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Recent Deaths (2014 - 2019)

Vale - Don Jarrett, OAM (Funeral Arrangements)

(18 July 19)

Lyn Holland recently advised the association that she had received a call from Pat Jarrett, wife of Don Jarrett that Don had passed away peacefully at home on (Mon 15 Jul 19).  His family was with him at the time.  Don had been ill for some time with cancer firstly of the ear which spread to his spine.

The funeral for the late DON JARRETT OAM,  was held on Tue 23 Jul 2019 at 10.00 am at his home, 195 Snobbs Road, Lindenow, VIC, to celebrate his life.

Don was a fine Cornet/Trumpet player who saw service at the Army School of Music at Balcombe, Victoria as a Sergeant Instructor, Bandmaster of 3RAR Band, 7RAR Band and Armoured Corps Band first Bandmaster. He was later commissioned and took up the appointment as the Commanding Officer Army School of Music at Balcombe, Victoria and later took up next appointment as the Music Director of the 3rd Military District Band in Melbourne. Upon discharge Don took up an appointment as the Bandmaster of the Victorian Police Band.

Don was a well respected man, a good friend to all and a fine musician.

RIP Don... Your duty done

Vale - Clive Scragg

(25 June 19)

Advice was received from the family that Clive Scragg, friend and colleague passed away early this morning (Sun 16 Jun 2019).

Clive had been diagnosed with Terminal Cancer late 2018 and had been in and out of hospital and receiving continuous treatment from that time.

Clive was a 14th Intake Army Apprentice who joined in 1959. During his long and dedicated service he deployed to Vietnam with 1 RAR.

The funeral for the late Clive Scragg was held on Tue 25 Jun 2019 at the Forrest Lawn Memorial Cemetery, North Chapel, Leppington Sydney, where over two hundred family members, friends, colleagues, Vietnam Veterans and Ingleburn Sub Branch members attended to pay their respects to Clive.

On behalf of the President and members of the Band Corps Association we send our sincere condolences to Maria and the immediate family and their extended family. 

RIP... Your duty done

Vale – John Everett Cowan

(25 June 19)

AABC Association member Noel Price has advised the Association that John Cowan had passed away.  Loved husband of Julie, beloved father in law of Tony, Lisa,  Wayne and Andrea. Adored grandfather of Dylan, Yannick and Julia, brother of Pam, Kerry, Maree and Judy (dec).

Noel says he saw a notice in the Townsville Bulletin in June 2019. Date of death unknown.

Noel advises his initial contact with John was when he did his National Service at Singleton in 1967. He says as it turned out John Cowan and Bruce Jurss were in the band at Singleton.

Noel says he later did service with John in Singapore from 1969 to 1971. John played trombone with Ken Anderson and Mo Murakami during the Singapore tour.

After that Noel says he caught up with him in Townsville as a fellow JP and veteran advocate.

On behalf of the President and members of the association we pass on our condolences to John’s NOK Julie and the extended family.

RIP….  Duty done

Vale - 28999 John O'Shea, BEM

(21 May 2019)

Advice was received recently that fellow member of the AABC Association John O'Shea had passed away peacefully on Mon 1 Apr 2019 at Midlands Hospital, WA. 

On behalf of the President and members of the AABC Association we pass on our sincere condolences to Nola, the immediate and extended family on John's passing. RIP

Funeral Details For WO1 Steve Hooper

(10 April 2019)

Steve's funeral  as held at the All Saints Chapel Gallipoli Barracks, Enoggera.

Current and ex-Service personnel are encouraged to wear medals.

The funeral service was followed by a wake at the Everton Park Hotel, 101 Flockton Street, Everton Park.

Vale - Warrant Officer Class One Steve 'Stix' Hooper

(10 April 2019)

While Steve’s family privately grieve the loss of a beloved husband, father, son, brother, son in-law, and brother in-law, we mourn the passing of a great mate.

There has been much written already on Steve’s contribution to Army and the Corps, and more even still on Steve Hooper the friend, mentor, leader, and phenomenal musician. The memories of Steve as a wiry youthful young man back in 1981 are clearly etched into my memories, as I’m certain they are with all those who were blessed to have served with Steve back in those early days in Adelaide.

His talent as a drummer / percussionist was obvious to all from the outset, and in a very short space of time Steve had firmly established himself as one of the trailblazers for the progressive style of drumming required if Army bands were to keep pace with the emerging trends in music. In achieving this, Steve also remained true to the traditional aspects of the job (yes, even Joyful Skeleton) thereby setting the standard for others to follow, speaking with his ‘stix’ so to speak, stating quite clearly what would be required of a percussionist in the modern era moving forward.

Of course, it wasn’t just the percussionists who would benefit from Steve’s vision. We all know that the ensemble as a whole are heavily influenced by what goes on in the ‘engine room’. Steve and his cohort are without any shadow of a doubt directly responsible for the shaping of Army music over the past 30 plus years, and for that we are forever in his debt.

Of course, Steve’s influence extended way beyond the musical output of Army Bands. Steve’s compassion, loyalty, and mateship are the qualities we all have come to love in the man. Many have personally benefitted from Steve’s fierce passion and loyalty for his troops under command, while others basked in the humour, love, and good will that surrounded him wherever he went. He was certainly admired and loved by multiple generations of Army musicians, leaving a legacy that he and his family can be justly proud. Thank you to Fi and the girls for sharing Steve with with us. You have our eternal gratitude for that, and our sincere condolences at this very sad time.

Today is the first day of a world without Steve Hooper in it. While it is a sad day, the world has been made such a better place today because of Steve’s place in it.

Thanks Steve for being the person you were to everyone. We loved you for being you and we will miss you. RIP mate, job done.

Gordon Lambie, OAM, CSM
Australian Army Band Corps Association

Vale - Warrant Officer Class One Steve Hooper ('Hoops')

It is with great sadness that I inform you all of the death of WO1 Steve Hooper who passed away in Brisbane today on Sun 7 Apr 2019.

Our thoughts are very much with Fiona, Emma and Sammy as well as Steve’s immediate and extended family and I ask that their privacy be respected at this time.

Steve was a wonderful family man, outstanding soldier and a great mate who always had time for you no matter how busy he was. His talent as a soldier/musician speaks for itself and he is directly responsible for the development of numerous trainees and other members of our organisation who have enjoyed long successful careers, many of whom are still serving in the Australian Army Band Corps today.

Steve commenced his Australian Regular Army career as a member of the Band of the 4th Military District on 28 September 1981, serving for more than 32 years before transferring to the Army Reserve in 2014.

His senior roles included Band Sergeant Major appointments of the Band of the Royal Military College and Australian Army Band Brisbane, as well as two appointments as Bandmaster of the Band of the 1st Field Regiment (later 1st Regiment) Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery.

For those of you who knew Steve you will remember a passionate and energetic bloke who would give you the shirt off his back. His loyalty ran deep and if he considered you a mate, you would be his mate forever.

Steve fought a courageous fight, and he was determined to perform with the Band of the 1st Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery for one last gig. This he did on Sunday 17 March 2019, in the Queen Street Mall to a large crowd. We knew it would be his last gig and we were in awe of his tenacity, courage and spirit, which defined ‘Hoops’……..our great mate.

It was an absolute honour to have served with you.

We already miss you mate.

"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them."

Lest We Forget

Vale - 56053 Paul ‘Pax’ Andrews (24th Intake Musician)

(30 Jan 2019)

Association member Frank Rugers notified the Association through Phillip Gibbs (24th Intake Army Apprentices) that Paul Andrews (musician) sadly passed away on the 19 January 2019.

The funeral for the late Paul Andrews was held on Friday 25 January 2019 at Fremantle Cemetery.

On behalf of the President and members of the AABC Association we send our condolences to the NOK and the extended family. RIP

Paul wrote a book about his life, his struggles and his accomplishments: Without a Song / Paul Pax Andrews. This is available for purchase on Amazon only as the Kindle Edition

Paul's music is available for purchase as a digital download

Paul's Facebook page also contains many tributes to him

Vale - LTCOL Dennis John Hills (Update)

(19 Dec 2018)

It is with great sadness that the committee advise of the recent passing of the AABCA Chaplain, Dennis Hills. Dennis enlisted as a National Serviceman (6th class) in 1966, along with former Director of Music - Army, Tony Sillcock. Dennis was endorsed as the inaugural AABCA Chaplain in Townsville at the 1999 Annual General Meeting. Since those early days Dennis has watched over us, offering pastoral care and comfort in tough times, and good old fashioned mate-ship at all other times. Much loved husband, father, Grandfather, and carer to many Dennis will be sadly missed. Dennis’ family has advised that as Christmas is almost upon us they will rejoice that he is in heaven with a massive roast dinner and crackle looking down on them, rather than rushing any arrangements and delay the funeral to the new year. 

The Funeral Service for the late Dennis Hills was conducted by Captain Kim Haworth at Wyndham City Corps, 211 Watton Street, Werribee, Victoria on Fri 4 Jan 2019 at 11:00am.

On behalf of all members of AABCA I offer our sincere condolences to Dennis’ family. 

Rest In Peace Dennis.

Gordon Lambie, OAM, CSM

Vale - 243185 Terrance Grahame Harrison 

(1 Dec 2018)

Association member Margaret Graham advised the Association that the following notice appeared in the 27 Nov 2018 edition of the Courier Mail notifying the sad passing of Terry Harrison, late of Annerley who passed away peacefully on Fri 23 Nov 2018, aged 75 years.  Beloved Husband of Lyn, adored Father of Paul, Sean, Matthew and cherished Poppy to Amber, Sienna, Tyler, Benjamin and Thomas. Lyn says he will be sadly missed by them all....

Terry joined the Australian Army  in July 1959 and was a fellow classmate of the 14.5 Intake at Balcombe, the Army Apprentice School, where on completion of his initial training in 1961 he won the Allan's Medal for music theory, and even then was regarded as an extremely talented musician who was destined for higher things.  After graduating from the Apprentice School Terry saw service in a number of Army bands, which included; 3RAR, 6RAR where he saw service in Vietnam, Townsville Area/North Queensland Area Band,  the 1st Recruit Training Battalion Band in Wagga as their Band Sergeant and the Nothern Command Band in Brisbane, where he took discharge after twenty years service. 

A Celebration of Terry's Life was held on Fri 30 Nov 2018 at the Alex Gow Funeral Home Chapel, Newstead where his family and many friends attended.

On behalf of the President and members of the AABC Association we pass on our best wishes and our sincere condolences to Lyn and the extended family. He will be sorely missed by all.

RIP my dear friend.

Kevin Noon
AABC Association

Vale - Ronald 'Ron' Leonard

No details

Vale - Lyn Stonehouse (Update with Funeral arrangements)

(22 Oct 2018)

Association member Patrick Pickett advised the AABC Association of the sad passing of Lyn Stonehouse, wife of association member Peter Stonehouse. Lyn passed away on Fri 19 Oct 2018.

The funeral for the late Lyn Stonehouse was held on Thu 25 Oct 2018 at the Buderim Crematorium.  

On behalf of the President and members of the AABC Association we pass on our sincere condolences to Peter and the extended family. RIP

Vale - Ken Anderson

(28 Sep 2018)

Lyn Holland has advised the association of the recent passing of former Australian Army Musician and Trombone player Ken Anderson, aged 87, who sadly passed away peacefully on Sat 9 Sep 2018.  His wife Marina reported that Ken first served with Central Command, the Australian Army Band Singapore and on return to Australia served again with Central Command Band.  He later discharched and joined the Army Reserve. 

On behalf of the President and members of the Ausalian Army Band Corps Association we send our sincere condolences to his wife Marina and Ken's extended family. RIP

Vale - Graeme Weston

(17 Aug 2018)

AABC Association member Chris Stock advised the passing of Graeme Weston on Wed 15 Aug 2018. No other details of his passing are known. Graeme was a member of Southern Command Band in the late fifties and later served with the RAAF Central Band.

The funeral for Graeme was held on Thu 23 Aug 2018 at Camberwell Salvation Army Citital.

On behalf of the President and members of the AABC Association we send our condolences to Graeme's extended family. RIP

Vale Brigadier Jeffrey James “JJ” Shelton DSO MC (29 June 1926–13 May 2018)

(14 May 2018)

Brigadier Jeffrey James “JJ” Shelton DSO MC

James Shelton was born in Melbourne on the 29th of June 1926. He attended Scotch College in Melbourne, and then Bendigo High School, before going on to study engineering at Melbourne University.

Shelton entered Duntroon as a cadet in February 1944. After graduating in December 1946, he was sent to Japan to serve with the British Commonwealth Occupation Force in Japan joining the 66th Battalion. He returned to Australia two years later, having been promoted to acting captain.

He next served as adjutant to a Citizens’ Military Force battalion in Adelaide, which is where he heard about the start of the Korean War.

Shelton was sent to the reinforcement holding unit in Japan in 1951 and joined the 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (3RAR) as a reinforcement officer after the battle of Kapyong.

He commanded A Company during the battle of Maryang San, for which he was awarded a Military Cross for his personal bravery and leadership.

After returning to Australia in 1952, Shelton was sent to England for a two year posting with the British Army. Here he attended numerous infantry courses and was attached to a British Battalion based at Luneberg in Germany, as part of the British Army of the Rhine.

On his return to Australia, Shelton served at the School of Infantry at Singleton before being posted as adjutant to Duntroon, where he was reunited with his friend and former commanding officer, Colonel (later General Sir) Frank Hassett. 

Two years later, Shelton was posted to the Defence Force Staff College at Quetta in India. It was a posting he thoroughly enjoyed.

His next posting was to Army Headquarters in Melbourne. During this posting Army HQ transitioned to Canberra. Shelton returned to 3RAR as a company commander, before being promoted to lieutenant colonel.

Another two year posting to England followed, this time as an exchange instructor at the British Army Staff College, then located at Camberley. During this period Shelton met luminaries such as Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery.

On his return to Australia at the start of 1967, Shelton was posted as commanding officer of 3RAR, then based at Woodside, South Australia. He was delighted to command the battalion with which he had already seen so much service and felt it to be the pinnacle of his service career. 3RAR deployed to Vietnam at the end of the year, and was soon on operations in Phuoc Tuy Province.

Shelton and his men took part in numerous operations in Vietnam, most notably the battles of Coral and Balmoral in May of 1968, in which the battalion experienced the most sustained combat experienced by Australian soldiers in the Vietnam War. Shelton was awarded the Distinguished Service Order for his leadership during the long month of near-constant fighting.

After returning to Australia, Shelton returned to Army HQ and was promoted to colonel. After further postings to Citizen Military Forces, regular army units, and headquarters, he was promoted to brigadier. In 1972 he was given command of the 3rd Task Force (as it was then known) in Townsville. In 1974 Shelton returned to Army Headquarters in Canberra and took up several more staff appointments.

Following his retirement from the army in 1980, he was made Honorary Colonel of the Royal Australian Army Band Corps, a position he held for 14 years. Shelton also completed a degree in history and geography at the Australian National University, Canberra.

Sunday 13 May 2018 marked the 50th anniversary of the first battle of Coral. While watching the ceremony from his hospital bed, Jim Shelton, who had been unwell for some time, closed his eyes and passed away peacefully. He was 92 years old.

Shelton will be remembered by those who knew him and those who served with him as a true gentleman and a soldier’s soldier. Vale Brigadier Jim Shelton...

Vale - Brigadier Jeffery 'Jim' Shelton DSO, MC

(13 May 2018)

John Franklin reports..... For those of you who may not be aware, it is with an extremely heavy heart that I pass on the sad news of the death of Brigadier Jeffrey James ‘Jim’ Shelton DSO MC who passed away at 3.42pm on Sun 13 May 2018 after watching the Coral / Balmoral ceremony on the internet. Brigadier Shelton went to sleep with wife Caroiline & daughter Wendy by his side.

Brigadier Shelton was a great man who held a very special place in the lives of each and every one of us.

Prior to taking up senior positions within Army, Brigadier Shelton undertook two notable commands within his beloved ‘Old Faithfull’ 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment. Firstly, as Major Shelton he commanded A Company in Korea during 1951-52, for which he was decorated with the Military Cross and later as Lieutenant Colonel Shelton when he commanded the battalion in Vietnam in 1968, for which he was decorated with the Distinguished Service Order.

Australian Army Band Corps members will of course best remember Brigadier Shelton as our esteemed Honorary Colonel, serving in the position for many years. He made it his business to offer sound advice to the Director of Music and officers of the corps when they needed it and took a keen interest in the Corps’ members and families.

As our beloved Patron of the Australian Army Band Corps Association he provided a steady hand and qualified advice to members of the executive for which our members will be forever grateful.

He was a true gentleman and an excellent ambassador for military music. He loved his saxophone and we loved his outstanding commitment, leadership and guidance.

Presisident Gordon Lambie and members of the AABC Association pass on their heartfelt condolences to Caroline and Wendy. Rest in Peace Sir, job well and truly done. Thank you for a lifetime of service.

RIP Sir…….you will be sadly missed

Vale - Stan Holland 

(27 Mar 18)

Association member Jim Harper reports that it is with great sadness that I report the sad passing of our friend and colleague Stan Holland who passed away peacefully after a long illness at approximately 11.00am on Mon 26  Mar 2018.  He says he had his family by his side at the end.

A Celebration of Stan's life was held on Tue 3 Apr 2018 at  Tobin Brothers, Cranbourne Road, Frankston, Victoria.  A private cremation followed.

On behalf of the President and members of the AABC Association we pass on our best wishes and sincere condolences to wife Lyn, Robin, Gary and Kerry and the extended family


Vale - Rosemary Dyer

(9 Apr 2018)

Rod Hingston (14.5) former Apprentice has advised the association that Rosemary Dyer, wife of Norm Dyer, a  former Army Apprentice from the 14.5 Intake, had passed away unexpectedly on Mon 26 Mar 2018 afer being admitted to hospital.

Norm Dyer  was a 14.5 Musician who during his final year of training at Balcombe was involved in a serious car accident in Mornington and sustained multiple injuries and spend a long time in Concord Repatriation Hospital and was finally discharged after approximately two years.  Norm and Rosemary were married for 25 years.

On behalf of the President and members of the AABC Association we pass on our best wishes and sincere condolences to Norm and his extended family. RIP

Vale - Donald 'Don' Cartwright

(30 Dec 2017)

Scott Gourlay has passed on the news that Don Cartwright has passed away peacefully in Hobart, Tasmania on 28 December 2017. Don was well known to Association members having been a fine oboe player, serving in a number of roles and bands. The President and members of the AABC Association pass on their sincere condolences to his family on their loss.  RIP

The Funeral Service for Don was held at the Graham Family Funeral Home, Cnr Risdon and Bay Roads, New Town, on Thursday, 4 January 2018 at 10.00am.  In lieu of flowers donations to Medecins sans Frontieres would be appreciated and will be accepted at the service. Private cremation.  RIP

Vale - Archie Burt (ex RAAF Bandsman)

(28 Sep 2017)

Association member Bob Butcher reports the sad passing of former band member of the RAAF, Archie Burt who passed away on Fri 22 Sep 2017 at the age of ninety five.Archie was born in England and at the age of 14 joined the East Kent Regiment ('The Buffs') and served in India. 
He continued to serve right through WWII and in the early fifties migrated to Australia with the eventual Music Director of the RAAF Central Band, SQNLDR Laurie Hicks.  He was later promoted as the band's Warrant Officer in the early sixties.  Archie was later commissioned and was appointed Music Director of the RAAF Support Band at Richmond, NSW. 
Prior to his retirement he was posted back to the RAAF Central Band as their Deputy Music Director / Adjutant Administralion Officer.
Those  band members who served in any of the three Services doing the fifties and sixties would be well aware of Archie Burt.  John Sewell, (aged ninety) and former Warrant Officer of the Central Band says Archie had a great personality, was extremely loyal, well liked and friendly. 

Vale - John 'Chuckles' Watts (Update) 

(14 May 2017)

Association member John Seagg reports that former cornet player John (Chuckles) Watts had passed away.  John writes that 'Chuckles' served in 1 RAR Band in Vietnam 1965 and was wounded with multible shrapnel wounds to his legs.

The funeral for John was held on Sat 13 May in WA where AABC Association member Bob Keatch reported the funeral went well with both Bugle calls, Last Post and Rouse played, the Ode etc... and solemn gathering with eulogies for a suitable farewell.   

RIP mate from all members and former members of 1RAR Band Vietnam 65-66 and the members of the AABC Association. 

Vale - Warren Carr

(11 May 2017)

Dave Oakley reports that he received a call today from Margaret Carr informing him that her husband Warren Carr passed away on Sun 5 Mar 2017 aged 73.  No other details have been provided at this stage.

The President and members of the AABC Association pass on their sincere condolences to Margaret and the extended family.


Vale - Scotty Laycock Senior

(3 May 2017)

Scotty Laycock Jnr reports that it is with sad news that his father Scotty Laycock Snr passed away last night in Groundwater Nursing Home in Maryborough, Qld.   He says his funeral will be in Maryborough later next week.  Any cards and well wishes to mum Pam and sisters Debbie and Chris can be sent to 17 Philip Drive, Tinana, Qld, 4650.

The President & members of the AABC Association pass on their sincere condolences to his family on their loss.  


Vale - Pauline Mary Jackson

(16 Apr 2017)

Gordon Lambie has advised that he has just learned of the sad news that after an extended battle with cancer, Pauline Jackson, wife of Peter Jackson passed away on Sat 15 Apr 2017 .  Peter has requested privacy at this time.

Funeral Notice: Requiem Mass for the repose of the soul of Mrs Pauline Mary Jackson was be offered at St Mary's Church, 3 Gellibrand St, Colac on Sat 22 Apr 2017 at 1.30pm.  Following the Requium Mass the Funeral continued at the Colac Cemetery.

The AABC Association pass on their sincere condolences to Peter and his extended family at this time.  


Vale - Hetty Florence Thorensen

(29 Mar 2017)

Association Committee Member Sue Baxter has advised the association that she received a clipping from the Courier Mail (27 March Edition) that the wife of friend and colleague Doug Thoresen, Hetty Florence Thoresen passed away peacefully on Fri 24 Mar 2017 aged 91 years.

Unfortunately when the funeral details were passed on the funeral and the celebration of Hetty's life had already been held on Tue 28 Mar 2017 at the East Chapel, Mt Thompson Crematorium, Nusery Road, Holland Park.

On behalf of the President and members of the AABC Association we pass on our sincere thoughts and condolences to Doug and the extended family on the sad loss of Hetty Thoresen.


Vale - Harvey William 'Bill' Thackrah 

(13 Mar 2017)

The Association has been advised of death of Harvey William 'Bill' Thackrah who passed away on 9 Nov 2016 in Hervey Bay, Qld.  This information appeared in the 'Last Post' section of the Queensland RSL Magazine where Association member Donald 'Shorty' Shaw, who is a member of the Hervey Bay RSL first saw it.  

Bill Thackrah served as a Bass player in Korea just prior to him being posted to the Kapooka Band at Kapooka in the mid fifties. Following his service at Kapooka he served in Malaya/Borneo before returning to Australia where he was posted to the Royal Australia Engineers Band in the early sixties, which had recently been relocated from Casula to Kapooka. He served on for a number of years in other Army Bands before retiring. 

'Shorty' Shaw says he met up again with Bill fifty years later at the Hervey Bay RSL and he says he was still active with the RSL and playing in the local Brass Band.  The Association has contacted the Hervey Bay RSL for more information including his NOK, but no other details are known at this time.

The Association pass on their sincere condolences to Bill's extended family.  RIP Bill

Vale -Morris Noel Dwyer (1 Feb 45 - 25 Feb 2017)

(10 Mar 2017)

Advice has been received that Morris Noel Dwyer passed away on Sat 25 Feb 2017.  Morris was a National Serviceman who joined the Australian Army and served in Vietnam during the period 1966 - 1967 and was a member of 5 RAR Band.  His funeral was held on Thu 2 Mar 2017 at 'Castlebrook', Rouse Hill, NSW where a number of the 5 RAR Band attended. 

The AABC Association pass on our sincere condolences to his family.  RIP

Vale - Mick Dwyer

(25 Feb 2017)

This morning at 8am, Mick Dwyer, former 5RAR bandsman and stretcher bearer, passed away.

Mick was severely wounded in the same incident that claimed the life of Mick Poole. Mick Dwyer had, for most years after the Long Hai incident, been in and out of hospital receiving treatment to spinal damage.

The broad grin, the welcoming laugh and the positive attitude will always be remembered.

RIP MICK. Lest We Forget.

Vale Phil Harrison (AAB-D)

(21 Nov 2016)

Wanita McNeill‎ AAB-D writes it is with a heavy heart that I write this post to let you know that former member of AAB-D Phil Harrison passed away on Sun 20 Nov.  Phil was one of the earliest members of AAB-D and his family is in our thoughts. 

Phil was a drummer with AAB-D and although he has not been with us for many years he had always remained interested in the bands goings on and without him a little bit of AAB-D wouldn't be here today.  Thanks Phil for all that you did for AAB-D, for your friendship and camaraderie.  May you rest in peace now.

The AABC Association pass on our sincere condolences to his wife Linda and his family.  RIP

Vale Ena Harper (12 Nov 2016) - Update

(13 Nov 2016)

The very sad news was received late on Sat 12 Nov 2016 that Ena Harper, wife of Jim Harper passed away in hospital at 3.30pm after a long and arduous illness.  Jim said that the family were by her side at the time and said Ena is at rest now and finally without pain.  Ena was an extrordinary and loyal lady who was always by Jim's side and will be sorely missed by us all.  

The funeral  for Ena was held at Bunurong Memorial Park, 790 Frankston Dandenong Road, Dandenong South (Bangholme) Victoria 3175, on Mon 21 Nov 2016.   

On behalf of the Association we send our sincere condolences and our thoughts and prayers to Jim and his family. RIP Ena...

Vale - Allan Batchelor

(5 Nov 2016)

Allan Batchelor, ex National Serviceman 1970 – 71 and member of Southern Command Band passed away on Sunday 30 October 2016 aged 67 years.

Allan played clarinet for his short stay and although a quiet person he possessed a wicked sense of humour, which endeared him to many and maintained his memory to his friends. Alan developed type 1 diabetes shortly after leaving the Army, and consequently developed kidney failure.

Terry Stirzaker (ex Southern Command Band 1970 – 72) then stepped forward to offer his kidney to save Allan’s life. This was one of the first Kidney organ transplants to be performed outside of a patients family.

Allan worked as an accountant for firms in Melbourne and later in the Goulburn Valley where he settled in Arcadia near Shepperton.  A private memorial was held on Saturday 5 November 2016.

Just on a personal note, Alan and I flatted together for quite a number of years after he discharged and I was lucky enough to be included in his family and friends. A good mate, you can’t say better than that.

John (Snara) Hadlow

Vale - Maxwell Jones (4 May 1927 - 16 Sep 2016)

(24 Sep 2016)

Max Jones, a former member of Western Command Band in the 1960's passed away on  Fri 16 Sep 2016.  Max had been experiencing ill health with a number of ailments over the past couple of years, rallying after medical intervention each time. Only recently, he was in  fairly advanced stages of Dementia. 

Max was one of that excellent Cornet line up in the Western Command Band during the 60's and also combined his talents with a needle and thread repairing uniforms and sewing on promotion stripes for members of the band, having served his apprenticeship and a large part of his working life as a Tailor.

In later life Max was an active advocate for young people getting involved with playing a musical instrument and worked for the Education Department School of Instrumental Music as well as having a major influence with the Mandurah District Concert Band.  After moving to Perth to be closer to his children Max joined the City of Perth Concert Band (French Horn) and the City of Perth Brass Band (Cornet).  He was a member of the YAL Band as a youngster, a recent trip back to Araluen brought back an emotional flood of good memories of his early life. 

The funeral for the late Max Jones was held on Fri 23 Sep 2016 at Peaceful Funerals, 1787 Albany Highway, Kenwick, WA.

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.  (From a headstone in Ireland)


Vale - Doug Hocking

(26 Aug 2016)

Association member Jeff Herbert advised of the sad passing on Thu 25 Aug 2016 of Doug Hocking aged 79 after a long illness.  Doug was a former OC/Music Director of the 1st Military District Band and was highly regarded as an excellent Cornet player. Doug's postings included:

  • Enlisted approx 1956 and posted to Southern Command Band
  • Served in Borneo and Malaysia with 4 RAR 1965 - 66
  • Returned to Army School of Music 1967 as an instructor
  • Appointed Bandmaster (WO1) RAAC Band Jan 69 – Dec 70
  • Commissioned and appointed OC/MD (LT) Western Command Band Jan 71 – May 72
  • OC/MD Australian Army Band Singapore May 72 – Dec 73
  • Army School of Music as Bandmaster Jan 74 – Dec 75 then Senior Instructor (CAPT) Jan 76 - Dec 77.
  • OC/MD 1 MD Band (CAPT) Jan 78 – Jan 81
The funeral for the late Doug Hocking was held at the Albany Creek Crematorium, Lakeside Chapel on Mon 5 Sep 2016.

    The AABC Association pass on their sincere condolences to his wife Alison and his family. RIP

    Vale - Roy Simpson 

    (11 Aug 2016)

    Assistant Secretary Dave Oakley notified the association that 47914 Roy Gaywood (Simmo) Simpson passed away due to  heart failure at Loveday, SA on Tue 26 Jul 2016 aged 56.  Roy was a 30A Intake Apprentice Musician. 

    Roy was a very fine concordant and tuneful tuba player in the many postings and a very respected QMSM in his final years of service. 

    Darryl James recalls that Roy was in his senior year of training when he returned to AAS ASM on course in the 70s' and was half the graduating class of what had to be the smallest ever intake at AAS .... the 30A intake . That graduating intake of two was made up of our ASM QMS's nephew Staff SGT Simpson and Peter Allis. Roy went on to become a well respected Warrant officer QMS AABM DFSM and AABA prior to his medical discharge in the late 90s. 

    Dave Oakley advises that Roy Simpsons funeral was held on Fri 19 Aug 2016 at the Barmera cemetery 131 McKenzie Road Barmera SA 5345.

    Dave asked if there is anybody who would like to provide him with any stories, words  or photos for the Eulogy. Please email Dave on or phone 0438951738

    Leaving this life far too early .  RIP Roy

    Vale LTCOL R.L. Taylor, MBE (Retd)

    (22 Apr 2016)

    Association member Norm Harris advised the association that former Director of Music, Bob Taylor passed away on Fri 22 Apr 2016.  

    Bob's career spanned the full range from 1954 when he enlisted as a Band Boy until his appoinment as Director of Music- Army in 1982.

    His family have advised that the funeral will be a private one.

    The AABC Association pass on their deepest sympathy and our condolences to his wife Jill and the family.

    Vale - Ern Trotter QGM

    (11 Apr 2016)

    Former President of the AABC Association and Life Member Ern Trotter passed away early on Mon 11 Apr 2016.  Ernie had been in hospital at the time undergoing treatment and rehabilitation. Ern was also one of the founding members of the AABC Association.

    He was such a great stalwart of the Association and keeper of knowledge of the past 76 odd years of Australian Army Bands. Ernie had a prodigious memory and was a gifted story teller who gave us a good historical record of times past weaving anecdotes including individuals and recording dates and places. 

    The funeral for the late Ern Trotter was held on Fri 15 Apr 2016 at the Springvale Crematorium's 'Wilson Chapel'. Members of the AABC Association attended with Neville Lloyd playing the Last Post and Rouse.  Captain Chris Martin represented the AABC.  

    The AABC Association convey their condolences and deepest sympathy to Ern's wife Joyce, the family and the many friends Ernie had.  RIP.

    'And The Trumpets Shall Sound' 

    Vale Ashley Greedy RAN (Retd)

    Mon 27 Jan 2016)

    Ashley Greedy, RAN (Retd), 7th Director of Music - Navy passed away on Sun 26 Jan 2016  in his sleep at his home in Norfolk Island. He will be remembered for his vibrant leadership, personal drive and strong management of the RAN Band through a time of great change. The RAN Band and the AABC Association offers their sincere condolences to his family, friends and colleagues. 

    The funeral for the late Ashley Greedy will take place at St Mark's Chapel, HMAS Cerberus on Fri 5 Feb at 11.30am.  On completition a burial with family and close friends at the HMAS Cerberus Cemetery.  The wake will take place at Frankston RSL. 

    Advice has been received that if you are driving to HMAS Cerberus you need to enter via the West Gate and you will require photo ID.


    Vale - Garnet 'Buck' Rogers

    (26 Jan 2016)

    Former Army Apprentice Garnet 'Buck' Rogers passed away in Adelaide Hospital at 2.00am on Tue 26 Jan 2016 after being admitted the day prior and was diagnosed with cancer of the liver.  Buck was a member of the 14.5 intake of Musicians who joined in July 1959 and after his graduation in 1961 he served in 2RAR and 4RAR and saw service in Malaya/Borneo and Vietnam.  He discharged after completing 20 years service.  Buck and his family just recently returned to South Australia from North Queensland and lived in Mt Gambier.  He is survived by his wife Fe and his two children, Usula and James.

    The funeral for the late 'Buck' Rogers will be held at the Harrison Funeral Home on Monday 1 Feb 2016 at 1030am, 63 Golden Grove St, Ridgehaven, SA, 5097.

    RIP... from his mates from the 14th Class of Army Apprentices

    Vale - Rose Webb

    (9 Oct 2015)

    The association has been advised of the sad passing of Rose Webb, widow of the late Col Webb who passed away recently (14 Sep). Rose passed away on Mon 5 Oct 2015.  She had been confined to a nursing home for a few years suffering from Alzheimers.  No funeral details are available.

    The AABC Association pass on their sincere condolences to the family and freinds.  RIP 

    Vale - Col Webb 

    (2 Oct 2015)

    Association member Laurie Young advised the association recently that former member of 1 MD Band  Col Webb passed away on Thu 14 Sep 2015.  

    Col's funeral was held at the Metropolitan Funerals Chapel, Mt. Gravatt. Qld on Thu 1 Oct 2015.  Those in attendance were ex-Army Band and music colleagues - Sterle Buchanan, Tom and Loraine Joy, Ted Colles, Neville Hammond, Keith and Julie Love, Eric 'Chook' Hanscomb, Chris Stevenson, Mick and Kellie Morgan, Michael Faragher, Laurie Young, Graham 'Dinger' Bell, Allan 'Snow' Lanham, Doug Williams, John Lennon, Sue Baxter-Winch and John Winch, Mick Monaghan, Trevor Williamson (ex QSO & Alan Brown Big Band) and Maree Williamson, Anna Jack (ex QSO) and Robin Powell (ex QSO). John Lennon played the Last Post and Rouse in honor of Col's Army Band Service. 

    The AABC Association pass on their sincere condolences to the family, friends and former colleagues.  RIP

    Vale - Laurel Jenkin

    (25 Sep 2015)

    Sad news has been received that Laurel Jenkin, widow of the late Harry Jenkin has passed away.  Laurel was in the last stages’ of Pancreatic Cancer only diagnosed in recent months.  The funeral for the late Laurel Jenkin was held on Fri 25 Sep 2015 at Pinaroo WA. 

    Bob Keatch who attended the funeral reports that the service was an amazing and fitting tribute to an outstanding, wife, mother , grandmother and great grandmother.  He says the service included a great selection of music and montage of photo’s covering Laurel's life.  Bob said the funeral was attended by several retired AABC members including Peter Cobcroft, Peter Tuck, Joan Larner,  Ian Milne. 

    The AABC Association pass on their sincere condolences and the thoughts and prayers to the immediate family at this sad time.  RIP

    Judy Klein - Thank You Message

    (24 Sep 2015)

    Wendy Klein, daughter of the late Kevin Klein has passed onto the association a message from Judy Klein who has requested that we post her appreciatioin and sincere thanks to everybody for their sympathy cards, phone calls and flowers, etc she received over the last few weeks following the sad passing of her late husband Kevin.  She says there have been so many condolence messages sent that it is impossible for her to reply to each one personally, but she would like everyone to know that she really appreciated their kind thoughts and prayers.

    Last Post - Kevin Klein (9 Feb 1935 - 3 Sep 2015)

    (4 Sep 2015)

    The AABC Association advises the sad passing of Kevin Klein, who passed away just after midnight at 0015 on Fri 4 Sep 2015.  Kevin had been ill for a number of years with Emphysema and Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. He was aged eighty. 

    Kevin joind the Australian Army in January 1952 and was a member of the Kapooka Class, the first class of musicians to be enlisted into the Army as fifteen year olds.  The Kapooka Class first began training at Kapooka NSW, then later moved to Woodside SA and finally trained at Balcombe, Vic as part of the Apprentice scheme.  After graduation he saw postings to:

    • Southern Command Band (MUSN/CPL) (1954 - Aug 65)
    • 2 RAR Band (WO2) (Sep 65 - Feb 66)
    • 6 RAR (WO2(Feb 66 - Oct 67)
    • RAE Band (WO1) (Oct 67 Dec 68)
    • RA Sigs Band (WO1) (Jan 69 - Feb 70) Note: RAE Band redesignated as RA Sigs Band
    • Central Comd Band (LT) Feb 70 - Aug 71)
    • Aust Army Band Singapore (LT) (Aug 71 - Apr 72)
    • Army School of Music (CAPT) (May 72 - Dec 75)
    • 2 MD Band MAJ) Jan 76 - Jan 82)

    Kevin will be remembered as an excellent musician, a teacher, a mentor, a thorough gentleman and a friend to many. 

    The funeral for Kevin was held on Wed 9 Sep 2015 at 1400h at the Des Allan Funeral Home, Toonburra Street, Bundaberg. Qld.  If you wish to pass on your condolences please contact Kevin's Daughter, Wendy on Ph: 07 4152 3666.

    The sincere condolences of the AABC Association go out to his wife Judy, his family and all who were fortunate to know him.  RIP

    Vale George Edward Duncombe

    (19 Aug 2015)

    Don Jarrett reports he received word that George Duncombe had passed away on Sun 9 Aug 2015. A burial service for George was held at Dunkeld (near Hamilton) on Tue 18 Aug 2015.  At the service a recording the Last Post was played, which was made by George especially for his funeral. Twelve members of the Portland Citizens Band also attended the service.

    George Duncombe came from Geelong, served in bands with the Royal Australian Navy, the RAAF and the Australian Army.  He also performed with the New Zealand and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras. 

    Vale Kevin Wayne Simmons, OAM

    (28 Jul 2015)

    The association has received information of the sad passing of Kevin Wayne Simmons, OAM who passed away on Fri 24 Jul 2015 after his trial with cancer.  Wayne was 67.  Wayne enlisted in the Army as an Army Apprentice in 1963 and after graduation served in the RAE Band at Kapooka before being posted to 2RAR and served in Vietnam as a bandsman/stretcher bearer.  After Vietnam Wayne saw service in Singapore (1971-1773) and then posted to Holdsworthy Area Band which later became the RAE Band at Casula and then onto RMC Band.  There are no funeral details available as yet, but will be published when information is received.  RIP

    Vale Jack Wilson

    (2 Jul 2015)

    Association member Dave Oakley has advised that former band member Jack Wilson passed away on Thu 2 Jul 2015.  Jack served in the Australian Army in WW2, later with the Occupation Forces in Japan and served with 3RAR at Kapyong during the Korean War.  He discharged and joined the Canadian Army and during his service served in Canadian Signals Band.  Following his service there he rejoined the Australian Army and his postings included RAAC Band, the School of Music as an Instructor and as the first Bandmaster of 1RAR Band.   Jack was 91.

    The funeral for the late Jack Wilson was held on Thu 9 Jul 2015 at the Florey Chapel at Centennial Park, Pasadena, SA.

    The AABC Association pass on their sincere condolences to his wife Cory, his family and friends.  RIP

    Vale Rowland Clark (14 Apr 96 - 20 Jun 2015)

    (12 Jul 2015)

    Ex AABC member Stewart Clark advised the association that the funeral for his son Rowland Clark, who was tragically killed in an accident on Sat 20 Jun 2015, was held on Mon 6 Jul 2015 at the Epsom Huntly Recreation Reserve, 353 Midland Highway, Huntly, Bendigo.  

    A Burial Service was held at the Albury Creek Memorial Park Cemetery in Brisbane on Fri 10 Jul 2015.

    The AABC  Association pass on their deepest sympathy at this difficult time to Stewart and his family.  RIP

    Vale Robert (Rob/Bob) Campbell-Stewart (29 Nov 1932 - 29 Apr 2015)

    (11 May 2015)

    MAJ David Bird, OC/Music Director RMC Band advised that one the members of the unit noticed this funeral notice in a recent newspaper regarding the passing of Mr Robert Campbell-Stewart who passed away on Wed 29 Apr 2015.  Apparently the funeral has already been conducted and no other details are available except what was published in the recent funeral announcement.

    Robert was one of the establishing members of RMC Band in 1954 and was the Band Sergeant. He regularly played the 'Last Post' at the AWM Robert and was also the first soloist who performed with the Canberra Syphony Orchestra in 1955, playing Hayden's Trumpet Concerto. He later formed his own band 'The Campbell Clan'. He was a fine sportman representing the ACT in Basketball in 1960 who also played golf, tennis and table tennis.

    The association pass on their sincere condolences to the family.  RIP

    Vale Katie Rogers

    (11 May 2015)

    Association member Nelson Oakley has advised the  association from Brisbane that Katie Rogers, wife of Barry Rogers passed away yesterday, Fri 8 May 2015.  

    Katies' funeral will be held at the Buderim War Memorial Association Hall on Friday the 15th of May at 1100hrs. Katie requested that those attending wear bright clothes and make a donation to Cittamani Hospice in lieu of flowers if possible.

    The AABC Association send their condolences to Barry and his family at this sad and difficult time.

    Vale Mick 'Smokey' Dawson

    (28 Apr 2015)

    Leslie 'Shina' Wright, ex Navy WO has advised the association of the passing of ex Navy and Army musician Michael 'Smokey/Mick' Dawson.  Mick's brother Gavin Dawson has contacted the association said he passed away peacefully at Fiona Stanley Hospital in Perth on Mon 27 Apr after a short illness.  

    The funeral for the late Mick 'Smokey' Dawson will be held at the Fremantle Cemetery at 1000h on Tue 5 May 2015.  There will be farewell drinks and refreshments for those who wish to attend at the Ocuean Clipper Inn at Rockingham.

    Mick has kindly bequeathed $5000 to AABC Association as well $5000 to the Navy Band Association.

    The AABC Association pass on their sincere condolences to his family and friends.  RIP

    Vale John Hickey

    (27 Apr 15)

    Association member Michael Pyne has advised the association that he received a message from Brendan Barker that his father in law, John Hickey, ex BSM of the RAAF Central Band, had died and that it coincided with Mike Butcher's passing.  No other details are know at this stage.

    That was followed immediately by a post on FB from Greg Butcher.

    Vale Michael Butcher

    (3 May 15)

    The funeral for the late Michael (Mike) Butcher who passed away on Sat 25 Apr 2015 after a long battle with Cancer  was held on Sat 2 May 2015 at St Judes Anglican Church, Bowral. 

    Michael was an extremely talented musician who at a young age served as a Band Boy at the HM Royal Marines (RM) School of Music and later in the RM Band beore coming to Australia in 1953.  He enlisted in the Australian Army and served in Western Command Band before being posted to the Army School of Music at Balcombe, Vic in 1957 as an instructor. In 1960 he transferred to the RAAF Central Band and in 1966 was selected to attend the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall, in the UK.  On his return he was appointed the Music Director of the RAAF Base Richmond Band. In 1973 he resigned to take up an appointment as Director of Music, NSW Police Department, where he served for ten years. In 1976 he took over as as conductor of the Hornsby Concert Band winning many titles and in 1980 formed the Hills Music Academy. In 1984 he rejoined the RAAF and was appointed OC RAAF Central Band. In 1989 he retired from the RAAF and re-formed the City of Sydney Concert Band and returned to the Sydney Conservatorium as Conductor of the Wind Band and lecturer in instrumental pedagogy. In 2001 he was awarded the OAM for his serrvices to music. In around 2000 both Mike and his wife April moved to the Southern Highlands and later became the MD of the Southern Highlands Theatre Group Orchestra. He was not only an excellent player on many instruments, he was also a prolific composer and arranger with some of his composition having been published.  

    It is of note that when the AABC Association was formed Mike was part of the group who put forward the idea to establish a Band Corps Association.

    The AABC Association pass on their sincere condolences to the family and friends.  RIP

    Vale Ken Hussell 

    (18 Apr 2015)

    It is with regret and sadness that I advise the passing of Ken ‘Pancho’ Hussell who passed away in hospital at 0530h on Fri 17 Apr 2015.  Ken had been ill for some time with an agressive form of Prostate Cancer and fought to the end.  

    The funeral for the late Ken ‘Pancho’ Hussell was held on Wed 22 Apr 2015 at the Cowra Cemetery. 

    Ken joined the Army as an Army Apprentice musician and after graduation he was posted to Southern Command Band as a Cornet player.  Later Ken was selected to undergo officer training at OCS Portsea and was commissioned as an Ordanance Corps officer, later to become a Major in the Corps.  During that time he did two tours of Vietnam, but was injured on his second tour and returned home. Ken finally discharged and resided in Canberra and worked at th AWM.  After Canberra Ken, his wife Trish and the family moved for the restful rural life at Cowra.  Ken was a fine soldier who cared for his men and other people, to the extent both Ken and Trish fostered disabled children.

    The AABC Association pass on their sincere condolences to his wife Trish, his family and friends.  A fine man that will be sorely missed. RIP

    Vale Max Le Vier

    (12 Feb 2015)

    Association member Ern Trotter recently advised of the passing of Max Le Vier, aged 88 who passed away on Wed 11 Feb 2015.  Max joined the Army nearing the end of WWII and served with the British Commonwealth Occupation Forces (BCOF) in Japan.  A former member of Southern Command Band/3MD Band and the Victorian Police Band. The funeral for the late Max Le Vier was held at the Joseph Allison Chapel, 941 Mt Alexander Road, Essendon, Vic on Thu 19 Feb 2015. The AABC Association send their sincere condolences to Max's wife Shirley, his family and friends. RIP.

    Vale Ray Oliphant

     (18 Dec 2014)

    Association member Don Jarrett has advised the passing of Ray Oliphant on Mon 15 Dec 2014.  Ray was a former member of RMC Band and was later commissioned in the Education Corps.  

    The association send their sincere condolences to Ray's family and friends.   RIP

    Vale Bill Quirk

     (7 Dec 2014)

    Bill Honter of Perth has advised the passing of Bill Quirk on Tue 2 Dec 2014.  Bill was a Percussionist and former member of Engineers Band in the 50's, Eastern Command Band, Artillery Band and later served in Vietnam with 1 RAR Band.  After the Army he served in the RAAF Central Band.  Bill's funeral was held on Fri 12 Dec 2014 at Port Kennedy, WA.  

    The AABC Association send their sincere condolences to Bill's family and freinds.  RIP 

    Vale Laurie Lewis 

    (14 Nov 2014)

    Knobby Neilsen has advised the association of the sad passing of friend and colleague Laurie Lewis aged 73, who passed away on Wed 12 Nov 2014 at around 2130h.  Laurie had been ill for some time and was in Palliative Care at Townsville General Hospital at the time of his passing.  Laurie served the Corps in a number of postings, which included 1RAR Band (attached), 5 RAR Band, Engineers Band, NQ Army Band and 6 MD Band. He was awarded an MID whilst serving in Vietnam with 5 RAR.  The funeral for the late Laurie Lewis was held at Morley's Funeral Home on Thu 20 Nov 2014. 

    The AABC Association pass on their sincere condolences to his wife Sally and his family. RIP

    Vale Erna Silk 

    (29 Oct 2014)

    Graeme Silk, son of the late Jack Silk advised the association of the passing of Erna Silk aged 90 years on Tue 18 Oct 2014.  The funeral was held at St Jude's Catholic Church, Holder on Wed 5 Nov 2014. Letters of condolence can be forwarded to Graeme at 4 Leibitz Place, Isabella Plains, ACT, 2905, or you can contact him on: 0411 033 992.  
    The AABC Assoociation send their sincere condolences to the family.  RIP 

    Vale Harry Jenkin, OAM 

    (20 Aug 2014)

    Association member, Bill Honter advised that former OC/Music Director Captain Harry Jenkin, OAM, Retd, passed away in hospital on Mon 18 Aug 2014.  Harry’s postings included serving in:
    4 RAR (Vietnam): Sep 68 - May 69 (WO2)
    Townsville Area Band: Apr 68 - Sep 68 (WO2)
    RA Infantry Corps Band: May 69 - Jul 73 (WO2) (Townsville)
    RA Signals Band: Aug 73 - Jan 74 (LT) (Kapooka)
    North Queensland Army Band: Jan 74 - Jan 77 (LT)
    1 MD Band: Jan 77 - Jan 78 (CAPT)
    4 MD Band: Jan 78 - Jan 80 (CAPT)
    The funeral for Harry Jenkin was held at the Pinnaroo Cemetery on Tue 26 Aug 2014.
    The AABC Association pass on their sincere condolences to Laurel, the family and friends.

    Vale Cliff Morton

    (30 Jul 2014)

    Neville Lloyd has received word from Kerry (Lee) Morton that her husband Cliff had passed away. Cliff was not a member of the association, but many knew Kerry who was prevously married to Ken Lee a former member of the Armoured Corps Band.

    Vale Eileen Gfeller (16 Jul 2014)

    Association member Fred Gfeller has advised the association of the passing of his dear wife Eileen. The Funeral Service for Eileen was held at Pinneroo Valley Memorial Park, Whitfords Avenue, Padbury, WA on Wed 23 Jul 2014. The AABC Association sends their sincere condolences to Fred and his family on their sad loss.  RIP


    Vale Allan Tedford 

    (15 Jul 2014)

    Kevin Klein has advised that association member Allan Tedford (ex NQAB) passed away on Sat 12 Jul 2014 from complications after surgery.  The funeral for the late Allan Tedford was held on Fri 18 Jul 2014 at 1400h.  The postal address for Dot Allan is: 6 Bryde Place, Thabeban, 4670.  

    The association pass on their sincere condolences to his wife and family on their sad loss.  RIP

    Vale Colin Robert Anderson 

    (11 Jul 2014)

    There are individuals over the course of time who, while not serving members, have given of their time and not inconsiderable talent in the promotion of our bands and the Army.  Colin Anderson of Wagga Wagga NSW was one such man.  From the mid seventies association members including Kevin Noon, Peter Jackson, Ivan Cocking, Ian McLean, and Pat Pickett to name a few forged very strong relationships with Colin resulting in 1 RTB Band (later to become AAB-K) enjoying performance opportunities that extended beyond Kapooka's Parade Ground.  

    Pat Pickett advised me that Colin had passed away on Tue 8 Jul 2014.  Pat felt regardless, there would be enough out there who knew Colin that would appreciate the news.  Colin was living in Newcastle and had been ill for some time. He was 76.  

    A Memorial Service and Gathering to Celebrate Colin's life was held at Customs House, Corner of Watt and Bond Streets, Newcastle on Tue 15 July 2014.  RIP Colin

    Gordon Lambie

    Vale Frankie Poll

    (9 Jul 2014)

    Ern Trotter has advised that association member Max Levier has contacted him to advise that Frankie Poll had passed away.  Frank, Ivan and Ian Cocking were ex POW Light Horse Bandsmen who joined Southern Comd Band together.  Frank eventually transferred to the RAAF Central Band. The funeral will be held on Wed 16 Jul 2014 at the Heritage Funeral Home, 733 Boronia Road, Wantirna commencing at 1300h.

    You can contact Frank's wife Val (also a musician) on (03) 9763-6175.

    The association pass on their sincere condolences to Frank's family and friends. RIP


    Vale Edna Selby(4 Jul 2014)

    Barry Rogers reports that Edna Selby (wife of the late Teds Selby, former Bandmaster of Northern Command Band in the 50' & 60's's) has passed away.  No funeral details are available at this time.  RIP


    Vale Ray 'Lofty' Gallagher, OAM

    (25 Jun 2014)

    Norm Austen has advised that association member 'Lofty' Gallagher passed away on Thu 19 Jun 2014).  Lofty, as everybody knew him was a member of Eastern Command Band before he later joined the Sydney Symphony Orchestra where he performed for some considerable time. During his Army career he served in Malaysia and Vietnam.  Lofty was a Life Member of the NSW Band Association. The funeral for the late Ray 'Lofty' Gallagher was held at the Pinegrove Cemetery (West Chapel) on Thu 26 Jun 2014.

    The association pass on their sincere codolences to his wife and family.  RIP.


    Vale Roy Harbach

    (13 May 2014)

    John Seagg has advised that he has received advice from Gina Harbach that her husband Roy Harbach passed away.  Roy was a member of 1RAR Band's first tour of Vietnam and he was the medic for 5pl B Coy.  No details have been received regarding the funeral arrangements, except it will be in Sydney. RIP

    Regards, John 


    Vale Ken Holcroft (24 Sep 36 - 4 Mar 14)

    (13 Mar 2014)

    The funeral for the late Ken Holcroft was held  at the Tobin Brothers Chapel at Frankston on Tue 11 Mar 2013.  Ken had been ill for a number of years and had been under the care of his wife Jean.
    Norm Harris reports that the Frankston City Band, which Ken was a Life Member, played prior to the service and the RSL paid their respects at the end. He says Ken's immediate family, friends and former colleagues, which included Jim Harper, Neville Lloyd, Don Jarrett, Stan Holland and many other ex-servicemen and friends filled the chapel to farewell Ken.

    Ken first joined the Army as a Trooper in Armoured Corps. He transferred to Southern Command Band as a drummer and postings followed to Engineers Band at Kapooka, Malaysia/Borneo with 4RAR, Armoured Corps Band and North Queensland Army Band.

    The AABC Association pass on their sincere condolences to Jean and his family. 

    He will be missed..... RIP old mate. 


    Vale Selwyn King Senior

    (6 Feb 14)

    Association member Sel King has advised that his father 'Big Sel' passed away peacefully last evening (Wed 5 Feb 2014) at approxmately 7:50pm losing his battle with his body.  Sel says for all of my friends who were lucky enough to know my dad 'Big Sel', he was a true character and will be dearly missed. Rest now my old mate.  The AABC Association send their sincere condolences to Sel and his family at this difficult time. RIP.


    Vale Merv Allis

    (30 Jan 2014)

    Advice was received from John McGregor of the passing of Merv Allis.  Merv died at 1015h on Thu 30 Jan 2014 in Kyneton, Victoria.  This was not unexpected, and after speaking with son, Pete, and daughte- in-law, Sharon, they say the rest Merv enjoys now is a release from his uncomfortable recent months.  The funeral was held on Fri 7 Feb 2014 at 1100h at TJ Scott & Son Funeral Directors Chapel in Kyneton (VIC).

    My Final Salute to Major Merv Allis:  
    I salute you my friend...RIP

    SSGT John McGregor OAM, Retd

    It is sad to hear of Merv’s demise. He was a member of the class of ’75, along with Mike Pyne, Bruce Munchenberg, Lawrie Young, Fred Rooke and myself. RIP Merv.

    Ivan Cocking