Muzzle Flashes

  • Sunday 1 December

    Picnic and tour of Godley Head

  • From Julia Flavel:
    Graeme's health has taken a turn for the worse sadly so I am trying to update everyone on a regular basis.

  • From Graeme Black:

    Strangely enough there were very few group photos taken of 161 Bty personnel in Vietnam. If anyone out there has any could you please email them to me.

  • Three years in the making, Great Guns by Peter Cooke and Ian Maxwell is now available.

  • Suddenly on the 14th September 2013, aged 59 years. Dearly loved husband of Nicki, Son of the late Valmae and Geoffrey. Friend of Graeme. Much loved Father and Father in-law of Joshua and Jane, Jason and Isabelle, and Daniel. Beloved brother of Cheryl, Kaylene and the late Doug. Loved by all his grand children, nieces and nephews. A service to celebrate Peter's life will be held on Friday 20th September 2013 at 2pm at Manukau Memorial Gardens Chapel, 357 Puhinui Road, Papatoetoe.

  • Greetings from Vietnam and a welcome to anyone passing through Vung Tau, just give me an email and happy to meet in either Ho Chi Minh City or Vung Tau. 

    Regards to all, Mayne MANSON, 161 Bty RNZA.

  • If you are registered to attend the Reunion and AGM in Palmerston North and wish to have a Vegetarian option at the Formal dinner, please let the Secretary know ASAP on

  • Thank you for a very interesting Home Page. Gunners are a special kind of people. The two great Russian authors Leo Tolstoy and A Solsjenytsin were both captains in the artillery.

    Johan Tengroth


  • From Graeme Black:

    It is my sad duty to advise that Roger has terminal cancer. Contact is - 14 Hillcrest Drive, Palmerston North, or email Roger . . .

  • 478684 Russell Graham LALICH ex 161 Bty  SVN, passed away at Middlemore Hospital , Auckland , on Monday 2 September 2013, aged 67.

    A Requiem Mass was celebrated at St Anne’s Catholic Church, 126 Russell Road, Manurewa, Auckland on Thursday 5 September 2013.

    • 1st event: On the last Friday of the month - 27 Sep 13Presentation on Gulf War 1, by a former USA Marine Officer
      •         At Arch Hill, 6:30pm for drinks, 7:00pm to hear about Gulf War 1
    • 2nd event: Wednesday 2 October - CRO Regimental Memorial Formal Dinner - $45pp
      •         Dress is Semi Formal, Mess Kit & Medals or SDAR & medals, Suit Jacket & Tie, Ladies Equivalent
  • I have made extensive inquiries about D E Pearson, including putting an item in NZRSA's  Lost Trails recently, which so far has had no bites. This is what it said:

    Found item for D E Pearson (6 LAA Regiment) or family: I would like to be put in touch with anyone who knows or knew Second Lieutenant D E Pearson, who served with New Zealand forces, 6 LAA Regiment, 1951-56. I have discovered a memento which I would like to return to D E Pearson or his family.

    The memento I have is a . . .

  • The function will be held at Custom House, 18 Fryatt Street, Dunedin which is a restaurant situated on the harbour’s edge. 

  • We have been given an extension to the date that Registrations close. The Registration cutoff date is NOW Thursday 12 September 2013.

  • From Angus Rivers:

    I am sad to advise that Graeme has been suffering for some years from complications in his lungs. Julia reports that . . .