The Regular Force Cadet Association

A Favoured Few -- New Zealand's Boy Soldiers 1948 - 1991

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Ralph Holah (McKinnon class)

From RFCS to RNZEME in the trade of Armourer until 1990. Departed as SGT Instructor from SEME during the shift to Trentham. Ran my own business in Auckland until 2004. Still self employed now, but at a more relaxing pace and able to enjoy a second marriage. ralph.holah@xtra.co.nz

R.L.G. Holley (Ardagh class)

Joined in 68 and graduated to RNZIR in Dec 69, but stayed on to instruct on basic Jan-Mar 70. Returned twice more to RFCS from 75-77 as a Pl Sgt then 83-85 as SSM. Left in 93 but was lured back in 96 and served a further 7 yrs finally leaving as a Major in 2002. Have been in Tauranga with my partner Fi ever since (except for a four month stint back in uniform in 2005 as the NZ Army SNO/Ops Officer with RAMSI in the Solomons). Am managing the Tauranga Game Fishing Club which I thoroughly enjoy.

Email addressgrant@tgfc.co.nz

C.A. Holmwood (Thorpe class)

Working in Brisbane for Transport Company Linfox in Compliance and live on the Gold Coast with my partner and 14 year old son 7

M. Holt (Parkinson class)

I am now in Saigon, where I have been working as a Construction Manager for a consultant company the last several months. After graduating I had postings to 2 Construction Squadron, 1 Field Squadron, Works Services Singapore and SME Trade Wing. I left the services in Jul 1987 after 231/2 good years. The time in Singapore had given me the travel bug, so since leaving the Army I have been somewhat of a Gipsy. Cook Islands - 2 yrs, Tonga - 3 yrs, Solomon Islands - 1 yr, Vietnam - over 3 yrs in different places and at different periods, Africa - 2 1/2 yrs (based in Ethiopia, but regularly going to Yemen, Eritrea, Angola, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Lesotho, Swaziland, Kenya and South Africa - with a Japanese Construction company). Plus several 2 to 4 week business trips to Head Office in Japan, a couple to Vanuatu and 3 short trips to East Timor (all work related). Also a couple of stints of a few months back in NZ between jobs. I have no doubt that my time in the army and particularly cadets, gave me the skills and confidence to enable me to live that life. If any ex-cadets visit, I would love to have a beer with them, show them around a bit, etc E-mail: holt@hbpasia.com

M.G. Holt (Parkinson class)

I am still in Vietnam. For almost 6 years now. I am working as a Construction Manager for a project management consultant company. Four years of these have been in Saigon and the last year and a half in Da Nang/Hoi An area. Working on high class apartment blocks, resorts, cinema fit outs etc.
After graduation I had postings to 2 Constructin Sqn, 1 Field Sqn, Works Services Singapore and SME Trade Wing. I left the services in July 1987 after 23.1/2 very good years. The time in Singapore had given me the travel bug, so since leaving the Army I have been somewhat of a gypsy - Cook Islands -2yrs,Tonga- 3yrs, Solomon Islands -1yr, Vietnam over 8 years in different places and at different periods. Africa - 2.1/2 yrs( based in Etheopia, but refularly going to Yemen, Eritrea,Angola Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Lecotho, Swaziland, Kenya and South Africa- wi5th a Japanese Construction Company. Plus several 2 to 4 week business trips to Head Office in Japan, a couple to Vanuatu and 3 short trips to East Timor (all work related). Also a couple of stints of a few months back in NZ between jobs. I have no doubt that my time in the army and particularly cadets gave me the skills an d confidence to enable me to lead this life. If any ex cadets visit Vietnam I would love to have a beer with them. I can be contacted on e-mail holt@hbpasia.com

Email addressholt@hbpasia.com

S.R. Hone (Crump class)

Graduated May 68. Posted to Linton, then Trentham. Left army in 74 and worked at Tasman pulp and paper co in Kawerau for 18 years. Kids left home so wife and I decided to see the South Island, currently living in Rangiora and working as a warehouse person for an oil distribution company also doing deliveries around the North Canterbury farms etc...

A.R. Hood (Ngarimu class)

Completed over 20 years by the time I left the Army. Currently in East Timor with the UN and then don't know where hence only email address my particulars. [No email address received - WEBMASTER]

I.C. Hopkins (Barrowclough class)

Left RFC in 1968, posted to Fort Dorset Wellington to complete apprenticeship. Posted to Riccarton Rd, and left RF in 1970-71. Worked as Refrigeration Engineer in Chch and left for Auckland in Dec 73. Worked with various companies until 82, then started my own refrigeration business with a mate, 10 yrs later he took me for $350K. Started a new business in 93, sold out to Chubb in 2000. Still own a sheetmetal business, but work as an Air conditioning refrigeration and ventilation consultant for myself and the tax dept. Have a lovely launch in Pine Harbour, keeping me broke but happy. Look forward to hearing from anyone from the past.

P. Horgan (Puttick class)

Left RNZEME in 1982 and been in Australia since December 1984. Was in Melbourne recently for the Cup, and some football matches - sob,sob. Wife and I backed the winner of the Cup - for a place - slow learners. The day after we were doing the touristy thing on a Melbourne Tram and found the seat in front occupied by Mike Flattery-Donohue - Parkinson Class. Buggers pop up everywhere! We are currently living on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, but spend the cooler months at Rubyvale, Central Queensland Gemfields where we have a small underground sapphire mine. Not finding many sapphires though, but our hole in Australia is getting to the stage where I'm thinking of learning Chinese.

K.A. Horspool (Morris class)

RF Cadet Morris Class 1981 - . Posted to RNZEME, great Corp with exceptional spirit & Mana. Rugby was large part of EME, good trips to Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore. 81 Cadet. Good Cdt 1st XV, beat Kelston Boys and drew with St. Stephens. Good players Black Jack Ferguson, Wi Marino, Dog Collier, Crownie, Gappa, Hunter, Ricey, Corbett, Devo, Mokomoko and heaps of others. Only downer was Cdt Grant BAIN being shot and killed by an inexperienced Senior Cdt. RIP Grant. Harry Rule was the PTI, Dave Chambers, Darcy Debazin, KR Sgt Kahuroa RF Pltn Sgt. Good grounding in soldiering before heading to the best Corp in the Army. Left Army after ten years, got into Casino industry for 7 years, now in Mining industry in Western Australia. Still trying to get those railway tracks out of my shirts. Check the profile & give us a shout in Aussie. HOW? (WEBMASTER)

Rabbit Horton (Williams class)

I couldn't think of a better way to start the journey of life than as a RF Cadet and the forces in general. It has really grounded me for life and everything life throws at you, good mates, good times. I will always remember the 6 yrs I spent as a soldier and will always look back on it as the biggest growth period in my life as a person. I wish all the people I have worked with during my service all the best in life.

Rabbit Horton (Williams class)

I couldn't think of a better way to start the journey of life than as a RF Cadet and the forces in general. It has really grounded me for life and everything life throws at you, good mates, good times. I will always remember the 6 yrs I spent as a soldier and will always look back on it as the biggest growth period in my life as a person. I wish all the people I have worked with during my service all the best in life.

Pom Howard (Thornton class)

! am currently the General Manager of the Tauranga RSA/Greerton Motor Inn in Tauranga. I have been in the position for eight years and was heavily ionvolved with the sale of the Tauranga RSA and its move to its present premises in Greerton. If any x cadets are in the area or visiting Tauranga please feel welcome to drop in , say hi and stay with us if you wish to.

Email addressgraham86@ihug.co.nz

C.I. Hunt (Taylor class)

Hello gentlemen, just happened upon this site, so thought, what the hell. still believe to this day that 1987 was the hardest yet most satisfying year of my life. Moved on from RNZ Engineers in 1990, spent two years in Timaru before moving to Perth in 1991. Got involved in the mining industry and have been with it ever since. Am now a shift supervisor at Marillana Creek iron ore with Henry Walker Eltin and BHP Billiton. Have been with my wife for 14 years and have two kids, Josh is 7, Laura is 3. Take care and best wishes, Conrad Hunt.

W.B. Hutchinson (Andrew class)

One of the last 3 year cadets, and the Cadet RSM of 1968. Posted to RNZ Inf. Serverd in Vietnam and served in a host of appointments and postings befiore becoming a WO1 RSM. I retired in 1986 and bought a flower growing business in Christchurch which I sold after 9 yrs. I then moved to Invercargill as the Economic Development Officer with the Southland District Council,and after 5 yrs to Venture Southland as the Rural Development officer. My next job was a CEO of a honey company and after 3 yrs back to Economic Development with Enterprise Northland. I am married to Anne who is with the Police Force. I am still a keen rugby supporter. Go the Crusaders. .

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