Raymond William EACOTT (RAEME) passed away on Thursday 27 February 2020 aged 71 years.
Ray was born on 28 November 1948 in Brisbane, QLD. He enlisted in the Australian Army on 15 February 1966 around two and half months after his seventeenth birthday.
After the normal stint of around 10 to 11 weeks of recruit training at 1st Recruit Training Battalion (1RTB – Kapooka NSW), he was posted to the RAEME Training Centre (Bandiana) where he was trained as a vehicle mechanic.
On completion of his trade training, Ray was posted to 6th Task Force Light Aid Detachment. He spent around 12 months here before being posted to Detachment 1 Division Supply and Transport Workshop located at Vung Tau, South Vietnam on 22 April 1968.
On return to Australia on 16 Apr 1969 Ray was posted to North Queensland Area Workshop for 12 months, then to 18 Transport Company Workshop and then to Jungle Training Centre Workshop in August 1970.
Postings to Northern Territory Command Workshop, Northern Territory Workshop Platoon and Darwin Workshop Platoon followed over the next three (3) years. Postings to 2 Field Engineer Regiment Workshop, 1 Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, Detachment 9 Transport Company Workshop and 1 Division Transport Regiment Workshop followed from April 1974 until a posting to Perth Workshop Company in November 1978,
Just 18 months later Ray was on the move with a posting to Maintenance Engineering Agency (Melbourne) and then back to Canungra Workshop Platoon in December 1981.
At long last in December 1984 Ray was posted as a Technical Warrant Officer to the 1st Armoured Regiment where he remained for just on 12 months. His last two postings prior to discharge were in South Australia: firstly, to Headquarters 4 Military District and then onto Adelaide Workshop.
Ray was discharged as a Warrant Office Class One after 20 years-service. He certainly had the opportunity to see much of Australia as well as working in a variety of Army units, albeit with a workshop outlook.
Ray was active in the ex-service community and one of the initiators of the Roper River Veterans Retreat in the Northern Territory. Ray was also one of first Moderators of the group.
May he rest in peace in the green fields beyond.
Prepared by Russ James from information provided by Defence Records and RAEME sources.