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  • John Spencer O'BRIEN


    Peter Epps
    • Regimental Number: NX58995
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    John (Jack) was an original member of the unit, embarking aboard “S.S. ZEALANDIA” on 8 Dec 1941 for Timor as a Lance Sergeant in Signals Section, Headquarters Group.

    He was Mentioned in Despatches, for Gallant and Distinguished Service, London Gazette, 25 May 1943 and in the Commonwealth of Australia Gazette, No 119-3 Jun 1943. These are the two Gazettes for the Timor Campaign.

    After the campaign on Timor, he embarked with the unit, for Australia aboard the Royal Dutch destroyer “Tjerk Hiddes” on either 11 Dec 1942 or 16 Dec 1942, as the embarkation rolls do not differentiate. 

    After leave and reorganization, he embarked with the unit for New Guinea aboard S.S. “DUNTROON” on 17 Jun 1943 as a Sergeant, Ordnance in Headquarters Group and returned to Australia with them aboard “TAROONA” on 3 Sept 1944. He was promoted to Company Sergeant Major or Warrant Officer Class 2 on New Guinea.

    John left the unit at Strathpine prior to unit embarking for New Britain and was discharged on 22 Nov 1945.

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