GILL, Ryland Edwin, Lieutenant
Born in Western Australia on 01 April 1935, Ryland originally joined the Army, but transferred to the Navy to pursue his love of flying. He qualified as a pilot and flew both Gannets and Westland Wessex before paying off when Melbourne was decommissioned. Ryland made the 20,000th landing on HMAS Melbourne 816 Sq. in Gannet 894 .
He joined QANTAS as a pilot before retiring in Queensland. He leaves three sons.
Ryland’s funeral was at the Anglican Church in Mackay, in QLD, on 6 September 2019.