Vale: 37897 John Raymond Howard – 7RAR

I regret to inform you that John Howard, 1st tour,  passed away on 3rd March 2022 aged 78 years after a long illness.

The celebration of his life will take place at the Lester & Son Chapel, 49 Thomas Mitchell Drive, Wodonga on Wednesday 16 March 2022 commencing at 10:30am, followed by a private cremation.

To view a live stream of the service, please click here

Kev Gillett

Funeral Service for Major John “Jack” Sidney Catton MBE (service numbers 36114 and 32513)

Dad’s funeral service begins at 12.30pm on Thursday 10 March, 2022 at the Lakeview Chapel, Albany Creek Memorial Park, 400 Albany Creek Road, Bridgeman Downs, QLD.

Below is the link to the live-stream of Dad’s funeral service for any of his 4RAR Association QLD mates that can’t make it to the venue. The stream will begin at 12.25pm (QLD time) on Thursday, 10 March, 2022. After the funeral, a video of the livestream will also be available using the same link. Thank you to 4RAR Association QLD for the support you have given to my Mother, Dawn, and family at this sad time.


Garth Catton


Vale: 36114 John (Jack) Sidney Catton

Today we have been advised of the passing of another member Jack Catton MBE by his wife Mrs Dawn Catton. Jack passed away yesterday the 3rd of March 2022 aged 91 years old. Jack had a long and distinguished service serving with the following units 3RAR Korea, Japan, 2RAR Malaya, Borneo, 4RAR SVN1, SVN2.  Jack will be missed by all who knew him.

Jack’s Funeral Service will be on: Thursday 10th March 2022 at 12.30pm

                                                        Lakeview Chapel Albany Creek Memorial Park

                                                       400 Albany Creek Road

                                                       BRIDGEMAN DOWNS QLD 4035

Medals to be Worn

 Condolences may be sent to: Mrs Dawn Catton

                                              41 Duntreath Street,

                                              Keperra Qld 4054



Wendy M McLean (J.P.) LM


Sadly, a check of the Last Post Section of the December 21 Issue of the QLD RSL News found 2 former members we didn’t know had passed away:

  • 215967 John Patrick Kenneth TEMPEST – 6 RAR 1st tour Jun 66-Jun 67.   John’s death was reported by the Greenbank RSL Sub Branch.
  • 1204910 Thomas BERE – Thomas (Tom) served in 6 RAR, possibly B Coy in the mid 1970’s before transferring to RACMP and was attached to 6 RAR as an MP at least once for deployment to Rifle Company Butterworth (RCB).  Tom’s death was reported by the Redcliffe RSL Sub Branch.

Unfortunately, we don’t have a date of death for either but have emailed the 2 Sub Branches for more information which will be passed on, if received.

Please join with us in offering our deepest sympathy to those who will mourn the passing of a loved one.  6 RAR family members, taken too soon.


Allan Whelan, Secretary

Vale: 51434 James Alexander McKenzie – 4RAR both tours

We have been advised by Frank Angyal that Jim A McKenzie who was 91 years old passed away at 2.30pm on Monday 28th  February 2022 in Geraldton Hospital. Jim was an original member of 4RAR in Woodside, Malaya, Borneo, SVN 1 & 2, 2/4RAR & Korea.

Jim’s Funeral is on Wednesday 9th March 2022 at 12pm at Mid West Funerals, 40 Sanford Street, Geraldton WA 6530.

His funeral is also being live-streamed.

Lest We Forget

Wendy M McLean J.P. (Qual) LM

Passing Parade: 216793 Dennis Fredrick Symington – 4RAR – 2/4RAR

Below is a notice from Merv Dicton of 2/4RAR who has advised us of the passing of Dennis (Slim) Symington who served with the 4RAR in SVN1 and SVN2.

Sad news reported by Foxy Allan Gray who had a call from Hilary Gall this morning to say that Slim Symington had passed away last week in Griffith Hospital after a long illness. Foxy called his wife Rae to give her his condolences and she told him his funeral was last Friday in Griffith. He asked if we could put something on the 2/4 RAR page to let everyone know and she said yes. Sadly another of our originals has left us and the world is the poorer for his passing. Slim served two tours of Vietnam with 4 RAR. Condolences to Rae, family, friends and brothers in arms.

RIP ol mate. Lest We Forget.

Funeral Arrangements : 38756 WO1 Theodorus (Ted) Boltong

Funeral Mass for Theodore “Ted” Boltong will be offered at St Leonards Catholic Church, 349 Springvale Road Glen Waverley on Tuesday 8th March 2022 at 12:30pm. Burial will take place on Wednesday 9th March 2022 at 12:30pm at the Geelong Western Cemetery off Norwood Street Geelong West. Flowers are welcome or donations may be made to Dementia Australia, envelopes will be available at the Church and Cemetery. The Funeral Mass for Theodore (Ted) will also be Webcast live on Tuesday March 8th 2022 at 12.30pm (AEST).


Vale 5716068 Colin Leslie Keast

Colin Keast was formally of 12 Pl D Coy 9 RAR passed away in Northam Hospital on 20 February 2022. Colin was wounded in action and spent the rest of his life in a wheelchair. He was living in Toodyay. His funeral will be held at the Toodyay War Memorial in ANZAC Park, Fiennes St on Wednesday 9 March 2022 at 10am. A burial service will follow.