Association News and Updates

Vale - Doug Hocking

(26 Aug 2016)

Association member Jeff Herbert has advised of the sad passing on Thu 25 Aug of Doug Hocking aged 79 after a long illness.  Doug was a former OC/Music Director of the 1st Military District Band and was highly regarded as an excellent Cornet player. Doug's postings included:

  • Enlisted approx 1956 and posted to Southern Command Band
  • Served in Borneo and Malaysia with 4 RAR 1965 - 66
  • Returned to Army School of Music 1967 as an instructor
  • Appointed Bandmaster (WO1) RAAC Band Jan 69 – Dec 70
  • Commissioned and appointed OC/MD (LT) Western Command Band Jan 71 – May 72
  • OC/MD Australian Army Band Singapore May 72 – Dec 73
  • Army School of Music as Bandmaster Jan 74 – Dec 75 then Senior Instructor (CAPT) Jan 76 - Dec 77.
  • OC/MD 1 MD Band (CAPT) Jan 78 – Jan 81
Association member Tom Joy has advised that the funeral for the late Doug Hocking will be held at the Albany Creek Crematorium, Lakeside Chapel on Mon 5 Sep 2016 at 11.00am.

    The AABC Association pass on their sincere condolences to his wife Alison and his family. RIP

    2016 AABC Association Reunion - Fremantle WA (Update)

    (17 Aug 2016)

    With the 2016 AABC Association Reunion being confirmed to be held in Frematle WA on dates Fri 21 Oct - Sun 23 Oct 2016 inc, details for the reunion have been released for some time now to enable members who are travelling to WA to take advantage of any discounted fares that may be available.  The Registration Form (see below) has all the detailed information regarding the activities being conducted throughout the weekend together with times and costs.  

    To date the numbers that have submitted their Registration Forms are mainly from interstate members, which is of some concern to the WA Committee who expected a greater number of members who reside in Perth and the surrounding region to attend.  Our POC in Perth, Chris Mullin says this promises to be a great weekend for all that attend the reunion and says if you're an ex-member of the AABC come alongwith your partner and enjoy the comaraderie of others that served in the AABC.

    Fri 21 Oct 16

    • 1000 - AABC Association Golf Trophy (Point Walter Golf Club, Bicton - Ph: 08 9330 3262)

      Note: Only five carts are available and already three have been booked.  Suggest if you require a cart you book ASAP.

    • 1800 - Meet & Greet (Tradewinds Hotel)

    Sat 22 Oct 16

    • 0900 - AGM (Tradewinds Hotel)

    • 1230 - AAB-Perth Concert (Perth - venue TBA)

    • 1800 for 1830 - AABC Association Dinner (Plympton Room - Tradewinds Hotel)

    Sun 23 Oct 16

    • 1000 - 1400 River Cruise (East Street Jetty) - 51 bookings for the cruise have been received.  Still require another nine people to book.

      Note: The East Street Jetty is within walking distance of the Tradewinds Hotel)

    Note 1: Except for the concert being held in Perth (venue TBA) early on Saturday afternoon the majority of reunion activities are being held in Fremantle at the Tradewinds Hotel. More information / Registration form

    Note 2: Originally the closing date for deposits was Fri 12 Aug 2016.  Our POC Chris Mullin has advised the closing date has now been extended well into September.

    We hope to see you there....!

    AABC Association - Notice of an Annual General Meeting

    (10 Aug 2016)

    With the 2016 AABC Association Reunion being held in Fremantle, WA in 2016 this notice is to advise members that the AABC Association Annual General Meeting will be held at the Tradewinds Hotel, Fremantle on Sat 22 Oct 2016, during the reunion period, commencing at 9.00am. 

    If members have any agenda items they wish to raise they are requested to advise the Secretary ( NLT COB Fri 14 Oct 2016.

    Any apologies are to forwarded to the Secretary, Kevin Noon.

    Vale - Roy Simpson (Update)

    (11 Aug 2016)

    Assistant Secretary Dave Oakley notified the association that 47914 Roy Gaywood (Simmo) Simpson passed away due to  heart failure at Loveday, SA on Tue 26 Jul 2016 aged 56.  Roy was a 30A Intake Apprentice Musician. 

    Roy was a very fine concordant and tuneful tuba player in the many postings and a very respected QMSM in his final years of service. 

    Darryl James recalls that Roy was in his senior year of training when he returned to AAS ASM on course in the 70s' and was half the graduating class of what had to be the smallest ever intake at AAS .... the 30A intake . That graduating intake of two was made up of our ASM QMS's nephew Staff SGT Simpson and Peter Allis. Roy went on to become a well respected Warrant officer QMS AABM DFSM and AABA prior to his medical discharge in the late 90s. 

    Dave Oakley advises that Roy Simpsons funeral will held at 2.00pm on Fri 19 Aug 2016 at the Barmera cemetery 131 McKenzie Road Barmera SA 5345.

    Dave says if there is anybody who would like to provide him with any stories, words  or photos he is happy to try and include them in the Eulogy. Please email Dave on or phone 0438951738

    Leaving this life far too early .  RIP Roy

    2016 AABC Association Reunion (Fremantle) - Registration Deposit

    (25 Jul 2016)

    The Fremantle Reunion organiser, Chris Mullin has advised that those intending to attend the reunion are reminded that registration deposits are due NLT Fri 12 Aug 2016.  At this time 40 registrations have been received by the organising committee.  Note: The final balance payment due Fri 30 Sep.

    There are approximately 30 seats left on the River Cruise so if you don't want to miss out on what promises to be a great day enjoying the beauty of the Swan River with some old mates, then get your deposit in quick.  Note: You need to pay the deposit to secure your seat!

    Co-Chaplain AABC Association - Mr Matthew James

    (26 Jun 2016)

    The AABC Association Committee recently held a meeting and unanimously agreed to the appointment of Mr Matthew James as our Co-Chaplain of the Association.  Our current Chaplain, LTCOL Dennis Hills (Retd) who has been ill for some time it was put forward that the association appoint a Co Chaplain to assist in the Association's pastoral work.  

    Following the vote the President John Franklin advised Matthew of his appointment and said I think it is a great thing that one of our own is appointed to this position.  Thank you and congratulations Matthew.

    Australians Reunited – Terendak Repatriation (2 Jun 2016)

    (13 Jun 2016)

    On Thu 2 June 2016, Australia welcomed home 33 Australian service personnel and dependents, many of whom were casualties of the Vietnam War, from cemeteries in Malaysia and Singapore.  To date the official 'Ramp Ceremony' for the repatriation of those service personnel being returned to Australia has been conducted at Richmond Air Base where the Governor General of the Commonwealth of Australia attended.  Since then funerals have since been held at Rookwood Cemetery and other sites around Australia, which included both PTE/Rifleman/Drummer Chris Clarke and Merv Wilson. 

    The repatriation, organised by the Office of Australian War Graves was one of the largest single repatriations of Australian service men and dependents in Australia’s history. More on the DVA website...

    Video of the ceremony

    RSL Virtual War Memorial

    (19 Oct 2015)

    During the 2015 AABC Association Reunion Dinner held on Sat 17 Oct 2015 the association had the priveledge to have as their special guest speaker Ms Sharyn Roberts, General Manager, RSL Virtual War Memorial, who provided an informative presentation on the RSL Virtual War Memorial.   If any members are interested in providing information or viewing the site the details of the virtual war memorial site can be seen by clicking here:  Already information on our Patron of the AABC Association, Brigadier J.J. Shelton, DSO, MC has been posted on the memorial site

    Our thanks go out to Dave Oakley, the head of the Adelaide Committee for organising Sharyn to speak and on behalf of the AABC Association we thank her for this informative presentation.  Sharyn's details are:

    Ms Sharyn Roberts 
    General Manager  RSL Virtual War Memorial
    Direct Dial Number| 8100 7318
    Mobile|  0402 434 063


    Royal Australian Engineers Band Recording

    (30 Jun 2015)

    In the late sixties/early seventies the RAE Band produced an album of popular tunes and music for a typical RAE Parade. Later the album was transferred to cassette.  The association is looking for any ex member of Engineers Band who may still have a copy of the record or cassette to contact the Secretary using email:  The son of former RSM James (Jim) Geoff Boughton has asked to association to assist him in finding a copy of the record or cassettte.  Your help with this request would be most appreciated.

    Pension Increase for Veteran Community and Important Announcement on DFRB/DFRDB Pensions  

    For details of pension increases and the Fair Indexation of Pensions Bill (FIB), please click here.

    Australian Army Band Corps Association Inc Facebook Group

    (16 Nov 2013)

    The President, John Franklin has advised that the Australian Army Band Corps Association Inc Facebook Group has been set up to allow association members to share stories and photos quickly and easily.  It is requested that members are thoughtful and considerate about the content of their posts. 

    Sick Parade Page

    The Association website Sick Parade link that are well out of date will be deleted unless the person concerned advises the AABC Secretary that their condition is still current or has changed.  If you're one of the members that are listed in the page or you were the one that notified us, please advise the Secretary of your updated condition or situation.  Thank you.

    AGM / Reunion 2016

    Perth, West Australia
    Friday 21 - Sunday 23 October

    Deposits due:
    12 August 16

    Final payment:
    30 Sept 16

    For more details please check out the Reunion Page


    Changes to Details

    If members change any of their personal or contact details, please notify the Secretary ( of the change/s ASAP.  Failure to do so will result in those members not receiving newsletters / updates.  We need your details so we can contact you.


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