Visit of Lieutenant General Sir Leslie Morshead to Tarakan

Accession Number F07214
Collection type Film
Measurement 4 min 51 sec
Object type To be confirmed
Physical description 35mm/b&w/silent
Maker O'Halloran, John Frederick M
Place made Borneo: Tarakan
Date made 4-5 May 1945
Access Open
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


Coverage of General Morshead's visit and general activities on Tarakan Island. General Officer Commanding 1st Australian Corps, NX8 Lieutenant General (Lt Gen) Sir Leslie James Morshead KCB KBE CMG DSO ED chatting with NX34700 Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) Alfred Lionel Rose ED, at HQ 26 Australian Infantry Brigade, Lingkas Beach. Lt Gen Morshead with 3107251 (NX376) Brigadier (Brig) David Adie Whitehead DSO MC ED and SX1463 Lt Col Sholto John Douglas in front of HQ 2/11th Field Ambulance on Collins Highway - this building was the civil hospital. Lt Gen Morshead with Brig Whitehead and SX9990 Major Hurtle Cummins Morphett MC, viewing from Tactical HQ, 2/48th Australian Infantry Battalion, the shelling of the township and airfield of Tarakan. Soldier WX2619 Pte Stanley James Purser 2/2 Machine Gun Battalion (MG Bn) behind tree stump, taking readings on Barr and Stroud Infantry range-finder. QX1459 Sergeant (Sgt) Reginald James Hill, in charge of gun position, using binoculars in search for signs of enemy movements. 2/2 MG Bn Vickers machine gun emplacement and crew, from left: VX117739 Private (Pte) David Andrew Retallick of Birchip, Vic, QX25237 Pte Thomas Frederick Jenkins of Brisbane, Qld, and QX7653 Sgt Arthur Joseph Wilesmith of Cairns, Qld. SX7691 Pte Keith Turnbull of Gawler, SA, SX32801 Pte Alan Gerrard of Brighton, SA and SX33180 Pte Edward Sheridan of Port Augusta, SA, all of "C" Company, 2/48th Australian Infantry Battalion, prepare to erect their tent on Collins Ridge. QX53908 Pte Thomas Denis Priora, "A" Company, 2/3rd Australian Pioneer Battalion of Toowoomba, Qld, opening his tin of rations. WX8222 Lieutenant (Lt) Norman Thomas Nicolay, "C" Troop, 2/4th Australian Commando Squadron of Perth, WA and Major B.M. Katekar, 26th Australian Infantry Brigade, searching for an enemy sniper. NX144776 Trooper (Tpr) Frederick Dwyer McMahon, of Canowindra, NSW, and VX70020 Tpr Maurice Michael Kinnane of Oakleigh, Vic, both of 2/4th Australian Commando Squadron, take a rest during a lull. QX27192 Lt Frances Aubrey McDonnell Gorman, 2/4th Australian Commando Squadron, of Toowoomba, Qld, speaking on field telephone. NX76250 Captain (Capt) Gordon Charles Hart, OC "B" Troop, 2/4th Australian Commando Squadron, SX14692 Lt W.E. McKeown, OC 5 Section "B" Troop and WX8222 Capt Norman Thomas Nicolay, admiring a Japanese sword. VX107604 Bombardier Keith Ernest Grigg, "Fox" Troop, 57 Battery, 2/7th Field Regiment, of Melbourne Vic, scraping earth away from the nose of a deloused 250 lb aerial bomb, buried in roadway as a mine. Signallers from Brigade. Signallers laying new signal wires to the airstrip from HQ 26th Australian Infantry Brigade. Men of RAAF No. 1 Airfield Construction Squadron, loading coral and rocks on to truck for airstrip repairs. 266519 Flight Lieutenant Anthony Barrett Cochran of Goulburn, NSW, of Group 34 RAAF, taking level readings on the damaged airstrip while 56550 Sgt Lindsay Stewart Cox of Melbourne, Vic, registers the readings. 79290 Leading Aircraftmen Cecil David Taylor placing the height scale for reading whilst surveying the airstrip.

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