Corps Birthday Luncheon

Sunday 31st October 2010

The Officers Mess, Victoria Barracks, Petrie Terrace Brisbane Qld

346 Years of Loyal,

Courageous and Professional Service

'Per Mare Per Terram'

Guest of Honour Brigadier W.J. Taylor OBE RM, Defence and Naval Advisor, British High Commission Canberra.

Special Guest Mr Ian Jempson RAN Retd. From the Maritime Museum South Bank Brisbane Qld.

Special Guest Capt. K. Kuiper. Honorary Consul for the Netherlands Brisbane Qld.


Brigadier Will Taylor joined the Royal Marines in 1979.  He served his early years in 40 and 42 Commando, CTCRM, as a Liaison Officer in a Norwegian Army Division, and as a Training Officer in Royal Marines Reserve London.

In 1999, as Second-in-Command, 42 Commando, he planned two  amphibious deployments to the Mediterranean, both of which were redeployed to meet contingency requirements in West Africa (Sierra Leone).

In 2001, as the Deputy Chief of Staff, he planned and delivered logistic support to the Brigade amphibious deployment to Oman, and following 9/11 to subsequent operations in the Indian Ocean, Afghanistan and Iraq.

His final tour in 3 Commando Brigade as CO Commando Logistic Regiment during the period 2005 – 2008, he returned to sea  and back to Afghanistan where the Regiment provided second line support to Task Force Helmand.

His operational experience includes tours in Northern Ireland, Croatia, Bosnia, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan, Iraq and Headquarters United States Central Command.  He has been mentioned in Dispatches (NI), was appointed OBE in 2003 (Afghanistan) and awarded a Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service (Iraq) in the same year.


Cleve Whitworth RM22113 writes:

Well another Corps Birthday has come and gone but what a great birthday we had in Brisbane this  year.  Lt Col Bill O’Donnell was kind enough to organise the officer’s mess at the Victoria Barracks  for our dinner.  The food was provided and prepared by  Sgt Brad Millen of the Royal Australian Army.  We had everything from king prawns to roast beef and lots in between.  Needless to say the  sweet toothed of us really enjoyed the lavish deserts.  For our toast the a tot of rum served to all those  eligible and wine was served to the ladies.

Our guest’s of honour were Brigadier W.J Taylor OBE RM who is the Defence and Naval Adviser for the British High Commission in Canberra. Another distinguished guest’s was an old friend of the  Branch Capt K. Kuiper Honorary Consul for the Netherlands and Mr Ian Jepson RAN Retd, CEO of  the Maritime Museum, here in Brisbane. 

We were very fortunate to have Brigadier Taylor as he has only been in Australia a few short weeks.

Our keynote speaker was of course the brigadier.  He gave us a very good run down and up to date briefing on what is and what is about to take place within the Corps.  Not only that, he has a wry sense  of humour with which he created much mirth amidst our members. The dinner was completed with the cutting of the birthday cake by the Brigadier and Betty Leaney, maker of the cake, wife of one of our D-Day veterans Roy Leaney Po/x 110850.  Brigadier Taylor was presented with an old print of an Officers Mess from the early years of the 20th Century by the President of the Branch ‘Buster’ Brown’ on behalf of the members.

For the dinner we had approximately 60 members present which is not bad out of a membership of 84.

We as a branch are extremely pleased with the way our membership has grown this year with quite a  few new members joining us.  Needless to say being ex Royals they are all quality.  It is always nice to  welcome new younger members to the Branch as they are our future.


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Mr Ian Jepson RAN Retd   President Alan Brown
I'm telling you never left $2 in the tin               Missed it by this much

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