Vale and Rest in Peace Colonel John Haynes

It is with deep sadness that we advise you of the passing of RACA Life Member Colonel John Sutherland Haynes, AM. 

Col Haynes was a loyal and much-loved member, not only amongst his fellow members but also the staff, management and Board of RACA. His contribution to the Club over the past 66 years has been significant. He was a very active member and enjoyed participating in a number of the member interest groups here at the club, including Bridge and Snooker. His unwavering passion in support of fellow comrades led to the incorporation of the Imperial Service Club Ltd with RACA in 1984. 

Col Haynes enlisted in the Citizen Military Forces (CMF) on 15 July 1948 and retired from the Australian Regular Army on 30 October 1984. He served his time in the Army and the Corps with deep commitment to doing the right thing. As one, of many, said ‘The great man’s selflessness and humbleness shall always be remembered’.

Col Jeff Stark, AOGC President, said, ‘John was a giant among men in fighting for the entitlements of officers and soldiers through his advocacy work in the Regular Defence Force Welfare Association (RDFWA) and its successor the Defence Force Welfare Association (DFWA). Stories abound about John securing people very large compensation payouts through his investigative efforts. A large number of people owe their quality of life in their later years to John’s determination’.

For his service in fighting for the entitlements of officers and soldiers through his advocacy work in the Regular Defence Force Welfare Association (RDFWA) and its successor the Defence Force Welfare Association (DFWA), John was conferred a Medal in the Order of Australia (OAM) in the 2005 Queen’s Birthday honours list ”For service to the welfare of veterans and serving members of the Australian Defence Force through a range of service and ex- Service organisations.”

In his later years, John’s passion turned to recognising the contribution to Australia’s military history of our Boer War veterans. The club proudly displayed a miniature replica of the four mounted troopers, 150% life size in bronze, in the Members Bar towards the end of 2017. Col Haynes was committed to building the Boer War Memorial in our nation’s capital and for
his efforts John was recognised in the 2019 Australia Day honours list by being admitted as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) “For significant service to veterans, particularly through the National Boer War Memorial Association.”

Vale and Rest in Peace Colonel John Haynes, you have contributed so much to this world and will be remembered as a true gentleman and a great Australian. Col Haynes is survived by his devoted wife Gwendoline, whom he married in 1955. Our thoughts are with all family and friends.

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