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Army identity retires in Canberra



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FOR PRESS No. 3647

Directorate of Public Relations, Army Headquarters, ' .

■ Administrative Building,

PARKUS .__A.C.T. ■ '

ARMY IDENTITY RETIRES IN CAISURRA

A man mho has helped to train hundreds of today's

Regular Army officers retires in Canberra today after 30

years' service. t

He is ex-Regimental Sergeant-Maton (now Captain)

Ο.J. Watson, MBU, of 50 Blarney Crescent, Campbell, A.C.T.,

who was RSM at the Royal Military College, Duntroon, for 10

years. . '

For outstanding service at the Royal Military College

he was made a Member of the British Umpire (MBE) in the New

Year's Honours List, 1953» .

Aged 22 when he joined the Army, Captain Watson has

been Quartermaster at Army Headquarters since 1959, and shortly

becomes Curator of the Federal Golf Course, Canberra, in

civil life. ·

Captain Watson joined the Australian Instructional

Corps in i937, transferred to the AlF in 1941, and later ■

became Regimental Sergeant-Major of the Royal Military

College, Duntroon. ·

He left the College in 1954, and after a brief

period with a National Service Training Battalion, became ·

Quartermaster with 1st Armoured Regiment, Puckapunyal, Vic.

After becoming Qua r ter mas ter at Army Headquarters,

in 1959 he shouldered the additional appointment of Adjutant

in 1963. . -

He will be very much at home in his new position as

Curator at the Canberra Federal Golf Course -- during his .

Army career he has won numerous horticultural prizes in· the

A.C.T. and New South Wales.

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' Asked to comment on his opinions of today’s

officers, many "of whom he helped to train, compared with

the officers of similar rank when he was Regimental

Sergeant-Major at Duntroon, Captain fats on said: 1 1 When we

v/ere training Cadets at Duntroon we had to concentrate on

producing soldiers. Today the Army has to produce officers

who are not only soldiers, but technicians as well."

"It’s hard to make a comparison, but I can tell

you this - the Australian Army will always be one of the

world's best. " -

(Lists A, B, C)

Further information:

Major Barrie Gillman (61-2212)(QBN 1046)

ADPR AT C GMM.AND HEADQUARTERS ' .

CANBERRA :

OTHER STATES:

3 August, 1965·