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.