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ID number EKN/69/0083/VN
Collection Photograph
Object type Colour
Photographer Bellis, Christopher John
Date made 1969
Physical description Colour


Long Tan, South Vietnam. 18 August 1969. A poignant moment at the commemorative service held on the site of the battle of Long Tan, fought in 1966 by D Company, 6th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (6 RAR). The service held by 6RAR /NZ (ANZAC) (The ANZAC Battalion comprising 6th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment and a component from the 1st Battalion, Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment), was to commemorate the dead of 6RAR at Long Tan and from the present tour of 6RAR/NZ. On either side of the memorial cross are men who served in 6 RAR's first tour and who fought at Long Tan. From left: Corporal (Cpl) Richard Brown of Stafford, Qld; Lance Cpl Malcolm Campbell of Bicton, WA; Cpl Reilly of Auchenflower, Qld; Sergeant (Sgt) John Beere of Woodville North, SA and Cpl William O'Rourke of Chelsea, Vic, who was a member of the Cavalry troop which brought relieving forces to the battle. From right: Cpl Bill Roche of Narrandera, NSW; Cpl Brian Halls of Stafford, Qld; Cpl William Akell of Townsville, Qld; Cpl George Richardson of Kelloe, United Kingdom and Sergeant Neil Rankin of Wollongong, NSW.