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SURVEILLANCE AND TARGET ACQUISITION
PROPOSED 2018 REUNION
The South East Queensland
Branch of the Locating and Target
Acquisition Association are seeking
expressions of interest from members about
attending the Open Day and preferred venue
for the ‘Locator’s Dinner’, either after the
Open Day on Friday 12th, or Saturday 13th.
On Anzac Day 2017 the
Australian Artillery Association achieved
not only it's 999th member but
also our 1000th member, a
significant achievement to say the very
The 1000th member has already
registered to attend the 2017 National
Gunner Dinner and therefore we will present
that member with their membership
certificate in the presence of all in
SUBJECT 4 WO GUNNER
SCHOOL OF ARTILLERY
Recently the Australian
Artillery Association was approached to
donate a perpetual trophy to be presented to
the Student of Merit of the Royal Regiment
of Australian Artillery Subject 4 Warrant
Officer Gunner course. The
Australian Artillery Association donated the
below trophy made of Australian red cedar
and capable of holding up to 80 inscription
plates, we hope it is used for the entire
On top of the trophy is an 18
pounder gun manned by 2 Gunners in a WWI
battle scene. A duplicate of the
18 pounder trophy element will be presented
to the Student of Merit whose name will be
inscribed not only on the larger trophy but
also the smaller 18 pounder trophy.
I Was Only 19
We all know what a great song "I Was Only
19" by the Australian band Redgum was and
how much it became the anthem of the Vietnam
conflict. However have you ever
wondered why and how it was written?
Video Feature of the Month
8 DOUBLE PASS - GIVEAWAY
"THE SECRET SCRIPTURE"
Transmission Films have kindly donated 8
double passes for the Australian Artillery
Association to give away for the movie "THE
SECRET SCRIPTURE" in cinemas December.
Lady Rose is an elderly woman who has lived
in a hospital for over 50 years. Despite her
bleak surroundings there is a light in her
eyes that cannot be extinguished. Dr.
Stephen Grene is drawn to her, compelled to
discover her past and help gain her freedom.
Through Lady Rose's 'scripture', a life of
extraordinary love and great injustice
emerges, revealing a remarkable young woman
of courage, whose only crime was to fall in
love. Set against a backdrop of troubled
times locally, and chaos internationally, we
learn of her ultimate triumph.
Artillery Association has decided to make
available 6 of these double passes will be
donated 1 each to each of the Regiments and
the School of Artillery. The
other 2 passes will be given away to 2 of
Email me on 28th November 2017 and if your
email is the 6th or 15th email to be
received a double pass is yours.
Emails are date time stamped so no early
birds please. Use the link below
to contact me:
Many of us have photographs of our time in
the Army serving in Artillery.
Why not both preserve and share you
photographs and videos. The
Australian Artillery Association maintains
an online professional
Photo Gallery and you are invited to
deposit a copy of your photos or videos with
1080p quality in a Photo Album dedicated to
It could not be easier, simply upload your
photographs direct from your computer to the
dedicated Photo Album. There is no
limit to the number of photographs you
upload with a massive limit of 50mb per
individual photograph and 20 minutes per
video with 1080p quality.
All photos are protected from "Right Click"
then copy and can be Watermarked upon
request for further protection.
For further information on this free
service provided by the Australian Artillery
Association please contact the
A Twist In
The POGO's Tale
(An Army Clerk's
Passage from Childhood
to War in Vietnam)
POGO is an acronym for
'Posted on Garrison Operations.'
POGO's are generally non-combatants; clerks,
cooks, storemen, drivers and the like.
The book contains 132 pages. It has
fifteen (15) chapters, three (3) appendixes
and six (6) maps. It has taken about five
(5) years to reach this point. Derek
has 'self published'. He has pledged
in the book to give all profits to the
ethnic minority (Montagnard) orphanages that
he and his family have been supporting since
2004. The orphanages are located in
Kon Tum, Central Highlands, Vietnam.
For more information on this please visit
The foreword for this book was written by
LTGEN John Sanderson, AC, (retd) former
Chief of Army and Governor of Western
Much detail for this book has been drawn
from diaries that Derek kept, particularly
in 1966/67 and 1969/70. There are
numerous other references noted in the
footnotes. There is a list of
abbreviations in the back of the book.
The book contains many photographs.
The book covers the period of Derek's early
childhood including primary school, high
school, cubs, scouts and Army cadets.
It then travels into his time in the Army
beginning at the Army Apprentice School,
Balcombe Victoria where he was in training
to be an Army Clerk. Then on
graduation he leads us to his posting as a
clerk in the Army Small Ship Squadron where
he served on board a landing ship and cargo
ship from 1964 to 1967. In that time
he sailed to New Guinea three times and
Vietnam three times.
Derek then leaves the Ships and is posted to
the Royal Australian Engineer Field
Squadrons which in 1969 see him back in
Vietnam. He comes home in 1970 and
finds himself back in Vietnam in 1971 which
is where the book finishes.
Derek has attempted to include much of the
humour that is typical of the Australian
digger but which is often not included in
such stories. The title denotes what
Derek was, a clerk, but his story or TALE
does have many twists and turns including
meeting the enemy which finds this POGO
feeling well out of his depth. It is a good
read. Derek is selling the book for
$25. He will post to anyone wishing to
buy one. Cost including postage and
packaging is $31.20. Direct deposits
can be made to his bank - BSB 064823,
account number 00530203 - CBA. The
account is in the name of Derek and Rhonda
Smith. His email contact is
and his mobile phone is 0438221114.
AUSTRALIA'S MEMORIAL WALK
A NATIONAL COMMEMORATIVE WALKWAY
NORTH HEAD SYDNEY, NSW
The paved pathway links five monuments
erected to remember different conflict
periods in Australia’s history. These are:
Colonial, World War I, World War II, Post
WWII and Peacekeeping. Funding for
construction of the site commenced with a
grant from the Department of Veterans’
Affairs with the majority of the funds being
donated from the public and organisations
whose contributions are recognized with an
engraved paver containing words of their
choosing. To date some 4000 individual
pavers and 65 Centrepiece pavers have been
laid and the available space for the
Memorial Walk is filling fast. A dedication
of the site is planned for December 2012
after which the site expansion will be
limited. It is recommended that any of the
Australian Artillery Association members
seeking to have a memorial paver laid in the
Walk before its dedication later this year
should initiate their request now.
For further information on the Memorial Walk
visit the RAAHC
View correspondence from the Chairman of
the RAAHC Board, Major General Tim Ford, AO
(Retired), dated 27 April 2012.
As part of the
organising of both the 2014 and 2017
National Gunner Dinners we have had
suggestions that we should consider holding
a Gunner Dinner on board one of the cruise
ships that visit or is permanently based in
Australia such as P&O Cruises.
By far the
majority of the suggestions that the cruise
should only be for a short duration of 3 to
4 days for example Brisbane to Whitsundays
return or Melbourne to Brisbane return or
Whilst in New
Zealand attending the Royal New Zealand
Artillery Association 2015 Annual Gunner
Dinner we discussed the possibility amongst
thier members and received a very positive
response from around 20 members interested
Such a cruise
would only occur approximately half way
between the larger National Gunner Dinners
however the concept of holding a Gunner
Dinner on board is exciting and achievable
as is being around your close friends for a
period longer than a quick weekend.
In fact, we could have a Gunner Dinner every
night we are on board.
would not be limited to just you and your
spouse/partner but would also be extended to
family and friends who would like to
experience a Gunner Dinner on board a cruise
ship as well.
So if you are
interested in a short cruise on which we
would hold a Gunner Dinner please
contact me with your expression of
interest and I will put you on the "to be
kept informed" list.