Vale - Colonel John Haynes AM OAM (Ret'd)

Vale Colonel John Haynes AM OAM (Ret'd) It is with great sadness that I pass on news of the passing of our friend colleague and mentor Colonel John Sutherland Haynes AM OAM (Ret'd). John died peacefully at the Prince of Wales' Hospital after a short illness. John Haynes joined the Royal New South Wales Lancers in 1948 as a trooper, he was Commissioned in the Regiment in 1950. Soon after he transferred to the Regular Army, serving in 13 different Royal Australian Armoured Corps units. He did a tour of duty in Vietnam in the early 1970s. The late 1970s saw him as Chief of Staff 2 Div. His last posting was Inspector of Administration for the Army. He retired from the Army in the mid 1980s and b

Dudley John TUDMAN, passed away on 16 October 2019, aged 82 years

Dudley John TUDMAN, passed away on 16 October 2019, aged 82 years Dudley was born on 11 November 1946 in Goomeri QLD. He initially undertook National Service Training for three months in 1955 followed by 10 months in the Citizen Military Forces in 1955/56. Dudley joined the Australian Regular Army on 7 February 1956 and served for 21 years before completing a further three years in the Army Reserve. Dudley only spent a short time (comparatively) at 1st Recruit Training Battalion from mid-February to early April 1956 prior to being posted to the 1st Armoured Regiment where he underwent Corps Training. He was posted to the Armoured School/Armoured Centre in August 1957 and remained there unt

Leon Francis KELLY (Ned), passed away on 12 December 2019, aged 64 years

Leon Francis KELLY (Ned), passed away on 12 December 2019, aged 64 years Ned was born on 11 March 1955, joining the Australian Army on 12 July 1972, around four months after he turned 17 years of age. After the mandatory stint (around 13 weeks) at 1 Recruit Training Battalion (Kapooka), he was posted to the RAEME Training Centre at Bandiana on 19 September 1972. From there, Leon was posted to the School of Signals on 3 May 1973. No doubt it was here that Leon realised that the Tankies offered greater career opportunities and he was posted to 1st Armoured Regiment on 30 July 1974. During his time at the Regiment he worked his way through the M113s as well as progressing through all tank cr

Keith Barry BONNEFIN passed away peacefully on Tuesday 8 October 2019 aged 75 years

Keith Barry BONNEFIN passed away peacefully on Tuesday 8 October 2019 aged 75 years. Keith was born on 21 August 1944 and joined the Australian Regular Army on 15 February 62 when he was around 17 and a half years of age. After the normal stint at 1st Recruit Training Battalion he was posted to 1st Forward Delivery Troop on 5 July 1962 to undergo corps training. He spent just over two years at the 2nd Recruit Training Battalion prior to moving to Detachment A Squadron 3rd Cavalry Regiment (located in Puckapunyal) on 29 June 1967. At this time the Detachment was training for deployment in Vietnam as well as preparing for the move to Holsworthy in September 1967. Keith was posted to A Sqn 3r

Honours - Australia Day, 26 January 2020

On Australia Day, 26 January 2020, Peter Liefman and Vicki Key were honoured to be awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia. Peter served in South Vietnam with C Squadron 1st Armoured Regiment during 1971 and was a former member of the 1AR Association. The award was based on his service to veterans and their families. Vicki is married to Dave Key (a long-term member of the 1AR Association) and a regular attendee at Association gatherings. Her award was based on service to the community, particularly to emergency response personnel. The 1st Armoured Regiment Association congratulates both Peter and Vicki on the formal recognition of their commitment to members of their respective communi

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