Muzzle Flashes

  • Greetings and best wishes for the festive season and for 2013.

  • The December 2012 issue (156) of The New Zealand Gunner is now available on line.

  • Here is the text of the President's Annual Report for 2012, presented by President Tony McLeod at the AGM on 10 November 2012.

  • From DominionPost 18 Dec 2012:

  • SINCOCK Lawrence Robert MBE, Regt No F920696, WO RNZA, passed away peacefully on 28 November 2012, at Hamilton. aged 80 years.

  • Three active members, Graeme Henderson, Spencer Morrisson and James Horn and wives, (Joan, Rona and Aileen), met and enjoyed drinks and dinner at 228 Spey St Invercargill.

    The Queen and the Regiment were duly toasted.

  • A group of Gunners gathered at the Thistle Inn on Monday afternoon to celebrate St Barbara's Day (albeit 24 hours early!) and to meet up with John Tulloch on his first visit to NZ in almost 40 years - John served in the RNZA (161 Bty 1968-69 Section Comd and FO, and 16 Fd Regt Adjt) before joinin

  • Harry Honnor is a lot brighter and more coherent today, but he said he may not return to his apartment. Pat had confirmed this earlier that he is being assessed for the Rest Home facility at Jan Mander.

  • Dedication Service and unveiling of a memorial to commemorate those who had served in the Armed Forces was held at Whenua Tapu Cemetery on Armistice Day this year.   There were about 150 personnel in pouring rain attended, with veterans from Porirua, Titahi Bay, Pukerua Bay, Johnsonville and Tawa

  • Harry Honnor has not been enjoying good health of late and following a spell in Whangarei Base Hospital is now back in the hospital wing of the Jane Mander Retirement Village in Whangarei. [More as it comes to hand.]

  • RNZA Association Trophy presented to Bdr Andrew Smith

  • Up to 30 Korean War veterans will be funded to attend the 60th anniversary commemorations of the Korean War Armistice in July next year, Veterans Affairs Minister Nathan Guy has announced on 23 November 2012.

  • Retired Brigadier and linguist Ernie Chamberlain served for 36 years in the Australian Army, including on exchange with NZ Force SEA in Singapore 1975‐77 as SO2 Intelligence. He has written The Viet Cong D445 Battalion: Their Story, published privately in 2011, and available to read free on-line.

  • From Willie Walker:

    During the period 16‐19 August 2012 I was privileged to attend the unveiling of the original Long Tan Cross at the Australian War Memorial Museum in Canberra. In 1968 prior to 6 RARs second tour to Vietnam, a plan was put in place to erect a cross at the site of the Long Tan battle.

  • Our annual reunion, 9-11 November 2012, was a great occasion, enjoyed by all. Read on for the highlights of the weekend . . .