VALE - Henry Lewis 'Logga' Wood It with sincere regret that the Association advises that Henry Lewis ‘Logga’ Wood died on 9 August 2018. There is insufficient space here to provide details of his regimental life, but the basics of a very illustrious career are as follows. Henry was born in 1926 in Maldon, Victoria. He enlisted in the 2nd AIF in March 1945 and was allocated to 6th Division Cavalry (Commando). However, as he completed training, peace was declared. After a stint at Victoria Barracks (Melbourne), he ‘wrangled’ a posting to First Australian Armoured Car Squadron which was heading to Japan as part of the British Commonwealth Occupational Force. Highlights of his tour in Japan included Guard Duties at the Imperial Palace and retrieving hidden treasure normally at the end of a 37 mm barrel. Henry had a variety of postings including Pay Corporal, Orderly Room Sergeant, Transport Sergeant, Platoon Sergeant, WO2 Instructor at OCS Portsea and SSM of HQ Sqn. Henry attended driving and maintenance, wireless and gunnery courses at Bovington (UK) and achieved outstanding results. This was followed immediately by a posting to the British Army on the Rhine (West Germany) to provide advanced instruction on all subjects to armoured units. On return to Australia, Henry was posted as the Wing Sergeant Major of Driving and Maintenance at Armoured Centre. Just two years later Henry was promoted to WO1 and posted as the RSM of 1st Armoured Regiment (which Henry describes as the highlight of his career). In 1964, Henry was posted as the RSM of 2RTB Puckapunyal for the first intake of National Service Training. Significant highlights of his career included accepting the original Guidon presented to the Regiment by Field Marshall Sir William Slim in 1956. This was followed by carrying the Guidon at the Opening of the Victorian Parliament in 1956, as well as leading a group of 1st Armoured Regiment soldiers for security duties at the Olympic Games, also in Melbourne 1956. When interviewed by Peter Branagan, OAM in 2015, Henry wrote, ‘To sum up my military career, I served with and under the command of some wonderful soldiers, enjoyed an association with people outside Australia, had many wonderful experiences and never regretted one second of my 23 years of service.’ It is believed that Henry was the last surviving member of the 1st Australian Armoured Car Squadron that served in Japan. In all likelihood, Henry was also the last RAAC member who served with the 2nd AIF. For a more detailed examination of Henry’s military career please see an article titled, ‘An RSM for the Ages’, by Major Peter Branagan, OAM in the 2015 edition of Ironsides. Appreciation is expressed to PB for providing a copy of the original article at short notice. Russ James, Secretary 1st Armoured Regiment Association Inc.
Iain Reynolds, Victorian State Representative, advises that Funeral arrangements for Henry (Logga) Woods funeral are as follows: Henry's funeral will be held at the Holy Trinity Church in Yarram on Wednesday the 15th of August at 11am. Medals to be worn. Black Berets not mandatory but highly desirable. Russ James, Secretary 1st Armoured Regiment Association Inc.