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The Hon Stuart Robert MP
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Minister for Human Services
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC

20 October 2015

Passing of Brigadier John Deighton AM MC (Ret'd)

I extend my condolences to the family and friends of Brigadier John Deighton AM MC (Ret’d) as they mourn the passing of a gallant man with three decades of service as a soldier.

Brigadier Deighton served the veteran community for a further 17 years as the State Secretary/Chief Executive of the Victorian Returned & Services League (RSL), where he made a significant contribution to Australia’s defence and veteran communities.

Whether serving in the military or fighting for the rights of his fellow veterans and their families, Brigadier Deighton will be remembered as a brave soldier and an admired and loyal workmate and friend.

Brigadier Deighton was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2001 for his service to veterans, particularly for the range of commemorative, welfare, administrative and educational programs run by the Victorian Branch of the RSL.

While in the Australian Army, Brigadier Deighton saw overseas service in Malaysia, Borneo, New Guinea and two tours of Vietnam. He received many honours and awards, including the Military Cross and Vietnamese and Australian Defence Force medals.

His leadership and bravery saw him rise to the rank of Brigadier. These traits carried over into his life after active service with the Victorian RSL, where he oversaw the 75th anniversary of the RSL in 1991, the introduction of Regional Veterans’ Centres and the establishment of the RSL Licensed Clubs Association.

During this difficult time my thoughts are with Brigadier Deighton’s loved ones and those who were fortunate enough to have known this great man.

Media Contacts:
Richard Briedis (Minister Robert’s Office): 0477 391 174
Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203

Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS)
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