Vale: General Sir Phillip Bennett, AC, KBE, DSO

The RAR Family mourns the passing of its tribal elder, leader and Patron at his home in Kyneton Victoria on Tuesday 1 August.

He was born in Perth in 1928 and educated at Perth Modern School and the Royal Military College, Duntroon, from which he graduated as a lieutenant on 14 December 1948. In his military career he rose to be the Chief of the Australian Defence Force from 1984 to 1987, and after retirement was appointed as Governor of Tasmania from 1987 to 1995.

His illustrious military career and subsequent public and vice-regal service is recorded here

The funeral notice can be seen here. He will be farewelled on Thu 15 Aug 23 at 10am at the, Royal Military College, Duntroon ACT, at the ANZAC Memorial Chapel of St Paul and after at Duntroon House. The service will be live streamed at:

Rest in Peace noble warrior your Duty has been Done

Homeward Bound

I saw the shooting star burning so bright
Falling, falling, fading and soon from sight
So distant and yet so near
In its wake, a soldier’s journey so very clear
Duty, sharing, caring, courage and sometimes fear

No longer a mortal in life’s short race
A contented spirit bound for home somewhere in distant space
This fiery trail I saw tonight marks a warrior’s farewell
Leaving behind another legacy of proud deeds to tell

by George Mansford©

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