Monthly Archives - October 2017

SGT Lewis McGee, VC

4 OCT 1917: World War I and Sergeant Lewis McGee, 40th Battalion, originally from Campbelltown, Tasmania, earns the Victoria Cross near Ypres, Belgium. It was a posthumous award. Lewis McGee (1888-1917), railway engine driver and soldier, was born on 13 May 1888 at Campbell Town, Tasmania, son of John McGee, labourer and later farmer, and his wife Mary, née Green. McGee left for posterity virtually no record of his pre-war days. He married Eileen Rose Bailey at Avoca on...

WO2 Walter Peeler, VC

4 OCT 1917: World War I and Lance Corporal (later Warrant Officer Class 2) Walter Peeler, 3rd Pioneer Battalion, originally from Castlemaine, Victoria, was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions at Broodseinde Ridge, during the battle of Ypres, Belgium. Walter (Wally) Peeler was born on 9 August 1887 at Barker's Creek, near Castlemaine, Victoria, eighth surviving child of William Peeler, a farmer and miner from Tasmania, and his English-born wife Mary Ellen, née Scott. His education is not...

Viet Nam Memorial Opened

3 OCT 1992: The Vietnam Forces National Memorial, Anzac Parade, Canberra, was opened by the Prime Minister, the Hon. Paul Keating, MP, and honours those Australians who served and died in the war in Vietnam. The Australian Vietnam Forces National Memorial is the principal ceremonial and memorial avenue in Canberra, the capital city of Australia. The memorial was dedicated on 3 October 1992 and commemorates the 50,000 Australian Army, Royal Australian Navy, and Royal Australian Air Force and associated...

LT Joseph Maxwell, VC, MC, DCM

3 OCT 1918: Lt Joseph Maxwell, VC, MC, DCM, 18th Battalion, originally from Sydney, New South Wales, performed the action that resulted in him being awarded the Victoria Cross, on the fortified 'Beaurevoir line', near Estrees, France. Joseph Maxwell (1896-1967), often claimed as the second most decorated Australian soldier in World War I, was born on 10 February 1896 at Annandale, Sydney, son of John Maxwell, labourer, and his wife Elizabeth, née Stokes. Employed as an apprentice boilermaker in Newcastle,...

9 DIV Captures Finschhafen

2 OCT 1943: World War II and Australia's 9th Division captures Finschhafen in New Guinea, which subsequently becomes the base for the protracted Huon Peninsula campaign, 1943-44. Following the capture of Lae by the 7th and 9th Australian Divisions in early September 1943, the 7th Division was ordered into the mountains to pursue Japanese forces across the Finisterre Range. The 9th Division was ordered to take the Huon Peninsula: its objectives included Japanese strongpoints at Finschhafen and Sattelberg. This was...

ALH Takes Damascus

1 OCT 1918: World War I and Australian Light Horsemen take Damascus. The Light Horse advances into Damascus, the Syrian capital, at the end of the long and victorious advance that ended the First World War in the Middle East. The Capture of Damascus occurred on 1 October after the capture of Haifa and the victory at the Battle of Samakh which opened the way for the pursuit north from the Sea of Galilee and the Third Transjordan attack...

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