Wallet 2 of 2 - Diary and memoir of General Sir John Gordon Noel Wilton (b. 1910 – d. 1981)

Accession Number AWM2020.22.25
Collection number PR82/119
Collection type Digitised Collection
Record type Wallet
Item count 1
Object type Diary, Memoir
Physical description 144 Image/s captured
Maker Wilton, John Gordon Noel
Place made Australia, Burma, United States of America: Washington DC
Date made 1937-1947; 1977
Conflict Period 1930-1939
Korea, 1950-1953
Second World War, 1939-1945
Period 1980-1989
Korea, 1953-1957 (Post-Armistice service - ceasefire monitoring)
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Diary and memoir of General Sir John Gordon Noel Wilton (b. 1910 – d. 1981)

Wallet 2 of 2 - Sir Wilton commenced the diary around 1936, while serving with the 10th Mountain Battery at Maymyo, Burma. The diary was maintained on a monthly basis and includes a summary of his early life and education, his graduation from the Royal Military College (RMC) at Duntroon in December 1930, taking up a commission as Second Lieutenant in the Royal Artillery, artillery training in England, posting to India, transfer to the Australian Army before the outbreak of the Second World War, posting to the 2/4 Australian Field Regiment, Palestine, New Guinea, and his appointment to the Australian Military Mission at Washington.

The diary entries cease in 1947. Wilton, however, resumes what becomes his memoir from memory in 1977 after his retirement from the army. Other subjects include military operations and plans, his time at the Imperial Defence College, the Korean War and Eastern Command, his time as Commandant at RMC Duntroon, his involvement with Southeast Atlantic Treaty Organisation (SEATO), his role as Chief of General Staff and Chairman of the Staff Committee at the Department of Defence in Canberra, his retirement, and his posting as Australian consul general in New York.

History / Summary

Sir John Gordon Noel Wilton died at his home in Canberra on 10 May 1981.