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  1. Francis (Frank) was an original member of the unit, embarking aboard “S.S. ZEALANDIA” on 8 Dec 1941 for Timor as a Private in No 7 Section, “C” Platoon. He was Killed in Action, 20 Feb 1942, when the Sect was caught in an ambush, during the first landing of the Japanese on Timor. He is commemorated on the Northern territory Memorial, Panel 3. He was entitled to the 1939-45 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal and Australian Service Medal 1939-45, pictured below.
  2. James joined the unit on New Guinea as a Trooper and returned to Australia with them aboard “TAROONA” on 3 Sept 1944. After leave and reorganization, he embarked for New Britain aboard “TAROONA” on 9 Apr 1945 with the unit as a Corporal Armourer in Headquarters Group. Whilst on New Britain he attended a Course No 5 Flame Thrower School from 5 Jul to 9 Jul 1945. He was discharged on 24 Jun 1946.
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    Richard Dorham

    Richard 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 Hides” on 16 Dec 1942. He transferred as an Instructor at 1st Australian Commando Training Squadron and embarked aboard "KATOOMBA" for New Guinea on 22 Nov 1943 and re-joined the unit on 28 Nov 1943 and served as a Trooper in Headquarters Group of “A” Troop. He transferred to 12th Australian Small Ship Company, Royal Australia
  4. Patrick was an original member of the unit, embarking aboard “S.S. ZEALANDIA” on 8 Dec 1941 for Timor as a Private in No 5 Section, “B” Platoon. After the campaign on Timor, he embarked with the unit, for Australia aboard the Royal Dutch destroyer “Tjerk Hiddes” on 16 Dec 1942. He was transferred as an Instructor to 1st Australian Commando Training Squadron on 26 Apr 1943, then to18th Australian Infantry Training Battalion on 15 Jun 1943. and then to 9th Employment Company on 17 Nov 1943. Patrick was discharged on 20 Nov 1945. He was entitled to the 1939-45 Star, Pacific Star, W
  5. Oliver was an original member of the unit, embarking aboard “S.S. ZEALANDIA” on 8 Dec 1941 for Timor as a Private in No 4 Section, “B” Platoon. He was appointed Lance Corporal on 10 Jan 1942 and was a member of the famous Dili Raid on the night of 15/16 May 1942, conducted by No 4 Section. He was Killed in Action on 14 Aug 1942. Oliver was Mentioned in Despatches, (Posthumous), 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. Robert was buried at AMBON WAR CEMETERY, 19. C. 16. His
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    Alfred George Brady

    Alfred was an original member of the unit, aboard “S.S. ZEALANDIA” on 8 Dec 1941 for Timor as a Private in the Headquarters group of “C” Platoon. 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 out of the unit on 26 July 1943 and was discharged 26 Oct 1945. He was entitled to the 1939-45 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal and Australian Service Medal 1939-45, pictured below
  7. Maurice was an original member of the unit, embarking aboard “S.S. ZEALANDIA” on 8 Dec 1941 for Timor as a Private in No 5 Sect, “B” Platoon. After his campaign on Timor, he embarked for Darwin on 22 Aug 1942. Transferred to 1st Aust Guard Compound, WA, 20 Oct 1943 10th Garrison Battalion, 1 Dec 1943 He was Discharged on 20 Sept 1944.
  8. George was an original member of the unit, embarking aboard “S.S. ZEALANDIA” on 8 Dec 1941 for Timor as a Lance Corporal in No 5 Sect, “B” Platoon. After his campaign on Timor, he embarked for Darwin on 27 Sept 1942. After leave and reorganization he embarked with the unit as a Lance Corporal for New Guinea aboard S.S. “DUNTROON” on 17 Jun 1943 and returned to Australia with them aboard “TAROONA” on 3 Sept 1944. After further leave and reorganization, he embarked for New Britain aboard “TAROONA” on 9 Apr 1945 with the unit as a Lance Corporal. He was discharged on 26 Jun 1946.
  9. John enlisted on 18 Oct 1940 and during training was promoted Temporary Corporal from 6 Dec 1940, to to Lieutenant 1 Mar 1941. He was an original member of the unit, embarked aboard “S.S. ZEALANDIA” on 8 Dec 1941 for Timor as a Lieutenant, Officer Commanding No 8 Section, “C” Platoon. After his campaign on Timor, he embarked at “BETANO” for Darwin aboard the “KURU” on 16 Nov 1942 as a Lieutenant. John transferred to 1st Australian Commando Training Squadron on 20 Apr 1943 as an Instructor and then to 4th Australian Recruit Training Battalion as an Instructor on 24 Sept 1943. He then trans
  10. Douglas 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 was given a field commission on 4 Jul 1942 and took over command of No 1 Section. After the campaign on Timor, he embarked with the unit, for Australia aboard the Royal Dutch destroyer “Tjerk Hiddes” on 16 Dec 1942. He was officially promoted to Lieutenant on 24 Dec 1942. After leave and reorganization he embarked with the unit for New Guinea as a Lieutenant, Officer Commanding No 2 Section, “A” Troop aboard S.S. “DUNTROON” on 17 J
  11. Francis enlisted in to 2/6th Field Park, Royal Australian Engineers on 17 Aug 1940 and completed commando training at Foster, Vict. He was an original member of the unit and embarked aboard “S.S. ZEALANDIA” on 8 Dec 1941 for Timor as a Sapper in the Engineers Sect, Headquarters group. After the campaign on Timor, he embarked with the unit, for Australia aboard the Royal Dutch destroyer “Tjerk Hiddes” on 11 Dec 1942. He was discharged 16 Oct 1943. He received the 1939-45 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal and Australian Service Medal 1939-45.
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    George Boyland

    George was an original member of the unit, embarking aboard “S.S. ZEALANDIA” on 8 Dec 1941 for Timor as a Captain, Officer Commanding “C” Platoon. In Oct 1942, George took over command of “H” Force from Lt Doig. After the campaign on Timor, he embarked with the unit, for Australia aboard the Royal Dutch destroyer “Tjerk Hiddes” on 16 Dec 1942. George transferred to 1st Australian Commando Training Squadron as an Instructor on 1 Jun 1943, then to 4th Australian Reinforcement Training Battalion (Jungle Warfare) on 24 Sept 1943. He was discharged on 7 Nov 1944. He was en
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    Archie Campbell

    Archie was an original member of the unit, embarking aboard “S.S. ZEALANDIA” on 8 Dec 1941 for Timor as a Lieutenant, Officer Commanding No 7 Section, “C” Platoon. After the campaign on Timor, he embarked with the unit, for Australia aboard the Royal Dutch destroyer “Tjerk Hiddes” on 11 Dec 1942. After leave, Archie was seconded, as an Instructor, to the 1st Australian Commando Training Squadron, at Canungra, Qld on 7 Jun 1943. He transferred back to the unit, on 21 Jan 1945, after it returned from New Guinea and he embarked for New Britain aboard “TAROONA” on 9 Apr 1945 with the un
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    David Albert Davies

    David was an original member of the unit, embarking aboard “S.S. ZEALANDIA” on 8 Dec 1941 for Timor as a Signalman in Signals Platoon, 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. Served with the Royal Signals Corps, UK, prior to WW2. He was discharged on 7 Jun 1945.
  15. Reginald was an original member of the unit, embarking aboard “S.S. ZEALANDIA” on 8 Dec 1941 for Timor as a Private in No 8 Sect, “C” Platoon. Reginald was killed in Action, 20 Feb 1942, during the first landing of the Japanese on Timor. He is commemorated on the Northern Territory Memorial, Panel 3. He was entitled to the 1939-45 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal and Australian Service Medal 1939-45, pictured below.
  16. Hi Belinda Sorry for delay in answering you. As Keith Hayes is the only person alive that knew your great uncle and he is not the best at the moment, the only info we have on Robert Chalmers is the following which is on our website If you are interested I can supply URL's for the National Archives for his service papers, which will only have the basic info on him as he died very early in the war. Also you can purchase a PDF copy of the unit history "All the Bull's Men" from our website here: https://doublereds.org.au/store/category/3-digital-books/ Kind regards Pete
  17. Norman embarked with the unit for New Guinea as a Trooper in no 9 Sect, “C” Troop aboard S.S. “DUNTROON” on 17 Jun 1943 and returned to Australia with them aboard “TAROONA” on 3 Sept 1944. He was discharged on 28 Nov 1945.
  18. The committee is seeking members' suggestions about further projects that the association should support. Most of the many friendship groups that support specific parts of Timor-Leste can be seen here. Many of those have projects currently under way. Some other charities that provide support to the people of Timor-Leste can be seen here. If you wish to make a proposal that the association support a particular project, or spend money in a particular way, please start a new topic in this section of the forums, including how much you propose be spent, who would benefit and why you
  19. At the association’s committee meeting on 9 March 2016, the following motion was passed unanimously: The president is asked to write a letter to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, expressing the view that, in respect of maritime boundaries between Australia and Timor Leste: Australia should enter good faith negotiations with Timor Leste; and if no agreement is reached, both parties should participate in binding arbitration. On 4 April 2016, this letter was sent to the Minister for Foreign Affairs. Not having received any response, I sent this letter to the minister on
  20. WX19098 Robert (Bob) enlisted into the 2nd AIF in 1942 and served with the unit on New Guinea and New Britain as a Trooper in the Headquarters Group of “B” Troop. He was discharged on 15 Mar 1946. After returning to Civilian life, he was very heavily involved with the Unit Association and even though he did not serve on Timor, he volunteered many hours over many years collecting, packaging and sending goods to help the East Timorese. For recognition of his unwavering support of the Association, Bob was made a Life Member in 1968, was awarded a Centenary Medal in 2001 and was als
  21. Hi Jamie I have no record of him with the 2/2, with saying that I can only go on the info that I have had access to over the years. If you can give more info of your father, I may be able to help. Peter
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    2016 Agm

    Dear Members Our association's 2016 AGM will be at 6pm on 3 August 2016, at Suite 35, 18 Stirling Highway, Nedlands. The agenda can be downloaded here. If you have not yet done so, please remember to renew your membership via the website. Kind regards Peter Epps President
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