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The mark­ing of Pri­vate Robert Mac­tier’s 100-year an­niver­sary was also cel­e­brated at Simp­son Bar­racks Ma­clead, Vic­to­ria.

The De­fence Force School of Sig­nals cel­e­brated in style with a for­mal din­ing-in night to give trib­ute to Robert Mac­tier for his ac­tion on Mont Saint Quentin and in­tro­duce ju­nior mem­bers of the Corps to for­mal cus­toms and tra­di­tions.

The event was held on Fri­day, Au­gust 31, and at­tended by more than 300 mem­bers posted to the school and was sup­ported by the se­nior ranks and of­fi­cers of the school.

Robert Mac­tier VC Club deputy pres­i­dent Cpl James Price said the night in­cluded of­fi­cial guests, Royal Aus­tralian Sig­nals Corps head, Bri­gadier Su­san Coyle, CSC, DSM, Com­man­dant of De­fence Com­mand Sup­port Train­ing Cen­tre, Colonel Kath Ste­wart and Reg­i­men­tal Sergeant Ma­jor of the Royal Aus­tralian Sig­nals Corps, and War­rant Of­fi­cer Class One Vikke Pat­ter­son.

‘‘One of the ju­niors read out the gazetted award and then we also had an­other sol­dier read out a bit of pre-his­tory about Robert and his life be­fore ser­vice,’’ Mr Price said.

To fur­ther cel­e­brate the oc­ca­sion the club or­gan­ised 100 com­mem­o­ra­tive bot­tles of aged port.

‘‘There was a lim­ited num­ber of 100 bot­tles made with the la­bels and lo­gos and the back story of the award­ing of the VC on the back,’’ Mr Price said.

He said the money raised from the bot­tles would be do­nated to a cur­rent cause sup­port­ing de­fence mem­bers and their fam­i­lies.

The night wound down with desert and a quiet drink at the Robert Mac­tier VC Club across the road.

The Head of Corps in dis­cus­sion with mem­bers of the Head Ta­ble.MAJ Nathan Jones

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