VX5172 Walter Roadknight Dexter, DSO

Date of birth1914-01-05 Melbourne VIC 
Date and unit at enlinstment (ORs)  1939-01-26   
Interwar Service 1  1939-01-26  23/21st battalion 
Career summary 1  1939-11-12  2/6th battalion 
Career summary 4  1939-11-13  lieutenant 22 Jan 40 (bd 
Career summary 2  1939-11-13  enlisted 2AIF 
Date commissioned  1939-11-13   
Career summary 3  1939-11-13  temporary sergeant 
Career summary 5  1940-05-18  arrived Middle East 
Career summary 6  1940-07-22  attached Headquarters 6Division13 
Career summary 7  1940-07-25  Platoon command course Middle East Tactical School 22 
Career summary 8  1941-03-22  wounded in action 1 Jan 41 (returned to unit 
Career summary 10  1941-05  arrived Middle East ex Greece  
Career summary 11  1941-06-06 - 1941-07-04  seconded 17 Australian infantry training battalion as adj 
Career summary 12  1942-03-16  captain 
Career summary 13  1942-03-24  arrived Ceylon 
Career summary 14  1942-08-04  Returned to Australia (Melbourne) 
Career summary 15  1942-08-11  Married 
Career summary 16  1942-10-20  arrived New Guinea 
Career summary 17  1943-05-15  temporary major 
Citations 2  1943-06-22  For inspiring leadership and gallanrty in action on LABABIA RIDGE in the MUBO area during 20 to 
Career summary 18  1943-07-29  Returned to Australia (Townsville ) 
Career summary 20  1943-11-16 - 1943-12-12  Malaria benign tertian (a type of malaria) hosp 
Career summary 21  1944-04-01  temporary lieutenant colonel, commanding officer 61st battalion 
Career summary 26  1944-04-01  lieutenant colonel 19 Jul 45 (bd 
Appointment  1944-04-01 - 1945-05-13  Battalion: 61st; Rank on appointment: major, temporary lieutenant colonel ; Appointed from: 2iC 2/6th battalion ; Reason for end of appointment: deemed medically unfit for duty: neuritis 
Career summary 22  1944-07-24  arrived Madang 
Career summary 23  1944-11-13  arrived Bougainville 
Career summary 24  1945-05-08  Neuritis-neck hosp 8 Apr 45 (requires Returned to Australia cervical neuritis ancylostomiasis (on 
Career summary 25  1945-05-13  relinquished command 61st battalion 
Career summary 27  1945-07-27  Reserve of Officers 
Career summary 28  1946-02-21  Mention in Despatches 
Career summary 9  c 1941-04-01  arrived Greece 
WW2 Service 5    New Guinea 
Citations 5    Throughout these five attacks Major DEXTER's personal courage and leadership were at all time an inspiration to his command and carried them through a most vital and dangerous period. the loss of our positions on the LABABIA RIDGE would most seriously have prejudiced the success of the operations for clearing the enemy from the MUBO area. 
Citations 3    On taking over command of the Coy defensive area on the LABABIA RIDGE, he completely redesigned and reconstructed the defences. On 20 Jun 43 his position was heavily attacked but the enemy was driven off with heavy casualties. 
Career summary 19    Land Headquarters Tactical School (senior Offr) 16 Aug-26 Sep 43 (hung around at Tactical School for a while admitted to hospital with malria from there in Nov, was on leave b'n 28 Sep and 24 Oct) 
Citations 4    On 21 Jun the enemy made three determined attacks in force and again on the 22nd a further large scale attack was made against Major DEXTER's Company by an enemy infantry battalion supported by artillery. By skilful manoeuvring of his small reserve, complete disregard of personal danger and his continual close contact with all threatened points, all attacks were repulsed with heavy loss to the enemy who were finally driven back to their original positions. 
WW2 Service 2    Bardia-Benghazi 
WW2 Service 1    Bougainville 

Background: Father CoE Minister educated at CEGS; Cadet Service: 5 years in school cadets; Occupation: Stock Agent