On Sunday 16 th Nov 2008, WA Old and Bolds again had their Annual gathering at the Irwin Bks Sgts Mess Karrakatta with 119 in attendance .
We were particularly pleased to have in attendance the President of the State RSL Bill Gaynor OAM who is a retired Ex member of the CORP and in his demmanding RSL position has not been able to attend for some years due to other corresponding functions.
We were also fortunate to have WO2 Alaistair MacKenzie who in his role as the OPSWO at the Health Services Coy here in WA, was able to bring down the current Students off the Combat Medic's Course to join us and they mixed well within our gathering giving some insight as to the training that they are currently going through.
It was also great to have Interstate Visitors in Rod and Jenny SEARLE and John DE Boer join us and for those perhaps planning a trip in 2009 to the West our function is proposed for Sunday 15 th November and we would love to share the day.
It was expressed by all in attendance that this gathering is well marked on there forthcoming years social calendar and with that continued support, it again presents well for the CORP here in the West for 2009.
The Annual gathering of the WA RAAMC "Old and Bold" occurred on Sunday 18th Nov 2007 with this our 20 th Anniversary and what a great one it was .We celebrated the occasion with also the hosting of the National Reunion of 1 Aust Field Hospital which was being held here in the West .
All up we had 234 in attendance which placed some strain on the Area Sgt's Mess at Karrakatta which had not seen numbers of this volume for some years. It was seemingly endless the reminiscing and old medical "war" stories that were being retold with a tad more mistruths and excitement enhanced versions as we all grow older .
The catering was brilliant, the Raffle prizes multiple and the great Ale's of the West flowed freely as those in attendance showed in the right environment. the right Company that we of the CORPS still have the social prowess to stay with the best. (Albeit on light beer these days.)
Some members in attendance were ; Wally Harmer , Barry Campbell , Alairstair Mckenzie , Mike Galvin , Jan Honter , Clarie Tink , Dave Triat , Peter Tuck , Chris Muller , Olga Greig , Debney Clarke.
1 Aust Fd Hosp Members Mick Tuttle , Derrick Hood , Paul Tyson , Dave Rossi , Kevin Lawler , Don Chapman , Anne Newell . Rod Searle .Trish Ferguson , Ann Healey and many more.
The positive feedback on the success of the function again showed the hospitality and strength in numbers of the 'Old and Bold' here in the sunny West are continuing to prosper.
The Reunions are an informal gathering of past and present members of all ranks within the CORPS here in the West and currently boasts several past COs and RSMs of SOAH who have regularly attended. It has been held at varying Army establishments and a small cost covers postage and catering of a BBQ provided on the day. It is held on a Sunday in November each year to coincide as close to the granting of the Royal to the CORP (10 November 1948).
In 2007 the function will be held on Sunday, 18th November and will encompass the hosting of the National Reunion of 1 Aust Fd Hosp. who will be in the West.
Regular attendees of some note are as follows: Maurie Timewell, Peter Short AM, Burt Furgeson, Ron Sutton, Ray Itzstein, Claire Scott, Debney Clark, Mark Donaldson, Steve Gaunt, Wally Harmer, Anne Newell.