Volume 26 Number 2

          May 2014

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President's Report



It is late May and it is getting close to the Annual General Meeting and Dinner in September. Since the last newsletter the Association has been rather busy.

Firstly we must congratulate Paul de Jersey who is to be appointed as the next Governor for the State of Queensland. Paul was commissioned within QUR.

The Back to the Regiment function was conducted at the depot and members attending were given a tour of the renovated facilities. We were impressed with the work done following the damaging floods in Brisbane.

We were given a briefing by the Commanding Officer and his staff. They explained the current QUR training program. It was a great surprise to us the extent of the number of courses now conducted by the unit. Previously the Regiment was primarily a training unit charged to produce commissioned officers for the Army Reserve. QUR’s focus had now changed and increased to a point where its size parallels the old “Training Group”. Personally I was surprised with the changes and gained a greater understanding of the workload expected from the CO and his staff. To assist QURA members to also understand the changes I asked the CO to prepare a “user friendly” chart of the course outline for QUR. This can be seen later in this newsletter. I am sure that upon reading this chart you will gain a greater respect and understanding of the workload and commitment expected from the CO and his team. I congratulate all of them for achieving such high standards. It is a mark of the quality of the training conducted by QUR, where their Commanding Headquarters trust them by giving to them such a huge workload. An amusing point for the “old and bold” is that the responsibility for recruiting is to be passed back to the units instead of the centralized processes in the CBD. For those who were around in the old days it makes one smile when the processes offered up as “new” are those we used years ago. The big wheel just turns!

In past newsletters I mentioned the changes to the appointment of the Honorary Colonel for QUR and the new appointment of a Colonel Commandant for QUR. Brigadier Sam Harrison had written to his Parliamentary Member and the Commander 2 Division regarding these changes. The replies he has received are listed further in this newsletter.

We have progressed further with the recording of the history of QUR. We have contacted the Australian War Memorial to gain advice as to how to store the historical documents. Now that we know what is required we have commenced electronically recording and cataloguing the items. As this is being completed the items will be placed within the sections of the first written history of the Regiment thereby updating the old history. Fortunately the old history was available in electronic form when produced. At this stage the new expanded history will not be printed but will be made available to members on CD media. Updates will be available in future.

The Annual General Meeting and Dinner will be held at the United Services Club on Friday 12 September 2014 at 1900 for 1930 hours. The night is a very relaxed dinner during which the necessary activity for the conduct of an Annual General Meeting occurs. At the end of the dinner we look forward to a brief update of the status of the Regiment given by the Commanding Officer. This year we are delighted to have Dick Palk accept an invitation to speak about his recent time as an Ambassador for Australia in Europe. Dick will focus on the conduct of celebrations and arrangements for Anzac Day and other Remembrance Day activities. As usual the old executive management committee will stand down from their positions and a new committee will be formed (President, Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer, Membership Secretary/Website Manager, History Manager, Newsletter Editor, Committee members.) Should you be prepared to be available for any of the positions please let me know and I will make the necessary arrangements for your nomination to go fourth.

We look forward to your attendance at the AGM and dinner in September.


CO's Report May 2014



It has been an eventful year so far. Since my last report some of the highlights include:

* Supporting the ‘Back to the Regiment’ conducted at the St Lucia depot. The function was very well attended and I was pleased to be able to give an update on the span of activity that the Regiment is engaged in.

* QUR successfully supported ANZAC Day services at Toowong and Indooroopilly. The Gunfire breakfast at the St Lucia Depot was enjoyable and also well conducted.

* The ‘All Ranks Dinner’ held at the Area Theater at Gallipoli Barracks was very positive with over 100 Regt members, partners and QURA members attending. It was a wonderful opportunity for all ranks of the Regiment to mix in a semi-formal environment. The new Colonel Commandant, MAJGEN Fairweather, attended this function in his new role.

* QUR has taken possession of our new buildings at the Gallipoli Barracks. The buildings H2 and H10 (formerly WONCO SQ) will provide much improved facilities for QUR’s Gallipoli Barracks based elements; Training Company, Administration Company and Brigade Induction Company.

* QUR members have participated in the pilot of the ARES Physical Employment Standards Assessment (PESA). This assessment will replace the Combat Fitness Test (CFA) and consists of a combination of load march, fire and movement, jerry can carry and 30kg box lift. The standard differs according to Corps but applies equally to gender and age.

* QUR formed a Brigade Recruiting Cell (BRC) to support recruiting activity across the Brigade
Recruiting activity within the 2nd Division in recent years has been very limited due to resource constraints and the primacy of the Defence Force Recruiting (DFR) organisation. However, recruiting is again becoming a priority for 11 Brigade. This is a response to a trend for the Army Reserve (and 11 Brigade) where more people are leaving than we have been recruiting. In March, QUR was tasked with addressing the issue and on 01 April, we formed a Brigade Recruiting Cell.


The BRC will:

* support DFR and units conduct recruiting activity
* provide information to potential recruits
* advise DFR on the Brigade priorities for recruiting
* monitor the throughput from inquiry to enlistment
* work closely with the Brigade Induction Company to ensure smooth transition from enlistment to employment.

May and June see QUR enter its most demanding period for the year. In these eight weeks we will run 12 courses, in four locations, training over 300 members (from Recruit to Major) in a broad range of military skills.
We are currently planning the Officers’ and Senior Non Commissioned Officer’s Regimental Dinner (planned for 11 Oct); we will have details to the QURA soon.


I hope to see many of you there.


Scientia ac Labore

Mark Armstrong
Lieutenant Colonel
Commanding Officer
Queensland University Regiment






Correspondence re Honorary Colonel / Colonel Commandant


In the past few newsletters I drew your attention to the changes to the appointment of Honorary Colonels to several units in Army. The Queensland University Regiment was advised that as of the completion of the five year tenure of Major General John Pearn as our Honorary Colonel he would not be replaced by another Honorary Colonel.

In the new structure Army advised us that with effect 01 July 2013 a Colonel Commandant for QUR would be appointed for a 5 year tenure. The first appointment would be Major General Michael Fairweather AM, RFD. His biography can be seen in our last newsletter.

When QURA first became aware of the changes that Army had planned Brigadier Sam Harrison wrote to Mrs Jane Prentice, Member for Ryan, and to Major General Steven Smith, Commander 2 Division. Sam received two replies, one from Stuart Robert, the Assistant Minister for Defence, via Mrs Jane Pentice and one from Major General Steven Smith. The two replies are listed below for members to read.

QUR farwelled the Honorary Colonel, Major General John Pearn at their last parade for 2013 on 26 November.  John had been Honorary Colonel from 2005 to 2013.  On his retirement, the Army has decided to disband the position of Honorary Colonel, QUR and replace the position with Colonel Commandant, QUR.









Training in QUR


During the last “Back to the Regiment” the Commanding Officer and his staff briefed the attendees on what responsibilities the Regiment had for training. For those who still believe that QUR is really just the same as before it will be a great surprise to you exactly what courses QUR now conduct.

More than likely the “old and bold” will still remember that the main aim for QUR’s training commitment was to conduct such training as to qualify Officer Cadets for commissioning to corps appointments in the Army Reserve. Usually up to 20 per year were qualified.

However gradually over the past years the Regiment has been given increased responsibilities for many more training courses. When you examine the new courses you can see that these new courses far exceeds the responsibilities required for the Officer Cadet commissioning course. In fact QUR looks more like the structure of the old “Training Group”. Although the old Training Group had several individual units under command (QUR, OCTU, RURQ, 1PAY CORPS and the 1 TRAINING GP Unit) the number of soldiers under command and the number of courses conducted are similar.

One of the more alarming aspects arising from the new responsibilities are the ranks structure of the manning. The Commanding Officer now, a Lieutenant Colonel, has a staff of 45 Majors. Imagine the time required now to complete the personal report (old PR 19) for each officer each year. He would be a very busy man.

I encourage all to read the document below so that you understand the current responsibilities for which QUR is charged. IT IS A TOTALLY NEW QUR! The men and women in QUR really have an enormous task given to them.

We always knew that QUR has delivered high quality training. The Army system has indeed recognized the professional and excellent standards of training by trusting QUR to conduct all the new courses. We must all congratulate all the top class men and women of the Regiment now and over the past years who have demonstrated such quality standards of soldiering.


Training in QUR


The Queensland University Regiment has hit the ground running again this year. May is one of the busiest months, but none seem to be quiet. All up, the Regiment will provide over 343 days of training for around 1000 trainees this year. The table below provides a summary of this year’s courses:


Course Name







Annual Training Days

All Corps Captains Course Module 1

Residential career course. Command Leadership and Management.





All Corps Captains Course Module 2

Residential career course. Company level foundation war fighting.





All Corps Majors Course Module 1

Residential career course. Command, Leadership and Management. 





All Corps Majors Course Module 2

Residential career course. Battle group level foundation war fighting.





Combat Arms Module

Residential weapons training






Infantry Initial Employment Training Module 2

Residential infantry field craft training.






C2 Drivers Course

Non-residential Land Rover (and 4x4) driver training.






MR2 Drivers Course

Non-residential Unimog course.






TAE10 Training and Assessment

Non-residential Certificate IV qualification.






Military Risk Management

Non-residential risk management training.







Non-residential recruit navigation training.






First Appointment Course (Non Continuous Training)

Officer cadet field craft and other lessons.













The table doesn’t show the additional work required of instructors and trainees for pre course work, particularly for the All Corps Captains and Majors courses. Nor does it show the other training QUR is often tasked to provide, such as this year’s leadership seminars for lieutenants, majors and lieutenant colonels.


QUR’s instructional staff deliver training in Townsville and various locations around South East Queensland. QUR also provides instructor support to the First Appointment Course continuous training blocks delivered by Sydney University Regiment and the Royal Military College, Duntroon. There are five training blocks:


Training Block 1: Military Foundation Skills is actually the Reserve Recruit Training Course and will be conducted at the Army Recruit Training Centre, Kapooka. This training block is 28 days long and is usually undertaken in January or July.

Training Block 2: Small Military Team Leader Theory is 16 days long and is conducted twice yearly by Sydney University Regiment. This training block builds on the skills introduced in Training Block 1 and introduces new operational, weapons and navigation skills.

Training Block 3: Small Military Team Leader is 16 days long and is conducted twice yearly by Sydney University Regiment. This training block introduces command, leadership and management skills in addition to military administration.

Training Block 4: Team Command, Leadership and Management is 16 days long and is conducted twice yearly by Sydney University Regiment. This training block revises and tests small team level operations as well as building further on administrative capabilities for small team leaders.

Training Block 5: All Corps Army Reserve Platoon Commander is 28 days long and is conducted the Royal Military College, Duntroon. This training block confirms officer cadets have all the attributes, skills and values to become an officer in the Army Reserve. It also confirms they have the leadership, management, operational skills and knowledge required of a junior officer to command a platoon on likely Army Reserve operations.

Between each of the training blocks, QUR conducts non continuous training to maintain proficiencies and provide additional competencies. This training is done using a mix of field weekends, range practices and theory lessons. The training is intensive, but one of the more common comments from graduates is how busy they get after they finish the course and start taking on the responsibilities of being a lieutenant in the Army Reserve.

There are plenty of challenges for QUR; the unit establishment doesn’t include enough instructors for all the courses run by the unit, the unit is carrying vacancies for several ranks (but particularly corporals), drivers courses use vehicles that are in the very twilight of their service life, and career courses have and will continue to change. That so much is asked of QUR and its people really just shows they are up to the challenge.









QUR Birthday All Ranks Function - 3rd May 2014


QUR held an All Ranks function at Gallipoli Barracks to celebrate QUR's birthday.  Unfortunately President Trevor Luttrell could not attend.  Below are some pictures taken during the dinner.

QUR Regimental Colours being marched into the Birthday Dinner at Gallipoli Barracks, Enoggera

Members of the band that entertained guests at the Birthday Dinner
COL Michael Bond (QURA member) with members of QUR
Mrs Virginia Fairweather (wife of Colonel Commandant MAJGEN Mick Fairweather), Col Jenny Cotton and LTCOL Kerry Tscherepko enjoying a chat the the dinner.





QUR Graduation Photos - February 2014

Pictured below are the February 2014 QUR graduates.


February 2014 Graduates from QUR (from left) Brig Porter, LT Jarrad Bellgardt, Lt Ian Wright, LTCOL Mark Armstrong, LT Helen Goody, LT Meryvn Ng, MAJ Michael Stone, LT Stallman (Nth Qld) and CAPT James Pascoe.
Lt Helen Goody talking to LTGEN Morrison, Chief of Army

LT Mervyn Ng (left), LT Jarrad Bellgardt, LT Helen Goody, LT Stallman, CAPT James Pascoe, LT Ian Wright





Defence Reserves Association Dinner




The Defence Reserves Association-

Queensland Branch

 is pleased to invite you to their

Annual Dinner



Date:                            Friday, 20 June 2014

 Venue:                         United Service Club, 183 Wickham Terrace, Brisbane

 Cost:                             $80 per person includes a two course meal and after dinner port (all other drinks to be purchased from the bar)


Timings:                    7.00pm for a 7.30pm start


Dress:                          Navy: Mess Undress; Army: Mess Dress; RAAF: Mess Kit;

                                   or civilian equivalent


Entertainment:          Military Trivia


Seating:                    Pre-selected tables of 8 to 10 or random seating allocation


Attendees:                All ranks, Active, Standby, or Retired members, partners, friends and guests


Free Parking:              Available free at rear of the United Services Club entrance off Little Edward Street. Entry is opposite Astor Terrace.


Registration:               Via email to DRA Secretary MAJ Trevor Herrod



Via registration form (attached) with payment to Defence Reserve Association-Queensland Branch and posted to:

MAJ Trevor Herrod

PO Box 384

Everton Park QLD 4051


Payment:                   Direct Debit to DRA Bank Account NAB Acacia Ridge
BSB 084-100, Account No 20 801 2836.


Last Date to Register: 14 June 14




Defence Reserves Association-Queensland

Annual Dinner 20 June 2014


Please post completed Registration Form to:

Attn: MAJ Trevor Herrod

PO Box 384

Everton Park QLD 4051


I will be attending the function. My details are:


Name and Rank: ………………………………………….


My e-mail Address: ………………………………………


My Guests:

Rank or Title

First Name


Any Special Dietary needs

Contact ph or e-mail address
















































Total Number Attending: …….Is a group Table of 8 to 10 required: Y/N …….

If a group booking please provide the name for the table: …………………....


Total Payment: $  ………..


Selected Payment Method: Cheque     …………..    Cash …………..    Direct Debit …


Direct Debit to DRA Bank Account NAB Acacia Ridge BSB 084-100, Account No 20 801 2836.

If you pay by direct debit please send an e-mail to DRA Secretary MAJ Trevor Herrod

with a completed registration with the names of your guests.


Payment:  Must be received no later than 14 June 14.




War Quotes



Every man meets his Waterloo at last.
Wendell Phillips speech 1 November 1859

The only law in France today is to win or die. I repeat my formal request, that you place in the highest positions only men who are young, energetic, and decided to win at any price; eliminate the old fossils without pity.
Adolphe Messimy, imploring Marshal Joffre 1914

Armies do not win wars by means of a few bodies of super- soldiers, but by the average quality of their standard units…… Any well trained infantry battalion should be able to do what a commando can do; in the Fourteenth Army they could and did.
William Slim 1956

The arms race is based upon an optimistic view of technology and a pessimistic view of man.
I. Stone March 1969

General (Moshe) Dayan once said that he would rather advance running in bare feet than walk in slippers; we were barefoot perhaps but we were able to advance fast.
Yael Dayan, A Soldiers Diary: Sinai 1967




Things to Think About



My father used to be a blacksmith in a butcher shop. He used to shoo flies

My uncle is an espionage agent at the mint. He’s a mint spy

You’ll never lead the band if you cannot face the music

Success is relative. The more success the more relatives

There is one consolation about life and taxes. When you are through with one, you are through with the other

A dividend is per centum, per annum, perhaps

He’s such a brilliant accountant they have just named a loophole after him

The after-dinner speaker either drives his message home to his audience or drives his audience home

I have listened to your humble opinion and it certainly is

The cheapest way of tracing your family tree is to nominate for politics

Never put off till tomorrow what you can avoid altogether

Why is it that wrong numbers are never out when you call?







Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils.
Hector Berlioz

My goal is to die young at a very old age.

The only exercise I get is as a pallbearer to my friends who exercise.
Red Skelton

I refuse to spend my life worrying about what I eat.

There is no pleasure worth forgoing just for an extra three years in a geriatric ward.
John Mortimer

Everything you see I owe to spaghetti.
Sophia Loren

The trouble with the dictionary is that you have to know how a word is spelled before you can look it up to see how it is spelled.
William Cuppy

There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge.
Bertrand Russell






Correspondence from Members


Listed below is some of the correspondence received since the last Newsletter.  These emails are reproduced here for entertainment and also to keep members informed of other members movements, etc.


Please note:  QURA receives emails/letters from time to time requesting contact details of members.  The current policy is if a fellow member requests contact with another member, the contact details are given without contacting the relevant member. 

Where contact is requested by a non-member, the contact is referred to the individual member to follow up the contact if they so desire.



From:- John Hammond


To:- Trevor Luttrell

Subject:-  The SATNAV by Pam Ayres



 I have a little Satnav, It sits there in my car.
A Satnav is a driver's friend, it tells you where you are.
I have a little Satnav, I've had it all my life.
It's better than the normal ones, my Satnav is my wife.
It gives me full instructions, especially how to drive
"It's sixty k's an hour", it says,
"You're doing sixty five".
It tells me when to stop and start, and when to use the brake
And tells me that it's never ever, safe to overtake.
It tells me when a light is red, and when it goes to green
It seems to know instinctively, just when to intervene.
It lists the vehicles just in front, and all those to the rear
And taking this into account, it specifies my gear.
I'm sure no other driver, has so helpful a device
For when we leave and lock the car, it still gives its advice.
It fills me up with counselling, each journey's pretty fraught
So why don't I exchange it, and get a quieter sort?
Ah well, you see, it cleans the house, makes sure I'm properly fed
It washes all my shirts and things, and keeps me warm in bed!
Despite all these advantages, and my tendency to scoff,
I only wish that now and then, I could turn the bugger off.





From:- Rod Hardaker


To:- Peter Morton

Subject:-  Monopoly WW2


Monopoly - I Did Not Know This!

(You'll never look at the game the same way again!) 
Starting in 1941, an increasing number of British airmen found themselves as the  involuntary guests of the Third Reich, and the Crown was casting about  for ways and means to facilitate their escape.
Now obviously, one of the most helpful aids to that end is a useful and accurate map -- one showing not only where stuff was, but also  showing the locations of 'safe houses' where a POW on the lam  could go for food and shelter.
Paper maps had some real drawbacks -- they make a lot of noise when you open and  fold them, they wear out rapidly, and if they get wet they turn into  mush.
Someone in MI-5 got the idea of printing escape maps on silk. It's durable, can be scrunched up into tiny wads, and unfolded  as many times as needed, and makes no noise whatsoever.

At that time, there was only one manufacturer in Great Britain that had perfected the technology of printing on silk, and that was John  Waddington, Ltd.  When approached by the government, the firm was only too happy to do its bit for the war effort.

By pure  coincidence, Waddington was also the U.K. licensee for the popular American board game Monopoly.  As it happened, 'games and  pastimes' was a category of item qualified for insertion into 'CARE  packages', dispatched by the International Red Cross to prisoners of war.

Under the strictest secrecy, in a securely guarded and inaccessible old workshop on the grounds of Waddington's, a group of sworn-to-secrecy employees began mass-producing escape maps, keyed to each region of Germany or Italy where Allied POW camps were.  When processed, these maps could be folded into such tiny dots that they would actually fit inside a Monopoly playing piece.

As long as they were at it, the clever workmen at Waddington's  also managed to add: 
1.    a playing  token, containing a small magnetic compass;
    a two-part metal file that could easily be screwed together;
3.  useful amounts of genuine high-denomination German, Italian and French currency, hidden within the piles of Monopoly money!

British and American air crews were advised, before taking off on their first mission, how to identify a 'rigged' Monopoly set -- by means of a tiny red dot, one cleverly rigged to look like an ordinary printing glitch, located in the corner of the Free Parking square.

Of the estimated 35,000 Allied POWs who successfully escaped, an estimated one-third were aided in their flight by the rigged Monopoly sets.   Everyone who did so was sworn to secrecy indefinitely, since the British Government might want to use this highly successful ruse in still another, future war. 
The story wasn't declassified until 2007, when the surviving  craftsmen from Waddington's, as well as the firm itself, were finally honored in  a public ceremony.

It's always nice when you can play that 'Get Out of Jail Free' card!



From:- Ian Bunce


To:- Trevor Luttrell

Subject:-   Men of WW1


 I captured this from a wall on a recent visit to Canberra and the War Memorial. I have never particularly liked Bean especially regarding his machinations, with Murdoch, against Monash. But these words go a long way towards redress. You are almost certainly aware of them but they were very new to me, and had great impact when first I read them. They need quoting to all those cynical ideologues now gearing up, with intent, on attacking the men of the First World War as part of their academic or journalistic occupations, as this century’s anniversaries roll on. I suppose however such people would be immune to the power of these words.




From:- Rob Cumming


To:- Peter Morton


Subject:-  Re Attending BTR

Dear Peter,

I will be attending the BTR function on Tuesday, 18 March
This is also the opportunity for me to put in writing my idea for a 40 year reunion for those of us who joined QUR in 1975. 

I had originally thought of joining in with something like the BTR function but, given the change to format to a Tuesday night, that probably won’t suit those travelling from out of town. 

Perhaps the best idea is for a Sat night of a training weekend.  During the day, subject to the ability to observe training, I thought there might be a tour of the St Lucia depot and perhaps at Enoggera to observe training coupled with a brief etc with dinner at a restaurant nearby (say St Lucia Golf Club).  Alternatively, using one of the messes may be an option. 

That is the general concept.  I probably need to get a list of enlistees in that year.  I remember a few names etc, but not all.  Some of the training staff may be around too.  Peter Rule and Dickie Palk were the two recruit training PL COMD.  Regrettably, I know a few people are no longer with us.

I will chat to you and any others who are there on BTR night to gauge interest levels and likely levels of support.


Rob Cumming



From:- Chris Goodhew


To:- Peter Morton


Subject:- The Standfast Club


“At the conclusion of the final parade I was pleased to host the family of LTCOL Harry Standfast for the re-naming of the OCDT Mess to the ‘Harry Standfast Club’.     This name with it’s historical significance to the Regiment was passed to the OCDT  mess on the closing of the Soldiers Club.  The re-naming ceremony featured moving speeches, the un-veiling of a new sign over the entrance and the hanging of a portrait of LTCOL Standfast over the bar.”



What do you think of the dedication of the “Harry Standfast Club” as the officer cadet’s mess?  One would have thought that the club was long dedicated.  There is no mention of the fact that is was named the “Standfast Club” for near 30 years.  The more cynical among us may conclude that the stain of association with a former OR’s Mess is to be avoided in some quarters.  This notwithstanding that for many years the officer candidates were for the most part corporals messing in the Standfast Club.


Was there ever an RO series canning the Standfast Club name, rededicating the shed as the Soldier’s Club name, closing the Soldier’s Club, and dedicating the OCDT Mess name?


I’m not against change per se; however, one should shine the brightest of lights into the dark corners where history is rewritten.


 Chris T Goodhew

Registered Patent & Trade Marks Attorney

Goodhew IP Services



From:- Peter Sharwood


To:- Peter Morton


Subject:-  Re February Newsletter




It is again with great pleasure I read the Newsletter. I congratulate you on your efforts and dedication to the task. Please continue!


It is so good to see the achievements of our up and coming members and as well to read the reminiscences of colleagues with whom I served. Perhaps there is still an active Reserve, something which the country cannot do without. Remember, Australia's only Field Marshall was a Reserve Officer and had the ED!


I am glad to hear of the appointment of Mick Fairweather as Colonel Commandant. I have worked with him in the past and would like to pass on my congratulations.


Now I have been retired from the Military for nearly two years after over 47 years continuous service, I have little contact with many former comrades, and one soon realizes that after you leave, you are soon forgotten, a fact which saddens me. My main Military connections now are as Chair of the Military Section of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and I am still the International Representative on the Board of the Society of Military Orthopedic Surgeons (USA).


Having given up operating practice in Orthopaedic surgery, I spend most of my time now assessing Veteran's disabilities and as such do meet with some with whom I have served, both in Australia and overseas including recently Lesley Pyecroft, one of the first female enlistees in QUR who subsequently served for many years in the Army as a nursing officer. These encounters sometimes do make me run late for the next patient which is really nothing new, though mostly ex-military understand. 


I do hope to be at the function on the 18th March, though I will be intrastate during the day, thus probably a little late depending on the air traffic control at Brisbane Airport.


I was amused by the list of Rules you published. One I use a lot is O'Toole's law. It is "That Murphy was an optimist!"




Peter Sharwood OAM RFD

Colonel (Retired) RAAMC (QUR 1965 - for ever)


From:- Trevor Luttrell


To:- Peter Morton


Subject:-  Re Electromagnetic Rail Gun


The US Navy is planning sea trials for a weapon that can fire projectiles at seven times the speed of sound using electromagnetic energy.

Chief of Naval Research Rear Admiral Matthew Klunder told a roundtable group recently, the futuristic electromagnetic railgun had already undergone extensive testing on land and would be mounted on the USNS Millinocket, a high-speed vessel, for sea trials beginning in 2016.



"It's now reality and it's not science fiction. It's actually real. You can look at it. It's firing," Rear Admiral Klunder said.

Railguns use electromagnetic energy known as the Lorenz Force to launch a projectile between two conductive rails.

The high-power electric pulse generates a magnetic field to fire the projectile with very little recoil, officials said.

Rear Admiral Klunder planned to discuss progress on the system with military and industry leaders at a major maritime event, the Sea-Air-Space Exposition, near Washington.

"It will help us in air defence, it will help us in cruise missile defence, it will help us in ballistic missile defence," he said.

"We're also talking about a gun that's going to shoot a projectile that's about one one-hundredth of the cost of an existing missile system today."

The railgun can fire a low-cost, 10-kilogram projectile at 8,575 kilometres per hour.

The Navy research chief said that cost differential - $25,000 for a railgun projectile, versus $500,000 to $1.5 million for a missile - will make potential enemies think twice about the economic viability of engaging US forces.

"That ... will give our adversaries a huge moment of pause to go, 'do I even want to go engage a naval ship?'" Read Admiral Klunder told reporters.

"You could throw anything at us, frankly, and the fact that we now can shoot a number of these rounds at a very affordable cost, it's my opinion that they don't win."

US officials have voiced concerns that tight defence budgets could cause the Pentagon to lose its technological edge over China, Russia and other rivals, who have been developing anti-ship ballistic missile systems and integrated air defences capable of challenging US air and naval dominance.

Weapons like the electromagnetic railgun could help US forces retain their edge and give them an asymmetric advantage over rivals, making it too expensive to use missiles to attack US warships because of the cheap way to defeat them.

The US Navy has funded two single-shot railgun prototypes, one by privately held General Atomics and the other by BAE Systems.

Rear Admiral Klunder said he had selected BAE for the second phase of the project, which will look at developing a system capable of firing multiple shots in succession.

"We're talking about a projectile that we're going to send well over 100 miles (160 km), we're talking about a projectile that can go over Mach 7 (8,575 kph), we're talking about a projectile that can go well into the atmosphere," Rear Admiral Klunder said.

Ships can carry dozens of missiles, but they could be loaded with hundreds of railgun projectiles, he said.

"Your magazine never runs out, you just keep shooting, and that's compelling," Rear Admiral Klunder said.

The 2016 sea trials will be conducted aboard the joint forces high-speed cargo ship because it has the space to carry the system on its deck and in its cargo bay.

Officials said they would begin looking at integrating the system into warships after 2018.





From:- Chris Goodhew


To:- Peter Morton


Subject:-  Re February Newsletter




Out of interest, one of the “quite interesting” bits, relating to the “Boeing 797”, is false.  See http://www.snopes.com/photos/airplane/boeing797.asp


Like a lot of these things, they gain traction by either appealing to a sense of “American exceptionalism” or preying on fears of foreign technical or capacity encroachment on American pre-eminence, especially in defence matters.


Chris T Goodhew

Registered Patent & Trade Marks Attorney





From:- Trevor Luttrell


To:- Peter Morton


Subject:-  Ponderisms




I used to eat a lot of natural foods until I learned that most people die of natural causes.

Gardening Rule: When weeding, the best way to make sure you are removing a weed and not a valuable plant is to pull on it. If it comes out of the ground easily, it is a valuable plant. 

The easiest way to find something lost around the house is to buy a replacement.

Never take life seriously. Nobody gets out alive anyway.

There are two kinds of pedestrians: the quick and the dead. 

Life is sexually transmitted.

Health is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die.

The only difference between a rut and a grave is the depth.

Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in hospitals dying of nothing. 

Have you noticed since everyone has a 
phone camera these days no one talks about seeing UFOs like they used to. 


Whenever I feel blue, I start breathing again.

All of us could take a lesson from the weather. It pays no attention to criticism.

In the 60's, people took acid to make the world weird.  Now the world is weird and people take Prozac to make it normal. 

How is it one careless match can start a bush fire, but it takes a whole box to start a campfire?

Why is there a
 light in the fridge and not in the freezer? 

If quizzes are quizzical, what are tests?

Do illiterate people get the full effect of Alphabet Soup?

Did you ever notice that when you blow in a dog's face, he gets mad at you, but when you take him on a car ride, he sticks his head out the window? 

Why doesn't glue stick to the inside of the bottle?



From:- Dave Sallows


To:- Peter Morton


Subject:-  Recent Correspondence


Hello Peter, and Happy New Year!


In a recent issue, Phil Bushell-Guthrie outlined his service, and he made mention of his deafness arising from use of the SLR.


This remark is of more than passing interest to me as I suffered from the same syndrome, but in those distant years, I did not think much about the relationship to the SLR and the later deafness that arose possibly being directly related to exposure to the “new weapon of the day”, the SLR , until I saw Phil’s remarks. I thought then I may not be alone in this. We never wore ear plugs in those days of course. I recall its first manifestation was one morning after a range practice introducing the SLR to the troops when we were in Camp at Wacol and I remarked to my room mate – I think it was Tasky when we were both Sergeant Majors – that I had “water in my ear that was annoying me”. Sadly I did not go to the RAP of course, and eventually it subsided and I thought no more of it.


I too had my army career reduced as I was attached to CSTU in Sydney doing my Captain’s exams ( I had been transferred in my employment) when it was confirmed independently for the requisite medical that I was going deaf, so it was “Com Zone only” from there on – that was then end of that.


Maybe there are others elsewhere who are in the same boat?


I have not got Phil’s address, so I wonder if you could pass this on to him, in its entirety to give him the picture, and maybe he can contact me direct


Best regards



From:- Rod Hardaker


To:- Peter Morton


Subject:-  Military Humour!






From:- John Taske


To:- Peter Morton


Subject:-  Re Talk by Chief of Navy


Hi Peter,

My apologies for both these functions. All going well, I will be flying with a friend from Brisbane to Perth in his FIB (Flying inflatable boat), starting around the 8-10th March. The whole trip is likely to take a few weeks as the FIB is slow and very weather sensitive; can only fly safely in very calm conditions, so we may be holed up somewhere across the Nullabour for a few days.

Thanks for the invite.

John Taske.



From:- John Hammond


To:- Trevor Luttrell


Subject:-  The Military System


Hello Trevor


This was taken from the 49th Battalion Association Newsletter


The article was submitted by Ted Weeks, ex CO of the 42nd Battalion and a former member of QUR.




A friend once told me he didn’t understand the military system.

Dumb civilian, I said to myself, but openly I said, “The system is really quite simple.”


You see, all people in the Army are soldiers, all privates are soldiers, but not all soldiers are privates. Some are officers who are commissioned, but some are officers who are not commissioned. Obviously if every private was called private it would be confusing, so some privates are called things like trooper, driver, gunner, crafts-men, sapper or signaller.


Not all of the drivers actually drive because some of them cook, but we don’t call them cooks, for that matter, not all drivers are called drivers – some of them are privates or gunners. Gunners as I’m sure you know are the blokes that fire guns, unless of course they are drivers or signallers in which case we call them gunners rather than drivers or signallers just to make it clearer.


All gunners belong to the artillery, except that in the infantry we have gunners who are called privates because they fire a different sort of gun, for the same reason we call our drivers and signallers private as well. A Lance Corporal is called Corporal, unless he is a Lance Bombardier then we call him Bombardier to distinguish him from a full Bombardier, who is just like a Corporal.


All other ranks are called by their rank for the sake of simplicity except that Staff Sergeants are called Staff, but they are not on the staff, some Warrant Officers, who are not officers, are called Sergeant Major although they are not Sergeants or Majors. Some Warrant Officers are called Mister which is the same thing that we call some officers but they are not Warrant Officers.


A Lieutenant is also called Mister because they are subalterns, but we always write their rank as Lieutenant or Second Lieutenant, and second comes before first. When we talk about groups of soldiers there obviously has to be clear distinction. We call them Officers and Soldiers although we know that officers are soldiers too, sometimes we talk about officers and other ranks which is the same as calling them soldiers. I guess it is easiest when we talk about rank and file which is all the troops on parade except the officers and some of the NCOs - - and a few of the privates – and the term is used whether everyone is on parade or not.


A large unit is called a battalion, unless it is a regiment but sometimes a regiment is much bigger than a battalion and then it has nothing to do with the other sort of regiment. Sub units are called companies unless they are squadrons or troops or batteries for that matter. That is not radio batteries and don’t confuse this type of troop with the type who are soldiers but not officers.


Mostly the Army is divided into Corps as well as units, not the sort of Corps which is a couple of divisions but the sort which tells you straight away what trade each man performs, whether he is a tradesmen or not. The Infantry Corps has all the infantrymen for example and the Artillery Corps has all the gunners. Both these Corps also have signallers and drivers except those who are in the Signals or Transport Corps. In fact the Signals Corps is not a service at all because it is an Arm. Arms do all the fighting, although Signals don’t have to fight too much, rather like the Engineers who are also an Arm but they don’t fight too much either.


“So you see, it’s really quite straightforward really” .


With such a simple explanation, my friend walked away looking none the wiser.


Civies, you just can’t follow them!



Ted Weeks is the bloke in the hat, clasping his hands.  The photo was taken at the ANZAC Day march in Emerald this year.


John H



From:- Trevor Luttrell


To:- Peter Morton


Subject:-  FB-1B Belly Landing.....


Landing on runway 31 at Diego Garcia, skidding 7,500 feet down the runway.

The aircraft and crew were landing at the end of an 11 hour ferry mission that started at Andersen AFB , Guam .

During the landing, the B-1B caught fire and emergency crews extinguished the flames.

The four-person aircrew escaped from the plane through the overhead escape hatch.

The aircraft was finally removed from the runway 4 days later.

  The Air Force Accident Investigation concluded the pilots forgot to lower the landing gear.
The USAF estimated the damage to the B-1B at $7.9 million, and the damage to the runway at $14,025. RBRM and those old SEABEES made one tough runway, that's for sure!
For those of you who've never seen a $285,000,000.00 bomber on the deck, here she is:







Back to the Regiment                           Tuesday 18 March 2014 - QUR hosted Function  (Walcott St Depot) 
Anzac Day                                              Friday 25 April 2013 - 0615Hrs s

                                                                   (Dawn Service - BBQ breakfast at QUR)
QUR Birthday All Ranks Function   Saturday 3 May 2014

                                                                    ( Includes partners - Gallipoli Barracks )

AGM                                                       Friday 12 September 2014 - ( 1900Hrs for 1930Hrs)

Officers/SNCO Regimental Dinner       Saturday 11 October 2014 (Unit and QURA members only)

Christmas Function                              Thursday 11 December 2014 - 1730Hrs (Normanby Hotel)






Please check the Members Page to ensure that your membership is current.

If you pay your membership fees on a year by year basis

payment is now due for 2014


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QUR Association

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St Lucia 4067

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If you know of any ex-members of QUR who are not in the association, please contact the Membership Registrar (Peter Morton) with any contact details that you have.


For members wishing to provide a new email address, please send an email to Sectretary  to ensure your address is received and entered onto our contact list.




Have you considered purchasing a copy of the History of QUR magnificently complied and edited by Paul Smith?

It contains 128 pages of stories, photographs and has a coloured badged cover.

          COST :            $15 per copy.

What about a CD containing over 100 images of the history of the Regiment.

COST :            $10 per copy.

Why not treat yourself to a copy or buy copies for your friends.  These are collectors items so don't miss out.

How to purchase copies:

Ring                        Trevor Luttrell      0437 442 964

Email                    Historian

Send your payment to:

The Treasurer, QUR Association, 24 Walcott Street, St Lucia Q 4067.

For those members with internet banking, payments may be made direct to the QURA Bank Account.

Details are BSB 064 129, Account 0090 4500, Account Name QUR Association Inc

Please ensure your name is supplied in the payment details.



Association Office Bearers


Position Name Bus Hrs A/Hrs Email
President Trevor Luttrell 0437 442 964 3345 2754 President
Vice President Col Ahern 0409 616 922 3278 1862  
Secretary/Treasurer Bruce Davis 0402 768 142 3878 2920 Treasurer
Membership Secretary Peter Morton 3114 2010 0419 484 736 M/ship Secretary
Committee Members       Executive
  Greg Adams 3264 5544 0418 744 678  
  Garry Collins   3359 5993  
  Judy Costello      
  David Ross 3227 6974 0402 904 204  

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