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Bass Hill RSL and Chester Hill-Carramar RSL sub Branches joined together for combined Remembrance Day Service on the 11 November 2020 at the Chester Hill Memorial.  Due to COVID-19, only the sub-Branch Committees were permitted to be in attendance. 

We streamed the Service live on the day through the Bass Hill sub-Branch Facebook page which is also available on this website.  You can view the Service by following these directions:

  1. Click on the heading "Bass Hill RSL Sub Branch" under the Facebook heading.  This will open the Bass Hill Facebook page.  Scroll down to view posts.
  2. Click on the Remembrance Day Service to expand and the view the service. 

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#OTD – First SAS Operational Deployment

On the 6th of February 1965, Australians from 1SASR arrived in Borneo as part of the Australian Government’s commitment to the Konfrontasi (Indonesian-Malaysian Confrontation). The Squadron’s first operational patrols would commence on the 28th of March, and would be predominantly for reconnaissance purposes.

From the 1st of May the Squadron became involved in Operation CLARET. Although the patrols were primarily again for reconnaissance, they were not without danger. On the 2nd of June a patrol operating along the Selimulan River was charged by an elephant and Lance Corporal Paul Denehey was fatally gored. Although a signaller attached to 1SASR, he is considered to be the first Australian operational fatality for the unit.

On the 25th of June the Squadron would perform its first offensive action when a patrol led a Ghurka company to Lumbis and participated in the attacking the village. They would also clash with the Indonesians at Long Bawn airfield later that month and in early July when another patrol killed at least seven Indonesians in an ambush. The Squadron ceased operations on the 1st of August and subsequently returned to Australia.

During 1SASR's five months in Borneo, it spent a month training, another month on hearts-and-minds operations, and three months on CLARET operations. The Squadron spent about only six weeks on offensive operations. During its tour, the Squadron mounted 23 reconnaissance, 7 reconnaissance/ambush, 2 ambush, 4 surveillance, 1 special and 13 hearts-and-minds patrols. These patrols lasted between two and 89 days.

Borneo was the SAS's first operational deployment and highlighted the squadron's skill, ability, and endurance. The SAS also gained valuable experience which they would put into practice in Vietnam.
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Sgt. Horace Warner Lynch, 10th Battalion Australian Infantry, wrote to his mother from Lemnos on 9th December 1915.

“As you will see above, I have changed my address. We left Gallipoli last Sunday week, and arrived at our camp at Lemnos about midday on Tuesday following. The nights between were very cold, and we got very little sleep but I am an old campaigner now and have learned a good many tricks (have been a “fair dinkum” soldier for nearly 12 months now). My word, the time does fly. The four and a half months on Gallipoli passed very quickly. I was doing very interesting work. Major ____ complimented our little squad when we left, and I will be on the same work when I get back. Lemnos is not a very interesting place. There are only a few small villages, not much to look at from the distance; but it is a relief to be away from the continual row, and our position in the line was getting rather warm. The Turks commenced to use some large bombs, the 'business' part being the cartridge case of a field gun. This contained some very high explosive. The whole thing is fired from a trench mortar; the stick goes down the barrel and the leather washer on the end of the stick acts as the driving band. They are very deadly things...

“Yesterday I received two parcels of socks from you, five pairs in all. One pair had been knitted by Norman; he is quite an expert. When the pink pair rolled out of the paper there was a roar from all in the tent, and it was decided that I should wear them at the football match. Our team is turning out in colored socks. The 10th holds the football premiership so far, having beaten the 11th and 12th.” [1][1] 'Barrier Miner' (Broken Hill, New South Wales), 30th January 1916.
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