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17 Mar 2011

Defence Health. Chris Grigsby, Class of Jun '73 (yes, the first Portsea Class at Scheyville) would like to remind us that membership of Defence Health is open to all Defence personnel, serving, non-serving, their families, and extended families. Click on the link under the Defence Logo above for Chris' reminder, and click on the logo to access the Defence Health website. Please ensure your soldiers are aware of this.

14 Mar 2011

50th Reunion at Portsea for the Class of Dec 1960. The Class of Dec '60 held their 50th Anniversary Reunion at Portsea last December. John Maddams (RA Inf) has produced a video presentation that can be viewed on his Class page

13 Mar 2011

Memorial page - WO1 Robert (Jock) Richardson, MM, MID. The Memorial Page is accessible through the "In Memoriam" link above. Your memories and comments are invited. When viewing videos of the Tributes at Jock's funeral, please turn up your system volume, as the videos were taken in zoom mode.

09 Mar 2011

Sad News: Peter Schuman, MC (OCS Class of Jun '64). Word has been received that Schus is in a critical way and he, and his family, need our thoughts and prayers. A brief sitrep is located here.

Good News: Lieutenant-General Jeremiah "Jerry" Mateparae ONZM (OCS Class of Dec '76 - born November 1954) is the Director of the Government Communications Security Bureau, and was Chief of the New Zealand Defence Force (CDF) between 2006 and 2011. A descendant of the Ngāti Tūwharetoa and Ngāti Kahungunu tribes,he was the first Māori to hold the CDF office.On 8 March 2011, Mateparae was announced as the next Governor General of New Zealand. He will take office in August 2011.
Kia-ora and many congrats, Jerry. Well done.

08 Mar 2011

DEATH of WO1 Robert (Jock) Richardson, MM, MID (24 Apr 1929 to 4 Mar 2011). Sadly, Jock died last Friday evening 4th Mar, at home, with his family around him. Jock was an impressive individual as well as a role model for RSMs. I think it is fitting that an article about Jock in a past Infantryman issue (courtesy Infantryman Magazine) serve as an insight and tribute to this magnificent man. Jock was an Instructor at the OCS from late 58 - late 63, and RSM of the OCS Portsea from 70-74
Jock was also very interested in the "revamping" of the old OCS, and was consistently invited to official functions and could be seen on many occasions, walking his "old grounds".
Our condolences to his wife Peggy, and to his extended family.
Jock's funeral will be held at St Andrews Church, Sorrento, at 1400 hrs Thu 10th Mar. Private burial following. Comments may be added to Jock's Memorial Page (in the "In Memoriam"/Passing Parade - The Final Parade link) when published this weekend.
RIP Digger.




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