Vale – Colonel A. V. Preece DSO MVO

Sad news from Simon Hearder, Secretary, AATTV Association ACT Branch on the passing on 27th August 2020 of fellow Team member, Lt Col (later Col) A. (Alex) V. Preece DSO, MVO aged 93 years.

LTCOL Preece took over command of AATTV in May 1965 from Col O.D. Jackson who had been promoted and assumed command of the Australian Army Force, Vietnam. At short notice Lt Col Preece was appointed to command 1st Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment, in Vietnam on 3 December 1965 when the previous commanding officer became a casualty. At that time the Battalion was participating in Operation New Life, a divisional sized offensive operation against the Viet Cong in Binh Tuy Province.

I am sure that all AATTV Team members and the RAR Family would wish to pass on their sincerest condolences and deepest sympathies to his children, Janet, Michael, Susan and James on this sad occasion of the passing of Alex. Alex was well known in military circles and his passing will certainly have an effect on those that served with him or under his leadership. A true warrior that has now gone on to be with his fellow brothers in arms.

He is survived by his four children Janet, Michael, Susan & James (his wife having died some years ago ). Condolences should be sent to: Michael Preece c/- 6 Brassey St, DEAKIN, ACT 2600

Rest in Peace

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