Tuesday 6 December 2016 by robvan. 1 comment
Family history, News, Volunteers

Bob Fletcher, a veteran who served with 2 RAR in Malaya between 1955 and 1957 has reached 25 years volunteering in the Memorial’s Research Centre.

Working from the Memorial’s galleries and Reading Room, Bob has helped thousands of visitors to research their family and service history. He has also worked tirelessly behind the scenes in the archive. Bob has catalogued over 5000 files related of the Headquarters, 1st Australian Task Force Vietnam [AWM103] and most recently completed work cataloguing the Memorial’s collection of Defence press releases and media statements from 1960 - 1980.

In November this year Bob has initiated a new Research Centre project to develop a nominal roll on the Malayan Emergency. Currently there is no searchable roll available for this conflict. Bob, who commanded rifle and mortar platoons in Malaya, has researched the archive for relevant units who served in Malaya and for their nominal rolls. Bob and another volunteer, Roland Torrens have commenced indexing the rolls starting with 105 Field Battery Royal Australian Artillery and 2nd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment. The roll for the Malayan Emergency will be progressively published by unit on the Memorial’s site throughout 2017.

Bob Fletcher (left) helping visitors with their research in the Memorial’s Research Centre

Thank you Bob for all your contributions to the Memorial over the last 25 years!



John Palmer

Well done Bob! A worthy project that will help the families of those men who served in Malaya. Congratulations on your 25 years of volunteer service to a great national institution!

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