After six years since the descendants of former Service members assumed responsibility for the management of the 2nd / 3rd Australian Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment Association, President Lynton Rose, Secretary Colin Bragg and Treasurer Ann Bragg advised the members who attended the 2014 AGM held on 19 April 2014 that they were either stepping down or reducing their current roles.

As a consequence the Association has elected a new President, Secretary and Treasurer.

Anne Rae, daughter of former President and Secretary Cec Rae, was elected as the first female President of the Association, and the second descendant (after retiring President Lynton Rose) of an original member to be elected as President.

Malcolm Wrigglesworth, son of WA (Bill) Wrigglesworth, was elected as Association Secretary.

Retiring Secretary Colin Bragg was elected to the position of Association Treasurer.

Despite stepping down from office bearing positions on the Committee, all retiring office bearers will continue to be members of the Committee.

Vice President Matthew Heddle and Association Research Officer David McDonald will continue in their current positions, with David assuming responsibility for responding to enquiries received through the Association web site.

Hellenic Commemorative Medal

The Association became aware of this medal through an article which appeared in the September 2013 edition of the RSL magazine, "Mufti".

All surviving WW2 veterans (or their descendants) may apply for the medal if they or their parent / grandparent served in the Battle of Greece and/or the Battle of Crete.

The Association has initiated discussions to establish the process involved in applying for the medal.

We have been advised that Full Service Histories will be needed to prove the bona fides of the applicants.

We were also advised that the Hellenic Commemorative Medal is not a new medal and was first announced some two years ago in 2012.

Because of the direct involvement of 7 Battery in the Battle of Crete, the Association believes the majority of the remaining surviving members of 7 Battery, as well as the descendants of deceased members, would be eligible to apply for the medal.

More detailed information will be added to this page as it becomes available, but in the meantime, general information may be obtained from Steve Kyritsas, President, Hellenic Sub-Branch on 0418 571 800.

Regimental Rolls in alphabetic and Service Number sequences have recently been added to the web site. Both Rolls include the following information:

State of enlistment

Service Number

Name and Initials

Rank (where known)

Battery or Section (where known)

Whether the member was Killed In Action or was a Prisoner of War

The Rolls are located under REGIMENT MEMBERS on the Home Page.

A brief description of how the Regimental Roll was compiled is included under "The Regimental Roll".

The Association would welcome any information which would help us fill in the gaps in the Rolls.

 

Colin Bragg

Honorary Secretary

28 February 2013

Greece and Crete Campaigns Veterans' Database
Seeking veterans or their descendants of the WWII Greek Campaign and/or the Battle of Crete for inclusion in an online data base, which currently contains 200 names. The aim is to enable the war stories of these veterans to be told online.

Contact Neil DonohueThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Source: Vetaffairs magazine, Summer 2013).

Association Research Officer's note: Neil Donohue, whose father-in-law served in the Crete campaign, is active in promoting the memory of the campaign, the men who served there, and the people of Crete who sheltered them at great risk to themselves.

Information that Neil has gathered has a prominent place in the excellent 2010 book by Maria Hill: Diggers and Greeks: the Australian campaigns in Greece and Crete, UNSW Press, Sydney.

The latest issue of the Regiment Association's newsletter - Take Post - is now available for download from the site.  You can click the link below to download this issue, or visit the Take Post archive here.

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