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  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  6. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  12. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. UNKNOWN IF SERVED WITH UNIT
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    John Henry Steen

    SEE JOHN HENRY STAFFORD VX18894
  17. Hi Christy Glad to hear from you. I'm currently adding the info into each mans Bio in the "men of the 2/2" section and am in the "M's" at the moment, if you click on some of the names in the A to L you will see what I'm doing. The info I have is purely 2/2 orientated, so if you or the family wish to add any other info please don't hesitate to let us know. A good example is Alan Luby NX55531, I have his 2/2 info and Ed Willis has added a lot more to his story. We also would like 1 or 2 photos of each soldier for their Bio and the only known one of your dad is this not so good one, so
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    L to R Tom Towers; Les Anderson; Len bagley
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    Rear John Fowler: L-R. Francis Thorpe; jack Prior; Roy Watson
  20. Bill Epps LH middle two: Gerry Green 3rd from Right back row
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    Ronald Lawson Dook

    Ronald 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 promoted to Corporal on Timor and 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 Sergeant in No 10 Section, Headquarters Group. Ronald left the unit in New Guinea and Tran
  22. George enlisted on 26 Feb 1942 and was posted to 48th Infantry Battalion on 3 Apr 1942 and transferred to 108th Anti Aircraft Regiment on 11 Sept 1942. He was posted to 1st Australian Commando Training Squadron on 6 Mar 1943 and joined the unit on 15 May 1943. He embarked with the unit for New Guinea aboard S.S. “DUNTROON” on 17 Jun 1943 as a Trooper. He was Medevac by plane to Australia on 2 Sept 1944. He was discharged on 11 Oct 1945. He was entitled to the 1939-45 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal and Australian Service Medal 1939-45, pictured below.
  23. Robert (Bob) was an original member of the unit, embarking aboard “S.S. ZEALANDIA” on 8 Dec 1941 for Timor as a Sapper in Engineers Section, Headquarters Group. He and Sapper Richards blew the Dili Aerodrome in the initial assault by the Japanese on 19/20 Feb 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. After Timor he transferred to Royal Australian Engineers and was discharged on 6 Dec 1945.
  24. Christopher joined the unit on Timor as a Sergeant 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 7 Feb 1945.
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