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Home Page On this page you will find the history of the association and the origins of the battery in Sydney from 1915 along with the past & present Battery Commanders & Battery Sergeant Majors.

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Links Page are links to other sites of interest.

Vale Page is where we remember our comrades and association members, who are no longer with us.

World War One period - 1915 to 1919:

Originally raised as 28th Battery at “Warren” Marrickville, Sydney, in 1915 and equipped with 18 pounders, it formed part of 7th Field Artillery Brigade. The Brigade embarked on the SS Argyllshire on 11th May 1916 and arrived in England on 12th July 1916. At this time the Australian Artillery was reorganised to match its British counterpart. Initially howitzer brigades of three four-gun batteries were established, with the batteries numbered consecutively from 101. However by the time 7th Brigade arrived in England the howitzer brigades had been abolished and one howitzer battery was allocated to each of the field brigades. 28 Battery was re-equipped with 4.5-inch howitzers and redesignated 107th Howitzer Battery.

107th Howitzer Battery first saw action near Armentiers in early 1917, as part of 3rd AIF Division commanded by General Monash. Subsequently it saw action at Ypres, Ploegsteert, Zonnebeke, Passchendale, Hell Fire Corner, Messines and Menin Gate. At armistice, the battery strength was 181 all ranks; having lost 19 killed in action, 12 died of wounds, one died of illness, 119 wounded and 41 gassed.

Between the Wars period - 1919 to 1938:

Repatriated to Australia in 1919, the AIF battery was disbanded. However a militia 107th Battery remained, initially at North Sydney and later at Willoughby. It was horse-drawn, consisting of four 4.5-inch howitzers, each hauled by six horses. The numbers One and Ten (Sergeant & Bombardier) rode on single mounts. Each pair of horses had a driver and two gunners rode on each of the gun, limber and ammunition wagons.

Second World War period - 1939 to 1943:

With the outbreak of World War Two, the old iron tyred gun-wheels were replaced with pneumatic tyres and the horses by commercial three tonne trucks. The battery was deployed to Geraldton, WA, as part of 7th Field Regiment, supporting 8 Brigade Group. In 1942 the 4.5-inch howitzers were replaced with 25 pounders and the Battery redesignated 107th Field Battery. Although actively involved in the Defence of Australia, the battery did not see action. On 28th October 1943, the battery marched through the streets of Sydney and was disbanded the following month.

Recent years

1965 -1966:

On 1st June 1965, Lieutenant Colonel R. Curbis, Commanding Officer 1st Field Regiment, requested authority from Headquarters RAA, 1st Division to raise an additional battery. DRA/686 dated 6th July 1965 designated 107th Field Battery, when formed. Formally raised on 1st August 1965 the Battery was complete by September.

But from the 1st June the battery had commenced to assemble from resources not considered essential to the other units. The first Battery Commander, Captain Peter Badcoe, VC, oversaw the raising of the 105mm L5 Pack Howitzer gun battery. Members of the new Battery felt like the “poor relatives” in where most were preparing for service in Vietnam. A metal sign depicting a very sad looking black merino ram was produced for the Battery sign and for each of the Battery vehicles. By 1967 the Battery was acquitting it self among the best, so the subsequent Battery Commander, Major George Barnard, decided that the Battery emblem should be more aggressive, so the RAM was made “Rampant” and was declared the official emblem. It was also at this time that Major Marfell DSO, Battery Commander of 107th Howitzer Battery 1916-1919, Sam Browne belt and sword were presented to the Battery.

Malaysia 1967-1969:

The battery deployed to and relieved A Battery at Terendak Camp, Malacca on 16th September 1967. Equipped with 105mm L5 Pack Howitzer, the battery exercised regularly at Asahan Range with elements of the battery also in Brunei and the east coast of Malaysia, as well as providing relief and replacements to the Artillery units in Vietnam. The production of the history of 107 Fd Bty in Malaysia is a project of the 107 Fd Bty Assn.

Townsville 1969-1970:

In October 1969, the battery returned and joined the Australian component as part of 4th Field Regiment, Lavarack Barracks, Townsville and was equipped with six M2A2 Howitzers and four 25 pounders, ammunition for the latter being abundant.

Vietnam 1970-1971:

Less than seven months later, 107 Fd Bty relieved 101 Fd Bty at Koala gun position Nui Dat and, at 1710 hours 7th May 1970, reported ready on theatre grid. On the 7th March 1971 at 1200 hours, the battery then came under command of 12 Fd Regt RAA. It was then replaced by 104 Fd Bty on 5th May 1971 and returned home to Australia.

Townsville 1971-present:

On return to Australia, 107 Fd Bty rejoined 4th Field Regiment RAA at Chau Pha Lines, Lavarack Barracks, Townsville. It was initially re-equipped with six 105mm L5 Pack Howitzer. In 1973 the guns were replaced with six M2A2 Howitzers. In 1974 the computerised fire control system FACE was introduced.

In 1979, 4 Fd Regt became the artillery element of the Operational Deployment Force, capable of deployment within 28 days. To enable the rapid deployment using UH1H Iroquois and CH47 Chinook aircraft, the battery was reequipped with the L5 Pack Howitzers. In 1980 the Armoured Personnel Carrier mounted FACE was supplemented with the man portable FABS backup fire control system. The next year the FACE equipment was reconfigured as Land Rover mounted.

In 1985 the battery conducted trials on the proposed Hammel gun. Finally in 1989 the L5 Pack Howitzer was replaced permanently with the 105 mm L119 Hamel Gun.

In November 1992, during the conflict in Somali Australia contributed an infantry battalion group to UNITAF. The group totalled 990 personnel and was based around 1RAR, commanded by Lieutenant Colonel David Hurley. In addition to troops from 1RAR, there was a full compliment of BC & FO parties from 107 Fd Bty. The Australians were based in Baidoa Humanitarian Relief Sector, west of Mogadishu.

In 2000, elements of 107 Fd Bty deployed with 1st Battalion Group to East Timor.

In May 2002 with the battery deployed at Star Airstrip, Bravo Gun commanded by Sergeant Buxton, a round exploded when fired. The gun was totally destroyed with the breach ending up in the ammunition bay and the barrel broken in half. Although shocked, the gunners were relieved and amazed that no one was killed or seriously injured.

RCB tours (Rifle Company Butterworth) - Malaysia rotations.

107 Fd Bty - 2 May - 26 Jul 2006 - RCB 74 - BC MAJ G. Cassar, BSM WO2 B. Armstrong

107 Bty - 4 Aug - 4 Nov 2014 - RCB 107 - BC MAJ T. Drew, BSM WO2 M. Kelly


28 April - 15 Oct 2007 - 107 Fd Bty deployed as Golf Company 1 RAR to Timor Leste' on 'Operation Astute'

Sinai Multinational Force and Observers

5 Aug 2014 - 15 Feb 2015  SGT Brendan Murray - Multinational Force and Observers, Sinai, Egypt - 'OP Mazurka'


CAPT Cooper Dale - 15 Apr-17 Dec 2014 - 205 Coalition Advisary Team - 'OP Slipper'

CAPT Ben White - Jun 2014- Feb 2015 - Afghanistan National Army Officer Academy - 'OP Slipper'

The BCs' honour board located in the Battery Commander's Office at Chau Phau Lines, Laverack Barracks, Townsville. The lines are being rebuilt in the same general location as part of the Lavarack Barracks re-development.

The honour board of past Battery Sergeant Majors located in the BSM's office at Chau Phau Lines

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Battery Commanders & Battery Sergeant Majors of 107 Battery RAA:

Battery Commander

1965 Capt  P.J. Badcoe VC

1965    WO2  P. Dewhurst

        Maj  D. Quinn Holsworthy

        21/10/1965 to 18/04/1966

1966 Maj  G. Barnard- Holsworthy &


1966    WO2  P. Dewhurst

1967 Maj  G. Barnard- Holsworthy &


1967    WO2  P. Dewhurst

1968 Maj  G. Barnard- Holsworthy &


1968    WO2  P. Dewhurst

1969 Maj  D. Quinn Malaysia

        until 30/08/1969.

1969    WO2  P. Dewhurst

        Maj  D. Smith                

           WO2  R.J. Haskard

        Maj  G.T. Salmon- VN & T’ville

1970 Maj  K.R. Hall

1970    WO2  R.S. White

1971 Maj  K.W. Mackenzie- VN & T’ville

1971    WO2  R.S. White

1972 Maj  E.D. Jacobs

1972    WO2  R.S. White

        Maj  J.H. Griggs

1973 Maj  B.H. Mitchell

1973    WO2  R.S. White

1974 Maj  G.D. Phegan

1974    WO2  N. Lemon

1975 Maj  W.G.S. Boyd

1975    WO2  N. Lemon

1976 Maj  W.G.S. Boyd

1976    WO2   J.F. Wilson

1977 Maj  B.V. Wright

1977    WO2   J.F. Wilson

1978 Maj  B.V. Wright

1978    WO2   N.W. Campbell

1979 Maj  A.R. Main 

1979    WO2   N.W. Campbell

1980 Maj  A.R. Main

1980    WO2   D.A. Quirk

           WO2  A.W. Mayfield

1981 Maj  P.R. Kilpatrick

1981    WO2   R.V. Bellis

1982 Maj  J.F. Hickey  

1982    WO2   Richardson

1983 Maj  D.J. Murray                            

1983    WO2   K.P. Brown

1984 Maj  D.J. Murray

1984    WO2   P.J. Smith

1985 Maj  L.E. Home                                

1985    WO2   P.J. Bruce

1986 Maj  L.E. Home

1986    WO2   R.J. Bell

1987 Maj  A.A. Thwaites

1987    WO2   R.J. Bell

1988 Maj  A.A. Thwaites

1988    WO2   T.J. James

1989 Maj  F.G. Colley

1989    WO2   T.J. James

1990 Maj  R.H. White  

1990    WO2   K.F. Shonene OAM

1991 Maj  I.P. Goss   

1991    WO2   K.F. Shonene OAM

1992 Maj  R.H. Stanhope  

1992    WO2   G. Metcalf

1993 Maj  W.L. Goodman  

1993    WO2   G. Metcalf

1994 Maj  J.C. Hill   

1994    WO2   W. Franks

1995 Maj  D.J. Moore

1995    WO2   I. Kilgour

1996 Maj  M.J. Kingsford

1996    WO2   I. Kilgour

1997 Maj  M.J. Kingsford

1997    WO2   E.J. Webb

1998 Maj  M.J. Kingsford

1998    WO2   B. Kyrwood

1999 Maj  M.J. Kingsford

1999    WO2   B. Kyrwood

2000 Maj  T.D. Griggs       

2000    WO2   B. Kyrwood

2001 Maj  T.D. Griggs

2001    WO2   S. Boyd

2002 Maj  M.R.C. Kennedy

2002    WO2   S. Boyd

2003 Maj  R.A. Vagg

2003    WO2   D.R. Lehr

2004 Maj  R.A. Vagg

2004    WO2   D.R. Lehr

2005 Maj  R.A. Vagg

2005    WO2   B. Armstrong

2006 Maj  G. Cassar

2006    WO2   B. Armstrong

2007 Maj  G. Cassar

2007    WO2   C. Yanner

2008 Maj  P Meakin                                 

2008    WO2   C. Yanner

2009 Maj  J. Collins                                 

2009    WO2   T. Whitwam

2010 Maj  J. Collins

2010    WO2   T. Whitwam

2011 Maj  J. Wheatley

2011    WO2   D. Lindsay

2012 MAJ S. Calvert

2012    WO2   D. Lindsay

2013 Maj  T. Drew

2013    WO2   M. Kelly

2014 Maj  T. Drew

2014    WO2   M. Kelly

2015 Maj  J. Casey

2015    WO2   J. Bourke

2016 Maj James Casey                                  

2016 WO2 Jason Bourke

2017 Maj Brendon Perkins                           

2017 WO2 David Cleland

2018 Maj Chris Lingard (from July)

2018 WO2 David Cleland

2019 BC Maj Abe Dearmer                          

2019 WO2 Matthew Craig

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