Major Geoffrey Owen Lever, RAAOC died 5 December 2019 after a long illness.

Geoff graduated in December 1985, the last Class at OCS Portsea before all officer training was transferred to Duntroon.

Geoff was the inaugural Manager of the RMC Museum, and the champion to get it established as part of the Army Museum Network. He handed over the reins a year or so back.

Missed by many.

Major Richard A. Arnel, RA Inf a valued classmate of the OCS Class December 1967.

Dick died in Canberra on 20 February 2020 after a long illness.

Rest In Peace mate.

Phillip T. Dobney RAA, a graduate of the OCS Class December 1953 (The Fourth Class).

 We have received a belated notice of Phillip’s death.  A much valued member of his classmates, he died in Brisbane on 25 Nov 2019.

WO1 Kevin Stanley (Lofty) Wendt. The last RSM of OCS Portsea.

8th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment South Vietnam 17/11/1969 – 15/07/1970
Lofty also served in 2 and 8/9 RAR and was the second RSM Army.

Passed away in Biggenden Hospital on Monday, 27 January 2020 after an illness. Funeral to be held on 7th February 2020.

Major Bruce Hayhow RNZE (Retd) from the OCS Class Jun 1959.

Bruce died on 25 Jan 2020.

Major William T. Edwards, OAM, RAAOC (Retd). A graduate of the OCS Class Dec 64.

“Blue” died after a long illness on 24 Jan 2020.

He served in SVN as a 2Lt  in 2COD 25 Feb – 13 Sep 1967.

Funeral details are as follows:

Gregson Weight Funerals, Eumundi Road Noosaville  4507. Qld Thursday 30th January 2020 at 11.00am

Major Lawrence N. (Laurie) Hall, RA Inf (Retd).  OCS Class Jun 57.

Laurie died unexpectedly on 17 Jan 2020 following complications from an operation.

The Scarlet Lanyard, gallant Laurie Hall, was very proud of the unit citation awarded to 3RAR as a consequence of the battles for Coral and Balmoral as no doubt are the other of our comrades who were involved.

Laurie was an excellent ambassador for the little Class group through his membership of the Duntroon Society, showing the flag at the Canberra meetings and visits to Portsea. We don’t think he ever missed one of our reunions either.

He will be high on the list of memories we have which started in July 1956.

Lieutenant Colonel James S. Heard RNZA (Retd).  OCS Class June 1970.

Died suddenly on 15 December 2019 in South Africa whilst on holiday. Will be missed by many.


Captain Ronald P. Baker RAASC, RAAOC (Retd).  OCS Class Dec 53. Died 19 December 2019.

Retired from the Army in 1962, but remained a strong supporter of his OCS Portsea classmates and will be sadly missed.

Ray Allan Dousset. OCS Class of December 1973. RAEME, AAAvn.

Tragically killed in a road accident near Bundaberg. Funeral on 7 November 2019 in Bundaberg.

Major George E. Ball. OCS Class of June 1952. Graduated to RAA.

Died in Gosford on 21 October 2019 after a long illness.

Active service in Korea and South Vietnam.

Army Staff College 1965.

Colonel Graeme D.Burgess MBE. OCS Class of December 1955. Commandant – December 1980 to December 1983.

Graeme passed away peacefully on Tuesday 8th October 2019.

A celebration of his life will be held at the Norwood Park Crematorium in Canberra at midday on Thursday  17 October 2019. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Enquiries to Richard Burgess –

Colonel Phillip J. Gould 9 Jun 1945 – 30 Sep 2019.

OCS Class Dec 1964.

SVN: 9RAR as a Lt from Nov 68 to Dec 69.

Aust Staff College 1978.

An invitation is extended to join with Joane, family and friends to celebrate and remember Phil’s life at Southport Yacht Club, 1 Macarthur Parade, Main Beach Qld 4217, from 2.30 PM, Thursday 10 October 2019.

Dress – Relaxed Gold Coast informal.

Major Bruce C. Hampson RAAOC (Retd)  –  OCS Class Dec 64.

Army Apprentices School, Balcombe (10th Intake) Bruce died on 27 June 2019 in Nambour Hospital after a long illness.

He served in South Vietnam as a lieutenant with 102 Field Workshops Stores Section in 1967 – 68.

53185 Major Peter Raymond Lofthouse RAE [Retd]

Peter passed away on Thu 11 Jul 2019 after suffering a heart attack. He was born on 19 Mar 1936 at East Fremantle, Western Australia. His funeral was held on Wed 17 Jul 2019 at 2 PM, Pinnaroo Cemetry Chapel, BRIDGEMAN DOWNS at 2 PM.

Peter was a graduate of the OCS Class of Dec 1957. As a Captain he saw Active Service with 17 Construction Squadron, RAE in South Vietnam from 23 Apr 1970 to 21 Apr 1971. He is sadly missed by all of his classmates and friends.
Condolences to Denise and Family.

  Sanderson, Stephen John RA Svy, RAAOC

Steve passed away last Saturday (6 July) after a lengthy battle with cancer. There will be a private cremation.

Steve (Sandy) was a graduate of the June 1973 Class originally graduating to Survey and later transferring to Ordnance. He was responsible for developing the class website creating a wonderful legacy for his classmates.

  LTCOL James Edward Heron RAASC, RACT

Jim was born in August 1944.  A graduate of OCS Portsea Class Dec 65.
He served in SVN as a lieutenant with HQ 5 Coy RAASC from Dec 67 – Jan 69.