Dr Anthony Williams sadly passed away last Sundat 24th Sep 23.
Our sincere Condolences go out too Anthony's family and friend.
"Lest We Forget"
Dr Anthony Williams funeral service is Friday 6th October 2023 at 1130 in the East Chapel,Northern Suburbs Memorial Grandens, 199 Delhi Rd North Ryde.
From Australasian Military Medicine Association
It is with the greatest sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved member, COL Prof Peter Leggat, AM, ADC. Peter passed this morning with his wife, Pan, and father, Bruce, by his side. Peter joined AMMA in 2009 and has been a valued member of the JMVH Editorial Board, providing exceptional insight and dedication over the years. Peter worked as a Professor in the College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences at James Cook University, where he provided great professional support to both his military and civilian colleagues. Peter split his time between many worthy causes, including as: co-Director of the World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Vector-borne and Neglected Tropical Disease; Honorary Aide-de-Camp to the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia; Adjunct Professorship at the University of Galway, Ireland; and Chair of the Human Research Ethics Committee of St John Ambulance Australia. Not one to have idle hands, Peter also served on several Boards, including: the Journal of Military and Veterans’ Health, World Safety Organization, the Australasian College of Aerospace Medicine, The Australasian College of Tropical Medicine and the International Society of Travel Medicine.
We hope that you join us in quiet moment of reflection on a life well lived, gone too soon and greatly mourned. Our hearts go out to his family during this difficult time. Vale, Peter.
Peter’s funeral will be on Friday next week in Brisbane. Details are - Our Lady of the Rosary Church, Kenmore, Brisbane, at 11 AM on Friday 29 September.
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of:
271698 Cpl Gregory (Greg) John Cant 31 Oct 1948 - 9 Sep 2023
Greg served with 1st Australian Field Hospital South Vietnam from Dec 1968- Dec1969
Our Sincere Condolences go to Greg's Family and Friends.
" Lest We Forget"
37930 COL Daryl Mackinnon SALMON
RMO 4 RAR Sarawak,BORNEO
1AFH VUNG TAU 10 MAR-19 NOV 69
CO 2 MIL HOSP
"LEST WE FORGET"
120707 Lt.Col Geoffrey Barlow. RAAMC from around 1966-1994(ish)
8Fd Ambulance and 1 AusFd Hosp SVN 1967-69.
Funeral will be held next Wednesday 1030 St Francis Xavier church in Railway estate Townsville. Details are in the courier mail this Saturday.
Details were passed by his son Pete Barlow who also served in RAAMC.
Please pass on details to anyone who you think may have served with Geoff.
Condolences to Geoff's Family and Friends.
"Lest We Forget"
This afternoon we received the following message from the Curry family - Alan's son Greg and has asked me to let the members know:
"Dad passed away peacefully today at 2.36pm with mum, Julie and myself holding his hand. Thanks for all your love and support."
As further details come to light we will pass on details of any funeral arrangements from the family..
Alan you have done duty Rest in Peace Alan.
D. Czerkies OAM, CStJ
RAAMC & HSC Association (NSW) Inc.
5 Field Ambulance Association
Alan Curry, Alan passed away at 1436hrs 7 Nov 22. Alan will be missed by all who knew him, he was the backbone and driving force of the 5 Field Ambulance Association.
Our Condolences Prayers and Thoughts go out to Alan's Family and Friend.
"Lest We Forget"
Received from Melissa Coote,
Sad to tell you dad Lt Col Kevin Coote Retd 61104 passed away 26 August 2022 after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. He died peacefully at Aminya (nursing home). He will be buried at Scottsdale cemetery in North East Tassie, where he was born. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and Legacy advocate, served on local council for many years and enjoyed his retirement immensely. RIP Kevin x
COL Ray Hyslop passed away last night. He died peacefully last night not long after his family had been by his side. Our Association has lost a good friend and our sincere condolences are sent to all his family and friends. When further details of his funeral arrangements are known I will inform you. Lest We Forget. RIP Ray. Kind regards to all, Alan Curry
Details for Ray's Funeral
Ray's funeral will be held in Sydney on 2 September, details below.
Date: Friday 2 September
Time: 11:30 am
Macquarie Park Cemetery and Crematorium
Cnr Delhi and Plassey Roads North Ryde NSW 2113
I wish to advise all members that last night COL Beverly Wright former head of corps for RAANC and Defence Force Nursing passed away. Details for her funeral will be released once they are confirmed . Our condolences to Ross her husband and her close friends who were with Bev over the last few days.
2 Jul 22
4719385 Gregory John Swincer
18 Sep 1946 - 21Jun 2022
The family and friends of the late MR GREG SWINCER are advised that his Funeral
Service will be conducted in our Funeral Home, 543 Marion Road, South Plympton on
THURSDAY, June 30, at 2.30 p.m.
At the conclusion of the service the Cortege will proceed to Centennial Park Cemetery
for the Committal.
Live streaming will be available for this service. Please visit the Alfred James website for
South Plympton: 8371 1002
"Lest We Forget"
Maj Russell Dunn.
23 Mar 1947 - 18 Jun 2022
Passed away this morning at 9 am. True gentleman. Great boss. RIP Russell. LEST WE FORGET
08 Oct 1952 - 04 Jun 2022
"Saddened at the Loss of another Digger. Rodney served in many capacities
throughout his career but is probably most noted for his role in Pathology
and later in Training. After many years of fighting motor neurone
disease…Rod finally succumbed. Rest in Peace, your duty is done."
The sad news was posted on Face Book by Bill Wells.
MAJ Ben Morris
LTCOL Ron Nolan
Colonel Robert Jeffrey passed away on Good Friday.
Colonel Jeffrey was a Vietnam Veteran and his last posting was as the Commander of Land Force Medical Services.
He was a member of the Order and served as District Surgeon in Qld for many years.
His Funeral service will be held at 1400 on Tuesday 26 April at the Kenmore Uniting Church, 982 Mogill Rd Kenmore
If you would like to attend, Margo (Dr Jeffrey’s wife) will require numbers for catering purposes. Due to the public holiday approaching, please ring and leave a message for Margo on 33788778.
Our Condolences go to Colonel Jeffery's family and friends.
"LEST WE FORGET"
WO1 Tim Stanley, passed away 19 Mar 2022.
The members of the RAAMC and Health Service Corps Association extend their Condolences to Tim's Family.
Tim's Funeral Details as follows:
Tim Stanleys funeral is Friday 25th March 2022 at 12.30 pm at the Albany Creek Crematorium The Lakeside Chapel xx
8224927 WO2 Peter Stanley Agius
WO2 Peter Stanley Agius 27 Feb 1962 – 15 DEC 2021
Peter passed away late yesterday from a Acute Lung Disease in a Brisbane hospital.
Peter was an outstanding Medic during his time in the ARMY. He worked in many Units such as 1 SIG Regt, Military Hospital and 11 FD AMB.
He showed his true compassion towards his patients during his time in and out of Uniform.
During his time at 11 FD AMB his most important task was to look after SIMO the Donkey the Medical Corps mascot.
Peter will be missed by all that knew him.
Our condolences to Peter's family and friends.
He funeral arrangements will be advised as soon as they are known.
" LEST WE FORGET"
Peter's funeral service will be held on Wednesday the 5th of January, 2022 at Victory Church, 32 Carseldine Road, Bridgeman Downs at 11:00 am. We will update this post with details of the wake when the information is available.
Feel free to bring your motorcycles as we will be doing procession of motorcycles escorting Dad on his last ride to the crematorium. All welcome.
There will be a live stream available for friends and family unable to attend in person.
Major Andrew Stachewicz, Andrew was Adjutant 7 Fd Amb 1990/91
Our Condolences to Andrews Family and Friends
LAYHE John MAJ. 1st Field Ambulance
LAYHE John Brian Late of Woonona and Terrigal
17/08/1939 to 07/05/2021
Adored father of Andrew, Donna, Kylie and Stacey Cherished father-in law to Kate, Brian and Antoine Loved grandfather and great-grandfather.
Forever in our hearts Family and friends are invited to attend his life celebration to be held at the Rose Chapel of the Palmdale Memorial Park Friday 21st May, 2021 commencing at 11am.
Col (RTD) Robert Pearce AM RFD
Col (RTD) Robert Pearce AM RFD RAAMC ex CO 7 Amb Fremantle
1980 - 1983 passed away with a Pulmonary Embolism last Wednesday 18 Nov 20 at home.
Col Pearce was also Hon Col for a period and completed over 20 plus years of ARES .
Funeral this Wednesday Karrakatta 25/11/20 and will be represented by a Corp group .
For any member who may not have received my notice, I sadly advise the passing of our long-time member, Marie Doyle. Marie passed away last Sunday (22nd) in hospital with family by her side. She had been very ill leading up to her death. Marie's funeral will be held this coming Thursday (26th) at "Our Lady of Carmel" Catholic Church, 230 Humphries Road, Mount Pritchard at 10am.
I unfortunately will be unable to attend but if any member is able to be present, please make yourself known to her husband, Brian and pass on our Association's sincere condolences. I think Marie was a past CO of 5 Field Ambulance and was the OC when 5 Fd Amb became part of the newly formed 5 BASB Health Company and oversaw the move from Carlow Street Chatswood to Hill Street at Botany in the late 1990's. The unit has again been re-named 5 CSSB Health Company and now located at Holsworthy.
Marie was also actively involved with St John's Ambulance for many many years and was recognised for her work when awarded the "Order of St John". Farewell Marie, a great many friends will grieve your passing.
"LEST WE FORGET"
COL Brenton Mollison RFD ED on Monday 20 July, 2020 at the Mary Potter Hospice in Adelaide
Our Condolences go to his family and friends.
"LEST WE FORGET"
313137 MAJ Roger William TAYLOR ( Rtd )
19 Mar 1939 - 7 Jun 2020
Members please be advised of the passing of 313137 MAJ Roger Taylor he served in both the British and Australian Army.
Roger was RSM at 2 Mil Hosp before being promoted to Capt where he be came the Quarter Master at 1 FD Hosp late 1980's.
He retired as a Major in the early 1990's.
Roger laid his loving wife Margaret to rest last Thursday (4th Jun 20), he took ill on Friday and was admitted to hospital on Saturday morning and passed away early this morning.
Roger and Margaret are survived by their three Boys David Jason and Phillip and their families
Funeral Details are:
Mt THOMPSON Memorial Garden - East Chapel
329 Nursery Rd, Holland Park Qld 4121
Saturday 13th June 2020 11.30 am
Wake from 1.00 pm
at Phil and Shaun's
337 Sprinwood Road
Roger's son Phillip said that if anyone living in the Brisbane & surrounding area are welcome to attend.
May they both Rest in Peace.
"Lest We Forget"
Brian Tams passed away this afternoon 10th Feb 20 of a suspected Heart attack Brian was the Tresurer of 5 Fd Amb.
Funeral details :
Brian’s funeral will be held next Friday 21st February, at 10am in the Greenway Chapel and Memorial Garden, 460 Avoca Dve., Green Point NSW then afterwards at their Retirement Village “Brentwood” Community Hall at 1 Scaysbrook Dve., Kincumber (go through the main entrance—Parking may present a problem).
Brian will be given a RSL Tribute by his RSL Sub Branch (Gosford RSL).
Any 5 Fd Amb Assn members who may be able to attend please wear your Medals and Name Badge.
Our thoughts and Prayers are with Brian's Wife and Family.
"Lest We Forget"
Barry Collins OAM (5 Field Ambulance)
Dear members and any friends of Barry or his sister, Noeline. I sadly inform you that he passed away peacefully about 9.30am this morning at the Prince of Wales Hospital (Randwick). His sister, Noeline, was by his side. He had been an in-patient at the hospital for the past few weeks and gradually went downhill, health-wise, until the end. I will keep you informed of his funeral arrangements, probably late next Friday or Saturday. Kind regards to all, Alan. LEST WE FORGET
It is with sadness that I inform you of the passing of Charles Machen, Charles served as the Cpl Clark at 2 Mil Hosp in the 70's before leaving the army to join the Victorian Police Force.
Charles was a much loved member of the Corps and the RAAMC association, he will be sadly missed by all who knew him.
Our Prayers,Thoughts and Condolences go out to his family and friends.
"LEST WE FORGET"
Memorial Service for Charles Machen will be held at
Peter Murray Funerals Chapel
Bairnsdale at 2.00 pm on Wednesday 30 Oct 19
Maj Harry Brayley, born 13th November 1924, in Charleville, passed away peacefully on the evening of the 14th October 2019 in Adelaide.
He served in the AIF and then the Australian Regular Army for 37 years from his enlistment date on 25 August 1942 (he was aged 17 and added 3 years to his age so he would be accepted) until his retirement in March 1978. He served in the CMF until November 1979.
He saw service in WWII in New Guinea and Borneo (2/9 INF BN), was a member of the British Commonwealth Occupation Force, and then served in Korea (1 RAR). He became a stretcher-bearer, and in 1953 he transferred from the Infantry to the RAAMC.
His later appointments included Administration Warrant Officer, 2nd General Hospital; RSM, 1st Field Ambulance; Staff Officer Medical Services, PNG Command; Administration Officer, 7 Camp Hospital; Administration Officer, ANZUK Woodlands Medical Centre, Singapore; Adjutant 3rd Field Ambulance and Staff Officer (Medical Administration), 4th Military District.
This will be held at Alfred James Funeral Home, 272 Main South Road, Morphett Vale, SA 5162 at 2:30 pm on Sunday, 20th Oct 2019.
Mick McClellan (affectionately known as Kojak)
Mick sadly passed away yesterday 3/10/19 at 3pm- losing his battle against cancer.
He is survived by his wife Wendy, three daughters and a son.
The RAAMC Association sends their deepest condolences to Mick's family and friends.
"Lest We Forget"
Noel Tame, passed away Today 6 Feb 19, after a long battle with Lung Cancer.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Noel's Family and Friends.
We will advise of Funeral details when we are informed.
"Lest We Forget"
COL. Michael Jelly, passed away, on the 30/9/18. Michael was SA state President of the RAAMC Association for a number of years he also served of the Hon. Colonel for South Australia.
JELLY, Michael Thomas James. THE RELATIVES and FRIENDS of the late Mr MICHAEL JELLY are respectfully informed that his Funeral Mass will be Celebrated in St Joseph s Catholic Church, 24 Strathmore Terrace, Brighton on TUESDAY October 9, 2018 commencing at 2.00 p. m. All current and former service personnel are encouraged to wear their medals.
213376 WO1(Rtd) Harold (Harry) Butterworth 05/4/42 - 25/9/18, Harry passed away at 1445 hrs on the 25/9/18 Harry was diagnosed with Oesophageal Cancer.
Harry served in South Vietnam with 7 RAR & 8 Fd Amb, Harry was the RSM of 1st Field Hospital in the 70's.
He was the Soldier's Soldier, fine RSM everyone knew where the stood from the very top to the OR's. Harry was a credit to the Corps and will be missed by all that had the pleasure of serving with him or that knew him.
Our prayers, thoughts and Codolances go to Harry's wife Mary and Family.
"Lest We Forget"
Funeral details for Harry Butterworth.
5 October at 1000hrs.
Des Allen and Co. Funeral Directors
7 Phoebe Crescent
Medals to be worn.
Wake to be at the Coral Cove Golf Club.
Kensington is a suburb of Bundaberg and I am told it is better to put Kensington into a GPS rather than Bundaberg.
Please distribute this info widely.
We regret to advised the passing of our association member Stephen Stansfield after a long illness with throat cancer.
Stephen served as a medic in the Army Reserve in RAAMC
His passion was an Australian Army ambulance from the Vietnam War which he restored. Whilst he was restoring it he found the name "Norma Jean" under the paintwork so that was what she was known as again.
His best friend towards the end of his life was his dog Buddy.
Stephen served in both QATB and QAS at Rockhampton where he was also an air attendant and at Boonah towards the end of his working life. His work also took him to the Snowy Mountains
His funeral is most likely to be in Boonah sometime next week. When more details are available we will post them
RIP Stephen Stansfield
58060 MAJ R.I. Walton( Pharmacist ) OC Med & Dent Coy SVN 10 Feb - 25 Nov 71.
Rod Walton died in Canberra on Thursday 15th May 2018. His Funeral service will be held in the Chapel at Gold Creek, Federation Square, O'Hanlon Place, Nicholls, ACT on Friday 25th May 2018.
Maureen Patch(née Healey) - Nursing Officer SVN 16/6/70 - 25/6/71
Maureen died on the 15th May 2018 and her funeral service was held this afternoon 22/5/18 in Queanbeyan.
Ernie Pirani Died at approx. 0200hrs WST Friday Morning in Hollywood Private Hospital Nedlands (Perth)
Ernie elected to have a private unattended cremation.
The WA Branch of the AATTV Association has been asked by the family to arrange a memorial service for Ernie once his ashes are received
The service will be at ‘The House” Swanbourne, time and date yet to be confirmed
Dear Members, for those of us who knew George (he lived in Sydney in the Kensington area), he had a nasty fall and hit his head causing a bleed on his brain. He was admitted to St George Hospital in a coma and placed on Life Support. It was switched off last Wednesday and he passed away the next day (Thursday 25th January).
The funeral of George Caruana will take place on THURSDAY 8th FEBRUARY at 11.30am in the Catholic Church of Mary Immaculate, 45 Victoria Street, Waverley (Sydney). If any member can be present to represent our Association, please introduce yourself to his niece, Alex, and other family Members. At time of writing i don’t know if George is having an RSL ritual. I will ask that you take your medals in case.
We just received a sad email from Ben’s partner to tell me he passed away on the 17th January and had a private cremation on the 25th January. Ben had Parkinson’s Disease for many years and was an In-Patient at Mona Vale House (Sydney). Our deepest sympathies are with his partner, Marjorie, and Ben’s family and friends. LEST WE FORGET
SSGT PAUL JAMES MAGNUSSEN
To the RAAMC community,
It is with a heavy heart that I must report the passing of member of RAAMC.
Paul pasted away around 1200 hours on the Sunday, 28th January, 2018, at his home in Taree, NSW.
He had been fighting a strong battle against leukaemia of the blood and had stoped his medical support to allow his family time to support him in his time of need.
He is remembered dearly by Marcia and his whole family and members of Taree RSL for helping their members with VA and after support areas.
His father, Ronald Harry George, order brother, Lee Ronald and younger sister Lynne Dorothy, will miss him dearly also.
Further arrangements of his funeral and service will be past to relatives in the near future.
For your dissemination to the RAAMC please.
Mr Lee R Magnussen
WO2 ART VEH (Ret) RAEME
Geoff passed away this afternoon at 1520 hrs at Redcliffe Public Hospital. Jennie and I visited him at the hospital on Thur morning and he was in a poor way then. Mary and Karen have been constant companions at his bed side, as was Brett who flew down from Cairns on Thursday. On Friday Dr's gave Geoff 72 hours to live. He didn't want any heroic measures to keep him alive. Pain medication kept him comfortable and he marched on, this afternoon. RIP Geoff.
Dave Armour died 28/11/17 after a 5 month fight with a rare form of lung cancer (Not related to smoking). Funeral arrangements not yet finalised.
Sadly I advise the death yesterday of our Member, David Patterson and details for his Funeral service. David has for many years also been a leading Advocate at The Train, assisting hundreds of ex-service personnel with their many and varied claims.
We encourage members, if able, to join together (with Medals) at Pinegrove, to farewell David.
St Marys RSL Sub-Branch
(m) 0414 557 692
Brian Hogan our Honorary Chaplain has passed away.
Dear Members, it is with a sad heart that i inform you of the sudden death of our Honorary Chaplain, Brian Hogan. It appears that Brian was preparing to pick up his wife, Sandra, from the Melbourne rail station about 7.15pm last night and never made it. Sandra realised something was amiss when he wasn’t answering any of his phones. It seems he had a heart attack. Our sympathies and prayers are with Sandra and her family. I will keep you informed of funeral arrangements when made known to me. I have lost a good mate and our Association has lost a very caring Chaplain. Kind Regards, Alan Curry
Dear Medical Corps Association,
It is with sadness that I inform you of the passing of my father, 42528 R.C.S. (Steve) Dubsky RAAMC.
Dad had been ill for several years battling Multiple System Atrophy that cruelly left him bed bound and completely reliant on the support of Robyn and carers. He passed away at 1330h on Thursday 10th August 2017. This was no warrior’s death but he died peacefully at home.
Dad served for 33 years with many great postings but his time as RSM of the School of Army Health (and of course RSM of the Corps) from 1983-84 was his favourite. During this posting he was instrumental in having the Corps Centre Piece constructed. Dad personally provided the $10,000 for the purchase of silver while waiting for Corps funds to be finalised. He assisted the sculptor and was present at the pouring of the silver.
Dad saw active service in Borneo while posted to 4th Battalion in 1966 and Vietnam as part of 1 Reinforcement Unit in 1969. He was awarded his most prized possession, the Infantry Combat Badge, for combat action with 4th Battalion during the period April to August 1966 and while attached to 9th Battalion during the period September - October 1969.
We are yet to arrange funeral details but it is likely to be 17 or 18 August. While Dad was obviously not in the Battle of Long Tan I would love to present him to God on 18 August. I will keep you informed.
Dad’s Certificate of Service reads
ARA Service: 21 July 1960 – 17 May 1993
Decorations, Medals and Commendations
General Service Medal 1962 with clasp Borneo
Defence Force Service Medal with two clasps
Vietnamese Campaign Medal
Infantry Combat Badge
Returned from Active Service Medal
0400 389 684
VALE - 45058 CPL David Stevenson 21 Dec 1949 - 30 Apr 2017, David passed away on Sunday 30th April 2017.
Vale: John (Neddy) Kelly.
It is with regret to inform members of the passing of Captain (Retired) John Patrick Kelly RAAMC, QM of 8 Field Ambulance SVN 1967/68. John passed away suddenly on Thursday the 28th of July at Greenslopes Hospital Brisbane.
His funeral will be conducted at 1130 hrs Thursday 4th of August at the Church of the Little Flower on Bribie Island Qld. Those who have known John and live in the area are asked to attend his service (Medals to be worn).
John was a career soldier and much respected in both service and civilian life, he was a true Christian and a gentleman and will be remembered as such.
Condolences to his wife Patrica and family.
Vale: John (Neddy) Kelly.
Chippie Wayne Bainbridge
Vale: Corporal (R) Gordon Tainsh
Today was a very sad day for our Association here in South Australia. We layed to rest one of our great stalwarts, Corporal (R) Gordon Tainsh. In a most fitting Funeral Ceremony, his life and achievements were acknowledged and his life celebrated. Many members of the RAAMC and Health Services Association attended from Brigadiers to Diggers, Surgeons to Soldiers, we were all united in sorrow of the loss of our great mate 'Tainshie! "Mr Fix -it', Father, Grandfather, Brother, Uncle and Transport NCO!. Husband to Liz, you served your country, community and family. Gone but never to be forgotten. Goodbye Gordon.
Lest We Forget!
WO1 Ballard Ex RSM 3 FD AMB.
William Brian (Digger) JAMES AC, AO, MBE, MC MAJGEN (ret'd) 14 May 1930 - 16 October 2015
Dear Members,After a short illness, Digger James is at rest. He passed away peacefully on Friday night 16 October 2015.Barbara Digger's wife has advised there will be a private burial this week and a memorial service the following week. Details will be provided when available. He was a great leader and Patron of our Association who will be sadly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with Barbara and the family.
8 Field Ambulance
20.04.1944 - 16.09.2015
Aged 71 years
Lest We Forget
The relatives and friends of FRANCIS are invited to attend his Funeral Service to be held in the Palm Chapel of Macquarie Park Crematorium, Plassey Rd, Macquarie Park on WEDNESDAY (October 14, 2015). Appointed to commence at 2.15 pm.
Frank was our first National and NSW State Treasurer. He served with 8 Fd Amb in SVN, then served with 1Fd Hosp, 1 Mil Hosp. Frank will be missed by all that new him.
RIP Frank LEST WE FORGET
Bill Matheson, please go to associations 11 Fd Amb Website for details.
SGT ALFRED STANLEY FITZSIMMONS
LTCOL John Lambie MBE ( Rtd )
LTCOL John Lambie MBE ( Rtd ),passed away on the 8th OCT 2014.
John was well remembered by most in his role as Career Managment for both Officer's & OR's.
John's Funeral details are: Gold Creek Chapel, 17 O' Hanoon Pl, Nicholls ACT 2913 on Thursday 16th OCT 14. At 1100hrs.
COL (Dr.) Maurice Joseph SAINSBURY AM RFD
COL (Dr.) Maurice Joseph SAINSBURY AM RFD passed away peacefully on the morning of the 18th September 2014. He succumbed to a stroke, which he had suffered about 2 weeks prior.
I was pleased I was able to represent our Association together with fellow members and dear friends of Maurie-Frank Lang OAM and Theo Dechaufepie.
His funeral service was held at the Northern Suburbs Crematorium on Tuesday 23rd September. The East chapel was filled with family and friends.
Maurie is survived by his son, Stephen and his two daughters, Christine and Heather and their families.
The service was lovingly conducted by Maurie’s brother, Reverend Max Sainsbury.
Heather read this thoughtful poem that was one of her dad’s favourite:
“Sunset and evening star, and one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar, when I put out to sea.
But such a tide as moving seems asleep, too full for sound and foam,
When that which drew from the boundless deep, turns again home.
Twilight and evening bell, and after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell, when I embark.
For tho’ from out our bourne of time and place, the flood may bear me far.
I hope to see my Pilot face to face. When I have crost the bar”.
Heather spoke for the family, and we listened to her describe a very loving and compassionate father and family figure who was their dad. ‘He was always there for us and would do anything for us. He provided the consistent security and encouragement that we needed to start successful lives of our own’.
She told us of the many happy times of the family singing around the piano and his love of the operatic stars like Domingo and Pavarotti.
We listened to her tell of the many happy parties, and an array of varying guests, who always enjoyed the company of their dad and mum
Heather told us of a man who was a true Public Servant, who worked tirelessly for his community and his country.
She concluded with a quote from her dad’s book about his life, with a tribute to their mum, Erna.
…”Without such a wonderful partner I could not have accomplished whatever I have…Erna was the linchpin of the Sainsbury family—the steady, consistent influence”.
Heather said..”We were so lucky to have two such wonderful parents”.
Stephen also spoke for the family. He described his dad as ‘driven, competitive and achievement orientated’ with the firm belief that anyone could do whatever they wanted in life by using their brain and working hard.
He also told us of a man who was loving, compassionate, generous, caring and most empathetic, and that Family was very important to him.
Stephen said his dad liked sport and he excelled in cricket, tennis, gymnastics, boxing, surf boat crewing, squash, golf and fishing—this from his early childhood days right through to university and beyond.
Stephen evoked many of his happy childhood memories, especially at Christmas time, whether in England or back home in Sydney. His dad taught him how to use a rifle when they went rabbit hunting on their grandparent’s farm near Blayney. He taught Stephen how to drive a car (up at the farm).
Stephen recalled some happy memories of family camping.
Stephen gave us a small glimpse of their dad’s working life, starting in Cowra Hospital as a young doctor (this was where he first met his future wife, Erna, who was a Nursing Sister.)
Then to Windang on the south coast of NSW (where he and Christine were born).
The family moved to England (Heather was born there) where their dad studied Psychiatry for 5 years.
When the family moved back to Australia, their dad secured a position at the North Ryde Psychiatric Centre. He went on to become the Deputy Head. They lived in a doctor’s residence in North Ryde.
His dad held the following appointments; Honorary Psychiatrist-Hornsby and Ku-ring-gai Hospital and at Sydney Hospital, the first Director of the Institute of Psychiatry, Seconded to Head Office NSW Dept of Health, Senior Specialist Mental Health Services NSW Dept of Health, Consultant Psychiatrist to the Royal Commission into the former Chelmsford Private Hospital, Part-Time Member Guardianship Tribunal of NSW, Part-Time Member Mental Health Review Tribunal NSW, Official Visitor NSW Dept of Health.
Their dad retired in 2009. Stephen has a fond memory of just a few years back of both of them in a kayak, Dad in front and Stephen behind, paddling up the Minnamurra River.
He concluded by saying “Dad was always there for us—in the good times and when we need his help”.
Stephen told us of his dad’s involvement with the CMF and the Army.
Maurie’s Service Number was 2146892. He joined the CMF 13 March 1969, as a Captain with 1 Field Ambulance until the 12th June 1969.
He went to Full Time Duty on the 13th June 1969, and was posted overseas to I Australian Field Hospital in Vietnam with the rank of Major, until the 23rd October 1969.
He came back to Australia and went back to the CMF on the 24th October 1969 and re-joined 1 Field Ambulance until 12th January 1971 when he was transferred to 7 Field Regiment until the 29th May 1973 and was transferred to 1 General Hospital until the 3rd July 1977.
From 4th July 1977 until his retirement, as Colonel, on the 24th July 1986 he was stationed at HQ 2 Military District. Maurie’s employment was Consultant Psychiatrist.
COLONEL Maurice Sainsbury AM RFD was awarded the following: The Australian Active Service Medal 1945-75 with Clasp-Vietnam, Vietnam Medal, Reserve Force Decoration, Australian Defence Medal.
LEST WE FORGET
COL JOHN TALBOT DUNN AM MBE
COL Dunn was former DMS 3MD, passed away on the 23rd Sep 2014.
JT Dunn was a most loved and highly respected former DMS.
George’s funeral will be on 20 June 2014 at the Fremantle cemetery, Carrington St. Timing is 1400hrs
Afterwards there will be a wake to farewell George at the Tradewinds Hotel, 59 Canning highway,East Fremantle.
Our Condolences go out to his family
His service will be held at Bairnsdale Victoria at St Mary’s Catholic church either 10:30 or 11 am.
His son Alan wasn’t exactly clear about the time, as he had just arrived home from overseas.
Don served in 2/5th Field Ambulance from late 1943 and saw action in Borneo.
He is one of the very few surviving members of 2/5th Field Ambulance.
Sorry for the late notice.
Warrant Officer class 1 Thomas (Barry ) Inge.He passed on 10.05. 12 in Bathurst NSW from an aeortic embolism . He was 78 years old. Born in 18.11.34. He was living with me at the time as my mum JO had passed in Oct 2007 from a gliomsblastoma .I'm sure there could be a few people who may remember him.He was a member of the RAAMC for over 20 years.He served in many units starting in 1963 at 2 Field Ambulance.While this is not a comprehensive list these are my memories of some2 Field Ambulance3 CCS Casualty Clearing Station1 Field Hospital2 Military HospitalCampbell Barracks CanberraHe served in Vietnam from late1965 till 1966.Went to PNG from Jan 1969 till Jan 1970 .I'm not sure what units he belonged to totally but you have the wherewithal to find out.I can tell you we lived in the following places . These are chronological1963 Woodside SA1964 Ridley Grove SA. ( dad was in Puckapunyal Vic at the time)1965 Seymour Vic(Vietnam)1966 Windsor Gardens (dad was at KESWICK BARRACKS)1967 Inala QLD ( 3CCS)1969 LAE IGAM BARRACK1970 PORT MORESBY MURRAY BARRACKS1971 Ingleburn (2 MIL HOSPITAL)1973 Watsonia Vic1976 Adelade SA1978 Ingleburn (1 Field Hospital RSM)1980 Canberra Both Campbell and Russell Barracks working with Digger James1982 Adelaide ..A Reserve Unit1983 retired.He always looked upon his time with the RAAMC with pride and fondness. (Info supplied by Barry's daughter Robyn Rauch)