Colonel David R. Lawrence, AM (Retd).  Graduated from OCS Portsea to RAAC in the Class December 1959.

David died suddenly on 15 March 2023, aged 87 years.

SVN Service:

  • A Sqn, 3 Cav Regt, Dec 68 – May 69.
  • B Sqn, 3 Cav Regt, May – Dec 69.

Attended Army Staff College, Queenscliff in 1972.

A much respected Army officer and gentleman who will be missed by many.

Rest In Peace.

John (Snow) Vautin, RA Inf.  From the OCS Class June 1962.

Snow died on 5 February 2023 after a long illness – aged 82 years.

Snow served with distinction in South Vietnam with 9RAR in 1968-69.  He was awarded a MID for his service there.

A much-remembered man who is sadly missed by his family, many friends and loyal OCS classmates.

Rest In peace Snow

Major Ian Lattimore, RNZIR (Retd).  OCS Class December 1981.

Ian died on 28 Jan 2023 at home in New Zealand.

Sadly missed by his family, classmates, friends and colleagues.

Vale Ian.

Lieutenant Colonel Michael (Mike) Mc. Jameson, RNZEME (Retd).  OCS Class December 1959.

Mike died peacefully on 30 December 2022 in New Zealand.

Mike joined the NZ Army as a Regular Force cadet in 1956, serving with RNZEME until selection for OCS Portsea in late 1958.  His previous NZ cadet experience shone through his Portsea year.

Will be missed by many.

R.I.P. Mike

Lieutenant Colonel Francis Peter Burdeu, RAASC, RACT (Retd).  OCS Portsea Class December 1968.

Peter died this morning, 26 January 2023 in Canberra Hospital.

A good friend to many who will be missed by many.

R.I.P. Peter.

LTCOL Michael Hall, RAEME (Retd).  OCS Class December 1984.

Michael died peacefully in Melbourne on 20 January 2023 after a long illness.

Rest In Peace.

Major Anthony (Tony) Holmes, RAASC, RACT (Retd).  OCS Class Dec 65.

Tony died at home on 21 January 2023, aged 77 years.

A shock and sad loss to all his family friends and classmates.

South Vietnam service:

  • HQ 26 Company RAASC, December 1967 – December 1968.

Tony attended Army Staff College, Queenscliff in 1978.

A valued friend to many.

R.I.P Tony.

Major Ross L. White, RAAC, RAAMC .  OCS Class Jun 1970.

Ross died on 20 January 2023.

A great friend to many who will be missed by them all.

Vale Ross.

Major Andrew M. (Andy) Beard, RAE.  OCS Class Dec 1979. (Ex-soldier entry from 3RAR).

Andy died in Victoria on 21 January 2023 after a long illness.

A highly respected graduate and a great mate to all his class.


 Major John D. Guy, RA Inf (Retd).  OCS Portsea Class December 1968 and awarded the Sword of Honour.

John died at Rathdowney, Qld on 12 January 2023, aged 75 years.

Before selection to OCS, John served in South Vietnam:

  • 3 SAS Squadron, 8 February – 5 March 1967
  • 1 SAS Squadron, 6 March – 6 December 1967.

Other postings included Pacific Islands Regiment PNG, 7 DEO Gurkha Rifles on exchange and Royal Australian Regiment Attended Army Command & Staff College, Queenscliff in 1982.

A man of immense integrity and abounding love for his fellowman, particularly for youth at risk.

John will be missed by so many.

Rest In Peace.

Major Phillip (Phil) James Clover, RA Sigs (Retd).  OCS Class Dec 57.

Phil died in WA on 9 January 2023, aged 85 years.

Before OCS, Phil was an apprentice (8th Intake) at AAS Balcombe.

Vietnam Service:

  • 700 Signal Troop 20 May 1966 – 20 May 1967.

Attended Army Staff College, Queenscliff in 1973.

He was an outstanding and well-respected member of the Class and will be sadly missed by many.

RIP Phil.

Major Sydney R. (Ron) Gerahty RAA, Aust Int (Retd).  OCS Class June 1953.

Ron died on 7 December 2022, aged 90 years.

Vietnam Service:

  • Visit  7 Jul 1964 – 16 Jul 64
  • HQ AFV (Army Component)  13 Nov 67 – 26 Nov 68

A long life well-lived and will be sadly missed.

Rest In Peace.

Lieutenant Colonel Igor (Gus) Pauza, RA Inf (Retd).  OCS Class Dec 68.

Gus died on 3 Dec 2022 after long war-related disease.  Aged 77 years.

Gus had two postings to South Vietnam:

  • 1RAR 27 May 1965 – 1 June 1966.
  • 7RAR 10 February – 1970 – 25 February 1971.

Attended Army Staff College, Queenscliff in 1981.

He will be sadly missed.

Rest In Peace Gus.

Lieutenant Colonel Christopher R. Elphinston, RA Inf, RAAOC (Retd).  OCS Class Dec 60.

Chris died on 2 December 2022 in Brisbane after a short illness.  Aged 83 years.

Chris served on the directing staff at OCS in 1967.

Served in South Vietnam at 2 Advanced Ordnance Depot from 8 October 1968 to 8 October 1969.

Attended Army Staff College, Queenscliff in 1977 A good officer and a gentleman who will be missed by too many.

Vale Chris.  R.I.P.

Major Brian C. Irving, RAASC, RACT (Retd).  OCS Class December 1963.

Brian died suddenly on 19 November 2022 as a result of an accident on the Gold Coast, QLD.

South Vietnam service:

  • OC  Detachment 176 Air Dispatch Squadron RAASC – January 1968 to January 1969.

A good officer and a good man who will be missed by his family, many friends , colleagues and classmates.

Vale Brian

Lieutenant Colonel Mohammed Noor bin Hj Ambran RBLF (Retd).  Commissioned to the Royal Brunei Land Force from the OCS Class June 1971.

Noor died peacefully on 26 October 2022.

Sadly missed by family, friends, and classmates.

Rest In Peace

Major Kevin F. White, RA Sigs (Retd).  He joined the Army as an apprentice at AAS Balcombe before graduating from OCS Portsea with the Class June 1982.

Kevin died on 4 November 2022 in Brisbane after a long illness.

Will be sadly missed by family, friends and classmates.

R.I.P.  Kevin

Lieutenant Colonel Lester (Les) P. Haines, RAAMC, (Retd).  OCS Class Dec 72 (OCS Wing OTU Scheyville – 1/72).

Les died on 16 October 2022 in the ACT.

Will be greatly missed by his loving family, friends and classmates.


Squadron Leader Ian E. Devereaux, RAAF (Retd).  Ian graduated as a commissioned officer into the RAAF from the OCS Class June 1957.

Ian died in NSW on 5 October 2022, aged 85 years.

SVN service.  Ian served with 2 Squadron RAAF as a flight lieutenant equipment officer at Phan Rang in 1967-68.

Will be missed by many.

Bruce W. Fenney, RAE.  OCS Class June 1978.

Bruce died in an accident at Macksville, NSW on 19 September 2022.

He will be sadly missed by family, his classmates and many friends.

Vale Bruce.

Lieutenant Colonel Philip Charles Lawrence, RAAC (Retd).  OCS Class December 1968.

Philip died on 29 August 2022, aged 76 years in South Australia.

South Vietnam service:

  • A Squadron, 3 Cavalry Regiment, January 1971 – March 1972.

Sadly missed by his Portsea classmates, colleagues and many friends.


Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Mark Howell, RNZIR (Retd) from the OCS Class December 1969.

Mark died in NZ on 15 September 2022, aged 71.

Mourned by many in both New Zealand and Australia.


 Brigadier Lawrence J. Lewis (Retd) who graduated to RA Inf from the OCS Portsea Class December 1952.

Laurie died on 12 September 2022 aged 88 years.

In South Vietnam, he commanded C Coy, 9RAR from November 1968 – 69, receiving a MID for his service there.

A well respected and liked officer who will be sorely missed by many.


 Colonel Lloyd R. Streeting (Retd). Lloyd graduated to RAAC with the OCS Class in June 1960.  He died in Canberra on 11 September 2022 at the age of 86.

Served as a captain in South Vietnam:

  • B Squadron, 1st Armoured Regiment 26 Nov 1969 – 23 Dec 1969
  • A Squadron, 1st Armoured Regiment 23 Dec 1969 – 19 Nov 1970

Attended Army Staff College, Queenscliff in 1973.

A life well-lived and will be missed by many.


 General Romulo F Yap AFP (Retd). Graduate of December 1960.

A pioneer Filipino graduate, he became the Commanding General of the whole Philippine Army.

Farewell sir Romy. Stand down.

Lieutenant Jeremy (Jerry) Michael Robinson, RA Inf (Retd).  He was a graduate of the OCS First Class – June 1952.

Jerry died on  7 July 2022.

One of nature’s true gentlemen, he will be missed by many including his Portsea classmates.

Rest In Peace.

Lieutenant Colonel Deane Hill RA Inf. OCS Class of June 1954.

Deane passed away on the evening of Thursday 11 August 2022.

A classmate gone too soon.

Major Brian Hugh Catt (Retd) RAAC. OCS Class of December 1972.

Brian passed away on Saturday 30 July 2022.

He is fondly remembered by family and friends. His time at OCS will be remembered for the breakout flat at Blairgowrie that he and a few fellow cadets used to escape on weekends.

True friendships. RIP our friend.

Major (Retd) Harvey Winston Fewings, RAA, Aust Int and RNZIR (for a short time).  OCS Class December 1967.

Harvey died in Brisbane on 27 July 2022 , aged 80 years.

South Vietnam Service (as a 2Lt):

  • 12 Fd Regt RAA, Jan – Feb 1969.
  • 1 Fd Regt RAA, Feb – Oct 1969.

Harvey was a multi-faceted character who always kept us guessing about what would happen next.

He grew up in the Northern Territory, became a policeman in SA amongst other things before coming to OCS Portsea at the relatively senior age of 26.

After the Army amongst other things, he became a station manager in the NT, dabbled in NT politics, was a licensed publican in remote NT, wrote articles for several on-line local newspapers in SE Qld and was a travelling worker for the Qld RSL.  He also authored a book – “The Tiger Tea Club”.

An unforgettable character who will be sadly missed by too many to mention here.

Vale mate.

Lieutenant Colonel John Francis Digweed, RAEME (Retd).  OCS Class June 1962.

John died in Toowoomba on 26 July 2022 after a long illness.  (Just short of his 84th birthday).

South Vietnam Service (Capt):

  • 161 (Independent) Reconnaissance Flight Nov 1969 – May 1970
  • B Squadron, 3 Cavalry Regiment May – Nov 1970.

John will be sadly missed by his loving family, classmates and many friends.


Lieutenant Andrew (Andie) L. Opie, RAA (Retd)

Andie graduated with the OCS Class June 1965.  After Corps training and some specialist RAA courses, he was posted to South Vietnam in May 1966 with Det, 131 Div Loc Bty RAA.  He returned home in January 1967.

On RTA he was posted to 1RTB but was soon hospitalised with an unidentified illness, and subsequently resigned from the Army in late 67. He then studied Law full-time in Adelaide, and re-joined the Public Service in the Attorney General’s Department.

Andie died on 14 July 2022 at the age of 77.

He will be greatly missed by his family, friends, colleagues and of course his classmates.

Vale Andie

Colonel Ronald George Lange, AM (Retd). Ron was a proud graduate of the First Class OCS (June 1952).  He was commissioned into the RA Inf.

Captain Ron Lange served with HQ 28 Commonwealth Independent Brigade Group (Aust Component) during the Malayan Emergency (1948 – 1960).

He attended Army Staff College at Queenscliff in 1966.  He served in South Vietnam as a major with HQ 1ALSG in Vung Tau from January 1968 – January 1969 Receiving a Mention in Dispatches.

Ron later served as Commanding Officer, 1 Battalion, Pacific Islands Regiment.

Ron died at age 92 in early July 2022 after a long illness.

A greatly respected officer, colleague and friend to many and will be a large loss to his loving family and by all who knew the man.

Vale Ron.

Lieutenant Colonel Michael Patrick Dinnison RAA (Retd). OCS Class December 1972.

Mike passed away on Saturday 9 July 2022 after a short illness.

Mike served with the Commonwealth Monitoring Force in Rhodesia in 1979-80. He held a range of regimental appointments mainly in 4 Field Regiment and was an instructor at OCS in 1981 – 82.

Actively involved in the community and respected by many, he will be missed.

RIP Mike.

Lieutenant Colonel Paul G. Wilmot RAE (Retd).  OCS Class June 67.

Following a long illness, Paul died in WA on 13 June 2022 with his family by his side.

A much-valued officer and gentleman who will be missed by many.


Major Martin F. Tobin RAAOC (Retd).  OCS Class December 1962.

Died 25 April 2022 in Brisbane aged 83.

Ammunition Technical Officer (ATO).

South Vietnam service:

HQ AFV (Army) March 1968 – April 1969.  (Captain).

Marty had a long-standing reputation for cutting ties (literally).

He will be missed by many.


Major Robert Douglas Swan RAEME (Retd).  OCS Class June 1964.  (Ex- Army Apprentice School, Balcombe).

Bob died 13 April 2022, aged 82 years.

SVN Service:  OC 4Fd Regt LAD February 1970 – March 1971.

A sad loss to many.


 Lieutenant Colonel Ian C. (Trader) Teague, RA Inf (Retd).  OCS Class December 1955.

Trader died 30 March 2022 aged 87 years in Victoria.

Ian served with AATTV in South Vietnam as a Capt from 17th April 1964 – Nov 65 Revolutionary Development, CSD Danang Group, responsible for Quang Ngai Combat, Psy Ops, Civic Action Teams Renamed Peoples Action Teams in 1965. Coordinator national PAT program May – Nov 65, I, II and IV Corps. Ian was with HQ AFV 3 Dec 65 – 10 Dec 65 and on his second tour of duty served with 1 SAS Sqn from 27 Jan 1970 – 3 Dec 70.

In addition to the unit citations awarded to AATTV, Ian also one of the few AATTV members awarded GSM 1962 with Clasp South Vietnam, US Air Medal for Valour (with ‘V’ Device), US Army Commendation Medal for Service, US Air Medal for Service with Cluster, South Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry (with Gold Star) and South Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry (with Silver Star).

Trader served on the staff of OCS from 1965 – 68.

Attended Army Staff College Queenscliff in 1971.

A well-remembered member of the staff by every officer cadet who knew him.

Rest In Peace Trader.

LTCOL K M McDonald RASigs (Rtd). OCS Class of June 1956.

Kevin died on 28 March 2022.

Kevin’s postings covered a wide range of duties including two tours of South Vietnam in 1964 for a visit and returning in 1970/71 on posting to 67 GL Section and then HQ 1 ATF.

He held many Signals Corps regimental postings including CO of 7 Sig Regt plus a range of staff appointments. His last posting was HQ 1 MD.

A friend who will be missed. RIP.

Captain Norman Pritchard, RASigs. OCS Class of December 1964.

Norm passed away on 14 March 2022.

Rest in Peace.

Captain Jeffrey N. Brandon, RAAOC (Retd).  OCS Class June 1963.

Jeff died on 17 March 2022 aged 82 years.

His active service postings included Borneo and South Vietnam (HQ 1ATF Feb – Nov 1970).

Missed by many.


 LTCOL Peter C. Kerntke, RA Sigs (Retd).  OCS Class Dec 1966.

Peter died 13 March 2022 after a short illness.

Service included:

  • HQ 1 ALSG, South Vietnam 28 Apr 1971 – 16 Dec 1971
  • 1 Sig Regt (CO)
  • 2 Sig Regt
  • 6 Sig Regt
  • 139 Sig Sqn (2IC and OC)
  • 125 Sig Sqn Darwin 1973/74/75 (Cyclone Tracey) AAS CARO DComms Army Office C&SC, Queenscliff 1982

A sad loss to many.


Major Kenneth (Ken) J. Beatty, RAEME (Retd).  OCS Class December 1958 – after attending AAS Balcombe.

Ken died on 17 February 2022  with family by his side after a short but determined battle with cancer.

Ken served in South Vietnam as a captain at HQ 1ATF from March 1967 – February 1968.

A good classmate and fellow officer who is sadly missed by many.


 LTCOL D. E. Cole RAAEC. Donna was one of the first female instructors at OCS in 1985 and continued to RMC.

Donna passed away on 1st March 2022.

Fondly remembered. RIP.

LTCOL W. J. (Joe) Thompson (RASigs) – OCS Class Dec 69.

Joe entered the Army in 1965 via the Army Apprentices School where he excelled academically and in sport. He was selected to attend OCS completing his training in Dec 69.

He completed his engineering degree at RMIT from 1972 to 1976. His postings included 6 Sig Regt, 1 Sig Regt, RMC of S (UK), 4 Sig Regt and Army Office. He attended Command & Staff College in 1984.

After leaving the Army in 1988, Joe joined the Queensland Public Service and led a quiet life in ‘cruising mode’.

Joe passed away on 4 Feb 2022.

A friend gone too soon. RIP

 Lt Col Tom Heesom (RAEME) ~ OCS Class Dec ’57.

Tom passed away on Saturday 05 Feb 2022.

Tom requested a private cremation that took place 08 Feb 2022. He died after a long illness with his wife Clare by his side.

He was one of the early ex-Apprentices who entered OCS in the Jan 1957 Intake. In his Senior Class he attained the rank Of Sergeant. On Graduation he was awarded the Governor General’s Medal for coming first in his class. He graduated to RAEME, his Corps of first choice and the one he had trained for at the Apprentices School.

Tom served his country in South Vietnam during 1965/66 in the Australian Logistics Support Company.

Tom Heesom was a well respected member of his OCS cohort, including both his Senior and Junior Classes.

He will not be forgotten. Rest in Peace Tom!

Major Richard A. Bradshaw RA Sigs (Rtd).  OCS Class December 1983.

Richard died on 24 January 2022 with family by his side.

Richard was Tp Comd 660 Sig Tp 1985-1986.

He was OC 126 Sig Sqn mid-1994 to 1996.

A good officer and friend of many.

Vale Richard.

Lieutenant Colonel Edwin (Ted) J. Charlton, AM.  Graduated to RAE from the OCS Portsea Class December 1954, and later transferred to RACT.

Active service:  Malay Peninsular, Borneo, SVN

Ted died on 29 December 2021 at Maleny, QLD with family by his side.  (Aged 88 years).

He will be missed by many.

Rest In Peace

Colonel Francis Adrian Roberts MG, OAM (RAAC) (Retd).  OCS Portsea Class June 1963.

Died on 29 December 2021 aged 82 years.

Adrian served in South Vietnam as a lieutenant and a captain (including the battle of Long Tan):

  • 1st Armoured Personnel Carrier Squadron            30 Apr 1966 – 15 Jan 1967
  • A Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment           16 Jan 1967 –    03 Mar 1967
  • Australian Army Training Team Vietnam 28 Apr 1971 -19 Apr 1972

Adrian also served on the staff at OCS Portsea 1972 – 73.

A great loss to his family, many friends, classmates and colleagues R.I.P.

Colonel David W. Kibbey, AM (Retd). (RA Inf).  Graduated with the OCS Class December 1967.

David died in Sydney on 24 December 2021 after a long illness.  Aged 74.

Served in South Vietnam:

  • 1ARU from March – May 1970,
  • 7RAR from May – March 1971

Attended Army Staff College, Queenscliff 1981.

He will be greatly missed by his loving family and his many friends, colleagues and classmates.

Rest in Peace dear friend.

 Lieutenant Colonel Bruce G. Jenkin, MBE (Retd).  Graduated to RNZE from the OCS Class Dec 58.

Bruce died on 3 December 2021 in Sydney after a long illness.

He attended Army Staff College, Queenscliff in 1972.

Bruce will be greatly missed by his loving family and colleagues.


 Reverend (Major Retd) Terence F. Gross.  Graduated with the OCS Class Dec 1966 to RA Sigs.

Terry died suddenly on 12 November 2021 at his home in NSW.

Before attending OCS, Terry was a member of the Army Apprentices School at Balcombe, Vic.

He served at Headquarters, Australian Force Vietnam (Army Component) from 24 Mar 1969 – 30 Apr 1969.

A much-loved man who will be sadly missed by family, congregation and his many friends.


Lieutenant Colonel Gary N. Taylor, RAAOC (Retd).  OCS Class December 1966.

Died in Caloundra, QLD on 14 October 2021 aged 76 after a long illness.

Gary served in South Vietnam with 9RAR from November 1968 – December 1969.

Gary spent most of his Army service as an Ammunition Technical Officer and afterwards worked overseas in the United Nations for a number of years.

Will be sadly missed by his loving family and many friends.

Vale Gary.

2Lt Milton M. Easton RA Inf (Retd).  OCS Class December 1955.

Milton died on 24 July 2020.  Greatly loved by his family and sadly missed by many.


LTCOL Stuart (Stu) Gavin Stubbs RNZASC, RNZCT (Retd).  OCS Class June 1970.

Stu died in NZ on 16 September 2021.  Stu was the joint Class Orderly for his Class and will be missed by many.

Vale Stu.

Major Graham Lovegrove (Jnr) RAAC.  OCS Class December 1977.

Graham died in Bali on 14 August 2021.

He will be missed by many.


LTCOL Peter G. Raue, RA Svy – OCS Class December 1973.

Peter was CO Army Apprentices School, 1993-94.

Peter died on 8 July 2021.

His sense of humour and mischief will be greatly missed by many.


 Major R.G. (Rod) Althaus RAA.  OCS Class June 1956.

Rod died on Sunday, 27 June 2021.

A strong supporter of OCS and of his classmates.  He will be missed by his family and many friends.

Rest In Peace

Brigadier M.G. (Mike) Holton, CSC.  Mike graduated from OCS in June 1959 to RAE and later transferred to RACT.

Born in England on 5 July 1938, he died on 3 June 2021.

Mike served as a captain in South Vietnam at HQ AFV (Army) from June 1966 – June 1967.

A much-valued husband, father, brother and friend of many.

Rest In Peace.

Brigadier Brian Henry Cooper (Retired). OCS Class December 1953.

4 July 1934 – 16 April 2021

A devoted Husband, a inspirational Father, and a dedicated Grand Parent.

A Soldier, Aviator, Commander, Leader, Author, Teacher, he will be sadly missed.

Service: SVN 1966-67, CO 1 Avn Regt, DCRES, Hon Col AAAvnC

Brian passed away comfortably in his sleep on Friday 16 Apr 2021 at St Vincents Hospital Northside, Brisbane.


Captain William (Bill) John A. Hunt RA Sigs (Retd).  OCS Class December 1953.

Bill died in Frankston, Victoria on 29 March 2021.

A very sad loss to his family friends and his longstanding Army classmates.

Missed by many.


 Captain John G. Strang RAASC (Retd).  OCS Class December 1953 John died on 19 March 2021 after a long illness.

He will be missed by his family, friends and Army classmates.


Major John R. Goodwin RAEME, RAAOC (Retd).  OCS Class December 1968.

Ammunition Technical Officer 192.

John died on 17 March 2021 in Brisbane.

Will be sadly missed by his family, classmates, friends and the ATO fraternity.


Lieutenant Edward Arthur Beaumont RAA (Retd).  OCS Class Dec 1953.

Ed died on 28 December 2020, aged 89.

A long and loyal member whose classmates and many friends will mourn his passing.

Rest In Peace.

 Major Joseph (Joe) Attard, RAAOC (Retd). OCS Portsea graduating Class Dec 1970.

Served as an Ammo Tech Offr (ATO).

Joe died on Wednesday, 20 January 2021 and will be missed by many.

Captain David Crooks RA Sigs (Retd).  OCS Class Jun 67.

David died peacefully in Liverpool Hospital on 14 January 2021 with his family by his side.

He will be sadly missed by his classmates and many friends.


Major Dennis Arthur Livingston RA Sigs (Retd).  OCS Class Dec 61.

Dennis died on 27 Dec 2020.

SVN Service:

Served as a captain at HQ Australian Force Vietnam (Army Component) July 1970 – June 1971.

Other postings include:

7 Sig Regt, 121 Sig Sqn (S’pore), 126 Sig Sqn, School of Sigs, 13 Sig Regt (UK) Germany 1965-66, PNG Police 1973-77

Well served.  RIP

Major Brian R. Schwarz RA Sigs (Retd).  OCS Class Jun 68.

Brian died on 21 Dec 2020 in Mackay, QLD.

SVN Service:

  • As a Signalman with 552 Sig Troop from April 1966 – May 1967.
  • As a 2LT with Det 152 Sig Sqn (SAS) from Aug 1969 – Aug 1970.

Brian will be sadly missed by many.  RIP

Major General David M. Butler, AO, DSO (3 Sep 28 – 24 Nov 20) He saw service as a lieutenant during the Korean War with the 3 RAR, and later as a LTCOL  Commanding Officer of 6 RAR/NZ (ANZAC) in South Vietnam 1969 – 70.

He was Commandant OCS Portsea from Jan 72 – Jan 75.

Comd 1 TF 1977 – 78.  Aust Army Attaché USA & Canada, UN 1979 – 81.  GOC Trg Comd 1982 – 83.

A much respected and liked officer.

He will be sadly missed by many.

Major Barry Thomas Ferris, AAvn (Retd).  OCS Class December 1975.

Barry died on 1 October 2020 in the Adelaide Hills.

Sadly missed by family, friends and classmates.


Captain Terence John Verrall RNZIR, RNZAOC (Retd).  OCS Class Jun 66.

Terry died in Perth, WA on 1 November 2020, aged 79 years.

Terry was born 17 March 1941 in Lower Hutt, NZ. Husband to the late Betty Ada Verrall. Terry loved a beer, a punt, gardening, seafood, fruit, bad dad jokes, his church, and the biggest love apart from his family was the All Blacks.

Terry will be missed so much by his children, grandchildren, brother, cousins, friends and classmates.

Major Graeme Lincoln Tod RNZA, RNZCT, RNZALR.  OCS Class December 1982.

Graeme (Tody) passed away at 7.00 pm on Friday 2 October 2020 in Wairarapa, New Zealand.

In total he completed 25 Regular Force service and 6 years Territorial Force service (Reserves) in the New Zealand Army.

Graeme graduated from OCS in Dec 1982 into the Royal New Zealand Artillery (RNZA), he subsequently transferred to the Royal New Zealand Corps of Transport (RNZCT) which with the RNZAOC and RNZEME amalgamated to become the Royal New Zealand Army Logistic Regiment (RNZALR).

A military service will be held at Trentham Military Camp, Wellington at 12.30 pm on Saturday 10 October 2020 followed by a wake to be held in Greytown.

RIP Tody.

LTCOL Anthony (Tony) G. Roberts RA Sigs (Retd).  OCS Class Dec 54. Tony died on 1 Sep 2020 aged 84 years.

Attended Army Staff college, Queenscliff in 1967.

In SVN, he commanded 104 Sig Sqn from Jan – Nov 1971.

Rest in Peace.

LTCOL Phil Badcock, OAM – OCS Class Jun 68.  Died 6 Sep 20 – Aged 75 yrs.

Graduated to RAAOC. Returned to OCS on the staff 1974 – 75.

Served in SVN with 6RAR from May 69 – May 70.

Will be missed by many.

Major Kevin Maxwell Riley, RAEME (Retd) who died on 5 Sep 2020.

Kevin graduated from AAS Balcombe in Dec 1971 and then OCS Portsea in Dec 73 where he was the BSM.

He returned to OCS as a member of staff in 1980 – 81.

He will be missed by many.

Lieutenant Colonel John M. (Max) Owens, RACMP (Retd), OCS Class Dec 64. He died after a long illness on 29 Aug 2020.

Max was a quiet unassuming style of officer who was well respected and liked by all who knew and worked with him.   He will always be remembered with great affection.


Major John E. Campbell, RA Inf (Retd).  OCS Class Jun 57.

John died on 16 August 2020 aged 86 years.

He saw active service in Thailand-Malaya and in South Vietnam (3 RAR & AATTV).

Rest In Peace.

Major Leslie Peter Tonagh, RAASC, RACT (Retd).  (OCS Class Jun 54).

Les died on 11 July 2020 at age 86 years.

He served twice in the Antarctic with the ANARE Detachment in 1955/56 and 1957/58.  He also served in PNG in 1971.

Rest in Peace.

Lieutenant Colonel David Rankine MC, MID, VCOG (Retd).  David graduated to RA Inf from the Fifth OCS course in June 1954.  He died on 12 July 2020 aged 87 years.

David served in SVN as OC C Coy, 8RAR in 1969 -70.

Rest in Peace old soldier.

Brigadier James Walter (Jim) Ryan, AM.

Jim graduated to RAA from the OCS Class Dec 61 and died on 21 May 2020 after a long illness.

A great officer and man and will be missed by many.

Major John Henry Boot, RAE, RACT (Retd) (OCS Class Dec 63) John died on 29 June 2020 (aged 80) after a long illness.

RIP John.

Lieutenant John T. Feakes RAASC (Retd).  (OCS Class Jun 54) John died in June 2020.

Missed and respected – Rest in Peace.

Captain Des Wilmore, RA Inf (Retd) (OCS Class Dec67).

Des died in his sleep this morning (26 June 2020)at his home in Noosa, SE Queensland following a small operation the day before.

Born on 10 April 1948 in Broken Hill.

After graduating from OCS Portsea in Dec 1967, Des served in PNG and then in 1972 with the AATTV.  Des later resigned from the Army while serving as adjutant at the Infantry Centre, going into business in Singleton and then in Noosa.

Rest in peace, mate.

Major  Robert G. Anderson RAA (Retd).  (OCS Class Dec 63).

Robert died on 12 June 2020 after a long illness.  Age 78 years.

Robert’s active service included the Malay Peninsula, Malaya & South Vietnam.

A top man with a great sense of humour who will be missed by many.


LTCOL Brian Richard Windsor (Retd). OCS Class Dec 58.

Brian passed away at John Flynn Hospital, Tugun, Qld at 0725 hrs on Monday 27th April, 2020.

Brian was a 9th intake Army Apprentice Vehicle Mechanic and rose to the rank of RSM of the Apprentices School.

He repeated this honour two years later as the CSM of the Officer Cadet School, Portsea.

Brian is survived by his wife Vanessa, son David and daughter Rebecca with their families and two grandchildren.

A private funeral was conducted on Friday 1st May at Burleigh Heads in accordance with the current health restrictions.

LTCOL Ronald Frank Irwin, RAEME (Retd). OCS Class Jun 63.

Ron died in Launceston, TAS on 6 May 2020, aged 82 years.

Ron served in South Vietnam as OC 5 Coy RAASC Wksp from 30 Jul 70 – 29 Jul 71.

A sad loss and will be missed by many.

Major Leigh David Edwards,  RAE (Retd) who died on 4 May 2020.

Leigh was a much valued member of the OCS Class June 1973.

RIP Leigh, your duty done.  Lest We Forget

LTCOL R.P. (Phil) Kudnig RAE (Retd) who died in Victoria on 27 April 2020. Phil who was commissioned with the OCS Class of December 1953 (The Fourth Class), was awarded the Governor General’s Medal as the top graduate.

He returned to OCS on the staff 1964 – 1966.  He then moved over The Rip to Army Staff College in 1967.

In South Vietnam he commanded 1 Fd Sqn RAE Jan – Nov 1971.


Brigadier Philip Davies AM (Retd).   7 July 1940 – 21 April 2020. Commissioned into RA Inf at RMC in  1961.

Phil served with 1RAR IN South Vietnam 27 March 1968 – 28 February 1969.

The last Commandant of OCS Portsea (December 1983 – December 1985)

Rest In Peace – Duty Done.

LTCOL Ian M.R. MacLean, RAE (Retd).  OCS Class Jun 59.  Died 18 April 2020 aged 83 years.

Ian served in SVN as a captain with 17 Constr Sqn RAE in 1968-69.

Attended Army Staff College, Queenscliff in 1973.

Rest In Peace, Duty Done.

Major John L. Nelson, RAAOC (Retd) who died on 9 April 2020.

A graduate of the OCS Class Jun 70.

In later life John was the manager for the Army Museum at Bandiana until his illness forced his retirement.

Missed by many.

Major John I. Moller, RAE who died peacefully in Darwin, NT on 13 April 2020, aged 80 years.

Classmate and friend of the Graduation Class, June 1963, OCS Portsea.

John served in SVN as a captain with 21 Engr Spt Tp in 1969.  He also returned to Portsea to serve on the staff at OCS in 1970 -71.

Sadly missed by many.

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.