JRTE - The End Of 12 Months Training

MORROW DIVISION, No. 2 Platoon 1969

26th Intake JRTE - HMAS LEEUWIN January 1969 - December 1969.
200 Boys Consisting of two Divisons of 100
Morrow Division (C Blcok) and Marks Division (B Block)

 

Picture above: A Memory Test - for those names I don't remember I will put NK (not known) and offer my apologies, 31 years is a long time. Some are on the tip of my tongue though.

From Left, Back Row, JRs : NK, Dawes, Jones, KN, Huxtable, Drew, Lawson, Green, Hart, Fury, Gardiner, Grant.
Center Row: Fowler, Dobson, Frunks, KN, Kenna, KN, Jankowski, Gorges, Dyer, Snyder, Dwyer.
Front Row: Knight, Graystone, Fisher, (Divisomal Staff LSUC McCracken, POUC Dave Krietling, ABRP Melia), Fletcher, Farmer, Gaston, Haines.

I doubt whether there will be anything like HMAS Leeuwin or JRTE ever again. Not in this country anyway. More is the pity. I wonder often when I see the state of today's homeless and unemployed youth, their addiction to hard and debilitating drugs and their anti social behaviour and also ponder why Australia has such a high male youth suicide rate. Perhaps it is because places that can give young men confidence, ability to suffer and overcome hardship, and self esteem, like HMAS Leeuwin, do not exist anymore. I bet there are not too many in Australia who would not admit with pride to being a former JR.

I do not know the total figure of the thousands of boys that passed through Leeuwin's gates. They are now scattered throughout the land, the oldest today would be 56 or so. Today, to meet a member of your old intake is like finding a long lost relative again.

The findings of the enquiry held in 1971 into the Conduct of JRTE are still classified (30 years) and are due for reclassification next year - 2001.

I have really only skimmed the surface and this is not intended to be a history of JRTE but a brief personal account of my time there (memory permitting). 40 years is a long time and the anecdotes alone from such an institution would number in the many, many thousands.Some parts are still crystal clear in my mind others are buried and only come in brief flashes. There are also dark patches that I don't wish to recall.

All of us proved that it is possible to have strict discipline and still have fun too and we did have our fun I guess we may have just appreciated it more when we did.. When I look back now I understand that the glue that held everything together was our mates and almost feel a kind of sympathy for those who have not experienced such camaraderie under what were in the main difficult and stressful circumstances for boys so young.
Now it was time to go to sea and start at the bottom all over again.....................


With my Mother and Father Passing Out Night.

Do you remember the JRs old saying?
"We joined to do a job, not get a bastard!"

HMAS LEEUWIN TRAINING STAFF 1969

Junior Recruit Training Staff Commodore J. M. RAMSAY. C.B.E. D.S.C.
Commander E. F. WILKINSON. M.B.E.. RAN.
Instructor Commander W. R. SHARP. B.A.. Dip.Ed.. R.A.N.
Lieutenant Commander R. W. HOLISTER. B.A, A.F.A.I.M.. R.A .N.
Lieutenant G. M. SMITH, R.A.N. Secretary to N.O.I.C.W.A.

Divisional Staff:

Topmen:
Leut. J. J. BERRELL, RAN.
Leut. J. W. CASEY, B.A., RAN.

Morrow Divison:
SBLT M. I. KEAN, RAN.
CPOCOX P. J. GRANT
POUC D. R. KREITLING
LSUC J. P .Mc CRACKEN
ABRP D.J.MELIA

Marks Division:
LCDR F. McCARTHY, RAN.
CPOQMG D. A. T. FLUNDERI, REM.
POAH R. F. WITHERS
LSUC R. B. LINDSAY
ABUW N. H. WOOD

Stevenson Division:
LCDR R. B. DOOLAN, RAN.
CPOFC C. SAPPELLI
POME W. A. WEST
LSWM H. PRZETOCKI
ABUC D. R. MASLIN

Collins Division:

LCDR S. E. W. COLE, R.A.N.
CAMET L. N. PERCIVAL
POAMAE G. A. MAYES
LAAH D. W. SiMPSON
ABQMG P. S. PEGUNAS

Walton Division:
LCDR K. H. CARTWRICHT
POFC D. POOL
POWM R. M. WIKSNE
LSUC R. B. CHADWICK
ABUC B. J. DOUBLE

Psychologist:

Social Worker:
Miss I. PRICE

Chaplains:
Rev. P. BALL, RAN.
Rev. F. LYONS. RAN.

Bandmaster:
CPOMUSN I. C. WILLIAMS

Instructor Officers:
LCDR K. T. FOLEY, R.A.N.
LCDR W. L. PITT ,R.A.N.
LCDR C. R. FAWCETT, R.N.
LCDR K. ANDERSON, RAN.
LCDR R. G. COYTE, RAN.
LCDR K. B. HENRY. R.A.N.
Leut. C. V. BAKER, R.A.N.
Leut. C. H. C. MCNALLY, R.A.N.
Leut. A. F. MASTERS, R.A.N.
Leut. R. J. CRAGO, B.Sc., R.A.N.
Leut. P. D. CONE, B.A., Dip.Ed., RAN.
Leut G.R. DEACON, R.A.N.
Leut. C. V. CROCKETT, RAN.
Leut. L. E. J. WELLS, RAN.
Leut. K. J. GOODSELL, R.A.N.
Leut. P. R. CARTWRIGHT, RAN.
Leut. A. M. YOUNG R.A.N.
Leut. A. V. SMITH, R.A.N.
Leut. R. G. GRAHAM, R.A.N.
L,ent. D. H. J. M. PRINGLE, MA, R.A.N.
Leut. D. J. WOODWARD, B.A., R.A.N.
Leut. K. A. DONOHUE, BA., R.A.N.
CPOAI C. L. NAUMANN
CPOAI J. H .MATHEW

Professional Instructors:

CME W. A. BUTTRESS
CPOPT R. E. RICH, B.E.M.
CPOQMC A. C. MEYER
POQMG L. W. DERBY
PORP L. W. CHAPMAN
POWM K. A. BEVEN
POPT B. BROWNRIGG
LSUC G.J. BATES
LSPT K.C . GASCOYNE
LSPT K. J. HASSON
LSPT A. E. O’MEAGHER
ABQMG A. F. WHITNEY
ABWM M. L. JENKINSON
ME G. U. SELLS

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