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Raised 1 March 1965

Battalion colour

Gold (BCC 114) 

Battalion name The Tigers; Tiger Battalion
Battalion march "Dominique" Click to hear a small selection
Current home Darwin NT as part 5/7 RAR
Mascot Quintus Secundus the tiger (at Taronga Park Zoo)

Now called 5/7 RAR (Mechanised) Linked with 7RAR on 3 Dec 1973

Tours of duty overseas.

Viet Nam 1966/67 and 1968/69

THE COLOURS

The Fifth Battalion was presented with the Queen’s and Regimental Colours on Sunday 29th October 1967.  His Excellency, The Governor of New South Wales, Sir Roden Cutler, V.C., K.C.M.G., C.B.E. presented the colours to 2Lt. DG Lovell.

HISTORICAL NOTES

Regimental Motto - Duty First

Alliance - Her Majesty’s Welsh Guards

The Fifth battalion was formed on 1 March 1965 from officers and other ranks from the First Battalion The Royal Australian Regiment.

AWARD RECIPIENTS
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE ORDER (DSO)
  • Lt. Col. J.A. WARR.
  • Lt.Col. C.N. KHAN.
MILITARY CROSS (MC)
  • 2Lt. M.G.J. DEAK.
  • 2Lt. J.D. McALONEY.
  • 2Lt. D.C. RAINER.
  • Maj. R.F. SUTTON.
  • 2Lt. R.A. BRETT.
  • Maj. M.P. BLAKE.

 

DISTINGUISHED CONDUCT MEDAL (DCM)
  • Sgt. A.B. McNULTY.
  • Sgt. B.K. LONDON.
MILITARY MEDAL (MM)
  • Pte. C.J.COGWELL
  • Pte. P. FRASER
  • Sgt. W.T. WARD
  • Cpl. M.A. DENCH
  • Pte. F.T. FITCH

 

MENTIONED IN DESPATCHES (MID)
  • Cpl. N.J. WOMAL. (died of wounds)
  • Maj. P.N. GREENHALGH 
  • Maj. M.B. McQUALTER. (died of wounds)
  • Maj. O.M. CARROLL.
  • Capt. P.J. ISAACS.
  • Lt. J.C. HARTLEY. (2) Twice Mentioned
  • WO2. J.H. BATES.
  • Pte. W.R. CAVANAGH.
  • Pte. L.V. LEWIS.
  • Pte. S.L. SHORE.
  • Capt. R.J. O'Neill.
  • Lt. J. CARRUTHERS. (died of wounds)
  • Pte. A.D. HILLIER.
  • Maj. S.J. MAIZEY.
  • WO2. B.M. HUGHSON.
  • Maj. I.R.J. HODGKINSON MBE
  • Capt. H.A.D. WHITE.
  • Sgt. R.G. ARMITAGE
  • Cpl. R.L. MUNDINE
  • Pte. J.D.C. BURRIDGE
  • Maj C.H. DUCKER MC
  • Maj. R.E. HARRING
  • Maj. M.P. BLAKE
  • 2Lt B.J. RYAN
  • 2Lt R.A FENWICK
  • Sgt. J.W. KENNARD
  • Cpl. L.W. ALLEN
  • Pte. W.R. HERBERT
  • Pte. P.J. WAITE
Click to enlarge Nui Dat, Vietnam. 1967. During a changeover of infantry battalions within the 1st Australian Task Force three senior warrant officers met for the first time since the Korean War. Left to right: WO1 Peter Balzary, Sandringham, Vic, Regimental Quarter-master of 5th Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment (5RAR), WO1 George Chinn of Stafford, Qld, Regimental Sergeant Major of 6th Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment (6RAR), and WO1 Alexander (Blue) Thompson of Hobart, Tas, Regimental Sergeant Major of the newly arrived 7th Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment (7RAR).
 

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