18th March 2021
Mr GREG PIPER (Lake Macquarie)—I'd like to pay tribute to Les Fielding from Toronto who passed away recently and extend my sympathy to his wife Marcia, sons Brian and Michael, daughters-in-law Michelle and Saretta, and his grandchildren Jasmin, Levi and Jaxon. Les was devoted to his family. As a young man he met Marcia and they spent many happy decades together, building a life and raising a family. He excelled in sport, particularly rugby union and lawn bowls. Les served with distinction in Malaysia and South Vietnam. He also served as an instructor at the School of Infantry at Singleton. He was admired and respected by all who served with him for his outstanding professionalism, leadership and devotion to duty, particularly during his active service in Eight Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment in South Vietnam. Les was an outstanding Infantry soldier who led by example and set high standards for others. His army career saw him reach the rank of Sergeant Major. Photographs of Les helping to evacuate and tending to his wounded comrades in the Phuoc Tuy Province during Operation Atherton can be found in the Australian War Memorial's online collection. Vale Les Fielding.
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