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Private Raymond A BOURNE 1733972 MID

Text of Citation for award of Mentioned-in-Despatches to Private Raymond A Bourne 1733972

Private Raymond Bourne enlisted in the Regular Army Supplement (National Service) on 7th February 1968 and was allotted to the Royal Australian Infantry. He was posted to 9th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment on 18th April 1968 and arrived in Vietnam on 20th November 1968.

In October 1969, Private Bourne was a member of a small detachment from the battalion engaged on a civil aid project in southern Phuoc Tuy Province.

The detachment was based by night at a United States Special Forces training camp.

At 1930 hours on 20th October 1969, a group of Special Force trainees of various nationalities with American instructors left the camp to move to a nearby range for a night firing practice. On entering the range, the party initiated two enemy laid mines which killed three and wounded 21 others, including three Americans.

On hearing the explosion, Private Bourne immediately ran from the camp to the range despite the presence of other mines in the area. With complete disregard for his own safety, he moved amongst the wounded, giving first aid and assisting in their evacuation. By his prompt and courageous action and his skilful first aid, Private Bourne undoubtedly set a fine example and earned the respect of the whole Special Force group.

His conduct reflects great credit on himself and the Australian Army


Sergeant Lindsay Elgar 1410746 MID

Sergeant Lindsay Elgar was a well liked and competent NCO of 102 Field Battery. He is best described through the testimomals given at his funeral:

1. RSM Les Partridge: Algie was an unassuming Gunner but trained his Gun Crew to the utmost of his ability and to such an extent that they became one of the best in the Regiment. He taught them not only to be excellent gunners but inspired that other great Aussie tradition, to become MATES and this friendship has lasted over 40 years. This was evident by the fact that at each Battery or Regimental Reunion, the members of Charlie Gun Detachment were there to be with him and to show that love and respct that endeared him to his Gunners.

2. Captain David Brook: At the time of Coral, I was Battery Captain of the battery and a such, I commanded the gun position. There is no doube that in my mind, Algie and Charlie Gun were the most professional of all and this was achieved by Algie instilling in all members of the detachment that 'near enough is never good enough'. He was a true 'Gentleman of the Artillery'.

3. Glen Elgar (brother): After his discharge from the army, Lindsay worked as a cleaner for the North Rockhampton Nursing Home for 22 years but he was more than just a cleaner. He was President of the Friends of the North Rockhampton Nursing Home and worked tirelessly to raise money to make life comfortable for the patients in the home. He was much loved by his work colleagures who continued to keep in touch aftr his retirement.

Lindsay also served as a volunteer for Rockhampton Legacy and was a great favourite of the widows of the Laurel Club Ladies. As a Legatee, he would visit newly widowed ladies to help them through the mountain of paper work and strong friendships were formed. He was a member of Legacy from 1991 until his untimely death in 2009


Neville TICKNER 16956
Allan (OZ) Young & Owen Gregory Young Vietnam Veterans from Mt Morgan


Allan (Ozzie) Young


Delroy Doyle (Del) 15/12/2008

Coming from a family steeped in military history and after the loss of my Brother Allan (OZ) Young, Vietnam Veteran, My Husband and I visited the Yeppoon War Museum. What an interesting place to visit, worthy of more time to spend there and take in as much information as possible. I asked there for directions to this place called Cockscomb, and off we went.

It certainly was a great experience, as we left the tarred road and onto the dirt road, full of wonder, taking in the drive, then my feeling of peace when we arrived, and I stepped from the car, the view, breathtaking it was, stately ironbark trees, and the energy that radiates from the majestic Mount Wheeler as the backdrop.

The Caretaker there gave us a detailed tour with a wealth of information, much appreciated.

I paused to think with a 'minds eye' of these servicemen and wondered of their families, we paid our respects to all who have their name engraved there. As I stood there I thought of a refrain from a song of the group The Hollies, "He ain't heavy He's my brother"

This parcel of land called Cockscomb and the reason it stands, deserves the full support of us all, and sometimes in life for those who need to get away, this is a peaceful place to go to.

My missing Brother, Vietnam Veteran, Owen from the Northern Territory, found after over 33 years, with my Sister Lynette from the Kingdom of Bahrain, my Husband and I with family and friends will be at Cockscomb 18/08/2009.

Worthy of visiting.



L to R - Allan Roy Young, Vietnam Veteran
Joseph Austin Young WW2 Veteran
Derek John Doyle Active Duty East Timor x2
This photo was supplied by Del Doyle
Dell is a brother to Allan, Joseph is Dels Uncle and Derek is Dels son


Photo yet to be found

Allan Roy Young (Ozzie) 43556 (NZ) was born in Mt Morgan, on 3 Oct 1948 went to school there and lived and worked in Australia until he went to New Zealand for a working holiday.

But Ozzies fate was that his number came up in the Australian Draft and he was told to return to Australia to do his National Service. Ozzie negotiated with the Government and joined the New Zealand Army and was a member of V4/6RAR. Ozzie toured Terendak Camp Malaya 1969 and went on to Vietnam. A gentleman by the name of Jock Tate of Mt Morgan and Allans father signed Allans papers for his service in Vietnam
Allan Young died on the 3rd August 2007

Allan has family in Queensland and had been married but was divorced. He left behind 2 Daughters & 1 Son plus a total of 6 grandkids.

His brother Owen Gregory Young 2795572 was also drafted and served with 1 FD Sqn in 1971. Owen was missing for 33 years after the war and only recently surfaced just before his brothers death.





HMAS Melbourne

Able Seaman R52639
Royal Australian Navy

Ships Served on: HMAS Cerebus, HMAS Watson, HMAS Sydney, HMAS Penguin,
HMAS Melbourne, HMAS Penguin, HMAS Melbourne, HMAS Cerebus.

Australian Service Medal 1945 - 1975 With Clasp Malaya
Australian Service Medal 1945 – 1975 With Clasp FESR
Australian Defence Medal
Anniversary of National Service 1951 – 1972
Returned from Active Service Badge Service

Date of Service -14th Jan 1957 to 13th Jan 1963

Date of Birth - 13th Mar 1937 – Date of Death - 31st July 2017

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