Secretary’s Report 2004
From The Secretary’s Desk
During the year I received many letters and phone calls from members, or other members of families. Thank you all for those contacts. I hope that I am able to help with your queries; some times though, I am unable to solve them.
Joan Oman, widow of Paddy Oman, expressed her appreciation of “Take Post”, and ‘yes’ Joan your son in WA is now on the mailing list.
Gwen Kruger, wife of Charlie Kruger (8) writes that Charlie enjoys reading “TP”. By the way the doctor who operated on Charlie’s brain tumour was the son of Tiny Brazenor (8).
Frank Wallis (Sigs) living at Tathra, has written that he enjoys reading “Take Post” as it is his only way of keeping up with the news of his old mates.
It was a welcome three-page letter from Bob Phillips (9), who lives on the golden sands at Noosa. Bob reports that “Take Post” has jogged his memory of times past, and those memories ebb and flow. Thank you Bob, for the reminiscences of John Hepworth, Frank Washbourne, Noel Moultan, Les Stephens, Chester Guest, Frank Coker, Bert Stringer, Chook Russell, Clarrie Cuttriss, Lou Potter, Bluey Davis, Jim Bell,, and Doug Simson – many now departed; but all remembered. Bob recalls the wild nights at the reunions at South Melbourne, when many of the above-named arrived at Bob’s house after the reunion. Wife Phyl turned on a great supper for all and made sure they either stayed the night or got home safely. Well done Phyl! Bob concluded his letter: ‘I mention these reminiscences in order to express my gratitude to Ron Bryant, for producing “Take Post” and to the members of the Committee for keeping alive the old regiment, and wonderful memories, for both Phyl and myself, of my old army mates’. Thank you Bob, for sharing your memories with us.
Kevin Grey the secretary of the 2/3 Composite Regiment, of which 9 Battery was a part, keeps me up to date on their activities in Sydney. Kevin writes that he has always felt that he knew Cec Rae (9) as they had many contacts over the years but in last year’s “Take Post” saw a photo of Cec. How did that affect you Kevin?
Frank O’Toole (9) writing from Somersby NSW appreciates “TP” greatly. Thanks for your note Frank. LesStephens (8) asked for names to faces on a photo taken at Werribee.
The same request from Alan Read (9). I hope that we were able to at least get some right!
Eric Maxwell, son of the late Vern Maxwell (8), shows great interest and support for our Association – thank you Eric.
Keith Sitlington (8) sent a message via Jack Berkley (8) via Frank Washbourne (8) wishing greetings to all his mates”. How about getting to the reunion Keith, we would love to see you there!
Edie Russell widow of Jim Russell (7) phoned asking me to pass on her regards to all of Jim’s old mates.
Colin Reilly (8) writes from NSW that because of medical problems he has not been able to attend reunions these past two years. I hope you will be able to make it this year Colin.
Doug Pulsford (9) sends greetings. Doug an original member was transferred to 2l4th in early 1942.
Terry Butler (9) sends greeting to all – especially Alan Read and Cec Rae.
Ann Bragg, daughter of Joan and Jim Paton (9) (deceased), advises that her mother has been very ill. I send best wishes Ann and trust that there is some improvement in her health. Joan was thrilled to see certain photos in “Take Post” and her spirits lifted to see and read about some of our members she knew. Thank you for your letter Ann’
A very nice note from Mavis Crittenden, widow of former president Jack (9).
Mavis had received from me a photo of Jack leading the 2002 Anzac Day March. Thank you Mavis.
Bob Robson (9) writing from Dungog NSW, reported that the Anzac March in Sydney was good and also that John Ballantine (9) is much improved after surgery and a spell in hospital.
Jan Sullivan daughter of Keith Sullivan (9) advised of the death of her mother
Patricia. Sad news but thank you Jan.
Marj Cope, wife of Ern Cope (8) had written to Cec Rae asking for a copy of his 9th Battery story. Cec then passed the letter to me Marj. Both enjoyed watching the March and seeing faces they knew, they did however miss meeting up with Les Shields (8). Will we see you at the reunion Ern?
Reg Dickson (7) writes from WA – “health is up and down but can’t complain” – that’s the only way to go these days! Reg hears from George Howat (9) and Cliff Ross (9) from time to time.
I am quite sure that I have missed mentioning something or someone but, like you, I am not as young as I once was!
All the best from – John Campbell, Hon Secretary