Corporal Reginald Roy Rattey

Service number NX102964
Birth Date 28 March 1918
Birth Place Australia: New South Wales, Barmedman
Death Date 10 January 1986
Death Place Australia: New South Wales, West Wyalong
Final Rank Corporal
Service Australian Army
Units
Places
Conflict/Operation Second World War, 1939-1945
Gazettes Published in London Gazette in 1945-07-26
Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1945-08-02
Description

Reg Rattey (1918-1986) spent most of his life in the Wyalong district of New South Wales. He was in the local militia light horse troop when the war began, and in 1942 he volunteered for the Second AIF. After serving in a carrier company in New Guinea, he transferred to the 25th Battalion, another militia unit, and landed on Bougainville in late 1944.

During an advance, when held up by Japanese machine-gun posts, Rattey attacked them using grenades and firing his Bren gun from the hip. "His bravery was an incentive to the entire company."

In 1946 Rattey went to London with the Australian Victory Contingent and, while there, he was invested with his decoration by King George VI at Buckingham Palace. He later settled down at West Wyalong, where he died.

Rolls

  • Honours and Awards:

    Unit
    25th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    Second World War, 1939-1945
    Rank
    Corporal
    London Gazette
    26 July 1945 on page 3857 at position 1
    Commonwealth Gazette
    02 August 1945 on page 1655 at position 1
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Conflict
    Second World War, 1939-1945

Timeline

Date of birth 28 March 1918
Date of death 10 January 1986