Vale – 4403 MAJ Donald ‘Don’ Alwin Juers – RAEME

It is with great sadness we advise of the passing of Donald ‘Don’ Juers on 20th September 2022.

Beloved husband of Marie (dec) and loved Father of Peter, Christine & Jennifer. Loving Father-in-law, Grandfather and Great Grandfather.

Don was the ASM at the 1st Armoured Regiment in 1967 and ASM 21 Const Sqn Wksp. Don served at Puckapunyal from about 1950 to his retirement in 1978 achieving the rank of Major at the then Pucka Wksp. He became a councillor and served two terms as Seymour Shire President.

1st Independent Armoured Squadron Workshop: 29 Dec 1967 to 01 Feb 1968

1st Armoured Squadron Workshop: 02 Feb 1968 to 03 Sep 1968.

Arte et Marte

Rest in Peace

Barry Shipway (Welfare Rep)


Sorry for the late notice, but sadly we have been informed that Kev Donald, Platoon SGT 12 Pl D Coy on the 2nd tour has passed away, with a private cremation to be held at 2pm, Friday 30 September 2022 at the Len Russell Funeral Chapel, corner of Brisbane and Clay Streets Ipswich QLD.   The Funeral Director is Len Russell Funerals.

Condolences to Kev’s family and friends.

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



27 December 1946 – 20 September 2022

CPL Donald ‘Don’ Kennedy died peacefully in his sleep on Monday 20 September, in the nursing home where he had been residing.

Don enlisted in January 1964, and completed his recruit Training at 1 RTB and Corps Training at the School of Infantry. He was transferred to 1 RAR in August 1964 and served with that unit until March 1965. Don then joined 5 RAR assigned to 6 Platoon B Company and deployed to South Vietnam (SVN) with them. During his time in SVN he was promoted to Corporal and appointed the Section Commander of 8 Section. Don took his discharge after his 3-year enlistment

A Funeral Service for Don will be held by Farrell & O’Neill, 85 Plunkett St, Nowra, NSW, at 13.30hrs on Tuesday 27 September.



Gary Townsend

5 RARA Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor


VALE LT. COL (RET’D) Klaus (Claude) DUCKER

I have been advised today that Lt Col (Ret’d) Klaus (Claude) Ducker passed away on the 18/09/2022 at the Calvary Haydon Village Residential Facility, after a long battle with Parkinson’s.

His funeral service will be held at 1100 hrs on 30/9/22, at RMC Duntroon.

From memory, Lt Col Ducker was my Company Commander when I joined 4RAR in March 1964.

My apologies if you already have this info via other means.


Alan Whitcombe

0409 474 232



22 September 1933 – 18 September 2022

MAJ Claude Decker MC, died in a nursing home on the evening of Sunday 18 September.

Claude was accepted into RMC-D in February 1952. In January 1957 he was posted to 3 RAR and deployed to Malaya, where he was awarded a Military Cross for gallantry while there. Claude had various postings, including 1 RAR and 4 RAR, Staff College and Officer Training Unit before deploying to SVN and joining HQ-AFV in January 1969. In April he joined 5 RAR as OC Charlie Company where he was mentioned in dispatches. Claude then transferred to the CMF and was discharged in 1983.

A Funeral Service for Claude will be held on Friday 30 September 11.00hours, at the Anzac Memorial Chapel of St Paul at Duntroon. Claude will be interned privately after the wake. A notice with further details will be in Saturday’s Canberra Times, Melbourne Age and Sydney Morning Herald.

Gary Townsend

5 RARA Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor

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16 August 1948 – 29 August 2022

CPL Guy Ansell died on Monday 29 August after a long and heroic battle with melanomas.

Guy enlisted in November 1967, and following initial training was allocated to the Corps of Infantry.  After training at Ingleburn NSW, he was posted to 5 RAR in May 1968 joining C Company.  Guy deployed to Vietnam with the Battalion’s Advance Party in January 1969.  He initially served as the OC’s Batman until transferring to Support Section in C Company Headquarters.  He was promoted to section commander. Guy returned to Australia on 5 February 1970.  He remained in 5 RAR and was discharged after his three years’ service in November 1970.

A Funeral Service for Guy was held by Farrell & O’Neill Funerals on Monday 5 September.

Gary Townsend

5 RARA Membership Officer/Tiger Tales Editor

[email protected]

Vale 110810 Darrel Albert Cunnington – RAA

We have been advised of the death on 14 September 2022 of Darrel Cunnington. He was 79. Darrel was a CMF Warrant Officer in 11 Field Regiment who signed on to Full-time Duty as a Bombardier Command Post Signaller to join ‘A’ Field Battery on Operations in South Vietnam from 16 June 1971. When ‘A’ Battery ceased operations and moved to Vung Tau in October 1971, Darrel was one of several Battery members who transferred to 104 Battery and remained in Nui Dat until RTA on 15 Dec 1971.

RIP Darrel Albert Cunnington

Peter Bruce, OAM

Obituary Resource Officer

Vale 4719459 Trevor Ronald Chapman – 9RAR

Aged 75 years. A veteran of A Coy, 9RAR 1968-69

Loving husband to Chris

Loved dad to Vicki and Phil, and Marc

Adored Chappie to Thomas and Lucy

We hope you’re somewhere warm, where the fish are biting and the Stanley Port is flowing.

Please join us to celebrate Chappie’s life, Thursday 22d September from 2:00pm at the Kimba Golf Club.

Vale – 53387 Petrus ‘Peter’ De Jong – RAEME

The Association regrets to advise the Passing of Petrus (Peter) De Jong, (RAEME) aged 81 years, on Sunday 18 September 2022.

Peter was a Recovery Mechanic and served with 1st Armoured Squadron Workshop and then C Squadron Section 1 Armoured Regiment LAD from February 1968 to December 1968 in Vietnam.

Peter was a highly respected member of the Australian Army, the Royal Corps of Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers and the 1st Armoured Regiment.

May he Rest in Peace

Barry Shipway (Welfare Rep)