Meeting Sun 19 Nov 2023
10.30-1100 guest speaker PTE Burford presentation (Scholarship winner) via Video
1100-1200 Meeting incl footage of combat shooting
NOT TO BE MISSED OUR LAST PARADE FOR THE YEAR
Dedication, Blessing & Recital Plaque Service -Sunday 12 Nov 23 - 0900
Thank you to John Knight (Project Officer) who has been liaising with the Parish Secretary to organise this event as part of the Church Remembrance Day Service. The event was well patronised by Association members including several ex CO & RSM's
We greatly appreciate the support from the parish and church who have been very supportive in organising this event.
Colours were presented to the Battalion in 1924.
They have been laid-up as follows:
The King’s and Regimental Colours, 41st Infantry Battalion, The Byron Regiment (1956),
The Queen’s and Regimental Colours, 41st Infantry Battalion,
The Byron Scottish Regiment (1968) and
The Queen’s and Regimental Colours, 41st Battalion, The Royal New South Wales Regiment (1993).
MEETING 20 AUG 23
What a cracker of a meeting with so much happening at the Association the highlight award of Life Membership to Rod Haydon (see below)
35 members of the Assoc attended Byron Barracks for the quarterly meeting.
Our guest speaker was MAJ Alex Rubin OPSO 41RNSWR and previously contingent commander for the Thailand Cave Rescue as well as other operational deployments. Alex gave a great talk about his operational experiences and was very well received by the members. We appreciate Alex taking the time out of his weekend to come and talk with us , it was thoroughly interesting and a great way to start the meeting.
John Knight Project Officer update
- Advised that OP Colours Refurb reaching final stage
- John unveiled the finished plaque pictured with Jody Cropp Treasurer
- Plaque will be installed at St Andrews Church in the warrior Chapel
- A ceremony is being planned expected Nov with an official unveiling
John Llewellyn Musuem Room Update
After his update John unveiled the Foundation Members Board that will be displayed in the Bill Thomas (OAM) Room (picture with Jody Cropp Treasurer)
Presented to the CO on behalf of Allan (Jacko) Jackson a gift to be displayed in the Byron All ranks mess.
Northern Rivers Military Museum Owen Newell update
- Owen Newell (pictured) advised that a new cabinet similar to the ones in the Sterling Room at BHQ had been installed and the plan was to display all the medals they have therein.
- 2 Bn toured Vietnam 1967-68 Reunion 11-14 Sep 2023
- Vietnam Vets service will be held at the Memorial Walk
- NRMM general meeting 26 Aug 23
Members approved LIFE MEMBERSHIP for Rod Haydon
One of the most satisfying items was that Rod Haydon was overwhelmingly approved for Life Membership joining only 3 other members of the association to be granted this distinction. His citation for this award read as follows , well done Rod !!!
Citation for Life membership - Rod is a founding member of the association and has been an on the Association committee for over 18 years, he has made an outstanding contribution to preserving the unit history, is a consistent attender at all Association events and has completed many committee projects and tasks over his time. His drive to execute the Association Scholarship since inception has been noteworthy and benefited the members of the 41st Battalion.
2023 ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIP CONTEST
On Saturday 12th August 5 finalists, all soldiers from the 41st Battalion contested the 41st Infantry Battalion Association Inc Scholarship.
This was a record number of finalists and shows how the word of the scholarship has spread amongst the soldiers of the unit, next year expect to break the record for number of applicants.
As a reminder the Scholarship apps close 30 Jun and is open for any soldier posted to 41RNSWR, PTE to LT or a CSSB soldier posted to 41 depot location.
All but one finalist was able to present in person in front of the ASP (Association Scholarship Panel) at BHQ Lismore during a scheduled training weekend.
The ASP consists of from left LTCOL Healy (CO 41RNSWR), WO1 Dowling (RSM 41RNSWR) , Jim Sneesby, Rod Haydon (Chairman) and Graeme Davis (Assoc member).
It was a very close contest and all presentations were of very high quality.
PTE Dyke (finalist) spoke on how the RSM Army inspired her in her career.
PTE Lang (Finalist) picked GEN Sir William Birdwood from WW1 and how the lessons learnt could be applied today.
LT Stelling (3rd) picked Ukrainian President Zelenskyy and explained how his leadership inspired a country via videolink.
CPL Vincent (2nd) spoke about GEN MacArthur from WW2.
Our winner PTE Burford gave an excellent presentation and Q&A at the end on Ukrainian General Zaluzhnyi.
Very interesting and different presentations, styles and delivery methods but really showed the quality of the soldiers, noting here most were not NCO's and this was their first presentations in front of a panel where they had questions asked at the end of their presentations.
The Scholarship certainly achieved the objective of helping build confidence for the finalists so that they can go on and be the future leaders of the organisation. All finalists except 1st prize winner can reapply next year and apply the lessons learnt to their presentations.
The WINNER will receive a scholarship of $1,000 (sponsored by Mr Richard Crandon) with 2nd,3rd prizes being $500 and $250 respectively sponsored by Craig Yates. The President of the Association expresses his thanks to Richard and Craig for making this possible.
Picture below of the members who presented in person from left PTE Lang (finalist) , PTE Dyke (finalist), CPL Vincent (2nd) and PTE Burford (1st) with LT Stelling (3rd) presenting via videolink
Thank you to Rod Haydon who chaired the Association Panel and then presented awards to the winners later that day
Meeting 21 May 2023 BHQ Lismore
On 21st May about 30 members of the association assembled at BHQ Lismore for the quarterly meeting followed by lunch.
Although we did not have a guest speaker at this event we had morning tea followed by the meeting.
Was a great catch up and seems many tales of past deeds told over a few cold ones.
ANZAC Day 2023
The 41st Battalion supported over 40 ANZAC tasks from Tweed Heads to Port Macquarie, a great job done by the soldiers of the unit representing Army on this special day.
Members of the association marched or paid tribute in their own way , in their local areas, picture below of the members marching in Lismore .
Meeting 19 Feb 2023 - AGM at NRMM Casino
About 35 member of the association meet at Casino at the Northern Rivers Military Museum for the AGM and General Meeting.
Members toured the museum and the memorial walk (great job done by the Casino Council and a big investment in the local community) AGM and Geneal meeting were held with the committee elections held , the following members have been elected to represent the members for 3 years
President - Norm Clapham MBE
Vice President - Jack McDonough
Treasurer - Jody Cropp
Secretary -Warren Walsh
Scholarship Officer - Rod Haydon
Committee - Arthur Thurgood
Project Officer - John Knight
A credit to Owen Newell and his staff for a great job on the displays and the whole museum looks great .
2022 SCHOLARSHIP RESULTS
Congratulations to all our finalists, a great contest and results were very close .
Thank you to the judging panel Graeme Davis, Mark Murray (XO) , Rod Haydon , Jim Sneesby (Indepenent member) Alex Rubin (OPSO)
Winner for 2022 is Ned Povah (A Coy)
Runner up George Lane (C Coy)
Our winner receives $1,000 proudly provided by Richard Crandon annually and runner up $500 , prize for 2nd and 3rd has been funded by Craig Yates for 2022-2026, a special thank you from our soldiers for your generous donations that benefit our soldiers .
ASSOCIATION Announces 2022 Scholarship Finalists to contest the Scholarship on 20 Sep 22
We are very pleased to advise the THREE Finalists for the Association scholarship this year , who will contest the award on Tuesday 20th Sept 2022 .
CONGRATULATIONS on being selected as the finalists for the scholarship this year.
Best wishes and good luck on your presentation.
The association scholarship finalists need to present a 15 min presentation on a inspiring leader to a panel of defence members , there is a prize for 1st to 3rd position and a rewards members of the unit for their ongoing commitment and leadership.
Prize money is sponsored by two members of the association
NEXT MEETING Sunday 20 Nov 22
BHQ Lismore NOT TO BE MISSED !!!!!
SPECIAL GUEST - Scholarship Winner and presentation of cheque
Special Christmas lunch for members (well a excuse to have Christmas early call it Christmas in Nov)- no change to cost $5 per head
1000-1030 Morning tea (gold coin donation)
1030-1100 Guest Speaker
1100-1200 Association General Meeting
Will be a great event don't miss it !!!!
MEETING SUN 21 Aug 22
About 30 members of association attended the Byron Barracks for our quarterly meeting.
More to follow
Certificate of appreciation - Geoff Hannah
Thank you to Geoff who generously donated to the association in recognition of the support
provided by 41st Battalion (OP Flood Assist personnel)
We appreciate the gesture and will ensure the funds are used to help members of the unit
Rod Haydon (Committee member) presenting the certificate to Geoff
28 Feb 2022 Lismore Flood Event
On 28th Feb 2022 Lismore suffered the lastest flood on record , at 14.4m it was higher then the previous biggest floods in 1954 and 1974 that were 12.11m.
Widespread flooding occurred including in East Lismore that normally does not flood with surrounding townships inundated.
Members of the 41st Battalion were already on duty before the peak of the flood and assisting in the community. Many choose to serve despite knowing that their own houses would be inundated .
With so many of our family, friends and people we did not know affected it was great to see a community come together to help neighbours , strangers and everyone because all were in the same position , most lost large amounts of personal belongings. The scene in the streets post the event with houses in the CBD,South,North and parts of East Lismore with no electricity and piles of flood affected belongings on the foot paths in front of houses was unimaginable.
Members of the 41st Battalion were the only army on the ground in these early days supported by aviation assets.
The Federal Government responded by calling in thousands of soldiers (Army,Navy, Airforce) who remain in our AO assisting communities everyday.
As life was starting to return to normal on 29th Mar we had another flood that overtopped the levy wall , reaching approx 11m .
As waters recede and the significant military presence continues to help to clean up out thoughts are with those businesses , families and people affected by these devastating events. See some photos of our military helping out in these times of need.
20 Feb 2022 Northern Rivers Military Museum CASINO
A great day was had by all who attended the first meeting for 2022 at Casino.
Well done to Owen Newell and his team who have created a amazing collection of military history.
About 30 members attended and viewed the museum before the meeting which was followed by a BBQ lunch.
This has become our annual event and is well worth the trip to Casino.
28 Nov 2021- BHQ Lismore
A bit of a change to the usual timings saw many association members attend the 41st Battalion open day that was conducted just prior to our meeting.
There were many exhibits including a building clearance demo , recruiting presentations /stand and emergency service demo (SES and Police) .
The cooks also had a good display of field catering equipment with a lot of interest shown from the public.
Several hundred members of the public attended and it was a great prelude to the actual meeting.
LTCOL Fernandez gave a brief update on the many activities and challenges of training during the last year which was followed by the meeting .
It was great to see everyone on the day , has been a tough year with Covid affecting many of our meetings and lives and a good way to lead into Christmas .
All the best to you and your families for Christmas .
AWARD OF LIFE MEMBER 16 Nov 21
Awarded to Norm Clapham MBE in recognition of service to the 41st Infantry Battalion Association Inc .
Well done and deserved recognition for a lifetime of service.
08 Aug 2021 - Northern Rivers Military Museum
About 30 members of the association took a trip to Casino to visit and have our quarterly meeting .
Owen Newell and his team have done a fantastic job at museum and you could spend hours looking though the extensive range of Army. Navy and Airforce memorabilia on display .
Thanks to Owen for coordinating morning tea and lunch for the members of the Association.
The meeting started with Cr Robert Mustow (Richmond Valley Council Mayor) giving a update on the Drill Hall precinct project , an exciting vision for the drill hall precinct that was to include a memorial walk to commemorate the sacrifice of Australia’s service men and women in keeping with the Drill Hall’s history.
The walk would also serve as a fitting accompaniment to the Northern Rivers Military Museum, located in the original Drill Hall building, and a centrepiece of the refurbished precinct.
It was a jam packed meeting with a lot of changes proposed and approved by the members , some of these included
- Rod Haydon moved that Norm Clapham be awarded Life Member status the vote was 100% in favour. CONGRATULATIONS to Norm a well deserved award
- was approved to amend the Association Scholarship to now reward the Winner $1,000 $500 for 2nd and $250 3rd (backdated to the winners from the 2021 Scholarship) , special thanks to Richard Crandon for providing the funds for 1st prize for this event.
- Eligibility criteria for the Scholarship amended to available to PTE to LT (change from Major)
- all nominations received for the scholarship receieve one year free membership of the association
- General meetings of the Association changed from 4 to 3 per annum (now Feb at NRMM, Aug and Nov)
- Association committee meetings now monthly Feb to Nov offset to meetings.
The meeting concluded with a great feed and further viewing of the museum.
A good day out in Casino was had by all .
27 Jul 2021- Association Scholarship
Association Scholarship is proudly funded by the Richard Crandon in memory of LTCOL Lionel Crandon CO 41
On Tuesday night the ASP (Association Scholarship Panel) convened at BHQ Lismore to judge the 3 finalist for the 2021 Association Scholarship.
The panel consisted of LTCOL Fernandez (CO 41), WO1 McCoy (RSM 41), Rod Haydon (Chairman of the event) , Graeme Davis and Jim Sneesby
The 3 finalist were Pte Juleff (Lismore) , CPL McKinnon (Port) and LT Hudson (Port).
The finalist presented a 20 minute presentation on a military leader who inspired them and why and why should they be granted the scholarship.
The ASP use a scoring criteria covering all aspects of the presentation and it is scored, it was a very close competition with minimal points between 1st and 3rd.
The winner was PTE Julef , runner up CPL McKinnon and very close third LT Hudson.
The quality and vigour of the presentations was outstanding and all finalists are commended for their excellent presentations.
The winner receives $1,000 award with the members of the association approving 08 Aug 21 to approve $500 for 2nd place and $250 for 3rd.
Congratulations go all finalists for your outstanding efforts to make this year's scholarship a great sucess.
From Left CO 41RNSWR LTCOL Fernandez, PTE Juleff Scholarship Winner, Rod Haydon (Association)
From Left CPL McKinnon, OC C Coy MAJ Clifton and LT Hudson
16 May 2021
About 30 members of the association assembled at BHQ Byron Barracks Lismore for our meeting .
Our guess speakers included Col Arnett on Auschwitz followed by Casey Juleff who gave a great presentation on his history project for the Association .
The meeting included discussion about support to the unit , the museum , NRMM update, Vice President , Treasurer and Secretary reports and the exciting opportunity for the museum to assume control of the OR's bar area.
Good to see a growing attendance with plenty of old and new faces at the meeting.
See below for some pictures from the event
Members of the 41st Battalion quickly deployed in support of their local communities to assist with the mop up operation from the recent floods, although Lismore and surrounding areas not significantly affected areas to the south around Coffs , Port and in the Manning had significant flood damage.
Members of the unit were first in to help with the flood clean up and did a great job in supporting the SES and emergency services in these areas.
Well done to all those members of the unit that answered the call to help the communities from which they live and work in.
21 Feb 2021
About 40 members of the association assembled at BHQ Byron Barracks Lismore for the AGM .
Morning tea included a viewing of the new M40 replacement for the Unimog recently arrived at the unit. A massive vehicle and all the members were impressed with the sheer size and features of the vehicle.
This was followed a dazzling presentation by the RSM 41RNSWR WO1 McCoy then the AGM and general meeting. These meetings included discussion about support to the unit , the museum , NRMM update, Vice President , Treasurer and Secretary reports .
Lunch was prepared by Pte Alvos
It was good to be back in a covid safe environment and seeing the old and new faces at the meeting.
See below for some pictures from the event
15 Dec 20 - Last Parade for 2020
Members of the association (Norm Clapham/Rod Haydon) attended the barracks to participate in the presentation of trophies to members as part of the last parade for 2020.
The Assoc provided several trophies including for "Best CPL" won by CPL Moss from Grafton depot and presented previously by MAJ Murray .
On the night the RSM/CO presented the "Champion Soldier" award , picture below shows CO, PTE Kilroy (Champion soldier), SGT Cropp (A/PLCOMD), RSM.
Picture below of Norm Clapham and Rod Haydon with Pte Kilroy.
The association provided four prizes for these end of year presentations (valued at $400) , well worth the spend to support the current soldiers of the unit who have achieved excellence this year.
Association Meeting (15 Nov 20)
About 35 members of the Assoc met for the final time in 2020.
With only one meeting this year (Feb) due to bushfires and covid 19 was great to see all the familiar faces of our members at the meeting .
The meeting started with a "lucky door" prize for who could guess the tune (Cock O The North), Owen Newell recognised the 41st Battalion marching tune and scored a association coffee cup.
CO 41 LTCOL Susana Fernandez gave a great presentation on the busy year and the many soldiers who deployed in support of Bushfires and Covid 19 ,training regimes and role of the reserve.
Various reports were delivered by the Treasurer, Secretary, Association Museum and North Coast Military Museum.
The meeting was followed by lunch prepared by Courtney Woods.
Thank you to Paul Kohlhagen for his efforts in assisting the Treasurer to set up the event.
All the best for the remainder of 2020.
Rememberance Day (11 Nov 20)
Members of the 41st Battalion conducted a catafalque party in support of the service held at the Lismore Memorial Baths on Rememberance Day.
In attendance was CO 41 LTCOL Fernandez, acting RSM WO2 Bates , Guard Commander SGT Cropp and other members of the unit.
SGT CROPP Ian Grimwood
Association delivers trophies for end of year soldier awards (01 Nov 20)
Although 2020 has been a challenging year the unit has been kept busy with domestic operations , Dec - Feb with OP Bush Fire Assist then in Apr -Oct with OP Covid 19 .
Soldiers have been busy in using their civilian /military skills to support the local communities in which they live.
The association has spent $500 to purchase trophies for Champion soldier for each Company and Best NCO awards .
RSM 41RNSWR WO1 Alex King proposed the newer statute type trophies this year for these awards .
See pics below of the trophies to be awarded .
Well done to all the soldiers of the 41st Battalion who have played a part in helping our communities get through a tough year.
Operation Covid 19 Assist Apr 2020 -Oct 2020
The unit has been kept busy and provided soldiers in assistance of OP CV19 from Apr through to Oct 20 .
During this time soldiers have been deployed to the Victorian and Queensland borders in support of state governments.
This was the official announcement "On Wednesday 1 April, the establishment of Operation COVID-19 Assist was announced.
Army’s efforts to support the COVID-19 response builds on the extraordinary efforts and courage of first responders, maintenance specialists, border force agents and others. Our people are a part of the joint Defence response and will support Government and local communities, Industry partners and many others.
This is Army at its best. Stepping up to help others, to contribute in unique ways, to reassure and protect"
Tues Assoc Museum working bees - Now recommenced
MEETING Sunday 17 May 20 - CANCELLED due to Covid 19 situation
Was to be at Northern Rivers Military Museum
Corner Summerland Way and Stapleton Avenue, Casino New South Wales 2470
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING SUNDAY 16 Feb 2020
More then 40 members of the Association gathered at BHQ for the Annual General Meeting.
Our guest speaker was Private Casey Juleff , a member of the recent Operation Bushfire Assist , he gave a great presentation on the recent call out and what activities the members of the 41st did to assist the SES /RFS services.
His presentation concluded with a question and answer session conducted by Warren Walsh which gave further insight into the operation and he also advised how great the presentation of a Association Medallion to each member of the Op was at the demount of the Op (see separate item about this ceremony under Latest News).
This was followed by a presentation of a Assoc coffee mug to Pte Juleff by Norm Clapham.
The General meeting covered off on
- Treasurers report with amended 5 year plan , the new plan is based off recruitment of 20 new members pa and reduced expenses in line with this to maintain the Assoc financial position at current levels over this period.
- Care packages to be sent to our soldiers on Ops this year, expect to send 30 in 2020- the scholarship , Rod Haydon advised that the CO had agreed to continue in its current form and nominations now open with 41st Battalion Coys expected to have 3 nominations each.
- Unit history update on project to write it from 1984 , ongoing and cant find the right person to write this- Improvements in how we reduce admin and run the museum, to be known now as the History Collection and rather then a whole committee for the museum , John Llewellyn will now represent the museum at the Association committee meeting. The benefit is much less administration and quicker decision making (this amendment was proposed by Rod Haydon).
Tom Harwood acknowledged and thanked the committee for the work done in the last year and raised the point that there are grants for unit history available i.e. to write it.
Members then had lunch with many tales told of past deeds done .
A great day at the 41st Battalion with very good attendance.
The next meeting in May will be at the Northern Rivers Military Museum in Casino.
Association Presents 70 Medallions to 41 Members on OP Bushfire Assist at BHQ 04 Feb 2020
It was with great pleasure that the president of the Association was able to present individual medallions to the members of the 41st Battalion , with the consent of the CO 41RNSWR LTCOL Susana Fernandez , who were about to finish their call out in assistance to OP Bushfire Assist.
Some members were continuing on and supporting the Bushfire effort.
At short notice the association was able to design , produce and deliver these Medallions to the members of the unit to recognise their valuable service to the communities that they live in.
The association took this opportunity to ensure that these members received something they could reflect back on to remember this time in history being the first time the reserve has been called out.
It has been a long time still we have seen three platoons of soldiers at the Lismore depot and was a credit to the unit and the soldiers of the unit who represented themselves throughout the operation with distinction.
A great effort from many members of the unit to help out in a time of national need.
The Association was represented on the day by Norm Clapham MBE and Warren Walsh (Treasurer) .See the medallion as presented and pictures from the event below.
04 Jan 2020 ARMY RESERVE CALLED OUT
For the first time in history the Army Reserve was Called Out to assist the states to combat the ongoing bushfire disaster, many members of the 41st Battalion answered the call and served on OPERATION BUSHFIRE ASSIST .
In the lead up to this historic action several catering staff from 8 CSSB , being 41st RNSWR ex caterers now posted to 8 CSSB, were cooking for RFS members in Casino.
Many members from the unit answered the call and deployed to assist RFS across NSW with duties including clearing fire trails and generally assisting the RFS and fire brigades in the unit AO.
Three Joint Task Forces coordinated the ADF’s effort:
JTF 646 Victoria: Based on Army’s 4th Brigade, with support elements from across the ADF. RAAF Base East Sale is the central hub for the Defence response in southern areas.
JTF 1110 New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory: Based on Army’s 5th Brigade, with support elements from across the ADF. Holsworthy Barracks is the central hub for the Defence response across NSW and the ACT.
JTF 1111 South Australia and Tasmania: Based on Army’s 9th Brigade, with support elements from across the ADF. Keswick Barracks is the central hub for the Defence response across South Australia and Tasmania.
See below for some public images of the RFS and Defence assistance.
On behalf of the Committee of management we wish you and your families all the best for the festive season.
Be safe and have a fantastic time over the coming break.
See you all in 2020
Meeting Sunday 17 Nov 19
The end of year meeting was held at BHQ on 17 Nov 19 .
A change to the normal format with a early start with a very good presentation from this years Association Scholarship winner LCPL Sobel.Afterwards Norm Clapham , President presented the $1,000 winners cheque to LCPL Sobels .
It was great to have Richard Crandon at the meeting to also congratulate LCPL Sobels (picture below). Richard sponsors the annual scholarship.
Thanks you to Richard for his ongoing support of this scholarship that makes a difference to the soldiers of the unit.LCPL Sobels advised that she would be using the funds to buy a long overdue laptop
This was followed by the general meeting a morning tea and wrap up after a great morning at the 41st Battalion.
All the best to you and your families for Christmas.
Association Scholarship winner announced !!!
The 2019 41st Infantry Battalion Association Scholarship was contested on 20 Aug 19.
The panel consisted of the CO LTCOL McPhee , RSM WO1 King, MAJ Walsh (Chairman) , Graeme Davis (assoc rep) and Cec Harris (Lismore RSL sub branch President) being the independent member of the panel.
LCPL Sarah Sobels was awarded the scholarship after a very good presentation to the panel.
Thanks to Richard Crandon who generously provides the funding for the Association Scholarship .
The Association scholarship continues to help and assist the soldiers of 41st Battalion in a valuable way , with applications already lodged for next years scholarship , expect a lot of demand for this event in 2021 from the soldiers of the unit.
Association Meeting 18 Aug 19
25 members of the association met at BHQ Lismore for the quarterly meeting.
Before the meeting we had LCPL Stanford give a very good presentation on his time whilst on deployment in Darwin (border security).
He gave a confident and entertaining talk and explained the features of his combat uniform that is not worn in barracks to the members of the association.
Good to see a confident and entertaining format from this member of the unit.
At the general meeting items discussed included the first 13 of the association care packages reaching our deployed troops , update on the scholarship ,and various committee reports.
Good to see all the members and guests who attended on the day.
Next meeting 17 Nov 19 at BHQ Lismore where our Association Scholarship winner will present to the members of the association.
Soldiers on Ops receive Care Packages from the Assoc !!
The committee of management are very pleased to announce that our new care package initiative has kicked off with 13 packages being sent to soldiers on operations.
Many of the soldiers contacted CO 41RNSWR LTCOL McPhee to express their appreciation for the package ,pictures will be uploaded soon.
We will continue to issue a care package to every soldier that deploys on domestic or overseas operations , this is a very good use of association resources and directly supports our soldiers that deploy.
The package also has a letter explaining about the assoc and inviting them to conduct a presentation about their deployment at a association meeting.
3-4 Aug 19 - Training Weekend - Coffs Harbour
The Battalion conducted another successful range and training weekend concentrating at Coffs Harbour for the weekend.
The soldiers enjoyed range and concurrent activities with the Association continuing the "Champion soldier" award at every weekend.
CO 41RNSWR LTCOL McPhee presented the award at the conclusion of the weekend to PTE HYATT ( A Coy) with a grouping of 600mm (good shooting) , see Pte Hyatt below.
This is a great way for the association to show relevance to our young soldiers and we will continue this initiative during every training activity this year.
See some images from the weekend training below.
Pte Hyatt Champion soldier for weekend
18 Jun 19
Major MacDonald OC A Company promoting Private Sobels to LCPL at the Tweed Heads depot .
Well done to LCPL Sobels who is also a finalist in this years Association Scholarship.
8-9 Jun 19
The 41st Battalion concentrated to conduct training at Coffs Harbour that including a live fire practice at a local range .
Was a great opportunity for the soldiers to hone their infantry skills. Well done on a good training event .
At the end of the weekend a best soldier award was presented by the CO.
This was funded and made available by the association and is becoming a regular event at the end of every training weekend within the unit.
Firing in progress at the range
CPL Clerkin conducting training test with CO 41RNSWR LTCOL McPhee prior to firing
CPL Clerkin conducting concurrent training
19 May 19
About 45 members of the Association travelled to Casino to attend a viewing of the Northern Rivers Military Museum where we conducted our quarterly meeting.
The day started with a morning tea and viewing of the museum.
Congratulations to Owen Newell and his team for a great job on maintaining the history of military service in the region.
At the meeting members were given a update on the Association Scholarship and the Care Packages we will be sending to the many members of the unit currently deployed.
This was followed by a BBQ lunch prepared by Private Alvos.
The Association would like to congratulate the Mayor of Casino and the Casino councillors on a great development project with the completion of the visitor centre , large parking area and development continuing. A credit to the people of Casino.
An excellent day was had by all , see the pictures below.
11-12 May 19
As part of the Associations plan to better support the soldiers of the unit we have commenced an Award of "Best Soldier " for each training weekend - PTE McVicars pictured here after the A Coy weekend, well done and good soldiering , he received a Viewee Tuee from the assoc.
New CO 41st Battalion Announced
LTCOL Sana Fernandez has been announced as the new CO of 41 commencing Jan 2020.
Congratulations to LTCOL Fernandez from the Committee and members of the Association
04 Apr 19
Lismore Workers Club display or military display
If you are near the Lismore Workers Club have a look at the display that Norm Clapham and Rod Haydon put together for public display.
Brings back memories of times in the field
Will be on display till just after Anzac day
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS - 41st BATTALION Assoc Scholarship
To all soldiers of the unit
Noms are now open and you can register via the "Scholarship Apply Now" tab ....only takes a few minutes and will put you in the running for the $1,000 scholarship that will be contested later in the year.
16-17 Mar 19
16-17 Mar 19
Members of the 41st Battalion attend training recently and are seen here on the range about to qualify on the 9mm pistol.
A great weekend of training and development for the soldiers of the unit.
L to R. Outgoing Association Secretary Mr John Knight, Association President Mt Norm Clapham, Committee Member Mr Rod Haydon, Geoff Hannah, Association Museum Chairman John Llewellyn.
10 MAR 19
Master craftsmen Geoff Hannah opened his world class Hannah Cabinet to several members of the Association and their guests at the Lismore Art Gallery on Sunday 10th March 2019.
Geoff’s presentation unlocked some of the secrets of the cabinet as well as describing the skills and techniques required to complete the amazing work.
Geoff said that sourcing the 34 types of solid timbers and veneers, the 4 kinds of rare shells and 17 varieties of precious and semi-precious stones as well as the mahogany to construct the main frame and the ebony for the columns took many years to accumulate.
Geoff also described his earlier works and their current locations and said that he worked on the Hannah Cabinet for a period of six and a half years using the skills he had learnt in Europe when he was a Churchill Scholar and from constructing his earlier works.
Following the presentation Mr Brian Henry from the Cabinet Acquisition Team that is raising funds to purchase the Hannah Cabinet to become part of the Gallery’s permanent collection spoke outlining the support that the community and business is providing. Mr Henry said fund raising was on target and the Acquisition Team is hopeful of reaching the purchase price by November this year.
Following the presentations Association members and their guest enjoyed some lively conversation during an excellent lunch.
Rod Haydon Committee Member.
17 Feb 19
A great turn out of members for the annual general meeting held at BHQ Lismore with the new morning tea followed by the speaker and then the meeting working well .
Our guest speaker LTCOL Susana Fernandez spoke passionately about her time whilst on operations and what it means to serve in the Defence force with many members mentioning the high quality of her presentation.
We conducted the AGM and reconfirmed the commitment to the 5 Year Plan that is delivering increased support to the soldiers of the unit and welcomed incoming Secretary Mark Murray and new committee member Barry Oaten OAM.
A sincere thank you for a job well done over many years to the outgoing secretary John Knight , your efforts have been greatly appreciated.
AGM was followed by a lunch and a conclusion to the afternoon .
Time well spent at the 41st Battalion.
Members of the unit paraded and commenced the year by conducting a range practice and fitness assessments .
Pic of Major Walsh outlining the benefits of supporting the association with LCPL Moffatt winner of the 2017 Assoc scholarship at Coffs Harbour. Good reception from the assembled soldiers with several interested in the annual scholarship.
L -LCPL Moffattwith Major Walsh as he explains the Assoc scholarship
04 Dec 18
On this Tuesday night BHQ staff attended Tweed Heads depot to witness several significant promotions.
5 Brigade Commander Brigadier Bond attended the depot for a visit and conducted the promotion of Major Fernandez to LTCOL and Captain MacDonald to Major.
Major Walsh (on behalf of the 41st Battalion Assoc) also presented trophies to the 41st Battalion team members who came 2nd in 2nd Division Military Skills comp held in March 2018. Three members were present on the night noting that all members of this team came from A Coy. The remaining members will be presented in the new year.
The outgoing OC now LTCOL Fernandez welcomed the incoming OC now Major MacDonald and presented a plaque to the company containing the new company emblem a sea eagle.
The event concluded with a BBQ (funded by the association) for all members that was very well received.
Great to see a strong presence and a bright future for A Coy with a new depot (land purchased at Chinderah).
From Left - Promotion of Major Fernandez by Brigadier Bond , Promotion of Capt MacDonald to Major by Brigadier Bond, Part of the team that come 2nd in the Mil Skills Comp Mar 18 and Raffle winner (prize was a GShock watch)
01-02 Dec 18 A Coy Training weekend - Canungra
As part of the Associations support to the current soldiers of the unit we have implemented a "Best Soldier" award each training weekend, these are in effect our merit awards and the idea is to recognise a soldier from the weekend that has done a great job .
This is done by the OC and presented on the weekend which means that soldiers see tangible support from the association.
Below is Private Butler awarded by OC Major Susana Fernandez at the end of the weekend .
Well done Pte Butler.
Saturday 01 Dec 18
A Company 41st Battalion conducted their end of year mixed dining in night at the South Tweed Heads Bowls Club .
A great night was had by all , a few notable events
Farewell to WO2 Noel Patterson (CSM A Coy) final night will be 11 Dec 18 after a very long history with the unit , a standing ovation showed how he is thought of by all ranks.
Promotion of CPL Joseph Scott to SGT
Farewell presentation to Training Warrant Officer WO2 Owen Trevorrow
Farewell to OC Major Susana Fernandez
Presentation to ex OC Major Des White (25 year RAINF Certificate)
Presentation of Champion Soldier A Coy by OUR President Norm Clapham MBE (accepted by OC Major Susana Fernandez ) - Norm talked about the support the association gives to the soldiers of the unit and the Scholarship.
A great night was had by members and their partners with a great Company spirit evident .
A Company "Above the rest"
18 Nov 18
About 40 members of the Association gathered at BHQ Lismore for the final meeting this year.
The day started with a morning tea which included scones baked by the 8 CSSB (Combat Service Support Battalion) cook CPL Courtney Woods who was assisted by Tony Schaeffer from the association .
Guest Speaker (see pic below) Ian Bullpitt gave a great presentation on his exploits in the UXO (Unexploded Ordinance ) world with a very interesting presentation about the threat caused by these in overseas countries and his involvement through different programmes.
Some great pictures of how real this threat is in overseas countries and that there could be UXO in the wider areas that were used for training in WW2. Thank you Ian.
Members and guests were given a update on the Association Scholarship , Treasurers report and shown the internet site .
This was followed by a Christmas lunch cooked by CPL Woods and Tony Schaeffer.
Many have commented it was a great day and a record attendance , it appears that the morning tea and guest speaker approach is generating more interest in our meetings .See you at the next one
2019 dates have not been published yet.
Warren Walsh (Webmaster)
17-18 Nov 18
A Coy 41 RNSWR conducted field training at Canungra , a activity over 2 days there the soldiers continued to develop their field skills with fieldcraft including a bayonet fighting course.
See below for orders being given for the start of the activity and a pic of the soldiers after doing some bayonet fighting.
Great infantry weather (poured late Saturday afternoon as they were going off to do their night activity) and lots of big hills.
Does not get better then that !!!!
14 Nov 18
On behalf of Norm Clapham , it is with deep regret that we wish to advise all members the passing of Paul Beer ,one of the founding members of the 41st Infantry Battalion Association , the inaugural treasurer and long time serving member of the 41st Battalion (notably CSM for many years).
He will be sadly missed by family, friends , association members and members of the unit.
From the 41st Battalion Assoc our deepest sympathy .
Requiem Mass for the Repose of his Soul to be celebrated at the Carmelite Monastery,591 Ballina Road, Goonellabah
Monday the 19th November 2018
commencing at 11:00am
in lieu of flowers donations can be made to the upkeep of the Chapel of the Carmelite Monastery.
Warren Walsh (Webmaster)
2 Nov 18
Members from 41RNSWR , community leaders and guests attended the welcoming ceremony at the new home of A Coy (recent purchase of land) at Chinderah.
In attendance was Auntie Jackie McDonald, Uncle Col Watego, Mr Victor Slockee, Mr Dennis Smallwood ,Uncle Geoff Togo, the Elders and also attending was Mr Dennis Jose, founder of Jabin Projects, Mr Darren Jones from Ray White, Mr Calum Pattison, FLTLT Karen McMahon from Defence Force Recruiting Robina & W02 Michael Ali from HQ 5 BDE Indigenous Affairs.
Attending from the unit was the XO MAJ Mark Murray, MAJ Susana Fernandez (OC A Coy) & WO2 Owen Trevorrow (TRG WO A Coy) who hosted and helped setup the handover.
The building process will now commence and in the coming years we will see a new purpose built home for the largest and rapidly expanding company of the 41st Battalion.
It is always exciting to see our young soldiers being recognised for their hard work , it is even better to see individuals recognised for outstanding leadership with awards or being promoted for great performance in their duites. Over the past few weeks the unit has promoted several LCPL and members to CPL as well as other soldier awards.
As a OC or SNCO there is nothing better then seeing the soldiers you command being promoted for their efforts knowing they will go on to lead the next generation of soldiers coming through the ranks, well done to all.
CO 41st Battalion LTCOL Andrew McPhee promoting Pte Gay to LCPL (A Coy)
Major Warren Walsh promoting LCPL Kohlhagen to CPL (BHQ)
CSM WO2 Richard Allison promoting Pte Brown to LCPL (C Coy)
Major Mark Murray presenting 20 year Infantry certificate to CPL Cropp (BHQ)
Major Susana Fernandez presenting soldiers medallion to Pte Platz
Pte Hyett and Pte Platz proudly show off their new soldiers medallion awards
11th Sep 18
Lismore based soldiers conduct a training exercise at the Lismore depot on a Tuesday night training.
This activity was a vehicle check point in lead up training for the Invictus games .
25th Aug 18
Norm Clapham President attended the LCPL Gordon VC Dinner held at BHQ on 25 Aug 18.
Most of the senior NCO and Officers of the unit attended with SGT Jackson giving a great account of VC winners deeds and life. Brig Bond , Commander 5th Brigade and Chief of Staff attended the event.
Aside from support from 8 CSSB (Catering) and the many unit members who acted as stewards the military band was a highlight.
A good night was had with good company with many awards for 20 yrs service (RAINF) presented .
12th Aug 18 - ASSOC MEETING - BHQ Lismore
A great time was had and many tales of past deeds told when about 40 of the association members attended BHQ Lismore for the quarterly meeting.
A bit of change in venue with the meeting held in the ex drill hall at the unit, change is better then a holiday they say.
The day started with morning tea with lots of talk happening around the room , see below you might even see yourself in one of the pictures.
The CO updated everyone via a recorded video message , about the Army and unit direction with a quick update by Major Walsh on the latest training happening this weekend with live (well nearly) pics from the event
.Rod Haydon gave a update on the Association Leadership Scholarship and we all viewed Jessie Willsher's winning presentation to the association scholarship panel (video)followed by her thank you speech.
The new WW1 honour board was discussed by Rod Haydon , it is a impressive item and hangs proudly in the Sterling room at BHQ .
John Knight facilitated a preview of Tom Harwood's (as Tom was away at the moment) recent trip to Korea to commemorate the Armistice , some good info and some pics including a picture of Charlie Greens grave site.
Other matters were discussed and we headed off to have a BBQ lunch.
Overall a lot of interesting content , lots of video footage viewed and a good day at the 41st Battalion.
11-12 Aug 18 A Coy Training weekend
As Army continues to evolve training our soldiers are now taught combative skills , not just about being able to shoot but being able to defend yourself in combat situations.
Brigadier Bond Commander 5 Brigade attended the training and is seen here addressing the troops.
Tuesday 7th Aug 18
Private Jessie Willsher (C Company Port Macquarie) wins Association Scholarship and the $1,000 prize ….
A close second place Pte Tim Ellis from BHQ Lismore.
Jessie one of the units Infantry soldiers from Port Macquarie depot presented a compelling speech to take out the 2018 scholarship.
Well done to both finalist and just another way the association supports the soldiers of the 41st Battalion.
Private Jessie Willsher winner of the 2018 Scholarship
Private Tim Ellis a finalist , a close second on the day
Scholarship Panel from Left Norm Clapham, Rod Haydon , CAPT Bligh (Adjutant) and Graeme Davis - CO LTCOL Andrew McPhee via Skype allhard at work judging the contest
41st Infantry Battalion
Proudly sponsored by the Crandon Family
Tuesday7th Jun 18
WO2 Patterson (depot rep for Tweed Heads) presents LCPL Kelleher a merit award from the association for consistent good soldiering.
The Assoc funded a BBQ event at the end of the normal parade night and WO2 Patterson coordinated and presented the award on behalf of the President of the Assoc Norm Clapham.
Just another way the 41st Infantry Battalion Assoc helps to recognise the great work of the soldiers of the 41st Battalion
Well done LCPL Kelleher
Sunday 27th May 18
A great day was had at the Northern Rivers Military Museum (Casino Drill Hall) with many new faces in the large crowd that attended.
Presentations were made by Norm Clapham President to LCPL Paul Kohlhagen , WO2 Noel Patterson (35 yrs service which he pointed out was 37 years) , SGT Ian Cust 40 years service with the Australian Army and to MAJ Mark Murray (CO's representative) being for the Battalions runners up in the recent Military skills competition .
Owen Newell (NRMM) gave an update on the history of the NRMM.
The assembled members were updated on the new association initatives , the install of the WW1 Honour roll at BHQ , the association scholarship and upcoming recruiting activities.
Very good to see many prior Battalion members who do not normally attend .
This was the first time the association has had a meeting outside Lismore and was a great success.
15 May 18 - Assoc Launch at BHQ Lismore
On this Tuesday parade night members of the association attended for the launch of the new initiatives to the members of the unit.
Norm Clapham (President) , Rod Haydon (committee member and Assoc depot rep Lismore) and John Knight (Secretary) attended the event which Major Warren Walsh (Assoc Treasurer and Assoc depot rep for Lismore) being the MC.
After explaining the new initiatives Rod Haydon presented 3 x merit awards, these awards were nominated by the members chain of command for excellent conduct and performance.
Awards were presented to PTE Standford, CPL Woods (cook) and LCPL Kohlhagen .
Association coffee cups were presented by Norm Clapham to all key staff , these were very well received .
This was followed by a presentation to the CO (LTCOL Andrew McPhee) of certificates for the Battalions excellent results in the national military competition (2016 runners up.2017 winners and 2018 runners up).
Overall a great night with several soldiers immediately joining the association after seeing the benefits the association new initiatives.
4th May 2018
Install of WW1 Roll of Honour 41st AIF
The Association has undertaken a project, over several years to remember those who served with the 41st AIF and lost their lives in the great war.
After a lengthy process of identifying exactly how we would replicate the WW1 Roll of Honour which resides in the Crypt, ANZAC Square, Brisbane it was decided to produce a replica of comparable size to the original.Appreciation is expressed to the custodians of the Roll, Brisbane City Council, for permission to create a replica.The project was completed and installed in the Sterling Room, Battalion Headquarters, 41 RNSWR Lismore, on Friday 4th May 2018.
It is impressive in many ways , the size , detail of the print , the colour and number of soldiers who lost their lives and are remembered on this board.
The project was funded by the association from the donation received by the Len Boswell estate .
Thank you to John Knight (Secretary) who did a lot of work in getting this project started in identifying the board , the size and getting the contacts and to Rod Haydon (committee member) who took on getting the work finalised.
The Association engaged a professional photographer who travelled to Brisbane to take the picture and then a printer to print / mount the image and install the finalised product .
Some info about the project - the original is 2500mm x 1380mm – reproduction is 2400 x 1200, print is on vinyl, glued and wrapped on 20mm board to appear 50mm thick. Changed from 10mm in the final weeks of the project – this thing isn’t going to sag or warp. Hung on 3 steel interlocked horizontal frames. A plastic wrapped typed sheet is stuck to the back of the Roll of Honour showing details of the committee, why it was reproduced, who photographed it / printed and hung it and how it was funded.
Certainly impressive and worth a detailed look when you are at the next Association meeting in Lismore or at the barracks.
This Roll of Honour now sits proudly as a testament to the courage and devotion to duty that these soldiers 100 years ago gave their lives for to defend this country.
The soldiers of the 41st Battalion carry on their traditions today.
The Original Honour Roll was unveiled by Colonel F.C. Board (CO 41st Battalion 1916-1917) who made the long journey to Brisbane for the unveiling on the 11th November 1931. After the sounding of "The Last Post", the bronze tablet was dedicated by Reverend A. A. Mills , Padre of the battalion. A special tribute was paid to the fallen of the battalion at the conclusion of the ceremony. The Brisbane Courier, 12th November 1931 It is located at Ann Street, ANZAC Square, Shrine of Remembrance Crypt, Brisbane, 4000
On 4th May 2018 the replica Hour Roll was installed in the Sterling Room at the 41st Battalion Military Rd East Lismore.
A project undertake by the 41st Infantry Battalion Association , funded by the Len Boswell estate (CO of the 41st Battalion 1973-76)
Article about the original Honour Board - Brisbane Courier, Thursday 12 November 1931, Page 13
̶̶̶̶UNVEILING OF MEMORIAL
A special tribute to the memory of fallen members of the 41st Battalion was paid by their comrades at the unveiling of the battalion’s honour board in one of the war museum rooms under the Anzac Memorial at the conclusion of the official ceremony of commemoration.
The tablet was unveiled by Colonel FJ Board, the unit’s commanding officer, who made a long journey to Brisbane for the occasion. After the sounding of the “Last Post” by Band Sergeant FC Rickard, an original member of the battalion, the handsome bronze tablet was dedicated by Rev. AA Mills, M.C., padre of the battalion.The president of the 41st Battalion Reunion Committee (Captain CWS French), in the address which he delivered to the large number of people who gathered for the ceremony, traced the history of the battalion.MAGNIFICENT RECORD.
He said it consisted of men from Queensland and the Northern Rivers of New South Wales. At Square Farm, Armentieres sector, the battalion received its baptism of fire. Its glorious deeds at Messines, Passchendaele, Somme Valley and the Hindenburg Line spoke for themselves. Out of a total enlistment of 131 officers and 1833 other ranks, 13.32 per cent. officers and 15.7 per cent. other ranks were killed, and 45 per cent. officers and 53.5 per cent other ranks were wounded.
During all of its operations the 41st never had one of its members taken a prisoner of war – a remarkable fact in itself, and a credit to the unit. Much of the success of the battalion was due to the fine leadership of the junior officers, the N.C.O.’s, and, lastly, the indomitable spirit of the men. “Our object in assembling here this morning,” added Captain French, “is to pay homage to those members who fell in France – to the unit’s glorious dead, whose names are enrolled in letters of gold on the Shrine of Fame. A committee of ex-members of the 41st Battalion was formed in 1925, and the indefatigable efforts of that body have resulted in the erection of this memorial tablet, which contains approximately 470 names of men who paid the supreme sacrifice.” He conveyed the committees thanks to the city architect (Mr. Foster), who designed the board and supervised its construction, and he congratulated the builders – Messrs. Smith and Sons, a firm of returned men – for their excellent production.
The board was constructed almost wholly of Queensland products, and only ex-members of the battalion or their dependants had contributed to the cost of the erection. The board cost £200, and over £190 had been raised before yesterday’s ceremony.
The cornet used by Band Sergeant Rickard in sounding the “Last Post” was presented to him by the officers of the battalion and was carried by him throughout the whole of the engagements of the battalion.
25 Apr 18 - Anzac Day
The Unit had a busy day with a lot of support tasks across the AO , the soldiers having stayed at the depot locations so they could be up early and get to the many dawn service commitments.
From Tweed Heads in the north to Port Macquarie in the south every one was kept busy on this great day when we remember fallen comrades and honour all those who have served/serve in defence of this country.
More pics to follow
Main service at Bangalow 25 Apr 18
Mar 18 -41st Battalion 2nd Place - 2 Division Military Skills Competition
Each year the units of each brigade conduct a military skills competition , the winner goes on to represent the Brigade at the annual 2 Div Military Skills competition, 41st Battalion won the 5 Brigade event and therefore represented 5 Brigade at the Divisional comp this year
In 2017 the 41st Battalion won the 2nd Division Military skills comp , this year we come in with a 2nd place a great result with the whole team coming from A Coy Tweed Heads .
This is testament to the training and skills of our soldiers with this placement showing they are in the top echelon of their peers.
Well done from all the members of the association.
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2nd Division Military Skills Competition - 41st Battalion Winners Mar 17
Back Row - WO1 Stonebidge (RSM 8 BDE), PTE Melville, Pte Platz, PTE Delaterre, PTE Davies, PTE Delcampo, WO1 Newbold (RSM 41st Battalion RNSWR) Front Row - WO2 Patterson (Team manager), LCPL Amos, CPL Reeves, PTE Blaine, PTE Hyett.
2nd Division Military Skills Competition - 41st Battalion Runners Up - Mar 18
Left to Right– CPL Beasley, PTE Blaine, PTE Platz, PTE Hyett, PTE Dowling, LCPL Kelleher, PTE Melville, PTE Painter
28 FEB 18
41st Battalion hosted the Lismore Chamber of Commerce Business after Hours event at the barracks in Lismore.
A great opportunity to showcase the unit and the skills of the highly trained soldiers . 75 employers attended and aside from the Open day in Jul 17 was the largest public event the unit has hosted .
Feedback was it was interesting , a great event and now a lot of business owners know where the barracks is and what we do to help and support the communities we live and work in.
18 Feb 18
Another great meeting with the new engagement and recruitment strategy ratified by the members.
Pte Matt Moffatt winner of the Association Leadership Scholarship in 2017 gave a very good presentation on his military service and the life and deeds of the units WW1 VC winner Bernard Gordon.
We squeezed in this presentation with a annual and general meeting with a lot of issues covered including the WW1 Honour board project being funded from the kind donation of the Len Boswell estate , the 5 Year Plan for the association and the strategy to recruit new members across the unit AO and the presentation of the cheque to Matt Moffatt.
Thanks to Tony Schaeffer (ex CPL and Cook) and band of helpers who delivered lunch on time and to a great standard.
Next meeting will be in Casino at the Casino Military Museum in May 18.
Members of the 41st Battalion attended Ex Ocean Raider III , a ex on board HMAS Canberra , one of the new amphibious carriers.
A very different ex to what they were used to but very interesting living and working on a ship.
Some pics of the ex below
5 Dec 17
CO 41 , LTCOL Andrew McPhee says farewell to Major Des White , after several years as OC at A Coy now moving on to a new posting.
Pic to the right of A Coy on the parade ground at Tweed Heads depot.
19 Nov 2017 Assoc General Meeting , East Lismore
AS part of the ongoing program to enlighten our members about current service , we had a guest speaker at this meeting , Corporal Andrew Collinge Maneorve Support PL 41st Battalion ,he had several tours of the Solomon Islands and assisted the Navy as part of Transit Security Element at Darwin (Border Protection).
He gave a honest and very interesting and entertaining 30 min talk on his exploits and that of the 41st Battalion during these operations.
Well done and a great way to start our general meeting which was followed by a BBQ where association members regaled of tales of deeds done during their time in service.
Warren Walsh , Treasurer
Coy Training Weekend Sep 17
Manoevre Spt Pl completed a Ex Trained Soldier activity to conclude the training weekend.
Stands included 84mm Anti Tank weapon , grenade throwing(practice grenades of course) ,strip and assemble weapons and a interesting crawl under a cam net whilst carrying the anti armour weapon , different techniques were used but they all succeeded , some better then others,
SGT Rex Casson shown assessing the anti armour drills did a great job of putting this together. CPL Abraham Bland is the NCO in the pics with soldiers from the platoon.
A Coy Mixed Dining in night Murwillumbah RSL Club
A great night was had with partners by A Coy , a well organised and good meal and celebration of another successful year for A Coy Tweed Heads .
Left pic : OC Des White (centre) , partner Marie (left) and Coy 2IC CAPT Jones
Centre pic : 3 OC's of A Coy over 10 years of command , ;left Major Warren Walsh, centre Major Des White and right Major Greg Overton
Right pic : the assembled A Coy
31 March 2017
The Northern rivers suffered the biggest flood since 1974 . The unit "stood up" a 24/7 Liaise Offerice (a member from the unit) at the SES Headquarters , I was called in by the OPSO to be the relief LO on the night when the flood peaked and was there for the evacuation order for the CBD of Lismore was issued as the water was about to breach the flood wall.
The unit's main response was to send vehicles and soldiers to Chinderah Tweed Heads to assist with the evacuation of the general public. They acquitted themselves well and were able to offer great assistance to the SES .
Pictures below are the aftermath of the flood in the CBD of Lismore
Australian Army Reserve unit, the 41st Battalion, marks its centenary
ABC North Coast By Samantha Turnbull Updated 7 Jul 2016, 4:52pm Thu 7 Jul 2016, 4:52pm
Photo: Private Sidney Platz, 21, joined the 41st Battalion at the age of 16.
Coast: Samantha Turnbull) One hundred years ago, young men from across Queensland and northern New South Wales answered the call to serve their country by joining the 41st
Battalion of the Australian Infantry.The battalion was formed in May, 1916, and by Christmas Eve had lost its first soldiers on the frontline in World War I.
Today, the reserve unit of the Royal New South Wales Regiment has its headquarters in the northern New South Wales city of Lismore with depots in Tweed Heads, Grafton, Coffs Harbour, Kempsey, Port Macquarie and Taree.
recruit Private Sidney Platz, 21, joined the battalion at the age of 16 when he was still at high school."I thought it would build my character," he said."Opposed to my peers, who were sort of just wasting their time, I was going away to Wagga Wagga to complete my military training."
I learnt a lot about myself."Not many 17-year-olds get to do that, as opposed to just playing Xbox at home."
He said his favourite part of his service so far had been working in the local community."I've worked in the community in times of disaster relief and flood relief with the State Emergency Service and fire brigade," he said."Being able to serve my country and help out the community is a really important part of why I joined the Reserves."
From recruit to instructor
Norman Clapham MBE is the president of the 41st Battalion Association, a group of ex-members who volunteer to help current soldiers and maintain the museum at the base
Mr Clapham, 79, joined the battalion in 1956 at Nimbin."A lot of my friends had joined and I was the odd one out, so I decided to join and then I decided I really liked it," he said."The comradeship just seems to grow on you."Mr Clapham began as a recruit, worked his way up to warrant officer class one and became an instructor."The discipline here is great and there are so many young people who could benefit from joining,"
he said."When you go back to your civilian work, it gives you a greater understanding of what's required of you.
"Bosses appreciate anyone who has been through the service because of their discipline and the way they carry out their orders.
"The teaching part has been my highlight. I've had a lot of joy from it."Mr Clapham was never called to battle."We were always prepared but never called upon," he said."And I think we were very lucky."
In the minority
Private Elizabeth Church, 44, is and administration clerk with the battalion.
She joined five years ago and said it was one of the best decisions of her life."I believe in serving my country and I was really passionate about that," she said."I wanted to wear the green, I wanted a challenge and I wanted to meet like-minded people.
"She urged more women to consider military careers."I'm definitely in the minority as a woman," she said."Our aim is to get more women into the Army in general.
"Not enough women represent."
Photo: Private Graeme Bray is a cook for the 41st Battalion. (ABC North Coast: Samantha Turnbull)
Private Graeme Bray, 42, is a cook with the battalion and joined in 1994.
He had previously served in the Gulf War with the Navy, but said some of his strongest memories were based around events on home soil."One Remembrance Day here in Lismore one of the school teachers asked if some children could come and talk to us," he said."I said 'Of course, it's a free country,' but these children were Sudanese and Congolese and, after seeing us, ran away and were frightened.
"Those sorts of experiences stay with you."Meeting so many people and seeing so many places, it's all been very rich."
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