VX47997 Herbert Ralph Birch

Date of birth1896-02-20 Barraport, VIC 
Date and unit at enlistment (ORs)  1916-03-09   
Other units  1936-10-30  Lieutenant with the 29/22nd Battalion. 
Date commissioned  1936-10-30   
Date promoted  1939-02-06  Appointed captain. 
Other units  1939-08-01 - 1940-07-23  Temporary major and commanding officer 22nd Battalion. 
Date and unit at enlistment (ORs)  1940-07-23  Enlisted 2nd AIF. 
Other units  1940-08-01  Seconded as 2nd in Charge 2/23rd Battalion. 
Date promoted  1940-09-26  Appointed major. 
Other  1940-12-17  Arrived Middle East. 
Other  1941-07-16 - 1941-08-16  Course - Middle East Tactical School (Senior Officers). 
Date returned to Australia  1942-08-07  Returned to Melbourne. 
Other units  1942-08-07 - 1944-03-15  Temporary lieutenant colonel, commanding officer 26th Australian Motor Regiment. 
Date of honour or award  1942-10-14  Mention in Despatches. 
Other  1943-12-23 - 1944-01-18  Course - Land Headquarters School of Artillery. 
Date promoted  1944-01-06  Appointed lieutenant colonel. 
Other  1944-04-05  Reserve of Officers.