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  • Anthony DAVIDSON


    Peter Epps
    • Regimental Number: WX12343
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    Anthony was an original member of the unit, embarking aboard “S.S. ZEALANDIA” on 8 Dec 1941 for Timor as a Private in the Headquarters Group of “A” Platoon. After the campaign on Timor, he embarked with the unit, for Australia aboard the Royal Dutch destroyer “Tjerk Hiddes” on 16 Dec 1942

    Transferred to 1st Australian Commando Training Battalion, as an Instructor on 19 May 1943 and promoted Acting Corporal on 16 Jun 1943. He transferred to 4th Reinforcement Training Battalion on 10 Oct 1943 and reverted to Private 4 May 1944 and moved to Headquarters of the 4th Reinforcement Training Battalion on 10 Jan 1944. He transferred to 2/12th Commando Squadron on 3 Jun 1944, then to 2/3rd Australian Tank Attack Regiment on 4 Jan 1945. He embarked for MOROTAI aboard "LINDLAY M GARRISON" on 3 Apr 1945 and then embarked for BORNEO aboard Landing Ship Troops (LST) 129 on 21 Jun 1945. He returned to Australia aboard "PAUCHANG VICTORY" on 24 Jan 1946 and was discharged on 19 Mar 1946.

    He was entitled to the 1939-45 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal and Australian Service Medal 1939-45, pictured below. He is now also entitled to the Australian Service Medal 1945-75 with a clasp "S.W.Pacific".

     

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    Hi Mary

    Anthony served with the unit on Timor only and due to the circumstances of the campaign, there are very few photos of the men on Timor. Most of our photos are from new Guinea and New Britain.

    This is what we know of Anthony

    DAVIDSON, Anthony

    WX12343

    Anthony was an original member of the unit, embarking aboard “S.S. ZEALANDIA” on 8 Dec 1941 for Timor as a Private in the Headquarters Group of “A” Platoon. 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. 

    Transferred to

    1st Australian Commando Training Battalion, 16 Jun 1943

    4th Reinforcement Training Battalion, 10 Oct 1943

    Headquarters of the above, 10 Jan 1944

    2/9th Cavalry Commando Squadron, 3 Jun 1944

    2/3rd Australian Tank Attack Regiment, 4 Jan 1945

    He was discharged on 19 Mar 1946

    and this is the only known photo we have, if you or any other family members have a better photo that we can use please let us know.

     

    Have you seen his service record, if not go to this site and type in his name, WW2 and service number

    https://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/SearchScreens/NameSearch.aspx

     

    If his file is available you can view it on line.

    If you require any help do not hesitate to contact me.

    Kind regards

    Peter

     

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