A great bloke who loved sport at the school.
He had only 24 hours to put his affairs in order and be on the plane the next day christened himself Brindo from Indo.
Another of my favourite memories of Brindo was his indubitable power of command which, whilst it would never gain him a pass in the CRS Fleet Board, often challenged the concentration of the current squad he was marching.I think it was still there the following morning but Don wasn't.He was an RS on the Melbourne in 1969 when the collision occurred with Evans. .I also served with him in Coonawarra, Harman, and Cerberus.He was invited to the Indonesian Air force Officers mess for a few farewell drinks and he proceeded to tell the Officers, in jocular terms that if they ever wanted to invade Australia he would be standing at Cape York to fight them back,.A great man and this world is lesser with his departure.
Vale Donald John Brindley R44404 (ex CRS).
Out of curiosity I Googled Sir Harry to see if Brindo showed up in the search results, and I found the following.
Fm Keith Gorsuch: Have just read the sad news in respect to the passing of Don Brindley.
He was buried privately.
His RAN ROS card shows that he signed on progressively until one day short of his 50th birthday in years full time service. .
It was probably the first time he had been upstaged.He paid off in Harman I think and then went to Parliament House as an Usher.Lest We Forget, don's Record of Service (ROS) cards fallsview casino online up to 1970 shows he served in the Royal Australian Naval Reserve from 1943 to 1947. .Then at midday, as Divisions would be over, make your way back to your hut, with leave cards being collected by someone knowing that the MAA would be at lunch in the Seniors Sailors Mess.(They laced my dry bottle for my scotch and dry, with double whiskies, then blamed me for spiking my own drink!).Don was one of nature's gentlemen and it was indeed a pleasure to have known him.