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.

VALE : 38756 THEODORE “TED” BOLTON, 6 RAR, 1966/67

Sadly, we have been informed by Kevin Moss, that Theodore “Ted” Boltong passed away peacefully on 22th February 2022, Aged 76 years.

Kevin wrote:

Good Afternoon. 

Ted Boltong (6RAR 65-71), (a mate of 46 years who I had the honour of serving with in the RAE (A-Res) after my time with 3RAR) passed away on the morning of the 22nd Feb. after a long battle with that insidious disease Alzheimer’s.

I thought it appropriate that the Association representing the Regiment he served with and spoke so highly of should know of his passing.

I have also forwarded a copy of this e-mail to the 6 RAR Victorian Representative as I believe Ted held this position at one time.

There are no details regarding funeral arrangements or family wishes regarding the service at this stage.

Duty First.   Regards, Kevin Moss.

Funeral information is:

  • A Funeral Mass for Mr. Theodore “Ted” Boltong will be offered at St Leonard’s Catholic Church, 349 Springvale Road Glen Waverley;
  • Tuesday 8th March 2022
  • 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) Webcast | Tobin Brothers Funerals (    (To view the Webcast please ensure you are using Google Chrome or the latest version of your preferred internet browser. If you have the page/screen open for a period of time prior to the streaming commencing, once the digital countdown clock gets down to zero, please refresh your page by clicking on the icon semi-circle arrow in the top left hand of your screen, to re-set the tribute page and the streaming. The streaming will commence shortly after your page has been refreshed).

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


Allan Whelan, Secretary

Vale – 38756 WO1 Theodorus (Ted) Hendricus Mathiam Maria Boltong 14th Sept 45 – 22nd Feb 22

On 22nd February 2022 I said goodbye to a wonderful and dear friend and today I am sharing this very sad and painful news with you. Ted was not only my friend of many years but someone that I admired and looked up to.

Ted was a Vietnam Veteran who, after discharging from the ARA, joined the Reserve at 7 Field Engineer Regiment (Ringwood) rising through the ranks to Warrant Officer Class One (WO1) with 2 RSM appointments one being at 7th Engineer Support Regiment (7 ERS) and the other 3rd Recruit Training Battalion (3 TRG Gp) retiring in 2000 after 37 years of military service.

Without doubt Ted was the ultimate and professional soldier who would not accept second best in any aspect of his life and that included both his civilian and military life.

Many reading this email would know Ted for his friendly, easy-going approach which rubbed off onto so many others around him – nothing seemed to rattle him.

I have pondered long and hard how to write this email to convey to you all just what a wonderful person we have said goodbye to but try as I might nothing is working for me and I am still completely numb trying to comprehend the suddenness of Ted’s passing and the fact he will no longer be a physical presence in my life.

Ted was a husband, father, grandfather, golfer, friend, mentor and Veteran who is survived by his wife Maria, children (Trevor and Anna), family and a large group of friends. Our deepest sympathy and condolences are extended to all.

In 2016 I helped write an article on Ted which appeared in our Sapper Summit magazine and I am attaching it so that you will be able to understand just what an amazing person he was. I think this article explains everything so take a minute to read it. Remember it was written some years back.

Funeral arrangements are yet to be finalized but will be as per the family notice

Farewell, my dear friend – you have left a void in my life that will not be filled and I will miss you and our catch ups so very much

You have fulfilled your duty to your country well and truly above that expected of anyone and now you deserve the rest.

Rest in Peace


Jim Davis.

Vale  Francis (Frank) Joseph Edwards

We have been advised of the death on 11 February 2022 of Francis (Frank) Edwards. Frank served with 106 Field Battery in Vietnam from February 1970 until February 1971. Frank had been in hospital at Camperdown for some time but died peacefully with family by his side. He was 73. He would be best remembered for his beautiful nature, singing and guitar playing. His last civvy street showbiz type engagement was in the KFC TV advertisement last year.

RIP Frank Joseph Edwards.

Peter Bruce

Obituary Resource Officer

VALE: Michael (Slowy) Slowman

I have been advised that Michael (Slowy) Slowman passed away peacefully in his sleep on 14th Feb at around 14:15, He has been unwell on and off for about 10 years.

Mick served with 1 RAR, 4 RAR Commando, 2 RAR, SFTC, 2 Cdo Regiment & HQSO.

Funeral details will be advised when known.