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MASTER GUNNERS

OF THE

ROYAL REGIMENT of AUSTRALIAN ARTILLERY

SCHOOL OF ARTILLERY

Australian Coat of Arms

Master Gunner    
       

The position of master gunner (MG) is held by a warrant officer class one; however, the appointment is different to that of a regimental sergeant-major (RSM) and in units which have both appointments, an RSM and a MG, the RSM is the ‘senior’ warrant officer. An RSM’s duties and responsibilities, within barracks, are mainly related to matters of discipline, man-management, ceremonial and protocol; whilst those of a master gunner are generally in relation to technically gunnery and instructional matters.

Currently there are three master gunner positions within the Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery: the Regimental Master Gunner; the Master Gunner - School of Artillery; and each regiment has a master gunner (the senior warrant officer instructor (a WO1) at what was previously known as the School’s Gunnery Wing was the Wing Master Gunner, and there used to be a Master Gunner – Land Command Artillery).

       
Master Gunner - School of Artillery  
       

The School’s senior officer, a lieutenant colonel, is both the Commanding Officer and the Chief Instructor (CO/CI); the RSM is responsible to the officer in his position as the CO and the Master Gunner is responsible to officer as the CI.  

The School’s Master Gunner’s responsibilities include:

       
* Giving technical gunnery advice to both the CI and the relevant wing senior instructors (SIs).
   
* Giving technical gunnery advice to the School’s instructors-in-gunnery (IGs), sergeant-major instructors-in-gunnery (SMIGs) and NCO instructors.
   
* Play an active part in the development and maintenance of instructional and learning processes and standards.
   
* Give advice, when relevant, on matters such as the introduction of, or changes to, training aids and facilities, and participate in, or over-see, course development.
   
* Contribute to the effectiveness of training by writing and producing relevant internal publications and review any new internal or existing publications.
   
* Actively liaise with units and unit commanders to ensure School of Artillery / Combat Arms Training Centre training is meeting the required unit needs.
   
       
Regimental Master Gunner    
       
The Regimental Master Gunner’s (RMG) responsibilities include giving the relevant technical gunnery advice to the Regiment’s Director and this includes advice on both technically-related appointments and unit postings for senior warrant officers class one and two. The RMG also takes part in unit assessments and/or training exercises.
       
Listed below are those personnel who have held the appointment of Master Gunner (MG) or Regimental Master Gunner (RMG) at the School of Artillery. Click on the link to view the biography (where available):
       
Date From Date To Surname Christian Names Remarks
         
Master Gunner      
         
1951 February 1962 August Ward A. Warrant Officer Class One
         
1962 August 1964 July Gorman L.J. Warrant Officer Class One
         
1964 July 1965 December Brown I.N. Warrant Officer Class One
         
1965 December 1973 September Martin J.C. Warrant Officer Class One
         
1973 September 1974 October Liddell William C. Warrant Officer Class One
         
1974 October 1975 February Farrow Sydney Ronald Warrant Officer Class One
         
1975 February 1976 December Annett D.G. Warrant Officer Class One
         
1976 December 1979 January French W.J. Warrant Officer Class One
         
1979 February 1980 December Cleasby A.R. Warrant Officer Class One
         
1981 January 1981 March Sheridan A.E. Warrant Officer Class One
         
1981 March 1981 December Simmons F.J. Warrant Officer Class One
         
1981 December 1985 January Pollock J.G. Warrant Officer Class One
         
1985 January 1986 June Browning Kevin D. Warrant Officer Class One
         
1986 June 1986 December Smith P.J. Warrant Officer Class One
         
1986 December 1988 January Floyd G.J. Warrant Officer Class One
         
1988 January 1988 December Lakey K.T. Warrant Officer Class One
         
1989 January 1989 November Mason G. Warrant Officer Class One
         
   
Regimental Master Gunner  
         
1986 December 1988 December Green Albert Warrant Officer Class One
         
1989 January 1990 January Dobbs Peter Warrant Officer Class One
         
1990 January 1991 December Cane Bruce Warrant Officer Class One
         
1989 November 1991 December Bruce Peter J. Warrant Officer Class One
         
1991 December 1992 December Browning Kevin D. Warrant Officer Class One
         
1992 December 1993 December Martin K. Warrant Officer Class One
         
1996 January 1998 January Bowman D.W. Warrant Officer Class One
         
1998 January 1998 December Chillingsworth G. Warrant Officer Class One
         
1999 January 1999 December Dunne R.D. Warrant Officer Class One
         
2000 January 2002 January Hansen J. Warrant Officer Class One
         
2002 January 2003 December Gowling M.H. Warrant Officer Class One
         
2004 January 2005 December Watego C. Warrant Officer Class One
         
2006 January 2007 December Washford P. Warrant Officer Class One
         
2008 January 2010 December Matthysen P. Warrant Officer Class One
         
2001 January 2012 December Washford P. Warrant Officer Class One
         
2013 January   Thompson R. Warrant Officer Class One
         
Note: The position of Regimental Master Gunner was disestablished over the period January 1994 - December 1995
         

Master Gunner Fire Support Wing

 
2004 January 2005 December Franklin B. Warrant Officer Class One
       
2006 January 2007 December Byrne T. Warrant Officer Class One
       
2008 January 2008 December Johnston M. Warrant Officer Class One
       
2009 January 2010 December Kennedy Tony Warrant Officer Class One
       
Note: The position of Master Gunner Fire Support Wing evolved from the School of Artillery position of Senior Sergeant-Major Instructor Gunnery (SMIG), Fire Support Wing in 2003. The position has since reverted to that of SMIG in 2011. The incumbents of the position whilst it was so titled Master Gunner Fire Support Wing are listed abovebelow.
       
         
 

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