to book. We have a 57 seater booked (same as Wodonga) and a 20 seater.

3. At the moment the only time we can fit in the holiday park mini golf that they have offered to run and provide prizes is 4 pm on Friday prior to the meet and greet. I will confirm this in the next update.

4. Catering: In the last update I requested that people bring a plate. Some plate options being - Fruit platter, Sliced meats, Vegan and Gluten free, Biscuits, Cheese and dips, Party pies, Dips, sausage rolls. Feel free to use your imagination on whatever else. Unless you are bringing your own speciality could you please text or email me your choices, so we don't get too much of the same. We will also be providing cocktail frankfurts as well as Pizzas. Note: BYO drinks for the meet and greet.

5. The costings will be similar to Wodonga - All bus trips $20 per person which includes saturday tours, plus transfers to and from dinner. Meet and greet plus sunday breakfast $12 per person. Dinner is $25 per person and is similar to Wodonga - two course with two options of each course. Breakfast will be Bacon and Eggs, Hash browns, toast etc plus hopefully Reg Robbins famous train smash.

6. In the next update I shall have a detailed list of the activities on the Saturday. all very interesting options. If anybody has any queries so far please give me a call on 0418 524 067 for clarification.



John & Rachel White plus Simon Wolfe - Ian & Marion Schubert - Roy & Lyn Barber, John & Sue Falk
Clive & Yvonne Voss - Frank & Lorroine Lawton - Barry & Stella Downs - Rob & Lucy Dix - Barry Kane
Jan & Rick Easom - Sharon & Ray Mundy - Ann Drohan - Jan Withers - Gary & Deb Swanton
Leslie & Kim Hutton - Kim & Heather Parry - Ern Power - Howden & Julie Jennings - Les Thurgood
Keith & Geraldine Crew - Brian & Ritva Harley - Hugh & Pat Green - Tina Norton - Ted & Lyn Murray
Frank & Evlyn Hoy - Ray & Sandra Knights - David & Vi Kelleher - Andrew & Jan Mills



Progress Report Keghead Weaver

Paid a short visit to Keghead at his home this afternoon.

Pleased to report that he is looking a lot better than he did at our Australia Day BBQ His leg wound has healed and it is just a backside bed sore that is the problem now. Particularly for sleeping and sitting.

He is eating and drinking much better than a few weeks back and I think with the cooler weather in March and April he should be able to join us for Anzac Day. The march might be too much, but I am sure in a good wheelchair I will be able to push him up Anzac Parade and tempt him back to the Canberra Bowling Club for short while after.

There is a long way to go, but a lot of credit must go to Ruth who has been dedicated 24/7 in a very tiring Summer.

Ken Eynon
President RANCBA (ACT)

Follow this link for past updates on Keghead.


HMAS VOYAGER - 53rd Anniversary

The 53rd anniversary of the loss of HMAS Voyager will be marked by a memorial service to be held at the Voyager Chair, Kings Park, Perth, at 10.00am Friday 10th February.

The service will be led by Chaplain Franco Sinai RAN and the occasional address delivered by the Officer Commanding, HMAS Stirling, Captain Brian Delamont.

Dress smart/casual, medals may be worn. There is no seating at the venue.

Wet Weather Routine, in the event of rain (forecast) the service will be held in the Variety Pavilion off Saw Avenue, Kings Park.

Contact David MacLean 0418 917 982.

Yours Aye
David MacLean

Due to forecast inclement weather, the Voyager memorial service will be held in the Variety Pavilion, off Saw Avenue, Kings Park at 10.00am tomorrow, Friday 10th February.
Yours Aye
David MacLean



I sought and have been given permission from Emily Peace to place this on the RANCBA Website , so just maybe some one will be able to assist.

Allan 'Shorty' Moffatt
President RANCBA NSW Chapter

Hello Allan & Ray,

My name is Emily Peace, I am the granddaughter of Vicki Taplin, who was in Class 103 of 1968. She gave my mother up for adoption in 1967 in Sydney, and I am currently trying to find my biological grandfather as he is not listed on the pre adoption records, or on Mum's pre adoption birth certificate. I am wondering if Vicki had any close friends during her service, and was wondering if there was any way you could share a blog post I have published regarding my search with ex-members? The post can be found here:

I can see your site has a list of contacts, however considering the nature of this request I thought it best to enquire with you first.

Any assistance you could provide would be much appreciated.

Emily Peace

Emily Cathryn Photography


Hobart Fires 1967

It was 50 years ago today that Ben Franklin, Noel Chidgey and myself were onboard HMAS Derwent sent to Hobart to help set up Communications with the mainland. The ships company provided help to fight fires and clean up properties. Some crewman wore gas masks to bury dead sheep, the smell being very high. We were there for a week and worked pretty solid for that period, sending/receiving traffic from the Navy, Army, RAAF and Police to all parts of the world. There were some horrific stories at that time, one that I have never forgotten was the poor woman who drowned her children in a bucket of water and then herself. The authorities found the family after the fire had passed only to find that the property was not touched. Very sad.

After leaving Hobart we were given 3 days Rest and Recreation in Devonport for a job well done. Had a ball, one of my favourite ports.


Seeking Old Branch Badges

I was wondering if you could put a request on your website for me.

I have just completed 38 years in the Navy (yes, that would be continuously and permanent RAN :).

12 months ago I had a devastating house fire and all my uniforms were destroyed. I still had my junior sailors winter and summer ceremonial jackets with my ROs badges. I was more upset over the loss of my uniforms than some of my other stuff.

I desperately would like to replace both of my junior sailors jackets as I was always going to get them framed. The problem is that Glendennings no longer sell the "squashed moths" badges, and there are few ROs left in the Navy.

If any ex RO's or ROTs have a spare gold and a spare summer rig RO badge I would be so grateful. I was, and am, always so proud of being an ROT. I have gone through 2 amalgamations within the comms branch and the badges were very precious to me.

Thank you for your consideration

Anastasia Hope

Assistant Visits Liaison Officer
HMAS Stirling
(08) 9553 5043

Hi Anastasia,
Ref your email / request posted on the RANCBA website on 5th February:

It just so happens that I've been cleaning out my Garage this week and found a "new" RO Badge. It was a spare badge that I had kept and I'm more than happy to send it to you.

I've attached a photo of the badge and note that it could possibly do with a gentle wash, but other than that, it is in very good nick after 47 years.

Please let me know if you would like this badge and if so, I will post it to the address as shown on your message posted to the RANCBA website.

Kind regards
Ron Rigney
(ex ABRO)

I have a gold ABRO badge to which Anastasia would be welcome. Also a red one for the old foul-weather jacjet.

Jim Anderson


January 2017

RANCBAVIC & SOUTHERN REGION Cruise No3 - Operation F1J1 - August

Our travel agents Cruise week

1. This is a quick update again to advise those thinking of booking that from the 6th of Feb Carnival cruises have
another cruise special via our travel agent, Helloworld Travel Rowville, contact Kath Williams on 03 9764 8487.
This special is for our group and only runs for 1 week for bookings with our group. It is for an extra $100 per cabin
for bookings made in this week for our group.

2. This onboard special credit is in addition to the other group specials we receive plus our ex defence credit.

3. Please note that this special lasts for 1 week only and bookings must be made during this week. There will be
at least 1 more cruise week offering the same special prior to our sailing. This will offer this same special should
anybody miss this one. We will also notify everybody when this special is about to commence.

4. For any further queries please contact me on 0418 524 067.

John White
President RANCBA VIC
31 January 17


On the 26th of January , along with my wife Helen and Ms Liz Watts (FNSA/RANCBA) we were invited by the Premier of New South Wales to be part of the Australia Day festivities on Sydney Harbour aboard HMAS CANBERRA.

The organisation by all concerned was very done and executed – our time to be at the HMAS KUTTABUL – Main Gate of Garden Island was 0830am, and here we had to show photo ID and our names taken off a list, and we all had a pink band fixed onto our wrist – this was to be very important. From there, we were escorted by a serving sailor from HMAS CANBERRA to a coach, and here the driver was an Army personnel (I think also aboard the ship). Driven through the Island to the Oil Wharf, and on alighting from the coach, a CPO then met us, (all pink group) and spoke a few house keeping rules – his first being – if you are a smoker it aint your day – there is no smoking onboard. Advised about the ramps to go on the ship, as they are made for heavy vehicles so be wary.

Inside the ship , and Officer met and welcomed us aboard, and gave us a brief outline of the ship and its capabilities and personnel carried. A look see into the Medical Centre as we passed (certainly very hi tech nowadays) and then prepared us to climb 6 flights of steps to the flight deck. At all stages, there was a sailor to assist or answer any questions but also to stop you wandering in off in the wrong direction.

On arrival at the flight deck, it was amazing how it had been prepared. There was a huge screen so all could see, and along the flight deck, small marquees had been erected with table/chairs for the BBQ and morning tea. Also the Navy section of the Band were now setting up to play Rockin Roll , and other music. All were invited to make there way to the end of the area where marquees were set up and here, coffee/tea/cold water and beautiful pastries where readily available.

The Still was given by the Bosun's pipe over the PA system and the Fleet Commander, Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer RAN , and his Flags came onboard., also the Senior Officers of the Army and RAAF with their Aide de Comps The 'Carry on' was then piped, and a few minutes later, the Bosun's pipe rang out again, and the Governor of New South Wales, General David Hurley AC DSC Rtd and his wife Linda came aboard. Then the ship moved away from the Oil Wharf out into the harbour to be the major focus of the activities on the harbour.

After a few minutes it was time for all to make there way forward of the flight deck, for the Official party of the Celebrations. The Armed Contingent of the Ship's Company of HMAS CANBERRA marched, to the music of the full Band of the RAN , a group of about 50 young children all wearing black pants, white T shirts with Sydney, Australia on the front and wearing with great pride HMAS CANBERRA jockey caps , and a group of Indigenous Aboriginals from the Ship's Company with their own tribal markings on their bodies. They were to preform a part of the day later on with tribal dancing etc..

All were asked to Stand and Governor of NSW, followed by RADM Stuart Mayer RAN, and the Senior Officer of the Army and the RAAF as they mounted the dias and here the Governor of NSW acknowledged and recognised the former people of Australia and I would have to say his speech was very well received by all, this was then followed by the General Salute and this was in coordination of a 21 gun Salute by the ARA and simultaneously shown on the screen, and then the fly past by 2 Hornet jet fighters from RAAF Williamtown.

The young children's choir sang and then it was by 4 very well known singers, Tina Arena etc who sang ' I AM AUSTRALIAN' and on completion the RAN Band played the Australian National Anthem and all were invited to join in and here all sang with great pride.

From here, it was time for the BBQ which the Navy cooks on board had prepared –brilliant – only thing, they never had it in in my time in the Navy. It was so well organised and most was of your own choice and you were asked if you wished for a soft drink/water etc – no alcohol.  After the BBQ Luncheon, dessert was then available, and once again you could not have asked for any better.

Once the Luncheon was completed, other festivities began. On the flight deck, they had laid down a artificial lawn cricket pitch, and this was very popular, so for those that watch the Big Bash – you aint seen nothing !!! Actually the Governor was quick to take it up, and believe me, he is no slouch with the ball or the bat – I would say some where down the track he has played a fair bit. There was 2 young boys and they thought this was marvellous, and the Army person wicket keeping was good also as there was a few wides!!

During this time the Rockin Roll part of the RAN Band kept playing and now they had many up shaking the hips.

But sadly at 2pm, the ship went back alongside and it was time to depart, and here it was once again well conducted and coordinated by using the colour code on the wrist band so there was no great rush or jam to get down the ladders, and also it was timed for the coaches to take that colour group to the Main Gate of Garden Island.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Ms Christine Bullivant FNSA and Ms Claire Williams from the Protocol, Premiers Department who both made this day happen, but also to the Navy – Bravo Zulu.

Allan 'Shorty' Moffatt OAM
President RANCBA NSW
30 January 2017

RANCBA ACT Australia Day BBQ


The Association will be holding a BBQ on Australia day again this year – details as follows:

Where : Weston Park Yarralumla – the second parking area on the right – next to BBQ’s and toilets – Map 18 H8 – look for our banner...

When : Australia Day, Thursday 26th January 2017 – from 0900 onwards.

The Association will provide eggs, bacon, sausages, bread etc. – BYO drinks.

The area is a ‘Dogs on Leash’ designated area – we share it with a mob of kangaroos....

For catering purposes, please advise me if you are joining us.


Peter Guy
02 6288 0828
0499 991 421
17 January 2017

Brisbane Mob 09 January 2017

Left to Right, Kev Ruwoldt, Don Ruwoldt, Bob Simpson, Jim Eagles, Greg Palmer, Tony Miles, Gus Dodds, Doc Watson.

10 January 2017

From Fred Harper:
Have the “Brisbane Mob” hit on hard times? Only Ruwie and Jim Eagles can afford a drink.
They certainly don’t spend it at Stefan’s.

Update from Ruwie 19 Jan:

Ahoy Shipmates,
The next get together will be held on Monday the 13th February due to Renovations being carried out at the Grand Central. The Grand will reopen on the 6th February, means we will also miss the Yank Footie .... Yee aaahhhh!!!!

Fred…Your comments on Jim’s and my Barber were not appreciated Fred, you have upset my little Japanese barber suggesting I go to “STEFAN’S”.

CYA all on the 13th,


Happy New Year to all in the Forum, hoping you have a happy, prosperous and most importantly, a healthful 2017.

Best regards

Jim Anderson
Innisfail FNQ
09 January 2017