Lieutenant Colonel Owen Arthur Kessels

Service number QX36757
Birth Date 04 May 1903
Birth Place Australia: Queensland, Brisbane
Death Date 18 June 1973
Final Rank Lieutenant Colonel
Service Australian Army
Units
Place Brisbane
Conflict/Operation Second World War, 1939-1945
Gazettes Published in London Gazette in 1943-12-23
Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1943-12-23

Rolls

  • Honours and Awards:

    Unit
    49th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    Second World War, 1939-1945
    Rank
    Lieutenant Colonel
    London Gazette
    23 December 1943 on page 5574 at position 7
    Commonwealth Gazette
    23 December 1943 on page 2797 at position 43
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Conflict
    Second World War, 1939-1945

Timeline

Date of birth 04 May 1903
Date and unit at appointment (Officers) 01 January 1922
Other units 01 January 1922 Lieutenant 26th Battalion.
Other units 01 July 1923 49th Battalion.
Date promoted 01 July 1925 Appointed captain.
Date promoted 13 February 1929 Appointed major.
Other units 01 July 1930 25/49th Battalion.
Other units 01 October 1934 9/49th Battalion.
Date promoted 1939-08-01 - 1940-07-05 Appointed lieutenant colonel to command 9/49th Battalion.
Other 1940-02-26 - 1940-03-02 Course senior officers Tactical Course.
Other units 1940-06-05 - 1940-09-15 Full time duty commanding officer Caloundra Infantry Training Depot.
Other units 1940-07-06 - 1942-01-27 Lieutenant colonel - 9th Battalion.
Other 21 November 1941 Course Northern Command Motor Training School Commanding Officer's Driving and Maintenance Course #1.
Other units 1942-01-28 - 1943-07-31 Commanding officer 49th Battalion.
Date and unit at enlistment (ORs) 01 July 1942 Enlisted in the 2nd AIF.
Other units 1943-01-17 - 1943-07-03 Attached Headquarters 30th Brigade.
Date returned to Australia 14 March 1943 Returned to Cairns.
Other 23 May 1943 Contracted malaria.
Other units 01 August 1943 Commanding officer No 4 Base Sub Area New Guinea.
Other 19 September 1943 Arrived Moresby.
Date of honour or award 21 December 1943 Companion of the Distinguished Service Order.
Other units 05 January 1944 Assistant adjutant and quarter master general Lae Base Sub Area.
Date returned to Australia 08 May 1944 Returned to Townsville.
Other units 17 August 1944 Assistant adjutant and quarter master general No 1 Australian Base Sub Area.
Other 24 August 1944 Arrived Moresby.
Other 21 March 1945 Arrived Morotai.
Other units 27 March 1945 Attached Headquarters 11 Australian Base Sub Area Planning Party 19.
Date returned to Australia 11 April 1945
Other 22 May 1945 Arrived Morotai.
Other 19 August 1945 Arrived Manila.
Other units 31 August 1945 Assistant adjutant and quarter master general 3rd Australian prisoner of war Reception group.
Other units 1946-01-14 - 1946-03-29 Adjutant and quarter master general director quarter master general Headquarters AMF.
Other 01 May 1946 Reserve of Officers.
Date of death 18 June 1973