PETTY OFFICER REGINALD “ARCHIE”
I have sadly attended too many funerals of ex shipmates
lately all of which leave a lasting memory. However the
funeral service for Reg
“Archie” Moore was very different I must admit it was the first occasion for
me that the service
was held in the Funeral Parlour and was conducted by Reg’s
very good friend Gary Bezant who under the
stress of the occasion was excellent.
Reg was born on the 11th June 1937 at Moorarie
Station near Meekatharra, son of Julitha Doongoo and Reg Moore.
He was an Uncle
to 12 and great Uncle to I 8 children.
At age 8, he was put into “Sister Kate's Orphanage” where his football heroes Ted (Square) Kilmurray and Graham
Farmer also resided. Reg stayed there until 19 years of age when he moved to
live with a family called
“Steensons” during which time he worked in a Post
At age 21 Reg joined the navy where he picked up his
nickname “Archie” (because of his boxing ability,) he went on
to serve on
numerous ships and establishments during the next ten years. Archie was a good
reliable sailor and
worked very hard to establish himself as a “Weapon
Mechanic” so much so that he advanced to the rank of Petty
Officer within six
years of joining. He was awarded the “Active Service Medal”, “General
Service Medal” and the
“Vietnam Logistic Support Medal”.
Archie sadly became a victim of that disease that is claiming to many of
us, lung cancer, some 12 months ago. At
this stage he was on his own and we were
very happy to learn that his friends Gary and Carol Bezant cared him for
the remaining 9 months of his life.
Reginald “Archie” Moore joined the navy as a young man and loved it,
so it’s very pleasing for all of us to know, that
“Archie” will return to
sea as the Royal Australian Navy has agreed to scatter his ashes.
We will miss you “Archie”, we know you will keep
that gunnery turret of yours in that big ship in the sky as spotless
as you did
LEST WE FORGET
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