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On ANZAC Day, following the Martin Place Dawn Service, we have a 7RAR service at this memorial, followed by breakfast at The Fortune of War Hotel, The Rocks. At 8am, at the Garrison Church, this year we will be having a memorial service for Col. EH SMITH. Then on to the march. After the march, we will be going to Club 99, Essex St. This is a great club with plenty of seating, two restaurants and a snack bar. It is a great venue. Everyone is welcome.
From the Exec Officer
Hi all!! Please be advised the change of date for the AGM, the date is now Saturday 25 June 2016, 11.00am at the Royal Automobile Club, Sydney. Please pass this around your members and also remind them of the need to send in a proxy if unable to attend. Also advise the XO if they will attend the meeting.
I have received information that 2LT Brendan O’Brien died soon after returning to Australia after the first tour. Can anyone confirm this is a fact?
Any links to a reference would be appreciated.
There are a number of the company travelling up to Cairns to see “Father” and celebrate his 84th birthday on Tuesday 12th April, some of you may not know that he is now in a retirement home and as a result does little, if any, travel these days. I am aware that his son Simon, who some of you may have met at Mullumbimby a few years back, is travelling up to Cairns to look after him during the day.
It is proposed to have lunch with Father at the Cairns RSL Club, we will meet at mid-day for a 12.30pm lunch on 12th April.
As you would appreciate if we have a large number it will not be easy for the RSL to seat us together unless we can give some notice as to numbers, in this regard could you email me at email@example.com by 20th March if you are intending to be there so that I can endeavour to make the necessary arrangements with the club.
You will need to make your own arrangements as to travel and accommodation and your length of stay, I have not made any other arrangements as to additional activities.
A Coy CHQ
ANZAC TO ADELAIDE – GURKHA KUKRI RAFFLE
Apologies to those disappointed the Kukri Raffle draw did not eventuate at the Reunion. However in the proud tradition of 7RAR supporting our Nepalese comrades in a time of great need – after the recent disastrous earthquakes – we are conducting the ‘raffle’ by email!
The prizes remain the same:
To support the sale and purchase of tickets at $5 per tkt, just follow the simple steps below by emailing 7RAR Assoc’n:
With the following details:
(1) Attn: GURKHA KUKRI RAFFLE
(2) Member’s Name & dog tag # if avail; (& name of any other tkt buyer)
(3) Number of tkts required: 1 for $5, 2 for $10,….10 for $50,… 20 for $100 etc,
(4) Cheque/Money Order via post to Tony Keech, PO Box 8143, Werrington County 2747
or preferably by:
Bank Direct Credit to 7RAR Assoc to:BSB: 012429 A/c: No: 3849 58583; (please include Sender’s name and or Membership Number)
NB: Raffle ticket numbers will be reserved on receipt of funds & members notified by return email.
Raffle will be drawn on or prior to Monday 25th April 2016, Anzac Day!
Your support for this Gurkha Raffle is very much appreciated. Selling all our tickets would mean we’d surpass 2012’s raffle total with a cheque to the Gurkha Welfare Trust (GWT) for $5,000 AUD .
Many thanks in anticipation,
Rod Lyons 7RAR Association IPP/ Committee
Tony Keech XO/ED – firstname.lastname@example.org
Kev Gillett Secretary/Webmaster – email@example.com
Bob Murdoch Committee – firstname.lastname@example.org
Rod Lyons IPP/Committee – email@example.com
Some how John Binnies report was not received by Tony Keech for publication to go into the news letter so I have included it here.
I have taken the liberty of attempting to give a report on ANZAC Day 2015 in Sydney, including as many names of ex- 7RAR diggers in attendance, for the benefit of their mates who marched in many different locations around Australia.
Overall, I personally think it was the best Dawn Service and march that I have attended since 1969 and the weather was with us all the way. Over 30,000 people attended the Dawn Service. One of the most encouraging aspects was the number of young people in attendance and also the amount of people whose parents, grandparents or they themselves, were not born in Australia. The other moving aspect was that both the Australian and New Zealand anthems (both Maori and English versions) were played. The M.C, Lt Col John Moore OAM RFD ED conducted a very inspiring service for the last time after many years.
At approximately 6.00am, many ex 7RAR diggers congregated at our memorial in Regimental Square to lay a wreath for our 33 mates who did not return from S.V.N, plus Mathew Hopkins who was K.I.A in Afghanistan. The wreath was laid by John Binnie, the Role of Honour was read out by Pat Caffery, The Battalion Prayer was read by Ian Macay and the Ode of Remembrance was recited by Mick Craig. Others in attendance included Jim Slavin, Bobbie Moore, Blue Ward, Harry Monaghan, Johnie Davidson, Rod Lyons and Bob Murdoch.
Then it was a short stroll down to the “Fortune of War” hotel for a few early beers and breakfast. There were approximately 24 people for breakfast, as many had family and friends with them.
After breakfast, it was up to the Garrision Church at 8.00am for the presenting of the WW1, WW2 and 7RAR banners. Many thanks and praise must be given to Rod Lyons and Bobbie Moore for re-organising this service. It was especially important this year to present the WW1 7th Battalion banner being 100 years since the landing at Gallipoli. Rod and Bobbie were rewarded for their efforts with 60 people in attendance, including Sandy Pearson’s daughter. The new minister at the Garrison is Rev. Justin Moffatt who conducted a very meaningful service and is slightly more godly than the other Justin we all knew and miss! Rev. Justin Moffatt is a young and very impressive man of the cloth and is very enthusiastic for this service to continue. He was assisted by Miss Susan Deas on the organ and Mr Ian Cox on the trumpet, and rendered a very impressive Last Post and Revielle. Next year it is hoped that we can get some school children and ex-7RAR diggers who served in East Timor, Afghanistan and other theatres of war.
We stepped off for our march at approximately 11.30am and this year we had one band in front of us and one band behind us which made a huge difference. We had quite a good contingent of diggers in the march including Tony Keech who led 7RAR. Also spotted were Bernie Cox, Don Gilles, Kerry Schofield, Ron Myers, Daryl Chandler, Wayne Stevenson and Brian Broughton, who was acting as a marshall and was past RSM of the army.
After the march, many of the 7RAR 1st tour met at the city bowling club for countless beers and a buffet lunch. Those in attendance were Bobbie and Margaret Moore, plus their family, Davo and Chrissie and many family members, Sid and Susan Cole, Pat and Teresse Caffery, Harry Monaghan and his mate Bob Sempel (ex 3RAR), Ian and Gai McKnight, John Binnie plus son Ed and friends, Blue and Betty Ward plus Trish and Wayne, and Mick and Judy Craig. A great catch up with old mates and their families. I can’t really remember much more!
The current C Coy 7RAR are looking for details on names, mottos and mascots of the platoons of the original C Coy.
To whom it may concern, I have been directed by my OC to identify the names / mottos / mascots of the platoons from 7 RAR C COY. I am hoping you can help me source the names of 7,8,9 pl C Coy in the history books.
The request is from Lt Curtis Tofa who can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org
Over to you C Coy
Help needed from A Coy soldiers. The current diggers are looking for an A Coy mascot or symbol’
Sir. the lads within A Coy, 7 RAR are having trouble finding information on any identifiable A Coy Mascot or Symbol. As we are raising a Coy flag, and as a legacy wish to incorporate the mascot / symbol, aswell as honours into its design.
Kind regards Cpl Knight
Over to you A Coy
Cpl Knight can be contacted on email@example.com
Hi “Fellow Pigs”,
For some time now, a group of us in WA have been working on arranging a tour to Gallipoli and Lone Pine in August 2015 to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of Lone Pine that involved the 7th Bn AIF. During this battle 4 members of the 7th Bn were awarded the Victoria Cross. We have made contact with a number of the descendants/family of the 4 Victoria Cross recipients and all have been very receptive and appreciative of what we are trying to arrange. Two have already signed on for the tour and others are still considering joining us.
We will be proposing two tours, as follows:
Option 1 – Short Tour
This tour is for 6 nights, meeting in Istanbul and staying three nights from the 2nd – 4th Aug, followed by two nights at Gallipoli from the 5th – 6th Aug, then return to Istanbul 7th Aug. During our time at Gallipoli, we will attend a service at the Lone Pine cemetery on 6th Aug to commemorate the commencement of the battle. This will be followed by a visit to The Nek cemetery on the morning of 7th Aug, to pay tribute to the heroic Light Horse charges, which took place exactly 100 years ago.
Option 2 – Long Tour
This tour includes all of the short tour above, but instead of returning to Istanbul on 7th Aug, the tour will continue on for another eleven nights, visiting many of the attractions that abound in Turkey, returning to Istanbul on 18th Aug.
From there, options will be available for people to venture further afield, either before or after the Gallipoli tours if they wish.
Indicative prices are from:
Long Tour $2,235 land only $4,565 including airfares
Short Tour $1,290 land only $3,620 including airfares
For more information, including a full itinerary, click on the link below.
VERY IMPORTANT. Expressions of interest must be lodged by 31st Oct, by either contacting the Travel Agent as follows:
Maxiema Lager on (08) 93825044 or firstname.lastname@example.org or
Ian McNee on (08) 92279845 or email@example.com
Steve Chamarette on (08) 92421865 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Geoff Murray on (08) 94483109 or email@example.com
To download a brochure on the tour click here