Biography

Birth date: 23 September 1927
Death date: 26 September 2013
Final rank: Brigadier
Service number: 2507 - Korea, 1950-1953
2507 - Vietnam, 1962-1975
Units:
  • Australian Army Service Corps
  • 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment
  • 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment

Rolls and Awards

Honours and Awards : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment
  • Conflict: Korea, 1950-1953

Honours and Awards : Distinguished Service Order

  • Unit: 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment
  • Conflict: Vietnam, 1962-1975

Honours and Awards : Commander of the Order of the British Empire

  • Unit: Australian Army Service Corps
  • Conflict: Unlinked Conflict

Collection Items

Photograph

044485

Senior personnel from the 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (3RAR) were photographed at Battalion Headquarters during operations in the Korean conflict, possibly at the time of the Battle of Maryang San. Members of the group are, left to right: 18026 Captain H W 'Wings' Nicholls; 57546...

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044487

HIRO, JAPAN, 1949. A SCENE AT THE 3RD ROYAL AUSTRALIAN REGIMENT SPORTS DAY. THE ANNOUNCER IS LT I.R.W. BRUMFIELD.

044487

147723

Hiro, Japan. 1952-03-21. A group of men enjoying a beer at the official opening night of Headquarters Australian Army Component Sergeants Mess. Shown: 2/46179 Warrant Officer 2 (WO) E. Pearson; 5/992 WO 1 G. B. Stainthorpe; 3/1970 WO 1 R. Savarin; 2/979 Sergeant F. Pye; 2/507 Captain (Capt) I. R....

147723

DNE/65/0022/VN

Colonel O. D. Jackson, Commander Australian Advisory Force Vietnam, and Lieutenant Colonel I. R. W. Brumfield, Commanding Officer of 1st Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (1RAR), welcomed by a senior South Vietnamese officer during the ceremonial parade by the South Vietnamese Government to...

DNE/65/0022/VN

DNE/65/0026/VN

Colonel O. D. Jackson, Commander Australian Advisory Force Vietnam, and Lieutenant Colonel I. R. W. Brumfield, Commanding Officer of 1st Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (1RAR), receive garlands during the ceremonial parade by the South Vietnamese Government to welcome members of 1RAR.

DNE/65/0026/VN

DNE/65/0027/VN

Colonel O. D. Jackson, Commander Australian Advisory Force Vietnam, and Lieutenant Colonel I. R. W. Brumfield, Commanding Officer of 1st Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (1RAR), receive garlands from two Vietnamese women during the ceremonial parade by the South Vietnamese Government to...

DNE/65/0027/VN

DNE/65/0039/VN

Bien Hoa, Vietnam. 1965-06. General William C. Westmoreland, Commander, US Military Assistance Command, Vietnam (left), and Lieutenant Colonel I. R. W. Brumfield, Commanding Officer of the 1st Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (1RAR), leave a US army helicopter before inspecting the...

DNE/65/0039/VN

DNE/65/0044/VN

Bien Hoa, Vietnam. 1965-06. An informal discussion between Major John Healy of Melbourne (left), Lieutenant Colonel I. R. W. Brumfield, General William C. Westmoreland, Commander, US Military Assistance Command, Vietnam, and Warrant Officer 2 Jack Cramp of Sydney, NSW. General Westmoreland spent...

DNE/65/0044/VN

DNE/65/0152/VN

Pall bearers stand next to the coffins (second one partly obscured), draped with the Australian flag, during a solemn ceremony held after the accidental deaths on 1965-06-26 in Bien Hoa of 37867 Private (Pte) Michael Alwyn Bourke, 1st Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (1RAR), 37010 Pte...

DNE/65/0152/VN

DNE/65/0156/VN

Members of 1st Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (1RAR), and representatives of all allied forces in Vietnam pay their respects at a service for 37867 Private (Pte) Michael Alwyn Bourke, 1RAR, 37010 Pte William T. Carroll, 1RAR, and Pte Arie Van Valan 1RAR, who were accidentally killed on...

DNE/65/0156/VN

DNE/65/0163/VN

Bien Hoa, Vietnam. 1965. During a visit to 1st Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (1RAR), the Chief of the General Staff, Lieutenant General Sir John Wilton (second left), talks to Major Peter Sharp (left) and the Commanding Officer of 1RAR Colonel I. R. W. Brumfield (right foreground).

DNE/65/0163/VN

FOR/65/0024/EC

Australia. 5 May 1965. Portrait of Lieutenant Colonel I. R. W. Brumfield, Commanding Officer of the 1st Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (1RAR).

FOR/65/0024/EC

FOR/65/0024A/EC

Australia. Portrait of Lieutenant Colonel I. R. W. Brumfield, Commanding Officer of the 1st Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (1RAR).

FOR/65/0024A/EC

HIN/65/0115/VN

Vietnam. 1965. General Ellis C. Williamson, Commander of the US 173rd Airborne Brigade presents Lieutenant Colonel I. R. W. Brumfield, Commanding Officer of 1st Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (1RAR), with the Brigade plaque prior to the Colonel's return to Australia.

HIN/65/0115/VN

HIN/65/0116/VN

Vietnam. 1965. Lieutenant Colonel I. R. W. Brumfield, Commanding Officer of 1st Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (1RAR), presents a genuine boomerang to General Ellis C. Williamson, Commander of the US 173rd Airborne Brigade prior to the Colonel's return to Australia.

HIN/65/0116/VN

HIN/65/0118/VN

Vo Xu, Vietnam. 1965. Lieutenant Colonel I. R. W. Brumfield, Commanding Officer of 1st Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (1RAR), says goodbye to bare-chested Lieutenant Lunny, a member of the battalion, prior to the Colonel's return to Australia.

HIN/65/0118/VN

HIN/65/0119/VN

Vo Xu, Vietnam. 1965. Lieutenant Colonel I. R. W. Brumfield, Commanding Officer of 1st Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (1RAR), says goodbye to bare-chested Sergeant Dennis Saville MM, a member of the battalion, prior to the Colonel's return to Australia.

HIN/65/0119/VN

HIN/65/0120/VN

Vo Xu, Vietnam. 1965. Lieutenant Colonel I. R. W. Brumfield, Commanding Officer of 1st Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (1RAR), says goodbye to members of the battalion prior to his return to Australia. Identified: Extreme left - Ron Pincott, Company Sergeant Major D Company; 2nd left -...

HIN/65/0120/VN

HIN/65/0121/VN

Duc Hanh, Vietnam. 1965. Lieutenant Colonel I. R. W. Brumfield, Commanding Officer of 1st Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (1RAR), talks to Sergeant Colin Fawcett, a member of the battalion, prior to the Colonel's return to Australia. On the left at rear is Major Mal Lander, the...

HIN/65/0121/VN

HIN/65/0122/VN

Vo Xu, Vietnam. 1965. Lieutenant Colonel I. R. W. Brumfield, Commanding Officer of 1st Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (1RAR), talks to members of the battalion prior to the Colonel's return to Australia.

HIN/65/0122/VN

MISC/66/0014/VN

Bien Hoa, Vietnam. 1966. Adjutant General, Major General James W. Harrison (right), on a tour of inspection at 1st Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (1RAR) base, speaks with Lieutenant Colonel I. R. W. Brumfield (centre) and another officer in an open field.

MISC/66/0014/VN

P01813.172

Okayama, Honshu, Japan, 1948-05. A group of Australian soldiers, members of the 67th Infantry Battalion serving with BCOF, walks along the platform at Okayama railway station, prior to boarding the train (left) which is bound for Hiro. The officer at the head of the group (right) is 2/507...

P01813.172

P01813.180

Japan, 1948-06-12. Informal outdoors portrait of three of the guests at the wedding reception party for 3/86 Lieutenant Colonel Fergus MacAdie, Commanding Officer of the 67th Infantry Battalion serving with BCOF, and his new wife. The guests are (left to right): 1/122 Lieutenant (Lt) Keith John...

P01813.180

P01813.248

Hiro, Honshu, Japan, 1948-12-25. Members of the 67th Infantry Battalion, part of the Australian component of BCOF, unload a large group of Japanese children from a military truck. The soldiers are holding a Christmas party for the children at the Hiro military camp. The two soldiers standing in the...

P01813.248

P01813.268

Hiro, Honshu, Japan, c. 1948-12-26. 2/44 Lieutenant Colonel Kenneth Mackay (centre), CO of the 3rd Battalion, The Australian Regiment, congratulates 2/376 Captain Leon Roderic Greville, one of the winners at a battalion sports carnival on what may be Boxing Day. The soldier at far left wearing a...

P01813.268

P01813.269

Hiro, Honshu, Japan, c. 1948-12-26. 2/44 Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) Kenneth Mackay (centre), CO of the 3rd Battalion, The Australian Regiment, congratulates 3/487 Lieutenant (Lt) John Arnold Warr, one of the winners at a battalion sports carnival on what may be Boxing Day. The soldiers are (left...

P01813.269

P02208.033

Tokyo, Japan, 1951. 2/507 Lieutenant Ivan Rupert Wilson (Lou) Brumfield, Officer Commanding (OC) 2 Platoon, 'A' Company, 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (3RAR), relaxes in a garden chair while on leave in Japan from Korea. Set out on the table in front of him (right) are a bowl with...

P02208.033

SHA/65/0074/VN

Bien Hoa, Vietnam. 1965. Company bookie (bookmaker), Private I. Phillips of Mildura, Vic, takes a bet for a race during a sports day carnival from Lieutenant Colonel I. R. W. (Lou) Brumfield, Commanding Officer with 1st Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (1RAR).

SHA/65/0074/VN

SHA/65/0125/VN

Vietnam. 1965. Lieutenant Colonel I. R. W. Brumfield, Commanding Officer, 1st Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (1RAR), walks along a marked track with another officer.

SHA/65/0125/VN

Film

1 RAR at Bien Hoa DPR/TV/268

The Minister for the Army Dr A J Forbes spent nearly five hours visiting and talking with soldiers of 1 Battalion the Royal Australian Regiment and the Logistic Support Company at Bien Hoa Vietnam. He arrived by helicopter. After lunch with officers of the Battalion, he walked among mud filled...

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Colonel Brumfield returns from Vietnam DPR/TV/330

Colonel Brumfield returns from Vietnam DPR/TV/330

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1 RAR Christmas party DPR/TV/332

More than 400 children of soldiers serving in Vietnam attended a Christmas Party at Gallipoli Barracks, Holsworthy, on December 18. The children, accompanied by their mothers, grandparents and other relatives came from centres throughout New South Wales. The roll-up included more 25 babies born...

F03701

1st Battalion RAR farewell parade, Holsworthy & embarkation for Vietnam on HMAS Sydney. DPR/TV/251.

Members of the First Battalion Royal Australian Regiment (1RAR), were reviewed and farewelled by the Minister for the Army, Dr A.J. Forbes, at a parade held at Holsworthy Camp. After the parade they travelled by a convoy of trucks to Garden Island naval dockyard where they embarked on the R.A.N's...

F10074

1st Battalion RAR advance party arrive Tan Son Nhut Air Base, Saigon. DPR/TV/253

The first element of the main body of the First Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment landed at Saigon's Tan Son Nhut Air Base at dawn Wednesday 1965-06-02. The battalions Commanding Officer, Lieut-Col. I.R.W. Brumfield was the first to disembark from the aircraft. He was met at the bottom of the...

F10075

Arrival of HMAS Sydney, Vung Tau, South Vietnam. DPR/TV/255

HMAS Sydney anchored off Vung Tau, South Vietnam on Tuesday morning 8 June 1965 The 1st Battalion RAR troops disembarked into Dukws; ferried to L.C.U. (Vietnamese Navy) then to shore where they were greeted on landing by the Commander, Military Assistance Command Vietnam, General William...

F10076

Australian troops welcomed to Vietnam by the Vietnamese Minister of Defence, Maj-Gen Nguyn Van Thieu. DPR/TV/258

The Australian Army Force was officially welcomed by the people of Vietnam at a ceremony held at Ton Son Nhut Stadium, Saigon. 350 soldiers from 1RAR and supporting elements marched on to the parade ground to the strains of Waltzing Matilda played by 1RAR band. Vietnamese soldiers with...

F10077

Dr J.A. Forbes visits Australians in Vietnam. DPR/TV/267-268

The Minister for the Army Dr J A Forbes, arrived at Tan Son Nhut airport, Saigon, for a three day visit to Australian soldiers. Apart from visiting 1RAR and Australian Logistic Support Company at Bien Hoa the minister travelled to outlying stations to talk with members of the Australian Army...

F10081

C.G.S. Lieut-Gen Sir John Wilton in Vietnam. DPR/TV/284

On his arrival at Tan Son Nhut airport, Saigon, the Australian Chief of the General Staff, Lieutenant General Sir John Wilton, KBE, CB, DSO, inspected a Vietnamese Guard of Honour. After the inspection Lieutenant General Wilton proceeded to 1RAR HQ Bien Hoa, where he and General Officer Commanding...

F10088

Private Record

Timeline

Date of birth 1927-09-23
Other units 1965-06-01 - 1965-12-07 1st Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment.
Date of death 2013-09-26