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    Russell Beeton

    Russell joined the unit on Timor, as a Private from 2/40th Battalion, after the fall of Koepang, approx March 1942. 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. He was discharged on 9 Dec 1944.
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    Ivan James Brown

    Ivan was an original member of the unit, aboard “S.S. ZEALANDIA” on 8 Dec 1941 for Timor as a Signalman in Signals Sect, Headquarters Group. 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. He was discharged 12 Oct 1945.
  3. Tasman joined the unit on Timor as a Private from 2/40 Battalion, after the fall of Koepang, approx March 1942. He was one of the former Koepang men, who moved to the village of Mape for intensive commando training and on 8 May 1942, they were formed into a new Platoon, “D” Platoon under the command of Lieutenant Turton and later under Lt Doig. 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. He was discharged on 18 Dec 1945.
  4. Arthur enlisted on 2 Jul 1941 and posted to 2/40th Infantry Battalion. He joined the unit on Timor as a Private from 2/40th Battalion, after the fall of Koepang, approx March 1942. After the campaign on Timor, he embarked with the unit, for Australia aboard the Royal Dutch destroyer “Tjerk Hiddes” on 11 Dec 1942. He transferred to 2nd Australian Infantry Special Group on 5 Nov 1943 and appointed paid Lance Corporal on 20 Nov 1943. He reverted to Private on 4 Oct 1945 and was discharged 10 Oct 1945. He was entitled to the 1939-45 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal and Australian Service Medal 1939-45, pictured below.
  5. Henry joined the unit on Timor as a Private from 2/40th Battalion, after the fall of Koepang, approx March 1942. 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. He later served as a Private with 2/12th Battalion. He was discharged 23 Apr 1946.
  6. Berwin had served with 12/50th Battalion as a Sergeant prior to enlisting in Citizen Military Force (Reserve) on 28 Apr 1940 and he was promoted Acting Corporal on the same date. He was promoted Acting Sergeant on 2 Sept 1940. He transferred to the A.I.F. on 28 Nov 1940 and was posted to Australian Army Pay Corps and attached to 2/40th Battalion. He joined the unit on Timor from the Australian Army Pay Corps as a Sergeant, after the fall of Koepang, approx March 1942. He served in Headquarters Group and compiled a nominal roll of the unit in Aug and Sept 1942, which was the only Roll of the unit for those serving on Timor during those two months. After the campaign on Timor, he embarked with the unit, for Australia aboard the Royal Dutch destroyer “Tjerk Hiddes” on 11 Dec 1942. Left the unit on return to Australia and transferred to District Accounts Office on 1 Mar 1943, he was promoted to Acting Staff Sergeant on 19 Nov 1943, which was confirmed on 12 Jan 1944 and promoted to Acting Warrant Officer Class II on 13 Jan 1944. Rank of Warrant Officer Class II confirmed on 13 Apr 1944 and he was discharged on 10 Sept 1945. He was entitled to the 1939-45 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal and Australian Service Medal 1939-45, pictured below. Berwin was awarded the Efficiency Medal in the Commonwealth of Australia Gazette No-22 Apr 1948. Berwin Dennis's Timor reminiscences.pdf DENNIS_BERWIN_FRANCIS_:_Service_Number_-_TX4174.pdf Denny Dennis obit - Courier August 1997.pdf On the run in Timor - Border Mail.pdf
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    Malcolm Bennett

    Malcolm joined the unit on Timor as a Private from 2/40th Battalion, after the fall of Koepang, approx March 1942. He was one of the former Koepang men, who moved to the village of Mape for intensive commando training and on 8 May 1942, they were formed into a new Platoon, “D” Platoon under the command of Lieutenant Turton and later under Lt Doig. 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. He was discharged on 15 Feb 1946.
  8. Russell enlisted on 21 Jul 1940 and was posted to 2/40th Infantry Battalion. He joined the unit as a Private on Timor from 2/40th Battalion, after the fall of Koepang, approx March 1942. . After the campaign on Timor, he embarked with the unit, for Australia aboard the Royal Dutch destroyer “Tjerk Hiddes” on 11 Dec 1942. He transferred to 2/12th Infantry Battalion on 16 Jul 1943, then to 1/153 Australian General Transport Company on 21 Jul 1943, he embarked for New Guinea aboard "JAPARA" on 25 Jul 1943. He transferred to 2/8th Transport Platoon on 8 Jul 1944 and embarked for MOROTAI aboard Landing Ship Troops (LST) 456 on 29 May 1945, then embarked for BALIKPAPAN aboard "MANOORA" on 26 Jun 1945. He transferred to 121st Transport Platoon on 12 Oct 1945 and embarked for MOROTAI aboard LST 419 on 25 Oct 1945. He returned to Australia on 4 Jan 1946 and was discharged 28 Jan 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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    John Henry Archer

    John joined the unit on Timor from 2/40 Battalion, after the fall of Koepang, approx March 1942. After the campaign on Timor, he embarked with the unit, for Australia, as a Corporal, aboard the Royal Dutch destroyer “Tjerk Hiddes” on either 11 Dec 1942 or 16 Dec 1942, as the embarkation rolls do not differentiate. He was discharged on 24 Nov 1944.
  10. Walter enlisted on 8 Jul 1940 and was posted to 2/40th Battalion. He was appointed Lance Corporal on 21 Nov 1941. He joined the unit on Timor as a Lance Corporal from 2/40 Battalion, after the fall of Koepang, approx March 1942. After the campaign on Timor, he embarked with the unit, for Australia aboard the Royal Dutch destroyer “Tjerk Hiddes” on 16 Dec 1942. He transferred to 22 Australian Motor Regiment on 15 Mar 1943 and was appointed Paid Lance Corporal on 1 Jul 1943. He was discharged on 1 Feb 1944. He was entitled to the 1939-45 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal and Australian Service Medal 1939-45, pictured below.
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    Martin Conroy

    Martin joined the unit on Timor as a Lance Corporal from 2/40 Battalion, after the fall of Koepang, approx March 1942. 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. He was discharged on 10 Jan 1946 as a Lance Sergeant.
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    Neil Blight

    Neil joined the unit on Timor as a Private from 2/40th Battalion, after the fall of Koepang, approx March 1942. 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. He was discharged on 19 Jan 1944.
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    Leslie Gillam

    Leslie enlisted on 14 Jun 1940 and was posted to 2/40th Infantry Battalion on 26 May 1940. He joined the unit on Timor from 2/40 Battalion, after the fall of Koepang, approx March 1942. He embarked from BETANO for Australia on 9 Nov 1942 and transferred to 40th Infantry battalion on 2 Mar 1943. After medical treatment he was transferred to 17 Infantry Battalion on 24 Mar 1944, 1st Australian Base depot on 20 Sept 1944, 21st Australian Works Company on 29 Sept 1944 and then 5th Australian Works Company on 7 Feb 1945. He embarked for TARAKAN aboard "GORGON" on 10 Jul 1945 and returned to Australia aboard "ANATINA" on 21 Jan 1946. He was discharged on 21 Feb 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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    Ernest John Boyd

    Ernest joined the unit on Timor as a Private from 2/40th Battalion, after the fall of Koepang, approx March 1942. He embarked at “SUAI” for Darwin aboard “KURU” on 17 Jul 1942 as a Private. He was discharged on 19 Apr 1943.
  15. Victor enlisted on 20 Jun 1940 and was posted to 2/40th Battalion. He was promoted Acting Corporal on 27 Jun 1940, Lance Sergeant on 6 Aug 1940, Acting Sergeant on 16 May 1941 and Acting Staff Sergeant on 1 Jan 1942. Victor joined the unit on Timor from 2/40 Battalion, after the fall of Koepang, approx March 1942. After the campaign on Timor, he embarked with the unit, for Australia, as a Staff Sergeant, aboard the Royal Dutch destroyer “Tjerk Hiddes” on 11 Dec 1942. He left the unit on return to Australia and after leave, embarked for New Guinea aboard "CANBERRA" on 12 Sept 1943, transferring to 2/12th Infantry Battalion on 17 Sept 1943 and returned to Australia with them aboard "SEA FLASHER" on 20 May 1944. Reverted to the rank of Sergeant on 8 Sept 1944. He left 2/12th Infantry Battalion on 20 Apr 1945 and was discharged on 4 May 1945. He was entitled to the 1939-45 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal and Australian Service Medal 1939-45, pictured below.
  16. Lancelot joined the unit on Timor as a Private from 2/40th Battalion, after the fall of Koepang, approx March 1942. 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. He was discharged on 5 Dec 1945.
  17. Hector enlisted on 27 May 1940 and was posted to 2/40th Infantry Battalion on 8 Jan 1941. He joined the unit on Timor as a Private from 2/40th Battalion, after the fall of Koepang, approx March 1942. After the campaign on Timor, he embarked with the unit, for Australia aboard the Royal Dutch destroyer “Tjerk Hiddes” on 16 Dec 1942. He transferred to 2/12th Infantry Battalion on 10 Jul 1943 and embarked for New Guinea with them aboard "KATOOMBA" on 17 Aug 1943. He returned to Australia with them aboard "VAN DER BOACH" on 26 May 1944. He embarked for MOTORAI aboard "PORTUS H ROSE" on 28 May 1945, he then embarked for MOTORAI aboard Landing Ship Troops (LST) 397 on 22 Jun 1945 and returned to Australia aboard "HMS IMPLACABLE" on 20 Nov 1945. He was discharged 4 Dec 1945. 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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    Percey Greenland

    Percey joined the unit on Timor from 2/40 Battalion, after the fall of Koepang, approx March 1942. There is no date of him leaving the unit, as some of the early embarkation rolls from Timor are missing. He was discharged on 7 Dec 1945.
  19. Elwyn joined the unit on Timor as a Private from 2/40 Battalion, after the fall of Koepang, approx March 1942. 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. He was discharged on 22 Nov 1944.
  20. Douglas joined the unit on Timor as a Private from 2/40 Battalion, after the fall of Koepang, approx March 1942. He embarked at “BETANO” for Darwin aboard the “KURU” on 2 Sept 1942 as a Private. He was discharged on 21 Jul 1945.
  21. The 67th annual ceremony to commemorate the men of the 2/2 will be held at 3pm on Sunday 20 November 2016 at the unit's memorial in Lovekin Drive, Kings Park. We hope you can join us. If you can't join us, we're pleased to announce that this year's ceremony will be live-streamed online. You can view the stream below, and it will be available for playback after the ceremony.
  22. The latest edition of Courier is now available for download here. I'm also pleased to announce that a digital copy of "All The Bull's Men" by Cyril Ayris is now available for purchase via our online store. The 2/2 Commando Association of Australia owns the copyright of the publication and has decided to make it available again due to expressed demand from interested parties. It includes many unique photos and informative maps. Originally published in 2006, the book has been out of print for some years. Based on interviews and the written recollections of unit veterans, the book covers the 2/2’s famous history from its formation in 1941, through its Timor, New Guinea and New Britain campaigns to its disbandment in 1946. The book is a comprehensive and invaluable resource for those with a family connection to members of the unit as well as those with an interest in Australian commando operations during WWII. All income from sales of 'All the Bull's men' will go towards the Association's fund raising efforts.
  23. https://doublereds.org.au/files/Khaki-and-Green-with-FX.mp3
  24. https://doublereds.org.au/files/01 Interview Steve Anstey & Jenny Seaton, Curtin FM - 20 Feb 2012.m4a
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