Arrival of David Beacham – RARA HQ closed 31 March

Due to the arrival of David Beacham at Torrens Parade Ground at 1700 hours, Friday 31 March the club will not open.

The committee and members will assemble at Torrens Parade Ground prior to David’s arrival, and subsequent to a presentation will retire to the combined mess for drinks.

See post below for further information.


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RARA SA Supports Fundraising Ride

David Beacham, formerly with 2/4 RAR, is riding his bike from Perth to Adelaide in an effort to financially support homeless veterans at a retreat in Boyup Brook W.A.

Chris Shannon, the 5/7 RARA SA Rep, has been supporting David since Monday 20 March, joining him in the vicinity of Ceduna.  Chris will support David in the RARA SA Hyundai till Friday 31 March.  David is expected to arrive in Adelaide on Friday 31 March.

Should you wish to contribute to the fund, please send an email to for further information.

Below are a number of photos sent in by Chris

David Beacham at Ceduna David at Wurilla David & Vehicle at Poochera Vehicle at Wudinna David's Support Vehicle


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Latest Infantryman

Here is the April 2017 edition Infantryman April 2017

You can view the November 2016 edition here Infantryman November final 16.11.2016

the August 2016 edition here Infantryman August

and the April 2016 edition here Infantryman+April+2016

There are numerous excellent articles and a list of activities at HQ for the foreseeable future.

Archived Infantryman are under the Infantryman tab.

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Army Newspaper Edition 1392 – 23 March 17

Read it here

MILITARY MIGHT: ADF air power on show for record crowds at the Australian International Airshow at Avalon - COVER, CENTRE

FUTURE FIGHTING VEHICLES: Soldiers put Rheinmetall Boxer CRV and BAE Systems Australia Patria AMV35 through their paces at Puckapunyal – PAGE 3

A STRONGER AFGHANISTAN: The ADF is playing a key role in making Kabul’s joint command a success - PAGE 7

CHOPPER TRIALS: Triservice integration critical during ARH Tiger trials aboard HMAS Canberra – PAGE 10

YOUR LETTERS: Rising Sun reflections - PAGE 17

SPORT: Athletes come together in Canberra for Invictus Games trials - BACK PAGE

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Consultative Forum Minutes

You can view the minutes here SA DC Consultative Forum – Minutes 15 February 2017

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Latest Issue of Holdfast for March 2017, Issue No 30

 Here is the latest Holdfast.  There is a very interesting article about FSB Andersen during February 1968.  Many of our 3RAR comrades will remember this Operation

Here is the link to the Tunnel Rats Newsletter page

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Grant for Malaya & Borneo Memorial, Unveiling 22 April

The SA NT Malaya & Borneo Veterans Association has received a grant from the city of West Torrens which will allow the siting of a black granite memorial and bronze plaque in the Memorial Gardens adjacent to the council chambers at Hilton. The memorial is being manufactured by Tillets Memorial of Adelaide and the task is scheduled for completion the week before ANZAC Day with the unveiling and dedication service pencilled for Saturday April 22 at 11 hrs.. It will be the site for the Association’s  annual Malaya & Borneo Veterans’ Day service on Saturday August 31 in conjunction with Merdeka Day celebration in Malaya. 

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Legacy House High Tea – 5 April

Putting “Hi” into high tea

An invitation is extended to partners of veterans to attend a high tea at Legacy House, Franklin Street, Adelaide, on Wednesday, April 5, from 1pm to 3pm. Cost: $30 or $50 for mother and daughter. Friendly atmosphere and a chance to greet old friends and meet new ones  Tickets: Helen Anderson 8322 5746, Carmen Webster 0410 929 979 or Marion at Legacy House 8232 9812 (cash only).

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Hat Dich Commemoration Service Report by Adrian Craig

Around 60 people from a wide cross-section of community members from battalion and association members to politicians and the catafalque party members, young men from 7 RAR, attended the combined regiments 48th Anniversary Hat Dich Commemoration Service at the Royal Australian, Regiment Association RSL Hall at Linden Park on February 19.

Master of Ceremonies Russell Campbell OAM outlined the service before the catafalque party members took their places around the cross. 

The welcome address was given by RARA SA President Michael von Berg MC, OAM; the Call to Worship and prayers were given by Chaplain David Prior, 7RAR; the Commemorative Address by Rodney Harris, 4 RAR Association President; the Roll of Honour was read by David Stacey, 9 RAR Association President; the scripture reading from Ecclesiasticus 44 was presented by Deane Pye, Australian SAS Association SA Branch Secretary; The Ode recited by John Genovese, RFD 1 RAR SA; and the Last Post and The Rouse played by Bugler Michael Bampton, 10/27 RSAR.  

Ed Cowley W Company 4 RAR /NZ (ANZAC) lead the Hat Dich veterans laying of tributes  and Hat Dich veteran Craig Haydock, President RAAC Vietnam Veterans Association SA also laid a tribute.

Adding more emotion to the occasion, Catherine Lambert and the Terrace Singers sang the “Royal Australian Regiment Prayer of Consecration” and “Amazing Grace”. They have been staunch supporters of RARA SA Association commemorations for many years. Catherine arranged for the prayer to be set to music.

During the laying of tributes Pipe Major Des Ross played a lament and later the farewell march as Waltzing Matilda.

Lunch was served after the service with many attendees taking the opportunity to catch up friends they had not seen for some time.

Thanks must go to the Minister of Veterans Affairs SA for his grant and 4 RAR SA and 9 RAR SA for their donations which combined almost covered the costs of the service and lunch.

Special thanks go to Ceremonial Officer Adrian Craig for the magnificent work he continues to do to make the occasions run smoothly and appropriately with the help of those setting up – chef Colin Abel, Chris Shannon, Sandra Craig and Russell Campbell – photographer Bruce Forster and Infantryman Editor Penelope Forster. 


Photos courtesy of Bruce & Penelope Forster (as always, click on photos for better viewing)

Top L to R; Catafalque Party, Wreathes for Poppies, Sandra & Adrian Craig, Jan & David Stacey

Bottom L to R; Craig Haydock, John Genovese & Rod Harris, Vicki Chapman MP (Member for Bragg), her grand daughter Adelaide & Francis Bedford MP (Member for Florey), The Terrace Singers and Catherine Lambert.

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7RAR Presentation to RARA SA

The RSM and CO of 7RAR presented a flag to the RARA SA on 14 December 2016.  This flag represents one of the 7RAR soldiers Killed In Action and was flown over the 7RAR base in Iraq during September 2016.

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2016 RARA SA Xmas Show

A number of photos to view, as ever, click on the photo to increase the size

2016 RARA Xmas1 2016 RARA Xmas Women with crackers 2016 RARA Xmas Raffle winner Joy 2016 RARA Xmas Heather Dwiar & Joy Johnson with hams 2016 RARA Xmas Craig Nicholls & Penelope with pudding. Margery Parkes background 2016 RARA Xmas Craig & Co 2016 RARA Xmas cracker shot 2016 RARA Xmas Arthur & wife and ann Dennis serving pudding 2016 RARA Xmas  John Hadaway & Mike Bevan with hams

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RARA Proposal “Falling Through the Cracks”

You can read it here

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RARA SA President Mike von Berg visiting 5RAR in Darwin

Mike had this to say: ” Proud to speak to the 5 RAR Recon Platoon and then present the Student of Merit prize to Private Howard after the recent Recon Selection Course. Its great to see a young bright soldier like Private Howard who has only been in the Battalion for six months blitz the field.”    As always, click on the photo to enlarge.

5RAR Recon 13 Oct 2016


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RARA National Conference

The RARA National Conference was held in Adelaide Monday and Tuesday 3 & 4 October.

Here are a few photos of a number of the participants;


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Jock (Robbie) Buchan – a 6RAR Soldier lost but now found

An interesting article concerning Jock Buchan, KIA 11 December 1969, his ashes found in Scotland!

You can read it here  Buchan Article


Further to the above article, comments and a link from Paul Jackson, Jock’s Platoon Commander.

Hi Fred, 

What a special journey. It is hard to believe that after almost 50 years we have finally completed Jock’s story. We have come so far over the past year or so. A little over 12 months ago those involved in the action, Jock’s closest mates, did not even know where his body had gone after watching him being wrapped in a hutchie, tied on to a jungle penetrator and then winched slowly up to the hovering Dustoff chopper. Due to the tireless and dedicated work of a group of committed brothers-in-arms, Jock’s sacrifice has now been properly recognised, first with a Last Post Ceremony at the Australian War Memorial and now with your special service at his gravesite in far off Scotland. 

Most of you reading this email would not be aware that Jock Buchan’s death holds a very special place in our Vietnam war history. On the day of the action, an official Army photographer was moving with the company and took a series of photographs immediately after the contact. Of the many thousands of photographs taken during the Vietnam War, these are the only ones that actually record the death of an Australian soldier. For this reason I believe that Jock’s death has become symbolic of all those Australians who lost their lives in that conflict. Too graphic and politically sensitive to be publicly released at the time, the images are a poignant reminder of the human cost of war. 

The importance of this series of photographs is also well recognised by the AWM who have been corresponding with me recently seeking help identifying other members of the platoon captured in those iconic images. With your agreement Fred I would like to send your article to the Head Curator, Photographs, Film and Sound at the AWM. She has already expressed interest in the Dundee ceremony. I believe that this would also be an appropriate place for ‘Jock’s Story’ to be recorded.   

On behalf of all Jock’s 12 Platoon brothers, well done and thank you. 



ps For those interested, the AWM link to those photographs is attached below: 



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Regimental Dinner Photos (25 June 16) – click on the photo to enlarge

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A Duty Done

Here is the final copy of  A DUTY DONE Addendum   The Addendum describes a number of new operations, including;  three by 1RAR in 1965 (Iron Triangle, New Life and Smash), two by 9RAR in 1969 (Matthew and Hat Dich), one by 5RAR in 1969 (Kings Cross) and the one by 6RAR/NZ (ANZAC) Battalion on 17/18 August 1969 when the original Long Tan Cross was erected. It is necessary to have a copy of A Duty Done to read the Addendum.

And here is a name index to be used in conjunction with the original A Duty Done A Duty Done Index of Names

Here is the Price List for A Duty Done and Addendum

To order this excellent book, please view this  A Duty Done Order_Form_Sep

If paying by EFT, please ensure you place your initials and surname as the reference.  If you have a specific book number, also please insert that ,e.g.  VX Smith 591

You can also read the original A Duty Done here.

Please note the erratum for A Duty Done A Duty Done Erratum

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RSL Virtual War Memorial – Updated site

If you have not visited this site yet, it is very interesting and has some current members of the RARA SA on it, including the President, Mike von Berg MC OAM and Robert “Dogs”Kearney.

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Vietnam War: new book on D445 and the Battle of Long Tan

Chamberlain, Ernest: The Viet Cong D445 Battalion: Their Story (and the Battle of Long Tan). Vietnam Veteran and linguist Ernie Chamberlain has recently written and privately-published a book that would certainly interest all who served in Phuoc Tuy province during the Vietnam War. The core of the work is a translation of D445 Battalion’s history - as written by Vietnamese historians in 2004. In order to provide context – and to analyse and comment upon the Vietnamese writings, the book is comprehensively referenced. The comments cite a large number of captured NVA/VC documents – many not previously translated or available to researchers. Additionally, signals intelligence (SIGINT) material related to the Battle of Long Tan – that was only declassified and released to the author in February 2016, is also included. The work also has 18 annexes covering aspects such as VC personalities, an analysis of casualties at Long Tan, SIGINT, the 275 VC Regiment etc.  While the book is not available commercially, the text of the book has been placed on the Internet as  –

Perhaps the sections of most interest to veterans include the Viet Cong’s version of the Battle of Long Tan on 18 August 1966 – including the first available VC sketch map of the Battle, and SIGINT aspects.

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Recent Photo of C Coy 7RAR

See attached photo of C Coy 7RAR with RARA SA Patron Laurie Lewis and A Duty Done Author, Fred Fairhead   C Coy 7RAR (002)

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