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Commanding Officers 30 Inf Bn 1948 to 1960
|Lt Col I Hutchinson DSO,OBE,MC,ED||Lt Col A C Murchison AO,MC,RFD,ED||Lt Col C N B Peach ED||Lt Col D C MacDougal>||Lt Col W Crooks MBE|
|30 Bn Officers 1950|
|Guard of Honour for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother 1958|
|Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother speaking to Drum Major MacDonald|
|30 Bn Officers 1960|
|Warrant Officers and Sergeants 1961|
|Alpha Company forming part of 2/17 RNSWR Guard at the Garrison Church 2005|
|The Old||The Nearly New (for some of us)|
|The Association||The Association on the March|
|The Association Banner||Banner Party (Standard on the Right)|
|Pipe Majors' Toast||Piper Roger Springer||Farewell Bill King|
On Good Friday 2007, members of the Association attended a function at Richmond Air Force Base for families and friends of more than 100 Reservists from New South Wales who had been deployed overseas to the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI). Included in the contingent were 11 members of Alpha Company (Scottish) 2/17 RNSWR. Two of the officers had also served in Alpha Company
The deployment was history-making because it was, at that time, the largest independent deployment of NSW based Reservists since World War II.
The Reserve soldiers worked alongside personnel from New Zealand, Tonga and Papua New Guinea as they supported the Solomon Islands Police and participating Police Forces who are responsible for law and order in the Solomon Islands. The contingent, which was drawn from 8th and 5th Brigades of RNSWR, was highly skilled and comprised a headquarters and an infantry company supported by signallers, armoured corps personnel, engineers, drivers and medics.
The men and women who took part had undergone several weeks of intensive training at Canungra, Queensland and were well led, well trained and well equipped to undertake the task. Their
commitment to the deployment was extremely high and very taxing. To be eligible, the soldiers had to have a very high level of physical fitness and display high levels of proficiency across their military skills
The Association members and their partners, pictured above with 8 of the A Company members and their partners, welcomed the opportunity to be able to farewell the young soldiers who are carrying on the Scottish traditions in New South Wales that have been such a source of inspiration to all of us.
LCPL Greg Smallwood sent the following photo of some of the Alpha Company members after their arrival in the Solomons.
Although the weather was cold and rainy, the Association, with the Manly-Warringah Pipe Band and our own Pipes and Drums, numbered 120 marched on ANZAC Day 2007. Once again we are indebted to the Manly-Warringah Pipe Band for their continuing support.
80 members and their guests then enjoyed the traditional ANZAC Day Reunion at the RACA where they were entertained, as usual, by the Association's Pipes and Drums led by Pipe Major Bill Campbell
At the Reunion members farwelled Drummer Ross Hilton, and his wife Coral, who are "emigrating" to Queensland. Ross joined the 30th Bn Pipes and Drums, then served in RNSWR and and has been a stalwart in the Association Pipes and Drums since their formation
President Frank Woodhams also had the pleasant duty of announcing that on every Reserve Forces Day since inception the Association had received a certificate of excellence of some sort but at the 2006 Reserve Forces Day the Association had been judged the best unit on parade. The Reserve Forces Day Committee had acknowledged this with the presentation of the following Certificate:
As a consequence, Frank presented framed copies of the Award to the members of the Association judged to be most responsible for the excellence of the Association's turnout.
Certificates were presented to Pipe Major Bill Campbell, Association Sergeant-Major Mark Rickard, Secretary Don McNeice, Committeeman Barry Broadway, Colin Redshaw and Bob Cooke to acknowledge their contribution to the Association's turnout on the day.
About 40 members of the Association and partners/guests attended the RNSWR Church Parade at the Garrison Church on 24 June. As usual the NSW Scottish Association had the largest attendance, indeed other Associations were not in evidence at all.
The Association Pipes and Drums also attended and provided one of the musical items included in the Service and also had the honour of playing the Regiment's colours into and out of the Church
|Pipes and Drums at the Garrison Church|
After the Service, members enjoyed a Haggis and chips lunch at the Lord Nelson Hotel
|Pipe Major Bill Campbell addressing the Haggis|
|Assisted by David Newell and James Malcolm|
Photographs courtesy John Millard. The Haggis was supplied by Ron Layton's Butchery, Phone 9524 4513, specialists in Scottish fare.
At the Reserve Forces Day Council's Final Briefing Night for the 2007 Reserve Forces Day National Parade, the NSW Scottish Regimental Association paraded an Association Standard for the first time and was the first Association to do so.
The Standard was formally unfurled by the National and NSW Chairman, Sir Laurence Street AC, KCMG, QC at the function on 23rd May. In his address at the unfurling, Sir Laurence said:
"It is an honour for me to unfurl the NSW Scottish Regimental Association Standard. This Association Standard symbolically takes the place of the 30th Infantry Battalion Regimental Colour and is to be treated with the same degree of reverence. The Association Standard will be part of the Association Banner Party to be carried on all parades and displayed at Association functions. "
Sir Laurence added his congratulations to Frank Woodhams on the NSW Scottish being the first Association to obtain an Association Standard.
After unfurling, the Standard was paraded and displayed at the meeting
In replying to Sir Laurence Street's remarks, Frank Woodhams said:
"The Association has intended for some time to obtain an Association Standard. It will balance our Banner Party with the Association Standard, the Association Banner and the Australian National Flag in front with members in re-enactment uniforms forming a guard directly behind the Banner Party. The Standard will be marched in and displayed at all the Association's functions. When we hold the 30th Infantry Battalions' Church Parades, the Standard will be marched into St Stephens Church and handed to the Minister to be displayed in Church during the service. Dark green was selected as it is the colour of the 30th Inf Bn Regimental Colour. When a Battalion is not designated a Royal battalion, the backgorund is dark green. A dark blue background is used for a Royal designated Regiment such as the RNSWR."
The first occasion on which the Standard was paraded publically was at the Reserve Forces Day National Parade on Sunday 1 July 2007 (see above for a report)
The Association Standard was provided by PHA Promotions and we are indebted to Elaine Wylde of PHA for her help and assistance in the design and manufacture.
About 50 members with the Pipes and Drums attended the annual 30 Battalions' Church Parade on 11 November. Also attending were 6 currently serving members of Alpha (Scottish) Company who provided the Standard Party and members of the 2/30 AIF Bn Association and the 30th Bn 1939-1945 Association. Unfortunately the numbers of the latter are diminishing with time and we were not able to share the occasion with as many of them as we have enjoyed doing in the past.
Following the service, members and their partners enjoyed the Association's end of year function at the RACA
Some of the highlights of the day were:
|The Pipes and Drums||The Parade|
|Trooping the Pipes and Drums||The Standard Party|
|Entertainment par excellence||The New Generation|
About 30 members and partners, with the Pipes and Drums, attended the 2008 Gemas day commemoration at Pymble on 13 January. This ceremony is conducted by the 2/30 Bn AIF Association to commemorate the battle at Gemas on 14 January 1942 at which the 2/30 Bn distinguished itself.
Some of the highlights of the day were:
|The Pipes and Drums||The Memorial|
|Laying Wreaths||March Off|
|The Purple and Gold||Veterans|
NSW Scottish Regimental Assocation was presented with the following Certificate:
This is the second year in a row that the Association has been given the highest award for its performance at the Reserve Forces Day Parade.
Thanks for our success go to our ASM, Mark Rickard, Our Banner Party, Don McNeice(Commander), Peter Bryce (Australian Flag), Barry Broadway (Regimental Standard), Colin Redshaw and Darvill Malcolm (Regimental Banner), Bill Campbell, the Association Pipes and Drums and the Manly-Warringah Pipe Band and, of course, our members who marched as proudly as always. Adherence to the Parade Formation rules of the Association (see the Dress Page) was noted by the judging panel as one of the telling factors in awarding the day to the NSW Scottish.
The Association's Annual Meeting in conjunction with a Harbour Cruise was held in February. About 60 members enjoyed a day on Sydney Harbour, entertained royally, as usual, by the Pipes and Drums.
|The Annual Meeting (Starboard Side)||The Annual Meeting (Port Side)|
|Don McNeice presents Black Watch Medal to Frank Woodhams|
|Scottish Seafarers Part 1||Scottish Seafarers Part 2|
|The only time you will see the Pipes and Drums at sea||Or under the Harbour Bridge|
|It's enough to make you dance for joy!||We just can't get enough of them!|
About 110 members of the Association and Pipes and Drums marched on Anzac Day 2008. As the weather can only be described at best as "ordinary", the turnout was an exceptionally good one and thanks are due to all members who braved the weather on the day.
|The Banner Party|
|It was wet on the Start Line||But got better as we moved off|
Following the march about 80 members and wives/partners/friends enjoyed the Association's traditional reunion at the RAC
|The Old and the New||More of the New|
Entertained as usual by the Pipes and Drums and enjoyed by all
The Association's success on Reserve Forces Day 2007 was recognised by presentations to those most responsible
|(Front) Pipe Major WO1 Bill Campbell, CPL Colin Redshaw, SGT Don McNeice, PTE Peter Bryce, CPL Barry Broadway (Back) SGT Darvill Malcolm, ASM WO2 Mark Rickard, with President MAJ Frank Woodhams|
And then there was the fundraising
|Frank Woodhams, Barry Broadway and Mai Springer drawing her own ticket|
Our thanks to Colin Podmore for his expert photography
About 40 members of the Association and Pipes and Drums attended the RNSWR Church Parade on 22 June and enjoyed what is now traditional, Haggis and Chips at the Lord Nelson Hotel in the Rocks
|A Coy Members on Parade||And admired by the Governor|
|Supported by our Pipes and Drums||Who were also admired by the Governor|
|The A Coy Members joined us||As did some of the old brigade|
|And some more||Plus of course the Haggis|
The Parade in Newcastle was smaller than in previous years, because no overseas visitors had been invited due to the emphasis on the 60th Anniversary Celebrations
Neverthless the Association was represented by 10 members and our Standard.
|The Newcastle Contingent|
Photo by Judy Mayo
The 2008 Reserve Forces Day Parade also celebrated the 60th Anniversary of the re-formation of the Citizen Military Forces after World War 2 on 1 July 1948. Members who joined in 1948 were specially recognised in the Parade and by an invitation to a function in Government House held on 1st July.
The NSW Scottish Regimental Association members responded to the occasion by parading 120 members including 18 Original 1948 members and the Association Pipes and Drums, supported as usual by Manly-Warringah Pipe Band and by a contingent from Alpha Coy (Scottish).
The occasion was the first on which each Association paraded its Standard, a symbol now considered with the same reverence as the Regimental Colour of a serving unit. As usual the remainder followed the lead of the Scottish. We first paraded our Standard on Reserve Forces Day a year earlier. The Association Standards were trooped through the ranks prior taking their places at the lead of the various Associations.
|The Banner||Trooping the Standards|
|Led by our Pipes and Drums||The Standards|
|NSW Scottish on the march|
After the Parade, the Association held its traditional Formal Lunch at the Royal Automobile Club, where 130 members and their guests participated in the usual traditions of a NSW Scottish Regiment Formal mess and were entertained by the Pipes and Drums
On 11 September the Association executive attended a meeting organised by the Reserve Forces Day Council at which the 2008 Reserve Forces Day activities were reviewed.
Members will recall that NSW Scottish was the first Association to parade a Standard, which we did at the 2007 Reserve Forces Day Parade
Following our initiative other Associations acquired Standards during 2008 and these were paraded for the first time on Reserve Forces Day this year,
To commemorate the occasion, the 2008 Standard Bearers from all Associations were presented with a certificate. Our Standard Bearer CPL Barry Broadway was one of those who received a Certificate and a photo of him receiving his Certificate from BRIG David Leese is shown below
At the meeting preliminary plans for the 2009 Reserve Forces Day were revealed and members will be interested to know that the street march that has been the feature of Reserve Forces Day in the past will be replaced by a Parade and March Past in the Domain in Sydney. At that Parade Associations will form up in Brigade groups, according to the Brigades to which they belonged when serving. NSW Scottish will be part of the 8 Brigade group, to be commanded by BRIG David Leese, who is pictured presenting the Certificate to Barry Broadway.
On 12 August 2008 Association members were invited to Pymble to see a typical training night for Alpha Coy.
A number of members attended to support Frank Woodhams who presented a Cheque to the President of the Diggers' Club at Pymble to purchase a TV set for the Club. The Alpha Coy soldiers were also presented with a copy of each of two booklets produced by the Association.
The first of these booklets is the History of the Scottish Regiments in NSW, which traces the history of NSW Scottish Regiments from 1868, when the Duke of Edinburgh's Highlanders were formed, through the time of the Scottish Rifles from 1885 to 1912, the 30 Battalions in both World Wars, the 30th Battalion between the Wars and after WW2 and Alpha Coy since 1960. This booklet also contains a brief history of The Black Watch, the story of the Red Hackle and a summary of the correct way to wear The Black Watch uniform. It has been published to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the re-formation, 1948, of the 30th Battalion after World War 2.
It is intended that a copy of this booklet be presented to all members of Alpha Coy when they qualify as an infantryman and are issued with Scottish uniform.
The second booklet is a reprint of a booklet written by an ex-Commanding Officer of the Scottish Rifles and tells the story of Volunteer Reservists in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Both Booklets are available for purchase by members of the Association. See the Memorabilia Page
or Contact Ian Meek.
The Annual 30 Battalions' Church Parade at St Stephens Uniting Church was held on Sunday 16 November. Sadly the numder of members of the 2/30 Battalion A.I.F Association and the 30 Battalion A.I.F. 1939-1945 who are able to attend the parade is decreasing and we were not able to welcome the numbers that we have greeted in the past. Nevertheless about 50 members of the the two World War 11 Associations, the NSW Scottish Regimental Association and the NSW Scottish Pipes and Drums led by Drum-Major Geoff Leigh and Pipe-Major Bill Campbell marched from the Archibald Fountain to the Church, where the service was conducted by Rev Dr Matthew Jack and the sermon given by Rev Dr George Stewart.
|The Associations' Banners and Standard||30 Battalions March to Church|
30 Battalions on Parade
Following the Church Service, members repaired to the Royal Automobile Club for the NSW Scottish Regimental Association's End of Year Informal Luncheon where they were joined by partners and guests and welcomed by President Frank Woodhams.
and were royally entertained, as usual, by the Pipes and Drums
During their performance Bill Campbell introduced the latest member of the Pipes and Drums, Piper Dean Park (pictured below), who was born in Korea, came to Australia and thence to New Zealand where he leant to play the pipes and is now a welcome member of our Pipes and Drums.
Thanks to Graham Podmore for photos.
About 35 members and partners, with the Pipes and Drums, attended the 2009 Gemas day commemoration at Pymble on 18 January. This ceremony is conducted by the 2/30 Bn AIF Association to commemorate the battle at Gemas on 14 January 1942 at which the 2/30 Bn AIF defeated a Japanese force that was superior in numbers, being the first engagement by Austrailan forces with the Japanese in WW2 and the first defeat suffered by the Japanese.
Some of the highlights of the ceremony were:
|The Pipes and Drums leading members of the 2/30 and 2/15 RAA Assocations||The Catafalque Party supplied by Alpha Coy 2/17 RNSWR|
|The Memorial||Laying of the Association wreath by Frank Woodhams and CAPT Adash Janiszewski, OC Alpha Coy|
Following the Reserve Forces Day Parade each year, the Reserve Forces Day Council awards certificates for various categories of Associations' perfomance on the Parade. The function to announce the 2008 awards was held on 26 March 2009. On this night it was announced that NSW Scottish Regimental Association had been judged Best Association in the Parade and Best Banner Party. Pictures of the Certificates are shown below.
|Frank Woodhams and Mark Rickard receiving the Best Association award from Sir Laurence Street||Frank Woodhams and Barry Broadway receiving the Best Banner award|
The award of the Best Association in the Parade is the third such award in a row, the Association having also won it 2006 and 2007. This award is judged on consistency of dress, precision in marching and general demeanour of the members on parade. The award speaks volumes for the continuing esprit de corps and enthusiam of our members, not only for their attendance on the day but for their willing co-operation in dressing for the occasion. The number of kilted members is increasing and the willingness of all members to at least wear Balmorals and the Red Hackle has carried the day for the past three years. Our thanks go to all members who turned out in 2008 and especially to our Association Sergeant-Major, Mark Rickard for getting us into shape.
We also won the award for the Best Banner Party. 2008 was the first year our Banner Party wore Hair Sporrans, white belts, diced hose and spats and this no doubt was a major factor in our success on the the day. We are indebted to our Standard and Banner Party Commander, Don McNeice, and our Quartermaster, Barry Broadway, for their hard work in equipping the Party, and also to the members of the party, Barry Broadway who carried the Standard, Peter Bryce who carried the National Flag, and Colin Redshaw and Graham Podmore who carried the Banner, and the escort, Darvill Malcolm, James McCann, and Roy Rae , who all gave up their time at a weekend to practice.
|The Standard and Banner Party - Reserve Forces Day Parade 2008|
At the same Reserve Forces Day Council function, Certificates of Dedication of the Association Standards were presented to commemorate the Dedication Ceremony held on 29 November 2008, see RFD Launch 2009 Ours is shown below:
On 29 November a number of members of the Association joined Members of Parliament, Senior Officers of the Australian Defence Force and other official dignitaries at the offical Launch of Reserve Forces Day 2009 at Shore School North Sydney
Prior to the Launch ceremony, the Standards of all the Reserve Associations were paraded and dedicated , with the parade being led, as usual, by the Association Pipes and Drums.
|The Pipes and Drums lead the Parade||The Association Standard - carried by Barry Broadway|
|The Others||Unit Commanders on Parade|
A feature of Reserve Forces Day 2009, was the recognition of the 70th anniversary of the commencement of World War 2 and similarly to 2008, when the Original members of the Reserve Forces who joined in 1948 were honoured, RFD 2009 honoured members of the Reserve who joined the wartime military forces in 1939 - the 39ers. 39ers who have been identified to date were presented with ribbons after the Dedication ceremony.
Following the Parade and the Dedication ceremony, spectators moved to the Playfair Centre at the School where they were addressed by the Headmaster of Shore, Dr Timothy White, and by MAJGEN Warren Glennie, a Reservist and previous Commander of 2 and 3 Divisions.
LTCOL John Moore, the National Executive Officer and NSW Deputy Chairman, provided brief details of the 2009 Parade. In 2009 there will not be a street march. Instead, Associations will form up in the Domain with their Standards and will be inspected by the Governor-General, before marching past.
39ers who joined the Navy and Army in 1939, and a reservist who joined the Citizens Air Force after the war then addressed us to give their impressions of the role played by Reservists 70 years ago.
Finally a book entitled, The Originals, was launched. This book was produced as part of the 2008 celebrations and contains the accounts of some 40 Reservists who joined up in 1948. All Originals were given the opportunity to provide details of their enlistment and some 130 did so, but unfortuately not all could be included in the book. It does contain the stories of eight of our members, Bill Boyd, Geoff Browne, Jim Cameron, Clem Cumming,John Doak, Harry MacDonald, Bill Monteith and Frank Woodhams.
Copies of the Book can be obtained from the Reserve Forces Day Council, - cost $20, $25 posted. Contact Frank Woodhams.
The Reserve Forces Day Council has produced a slideshow with further photos of the Dedication Ceremony. This can be viewed by going to http://www.rfd.org.au/site/2009.asp and clicking on the SlideShow Button
Despite perfect weather (or was it because of it?) the numbers attending Anzac Day were not as high as previous years with about 80 members marching. Our thanks, as usual, go to the members of Alpha (Scottish) Company for providing the Standard and Banner Party, something that was well received by our regular Standard and Banner Party members, on a day of reasonably strong breezes.
Following the march over 60 members, partners and friends enjoyed our traditional Anzac Day Reunion at the Royal Automobile Club.
Again as is traditional, we were entertained by the Pipes and Drums with some old and some new tunes
Continuing with the theme of tradition, It is now becoming a tradition for us at the Anzac Day Reunion to celebrate the success of the Association at the previous Reserve Forces Day.
It has been recorded elsewhere on this page that, for the third year in succession, the New South Wales Scottish Regimental Association was awarded the Certificate for the
Best Association on parade and for the Best Standard and Banner Party. Frank Woodhams presented certificates to the members of the Standard and Banner Pary and to the
Pipes and Drums to celebrate those successes.
|The Guard of Honour featured A Coy members in the front rank||Who duly impressed the inspecting Officer|
Following the service, the traditional Haggis and Chips lunch was held at the Hero of Waterloo, where we were joined by ten of the A Company troops and their families, COL Kim Turner, ex OC of A Coy (Scottish), ex CO of 2/17 RNSWR and avid supporter of the Association, now at 2 Div HQ, and WO1 Bob Pink an ex RSM of 1/19 RNSWR and now Secretary of the 1/19 RNSWR Association. Bob joined A Coy (Scottish) when he first enlisted in the Reserves in the 1960s.
|Members and Guests||Including the important ones|
|And a future member?||As well as the old ones|
|Bill Campbell and the Haggis||Enjoying rapt attention from the audience - or was it because they were hungry?|
|And first rate entertainment|
Reserve Forces Day 2009 commemorated the 70th Aniversary of the ourtbreak of World War II and special guests this year were the "39ers", those who had joined the Reserve Forces prior to WWll and who subsequenty served in the War.
The 2009 Parade introduced a major change in the activity, being now a Vice-Regal Review held in the Domain with a march past, instead of a street march. A Vice-Regal review in the Domain carries on a Sydney tradition, whereby military revues in that location have been held since shortly after fomation of the colony on Port Jackson.
NSW Scottish mustered more than 70 members
|The Parade Ground was "held" by Ferret Armoured cars||And the Association Banners marched on to line the Parade ground|
|8 Brigade on Parade. Impressive numbers but it is hard to find us||The Governor was honoured with a mounted escort|
|The Governor and her Red Hackle enjoyed a variety of transport||From the old to the new|
|The Scottish marched past||And the Standards farewelled the Governor|
The traditional Formal Lunch at the RACA followed the Parade and 85 members and guests upheld the traditions of the Regiment - and very much enjoyed doing so
|But first there were some thirsts to take care of||By more than a few of the members and guests|
|We were welcomed by Frank Woodhams||And the Haggis was too|
|A new ceremony saw Bro Kevin Herlihy, our Padre, presented with a Regimental Stole. (We are not sure whether there has been a Regimental Stole in the past but there is one now)||PTE Tim Reilly, a former member of A Coy and now a member of the Regular Army, proposed the toast to the Regiment|
|The Pipe Major's toast was enjoyed by one and all||Special guest Jan Field was welcomed|
|Bronwyn Hazlett presented the Association with a quilt for No.1 prize in the Raffle. It was won by No 1 but not with ticket No1|
The 2009 30th Battalion's Church Parade again reminded us of the passing of time with only a few veterans of the 2/30 Battalion AIF and 30 Battalion 1938-1945 AIF being able to march with us. Nevertheless the parade was up to the fine standard set by the previous ones and, indeed, the march exceeded past standards with about 50 marchers covering all generations from the 2/30 and 30 Bn members to current Alpha Company 2/17 RNSWR members upholding the battalion traditions and led, of course, by our magnificent Pipes and Drums.
|The Pipes and Drums||The generations of 30 Bn members|
It has become a tradition at our Church Parade for the Pipes and Drums to troop through the ranks.
|The Trooping of the Pipes and Drums|
As is also our tradition the Chruch Parade was followed by our annual end of year of lunch, again at the Harbour Room at the Royal Automobile Club. Highlights below:
|The Pipes and Drums do play other than on their instruments||Some of the "all and sundry" also enjoyed the lunch|
The president also took the opportunity to make presentations to Drum-Major Geoffry Leigh, and to Drummer Arthur Robinson to recognise their contributions to the success of the Association's activities
|The sash Geoffrey is wearing was sewn by his wife, to whom we are very grateful||Arthur Robinson and Sandy enjoy the occasion|
30 members with the Pipes and Drums attended the 2010 Gemas Day remembrance at Pymble . The need for us to carry on their memory as the current representatives of the heroes who made Australian military history at Gemas on 14/15 January 1942, was highlighted by the very sad news that only six of the original members of 2/30 Bn who fought at Gemas and survived the horror years of Japanese prisoner or war camps were able to attend the ceremony. A list of those who had passed away in the last year was read and this seemed to total about the same number as those of us from the Association who attended.
A very strong plea is made to those who were unable to attend this year to swell our numbers next year to show the relatives of those of the 2/30th who have passed on, that the following generations do appreciate their sacrifice.
|The Pipes and Drums||The Gemas Heroes|
|The latest generation||The Memorial|
A glorious day on the harbour was enjoyed by 76 members and friends on 14 March. In accordance with the theme set in recent years business was transacted first with Frank Woodhams presenting his report on activities over the past twelve months, the finances of the Association (which are in healthy state) and the activities planned for the remainder of 2010. 30 members were in attendance.
|The Port side and President||The Starboard Side|
(The remainder of the cruise participants were not left on the Quay, they were enjoying the bar facilities and the sights from the lower deck)
Following the AGM those attending then got down to what we do best - having a good time on HMRNSWSR Good Time.
|Bon Voyage||The Senior Contingent - Col Macpherson (joined 1939) and his wife, Mary (at rear)
and Alasdair Macdonald (P&D 1948) in the foreground
|and the younger generation||and the rest|
|and more of the rest||and still more of the rest|
The occasion was also marked by the promotion of Peter Bryce, the Association Standard Bearer, to Honorary Corporal and to celebrate James' McCann's birthday.
|Peter Bryce, Association Standard Bearer||the aging James McCann>|
And of Course the Pipes and Drums, splendid as usual
|The Starboard Side||And the Port|
|And a Farewell - to the delight of the tourists at the Quay|
ANZAC Day 2010 was not one of Sydney's better days weather-wise but the rain held off for the Parade. The Association was not as well represented as in past years with only about 60 members on parade but we were very pleased to welcome MAJ Trevor Creber, one of the founding members of the Association, a former officer of 30 Bn and Company Commander of Alpha Company. Trevor now lives in Adelaide but travelled to Sydney for the day.
Photographs of the Association on the March are also less presentable than usual due to the absence of our usual photographer. What we have is shown below:
The usual Reunion lunch was held after the Parade, but this year at a different location, the Orient Hotel at the Rocks where our numbers, with partners and friends had swelled to 75.
And again we were well entertained by the Pipes and Drums
But this time our story has a very sad ending. Pipe-Major Bill Campbell annonunced after the usual brackets of numbers that this would be the last occasion that the Pipes and Drums would lead us on ANZAC Day. This decision had been very reluctantly taken as members of the Pipes and Drums are reaching an age where they are finding it difficult to maintain the very high standard to which we have become accustomed.
|Bill Campbell announcing the sad news|
Following this announcement, Frank Woodhams presented a Certificate of Appreciation to each of the members of the Pipes and Drums. A presentation that was warmly supported by those if us who were there to witness the historic but sad occasion as after 125 years, there are now no New South Scottish Pipes and Drums in New South Wales
Photographs of the presentations are shown on the Pipes and Drums page of this web site
The RNSWR Church Parade in 2010 was a special event in that it marked the 60th anniversary of the formation of the Royal New South Wales Regiment. 2010 also marks the 50th anniversary of the disbanding of 30 Infantry Battalion NSW Scottish Regiment, so it was pleasing to see a turn out of about 50 members of the Association for the occasion. On a sadder note the occasion was the second last appearance of our own Pipes and Drums who piped the Colours of the Regiment's Battalions into the church and also played a magnificient and moving rendition of Highland Cathedral during the service.
|The Guard of Honour||The Governor and the 17Bn Colours|
|Happy Haggis eaters||and some more|
|As usual we were supported by A Coy members||and the Pipes and Drums|
|Our Elder Statesmen. Harry Macdonald and Alasdair Macdonald|
|Frank Woodhams and Bill Campbell show that we can take artistic photos - some times!|
Bill Campbell and helpers made the Haggis welcome as usual.
Cost cutting in today's Army has resulted in the withdrawal of issue of any item of Scottish item of dress. The Association is now assisting Alpha Company members by providing funds for some items of dress. Also with the demise of Pipes and Drums in the Army, Alpha Company is sponsoring 2 members to learn to play the pipes.The Association has agreed to buy their pipes.
Frank Woodhams presented a cheque to LCPL Greg Smallwood, the President of the Alpha (Scottish) Coy Diggers Club
|Frank Woodhams and LCPL Greg Smallwood|
To round out and finish the day on a high note were again marvellously entertained by the Pipes and Drums. We will miss them
|Our magnificent Pipes and Drums||We cannot see enough of them|
The Parade on Reserve Forces Day 2010 was a special one in that it was the first Parade to be honoured by the first female Governor-General and Commander in Chief. Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce AM took the salute and inspected the Parade.
We will let the photos tell the story:
NSW Scottish members had the honour to carry two of the Standards on Parade:
|Colin Boland with the 8 Brigade Standard||and Peter Bryce with the NSW Scottish Standard|
Our thanks to Debra Rodgers for the Parade photos
The Parade was followed by the traditional formal lunch at the Royal Automobile Club where the honours of the day continued with the NSW Scottish Association hosting His Excellency Mr Michael Bryce AM AE, the husband of the Governor-General.
|His Excellency talks of his Scottish ancestry and visiting the Queen at Balmoral|
|Tradition was maintained with the usual excellent entertainment by the Pipes and Drums|
|And the Pipe Major's toast with our guests|
As the Formal Lunch was the last formal occasion on which the Association will be entertained by the Pipes and Drums, the opportunity was taken of His Excellency's presence to make a presentation to Bill Campbell for his outstanding contribution to the Association and to Reserve Forces generally since the formation of the Reserve Forces movement in 1998.
|His Excellency and Bill Campbell||Frank Woodhams adds his thanks to Bill on behalf of all of us|
The NSW Scottish Regimental Association is one of the very few Associations that is strongly supported by currently serving Reservists. To recognise their support, A Company members were seated with His Excellency and introduced. He was very happy to recognise their support.
The 30 Battalions' Church Parade is always a subdued occasion as we remember the departed members of the 2/30 Battalion (AIF) and the 30 Battalion AIF (1939-1945) who gave their lives during World War 2 and those who gallantly fought for their country and survived the War and returned, but whose numbers are sadly diminishing as the years take their toll.
This year the occasion was made even sadder because it was the last occasion on which our own Pipes and Drums marched with us and entertained us in the superb manner to which we have been accustomed since 1998. Here also the years are taking their toll
It also marks the occasion, the first since 1885 that New South Wales does not boast a Regimental Pipes and Drums
To pay tribute to the Pipes and Drums, this section of our web site is devoted to our Pipes and Drums and we show below as many photographs as our (very amateur) photographer was able to persuade his very basic camera to produce.
This year the Pipes and Drums were supported by the rest us, some 80 marchers, the best attendance at any parade for some time. (Note that in past years we have reported that the rest of us were supported by the Pipes Drums, this year the other way round!)
Our sincere thanks go to those who supported the Pipes and Drums on this momentous but sad occasion.
The traditional trooping of the Pipes and Drums took on a greater meaning in 2010
Following the Parade the usual end of year function was held with some 95 of us attending. This caused considerable pressure on Frank Woodhams but he was grandly supported by the Royal Automoble Club management who upgraded our venue at the last moment to accommodate the increasing numbers
A special welcome was extended to previous members of the 30 Battalion and 17RNSWR Pipes Drums and and a very special welcome to Mrs Moira Playfair, widow of Major Playfair, 2IC of 30 Battalion when it disbanded and later OC of A Coy 2RNSWR. Moira remains a staunch supporter of the Association and on this occasion very kindly donated a sum that enabled the members and past members of the Pipes and Drums to attend the lunch at no cost to them
We also thank an anonymous donor who provided wine for the tables.
Once again the function was treated to the magnificent playing of the Pipes and Drums who included in their repertoire a number of tunes rarely played by other Pipe bands, or as suggested by the Pipe Major and enthusiastically agreed by the audience, if they were, they were not played as well.
The traditional Pipe Major's toast followed
Frank Woodhams re-presented the plaque which was the subject of a presentation previously presented to Bill Campbell
Les Robertson reminded us of the previous members of the Pipes and Drums who were unable to join us. Bill Campbell added to the presentation presenting by presenting a momento to Les in thanks for his hard work on the bass drum for many years.
Mrs Jan Field added her thanks to Bill Campbell for his help in making Jan's daughter the occasion that the bride wanted it to be.
We also thank Mrs Alison Phillips for adding some additional beauty to the picture.
More style and decorum was added to the occasion by our Chaplain Kevin Herlihy
Our thanks go to Jack Horsfall for the photo
Drummer Greg Hazlett added the thanks of the Pipes and Drums to Bill Campbell for his leadership and Frank Woodhams re-presented a presentation that was presented to Geoff Leigh on a prior occasion but where the photographer was not quick enough to record it.
If it appears that we are being hard on our photographer, perhaps it should be recorded that any critcism should be directed to the webmaster whose name appears on another page of the web site and who owns and operates the camera.
Finally a very sorrowful good-bye to the Pipes and Drums with huge thanks for the very many hours of pleasure they have brought to members of the New South Wales Scottish Regimental Association over so many years.
The last function each year - 30th Battalions' Church Parade - and the first of each year - Gemas Day are both solemn reminders of the traditions and history that we as the most recent generations have a duty to uphold. Gemas Day in 2010 was blessed with the attendance of 6 survivors of the historic and gallant victory at Gemas. In 2011 that number was down to 2.
Examination of the photos below shows that all the marchers are wearing medals on the left. The relatives remember the sacrifices of the members of the 2/30th. Those of us from the Association that attended the function were proud to show that we too, as representatives of other generations who served on the 30th Bn and its successor, Alpha Company 2/17 RNSWR remember those sacrifices and remain thankful that we did not have to undergo the horrors that were so magnificently borne by the men of the 2/30th in 1942 and beyond.
Let us reflect on the service of our forebears on 2/30th while looking at he following pictures of Gemas Day 2011 that tell the story of the day
On a very much less sombre note what a very pleasant surprise to see members of our Pipes and Drums leading the march. Despite the formal disbandment of the Pipes and Drums when a request came for assistance on Gemas Day, volunteers came to the fore.
|The Pipes and Drums playing "Now is the Hour" ( A traditonal Scottish tune?)|
|Our Major was demoted to Captain for a short while as he directed the loading of the vessel||Which was achieved successfully|
|A study of concentration at the AGM|
Then came the Mess call
|Does this look like the mess line of old?||Or this?|
As usual the highlight of the day was the Pipes and Drums
|The New (Temporary) Look of the Pipes and Drums|
|The Pipes and Drums really did deserve Stuart Kennedy's attention but he was folding raffle tickets||Billy King's nautical stripes were right for the occasion|
Frank Woodhams took advantage of the occasion to make some presentations. The first was another first for the New South Wales Scottish Regimental Association. Bob Mountwitten was appointed the accredited representative of the Asscoaition in Israel. This is the first and only, so far as we aware, overseas representative of any Reserve Association. Bob is ex-A Coy but now is resident in Israel, from where he brings us up to date regularly on events there.
|Bob Mountwitten and Frank|
The theme in 2011 for Reserve Forces Day is the family, or more specifically the wives and partners who have supported Reservists when they were or are serving. Wives and partners will be presented woih medallions at Reserve Forces Day Parades throughout Australia in July. However we have three special and very deserving recipients that Frank was permitted to honour in advance of that date:
|Mrs Dot Morgan wife of Brian Morgan||Mrs Jan Field widow of Keith Field||Mrs Moira Playfair, widow of MAJ David Playfair MBE ED|
|Our three special medallists|
There was one more presentation but this was not on Frank Woodhams' programme for the afternoon. It has become a tradition for members who have been awarded an Order of Australia honour to have an additional award of OAM - Old Association Member. On this occasion, it was Frank's turn to be given this award following the very well deserved award he received in the 2011 Australia Day Honours List. Don McNeice presented Frank with his award. We are trying but have yet to persuade, Frank, Don McNeice and Bill Campbell, our other Old Association awardees, to use the postnominal "OAM and Bar".
|Frank and Don|
Our functions all provide an opportunity to swell the Association's funds with the proceeds of raffles. On this occasion 17 prizes were donated for raffles. This caused some consternation to the crew of or vessel as they foresaw that we would still be conducting raffles when they were boarding the next cruise. We had some difficulty in deciodiong to report the results of this year's raffles as the captions below will demonstrate. But in the cause of fair and proper reporting we have done so
|Brenda McNeice, wife of Don McNiece who organised the raffle (one of four wins)||Barbara Meek wife of the webmaster||Hazel Watson one of our special members|
The 2011 Harbour Cruise and 2010 AGM was a special day for a number of reasons, the first appearance of our New Look Pipes and Drums, and the special presentations and as is the case with all our functions, those members who could not attend missed a very enjoyable day.
|The Pipes and Drums farewelled us and provided free entertaunment for the passing tourists|
Despite the inclement weather 54 Association members marched proudly behind the Manly Warringah Pipe Band
On the completion of the march the Association formed up with the massed pipe bands to take part in the Scottish Act of Remembrance Parade and marched back to the Cenotaph
A particular disappointment was the Army's refusal to allow the members of Alpha (Scottish) Company to wear the kilt on ANZAC Day march. However our thanks to the members of Alpha (Scottish) Compnay 2/17th RNSWR who volunteer each year to carry the Australian National Flag and the Association Standard and Banner. This year they were Privates Tom Perry, Benjamin Coaldrake, Jude Fonseka and Elliott Hislop
The march was followed by our usual Reunion, this time at the Royal Automobile Club where our numbers had swelled to about 80.
|Kevin Herlihy, our Chaplain, said Grace||A group of happy reunioners||and another|
|and another||and yet more|
The New Look Pipes and Drums entertained us royally (notice the Pipers' tartan?). Since their original appearance at the Annual General Meeting and Harbour Cruise, they have acquired their new uniforms and were magnificently turned out.
Following their recital Pipe-Major Gordon Irving inroduced the members of the new Pipes and Drums quoting their lengths of Service and very impressive this was too:
|Pipers||Drummers||Gordon Irving (20 years service' starting with 30 Bn)||Bill King (37 years' Service starting with 30 Bn)||Bill Wright(19 years' service)||Arthur Robinson (20 years' service)||Eric Maver(17 years' service)||Sandy Brownlie (17 years' service)||Alan McFarlane(13 years' service)||Ross Lindsay (10 years' service)||Bruce Meikle (6 years' service)||Mark McIntyre(9 years' service)|
That is a total service of 168 years in 30 and 17 Battalions. In addition most members have considerable experience in civilian Pipe bands
Then there was the very popular raffle.
|Maureen Bryden drew the first||Selection of prizes is a serious business||Very serious but Frank was glad to help|
|Followed by the delight at finding Atholl Brose||It was not only the ladies who won.||You choose the caption for this one|
On 30 March 2011, 15 members of the Association gathered at Rose Bay RSL in honour of Darvill Malcolm, an enthusastic member and supporter of the NSW Scottish Regimental Association who is now restricted by physical problems in taking part in Association activities. Darvill is an office-bearer in the RSL Sub-Branch and Club and we felt that it was fitting that we visit him there to assure him that despite his unavoidable absence from Association functions he is by no means not forgotten.
In keeping with the evolving tradition of the Association, Darvill was included in the Association's Honours List by being elevated to the rank of Enthusiatic Member, which allows him to use the post-nominal EM when he is mentioned in the Association annals. Frank Woodhams presented Darvill with a certificate and medal.
|Darvill and Marie enjoy the moment|
|As did Frank Woodhams||and the rest of us|
At the Reserve Forces Day Council Presentation Night on 3 March 2011, it was announced that once again the NSW Scottish Regimental Association had been successful in gaining the Best Association Award, this time for the 2011 Reserve Forces Day Parade. This is the top award given by the Council for Reserve Forces Day
The Association has earned this Award on more occasions that any other Association, having won it in 2006, 2007 and 2008. (We suggest that in 2009 and 2010 the awards were only given to other Associations to encourage them). Our success is due to the excellence of our Re-enactment Group, our members who turn up in force and who take the trouble to dress appropriately in Balmorals, Red Hackles and kilts and to our Association Sergeant Major Mark Rickard who keeps us in line. There is no doubt that our appearance and our drill eclipses all other Associations and our Scottish dress wins the day.
|Frank Woodhams and Mark Rickard receive the Award from Air Vice Marshal Bruce Short|
Following a week or so of rain, Reserve Forces Day 3 July 2011, turned out to be perfect weather for the annual Reserve Forces Day Parade and Vice-Regal Review.
The Parade was reviewed by the NSW Governor, Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO and the Parade was well supported by the New South Wales Scottish Association and about 1500 ex- and serving Reservists.
Our thanks to Graham and Margaret Podmore for the photos.
Each year the Reserve Forces Day Coucil selects a theme for the Parade. This year the theme was the family and wives, partners and spouses of Reservists were presented with a medallion to thank them for their support of Reservists during their service
25 medallions were presented to NSW Scottish members partners before and during the parade. The Premier of New South Wales, the Hon Barry O'Farrell MP, attended the parade and congratulated the NSW Scottish medallion holders.
Following the parade 95 members of the Association, and their guests, who included executive members of the Reserve Forces Day Council and the Manly-Warringah Pipe Band who had played during the parade attended the traditional Formal Lunch at the Royal Aurtomobile Club.
A guest speaker at the Lunch was Major Andrew Bailey who is the Officer Commanding Alpha Company (Scottish),2/17 Battalion RNSWR. Major Bailey brought us up to date with the ongoing success of the Scottish Company.
And then the new NSW Scottish Pipes and Drums who continue to go from strength to strength.
Photo courtesy of Laurelle Boland.
To continue the tribute to the wives, partners and spouses of Reservists, Frank Woodhams presented certificates to the Association's medallion recipients thanking them specially for their support to members of the Association during their service with the Scottish.
On a brilliant winter's day the Association was well represented at the RNSWR Church Parade held at the historic Garrison Church. This year the guard was supplied by the 1/19 Battalion augmented by other members of the Regiment including a number of A Company members wearing the kilt.
This Parade is always well supported by our Association and this year was no exception. Our members are readily recognisable by our Red Hackles and kilts and perhaps this tends to distort any comparisons but other Associations do not appear to provide the same level of support for the currently serving memnbers of the Reserve that we do.
Following the church service about 40 members of the Association adjourned for what is now our traditional Haggis and Chips function at the Orient Hotel.
The highlight of the meal was, of course, the haggis, addressed by Eric Maver
Then the recital by the new look Pipes and Drums whose talents seem to improve with each performance. Certainly the appreciation shown by the audience is ever increasing
Led by our new Pipes and Drums, forty of our members marched from Hyde Park to St Stephens for the Annual 30 Battalions' Church Parade. Unfortunately, as with recent years the members of the 30th Battalion AIF and 2/30 Battalion AIF were unable to join us due to advancing age. Their members were represented by Mr Ian Huntley of the 30 Battalion Association.
Fifty of us then adjourned to the Royal Automobile Club for the Association's end of year function.
The Pipes and Drums entertained us and as usual played magnificently.
Then the Raffle, conducted this year by our stand-in MC, Harvey Baden in Frank Woodhams' absence, and ably assisted by Katrin from the RACA.
2012 is the 70th anniversary of the battle at Gemas. Each year it becomes even more sad to record this sombre occasion as less and less of the members of the 2/30th from World War 2 are able to attend the Gemas Day Ceremony. This year there was only 1.
It is a tradition of the ceremony for the names of those who have passed away during the year are read. As the survivors of the original 2/30th grow less even this list is reducing.
The photo below shows the people who marched in memory of deceased family members of the the 2/30th and it is heart-warming to see that those who fought so gallantly in Malaya and then suffered so badly in the POW camps afterwards are remembered
30 members of the Association attended as well as our Pipes and Drums and it is gratifying to see that so many our members are taking up the responsibility honouring our predecessors in the the 2/30th and their outstanding and history making performance at Gemas in 1942.
The ceremony followed its traditional lines and the following pictures record the proceedings:
What an organiser the Association has in Frank Woodhams OAM! Not only did he organise a very enjoyable event attended by 100 plus Association members, families, friends and friend's families, he also arranged for the extreme wet weather that had plagued the east coast of Australia and even leading to the overflowing of Sydney's Warragamba Dam for the first time in 14 years , to be replaced by a marvellous Sydney summer day with blue sky and refreshing breeze. As proof of his organising abilities the rain returned just a most of us returned home. (Apologies to Graham and Margaret Podmore who had to battle the floods to return to the bush)
The day started with the now traditional welcome by the Pipes and Drums at Circular Quay to the delight of our members and to the passing tourists.
Back to our organiser. For those of our members and particularly those who did not attend and who thought that the cruise would be on a Harbour ferry, look what he turned on for us:
After moving out to sea, proceedings commenced with the Annual General Meeting at which Frank reviewed the past year's activities and detailed the next twelve months plans. He also tabled a very healthy financial report but also forecast that due to increased costs the subscription for SITREP which had not changed for some years would be increased to $10.
|The meeting.||The financial report receives close auditing.|
We then adjourned to the main cabin for the main proceedings of the day.
Then the Pipes and Drums
The AGM/Harbour Cruise also porivides an opportunity for the Association to recognise the extraordinary contributions of some of its members.
The first recipients this year were Harvey Baden and Colin Redshaw who on different occasions both suffered what is known in fashion and entertainment circles as "kilt malfunction". Certificates were presented to Harvey and Colin in recognition firstly of their stoicsm in the face of extreme adversity and secondly for their devotion to maintaining the secret by refusing to reveal what a Scotsman wears under his kilt.
Note: Neither Harvey nor Colin was wearing the kilt on the day! p>
On a more serious note, Frank Woodhams also presented a Cetificate of Appreciation to LCPL Greg Smallwood. Greg is a serving member of Alpha Company (Scottish), 2/17 RNSWR for a long time has encouraged and maintained within the company the liaison between the NSW Scottish Regimental Association and Alpha Company
An important element of all our activities is the Raffle the prizes for which are donated by Association members and topped up with prizes extracted from outside organisations by the very successful efforts of our Raffle Master, Don McNiece. This year the main prize was 2 tickets for the Harbour Bridge Climb donated by BridgeClimb to whom we are very grateful. The tickets were won by Marea Dorman.
|Frank and Marea discuss who she will take with her on the climb|
Other prizes were:
And some of the winners:
|Brenda McNiece a regular in the winners list||Peter Bryce could not choose beteen the soft toy and the hard contents of the bottle||Ken Griffin, one of "our old and bold"|
|The winners were all ages. This winner showed impeccable taste by choosing a bottle of the Association's special Atholl Brose. (With his parents' consent, we hasten to add)||We class Graham as one of the older generation||Priscilla Leece, wife of Brigadier David Leece, senior ranks are welcome to share the loot|
In contrast to the last couple of years, ANZAC Day 2012 turned out bright and sunny but windy. We had 60 members on Parade. Our banner bearers from Alpha Company (Scottish) can testify to how windy it was and our usual (but aging) banner bearers thank them for providing the young muscle necessary to conquer the elements.
Again, in what has now become a tradition, we were led by the Manly-Warringah Pipe Band and our thanks go to Drum-Major Barry Nicholas and Pipe-Major Nick Roelvink for their willing support
Following the Parade, the Association's annual Reunion was held in the ISC Room at the Royal Automobile Club, with about 60 members and guests enjoying the afternoon.
In proposing the toast to the Regiment, Harvey Baden added a very well researched and instructive insight into the meaning of ANZAC Day to the NSW Scottish Regiment including the contribution of 86 members of the New South Wales Scottish Rifles to the Boer War and the subsequent award of the Regiment's first Battle Honour. The latter is particularly appropriate in 2012 where the theme of Reserve Forces Day is the recognition of the 110th anniversary of the signing of the treaty that ended the wars in South Africa.
Frank Woodhams presented Maureen Bryden with a photograph signed by the Governor of New South Wales taken when Maureen was presented with her Commemorative Medallion. When the presentations were made at Government House prior to Reserve Forces Day 2011, a group photo of the Association's recipients was taken but unfortunately Maureen was omitted. The omission was rectified by the Governor who kindly agreed to sign the photo. The importance of the Association is recognised not only by the Governor wearing the Red Hackle at Reserve Forces Day Parades but also by such personal touches as the signature on Maureen's photo
And of course we were entertained by the Association Pipes and Drums
The prizes for the raffle were again donated very generously by members
And it was drawn by Katrin the extremely efficient and helpful restaurant manager at the RACA, whose presence at our functions is also becoming a tradition
Our thanks go to Katrin for helpful attention on the day but also to Ellen from the Royal Automobile Club who organises our functions for us very efficiently and contibutes enormously to the successes that are. Ellen is always a pleasure to deal with and if she says she is going to do something in organising our function we know that always it will be done.
|The prizes were won||by the old and bold||and not so beautiful|
|With the exception of the ones won by Brenda McNeice and Katrin who managed to draw her own ticket|
In 2012, although a Parade in the Sydney Domain had been planned, the wet weather that had prevailed over the previous weeks, combined with an adverse forecast for the day itself, influenced the organisers to transfer the event to the Sydney Town Hall, the first time that Reserve Forces Day has been celebrated indoors.
The Parade followed as closely as possible the same format as previous years and was a resounding success.
The Reserve Forces Day Council has been well supported by our Assocation over the 14 years since it was first formed, with Frank Woodhams having been involved since before it was founded and serving on the Council since, currently as Treasurer and deputy to LTCOL John Moore OAM RFD ED Ret'd, the driving force behind RFDC activities. Ian Meek is the Secretary of the RFDC and OIC of its logistical arm.
The theme of Reserve Forces Day in 2012 was a celebration of the 110th aniversary of the signing of the treaty of Vereeniging which brought hostilities to an end of the Boer War. As part of the celebration, medallions were presented to descendants of Boer War veterans. This part of the Parade was commanded by Frank Woodhams who was assisted by Derek Bryden, Harvey Baden, Jack Horsfall, Kevin Zehnder and Mike Laurence as commanders of each of the 5 Contingents of recipients corresponding to the 5 Contingents that went from Australia to South Africa.
We had 60 members on parade, again one of the largest of any of the Associations.
|Cadets carrying National and Triservice Flags||Boer war Replica Uniforms|
|The Parade||The magnificent setting of the Town Hall|
|Our Renactment Group||On Parade - nearly|
And what would any Parade be without our great Pipes and Drums who gave a recital on the floor of the Town Hall prior to the Parade
|NSW Scottish Pipes and Drums||NSW Scottish Pipes and Drums|
Photos by kind permission of MAJ John Doig RFD and Leonie Doig
Following the Parade our Annual Formal lunch was held in the Cello Room of the Masonic Hotel a change from the usual venue of the Royal Automobile Club. This room is beautifully decorated and as a venue for the occasion proved to be very good decision by Frank Woodhams. 90 members and guests enjoyed a memorable afternoon
The following pictures show the very attractive atmosphere of the lunch provided by the venue and those who attended.
The Guests of Honour at the Lunch were MAJ the Rev Dr Iain Barclay MBE TD FRSA and his wife MAJ Carilon Barclay TD. Dr Barclay is the Minister of the Scots Church in Sydney. Scots Church remains a Presbyterian Church and was the Regimental Church of 30Bn when it was re-formed in 1948.
The Association's new Padre, Don Wright, was invited to say grace and in doing so, recited a poem which was so appealing that we thought it should be recorded. Here it is::
A Soldier's Final Inspection
"Step forward now, Soldier. How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek? To my Church have you been true?"
The Soldier squared his shoulders and said, "No Lord, I guess I ain't
Cause those of us who carry rifles can't always be a saint.
I've had to work most Sundays, and at times my speech is rough.
And sometimes I've been violent, because war is bloody tough.
And I never passed a cry for help, though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God forgive me, I wept unmanly tears.
I know I don't deserve a place among the people here
They never wanted me around except to calm their fear
If you've a place for me here, Lord, it needn't be so grand.
I've never expected or had too much. But if you don't I'll understand."
There was silence all around the throne where the saints had often trod.
As the Soldier waited quietly for the answer of his God.
"Step forward now dear Soldier, you've borne your burdens well.
Come walk in peace on Heaven's streets. You've done your your time in Hell"
Dr Barclay, being a Scotsman, was asked to address the haggis and did so in the broadest of Scottish accents
|Dr Barclay and the Haggis|
Our Pipes and Drums then played for the second time that day
Followed by the traditional Pipe Major's toast
|Tracey Wright||Margaret Podmore|
Barry Barber joined the Logistics team at RFDC this year and did a great job in organising the venue for the Parade. Although Barry was not a member of our Association, Barry's performance was so good that it seemed only natural that he should be made a member of the best Association of the RFDC membership. Barry was appointed an Honorary Member of the NSW Scottish and Frank Woodhams, John Moore and Ian Meek presented him with a tie to mark the occasion
Then followed the raffle, which again raised valuable funds for the Association.
The 2102 Church Parade was attended by 46 members on a cloudy but fine day when we marched off but with a few spots of rain falling by the time we reached the church. But all was well with our Parade Commander getting us out of the elements before it mattered.
The Parade with its circuit of the Archibald Fountain and trooping by the Pipes and Drums is now traditional. The pictures tell the story:
The Standard and Banners were accepted into the sevice:
Then to the Royal Autompobile Club for the Association's end of year function:
The theme for next year's Reserve Forces Day activities is the role of the Reservists in the Boer War, the Australian and Colonies' contribution to which was made up for the greatest part by voluntary Reservists. A great-uncle of Ken Griffin (B Coy 50) was,sadly, the first Australian to be killed in the War. A monumental plaque recording this is in the Vestibule of the Sydney Town Hall.
Ken spoke to us about his great-uncle's history and the action in which he died.
Then tradition again with the performance of the Pipes and Drums:
Then the raffle. The Association's contribution to the drive by the Reserve Forces Day Council to assist in raising funds for a Boer War Memorial in ANZAC Parade, Canberra, was conducting a raffle of a quilt made by Mrs Joy Newton. Although tickets for that raffle were sold at the end of year function, the raffle was not to be drawn until the Reserve Forces Day Formal Dinner to be held on 24 November 2012. The normal raffle for Association funds was drawn at the function
Some of the prize winners were:
But the top table featured heavily. (Was it because they invested heavily or something else?)
|Maureen Bryden's decision||Robyn Baden's indecision|
And where would tradition be without Brenda McNeice winning a prize. We have decided not to take her picture next year, we will just use last year's photo or the year before that or the year before that. I am sure that Brenda won't mind if we keep her youthful.
Gemas Day 2013 at Pymble was held two days after the record-breaking heatwave in Sydney but fortunately the temperature was mild although the weather was cloudy with a few spots of rain.
The Association was well represented by about 40 members and friends and the Pipes and Drums
The Guest speaker this year was LTCOL Simon Watts who was the Commanding Officer of what is now the 2/30 Training Group in Butterworth Malaysia when its name was changed to honour the 2/30 success at Gemas. In his address he recounted the action at Gemas and paid well deserved respect to the soldiers of Bravo Company (although then it was probably Baker Company) of the 2/30th on 11 January 1942.
This year in recognition of the advancing age of the marchers and the possibility of the weather being hot, the sequence of the ceremony was altered so that the guest speaker spoke before the Parade and then the parade marched past the memorial and fell out before the laying of wreaths.
Then followed the laying of wreaths
|MAJ Stephen von Muenster, OC Alpha Company||Our own MAJ|
Gemas Day 2013 was the first attended by the new Officer Commanding Alpha Comany, MAJ Stephen von Muenster.
|MAJ von Muenster and Alpha Coy CSM WO2 Thomas|
|Memories of the gallant 2/30th - Lest we Forget|
Our opening photograph says it all! A Good Time and the Pipes and Drums.
Another view of our Pipes and Drums - a little more classical but contemporary, the sign says so. The Pipes and Drums always attract a good Sunday Circular Quay crowd as they play us aboard.
More than 90 members, guests and friends boarded the MV Goog Time for the 2013 Annual General meeting and Harbour cruise. Once again the weasther was kind. Despite a poor forecast of strong winds and indifferent weather none of the bad stugg transpired and day was near enough to perfect.
As usual as soon as we set sail, members were called to the Annual General Meeting
(Frank Woodhams did not have a double, your photographer is not clever enough to superimpose the port and starboard sides}.
At the AGM Frank revealed a healthy financial position and detailed the need for the Association to fund scottish uniform items for Alpha Coy following the Department of Defence's decision not to do so.
He also made the strong point that in 2013 we need to look at what we are doing as an association and the course we should take for the future of the NSW Scottish Regimental Association. He suggested there are few things that we need to look at:
Suggestions from members will be very welcome.
Following the AGM members enjoyed lunch and then the highlight - the Pipes and Drums
Frank Woodhams took the opportunity during a break in the Pipes and Drums recotal to make several preaentations.
First to Reg and Joy Newton for their long and continuous assiatnce to the Association including being stalwarts of the SITREP mailing team and o to Joy for her contributions of patchwork quilts that have made our raffles, inclding the one that earned $1,000 for the Boer War Memorial Fund, such financial successes.
Then to Peter Bryce, the Association Standard Bearer for his efficiency in that role. Peter's excellence as Standard Bearer has earned hin a promotion to Association Sergeant.
Frank then introduced Major Stephen von Muenster, the new OC of Alpha Compnay Scottish and presented him mwith an Association tie
Major von Muenster then brought us up to date on the progress of Alpha Company/
And finally the raffle which again raised valuable funds for the Association.Stephen von Muenster assisted in the draw. (No-one can say that he did not earn his cruise).
In contrast to some of our previous parades ANZAC Day 2013 turned on near perfect weather and this attracted 60 of our members to the Parade
Thanks to Mike Laurence for his photography.
As part of the Association's commitment to the 30 Battalion 1939-1945 Association, James McCann carried the banner of that Asscociation in the march
Following the Parade the traditional Scottish Association Reunion was held in the ISC Room at the Royal Automobile Club attended by 67 members, partners, friends and, in one case, sisters. Special guests this year were the Deputy Chairman and New South Wales Executive Officer of the Reserve Forces Day Council, LTCOL John Moore OAM RFD ED Ret'd and Mrs Virginia Moore, CAPT the Rev Fred Nile ED, who was accompanied by Ms Silvana Nero, and Mrs Jan Field
It has not been our usual practice to provide a Haggis at the Reunion but at the special request of John Ewing, probably to impress his sisters, this year was an exception.
Bill Wright addressed the Haggis and a very dramatic address it was too
Frank Woodhams invited John Moore to bring us up to date with the activities of the Reserve Forces Day Council and planning for RFD 2013
John Moore mentioned the success of the Reserve Forces Day Council by supporting the work of the National Boer War Memorial Association in its attempt to have a proper memorial to Boer War soldiers and nurses built in Anzac Parade Canberra. This is a project that is very appropriate for a Reserve Forces organisation as the majority of the men and women who went to South Africa were Reservists, and particularly for our Association as 85 members of the New South Wales Scottish Rifles had volunteered and fought in the war.
RFDC had raised in excess of $80,000 for the menorial.
Frank Woodhams added that the NSW Scottish Regimental Association had donated in excess of $1,000 to the fund following generous donations from members and the successful raffle of a quilt donated by Mrs Joy Newton
Donations of $1,000 or more will be sent a certificate signed by the Governor-General. Frank announced that members of the Association who donated $25 or more will be sent a copy of the certificate and presented a replica of the certificate to Kevin Cram and John Newton who had both donated.
|Kevin Cram||John Newton|
(Kevin Cram was sporting a new kilt on the day but it was not bright red as depicted above)
Again the highlight was the recital by the Association Pipes and Drums
Frank Woodhams took the opportunity while the Pipers regained their breath to make several presentations:
First to John and Virginia Moore who were made offical Friends of the Scottish, following their many attendances at Scottish functions. This entitles John to wear the kilt and Virginia to wear Black Watch accessories. We are wating anxiously for this to take place!
Then to Vicki Redshaw who was also made a Friend of the Scottish having recently married Colin. The same privileges were also extended to Vicki
Frank also presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Ian Meek for his assistance to the Association over the years as Secretary and Webmaster.
(The above photograph represents an historic occasion because as Webmaster and unoffical photographer Ian has happily avoided having a self portrait on the web site, but other circumstances prevailed and history was made).
Following tradition and on conclusion of the Pipes and Drums recital, Frank invited Gordon Irving, the Pipe Major to join him in a drink to toast great performance of the Pipes and Drums. John Ewing was invited to join in the toast.
The proceedings for the day then finished with the Raffle which always raises valuable funds for the Association. The winners always have plenty of choices for their prizes and we owe a large vote of thanks to those who donate them. The following show the rapt concentration of some of the winners in their choices
Perfect weather for the Reserve Forces Day Parade with the Governor as the principal reviewing officer, resplendent in blue balmoral and Red Hackle. We acknowledge her choice of uniform headwear as a particular compliment to the Association. The NSW Governor is currently the Colonel in Chief of the Royal New South Wales Regiment and for her to single out Alpha Coy (Scottish) (Scottish) of 2/17 Battalion is a great accolade to the Company and to the memory of 30th Battalion.
The 2013 Parade was a break in the routine of the past few years. We formed up in Hyde Park and marched to Parliament House outside of which the usual ceremony took place before marching past the saluting base outside Parliament House to the dismissal area in Phillip St.
We cannot let the occasion pass without recording the major part that our Association members play in the organisation of Reserve Forces Day. Our contingent is led by Frank Woodhams who is the deputy to the NSW Executive Officer of the Reserve Forces Day Council and was the Treasurer, backed up by Ian Meek who is the Secretary of the Council and Officer in Charge of Logistics for the Launch and Parade and who received very able assistance from Kevin Cram who was responsible for the installation of the infrastructure of the Parade and Terry Kennedy who organised the Marshals and was responsible for logistics elements in Hyde Park. Terry and Kevin are also active members of the RFDC planning group that meets every Thursday night when events are in the planning stages . They have also assisted the Council in several tasks such as sending out Boer War medallions and storing and recording RFDC stores at its headquarters at the Combined Services Club in Barrack St.
The contribution by the Association to the running of the RFDC by far exceeds that of any other Association and more than carries our weight in value to RFDC
To add to the honours of the Day the Association Pipes and Drums led the first element of the Parade, the Association Banners, to their holding ground positon in Macquarie St.
Our Formation, 8 Brigade, is always led by the Manly-Warringah Pipe Band in recognition of the inclusion in the Brigade of our Association. Manly-Warringah took part in the Edinburgh Tattoo last year and this was an occasion to congratulate them on a fine effort at the Tattoo and for the very professional help that they have given to the RFDC and to the Association in previous RFD parades and ANZAC Days.
Then it was our turn to take our part. Numbers were good with about 70 members participating
Our deepest thanks to Margaret Podmore who was our official photographer on the day and with apologies to her for the lack of space preventing us from showing the 90 something other photographs she took.
Then it was on to the Formal Lunch that we traditionally hold on Reserve Forces Day.
The master of ceremonies on this occasion was Harvey Baden
We were again pleased to welcome the minister of the Scots Church Rev MAJ Iain Barclay MBE TD FRSA and his wife MAJ Carilon Barclay TD. Iain Barclay again addressed the haggis in his true Scots accent. Other special guests were MAJ Stephen von Muenster OC of Alpha Coy (Scottish) (Scottish) and WO2 Russell Thomas, Alpha Coy (Scottish) CSM.
Stephen von Muenster spoke to bring us up to date with the Reserve Forces and Alpha Coy (Scottish)'s curent role.
The OC's address was well received by members
As were the Pipes and Drums
Gordon Irving was joined by Manly Warringah Pipe Major Nick Roelvink
And then the Raffle.
Members of the Association were invited to Pymble by the OC of A Coy, MAJ Stephen von Muenster, on 28 May 2013 to join a history night where several members of the Company presented resumes of famous battles in which the Australian Army had taken part.
14 members took up the invitation.
On the disbandment of 30th Battalion, Frank Woodhams and other members of the Asscociation were entrusted with certain Regimental funds from the Battalion and the interest earned on these funds has been applied in recent years to provide items of Scottish uniform to Alpha Coy as these items are no longer provided by the Army. Blue bonnets, spats and garter flashes have been some of the items provided.
The latest items to be poresented are kilts for the OC and CSM and another issue of spats and Frank Woodhams took the opportunity to make the presentation on 28 May.
|Frank Woodhams and MAJ von Muenster|
|MAJ von Muenster shows off his new kilt||CSM Russell Thomas tries for size|
Comment on our web site has previously been made about our organiser's ability to turn on good weather for our functions. The 2013 30th Battalions' Church Parade tested him this time with a long wet spell in Sydney occurring at the time of the Parade. However true to form he arranged for the rain to let up for the period of the march from Hyde Park to the Church, although it pelted down before and after.
|Rain Coats on - Rain Coats off||The traditional trooping of the Pipes and Drums|
|The Standard Party in the wet||The Standard Party in the dry|
Members of Alpha Coy (Scottish) (Scottish) under the command of LCPL Damien Pace manned the Standards party with distinction and we thank 2/17 Battalion and Alpha Coy (Scottish) for providing them.
2013 saw a change in tradition for the function following the Church Parade, with the lunch taking the form of a Traditional Christmas Lunch, this year held in the Cello Room of the Castlereagh Boutique Hotel. Frank Woodhams welcomed 62 members, guests and friends to the lunch. A special welcome was extended to MAJ the Rev Iain Barclay MBE TD and his wife MAJ Carilon Barclay TD who are becoming regular attendees at our functions. Also attending were Gordon Beale, a Royal Artilleryman whose unit had been attached to The Black Watch and Mrs Rita Beale and LTCOL Ian Guild who served with The Black Watch and Mrs Ann Guild. MAJ Ian Sayers ED and Laurel Sayers were also able to join us from Canberra.
One of the features of our now Traditional Christmas Lunch is the serving of Yule Log for dessert. Iain Barclay who has served previously as our Haggis Odist demonstrated a new talent with a hilarious rendition of the Ode to the Yule Log, a wonderful addition to our new Tradition.
In appreciation for his work as as a two times Odist Frank Woodhams presented Iain Barclay with a Black Watch clerical collar and an Association tie for good measure.
But the old tradition was not broken with the usual stirring performance of the Pipes and Drums. This time, although your cameraman's inept performance failed to capture it, with Santa Clause hats replacing Glengarries.
|The Pipes and Drums||The Pipe Major's Toast|
Frank Woodhams showed his appreciation of the help given to the Association by Don McNeice and Ian Meek by presenting them with NSW Scottish whisky glasses and the wherewithal to fill them
And then our raffle. Once again the items donated by members for the raffle were outstanding.
Some of the happy winners were:
Among his objectives for the Company the Current Officer Commanding Alpha Coy (Scottish), MAJ Stephen von Muenster, includes:
All of which we, at the NSW Scottish Regimental Association, welcome and applaud
In furtherance of these objectives on 22nd October, MAJ von Muenster arranged a vist to the Victoria Barracks Museum by Alpha Coy members and invited the Association to accompany them. Eight members of the Association took up the invitation and enjoyed a very informative night at the Museum. The enjoyment of the night was enhanced by the opportunity to share the history with the current members of the Company.
|A Coy members||The Association attendees with MAJ von Munester and several Rickards|
Photos courtesy of Tony Humphrey
The Association display that has been at Pymble for a number of years has now been moved to the Dee Why headquarters of Alpha Coy in Deep Creek Creek Rd, Dee Why, previously occupied by 7 Field Regiment RAA. 7 Field has now been reconstituted as 7 Light Battery not a Regiment and is equipped with mortars and not guns. The Battery is also now attached to 2/17 Bn for close support.
MAJ von Muenster has also instituted a room in the depot as a Heritage Room. This room is used for small groups and has now been decorated with Association Pictures taken from the Pymble display. Further pictures will be displayed in the Diggers/Gunners Mess at Dee Why.
At the suggestion of and with the help of Vicki Redshaw who is a friend of the wife of the Custodian/Caretaker of Spectacle Island, 25 members and friends visited the Island on 14 September 2013. Spectacle Island is an operating naval base that houses one of a number of museums maintained by the Royal Australian Navy and contains, under strict environmental control, an extraordinary number of items ranging from ships' bells, old and new uniforms, design drawings of all the ships that have served in the Australian Navy, even down to the cricket boots issued to midshipmen in the past.
Our sincere thanks go to Vicki for the suggestion.
As usual, our chief organiser turned on perfect weather. Spectacle Island was named because, before its development, it featured two large rock outcrops joined by a sand spit, so resembling a pair of spectacles. However on a day like the day we visited the spectacle of Sydney Harbour gave the island a far more attractive meaning
The day started off with a briefing from Commander Shane Moore and then a tour of the exhibits
|The Briefing||Reminsicent of the eye of a needle!||One of the many exhibits|
Then lunch and what a setting!
|Those on the East had the better of the view||The Westerly view was not as spectacular but more historical|
Then more history before as the saying goes, "the sun sank slowly in the west"
And after a presentation to Shane we embarked on the voyage for home
All in all a wonderful day thanks to our chief organiser, Frank Woodhams, to Vicki and to Spectacle island. As is always the case with NSW Scottish functions, those that missed the occasion really missed out. The only slip up of the day occurred when your correspondent went to the wrong wharf and had to be rescued by telephone by Frank
The 2014 AGM and Harbour Cruise attracted 88 members and guests and the usual good weather - what else do we expect but good weather on New South Wales Scottish occasions?
As usual the first item on the agenda was the AGM
Frank Woodhams presented his annual report which included a healthy report on the Association's activities in the year past and details of those to come in 2014. He also revealed a very healthy financial situation
Then on to the main business for the day, eating and enjoyment
Does this picture ring any bells from the past? Apart from the magificent location and even more magnificent company
|The mess queue lineup|
Then the highlight amongst highlights of all NSW Scottish functions, the Pipes and Drums
As an introduction we could not resist the following:
|Showing Sydney how music should be played|
Ron Palmer has made a considerable donation of $5,000 to the Association and Frank presented Shirley with a Supporter's Medallion and Certificate and Ron with a Certificate of Appreciation for his very magnanimous gesture
And equally importantly Ron was presented with a Balmoral to replace the Glengarry that has been his usual Parade dress.
|A historical picture of Ron in a Balmoral|
The New South Wales Scottish Regimental Association is justifiably proud of its Pipes and Drums and very grateful to the members who play for our enjoyment at social activities and who peform so very well at some of the Parades in which the Association takes part. Frank Woodhams expressed our deep appreciation and thanks to Pipe Major Gordon Irving and presented him with a cheque to assist in the running of the Pipes and Drums.
Then the raffle which pays such an important part in keeping the Association's financial head above water. The prizes on occasion were much greater in number and quality that they have been on occasions in the past and the Association is extremekly grateful to those who donate them. The stand out this time was our latest recruit, Private MacFido generously donated by Dulux Paints:
|Private MacFido in his plastic kilt|
The other prizes were terrific also:
Some of the winners were:
|The Gemas Memorial at Pymble|
The 2014 Gemas Day service was yet another reminder that time has done to our predecessors what the Japanese could not do. The President of the 2/30 Association, Iain Huntley, said the whilst the Association is healthy enough with about 700 members, only 14 of those who fought at Gemas are still with us. We were fortunate to have one of those present at Gemas 2014.
|2/30 Bn Supporters|
The pictures tell the story:
As usual the Association Pipes and Drums magnificently supprted the service.
The Catafalque Party was provided by Alpha Coy (Scottish), and was commanded by CPL Greg Smallwood, a member of the Association, and included PTE Scott Rickard, son of our ASM, WO2 Mark Rickard. Scott Rickard is now responsible for the issue of Scottish dress at Alpha Coy and he and Greg Smallwood must be given credit for the smart and correct turnout of the Party.
Following the precedent set last year the marchers were not asked to stand in the sun but marched past the Memorial in tribute to their relatives who were at Gemas
Wreaths were laid by many dignatories and relatives of Gemas veterans. The Association was represented by Frank Woodhams who laid a wreath on behalf of the Association and James McCann who laid a wreath privately.
ANZAC Day 2014 was a wet one but as experienced infanteers this was no bar to the 52 members who marched. The day was brightened, however, by the attendance of the OC Alpha Coy (Scottish)(Scottish),Major Stepehen von Muenster and the CSM WO2 Russell Thomas who marched with us, the latter wearing an Association tie presented to him by Frank Woodhams before the march.
The Reunion Lunch was held in the ISC Room at the Royal Automoble Club where we were served magificently by Katrin and her staff. Special guests were LTCOL John Moore RFDC Deputy Chairman and NSW Executive Officer, MAJ Stephen von Muenster, OC and WO2 Russell Thomas, CSM, Alpha Coy (Scottish). A special welcome was given to Alan Stevenson a member who now lives in Broken Hill sometimes and Victoria in others
The haggis was addressed by Eric Maver
And of course the glorious Pipes and Drums
During the recital, Frank Woodhams announced the sad news that Alan McFarlane is to leave the Pipes nd Drums and presented him with a certificate in thanks and admiration for his contribution to the Association.
As his final performance Frank asked Alan to play around the room leading the RACA staff and then promoted him to Temporary Pipe Major and then invited him to join himself and MAJ von Muenster in the Pipe Majors toast
And then the Raffle where our guests won prizes prompting the question whether the raffle was rigged. It wasn't!
There were other winners.
As a further element in his very welcome programme of maintaining the Scottish regimental tradition in New South Wales the Alpha Coy (Scottish) OC MAJ Stephen von Muenster set aside a training night for the Company on Tuesday 3rd June at its headquarters in Dee Why and asked the Association and the 2/30 Battalion Association to make presentations about the history of the Scottish in New South Wales. Fourteen members and wives attended.
As the Army is now not supplying items of Scottish uniform to units with Scottish affiliations, the Association has undertaken to supplement the Company's supply by providing such items as necessary. We therefore took the opportunity to present Balmorals and a copy of the history booklet produced by the Association at the same time. Balmorals were presented to those members of Alpha Coy (Scottish) who had qualified as Infantry soldiers by attaining the qualification known as EIT. This revived the tradition in the Company where members were issued with Balmorals on their qualification, a practice that ceased when the Army stopped supplying items of Scottish uniforms.
|MAJ von Muenster introduces the night||To the assembled company|
Frank Woodhams was first on the agenda to talk about the Scottish Regiments generally and the Duke of Edinburgh's Highlanders formed in 1868 and the New South Wales Scottish Rifles formed in 1885 specifically.
|Frank Woodhams framed by the 30 Battalion colours|
Frank was followed by Harvey Baden who covered the 30th Battalion's history in World War 1
He was followed by Iain Huntley , President of the 2/30 Battalion Association, who talked on the 2/30 in World War 2 and the Gemas action in Malaya.
Don McNeice then completed the World War 2 History by detailing the role played battles fought by the 30th Battalion AIF 1939-45.
Frank Woodhams then completed the history of the 30th Battalion from 1948 to 1960.
To bring us up to date PTE Beaver from Alpha Coy (Scottish) told us about his experience with Operation Astute assisting the Navy and Customs with the interception of Irregular Maritime Arrivals in the Indian Ocean
Association Sergeant-Major Mark Rickard gave a presentation on the correct way to wear the Balmoral assisted by his son Scott, a current member of Alpha Coy (Scottish)
|Mark Rickard||Two generations of Scottish soldiers|
To start the presentation segment of the night, MAJ von Muenster presented Frank Woodhams on behalf of the Association and Scott Rickard on behalf of Alpha Coy (Scottish) with a montage of Operation Polygon Wood in which the Company recently participated.
To reciprocate Frank Woodhams presented a mounted copy of the 30 Battalion Colours to the Company for display in the 28 Battery Gunners Club. He also introduced the Balmoral presentation segment of the night by informing Alpha Coy (Scottish) members that presentation of the Balmoral also makes them members of the Association. He extended an invitation to march with the Association on ANZAC Day and Reserve Forces Day in civilian dress wearing the Balmoral if they so chose. .
The Company then paraded to receive their Balmorals
|To MAJ von Muenster||To PTE Rickard|
The proceedings were closed with a barbecue where the new recipients wore their Balmorals for the first time as members of the Association. This provided a great opportunity for other members of the Association to mix with the Company members
Each year the Reserve Forces Day Council chooses a theme for the year's activities. In 2014 the theme chosen was in support of the Centenary of Anzac which is being celebrated thouhgout Australia but in particular the recognition of the first Australian force to take part in World War 1 - the Austalian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force which was despatched to New Guinea to secure German New Guinea. This force which left Australia with days of the War being declared was made up almost entirely of Reservists. At the RFD Parade in Sydney a Standard honouring the members of the AN&MEF was uncased and paraded.
45 members of the Association marched in the Parade which was reviewed by the Administrator of New South Wales, the Hon Margaret Beazley AO, in the absence of the Governor who was overseas.
Periodically there is discussion at the Reserve Forces Day Council about the place of Standards in RFD events as opposed to the use of Banners. Our Association was the first Association to acquire a Standard as it more appropriately recalled the Regimental Colour of an Infantry Battalion behind which we marched so proudly when we were serving. When our Standard was marched on Reserve Forces Day all other Associations soon followed suit and each Association is now represented by a colourful Standard and so differentiating RFD Parades from ANZAC Day Parades. At RFD 2014 When the AN&MEF Standard was uncased, all the Association Standards were paraded and made a stirring and colourful sight.
Although the Standards now form the nucleus of RFD Parades and the Association Standard Bearers carry out their assignment with pride and the same efficiency we sought from our Colour Parties in the past, (this year an Honour Roll of Standard Bearers was distributed with the Parade Programme) the banners have not been forgotten, with the massed banners leading the Parade on to the Parade Ground and performing the historical task of "holding ground".
Following the Parade we held our traditional Formal Lunch which was attended by 90 members and guests.Our guests include the Hon Tim Fischer AC, the Chairman of the Reserve Forces Day Council, the Reverend Iain Barclay TD, The Minister of Scots Church and Mrs Carilon Barclay TD, who now are regular attenders at our events. Mrs Airlie Moore and Mr Ranald Moore and LTCOL John Moore OAM RFD ED Retd, the Deputy Chairman of the Reserve Forces Day Council and Mrs Virginia Moore.
Mrs Airlie Moore's grand uncle was LT William Chisholm who was the first Australian to be killed in the Great War. LT Chisholm was a memmber of the NSW Scottish Rifles before the War but went to England where he joined the British Army but was killed in one of the first days of the War.
Frank Woodhams, on behalf of the Association, is organising a Commemorative Service on 26 August next, the 100th Anniversary of LT Chisholm's death. This will be held at St Stephen's Church at 1000 and the Reverend Iain Barclay will officiate. All members and guests will be welcome on that occasion.
The Address to the haggis at the Lunch was given by PTE Hugh McLeod, giving the Reveread Iain Barclay an opportunity to sit back and enjoy the ceremony. Hugh's address received much applause and it was great to see the tradition being carried on by a member of the present generation.
The Principal Guest, The Hon Tim Fischer AC spoke about General John Monash. He has just completed a book about GEN Monash and is campaigning to have him promoted posthumously to Field Marshal as the most successful Australian soldier in WW1 and perhaps all time.
And of course we were royally entertained by the Pipes and Drums
Photos are courtesy of Andrew Murdoch and our thanks go to him
In accordance with the theme for 2014, the Reserve Forces Day Council has cast commemorative medallions for purchase by descendants of World War 1 veterans. Tim Fischer presented medallions to Bob Greathead, Beth King, Brenda McNeice, Brian and Ross Hilton and John Moore
The weather for the 30 Battalions' Church Parade 2014 was not the best but by clever maneuvering and forgoing the usual march around the Archibald Fountain our leader managed to spare us getting wet for the second year in succession. About 40 members and guests celebrated the occasion. If the attendance looks smaller than usual, Sydney Rail can take the blame for railway delays that prevented about another 10 members from reaching the "church on time".
Unfortunately. the thinning ranks of the 30th and 2/30th Associations meant only a few of their members attended - once again emphasising the role that our members are being called on to play in remembering the sacrifices of the 30th AIF and 2/30 Battalions.
Following the Church service we repaired to the Cello Room of the Castlereagh Boutique Hotel following the long held tradition(which started last year) for our Christmas Lunch.
The lunch this year was haggis free but instead we instituted the practice of piping in the Christmas Pudding.
|Piping in the Pud|
The Pipes and Drums were magnificent as usual
The traditional Pipe Major's toast was enjoyed by Frank Woodhams and Gordon Irving
And then the raffle - again very well supplied with prizes from our members
|30 Battalion Queens Colour in St Stephen's||30 Battalion Regimental Colour in St Stephen's|
Our thanks to Ron Mallyon and Stuart Kennedy for contributing photographs (theirs are the good ones)
At the risk of being repetitive our report again begins with the weather for the 2015 30 Battalions' Church Parade so as to give credit where credit is due. Although the day was rainy before and after but not during the march to the Church, once again our organiser was successful in holding the rain at bay. Or was it because it was a Church Parade that a higher authority should take the credit?
|The Pipes and Drums in Hyde Park found an appreciative audience of tourists|
The march from Hyde Park to St Stephen's took another turn this year. Due to the re-routing of traffic in the Sydney CBD to allow George St to be closed for the installation of the Sydney Light Rail project, Macquarie St is taking significantly more traffic our March terminated in Martin Place rather than outside the Church. Another piece of history was re-written, when the ladies of the Regiment who usually farewell us in Hyde Park, and then carry what we don't want to, joined us in the march, again carrying what we didn't want to as the following photo clearly shows.
|The Ladies of the Regiment|
In Martin Place, an opportunity was taken to pay respects at the Commnando memorial following the traditional trooping of the Pipes and Drums.
|Martin Place||Trooping the Pipes and Drums||Salute to the Commandos|
The Service this year was conducted by the Rev Ross Smith who was standing in for the New Minister The Rev Ken Day
During the service the Pipes and Drums played a bracket of tunes including Going Home which is appropriate considering the 30 Battalion Colours are laid up in St Stephens. Our picture shows the Pipes and Drums playing under the Queen's Colour.
Then to the Christmas Lunch at the Castlereagh Boutique Hotel where Frank Woodhams extended a special welcome to:
|Marching in the Standards||Welcome from Frank Woodhams||Grace said by our Padre The Rev Dr Iain Barclay MBE TD|
|Happy Lunchers. Note the Raffle Consultants Consulting||More Happy Lunchers consulting||and More|
We have now instituted a new tradition - or at least started to last year - Piping in the Pud. However with his usual impeccable sense of bad timing your photographer got the Santa Piper going instead of coming. But Graham Podmore got the timing right and consulted him about a raffle ticket while he was still coming!
And then the usual highlight of the day, the Pipes and Drums
As our Black Bear "Hoi" Leader, and therefore an honorary member of the Pipes and Drums Harvey Baden was invited to join the Pipe Major's Toast.
The Raffle attracted the usual high number of valuable prizes.
And some of the winners were:
The Christmas lunch finished with a well deserved Presentation to Frank Woodhams from the Association. He was escorted to the podium by Peter Bryce and Terry Kennedy where Harvey Baden spoke very eloquently of Frank's devotion to the Association, his very significant role in its formation, his enthusiasm that has made the Associaton continue to be the most successful of those affiliated with the Reserve Forces Day Council and his wonderful success in engendering and promoting the continued esprit de corps of the Scottish.
Our report on RFD 2015 features some before and after photos, if only to demonstrate the work that goes into our functions
The first is Macquarie St before the Parade. Our representation on the Reserve Forces Day Council exceeds that of any other Association, with Frank Woodhams as Treasurer, Ian Meek as Secretary, Terry Kennedy and Kevin Cram as Quartermasters. Frank is involved in the planning for the Parade at every level whilst Ian is responsible for the logistics side of the day and is assisted by Terry and Kevin. Perhaps it is because of the latter involvement and the fact that the Secretary of the RFDC is also the webmaster of this site that allows him to seek webmaster licence in showing the work done before the Parade commences:
RFD 2015 took place on a perfect winter's day and did not provide the opportunity for Plan B for inclement weather to be tested. Contrary to the apparent calm atmosphere in Macquarie St at 1030 as depicted above (Webmaster Note: this atmosphere was not so calm between 0600 and 1030, in fact quite the reverse). However the scene in College St was one of feverish activity.
However the scene became organised as the march commenced.
After the Parade, the traditional New South Wales Scottish Annual Reunion at the Castlereagh Boutique Hotel
Here again we show a "before" photo, this time showing the organising team in action.
About 90 members and guests attended.
Frank Woodhams welcomed the special guests who included:
The proceedings started as usual with the Address to the Haggis. This was given by Hugh McLeod
Click below for the full recitation
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Frank then invited the Hon Tim Fischer to address the gathering, which he did by describing the career of General Sir John Monash. Tim Fischer has written a book on Sir John's life and is attempting to have him posthumously promoted to Field Marshal as the most successful Australian commander in World War 1. Tim finished his address by auctioning a copy of his book, with the proceeds to go to charity. The auction raised $170 courtesy of David Mullen.
|The Hon Tim honouring Sir John|
In his genuine Scots accent Iain Barclay has previously given us pleasure by addressing the haggis but with Hugh having performed this role on this occasion we were treated to more Robert Burns in true Scots when Iain entertained us by reciting (and translating) A Man's A Man For A'That
|The Rev Iain honouring the Man|
Toasts to the Queen (David Mullen) The Regiment (Graham Podmore),and Departed Army Mates (John Doak) and the ladies of the Regiment (Frank Woodhams) were proposed and drunk.
In proposing the Toast to the Regiment Graham Podmore added some fascinating references to the 30th Battalion in WW1 and the 2/30th in WW2 and their Commanding Officers.
The Pipes and Drums again stirred us with a new selection of tunes.
This was followed by the Pipe Major's toast. Note the transparent quaich used by Frank Woodhams. AsS your webmaster was seated to Jan he has it on good authority that Frank had recruited a driver for the afternoon hence the liberal quantity of Scotch in his transporent quaich instead of the usual minimum amounut of moisture in the bottom of it.
The proceedings concluded with the traditional raffle.
Some of the winners who had to make difficult decisons were:
Our thanks to Margaret and Graham Podmore and Damien Pace for the photos and to Hugh McLeod for the video.
We have commented previously about our organiser's abilty to turn on good weather for our events and so it proved once again See the following pictures
The Pipes and Drums made sure that the Opera House visitors were in no doubt that the Association had arrived.
The first item on the agenda was the Annual General Meeting where Frank Woodhams summarised the events of 2014 and forecast a sussessful 2015. He passed in the thanks of the Association to the members who help in sending out SITREP, the marketing consultants who sell raffle tickets, the donors of raffle prizes and all those who make the Association such a success. He also revealed a very healthy financial position.
|The AGM in session|
Then it was on to the main business of the day - enjoying Sydney Harbour.
The main event of the afternoon was, as always, the performance by the Pipes and Drums. During a break in the performance Frank Woodhams conducted a short ceremony to remember the men of the 2/30th Battalion who fought and succeeded so gallantly at Gemas in 1942. This year due to security concerns at the Pymble depot, Gemas Day ceremony was not celebrated. Following the ceremony The Pipes and Drums played a lament
Each year the Association allocates funds to the Pipes and Drums to maintain instruments, uniform items etc. Frank Woodhams presented this year's donation to Pipe Major Gordon Irving.
Before drawing the raffle, the Vice-Chancellor of the McNeice University of Carringbah presented diplomas to the graduates of the University's Raffle Marketing Faculty.
The highly qualified recipients were Graham Podmore, Vicki Redshaw, John Cameron, Peter Bryce and Stuart Kennedy.
The selection of prizes was as varied and numerous as usual headed by the Dulux Dog. It is understood that this was a historic occasion so far as the dog is concerned because in future the dog will be of the blow-up variety.
Some of the happy winners were: