Over the Years many members of the RAN 16th Minesweeping Squadron have passed away and crossed the bar. 

Sadly, it isnt always possible to include everyone, simply because we do not know. However, this page will be updated periodically to include those that we are notified of. 

If You know of an RAN 16th MSS Veteran or associated Forces personnel who has crossed the bar and would like have them included in this roll call, please do contact me with the details. Thank you. 

Crossing The Bar



From the 3rd Intake passed away on Christmas Day .2013

Although Wally was not a member of the 16th MSS but was known by some of you through intake period. This news has been passed on to us from Col Platten. Our condolences to Mr Leslies family.

Shortie SHEWAN

We have news that sadly we have had to say goodbye to another Sweeper, Shorty Shewan. We send our condolences to Shorties family and friends.

Bruce ‘Buck’ RAYNOR

Ex HMAS Hawk crossed the bar 29th December 2013. Condolences from the 16th MSS family.

Albert MILES (Ozzy)


Mr Miles’ daughter sadly informed us he passed away 26/10/13 and he wanted the RSL & Minesweepers to be advised.
Our sincere Condolences to his family and friends.


Sadly passed away following a long battle with cancer.

We would like to extend our condolences to his family friends and colleagues for their sad loss


Passed away on the 14/3/2013

Collie served on HMAS Gull from November 1965 to Aug 1966 after a battle with cancer.

Ian THOMPSON (thommo)


Sadly passed away 25th March 2010.

He was a member of the HMAS Ibis crew.Our Condolences to his family and friends.

Gordon “Stroppy” PROVE

January 2012 - Sadly we have to add another name to the roll of those who have left us and crossed the bar. Gordon “Stroppy” Prove who passed away September 5th ,2011 . We would like to extend our condolences to Stroppys family  from the 16th Minesweeping squadron Family.

‘Crossed the Bar’.
Jim passed away on 15th February 2012.  He had been ill with cancer Our condolences to Jims family

Captain Benjamin Dunn RAN on Friday 30th March 2012.


Along with his many postings Ben served XO of HMAS Vendetta on the Vietnam trip (69-70) and later became CO of Vendetta (76-78).


A funeral service was held on Thursday 12th April at the Norwood Park Crematorium in Canberra


Our sincerest sympathy and condolences to the family.

George ALLEN


Veteran of the Indonesian Confrontation, ex AB(UW) George Allen, HMAS Curlew 1965/66 (both deployments) passed away at Northampton, W.A. on 28th April 2012, from kidney failure and emphysema, declared intestate. DVA first refused a request for funeral expenses but paid up on appeal.


Leslie John GRICE

Sadly passed away in 2012 our sincere condolences to Les’ family from all of us within the 16thMSS.

Commodore Adrian Cummins,

RAN, AO (retd) 1937-2005


Adrian Cummins served 39 years in the RAN with service in most parts of the world, and was awarded aBritish Admiralty Commendation for brave conduct whilst on exchange service with the Royal Navy in 1962.He commanded the Minesweeper HMAS IBIS during Indonesian confrontation, the frigate HMAS Swan and the guided missile destroyer HMAS Perth, as Senior Australian Officer in the Gulf of Oman in 1980/81. He spent 20 years working in Navy office and Defence Central in Canberra, as Director of Surface and Air Weapons,Director Naval Manpower Planning (23,000 people), Project Director for an aircraft and missile range project and as the Director General Defence Conditions of Service (130,000 people) and Director General Naval

Warfare. He was awarded the AM in 1977 and AO in 1989 for his work. Adrian joined the RAN as a 13 year old Midshipman. Became a Gunnery Officer. He was Captain of HMAS IBIS, Ton Class Minesweeper during The Indonesian Confrontation in Malaysia.

He went to Captain various other Australian Navy Ships to Pay Off as a Commodore.

He served his country with Distinction & Honour & will long be

remembered by those who served with him. He is succeeded by his wife Benedicte  and daughters Julia & Kathy.


Warrant Officer Underwater Weapons, Daniel Joseph ANDERSON, R933078


Born Marrickville NSW 11 08 44 but known as the "Manjimup Kid"

He grew up on the family Tobacco farm out of Manjimup,WA.Joined the RAN in the first intake of JRs at HMAS Leeuwin in July 1960.Paid off from Navy Office in 1981.The list of his sea postings include but not limited to;HMAShips; Yarra, Anzac,Ibis,Brisbane & Supply ('77-'78).

Ibis, during the Cronfrontation (second swing) and Brisbane, on the gun line in Vietnam.Shore postings include but not limited to;Leeuwin, Torrens (Encounter) and Creswell.At Leeuwin he was the Coxswain the the SDB and the GPV.

At Torrens he associated with the Bass & Banks and at Creswell he was crew for the SAR vessel.So even during his shore postings he spent a deal of time at sea.

After he paid off he worked in the International Oil and Gas Exploration Industry:Japan,  Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Denmark, Nigeria and the NW Shelf.

Danny and his wife Shirley had three children; Duane, Brenton and Simone and they lived in Safety Bay, WA. After he paid off.Danny was actively involved with the Safety Bay Bowling Club and the Rockingham Naval Association.

In February 2002 Danny was diagnosis with a brain tumour and died on 13th February 2005, after a long and hard fought battle.


Sadly passed away in March 2010. Sincere belated condolences to the Nicholson family from everyone in the RAN 16th MSS family. 


Sadly passed away on the 5th August 2010. Sincere belated condolences to the Archibald family from the 16th Minesweeping Squadron family


Sadly passed away on April 16th 2013, after a long battle with ill health. Gus was born in Newcastle in 1936 and at the age of 13 he entered into RAN College, Victoria, where he earned the nickname Gus that was to stay with him all his life, he passed out in 1954 and began his career as a cadet for a year in the RN on HMS Triumph. He then spent 3 more years in training before the young Lieutenant was given command of HMAS Teal for deployment in the Singapore Straits, during which two altercations took place when the Teal was involved in action for which Murray was awarded the DSC. He was promoted to Lieutenant-Commander in 1966 shortly before leaving the RAN to pursue a career in flight, working for the NSW Air Ambulance and going on to work for Quantas from which he retired in 1996.
Keith ‘Gus’ Murray leaves behind his wife Jill, daughters Penny and Anthea and son Angus.
A memorial service was held in May 2013 at Garden Island Chapel, Sydney.



ex ME R54929 passed away on 28th. January 2011. Mal had been fighting cancer for some time. He served on the HMAS Curlew. Our Condolences to his family and friends.

Allan T JONES (Spike)

27th October 2006

(See tribute page to Allan)

With much sadness Allan's family announced he had passed away on 27th October 2006.

He was a tireless contributor to this site and a great friend.

He will be much missed, as will his work on behalf of the 16th.

Please go here to read more about Allan


Brian Allan BEST  P63375

It is with sad regret that I inform you that Brian passed away at The Canberra Hospital on Tuesday 7th of July.  He is now at peace and not suffering anymore from the cancer that wracked his body.Brian was a cook on HMAS Ibis from 1970 to 1971 and the HMAS Snipe from 1971 to 1972. Brian's funeral  was held at Mt Thompson Crematorium in Brisbane on 17th of July.

I attended the Reunion and dedication in March 2006 in Canberra at the invitation of Brian, as I lived in Canberra and had known Brian all of my life.  Kind Regards

Annette Best.

Paul Baldy LEHMAN  
from HMAS Ibis passed away in November 2009,

Baldy who served on Ibis 65/66 during Confrontation as a Stoker Then again as a Kellick Stoker in the late 60s

and of

The late wife of Baldy Lehman passed away 4th October 2007 after a short illness. Vicky is survived by

their 2 Daughters Simone and Maree, their Partners and 9 Grand Children(5 girls & 4 Boys) she will be sadly missed.Our Sincere condolences to the Lehman family from all at the RAN 16th MSS family. 



From The Gap Qld - Skipper of HMAS Hawk died from a long illness Friday 17th March '06



Warrimoo, NSW - Able Seaman on Ibis passed away sometime late '05 we think from a heart attack. Our condolences to his family and friends



Of HMAS Curlew has joined the Sweeper crew in the sky in 2006 after a distinguished career in the Royal

Australian Navy and achieving his commissioned Rank.

Our condolences to his family and friends from the 16th MSS.


Joy sadly passed away on 3 May 2011 and was buried on Friday 6 May 2011 at Caloundra.  


Joy was the beloved wife of Robert "Bob" Barr.


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