The Royal Australian Regiment
Authors and Contributors this page: T.F. Mills
Page created 1 October 2000. Corrected and updated 19.09.2005
The Royal Australian Regiment
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How to find information about individuals who served in this corps
1948.11.23 The Australian Regiment
formed in Australian Regular Army by regimentation of three AIF battalions:
1949.03.10 The Royal Australian Regiment
The Royal Australian Regiment, by Ted Harris (Digger History)
The Formation of the Regiment, by Brian London [Internet Archive]
Brief History of the Regiment (RAR Association, QLD Div)
Infantry Battalions [RAR] Service in Vietnam, (Ausvets) 
Operations in Vietnam, 1965 (Ausvets)
Operations in Vietnam, 1966 (Ausvets)
Operations in Vietnam, 1967 (Ausvets)
Operations in Vietnam, 1968 (Ausvets)
Operations in Vietnam, 1969 (Ausvets)
Operations in Vietnam, 1970 (Ausvets)
Operations in Vietnam, 1971 (Ausvets)
Operations in Vietnam, 1972-75 (Ausvets)
HQ and Depot:
  1st Battalion [1945-present]
2nd Battalion [1945-1973, 1995-present]
2nd/4th Battalion [1973-1995]
  • 2/4 RAR, by Ted Harris (Digger History)
  3rd Battalion [1945-present]
  4th Battalion [1954-1957, 1964-1973, 1995-present]
  5th Battalion [1965-1973]
  5th/7th Battalion [1973-present]
  6th Battalion [1965-present]
  7th Battalion [1965-1973]
8th Battalion [1966-1973]
  8th/9th Battalion [1973-1997]
9th Battalion [1967-1973]
  ANZAC Battalion [1968-1971]
  1st Special Air Service Company [1961-1964]
Educational and Training Establishments:
Parachute Training School (Army site)
Sariwon, Yongyu, Chongju, Pakchon, Uijongbu, Chuan-Ni, Maehwa-San, Kapyong, Kowang-San, The Samichon, Korea 1950-53

Long Tan, Bien Hoa, Coral-Balmoral, Hat Dich, Binh Ba, Vietnam 1965-72

Note: 1st Bn awarded US Meritorious Unit Citation 4 July 1991 for service in Vietnam.

Presentation of Colours to 5th Battalion, 1967, by Brian London. [Internet Archive]
Presentation of Colours to 8th Battalion, 1968

1st Bn: green puggaree (1959-present)
2nd Bn: black lanyard; tartan: Australian (pipers' kilts, 2002-present)
2nd/4th Bn: tartan: saffron (pipers' kilts - Pipes & Drums uniformed as Irish Guards, 1973-1995)
3rd Bn:
tartan: Royal Stuart (pipers' kilts & plaids, 1974-present); drummers' full dress: as Scots Guards
7th Bn: tartan: Gordon (pipers' kilts & plaids, 1979-92) Australian (pipers' kilts & plaids, 1992-present)

  Honorary Colonel:
  1954? Lt-Gen. Sir Horace Robertson
  Colonel Commandant:
Lt-Gen. Sir Thomas Daly
Australian KIA List [1 RAR], 1965-66, by US 173D Airborne Brigade.
2 RAR Honour Roll
Gallant and Distinguished Service, 5th Bn, by Brian London. [Internet Archive]
Roll of Honour, 8th Battalion
8th Battalion Roll of Honour, by Barry Magor.
9th Battalion Honour Roll, by Ern Marshall.
Cpl. Henry Suttor, 5th Bn, by Brian London. [Internet Archive]
Col. John Arnold Warr DSO, by Brian London. [Internet Archive]
A Grunt's View, by Tony Blake (7th Bn in Vietnam)
Motto: Duty first
Nicknames: 7th Bn: The Pigs
Freedoms: 1st Bn: Normanton (Oct. 1973), Charters Towers (June 1977), Townsville (5 Aug. 1996)
8th/9th Bn: Brisbane (10 Oct. 1992)
Marches: 1st Bn: “The Standard of St George” (1951-55); “The British Grenadiers” (1955-62); "Waltzing Matilda" + “The British Grenadiers” (1961-ca.1972); "Waltzing Matilda" (ca. 1972- )
  4th Bn: "Inverbackie"
  5th Bn - quick: Dominique
  5th Bn - slow: Men of Harlech
  7th Bn - quick: Cock o' the North
  7th Bn -slow: My Home
Musicians: 4th Bn formed Pipes and Drums 19uu; inherited 1973 by 2nd/4th Bn; inherited 1995 by 2nd Bn.
3rd Bn formed Pipes and Drums 15 June 1969.
7th Bn formed Pipes and Drums 1969; inherited 1973 by 5th/7th Bn.
Mascot: 5th Bn and 5th/7th Bn: Sumatran Tiger (Quintus, -1985; Quintus Secundus, 1985-)
9th Bn
and 8th/9th Bn:
Ram (Stan)
Miscellaneous Tradition Links:
Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry 1977-present
1st Bn, The Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment 1962-present
The Royal Malay Regiment 1966-present
The Brigade of Gurkhas
1st Bn:  Grenadier Guards


2nd Bn:  Coldstream Guards


3rd Bn:  Scots Guards


3rd Bn: 8th King's Royal Irish Hussars 1953-1958
3rd Bn: The Queen's Royal Irish Hussars 1958-1993
3rd Bn: The Queen's Royal Hussars (The Queen's Own and Royal Irish) 1993-present
4th Bn:  Irish Guards


5th Bn:  Welsh Guards


5th/7th Bn:   Welsh Guards 1973-present
5th/7th Bn:   Queen's Own Highlanders 1978-1994
5th/7th Bn:   The Highlanders (Seaforth, Gordons and Camerons) 1994-present
8th Bn:  The Parachute Regiment


8th/9th Bn:  The Parachute Regiment


Royal Australian Regiment Association, Queensland Division
2/4 RAR Association
3rd Battalion, RAR, Association Home Page
5th Battalion, RAR, Association Home Page
7th Battalion, RAR, Association Home Page, by Kev Gillett.
8th Battallion, RAR, Association Official Home Page, by Barry Magor.
8th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment Discussion Forum (Bravenet)
8/9 RAR Association
The Royal Australian Regiment National Memorial Walk
3 RAR Museum (Army site)
Regimental Journal:
Duty first
Horner, D.M. (David Murray)  Duty first : the Royal Australian Regiment in war and peace.  Sydney : Allen & Unwin Australia, 1990.  ISBN: 004442227X
Ray, Michael.  50 years of duty : a photographic record of 1st, 2nd and 3rd battalions, the Royal Australian Regiment on active service, 1945-1995.  Mansfield, Vic. : Warrior Press, 1995.   ISBN: 0646260197
"History of the Regiment 1948 to 1998"  [publication details unknown]
1st Battalion:
Stacker, Herbert A.  Honours and awards to members on active service with First Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment, Korea 1952-1953.  Emu Plains, N.S.W. : H. Stacker, 1994.   ISBN: 0646217739
McAulay, Alex.  The fighting first : Combat operations in Vietnam, 1968-1969, The First Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment.  North Sydney : Allen & Unwin, 1991.  ISBN: 0044422199
2nd Battalion:
Newman, K.E. (Kevin Eugene).  The ANZAC Battalion : a record of the tour of 2nd Bn, The Royal Australian Regiment, and 1st Bn, The Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment (the Anzac Bn), in South Vietnam.  Brookvale, NSW : Printcraft Press, 1968.  2 vols.
Newman, K.E. (Kevin Eugene).  The ANZAC Battalion : a record of the tour of 2nd Bn, The Royal Australian Regiment, and 1st Bn, The Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment (the Anzac Bn), in South Vietnam.  1995 ed. [Bayswater, W.A.] : 2nd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment,  1995. [2nd vol. consisting of maps not published in this ed.]
Roberts, A. R. The ANZAC Battalion.  Brookvale, NSW : Printcraft Press, 1972.
Church, J. M.  (John M.).  Second to none : 2 RAR as the ANZAC Battalion in Vietnam, 1970-71.  Mosman : Army Doctrine Centre, 1995.   ISBN: 0642229155
Baker, John. ; Downey, Bob.  Honours and awards presented to members serving with 2nd Battalion The Royal Australian Regiment 1945-1995.  [Brisbane] : 2nd Battalion The Royal Australian Regiment Association, 1997.  ISBN: 0646316656
3rd Battalion:
Atkinson, James J. The Kapyong Battalion : medal roll of the Third Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment, Battle of Kapyong, 23-24 April 1952.  [Sydney] : New South Wales Military Historical Society, 1977.
Breen, Bob.  The Battle of Maryang San : 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment, Korea, 2-8 October 1951.  Balmoral, NSW : HQ Training Command, 1991.   ISBN: 0642168970; 0642169233 (pbk.)