Paul Muggleton - Class of 1972
Wednesday, 18 December 2013
It is with much sadness I have to let our Alumni know of the passing of our classmate Paul Muggleton from the class of 1972. Paul passed away from cancer on Sunday the 15th of December in Queensland. He was just 58.
Paul started at Daramalan in 1964 in Fourth class. He left in First Form. He went on to join the Army rising to the rank of Colonel.
His funeral will be held on Friday, 20 December, at 11.00am at the Mary Immaculate Church, 31 Edmund Rice Drive, Ashmore in Queensland.
Courtesy of ex-Dara school captain Mark Cunliffe, who worked with Paul, I am including a brief history of his interesting career in the Army.
“Paul graduated from the Royal Military College Duntroon in December 1976 as a Lieutenant in the Royal Australian Armoured Corps (RAAC). After initially serving in the 2nd Cavalry Regiment, he transferred to the Australian Intelligence Corps (AustInt) where he served for eleven years, including a deployment to the Sinai with the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO). During this period, in his own time, Paul also completed a Bachelor of Laws at the Australian National University. He then undertook Army-sponsored civil schooling and completed a Legal Practice Course, facilitating his transfer to Australian Army Legal Corps (AALC) in December 1989.
Muggo served as an ARA legal officer for five years. In 1995, after completing his posting as the Chief Legal Officer on the Headquarters of the 5th Military District in Perth, Muggo transferred to the Army Legal Reserve and left Australia to work with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) as a delegate to the Armed and Security Forces in Eastern Europe and the Balkans. For the next three and a half years he was engaged by the ICRC to disseminate the rules of Law of Armed Conflict to armed and security forces in Central and Southeast Europe through the development and delivery of training.
Paul returned to Australia in late 1998 ready to contribute the experience and knowledge he gained with the ICRC to the advantage of the Australian Army. He commenced service as an Army Reserve legal officer, providing support to operations law training by the Australian Defence Force Warfare Centre and Land Warfare Centre, and developing ADF doctrine on a host of operations law issues. In recognition of his broad military experience and service with the ICRC he was also promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in August 1999.
During this time he commenced postgraduate study in International Public Law, leading to the award of a Doctor of Juridical Science from the University Melbourne in 2006 for his thesis titled A Formulation of the International Crime of Aggression: The Supreme International Crime. The picture attached is from his graduation.
In 2001, Paul commenced his long association with the Asia Pacific Centre for Military Law (APCML), initially serving as its Deputy Director.
In 2003-04 he undertook a period of full-time service, serving as the Acting Director. He did a further period of full-time service in 2006-08, this time as the Director. While at the APCML, Paul deployed to Iraq to serve with the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad.
Paul was promoted to Colonel in 2009. Since 2009, he has been a Consultant to the Director of Army Legal Services, providing advisory and training support to the Directorate of Operations and International Law and the Military Law Centre. Sadly, it was at around this time that he was diagnosed with liver cancer. Sadly he succumbed to the disease last Sunday. Vale Paul”