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Vale: John (Neddy) Kelly.

It is with regret to inform members of the passing of Captain (Retired) John Patrick Kelly RAAMC, QM of 8 Field Ambulance SVN 1967/68. John passed away suddenly on Thursday the 28th of July at Greenslopes Hospital Brisbane. 


His funeral will be conducted at 1130 hrs Thursday 4th of August at the Church of the Little Flower on Bribie Island Qld. Those who have known John and live in the area are asked to attend his service (Medals to be worn).


John was a career soldier and much respected in both service and civilian life, he was a true Christian and a gentleman and will be remembered as such.


Condolences to his wife Patrica and family.


Vale: John (Neddy) Kelly.



Chippie Wayne Bainbridge

It is with sad regret that I have to inform you all; of the passing of our good mate Chippie Bainbridge.
Chippie passed away in his sleep last week and was found by a visiting friend.
Chippie suffered a depilating brain disease but he never complained and just got on with the job. He is most noted for his dedicated work with Tony Sherlock in developing the 
ADF Rehabilitation Program.
He will be sadly missed.
Funeral Details:
Crawford Funerals
22 Main St
Bacus marsh
1100 Hours
Tim Stanley
11 Field Ambulance Association








F25240 Diane Elizabeth Badcock (nee Lawrence) - Lt RAANC 1 AFH


Vale: Corporal (R) Gordon Tainsh
Today was a very sad day for our Association here in South Australia. We layed to rest one of our great stalwarts, Corporal (R) Gordon Tainsh. In a most fitting Funeral Ceremony, his life and achievements were acknowledged and his life celebrated. Many members of the RAAMC and Health Services Association attended from Brigadiers to Diggers, Surgeons to Soldiers, we were all united in sorrow of the loss of our great mate 'Tainshie! "Mr Fix -it', Father, Grandfather, Brother, Uncle and Transport NCO!. Husband to Liz, you served your country, community and family. Gone but never to be forgotten. Goodbye Gordon.

Lest We Forget!



WO1 Ballard Ex RSM 3 FD AMB.


William Brian (Digger) JAMES AC, AO, MBE, MC   MAJGEN (ret'd)  14 May 1930 - 16 October 2015

Dear Members,
After a short illness, Digger James is at rest.  He passed away peacefully on Friday night 16 October 2015.
Barbara Digger's wife has advised there will be a private burial this week and a memorial service the following week.  Details will be provided when available.  He was a great leader and Patron of our Association who will be sadly missed.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Barbara and the family.


Francis Leon
8 Field Ambulance
20.04.1944 - 16.09.2015

Aged 71 years
Lest We Forget

The relatives and friends of FRANCIS are invited to attend his Funeral Service to be held in the Palm Chapel of Macquarie Park Crematorium, Plassey Rd, Macquarie Park on WEDNESDAY (October 14, 2015). Appointed to commence at 2.15 pm.

Frank was our first National and NSW State Treasurer. He served with 8 Fd Amb in SVN, then served with 1Fd Hosp, 1 Mil Hosp. Frank will be missed by all that new him.



Bill Matheson, please go to associations 11 Fd Amb Website for details.




It is with sadness that I inform you of the passing of one of our oldest members.
SGT Alfred Stanley Fitzsimmons 24 Feb 1913 - 13 Jan 2015.
 Alf served in the AAMC from 1941-1948, in the RAAMC 1948 - 1973,during WW2 he served with the 5 Ambulance train, Post WW2 he served in BCOF and in Korea with 2 RAR as the Hygiene SGT and at 2 BOD during the early 1970's.
Alf is survived by his wife Phyllis our Condolences go out to her at this sad time.
Alf's funeral details are as follows:
Monday 19th January 2015 at 11.45am in the West Chapel at the Northern Suburbs Crematorium on Delhi Road, North Ryde.
Please wear your Medal as it is understood there will be an RSL Ceremony. LEST WE FORGET.

LTCOL John Lambie MBE ( Rtd )

LTCOL John Lambie MBE ( Rtd ),passed away on the 8th OCT 2014. 

John was well remembered by most in his role as Career Managment for both Officer's & OR's.

John's Funeral details are: Gold Creek Chapel, 17 O' Hanoon Pl, Nicholls ACT 2913 on Thursday 16th OCT 14. At 1100hrs.


COL (Dr.) Maurice Joseph SAINSBURY AM RFD

COL (Dr.) Maurice Joseph SAINSBURY AM RFD passed away peacefully on the morning of the 18th September 2014. He succumbed to a stroke, which he had suffered about 2 weeks prior. 

I was pleased I was able to represent our Association together with fellow members and dear friends of Maurie-Frank Lang OAM and Theo Dechaufepie.


His funeral service was held at the Northern Suburbs Crematorium on Tuesday 23rd September. The East chapel was filled with family and friends.

Maurie is survived by his son, Stephen and his two daughters, Christine and Heather and their families.


The service was lovingly conducted by Maurie’s brother, Reverend Max Sainsbury.

Heather read this thoughtful poem that was one of her dad’s favourite: 


“Sunset and evening star, and one clear call for me!

And may there be no moaning of the bar, when I put out to sea.

But such a tide as moving seems asleep, too full for sound and foam,

When that which drew from the boundless deep, turns again home.


Twilight and evening bell, and after that the dark!

And may there be no sadness of farewell, when I embark.


For tho’ from out our bourne of time and place, the flood may bear me far.

I hope to see my Pilot face to face. When I have crost the bar”.


Heather spoke for the family, and we listened to her describe a very loving and compassionate father and family figure who was their dad. ‘He was always there for us and would do anything for us. He provided the consistent security and encouragement that we needed to start successful lives of our own’. 


She told us of the many happy times of the family singing around the piano and his love of the operatic stars like Domingo and Pavarotti.

We listened to her tell of the many happy parties, and an array of varying guests, who always enjoyed the company of their dad and mum 


Heather told us of a man who was a true Public Servant, who worked tirelessly for his community and his country. 

She concluded with a quote from her dad’s book about his life, with a tribute to their mum, Erna.

…”Without such a wonderful partner I could not have accomplished whatever I have…Erna was the linchpin of the Sainsbury family—the steady, consistent influence”.

Heather said..”We were so lucky to have two such wonderful parents”.


Stephen also spoke for the family. He described his dad as ‘driven, competitive and achievement orientated’ with the firm belief that anyone could do whatever they wanted in life by using their brain and working hard.

He also told us of a man who was loving, compassionate, generous, caring and most empathetic, and that Family was very important to him.

Stephen said his dad liked sport and he excelled in cricket, tennis, gymnastics, boxing, surf boat crewing, squash, golf and fishing—this from his early childhood days right through to university and beyond.


Stephen evoked many of his happy childhood memories, especially at Christmas time, whether in England or back home in Sydney. His dad taught him how to use a rifle when they went rabbit hunting on their grandparent’s farm near Blayney. He taught Stephen how to drive a car (up at the farm).

Stephen recalled some happy memories of family camping.


Stephen gave us a small glimpse of their dad’s working life, starting in Cowra Hospital as a young doctor (this was where he first met his future wife, Erna, who was a Nursing Sister.)

Then to Windang on the south coast of NSW (where he and Christine were born).

The family moved to England (Heather was born there) where their dad studied Psychiatry for 5 years.

When the family moved back to Australia, their dad secured a position at the North Ryde Psychiatric Centre. He went on to become the Deputy Head. They lived in a doctor’s residence in North Ryde.


His dad held the following appointments; Honorary Psychiatrist-Hornsby and Ku-ring-gai Hospital and at Sydney Hospital, the first Director of the Institute of Psychiatry, Seconded to Head Office NSW Dept of Health, Senior Specialist Mental Health Services NSW Dept of Health, Consultant Psychiatrist to the Royal Commission into the former Chelmsford Private Hospital, Part-Time Member Guardianship Tribunal of NSW, Part-Time Member Mental Health Review Tribunal NSW, Official Visitor NSW Dept of Health.


Their dad retired in 2009. Stephen has a fond memory of just a few years back of both of them in a kayak, Dad in front and Stephen behind, paddling up the Minnamurra River.

He concluded by saying “Dad was always there for us—in the good times and when we need his help”.


Stephen told us of his dad’s involvement with the CMF and the Army.

Maurie’s Service Number was 2146892. He joined the CMF 13 March 1969, as a Captain with 1 Field Ambulance until the 12th June 1969. 

He went to Full Time Duty on the 13th June 1969, and was posted overseas to I Australian Field Hospital in Vietnam with the rank of Major, until the 23rd October 1969.

He came back to Australia and went back to the CMF on the 24th October 1969 and re-joined 1 Field Ambulance until 12th January 1971 when he was transferred to 7 Field Regiment until the 29th May 1973 and was transferred to 1 General Hospital until the 3rd July 1977. 

From 4th July 1977 until his retirement, as Colonel,  on the 24th July 1986 he was stationed at HQ 2 Military District. Maurie’s employment was Consultant Psychiatrist.


COLONEL Maurice Sainsbury AM RFD was awarded the following: The Australian Active Service Medal 1945-75 with Clasp-Vietnam, Vietnam Medal, Reserve Force Decoration, Australian Defence Medal.





 COL Dunn was former DMS 3MD, passed away on the 23rd Sep 2014.

JT Dunn was a most loved and highly respected former DMS.





George’s funeral will be on 20 June 2014 at the Fremantle cemetery, Carrington St. Timing is 1400hrs

Afterwards there will be a wake to farewell George at the Tradewinds Hotel, 59 Canning highway,East Fremantle.

Our Condolences go out to his family




His service will be held at Bairnsdale Victoria at St Mary’s Catholic church either  10:30 or 11 am.

His son Alan wasn’t exactly clear about the time, as he had just arrived home from overseas.


Don served in 2/5th Field Ambulance from late 1943 and saw action in Borneo.

He is one of the very few surviving members of 2/5th Field Ambulance.

Sorry for the late notice.


1st Australian Field Hospital Association Inc., 2018 reunion

The 1AFH Association is to hold the 2018 reunion in Melbourne on Friday, May 11th to Tuesday, May 15thOn behalf of the President & committee, all members and past members of the Association or Unit are welcome to attend. This reunion will be the 50th anniversary of the Unit’s establishment, in Vung Tau, SVN on April 1st, 1968.

Contact the Secretary, Jeff Gilbert, on 03 5772 1828, 0409 240 238 or email for details and information.

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