OCS Portsea Alumni Class of Dec 1973

The aim of this website is to record for posterity the year that was: the life and times of the Officer Cadet School of Australia, graduating class of 14 December 1973.  The records on this site include our training which commenced on 11 January 1973, graduation, post-graduate military service, civilian life (where posted) and reunions.


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Virtual Statue Unveiling 18 March 2021

Thu 25, Mar 2021

A brief history of the Officer Cadet School followed by the unveiling of the newly built statue at Portsea on 18th March 2021. The statue is located on the site of the old memorial wall near Badcoe Hall. The new monument includes a Roll of Honour.


VALE – KEVIN M. RILEY

Thu 10, Sep 2020

It is with a sad heart and a deep feeling of loss that I advise my fellow classmates of the notice received from Julie (Jules) Riley;

“Kev passed away peacefully this morning (Saturday 5th September 2020) at The Prince Charles Hospital Qld. The cancer in the brain had spread rapidly over the last 2 weeks and swelling of the brain to a point where he was semi-conscious. He is now at peace and in no pain.”

Kev is survived by his wife Jules married in 1972, son Adam, daughter-in-law and granddaughter.

Jules also advised that due to Covid-19 she will be arranging a Memorial Service once the restrictions subside.

The Officer Cadet School Journal from December 1973 summed up our classmate and friend;

  • Graduated to RAEME and posted to 18 Transport Company Workshop.

“Kev (The Rat) comes from Hobart and is another ex-appy. Kev served part of his sentence as a vehicle mechanic at 3 Base Workshop before coming to Portsea. Kev’s main interests were Aussie Rules and Sailing.”

Kev was the BSM of the December 1973 graduating class and was awarded on graduation;

  • Sword of Honour
  • The Basic Skills Prize.

After graduation Kev served in a couple of technical postings and then returned to OCS for three years which included a short stint as an exchange instructor at RMA Sandhurst, UK.

Back above the “Brisbane Line” for further technical postings (Regimental) including HQ 6 Bde (Staff).

Off to the Middle East for a year with UNTSO/UNDOF an accompanied posting making it a much more enjoyable posting with Jules and an 8 years old son.

Retuning to Oz, promotion and a unit command at 106 Field Workshop (6 Bde).

Threats of Melbourne or Canberra next on the posting agenda so Kev resigned in mid-1989. Various civilian roles saw Kev as the State Maintenance Manager for TNT and then back to his comfort zone of training.

Sadly missed but never forgotten – RIP

 

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