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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