Royal Australian Air Force

Vale Wing Commander Lindsay Bennett  (Retired)

Dear All,

The following funeral details, the sad passing of Wing Commander Lindsay Bennett  (Retired): God bless Lindsay lest we forget.

The funeral for Lindsay Bennett is on Wednesday 10th June at 11am at the Great Southern Memorial Park, Mount Cotton. Address: 1774-1794 Mount Cotton Road, Carbrook QLD 4130.

Medals to be worn.

Please Note: Current Covid -19 restrictions limit the number of friends and family that may be seated within the inside and outside chapel to 50. However, we have been advised that additional friends are permitted within the grounds, including close proximity to the chapel to provide Lindsay’s friends with the opportunity to attend his farewell. However, it is important to note that social distancing will be required.

Blue Care Wynnum Aged Care Facility provided loving support and care to Lindsay and his family during his final days. To honour Lindsay and thank the beautiful staff for their dedication to ours and other families, in lieu of flowers on the day we would love if you could please make a small donation in Lindsay’s name.

For all who came into contact with Lindsay he had a positive effect on us all, it is a very sad day for everyone. Lindsay was the type of person that was always willing to move along with modern technology while retaining the old values, for this is very rear in this modern permissive society Lindsay was such a person, lest we forget, Lindsay you live on in our harts the things we do with our hands, things we say and with our eyes things we see.

Warrant Officer Raymond Herbert Townsend, OAM, A113600 (Retired)

Late of Ipswich, passed away on 22nd June 2020, aged 84 years.Retired RAAF Warrant Officer Engineer. Dearly beloved Husband of Marjorie, loving Father of Kerryn and Donna, much adored Pop of Baeli, Koby and Jailyn, Great Grandfather of Airlie Marjorie and very good friend of the grandchildren’s father Chris.

If you wish to attend Ray’s Service, please contact the family to register your attendance.

Raymond was a true Australian a role model for all levels within the ADF and after his retirement the civilian sector, passing on his experience and marking time with modern technology all who he encountered him benefited from him.

Raymond you will live on in our thoughts and our hearts as we forge on into the future lest we forget.    

Dennis Earl Linnane – Life Member of Pine Rivers and Sandgate Branch

Pine Rivers and Sandgate Branch and ex-Sandgate life member Dennis Earl Linnane passed away on 17th June 2020. Dennis was just short of 96 years of age. 

Rest in Peace Dennis. Lest We Forget

Reverend Ian Taylor – Redcliffe Branch

Redcliffe Branch Chaplain, Reverend Ian Taylor passed away on Friday 14th August 2020. A private funeral service will be held.

Rest in Peace Reverend Ian. Lest We Forget

Royal Australian Air Force Association

Queensland Division Redcliffe Branch

Branch Clergy 

Vale Reverent Ian Taylor

Left to right: Dulcie and Greg Turner, Rev Sandra Jebb, Rev Ian and Val Taylor

Vanuatu’s Taylor Airport named in honour of Legatee Reverend Ian Taylor many hats!” Because of the geographical isolation, he said he took on many diverse roles such as doctor to captain of the 28ft Mission launch, builder to evangelist, and engineer to school teacher. He and his wife Val worked tirelessly for ten years serving the community of Vanuatu. There was much need to arrange for immediate medical treatment for local people, as emergency access by boat was slow and dangerous, and often resulted in death. In 1962, Ian began the arduous task of planning and building a Mission airstrip. Wearing his project manager hat, Ian utilised primitive equipment such as a hand-winch to pull out trees, an old truck with an agricultural disc to cut the ground, a 44-gallon drum filled with cement as a roller, and a long plank of wood weighted down with a coconut trunk as a grader. With the help of local villagers and under Ian’s supervision, they spent the next four years building a one-mile emergency airstrip. In 1980, the government recognised the value of the airstrip and provided funds to improve the current field. In 1983, the upgraded airstrip was officially named Taylor Airfield in honour of Ian and his family. Ian and Val initiated other projects including a twelvebed hospital, a separate maternity clinic, a school classroom, a Cooperative Store and a teacher’s house. In July 2013, Ian was awarded a Vanuatu Distinguished Service Medal for his significant contribution of service to the Vanuatu community. Ian and Val’s most recent project was the focus on recording the cultural genealogy of the Small Nambas. They identified a need for the new generation of Vanuatu people to understand and know their cultural ancestors. This project began in 2008 and an unpublished edition, including hundreds of names, birthdates, marriages and deceased people was produced in 2016. Ian and Val moved to Coolum, and lived there for 42 years, following his retirement. He joined Sunshine Coast Legacy ten years ago. Following their move to Redcliffe four years ago, Ian transferred his Legacy membership to Redcliffe. Ian served with the Australian Navy Cadets for 30 years, commissioned as a SubLieutenant working as a Training Officer, and later as a Chaplain. Ian’s story is a witness to the determination of a life serving the community and a reminder of the dedication of Legacy is serving members. Ian is currently 90 years old and is still serving Legacy. When attending a recent Redcliffe Caboolture Bribie Island Legatee Contact Group meeting members were informed by Legatee Rev Ian Taylor of his very last trip to Vanuatu. All present soon discovered the reason for this special trip as Ian disclosed the extent of his Missionary work in Vanuatu. There was much delight within the group to hear of the projects he managed, whilst serving as a Missionary, the most significant being the construction of an emergency airstrip for his Mission Station. Before entering the Presbyterian Church in 1948, in 1943 Ian served two years in the Air Training Corps as a Cadet during WWII, in the RAAF. Ian married his wife Val in 1953 and was ordained by the Presbyterian Church three years later. Ian and Val’s first appointment in 1957 took them to the New Hebrides, now known as Vanuatu, with their two children, Wendy, 3 and Jennifer, 6 months old. Their boy Neil was born during their furlough in 1960. Ian and Val worked with two Cannibal Tribes, the Small Nambas and the Big Nambas as well as already converted Christians at their Mission Station in South West Bay, Malekula. Their geographical territory covered the whole of the West coast. When asked the extent of a Missionary’s role, Ian laughed stating, “I wore He took on many diverse roles such as doctor to captain of the 28ft Mission launch, builder to evangelist, and engineer to school teacher. He and his wife Val worked tirelessly for ten years serving the community of Vanuatu. God bless you Ian a true Australian lest we forget.