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    Part of Original Sapper Section 1941 L to R Bill Epps, Bill Howell, Jim Veal, George Strickland, Frank Browne, Harvey James
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    No 5 Section, B Troop Faita New Guinea 1944. Back Row L to R Bill Rogers Davidson, Ray Parry, Jim McLaughlin, Alex Thomson, Harold Brooker, Godfrey Merritt, Alec Stewart, Norm Tillett, Edgar Rowe. Squatting L to R Don Young, Arch Claney.
  3. William served as a Sapper in 5th Field Company Engineers in WW1 from 14 Feb 1916 and was awarded a Distinguish Conduct Medal and promoted to Lieutenant and awarded a Military Cross, discharged 2 Mar 1920. He was awarded an Efficiency Decoration between the Wars for service in 10th Battalion in Citizen Military Force (Reserves). He enlisted in the A.I.F. on 2 Jul 1940 and appointed Temporary Colonel on 6 Oct 1941. He was appointed Temporary Brigadier and posted to Headquarters, Sparrow Force on 12 Feb 1942. He joined the unit on Timor from Headquarters, Sparrow Force, after the fall of Koepang
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    Joseph Henry Thomas

    Joseph enlisted on 1 Sept 1941 and posted to Engineer Training Depot on 25 Sept 1941. He was promoted Acting Corporal on 11 Nov 1941 and Acting Sergeant on 3 Dec 1941 and transferred to Australian Army Service Corps, Sparrow Force on 9 Jan 1942. He joined the unit on Timor from 2/40 Battalion, after the fall of Koepang, approx. March 1942. He returned to Australia aboard "KURU" on 8 Aug 1942. He transferred to M.G.O. Design Division on 19 Aug 1943, then to 25th Australian Maintenance Platoon on 22 Sept 1943. He transferred back to M.G.O. Design Division on 18 Jan 1944 and his rank of Serg
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    John Chisholm

    John joined the unit as a captain on Timor after the fall of Koepang approx. Mar 1942. His service papers are not available so nothing is known about his service.
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    Ian Sydney Scott

    Ian joined the unit on Timor as a Captain from Australian Army Service Corps, Sparrow Force, after the fall of Koepang, approx March 1942. We have no record of him leaving Timor as his service papers are not yet available.
  7. Timothy joined the unit as a Major, on Timor from Headquarters, Sparrow Force, after the fall of Koepang, approx March 1942. It is not known when he was evacuated from Timor as his service file is not available. He was Mentioned in Despatches, 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. He is known to have been awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire, Military Division, (MBE), London Gazette, dated 29 Apr 1944. Companion of the Distinguished Service Order, (DSO) London
  8. I thought Snowy was the white haired chap far right back row and the third man from left back row, his name should be Stan Weppner.
  9. Commissioned Second Lieutenant on 27 Jan 1938, posted to Indian Army on 27 Nov 1939. Promoted Lieutenant on27 Apr 1940, Acting Captain on 1 Apr 1941, Temporary Captain on 12 Oct 1941, War Substantive Captain 22 May 1943, Captain 27 Jan 1946, Major 27 Jan 1951. The above is curtesy of Jack Langley, Sydney, Australia. Captain. Royal Deccan Horse, Indian Army. He was attached to the unit on New Guinea from 3 Feb 1944 to Unattached on 3 Mar 1944. This info curtesy of nominal roll from National Archives of Australia. The
  10. Commissioned second Lieutenant on 31 Jan 1936 and posted to the Indian Army on 20 Mar 1937. Promoted Lieutenant 30 Apr 1938. He has service No 62336 in the London Gazette for WW2. The above curtesy of Jack Langley, Sydney. Probyn's Horse, Indian Army. He was attached to the unit on New Guinea from 3 Feb 1944 to Unattached 29 Feb 1944 . Curtesy of Nominal Roll National Archives
  11. Ivor completed the training at Wilson's Promontory and was an original member of the unit, even to the point that he went to Darwin with the unit but did not embark. He did not return to the unit and was discharged on 11 Mar 1946.
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    Arthur Henry Cullen

    Arthur embarked for the Middle East with 2/3rd Field Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery, aboard HT L11 on 15 Nov 1940 and served in NORTH AFRICA and CRETE. He was promoted Acting Bombardier on 20 Sept 1941 and confirmed Bombardier on 29 Oct 1941. He returned to Australia aboard "DARBAN CASTLE"? on 17 Mar 1942, appointed Lance Sergeant on 19 Jul 1942 and promoted Acting Sergeant on 21 Aug 1942. He attended 1st Australian Commando Training Squadron on 22 Jun 1943 and reverted to Private at his own request on 8 May 1943. He joined the unit on 15 May 1943 and embarked with the unit for New
  13. Hi Robert When the unit landed in New Britain. they realised they were going to be "Mopping Up' the Jap forces left behind by Gen MacArthur's US troops. The glory would be enjoyed by the Americans and they left the AIF to clean up after them. The units time on New Britain was spent patrolling, with other AIF units, a 30 Km neck between the Gazelle Peninsula and the mainland of New Britain, as it was estimated that approx. 50.000 Japanese troops were hold up around Rabaul on New Britain. The AIF units only amounted to a couple of thousand troops. They had to keep an eye on the Japs to mak
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    Arthur Brand

    Arthur served with No 1 Australian Independent Company and embarked from Sydney on 27 Feb 1942 for New Guinea. He returned to Australia on 14 Jan 1943 and after training at 1st Australian Commando Training Battalion, Arthur joined the unit at Canungra, Qld as a Trooper on 15 May 1943, but before the unit left for New Guinea, he fell ill and was transferred to hospital on 20 May 1943 and was discharged from hospital on 6 Jun 1943. He then spent some time recuperating and embarked aboard "KATOOMBA" for New Guinea, disembarking at LAE on 19 Feb 1944 and re-joined the unit on 29 Mar 1944. Arthur
  15. Hi Christy The plaque looks like a Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) plaque, that is supplied for ex service personnel, who have been deemed to have died as a result of their war service after discharge. My dad was cremated and he has a plaque exactly like your dads on the W.A. War Graves Cemetery wall at Karrakatta. The plaques are located as far as I know in the state of their last residency. I would suggest you contact the DVA in your state and ask for info on Norman and the plaque. Hoping I have answered your query sufficiently. Cheers Peter Epps
  16. Kevin was a Lieutenant, with 2/1st Tank Attack Regiment and was attached to the unit, for a short period, on New Britain for training purposes. Being attached meant that he was not part of the establishment of the Squadron. He enlisted on 19 Aug 1942 and was discharged on 15 Jul 1946
  17. Photo taken prior to Embarkation to Timor, 1941. Back Row Standing L to R R A Studdy, F D Humfrey, G I Green, H J Morgan, M C Cash, F C Smith, unknown, G F Bayliss. Front Row Standing L to R F C Fagg, H S Meyers, G H Strickland, D F Murray, unknown, A E Friend, W I Holly, J R Smith, M A M Smith, Back Row Sitting L to R B J McMahon, R S Wilson, D T Ritchie, A Campbell, T G Nisbet, G H Smith, unknown, W E C Monk, A E Smith, Front Row Sitting L to R E H Craghill, N G Scott, P D Mantle, A Wares, P G Maley, G E Pendergrast, R E E Tatum.
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    ANZAC 2010

    L to R Arthur Marshall, Jack Carey, Dick Darrington, John Burridge, Bob Smyth.
  19. Hi Chantal Sorry we don't have a list of safaris / reunions, it would be a case of going through the Couriers. Peter
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    Notice Warwick Crossing is carrying a sniper's .303 rifle. It is different from the other .303's in the photo.
  21. William was an original member of the unit, embarking aboard “S.S. ZEALANDIA” on 8 Dec 1941 for Timor as a Lance Corporal in No 1 Section, “A” Platoon. He returned to Australia on 22 Aug 1942 and transferred to 16th Australian Infantry Training Company, 21 Dec 1942, 3rd Australian Training Company, 29 Apr 1943 and was discharged on 26 Nov 1943.
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