St Barbara's Day 2018
 

Gunners' Service Remembered

Held at the Memorial Park, within the RSL Club at Ingleburn, on Sunday 2nd December 2018.

For the fourth successive year the Association held the St Barbara's Day Gathering at the Ingleburn RSL. The Gunner turnout from 23 Bty was led by MAJ Stephen Rowe.

The attendees were welcomed on behalf of the Committee by Bob Cantwell who, after the Catafalque Party took post, handed over to the President LTCOL Alain Dunand, for the formal introduction and welcome,

After the formal welcome the President handed over to Schon Condon for the St Barbara story.This was followed by the President reading the Head of Regiment's Hand-Over Message.

Chaplain Kim Kuchel led prayers and invited the assembly to stand and sing "The Recessional".

Wreaths were then laid and the assembly was led in the "ODE" followed by the "Last Post" and "Rouse", played by bugler, LTCMDR Ross Griffiths, Bandmaster, 4/3 Bn RNSWR Band.

Chaplain Kuchel led the Benediction and the assembly then sang the "National Anthem".

After the Catafalque Party dismounted COL Don Tait spoke of the importance of the INVICTUS Games to veterans and the changing approach to dealing with the impact of returning to, and adjusting to life, either as a civilian, or with continued defence related service.

Following the formal service, attendees adjourned to the Club's restaurant for lunch and a catchup before Christmas.

During lunch, COL Don Tait was presented with his certificate of Life Membership of the RAA ASSOCIATION (NSW) by the President.

Once again many thanks go to Ingleburn RSL Sub-Branch for the use of the Memorial Garden as the venue and to Sub-Branch members, former gunners of 12 and 23 Fd Regt, for their efforts in coordinating and setting up the venue. As well our appreciation to:

CO 4/3 Bn RNSWR for the Band and their participation;

CO 9 Regt RAA for the support provided by 23 Bty;

Ingleburn RSL Club for the use of facilities;

and the participation of 23 Fd Regt Association, Windsor and Castle Hill Sub-Branches for laying of wreaths.

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The attendees were welcomed at the start of the service.

The service commenced with the Catafalque Party, provide by 23 Bty, 9 Regt RAA taking post.

 

LTCOL Alain Dunand welcomed the guests. .

 
LTCOL Schon Condon gave an account of St Barbara.
Chaplain Kuchel led the assembly in prayer.  

Act of Remembrance - wreaths were laid by:

 
   

 

LTCOL Alain Dunand RAA Association NSW on behalf of the Assn and former gunners.
 

MAJ Stephen Rowe BC 23 Bty 9 Regt on behalf of current gunners

  Phil Pollard President on behalf of 23 Regt Assn  
       
 

COL Don Tait (RETD) Castle Hill RSL Sub Branch

    Geoff Brand - Windsor RSL Sub Branch  

LTCMDR Ross Griffiths, Bandmaster, 4th/3rd Bn RNSWR Band played the bugle calls for Last Post and Rouse. During Rouse two gunners from 23 Bty RAA, raised the National and RSL flags following the Ceremony of Remembrance.

 
COL Don Tait spoke of the importance of the INVICTUS Games to veterans and the changing approach to dealing with the impact of returning, from service and adjusting to life, either as a civilian, or with continued defence related service.
During lunch, COL Don Tait was presented with his certificate of LIFE MEMBERSHIP of the RAA ASSOCIATION (NSW) by Alain Dunand, President, with Schon Condon, immediate Past President and watched on by Don's wife Noreen.

Photos courtesy of Vic Rae.

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