Major Ivan Bernard BATES RAAC (Ret’d) a comrade warrior to  Australia and supporter of the Royal Australian Regiment died peacefully on Bribie Island on Friday 15/12/17, aged 87 years.

He was commissioned into the Royal Australian Armoured Corps (RAAC) serving in both Regimental and non-regimental postings throughout his 33 years career. He was 2IC of the 1st Armoured Regiment in Puckapunyal and a very proud member of his military family.

Ivan saw active service both during the Malayan Emergency on secondment to a British Army Cavalry unit based in Ipoh from 1957 to 1958 (which supported 2 RAR’s operations), and later in Vietnam in 1971 with HQ 1ATF.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral on Friday 22nd December at the Little Flower Church, 41st Avenue, Bribie Island at 1 pm and/or his Graveside Service at Pinnaroo Cemetery, 294 Graham Road, Bridgeman Downs Brisbane at 3 pm.

Military persons are requested to wear their medals and for Armoured Corps members their black berets.

Condolences may be sent to the Bates Family: his wife Esme and children Melita, Paul, Michael and Helen, at 16 Pelican Street, Bellara, Queensland 4507.

Rest in Peace Noble Warrior







  1. Chas Monk says

    I have just come across this posting. I had the pleasure of serving in 2 recruit Training Battalion. Major Ivan was a tremendous officer, always fair and always displaying a great sense of humour. It was my first posting in full time service and I can think of no better officer to serve under in full time service. He was great man.

  2. Melita Bates says

    My name is Melita Bates.
    On behalf of the Bates family, our mother Esme, my brothers Paul and Michael, my sister Helen and our brother David (dec’d).
    I thank you for your social media reviews and likes.
    Esme’s husband, our Dad, Ivan Bates, Unit No 27328, was a very proud member of the Army, he was a ‘tankie’ through all. He always refused to give up his black beret to be promoted beyond Major.

    Most importantly thanks go to Lt. Col Ted Chitham, (ret’d), a long time family friend, who has helped us through this. Also to Noel McLoughlin, President of the Armoured Corps Association.
    Thank you all on behalf of my family,
    Kind regards,
    Melita Bates