ROYAL AUSTRALIAN NAVY COMMUNICATIONS BRANCH ASSOCIATION
Vale Graham Thomas Bence R53073
Shorty Moffatt advises that he has just had a phone call from Doug 'Wop' Boyle that ex CRS Graham Bence passed away last night (7 March 2018).
A t present no further details known. More information will be posted as it comes to hand. May he rest in peace.
Sad news, Lest We Forget.
I'm Pretty sure that Graham paid off as a WORS. Can anyone confirm this?
Vale – Graham Bence CPORS (Ret) FESR (HMAS Quickmatch)
It is with deep regret I inform you that our shipmate Graham crossed the bar yesterday Wednesday 7.3.18, following a long illness.
funeral will be held in the Joyce Chapel at 10.30am at Fawkner Memorial
Park (1187 Sydney Road Fawkner Victoria 3060) on Friday 16th March 2018.
From Paul Boase:
WRANS-RAN Women - National Reunion 2020
The WA Association of ex WRANS-RAN Women, is hosting the next National Reunion of members, in 2020, here in Perth.
We are accepting Expressions of Interest now, with Registrations opening in February 2019.
Please email the following details to firstname.lastname@example.org
Years of Svc:...eg 19xx-19xx, (not how many years served)
Name of Partner/friend attending:
Check out our new website for early details - it will be updated as things are finalised.
Seeking Jim Kelly
I know I have asked you this before, but I have been hacked and lost everything. Once again, I am looking for a contact number or email for Jim Kelly (ex Yeoman).
If anyone can assist with Jim's whereabouts please let me know.
DWD Radio Room VK5BUG
I am unsure if they will be of interest to ex-comms
folk, but here are a couple of very recent pictures taken of me on air
from my Radio Room.
Vale Gwenda Hatch
David MacLean advises:
GARDEN ISLAND CHAPEL MEMORIAL SERVICE – HMAS PERTH Assn & PLAQUE DEDICATION
On Sunday 25th February, this very unique Dedication of Memorial Plaques to departed comrades (m/f) who have served our Nation in the Royal Australian Navy and it was held in conjunction with the HMAS PERTH Assn Church Service at the GI Chapel and Officiated by Chaplain Simote Finau RAN , here he was accompanied with the singing by a Member of the RAN Band (Sydney Detachment) Tracey Kennedy (and for those who have not heard her sing , she is good) and with other Members of the RAN Band providing the music accompaniment.
The Congregation were all asked to stand as the Australian White Ensign was paraded into the Chapel, by serving personnel and the AWE was presented to the Chaplain, who draped it over the altar. After the Welcome by the Chaplain, all were invited to join in the Hymn, 'Oh God our help in Ages Past', this was followed by the Lords Prayer and the Naval Psalm, and Reflections.
The Dedication of Memorial Plaques then took place, and this included:
L/Seaman (LRO) Godfrey Aldridge
L/Seaman Adam Allcroft
Petty Officer Alan Keys
Chief Petty Officer Richard Lewin
Lieutenant Commander John Martin
Stoker Kenneth Partridge
Family Members or friends are then invited by the Chaplain to come forward and speak about that person. A friend of Godfrey 'Checkers' Aldridge came forward and spoke in 2 parts, how they had joined up as JR's in Brisbane, and their time at HMAS LEEUWIN and on completion, postings within the RAN and then their friendship that continued .
During this part of this Service , 5 came forward to address and speak on behalf of a person , and my only regret, with some of the talks given, that no record is kept, and they pass into history.
On completion of this part of the Service, the Commemoration of HMAS PERTH was then given.
'We remember those of HMAS PERTH who died in the waters of Sunda Strait and those of other ships for whom the sea is their final resting place. We also remember those who died as POW's and those that have died since that time both in Service and after.'
This was followed by the poem HMAS PERTH, and then all were asked to stand and join in the singing of the Naval Hymn , and the ODE's was Recited by the Chaplain . The Last Post, a Minutes Silence and then Reveille was then played by a Bugler of the RAN Band , and then the AWE Parade Party marched down the Chapel aisle and the Chaplain gave the AWE to the Bearer and then they faced the Congregation and the National Anthem was then sung by all.
After all had then been seated, A Prayer for the Navy and the Blessing.
This brought to the end of another very well conducted Service and I would state, if you ever get the chance to attend this unique Service – do so.
On completion all were advised of the Morning Tea would be provided in the Naval Historical Bldg , provided by the RANCBA & FNSA – all volunteers, and today, due to other commitments, all was by the RANCBA.
Here I would like to say special thanks to all that showed their MKR expertise with cooking and then assisting in serving – for many of those families of departed shipmates, it is their first contact with the Navy outside of the Chaplain's Office regarding this Service.
Here in no set order, Ray & Sharon Mundy, Liz Watts, Diana Avent (and accompanied by her sister Liz) Ric & Jan Easom, Ken Swain , Andy & Jan Mills and myself, and with out their help this would not be possible and I had many from those of the public in attendance , to pass on their sincere thanks for what we do.
BZ to all concerned.
Allan Moffatt OAM
President RANCBA NSW Chapter
HMAS VOYAGER Memorial Service
To commemorate the 54th fatal loss of HMAS VOYAGER II D04 and the loss of 82 RAN personnel during the collision with HMAS MELBOURNE on the 10th February 1964 at approx 2048, brg 10nm SE off the coast near Jervis Bay and was Australia's greatest peacetime Naval disaster, a Memorial Service was held , coordinated by the VOYAGER's Survivors Association.
It commenced with a 'Meet & Greet' on the Friday night at the Jervis Bay Club previously called the Jervis Bay RSL. Here I caught up with Duncan Fletcher a survivor and we served together for 18 months on a Patrol Boat (HMAS BARBETTE) , Alex Hegarty, President of the Survivors Association and only person to escape from the wheelhouse and after survivors leave , he was drafted to HMAS MORESBY .and over the next 12 months, I got to know quite well. Also met up with Sig Gary Evans, only person to make it off the bridge –this is just a few.
At the same time , ex JR Members were meeting down there and here I met up with Ian & Marion Schubert , Ian had been on board HMAS MELBOURNE at time of the collision.
I was contacted by the Secretary of the VOYAGER's Assn could I again be the MC at the Official Luncheon, having done so for the last 4 years, and to me it is a privilege and here I can remember and recall those who I had served and known and sadly lost their life that night, RO Bob Denham, we had joined up together, Rct School /Comms School and this was his 2nd posting to VOYAGER and it was to be his last posting in life, Sub Lieut Sandy Beavis the VOYAGER's SCO, he had been my CRS prior to going to UK for a SD Course, LRO Don McFarlane , L/Sig Teape , Yeo Kev Cullen to name a few.
On the Saturday there was to be a Official Luncheon, so I contacted the Chaplain at HMAS CRESWELL, Chaplain Rendall 'Max' Walker RAN if he could send me a Grace that would be appropriate for the Luncheon, to which he did , and I learnt it by heart. The Guest of Honour and Speaker was Commodore Chris Smallhorn RAN, Commander of the Fleet Air Arm, HMAS ALBATROSS, and here he was accompanied by his delightful and charming wife Kerina. I invited him to come forward and Address all in attendance, it was indeed a very good speech, and to put it mild, he had done his homework and this was appreciated by all
There were many survivors and partners/friends in attendance and some that I met and spoke with, Mrs Coral Cullen wife of the late Yeoman Kev Cullen who lost his life that night, the daughter of CPO Coxn Jonahton Rogers GC DSM , who when those trapped below and knew they could not escape had said 'sorry lads, we're done for' and then led them in the singing of 'Abide with Me' – he was Awarded the George Cross for his outstanding courage, dignity and honour that night.
That evening, at approx 2048 10th February (the time of the collision) a Memorial Service was held at the Memorial located at the back of the Club near the waterfront, and here Chaplain Rendall Walker RAN. HMAS CRESWELL, Officiated and on completion, Wreaths were laid.
On Sunday , a Service was held at the Holy Trinity Chapel, HMAS CRESWELL conducted by Chaplain Walker RAN and attended by many, this included Commodore Chris Smallhorn RAN, Captain Charles Huxtable RAN, Commanding Officer RANC, HMAS CRESWELL.
A BBQ was held later at the premise of John & Brenda Hannay , Secretary and Treasurer of the VOYAGER's Survivors Association, but here I had to tender my apologies and commence the drive back to Sydney. A special mention must be made of what John & Brenda do for this Association and its Members.
A GOOD SERVICE TO REMEMBER FOR THOSE THAT LOST THEIR LIFE IN THE SERVICE OF OUR NATION,
Allan 'Shorty' Moffatt OAM
President RANCBA NSW Chapter
RANCBAVIC & SOUTHERN REGION Regional Reunion Cowes/Phillip Island - 16th to 19th August 2018
1. It pleases us to advise that the next Regional reunion for our group is to be held in Cowes on Phillip Island from Thursday the 16th of August to Sunday the 19th of August. We have put together an interesting array of activities during the long weekend mainly centered around the magnificent RSL in Cowes. This hopefully will keep everybody out of the cold as much as possible. We have attempted to add a large Navel theme to try and kick start the old memories. Not everything is locked away as yet, therefore we will provide plenty of updates as we progress. However I would like everybody to notify ex Navy mates that may not see this notification to come and join us for this Regional reunion - especially the March and other Naval themes involving the reunion.
2. Accommodation - We have sourced 3 venues close to or in Cowes and all on the same road and all handy to the centre of the township and the RSL. The first is Amaroo Park 97 Church St Cowes. They have a number of cabins and a few Motorhome sites. They also have a five bedroom 3 Bathroom guest house with a very large lounge & kitchen area which would be perfect for singles. You can book this as singles. I am sure it will be booked out quickly. Contact details are phone 03 5952 2548. http://www.amaroopark.com The second is Cowes Caravan Park 164 Church St Cowes phone 03 5952 2211 - http://www.cowescaravanpark.com.au They have plenty of cabins and sites. Some sites may be closed for grass regeneration. The third is Beach Park (A Top Tourist Park) 272 Church St Cowes Phone 03 5952 2258 - email@example.com
All of these parks have offered a 10% discount for a minimum 3 night stay.
There is a huge amount of accommodation on the island as it is a massive holiday location in summer. Visit http://www.visitbasscoast.com.au - Be aware that you need Cowes accomodation unless you have local area knowledge.
3. The meet and greet on Thursday evening will be in a private room at the RSL from around 6.30 pm. I will let you know in a later update if there will be a cost for the food. It will be purchase own drinks. This room will also be the venue for the dinner on Saturday night. time to be advised.
4. On Friday the 17th we will organise a bus tour of all the local attractions, culminating with the penguin parade. When we next visit we will organise this tour and which Penguin option we think appropriate. This will be advised in a further update. I anticipate most of us will visit the RSL for dinner after the penguins. Its handy that the penguins parade early at this time of the year. We will put aside the private room again for dinner At the RSL.
5. We are currently discussing a number of things with the RSL and the Vietnam Vets museum regarding the Saturday which is Vietnam Vets day. The museum may have a service At the museum at 11 am this day. This is still to be advised. There will definitely be a March (approx 1Km) in the main st of Cowes back towards the RSL. We have requested the full Navy band (our prospects are very good) to lead the March. Also Victoria has a newly reinstated Senior Naval Officer based at Victoria Barracks. It is Commodore Greg York RANR who will also become our Patron. He hopes to attend with his family for the weekend, but definitely for the day Saturday. The time of the March will be advised after we find out whether or not there will be a service at the museum. We have invited the Vets to March with us along with any ex service members from the RSL. Further information will be advised on these events when confirmed.
6. The Saturday night dinner will commence at 6 pm in the previously mentioned private room. The RSL can provide a shuttle service to get everybody back to their accommodation.
Some of us will be staying on for Sunday and the night - feel free to join us - we may then have a good look around the township.
7. There will be further updates following, in the meantime can I ask everybody to publish this event as much as possible. The March, the band and our new patron, plus the eagerness of the RSL to look after us will I'm sure make this our best Regional reunion to date. I am also inviting a lower deck legend to attend so that we can acknowledge his tales and give him a big pat on the back.
Stay tuned for further updates.
Regards RANCBAVic & Southern Region
Vale Peter Kingsley Bonser R29034 (ex POTEL)
sad news was received from Kath Bonser via Denny Gorton & David MacLean:
Vale Margaret Ann Scanlon (nee Thorpe) W86620 (ex WRROM)
Now that I have spoken to Margie's daughter who lives in Gympie , could you please post this notice regarding one of our ex Wrans.
W86620 Margaret Ann Scanlon nee Thorpe WRROM. I knew Margie when stationed at Coonawarra in the mid and late sixties/seventies. I don't think she was a member of the RANCBA website. I know there are lots of members who would remember Margie from that era, she remained in Darwin after completing her service.
She passed away on the 28th November 2017 in Darwin Hospital. I know you will be able to obtain more information about Margie from service records, tks for doing this John hope you are all well, all the best for 2018.
Thanks Gav, sad news. I will see what I can come up with in Archives.
Rodney George 'Jim' Quick OAM
Congratulations to Jim Quick (ex CPORS) for his award of an OAM in the Australia Day 2018 Honours List. A well deserved award "For service to Veterans and their families".
Jim and Pat are currently on a short cruise in Australian waters and
should be arriving in Adelaide today, we wish them well.
Vale Francis Roger 'Rody' HANRAHAN R49990 (ex SIG)
Just received a phone call from Yvonne Hanrahan advising that 'Rody' passed away 12.35 Sunday 21st January 2018 at Ipswich Hospital, having been previously admitted to Laidley Hospital.
Rody entered RAN 5th February 1954 as Rct C. B. R 49990
Funeral arrangements yet to be confirmed, but possibly 10.30 Thursday morning at St Francis Church Coominya 4311.
Condolences can be sent by post to Mrs Yvonne Hanrahan, 54 Hanrahan Road, COOMINYA QLD 4311
Lest We Forget
From the Archives: Francis Roger Hanrahan, DOB 7.7.36. Joined RAN 17.7.54. Postings - CERBERUS 54-55, SYDNEY 55-56, WARREGO 56-57, ALBATROSS 57-58, TOBRUK 58-59, PENGUIN 59, KUTTABUL 59-60, ALBATROSS 1960, Discharged BNPS 22.7.1960. Rated O/SIG 5.8.54, SIG 20.3.56.
Top End Reunion 2019
Following received from Al Conway:
To all those Communicators who
have served at HMAS Melville/HMAS Coonawarra; Darwin based patrol boats
and associated outstations, we are seeking Expressions of Interest for a
back to the Top End reunion from 23 to 27 April 2019, including the march
on ANZAC Day and a formal function.
VOYAGER MEMORIAL SERVICE – Jervis Bay
A Memorial Service for the fatal loss of 82 personnel aboard the Destroyer HMAS VOYAGER in a collision shall be held at Jervis Bay, NSW on the period 9 – 11 th February.
Friday, 9th February there will be a 'Meet & Greet' held at the JERVIS BAY Club, previously known as the Jervis Bay RSL.
Saturday, 10th February a Memorial Luncheon will be at the Club with the Guest Speaker, Commodore Chris Smallhorn RAN, Commander Fleet Air Arm from HMAS ALBATROSS.
Saturday evening 10th at 2045 , the day & time of the fatal collision with HMAS MELBOURNE, a Service shall be held – The Memorial is on the water front, near the Club and here Chaplain Rendall Walker RAN shall be conducting the Service.
Sunday 11th a Church Service will be held at HMAS CRESWELL conducted by Chaplain Walker RAN.
ALL ARE INVITED TO ATTEND ALL SERVICES – Please try and attend and remember those of the Royal Australian Navy who @the Supreme Sacrifice whilst serving their Nation.
Can you advise me of name/s if attending any of the above to firstname.lastname@example.org
Allan 'Shorty' Moffatt OAM
President RANCBA NSW Chapter
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, Friday 26th January 2018 – from 1000 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.
Get Together Saturday March 03 - Caloundra RSL
Wonder if you could publish this in QSO. This is not a comms re-union, however it is being organised by an ex-communicator (Rod McLaurin) and there are a lot of ex-communicators in the Sth Qld region that have already expressed interest. If any of our RANCBA members are going to be in Brisbane at that time, and of course QLD members, come along and catch up with your navy buddies.
An informal get together of Navy pals has been planned on Saturday 03 March 18 at the Caloundra RSL. Nothing fancy, a meal, a few drinks and great company. Warries expected!
Details: Ex-Navy pals Get-together
Date: Saturday 3rd March
Arrival Time: from 5.30pm
Location: Caloundra RSL Lower Viva Deck
Numbers: 50-100 (to be confirmed)
Drinks: Purchase Own
Meals: Purchase Own
Contact: Rod McLaurin email@example.com
Ordering process: As we discussed Rod, you are unsure how many people will be coming and everyone will be paying for their own meals, so there are a couple of restaurant guidelines you will need to make sure everyone is aware of to ensure a successful evening.
The Viva Restaurant serving a la carte meals opens from 5.30pm until 9.00pm on Saturdays. Patrons need to provide at table number when ordering at the tills and the meals will be delivered to them – Please tell your folks not to move tables after ordering, or we can’t find them.
We are very busy on Saturday nights and we need to stagger the orders to the kitchen so they don’t all arrive at once. Please tell your folks to order as soon as they are ready, please don’t wait and order in a large group, it will just hold everything up. Meals will be cooked as soon as the order is placed and will come out when they are ready – it is impossible to wait for 20-30 meals to be ready all at once. We limit orders on one docket to about 10, so please get everyone to order separately.
Our Fastlane Restaurant is open on Saturday evenings, serving a wide range of pre-prepared meals from around $14. Patrons line up and choose their meals, pay and bring them back to the tables, this might be an option for some of your group. We also have a Café style restaurant which will take your order and give you a pager for your meal to be collected, this is another option for your group.
Members receive a discount on all meals and drinks. It is well worth joining the club, even if you are only in town for the one event, as the discount adds up very quickly. Photo ID is required to join but this can be done quickly at Reception on arrival.
At the present time I have reserved a large area for your group. Please keep in touch and email us with any changes to the numbers so we can optimise the restaurant seating on the night, we would appreciate final numbers in the week of the event.
Finally, just a reminder to all your guests that they will need photo ID to enter the club and meet our dress requirements. We have reciprocal arrangements with many other clubs and out of town visitors can sign in but will need to provide ID. Rod, I hope your get together is a great success and we look forward to seeing you all in the Club in March.
Alan Wilson seeking Rory Hutchins
I was wondering if you could assist me in tracking down an old mate. I am trying to find Rory Hutchins. Rory joined the Navy in March 1982 , He completed his communications training and was posted to HMAS Harman or to Belconnen (I think Around 1984) he also served in Darwin (not on). I think he was an RO(s)??
I have heard a rumour he has passed but would like to find out for sure.
Vale Keith Frederick Bebbington R52368 (ex RO)
Shorty Moffat advises that Dale Bebbington (son) has passed on the sad news that Keith died on January 3rd. No further information available at this time.
From the Archives: Keith Frederick Bebbington R52368, DOB 02.02.1936, Joined RAN 21.09.56 for 6 years, DEE 20.09.1962. Postings: Cerberus 1956-57, MELBOURNE 57-58, HARMAN 1958-60, DIAMANTINA 1960-61, HARMAN 1961-62, Discharge Engagement Expired (DEE) 20.09.1962. ORD TEL 21 March 1957, RO 06 August 1958
From Kevin (Beast) and Lyn Eastley:
So sorry to hear of the passing of Keith. A former shipmate of mine, and a true gentleman, and a true friend in later years, to both myself and my wife. To Wendy and family our deepest sympathy. R.I.P Mate.
From Jack Bawden:
Very sad to hear of passing of Keith Bebbington. I got to know Keith very well from Harman 61/62 and occasional Perth visits and of course, subsequent RANCBA re-unions. A quiet and dignified man, a true gentleman. Respectful condolences to Keith's family and friends..
Welcome to the Communicator's Forum for 2018
Welcome to the 20th year of 'QSO' the world. This page is now open for business should you have anything you would like to share with fellow shipmates. Just send me an email as detailed above and I will publish as soon as possible. I hope you all have a productive 2018 and that the coming year brings health and happiness.