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Reserve Forces Day 2018

  Farewell Luncheon go to top of page

On Friday 21 September 2018, The Hon Fred Nile ED MLC hosted a luncheon in the NSW Parliament House Dining Room to thank those who had participated in Reserve Forces day over the 20 years it was part of our nation's commemoration of service.

Please use the controls below to view a slide show of the commemoration. Just press the GREEN button to see the slides play, there are only 126 of them

  The National Parade go to top of page

Video of the great final national parade, Sydney 1 July 2018:

Video of the Media Coverage (Channels 9 and 7) of the final national parade.

Photos of the Parade taken by Peter Butterworth

  The Unit Associations go to top of page

At the Reserve Forces Day parades, current and former Reservists marched in association groups. At the 2018 parade, the opportunity was taken to photograph some of the Association groups.

The Royal New South Wales Lancers Association

The Lancers' Association was first formed in 1899 to support soldiers fighting in the Boer War. There have been a number of interations, but essentially the association is the same. All members serving or past serving of the 1st/15th Royal New South Wales Lancers or its predecessor units are members. Membership can be activated HERE, soldiers with dervice in the Armoured Corps are also welcome to join. There are no fees, donations are requested in bi-annual newsletters. Information about events (Anzac Day, the Reunion and Regimental functions) is also passed on to members.

12/16 Hunter Lancers and 24th Light Horse Association

CAPT Richard Carmichael, LT Jack Abernethy, LT Ted Cleary, LCPL John Bell, SGT Ivan McAulley.

The Commando Association

7 Fd Regt RAA Association

Front Row: GNR Jack Gwilym, BDR Graham Gates, WO2 Kevin Flanagan OAM, BRIG John Keefe, SGT Jim Nash, WO1Max Falconer, CAPT Jess Hansford, SGT Russell Pinch
Second Row: WO1 John Balfour OAM, LT Grahame Smith, PTE Kathy Cochran, WO1 Karen Alston, SGT John Baynie, CAPT Russell McLean, FTLT, Lou Ehrler
Third Row: CFN Andrew McCallum, CAPT Michael Carrodus, GNR Brian Lewis, LBDR Geoffrey Herbert, GNR Bill Sivyer, SSGT David Leek, SGT Stanley Knight

18 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment Association

Front Row: SGT Ron McNeill, SSGT Laurie Manning, SGT Allan Lark, BDE Ken Barker, LTCOL Barry Lloyd, SGT Dahl Arndell, GNR Dennis Sherris, GNR Garry Turner
Second Row: BDR Colin McDiarmid, BDR Ray Steadman, GNR Jim McSweeney, LT Ray Samuel, GNR Brian Russell, BDR Robert Grady
Third Row: BDR Allan Whitley, SGT Peter Moore, BDR Ian Rimes, GNR Des Dwyer, GNR Keith, Harding
Fourth Row: SGT Bob Nicholson, BDR Mark Chandler, BDR Ray Beattie, BDR Mick King,
Far Right Rear: LBDR Allan Harding (Standard Bearer)
Present on the Day but not included in the photo: MAJ Barry Glover, WO2 Mal Rankin, BDR Rick Moodie

21 Fd Regt RAA Association

Front Row: L Falconer, SIG L Lovell, LBDR L Faggotter, WO1 M Falconer MBE, CAPT J Hansford SGT R Pinch
Second Row: SGT J Baynie, SGT S Knight, FLGOFF L Ehrler, SGT D Leek

21 Construction Regiment RAE Association

Front Row: SPR Kenneth Lawson, CPL Mark Ransley, CPL Gordon Wade OAM, MAJ Mal Botfield, SPR Mark Franklin, Sgt Mike Harding, MAJ Bob Grant OAM, MAJ Denis Sullivan
Second Row: WO1 Bob Smith WO2 Colin Kay, CPL David King, MAJ Allan Churchill, CPL Barry Dwyer, SSGT Allan Kelly, LCPL Steve Newcombe, SPR Peter Overliet, SPR Jeff Gill, WO1 Peter Goodwin
Third Row: WO1 Bruce Pracy, MAJ John Brett, CPL Ray Gould, WO2 Brian McGrath, CPL Geoff Graham, MAJ Brian Alabaster, MAJ Bernie Ward, WO2 Dennis Clapham, SPR Les Quinn
Fourth Row WO1 Graeme McLure, SGT Lindsay Williams, SSGT Terry Meredith, WO1 Glenn Daly, CPL Susan Hyde, SPR Gary Walters, SGT Ron Murphy, SPR Geoff Howard, CPL Danny Heldal
Top Right SPR Newton Xu (Standard Bearer)

Sappers' Association

Front Row Ranjit Dutta Paul Snell John Lynch, John Hanley, Brian Malouf, Sjouke Havenaar, Jeff Forbes, Geoff Kidd
Second Row Paul Snell, Bryan West, Mick Casey, Ken MacKenzie, Joe Zahra, Bill Johnson, Maree Johnson
Third Row Warren Page, Terry Wheeler, Jim Regan, Alan Underwood, Steve Bishop,

Association of 17 Battalions

NSW Scottish Regimental Association

Front Row: Phillip Bowater Colin Redshaw Gordon Young Frank Woodhams Derek Bryden Don McNeice Ian Meek John Ewing Barry Perigo Freddy Brown Terry Kennedy
Second Row: Colin Boland Mark Melville ? David Newell Richard Nott Stuart Kennedy Tony Humphrey Bill Hyde Andrew Murdoch Dennis Green John Doak
Third Row: Brian Hilton Gordon Irving Billy King Lloyd Grounds Dandy Brownlie Patrick Whymark Reg Newton Neil Pullen Ian MacPherson ? Graham Jackson Roy Rae ?
Fourth Row: Bill Campbell Jim Braid Eric Maver Frank Mayo Bob Cooke James McCann Peter Tracey Bob Greathead Tony Ransom Trevor Fahey
Fifth Row: John Harris Alan McFarlane Robert Cameron David Mullen Kevin Cram Ross Hilton
Sixth Row: ? Air League AiR League ? Heng Khong RFDC

Military Police Association

Front Row: SSGT Geoff Gillard, CPL Maureen Gildart, WO1 Dan Franich, CPL Bob Knowles, MAJ Ross Aitkin
Back Row: LT Geoff Stanwell, SGT Udo Starkis

3 Transport Association

Front Row: Paul Sansom, Barry Carroll, Nicole Hester, Ian Cleland, Gary Smith, COL Anthony McBride, Tracy Welfare
Second Row: Don Hazell, Bruce Jennings, Stephen Hester, Karen Samson, Vern Vaughn, Ruth Hawkins
Third Row: Terence Sweeney, Keith Corbett, Reg Denning, Peter Pether, Wes Elliot, Peter Poole
Fourth Row: Denis Keane, Andre (AAL), John (AAL)

Womens' Royal Australian Army Corps Association

First Row M Gong, P Richardson, R Taylor, B Niblett, N Fisher, C Kelly,
Second Row S Weddell, B Layt, M Jarosz, L McGilvray, B Edwards, B Moses
Third Row J Barnwell, G Hutchison, C McMahon, A Valentine Flint
Banner Bearers C Lindsay, K Bickoff

Royal Hong Kong Regiment Association

Front Row: CLPL Eric Fong, CPL Jane Lam, LCOL Bernard Wai, W)1 Patrick Cheung, CAPT David Chau, SSGT W.K.Chan, LCPL Eric Lai, CPL K.S.Wong, TPR Solo So
Second Row: AC.LT S.E.Lee, LCPL Paulina So, TPR Ken Chan, LCPL T.H.Suen, LCPL S.W.Chung, TPR Dennis Yu, TPR M.C.Leung, TPR M.M.Poon
Third Row: LCPL Daemon Leung, SSGT C,Y.Chong, LCPL George Tam

Royal Australian Air Force Reserve Association

George Katsoolis, SQNLDR John Kane, Unidentified, Unidentified, Unidentified, SGT Dave Seiber, WCDR David Turner, SQNLDR Peter Funnel, SGT John O'Byrne

Australian Air League

Reserve Forces Day Council

RSM MAJ Mal Botfield, Mrs Virginia Moore, LTCOL John Moore, MAJ Ross Aitkin, CAPT Warren Page, Ms Ilona Birtha

  Community Service Announcements 2018 go to top of page

The Reserve Forces Day 2018 TV and Radio Community Service Announcements are now able to be viewed below. Here is the narrator’s script.

In 1918 Lieutenant General Sir John Monash, a reservist officer led the newly formed Australian corps of the five Australian Divisions in successful battles fought at Le Hamel 4 July and Amiens 8 August. These battles brought the war to an early conclusion and saved thousands of Australian lives. I encourage serving and former reservists to march with pride in the 20th anniversary of reserve forces national parade in sydney and in other centres throughout Australia the 1st of July. I ask the public to support them by attending this significant event.

The Sydney Parade Announcement

The Other Centres Announcement

Australians with a Mk 5 Star

CLICK HERE To follow what happened in France in 1918. CLICK HERE To follow the parallel action in Palestine (now Israel, Jordan and Syria) in 1918.

  Briefing and Prize Giving go to top of page

On 26 March 2018 a briefing was conducted for the 2018 parade, and prizes presented to those who took part in the 2017 parade. The Awards were numbers relate to images below:

No 1 Special Mention for the Australian Air Force Cadets
No 2 Best Assocaition with over 20 members - New South Wales Scottish Regimental Association
No 3 The Best overall Unit Association on the day – 1/15 RNSWL
No 4 The Unit Association considred to have just missed out - National Service Association
No 5 The Best Association Sergeant Major – WO1 Bob Smith (Award accepted by MAJ Mal Botfield)
No 6 The Best Standard Bearer – TPR Brian Walters (Award accepted by MAJ Len Koles)
No 7 The MAJGEN Rosenthal Award for the Best Formation accepted by Len Koles on behalf of the 5 BDE commander Col Don Tait OAM
No 8 Banner Parties Award - Australian Air League
No 9 Best Unit Association with fewer than 20 Members – The Naval Reserve Association

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Patron in Chief His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia
National Chairman the Honourable Tim Fischer AC
National Executive Officer and NSW Chairman Lieutenant Colonel John Moore OAM RFD ED Retd

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