Biography

Birth date: 29 March 1895
Birth place: Australia: Victoria, Melbourne, East Malvern
Death date: 05 March 1945
Death place: Australia: Queensland, Machans Beach
Final rank: Major General
Service number: First World War, 1914-1918
VX9 - Second World War, 1939-1945
Units:
  • Australian Military Forces
  • HQ 7 AUST DIV (SUPERNUMERY LIST-E & HQ 7 DIV)
  • Divisional Artillery
  • 3rd Australian Division
  • 2nd Australian Divisional Artillery
  • 11th Australian Field Artillery Brigade
  • Royal Australian Artillery
  • 6 Australian Division
  • 19th Australian Infantry Brigade

George Vasey, one of the most renowned Australian generals of the Second World War, was born at East Malvern, Melbourne, on 29 March 1895. He entered the Royal Military College, Duntroon in March 1913 and was in a class that graduated early after the outbreak of the First World War. He was commissioned as a lieutenant in the permanent military forces and transferred to the AIF in June 1915.

Vasey reached France in March the following year and fought on the Somme with the 2nd Divisional Artillery. In August he was promoted to captain and given command of the 13th Field Battery in November. From August 1917 until 1919, Vasey served as Brigade Major of the 11th Infantry Brigade; he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order in 1918.

After his AIF appointment ended in November 1919, Vasey returned to the militia as a lieutenant but held the honorary rank of major. Sixteen years passed before the rank was made substantive. In the meantime, Vasey married in 1921, held a number of relatively uninteresting militia posts, attended Staff College in Quetta, India, and qualified as an accountant.

In 1934 he returned to India, first as Brigade Major of the 8th Indian Brigade and then serving on the headquarters of the Rawalpindi District. Back in Australia in 1937, Vasey served with Army Headquarters in Melbourne before being promoted to lieutenant colonel in November 1939.

After the Second World War began, Vasey was appointed as Blamey's Assistant Adjutant and Quartermaster General in the 6th Division. He sailed for Palestine in December 1939. In March 1940 he was promoted to temporary brigadier commanding the 19th Brigade. Vasey performed well in the disastrous Greek campaign, often visiting forward areas and conducting skilled defensive actions. He then commanded the Australian forces in Crete.

Having been awarded a bar to his Distinguished Service Order, Vasey returned to Australia, was promoted to temporary major general, and in September 1942 went to Port Moresby to command the 6th Division. A month later he took over the 7th Division, then engaged on the Kokoda Trail. Vasey's men then fought in the battles for Gona and Sanananda on Papua's coast. It is a cliché to say that Vasey was loved by his men but the respect in which he was genuinely held made him one of the AIF's most popular commanders.

In 1943 he was involved in the successful capture of Lae before sending his troops up the Markham and Ramu valleys and occupying Kaiapit. In February 1944 Vasey became ill and was evacuated to Australia. Further sickness followed and he was unfit to resume his duties until he was given command of the 6th Division in early 1945. On 5 March he flew to New Guinea to take up his command but the Hudson aircraft in which he was travelling crashed into the sea off Cairns, killing Vasey and all on board.

Rolls and Awards

Roll of Honour

  • Rank: Major General
  • Date of Death: 05 March 1945
  • Unit: HQ 7 AUST DIV (SUPERNUMERY LIST-E & HQ 7 DIV)

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Date of embarkation: 18 November 1915
  • Place of embarkation: Melbourne

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Distinguished Service Order

  • Unit: 3rd Australian Division
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: 11th Australian Infantry Brigade
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Brevet Major

  • Unit: Australian Military Forces
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Honorary Captain

  • Unit: Australian Military Forces
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Distinguished Service Order

  • Unit: 2nd Australian Divisional Artillery
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Distinguished Service Order

  • Unit: 3rd Australian Division
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: 11th Australian Infantry Brigade
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Distinguished Service Order

  • Unit: Divisional Artillery
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Order of the Bath

  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Honours and Awards : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: Royal Australian Artillery
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: 11th Australian Field Artillery Brigade
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Bar to Distinguished Service Order

  • Unit: 19th Australian Infantry Brigade
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Honours and Awards : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: 6 Australian Division
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Honours and Awards : Distinguished Service Order

  • Unit: 2nd Australian Divisional Artillery
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Order of the Bath

  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Honours and Awards : Greek War Cross, First Class

  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Collection Items

Photograph

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GAZA VILLAGE. 6TH DIVISION H.Q. MESS. BRIG. ALLEN. SENIOR SISTER HANSCOMBE, COLONEL G. VASEY, MATRON FALL, LIEUT. COL. WILSON. (NEGATIVE BY D. PARER).

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1943-02-04. NEW GUINEA. SANANANDA FRONT. LEFT TO RIGHT COLONEL JENS DOE, COLONEL MURRAY, GENERAL HERRING AND GENERAL VASEY. (NEGATIVE BY BOTTOMLEY).

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1943-02-04. NEW GUINEA. NATIVES WHO PLAYED A GREAT PART IN THE ALLIED SUCCESS IN NEW GUINEA ARE ADDRESSED BY GENERAL VASEY. NATIVE POLICE FORM A GUARD OF HONOUR AS NATIVE CARRIERS ARE PRESENTED WITH MEDALS. (NEGATIVE BY BOTTOMLEY).

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1943-02-04. NEW GUINEA. NATIVES WHO PLAYED A GREAT PART IN THE ALLIED SUCCESS IN NEW GUINEA ARE ADDRESSED BY GENERAL VASEY AT A CEREMONY AT WHICH MEDALS WERE PRESENTED. NATIVES DECORATED WITH FLOWERS IN THEIR HAIR FOR THE CEREMONY. (NEGATIVE BY BOTTOMLEY).

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1943-02-04. NEW GUINEA. GENERALS HERRING AND VASEY VISIT THE SANANANDA FRONT. PICTURE SHOWS GENERAL VASEY, GENERAL HERRING AND BRIGADIER WOOTTEN. (NEGATIVE BY BOTTOMLEY).

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1943-02-04. NEW GUINEA. PHOTOGRAPHED IN BRIG. WOOTTEN'S TENT ON SANANANDA BEACH ARE GENERAL HERRING, GENERAL VASEY AND BRIG. WOOTTEN. (NEGATIVE BY BOTTOMLEY).

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SYRIA. 1941-11. BRIGADIERS BOASE, BERRYMAN AND VASEY OF THE 6TH AUSTRALIAN DIVISION WATCHING A DEMONSTRATION BY MEN OF THE 7TH BATTALION, GREEN HOWARDS ON METHODS OF SURMOUNTING BARBED WIRE OBSTACLES.

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SYRIA. 1941-11. THE GENERAL-OFFICER-COMMANDING 6TH DIVISION, MAJOR-GENERAL E.F. HERRING, WITH BRIGADIERS VASEY, BOASE AND BERRYMAN, AND COLONEL SUTHERLAND, WATCHING THE SURMOUNTING OF BARBED WIRE OBSTACLES DEMONSTRATION GIVEN BY THE 7TH BATTALION, GREEN HOWARDS.

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TEL AVIV, PALESTINE. 1941-12. BRIGADIER G.A. VASEY, COMMANDING THE 19TH AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY BRIGADE.

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TEL AVIV, PALESTINE. 1941-12. BRIGADIER G.A. VASEY COMMANDING THE 19TH AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY BRIGADE.

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BEIRUT, SYRIA. 1941-08-11. BRIGADIER G.A. VASEY, CBE, DSO, COMMANDING 19TH AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY BRIGADE.

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ATHERTON TABLELAND, QLD. 1943-07-02. CHATTING AT MORNING TEA DURING A 7TH AUSTRALIAN DIVISION SPECIAL CONFERENCE, ARE LEFT TO RIGHT:- NX3 BRIGADIER K. W. EATHER CBE DSO ED, COMMANDING 25TH AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY BRIGADE; VX9 MAJOR GENERAL G. A. VASEY CB CBE DSO, GENERAL OFFICER COMMANDING 7TH...

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ATHERTON TABLELAND, QLD. 1943-07-02. PORTRAIT OF VX9 MAJOR GENERAL G. A. VASEY CB CBE DSO, GENERAL OFFICER COMMANDING, 7TH AUSTRALIAN DIVISION.

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MOUNT GARNET, QLD, 1943-07-17. VX9 MAJOR GENERAL G. A. VASEY CB OBE DSO, GENERAL OFFICER COMMANDING, 7TH AUSTRALIAN DIVISION; VX4 MAJOR GENERAL C. E. M. LLOYD CBE, ADJUTANT GENERAL, AND NFX70358 SISTER C. M. MCMAHON OF THE 2/6TH AUSTRALIAN GENERAL HOSPITAL AT THE 2ND AUSTRALIAN CORPS RACE MEETING.

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MOUNT GARNET, QLD. 1943-07-18. VX9 MAJOR GENERAL G. A. VASEY CB OBE DSO, GENERAL OFFICER COMMANDING, 7TH AUSTRALIAN DIVISION, AND NX34728 BRIGADIER R. J. BROADBENT CBE, 2ND AUSTRALIAN CORPS, ACTING AS JUDGES FOR THE ARMY WOMEN'S HACK RACE, AT THE 7TH AUSTRALIAN DIVISION RODEO.

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MOUNT GARNET, QLD. 1943-07-18. VX9 MAJOR GENERAL G. A. VASEY CB OBE DSO, GENERAL OFFICER COMMANDING, 7TH AUSTRALIAN DIVISION, CONGRATULATES VFX64908 PRIVATE W. BROWN OF THE 2/6TH AUSTRALIAN GENERAL HOSPITAL, WINNER OF THE ARMY WOMEN'S SERVICE HACK RACE, AT THE 7TH AUSTRALIAN DIVISION RODEO.

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MOUNT GARNET, QLD, 1943-07-17. A 7TH AUSTRALIAN DIVISION PARADE AND MARCH PAST WAS HELD ON THE MOUNT GARNET RACECOURSE. THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF GENERAL SIR THOMAS BLAMEY GBE KCB CMG DSO, INSPECTED THE TROOPS AND TOOK THE SALUTE. HE WAS ACCOMPANIED BY THE GENERAL OFFICER COMMANDING, 2ND AUSTRALIAN...

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MOUNT GARNET, QLD, 1943-07-17. GENERAL SIR THOMAS BLAMEY GBE KCB CMG DSO, AND HIS STAFF CLIMBING INTO A BREN GUN CARRIER, FOR THE INSPECTION OF THE 7TH AUSTRALIAN DIVISION. LEFT TO RIGHT: WX1565 MAJOR H. A. SOLOMON, DEPUTY ASSISTANT ADJUTANT-GENERAL; VX9 MAJOR GENERAL G. A. VASEY CB OBE DSO GENERAL...

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MOUNT GARNET, QLD. 1943-07-17. PORTRAIT OF VX9 MAJOR GENERAL G. A. VASEY CB OBE DSO AND BAR, OFFICER COMMANDING, 7TH AUSTRALIAN DIVISION.

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MOUNT GARNET, QLD, 1943-07-17. GENERAL SIR THOMAS BLAMEY GBE KCB CMG DSO, ACCOMPANIED BY VX9 MAJOR GENERAL G. A. VASEY CB OBE DSO, AND NX8 LIEUTENANT GENERAL SIR LESLIE MORSHEAD KCB KBE CMG DSO ED, TAKES THE SALUTE FROM THE 7TH AUSTRALIAN DIVISION.

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MOUNT GARNET, QLD. 1943-07-17. GENERAL SIR THOMAS BLAMEY GBE KCB CMG DSO, TAKING THE SALUTE FROM THE 7TH AUSTRALIAN DIVISION. ALSO SHOWN: VX9 MAJOR GENERAL G. A. VASEY CB OBE DSO; NX8 LIEUTENANT GENERAL SIR LESLIE MORSHEAD KCB KBE CMG DSO ED; NX15837 CAPTAIN R. BRERETON.

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RAMU VALLEY, NEW GUINEA. 1943-12-18. VX1 GENERAL SIR THOMAS BLAMEY GBE KCB CMG DSO ED, COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF, ALLIED LAND FORCES, SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA, (1) WITH HIGH RANKING AUSTRALIAN ARMY OFFICERS DURING HIS INSPECTION OF THE 7TH AUSTRALIAN DIVISION AREA. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE: VX9 MAJOR...

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DUMPU, NEW GUINEA. 1943-12-18. VX1 GENERAL SIR THOMAS BLAMEY CBE KCB CMG DSO ED, COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF, ALLIED LAND FORCES SOUTH WEST PACIFIC AREA (1) RELAXING AT A MOBILE CINEMA SHOW AT HEADQUARTERS, 7TH AUSTRALIAN DIVISION, DUMPU, DURING HIS TOUR OF INSPECTION OF THE 7TH AUSTRALIAN DIVISION AREA....

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RAMU VALLEY, NEW GUINEA. 1943-12-19. VX1 GENERAL SIR THOMAS BLAMEY GBE KCB CMG DSO ED, COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF, ALLIED LAND FORCES SOUTH WEST PACIFIC AREA (1) AND PARTY LOOKING AT SHAGGY RIDGE AND OTHER ENEMY POSITIONS FROM THE 21ST AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY BRIGADE POSITIONS IN THE FOOTHILLS OF THE...

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DUMPU, NEW GUINEA. 1944-01-16. THE 58/59TH INFANTRY BATTALION CEREMONIAL CHURCH PARADE IN PROGRESS AT THE UNIT HEADQUARTERS. ATTENDING THE PARADE WERE VX9 MAJOR GENERAL G. A. VASEY, CB., CBE., DSO., GENERAL OFFICER COMMANDING 7TH DIVISION, AND VX24325 BRIGADIER H. H. HAMMER, DSO., COMMANDING 15TH...

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DUMPU, NEW GUINEA. 1944-01-16. THE 58/59TH INFANTRY BATTALION CEREMONIAL CHURCH PARADE IN PROGRESS AT THE UNIT HEADQUARTERS. ATTENDING THE PARADE WERE VX9 MAJOR GENERAL G.A. VASEY CB., CBE., DSO., GENERAL OFFICER COMMANDING 7TH DIVISION, AND VX24325 BRIGADIER H. H. HAMMER, DSO., COMMANDING 15TH...

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KAIAPIT, NEW GUINEA. 1943-09-25. VX9 MAJOR GENERAL G.A. VASEY CB OBE DSO, GENERAL OFFICER COMMANDING 7TH AUSTRALIAN DIVISION, LEAVING THE AIRSTRIP FOR BRIGADE HQ IN A JEEP.

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RAMU VALLEY, NEW GUINEA. 1943-10-01. SENIOR AIF OFFICERS INSPECTING A NEWLY COMPLETED AIRSTRIP. LEFT TO RIGHT:- LIEUTENANT GENERAL SIR EDMUND HERRING KBE, DSO, MC, ED, GENERAL OFFICER COMMANDING, 1ST AUSTRALIAN CORPS; VX35 LIEUTENANT COLONEL J.A. BISHOP DSO, MBE, COMMANDING OFFICER, 2/27TH...

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RAMU VALLEY, NEW GUINEA, 1943-10-01. SENIOR AIF. OFFICERS ARRIVED ON THE FIRST AIRCRAFT TO LAND ON THE NEW AIRSTRIP TO INSPECT THE COMPLETED AIRSTRIP. THEY ARE, LEFT TO RIGHT:- LIEUTENANT GENERAL SIR EDMUND HERRING, KBE, DSO, MC, ED., GENERAL OFFICER COMMANDING, 1ST AUSTRALIAN CORPS; NX8 LIEUTENANT...

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DUMPU, NEW GUINEA. 1943-12-19. VX1 GENERAL SIR THOMAS BLAMEY, GBE., KCB., CMG., DSO., ED., COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF, ALLIED LAND FORCES, SOUTH WEST PACIFIC AREA (1) BEING GREETED ON HIS ARRIVAL AT THE AIRSTRIP BY VX9 MAJOR GENERAL G.A. VASEY, CB., CBE., DSO., GENERAL OFFICER COMMANDING 7TH AUSTRALIAN...

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DUMPU, NEW GUINEA. 1943-12-19. VX1 GENERAL SIR THOMAS BLAMEY, GBE., KCB., CMG., DSO., ED., COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF, ALLIED LAND FORCES, SOUTH WEST PACIFIC AREA (1) BEING GREETED ON HIS ARRIVAL AT THE AIRSTRIP BY VX9 MAJOR GENERAL G.A. VASEY, CB., CBE., DSO., GENERAL OFFICER COMMANDING 7TH AUSTRALIAN...

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062282

DUMPU, NEW GUINEA. 1943-12-19. VX9 MAJOR GENERAL G. A. VASEY, CB., CBE., DSO., GENERAL OFFICER COMMANDING 7TH AUSTRALIAN DIVISION (2) EXPLAINS THE AUSTRALIAN POSITIONS IN THE FINISTERRE AREA TO THE COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF, ALLIED LAND FORCES SOUTH WEST PACIFIC AREA, VX1 GENERAL SIR THOMAS BLAMEY, GBE.,...

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062283

DUMPU, NEW GUINEA. 1943-12-19. VX9 MAJOR GENERAL G. A. VASEY, CB., CBE., DSO., GENERAL OFFICER COMMANDING 7TH AUSTRALIAN DIVISION (2) EXPLAINS THE AUSTRALIAN POSITIONS IN THE FINISTERRE AREA TO THE COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF, ALLIED LAND FORCES SOUTH WEST PACIFIC AREA, VX1 GENERAL SIR THOMAS BLAMEY, GBE.,...

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DUMPU, NEW GUINEA. 1943-12-19. VX9 MAJOR GENERAL G. A. VASEY, CB., CBE., DSO., GENERAL OFFICER COMMANDING 7TH AUSTRALIAN DIVISION (2) POINTS OUT THE AUSTRALIAN POSITIONS IN THE FINISTERRES TO VX1 GENERAL SIR THOMAS BLAMEY, GBE., KCB., CMG., DSO., ED., COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF, ALLIED LAND FORCES SOUTH...

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DUMPU, NEW GUINEA. 1943-12-19. VX1 GENERAL SIR THOMAS BLAMEY, GBE., KCB., CMG., DSO., ED., COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF, ALLIED LAND FORCES SOUTH WEST PACIFIC AREA (1) BEING ESCORTED FROM HIS AIRCRAFT BY VX9 MAJOR GENERAL G. A. VASEY, CB., CBE., DSO., GENERAL OFFICER COMMANDING, 7TH AUSTRALIAN DIVISION (2)....

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MELBOURNE, VIC. 1943-04-05. MAJOR GENERAL A.A. VANDEGRIFT, COMMANDING 1ST MARINE DIVISION OF THE U.S. MARINES CORPS (LEFT) WITH LIEUTENANT GENERAL SIR LESLIE MORSHEAD, KCB, KBE, CMG, DSO, ED, GENERAL OFFICER COMMANDING SECOND AUSTRALIAN CORPS (CENTRE) AND LIEUTENANT GENERAL H.D. WYNTER, CB, CMG,...

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BARRINE, QLD. 1943-06-15. VX9 MAJOR-GENERAL G. A. VASEY CB CBE DSO, GENERAL OFFICER COMMANDING 7TH AUSTRALIAN DIVISION.

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BARRINE, QLD. 1943-06-15. VX9, MAJOR-GENERAL G. A. VASEY CB CBE DSO, GENERAL OFFICER COMMANDING 7TH AUSTRALIAN DIVISION, CHATTING WITH NX34728 BRIGADIER J. R. BROADBENT CBE, DEPUTY ADJUTANT AND QUARTERMASTER GENERAL, 2ND AUSTRALIAN CORPS.

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FARIA VALLEY, NEW GUINEA. 1943-11-14. MEMBERS OF THE LETHBRIDGE MISSION INSPECTING THE BATTLE AREAS. SHOWN ARE: MAJOR GENERAL J. S. LETHBRIDGE CBE MC, LEADER OF THE BRITISH MILITARY MISSION TO AUSTRALIA (1): NX3 BRIGADIER K. W. EATHER CBE DSO ED (2): VX9 MAJOR GENERAL G. A. VASEY CB CBE DSO,...

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KUMBARUM, NEW GUINEA. 1943-11-14. MAJOR GENERAL LETHBRIDGE, CBE, MC, AND THE ARTY WHICH ACCOMPANIED HIM ON HIS TOUR OF INSPECTION OF FARIA VALLEY ENJOYING THEIR CUP OF TEA AFTER THEIR STRENUOUS TREK. SHOWN ARE: VX80932 LIEUTENANT W. RIGGALL, AIDE DE CAMPE TO GENERAL VASEY (1); COLONEL DURWAARE,...

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NADZAB AREA, NEW GUINEA. 1943-09-20. VX9 MAJOR GENERAL G. A. VASEY CB OBE DSO, GENERAL OFFICER COMMANDING, 7TH AUSTRALIAN DIVISION.

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MELBOURNE, VIC. 1944-04-19. VX9 MAJOR-GENERAL G. A. VASEY, CB CBE DSO, GENERAL OFFICER COMMANDING (2) LEADING THE 7TH DIVISION, NEW GUINEA VETERANS, PAST THE SALUTING BASE WHERE THE GOVERNOR OF VICTORIA IS TAKING THE SALUTE DURING THE MARCH THROUGH THE CITY STREETS. IN FRONT IS VX75606 CAPTAIN H....

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MELBOURNE, VIC. 1944-04-19. MAJOR-GENERAL SIR WINSTON DUGAN, KCMG CB DSO, GOVERNOR OF VICTORIA (1) TAKING THE SALUTE FROM THE 7TH DIVISION, NEW GUINEA VETERANS, DURING THEIR MARCH THROUGH THE CITY STREETS. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- VX9 MAJOR-GENERAL G. A. VASEY, CB CBE DSO, GENERAL OFFICER...

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MELBOURNE, VIC. 1944-04-19. TROOPS OF HEADQUARTERS, 7TH DIVISION, NEW GUINEA VETERANS, GIVE "EYES RIGHT" TO MAJOR-GENERAL SIR WINSTON DUGAN KCMG CB DSO, GOVERNOR OF VICTORIA (22) DURING THE MARCH THROUGH THE CITY STREETS. SHOWN ARE:- CORPORAL FLETCHER (4); PRIVATE STEWART (5); CORPORAL HARDINGS...

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BRISBANE, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA. 1944-08-08. VX9 MAJOR GENERAL G.A. VASEY, CB, CBE, DSO, AT THE SALUTING BASE FOR THE MARCH PAST OF THE 7TH DIVISION, MAJOR GENERAL VASEY COMMANDED THE DIVISION DURING THE KOKODA-BUNA AND THE RAMU VALLEY CAMPAIGNS.

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DUMPU, NEW GUINEA. 1944-02-06. NX231 BRIGADIER FRED O. CHILTON DSO (1), 18TH INFANTRY BRIGADE, AT THE DEDICATION SERVICE OF THE DUMPU WAR CEMETERY WITH VX9 MAJOR-GENERAL G.A. VASEY CB CBE DSO (2), GENERAL OFFICER COMMANDING 7TH DIVISION, VX24325 BRIGADIER H.H. HAMMER DSO (3), COMMANDING OFFICER OF...

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065539

WATSONIA, VIC. 1944-04-18. VX9 MAJOR GENERAL G.A. VASEY, CB, CBE, DSO., GENERAL OFFICER COMMANDING, 7TH DIVISION (11), TAKING THE SALUTE FROM PERSONNEL OF THE 2/14TH INFANTRY BATTALION, DURING THE 7TH DIVISION REHEARSAL FOR A FULL CEREMONIAL PARADE. SHOWN ARE:- VX16157 LIEUTENANT N. YOUNG (1);...

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WATSONIA, VIC. 1944-04-18. THE GENERAL OFFICER COMMANDING, 7TH AUSTRALIAN DIVISION CHATTING WITH DECORATED MEMBERS OF THE 2/14TH INFANTRY BATTALION WHO HAVE RECEIVED DECORATIONS FOR GALLANTRY. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- VX13894 CORPORAL L. CRILLY, MM., (1); VX14660 CAPTAIN P.J. KYFFIN, MC., (2);...

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WATSONIA, VIC. 1944-04-18. THE 7TH DIVISION ON PARADE FOR AN INSPECTION BY THEIR GENERAL OFFICER COMMANDING, VX9 MAJOR GENERAL G.A. VASEY, CB, CBE, DSO.

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WATSONIA, VIC. 1944-04-18. THE 7TH DIVISION ON PARADE FOR AN INSPECTION BY THEIR GENERAL OFFICER COMMANDING, VX9 MAJOR GENERAL G.A. VASEY, CB, CBE, DSO.

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WATSONIA, VIC. 1944-04-18. THE 7TH DIVISION ON PARADE FOR AN INSPECTION BY THEIR GENERAL OFFICER COMMANDING, VX9 MAJOR GENERAL G.A. VASEY, CB, CBE, DSO.

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WATSONIA, VIC. 1944-04-18. THE 7TH DIVISION ON PARADE FOR AN INSPECTION BY THEIR GENERAL OFFICER COMMANDING, VX9 MAJOR GENERAL G.A. VASEY, CB, CBE, DSO., (1). ALSO IDENTIFIED IS:- VX80932 LIEUTENANT W. RIGGALL, AIDE-DE-CAMP TO THE GENERAL OFFICER COMMANDING (2).

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WATSONIA, VIC. 1944-04-18. VX9 MAJOR GENERAL G.A. VASEY, CB, CBE, DSO., GENERAL OFFICER COMMANDING, 7TH DIVISION (1), ACCOMPANIED BY THE OFFICER IN CHARGE, INSPECTING THE 2/2ND PIONEER BATTALION. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- NX12613 MAJOR H.E. TOPE (2); VX22658 LIEUTENANT F.D. RAY (3); PRIVATE C.W....

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WATSONIA, VIC. 1944-04-18. VX9 MAJOR GENERAL G.A. VASEY, CB, CBE, DSO., GENERAL OFFICER COMMANDING, 7TH DIVISION, ADDRESSING THE TROOPS PRIOR TO THE MARCH PAST.

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WATSONIA, VIC. 1944-04-18. VX9 MAJOR GENERAL G.A. VASEY, CB, CBE, DSO., GENERAL OFFICER COMMANDING, 7TH DIVISION, ADDRESSING THE TROOPS PRIOR TO THE MARCH PAST.

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WATSONIA, VIC. 1944-04-18. PERSONNEL OF HEADQUARTERS AND SIGNALS SECTION OF THE 7TH DIVISION, APPROACHING THE SALUTING BASE, DURING A FULL CEREMONIAL PARADE, WHEN THE SALUTE WAS TAKEN BY THE GENERAL OFFICER COMMANDING, VX9 MAJOR GENERAL G.A. VASEY, CB, CBE, DSO. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- VX137838...

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WATSONIA, VIC. 1944-04-18. PERSONNEL OF THE 2/4TH FIELD REGIMENT GIVE "EYES RIGHT" TO VX9 MAJOR GENERAL G.A. VASEY, CB, CBE, DSO., OFFICER COMMANDING 7TH DIVISION, AS THEY PASS THE SALUTING POINT DURING THE UNIT CEREMONIAL PARADE.

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WATSONIA, VIC. 1944-04-18. VX9 MAJOR GENERAL G.A. VASEY, CB, CBE, DSO., GENERAL OFFICER COMMANDING, 7TH DIVISION, RETURNING THE SALUTE TO PERSONNEL OF THE 7TH DIVISION, DURING A FULL CEREMONIAL PARADE.

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MELBOURNE, VIC. 1945-03-09. BRIGADIER H.F.H. DURANT, (1), AND UNITED STATES ARMY AIR FORCE OFFICERS ARRIVING AT ST. PAUL'S CATHEDRAL FOR A MEMORIAL SERVICE TO VICTIMS OF AN AIR CRASH. THOSE KILLED INCLUDED MAJOR GENERAL G.A. VASEY AND MAJOR GENERAL R.M. DOWNES.

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MELBOURNE, VICTORIA. 1945-03-09. SENIOR AUSTRALIAN ARMY OFFICERS ARRIVING AT ST. PAUL'S CATHEDRAL FOR THE MEMORIAL SERVICE TO VICTIMS OF AN AIR CRASH. THOSE KILLED INCLUDED MAJOR GENERAL G.A. VASEY AND MAJOR GENERAL R.M. DOWNES.

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087275

MELBOURNE, VICTORIA. 1945-03-09. MAJOR GENERAL L.E. BEAVIS, (1), ARRIVING AT ST. PAUL'S CATHEDRAL FOR THE MEMORIAL SERVICE TO VICTIMS OF AN AIR CRASH. THOSE KILLED INCLUDED MAJOR GENERAL G.A. VASEY AND MAJOR GENERAL R.M. DOWNES.

087275

087276

MELBOURNE, VICTORIA. 1945-03-09. ROYAL NAVY OFFICERS ARRIVING AT ST. PAUL'S CATHEDRAL FOR THE MEMORIAL SERVICE TO VICTIMS OF AN AIR CRASH. THOSE KILLED INCLUDED MAJOR GENERAL G.A. VASEY AND MAJOR GENERAL R.M. DOWNES.

087276

087277

MELBOURNE, VICTORIA. 1945-03-09. DUTCH OFFICERS ARRIVING AT ST. PAUL'S CATHEDRAL FOR THE MEMORIAL SERVICE TO VICTIMS OF AN AIR CRASH. THOSE KILLED INCLUDE MAJOR GENERAL G.A. VASEY AND MAJOR GENERAL R.M. DOWNES.

087277

087405

CAIRNS, QUEENSLAND. 1945-03-11. MAJOR GENERAL C.H. SIMPSON, (1), LEADS PALL BEARERS DURING THE FUNERAL OF MAJOR GENERAL G.A. VASEY, MAJOR GENERAL R.M. DOWNES AND LIEUTENANT COLONEL G.A. BERTRAM, WHO DIED IN A MILITARY AIR CRASH.

087405

087406

CAIRNS, QUEENSLAND. 1945-03-11. THE FUNERAL OF MAJOR GENERAL G.A. VASEY, MAJOR GENERAL R.M. DOWNES, AND LIEUTENANT COLONEL G.A. BERTRAM, WHO DIED IN A MILITARY AIR CRASH.

087406

087407

CAIRNS, QUEENSLAND. 1945-03-11. GENERAL SIR THOMAS A. BLAMEY, COMMANDER IN CHIEF, ALLIED LAND FORCES, SOUTH WEST PACIFIC AREA, (1), WITH SENIOR OFFICERS ATTENDING THE FUNERAL OF MAJOR GENERAL G.A. VASEY, MAJOR GENERAL R.M. DOWNES, AND LIEUTENANT COLONEL G.A. BERTRAM, WHO DIED IN A MILITARY AIR...

087407

087408

CAIRNS, QUEENSLAND. 1945-03-11. GENERAL SIR THOMAS A. BLAMEY, COMMANDER IN CHIEF, ALLIED LAND FORCES, SOUTH WEST PACIFIC AREA, (1), WITH SENIOR OFFICERS ATTENDING THE FUNERAL OF MAJOR GENERAL G.A. VASEY, MAJOR GENERAL R.M. DOWNES, AND LIEUTENANT COLONEL G.A. BERTRAM, WHO DIED IN A MILITARY AIR...

087408

087409

CAIRNS, QUEENSLAND. 1945-03-11. PRIVATE F.T. WILSDON, 2/25 INFANTRY BATTALION SOUNDS THE LAST POST DURING THE FUNERAL OF MAJOR GENERAL G.A. VASEY, MAJOR GENERAL R.M. DOWNES AND LIEUTENANT COLONEL G.A. BERTRAM WHO DIED IN A MILITARY AIR CRASH.

087409

087410

CAIRNS, QUEENSLAND. 1945-03-11. GENERAL SIR THOMAS A. BLAMEY, COMMANDER IN CHIEF, ALLIED LAND FORCES, SOUTH WEST PACIFIC AREA, (2), WITH LIEUTENANT GENERAL SIR LESLIE J. MORSHEAD, GENERAL OFFICER COMMANDING 1 CORPS, (3), AND MAJOR GENERAL C.H. SIMPSON, (5), AMONG SENIOR OFFICERS ATTENDING THE...

087410

087424

KAIRI, QUEENSLAND. 1945-03-11. CHAPLAIN C.W. CUNNINGHAM, (1), CONDUCTING SOLEMN REQUIEM MASS AT HEADQUARTERS 7 DIVISION DURING THE MEMORIAL SERVICE TO THE LATE MAJOR GENERAL G.A. VASEY WHO DIED IN AN AIR CRASH. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- MAJOR GO'DAY, 2/14 INFANTRY BATTALION, THE MASS SERVER, (2);...

087424

087429

KAIRI, QUEENSLAND. 1945-03-11. 2/10 INFANTRY BATTALION TROOPS MARCHING TO THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR THE LATE MAJOR GENERAL G.A. VASEY CONDUCTED AT HEADQUARTERS 7 DIVISION BY CHAPLAIN D.L. REDDING.

087429

087430

KAIRI, QUEENSLAND. 1945-03-11. TROOPS AT ATTENTION AS MAJOR GENERAL E.J. MILFORD, GENERAL OFFICER COMMANDING 7 DIVISION, AND MEMBERS OF THE OFFICIAL PARTY TAKE THEIR PLACES DURING THE MEMORIAL SERVICE TO THE LATE MAJOR GENERAL G.A. VASEY. THE SERVICE, CONDUCTED BY CHAPLAIN D.L. REDDING, CHURCH OF...

087430

087431

KAIRI, QLD. 1945-03-11. TROOPS AT ATTENTION AS MAJOR GENERAL E. J. MILFORD, GENERAL OFFICER COMMANDING 7TH DIVISION, AND MEMBERS OF THE OFFICIAL PARTY TAKE THEIR PLACES DURING THE MEMORIAL SERVICE TO THE LATE MAJOR GENERAL G. A. VASEY. THE SERVICE, CONDUCTED BY CHAPLAIN D. L. REDDING, CHURCH OF...

087431

087432

KAIRI, QUEENSLAND. 1945-03-11. CHAPLAIN D.L. REDDING, CHURCH OF ENGLAND, (1), ASSISTED BY CHAPLAIN S.T. VICKERY, REPRESENTING OTHER PROTESTANT DENOMINATIONS, (2), CONDUCTS THE MEMORIAL SERVICE TO THE LATE MAJOR GENERAL G.A. VASEY AT HEADQUARTERS 7 DIVISION.

087432

087433

KAIRI, QLD. 1945-03-11. THE OFFICIAL PARTY ATTENDING THE MEMORIAL SERVICE TO THE LATE MAJ-GEN G.A. VASEY AT HQ 7 DIVISION THE SERVICE WAS CONDUCTED BY CHAPLAIN D.L. REDDING, CHURCH OF ENGLAND, ASSISTED BY CHAPLAIN S.T. VICKERY, REPRESENTING OTHER PROTESTANT DENOMINATIONS. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL...

087433

087524

CAIRNS, QUEENSLAND. 1945-03-08. PALL BEARERS CARRY MAJOR-GENERAL R.M. DOWNES TO THE GRAVE DURING THE FUNERAL SERVICE AT HEADQUARTERS 7 DIVISION FOR ARMY PERSONNEL KILLED IN AN AIR CRASH ON 1945-03-05. THE DEAD INCLUDED MAJOR-GENERAL R.M. DOWNES, MAJOR-GENERAL G.A. VASEY, AND LIEUTENANT-COLONEL G.A....

087524

087525

CAIRNS, QUEENSLAND. 1945-03-08. THE FUNERAL SERVICE IN PROGRESS AT HEADQUARTERS 7 DIVISION FOR MAJOR-GENERAL R.M. DOWNES, MAJOR-GENERAL G.A. VASEY, LIEUTENANT-COLONEL G.A. BERTRAM AND OTHER ARMY PERSONNEL KILLED IN AN AIR CRASH ON 1945-03-05. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- GENERAL SIR THOMAS A. BLAMEY,...

087525

087552

CAIRNS, QUEENSLAND. 1945-03-08. CHAPLAIN D. REDING, AT HEADQUARTERS 7 DIVISION CONDUCTING THE BURIAL SERVICE DURING THE FUNERAL OF MAJOR-GENERAL G.A. VASEY, MAJOR-GENERAL R.M. DOWNES AND LIEUTENANT-COLONEL G.A. BERTRAM. THE MEN WERE KILLED IN AN RAAF AIRCRAFT CRASH ON 1945-03-05.

087552

087553

CAIRNS, QUEENSLAND. 1945-03-08. CHAPLAIN D. REDING AT HEADQUARTERS 7 DIVISION CONDUCTING THE BURIAL SERVICE DURING THE FUNERAL OF MAJOR-GENERAL G.A. VASEY, MAJOR-GENERAL R.M. DOWNES, AND LIEUTENANT-COLONEL G.A. BERTRAM WHO DIED IN AN RAAF AIRCRAFT CRASH. SENIOR AMF OFFICERS AT THE BACKGROUND...

087553

087554

CAIRNS, QUEENSLAND. 1945-03-08. THE FIRING PARTY DRAWN FROM THE 2/10 INFANTRY BATTALION FIRE A SALUTE DURING THE BURIAL SERVICE OF MAJOR-GENERAL R.M. DOWNES, MAJOR-GENERAL G.A. VASEY, AND LIEUTENANT-COLONEL G.A. BERTRAM CONDUCTED AT HEADQUARTERS 7 DIVISION BY CHAPLAIN D. REDING.

087554

121944

MELBOURNE, VIC 1945-11-30. AN INVESTITURE CEREMONY WAS HELD AT GOVERNMENT HOUSE WHERE SERVICE PERSONNEL RECEIVED AWARDS FROM THE GOVERNOR GENERAL, THE DUKE OF GLOUCESTER. MRS VASEY, WIDOW OF THE LATE GENERAL VASEY, AND SON ROBERT TALK WITH THE DUKE AND DUCHESS IN THE GROUNDS AFTER THE INVESTITURE...

121944

121946

MELBOURNE, VIC 1945-11-30. AN INVESTITURE CEREMONY WAS HELD AT GOVERNMENT HOUSE WHERE SERVICE PERSONNEL RECEIVED AWARDS FROM THE GOVERNOR GENERAL, THE DUKE OF GLOUCESTER. MRS VASEY, WIDOW OF THE LATE GENERAL VASEY, TALKS WITH THE GOVERNOR OF VICTORIA, SIR WINSTON DUGAN. MRS VASEY RECEIVED THE CB...

121946

133487

LAE, NEW GUINEA. 1943-10-01. AMERICAN NEGRO TALKING TO BRIGADIER BROADBENT, DEPUTY ASSISTANT QUARTERMASTER-GENERAL, NEAR A RUNWAY AT 5TH AUSTRALIAN DIVISION HEADQUARTERS. ALSO IN THE GROUP ARE: LIEUTENANT GENERAL SIR LESLIE MORSHEAD, GENERAL OFFICER COMMANDING (GOC) 2ND AUSTRALIAN CORPS; MAJOR...

133487

134868

BRIGADIER G.A. VASEY WHO COMMANDED THE AUSTRALIAN FORCES ON CRETE DURING WW2.

134868

H01891

PORTRAIT OF MAJOR G.A. VASEY, BRIGADE MAJOR 11TH AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY BRIGADE, AIF, 1917-08.

H01891

001157

QASTINA. OFFICERS MESS, BRIG. ALLEN, COL. VASEY, GEN. GIFFARD. (NEGATIVE BY D. PARER).

001157

001196

QASTINA. BRIG. ALLEN AND COL. VASEY. (NEGATIVE BY D. PARER).

001196

000287

1939-12-15. MELBOURNE - LT. COL VASEY EMBARKS. ARMY. EMBARKATION. (NEGATIVE BY D.P.).

000287

000303

1939-12. MELBOURNE, VIC. LIEUTENANT COLONEL VASEY WITH TWO OTHER OFFICERS AT THE RAIL OF A SHIP WHICH IS ABOUT TO LEAVE FOR OVERSEAS. ARMY. EMBARKATION.

000303

052613

BARRINE, QLD. 1943-06-15. GROUP OF HIGH-RANKING OFFICERS WHO ATTENDED A SPECIAL CONFERENCE OF AUSTRALIAN AND AMERICAN SENIOR OFFICERS IN 1943-06. LEFT TO RIGHT:- (FRONT ROW) VX47819 BRIGADIER B. EVANS DSO, COMMANDING 24TH AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY BRIGADE; CAPTAIN HUDSON, UNITED STATES NAVY, LAND...

052613

052614

BARRINE, QLD. 1943-06-15. GROUP OF HIGH-RANKING OFFICERS WHO ATTENDED A SPECIAL CONFERENCE OF AUSTRALIAN AND AMERICAN SENIOR OFFICERS IN 1943-06. LEFT TO RIGHT:- (FRONT ROW) VX47819 BRIGADIER B. EVANS, DSO, COMMANDING 24TH AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY BRIGADE; CAPTAIN HUDSON, UNITED STATES NAVY, LAND...

052614

133485

LAE, NEW GUINEA. 1943-10-01. A GROUP OF OFFICERS FROM 5TH AUSTRALIAN DIVISION TALKING NEAR A RUNWAY AT HEADQUARTERS. SHOWN: LIEUTENANT GENERAL SIR IVEN MACKAY; BRIGADIER BROADBENT; LIEUTENANT GENERAL SIR LESLIE MORSHEAD; MAJOR GENERAL E. J. MILFORD; LIEUTENANT GENERAL SIR EDMUND HERRING; MAJOR...

133485

133491

LAE, NEW GUINEA. 1943-10-01. A GROUP OF OFFICERS WHO TOOK PART IN A CONFERENCE AT HEADQUARTERS, 5TH AUSTRALIAN DIVISION. SHOWN: LIEUTENANT GENERAL MACKAY; LIEUTENANT GENERAL HERRING; MAJOR GENERAL WOOTTEN; LIEUTENANT GENERAL MORSHEAD; MAJOR GENERAL VASEY; MAJOR GENERAL MILFORD; BRIGADIER BROADBENT.

133491

133492

LAE, NEW GUINEA. 1943-10-01. A GROUP OF OFFICERS WHO TOOK PART IN A CONFERENCE AT HEADQUARTERS, 5TH AUSTRALIAN DIVISION. SHOWN: LIEUTENANT GENERAL MACKAY; LIEUTENANT GENERAL HERRING; MAJOR GENERAL WOOTTEN; LIEUTENANT GENERAL MORSHEAD; MAJOR GENERAL VASEY; MAJOR GENERAL MILFORD; BRIGADIER BROADBENT.

133492

044266

IKINGI MARYUT AREA, 1941-02. COLONEL F.H. BERRYMAN (G.I.), BRIGADIER S.G. SAVIGE (17 BDE), COL G.A. VASEY, ASSISTANT ADJUTANT AND QUARTERMASTER GENERAL, LIEUTENANT GENERAL SIR IVEN MACKAY, BRIG. H.C.H. ROBERTSON 19 (BDE). DONATED BY LADY MACKAY).

044266

062650

KESAWAI AREA, RAMU VALLEY, NEW GUINEA. 1943-12-18. VX1 GENERAL SIR THOMAS BLAMEY GBE KCB CMG DSO ED, (1) COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF, ALLIED LAND FORCES SOUTH WEST PACIFIC AREA, WITH VX9 MAJOR GENERAL G. A. VASEY CB CBE DSO, (2) GENERAL OFFICER COMMANDING, 7TH AUSTRALIAN DIVISION AND NX349 LIEUTENANT...

062650

062651

KESAWAI AREA, RAMU VALLEY, NEW GUINEA. 1943-12-18. VX1 GENERAL SIR THOMAS BLAMEY GBE KCB CMG DSO ED (1) COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF, ALLIED LAND FORCES, SOUTH WEST PACIFIC AREA AND PARTY CLIMBING A RIDGE DURING HIS INSPECTION OF THE FORWARD UNITS IN THE 7TH AUSTRALIAN DIVISION AREA. ALSO IDENTIFIED ARE:...

062651

065526

SYDNEY, NSW. 1944-04-14. HIS EXCELLENCY LORD WAKEHURST, KCMG, GOVERNOR OF NEW SOUTH WALES (1) TAKING THE SALUTE FROM THE 7TH DIVISION AT THE TOWN HALL SALUTING BASE, DURING THE UNIT MARCH THROUGH THE CITY STREETS. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- VX9 MAJOR GENERAL G.A. VASEY, CB, CBE, DSO., GENERAL...

065526

065533

SYDNEY, NSW. 1944-04-14. HIS EXCELLENCY, LORD WAKEHURST, KCMG., GOVERNOR OF NEW SOUTH WALES (1) TAKING THE SALUTE FROM MEMBERS OF THE 7TH DIVISION, DURING THE UNIT MARCH THROUGH THE CITY. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- NX148 BRIGADIER I.N. DOUGHERTY, DSO., COMMANDING 21ST INFANTRY BRIGADE (2); NX3...

065533

057592

KAIAPIT, NEW GUINEA. 1943-09-24. VX9 MAJOR GENERAL G. A. VASEY CB OBE DSO, GENERAL OFFICER COMMANDING, 7TH AUSTRALIAN DIVISION, ARRIVES AT THE AIRSTRIP WITH NX148 BRIGADIER I. N. DOUGHERTY DSO, BRIGADE COMMANDER, 21ST AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY BATTALION.

057592

065548

WATSONIA, VIC. 1944-04-18. VX9 MAJOR GENERAL G.A. VASEY, CB, CBE, DSO., GENERAL OFFICER COMMANDING, 7TH DIVISION (1), ACCOMPANIED BY THE COMMANDER 21ST INFANTRY BRIGADE, INSPECTING THE 2/4TH FIELD REGIMENT (PARAGUNNERS). IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- NX148 BRIGADIER I.N. DOUGHERTY, DSO., COMMANDING...

065548

057580

KAIAPIT, NEW GUINEA. 1943-09-25. VX9 MAJOR GENERAL G.A. VASEY, CB, OBE, DSO., GENERAL OFFICER COMMANDING, 7TH AUSTRALIAN DIVISION (LEFT) AND NX148 BRIGADIER I.N. DOUGHERTY, DSO., BRIGADE COMMANDER, 21ST AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY BRIGADE (RIGHT), DISCUSSING BATTLE PLANS IN THE SHADE OF A COCONUT PALM.

057580

053744

ATHERTON TABLELAND, QLD. 1943-07-02. THOSE PRESENT AT A SPECIAL CONFERENCE AT THE 7TH AUSTRALIAN DIVISION HEADQUARTERS, ARE LEFT TO RIGHT: BACK ROW: NX112778 CAPTAIN (CAPT) A. LEWIS; SX1741 CAPT R. J. S. SEDDON; SX2997 CAPT P. H. G. GEDDES; NX51088 CAPT W. T. PRENTICE; NX12242 MAJOR (MAJ) O. D....

053744

057593

KAIAPIT, NEW GUINEA. 1943-09-24. NX8 MAJOR GENERAL G. A. VASEY CB OBE DSO, GENERAL OFFICER COMMANDING, 7TH AUSTRALIAN DIVISION (LEFT) AND NX148 BRIGADIER I. N. DOUGHERTY DSO, BRIGADE COMMANDER, 21ST AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY BRIGADE, DISCUSS PLANS FOR THE DEPLOYMENT OF TROOPS IN THE AREA ON THE ARRIVAL...

057593

065549

WATSONIA, VIC. 1944-04-18. VX9 MAJOR GENERAL G.A. VASEY, CB, CBE, DSO., (1) GENERAL OFFICER COMMANDING 7TH DIVISION, DOING AN INSPECTION OF THE 2/14TH INFANTRY BATTALION. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- NX148 BRIGADIER IVAN N. DOUGHERTY, DSO, COMMANDING 21ST INFANTRY BRIGADE (2); VX14250 LIEUTENANT...

065549

Art

Major General George Vasey

Portrait, painted posthumously, of VX9 Major General George Alan Vasey, CB, CBE, DSO and Bar, General Commanding the 6th Division AIF. A Duntroon graduate, Vasey served in the First World War with artillery brigades and later as a staff officer with the 11th Infantry Brigade. Major Vasey was...

ART26932

Film

Generals visit Sanananda and presentation of medals to natives by General Vasey

Generals E.F. Herring, CBE DSO MC ED, G.A. Vasey, CB CBE DSO, and S.G. Savige, CB CBE, DSO MC ED, visit Sanananda. They travelled as far as possible along the Sanananda road by jeep, then on foot along jungle track to inspect positions held by the enemy the previous day. Also shows General Vasey...

F01847

USA & Australian co operation

General coverage of United States and Australian cooperation in New Guinea. Australian and American troops in Sanananda and Port Moresby. Also US Air Transport activities. Identified personnel: Brigadier General Johns (US), Brigadier Secombe (Australian), Major General Vasey, Colonel Jens A Doe.

F01852

Blamey inspects 2/33 Battalion

At 1030 hours 28 August 1943 General Sir Thomas Blamey, GBE, KCB, CMG, DSO, ED, Major General G.A. Vasey, CB, CBE, DSO, and Brigadier K.W. Eather, CBE, DSO, ED, inspected 2/33rd Australian Infantry Battalion parade held in the Port Moresby area. WX299 Lieutenant-Colonel T R W Cotton MC, CO 2/33rd...

F01935

1. Britain's 12,000 lb bomb 2. Bougainville, enemy fire destroys big gun 3. 7th Division marches 4. Sydney without newspapers. (News Form Home No. 86)

1. (1 min 36 sec) Compares 4, 8 and 12 thousand pound bombs, loading onto Lancaster aircraft and night scene of bombing over Europe 2. (36 sec) On Bougainville, a large American 155mm Howitzer is destroyed by Japanese artillery 3. (1 min 52 sec) The famous 7th Division marches through Australia's...

F00775

Japanese blasted out of Papua by Allies

Cinesound newsreel using segments from Department of Information films F01847 & F01848 with commentary by Jack Davey. Shows mortars firing, Wirraway aircraft, General Vasey and United States officers, Brigadier Wootten, General Herring, and native carriers decorated by General Vasey.

F00824

[Departure of AIF troops from Melbourne]

Filmed by one of Australia's premier cinematographers, Damien Parer, this unedited film in two parts shows the departure of 6th Division troops from Melbourne beginning in 1939. note that audio is extant only for last two or so minutes of the sequence. Part 'A': Filmed 16 December 1939, the advance...

F01001

Camp life at Palestine

Palestine, general shots of troops in camp and on route march, camp area February 1940. Identified personnel are 2165414 (NX160) Major Hector McDonald Finnie AAMC, with portable dentisit chair and drill rig setting up outside a tent; NX295 Captain Ethne Doris Swanson 2/1 Australian General...

F01007

Interview with Lieutenant Colonel Geoff Cooper 2/27 Battalion (The Gona/Buna interviews)

Interview with Lieutenant Colonel Geoff Cooper commander of the 2/27 Battalion. Rates the 21 Brigade before Gona as well trained and seasoned troops made up of long term Militia members. Faulty intelligence given prior to the attack on Gona. Describes the quality of support given on the attack on...

F04808

9th Division march, Melbourne

Melbourne Victoria, 31 March 1943. Coverage of the 9th Division's arrival and march through city. Some shots have actual sounds of band and public address commentator. But general quality is poor.

F07023

7 Division parade and sports meeting

Lieutenant General L Morshead KCB KBE CMG DSO ED on dias at Saluting Base. Major General G A Vasey CB CBE DSO speaking with officers on racecourse.

F07044

Nadzab aerial transport

Brief coverage of 7 Division troops boarding planes at Nadzab airstrip for flight to Kaiapit airstrip. Major General G A Vasey CB CBE DSO speaking to group of men on Nadzab airstrip.

F07060

General Blamey visits 7 Australian Division at Dumpu

General Sir Thomas A Blamey GBE KCB CMG DSO ED, Commander in Chief, seated giving press conference. Correspondents Allen Dawe (centre), Norman Brown and Lieutenant Ascott. General Blamey, General G A Vasey CB CBE DSO, Lieutenant General Sir E F Herring KBE DSO MC ED and another officer walk away...

F07072

General Blamey at forward areas

General Sir Thomas A Blamey GBE, KCB, CMG, DSO, ED, Commander in Chief, General G A Vasey CB, CBE, DSO, leave jeep and are greeted by CO of 2/31 Australian Infantry Battalion. Shaggy Ridge in background. General Blamey speaking to US officer on Langemak Bay airstrip. General Blamey and General G F...

F07073

Opening of Australian war cemetery Dumpu

Australian soldiers move slowly past graves and reading inscriptions. A line of crosses with troops moving slowly past in the background. Inscription on nearest cross reads reads SX20529 Pte F Heinz, AMF, 20 November 1943. Troops kneel on grass as Chaplain Lynch gives Benediction. Roman Catholic...

F07081

7th Division march in Melbourne

Troops resting on lawns in Alexander Gardens before march. Two Military Medal winners speaking to camera. Patients in hospital beds being lifted from motor truck in city street. Patients in hospital beds at side of city street. Troops march right to left along Swanston Street and across Collins...

F07113

Funeral of Major General Vasey, Major General R M Downes and Lieutenant Colonel C A Bertham at Cairns Cemetery

VX9 Major General (Maj Gen) George Alan Vasey CB CBE DSO, VX57673 Maj Gen Rupert Major Downes CMG VD, and NX324 Lieutenant Colonel G A Bertram - three victims of an air crash near Cairns, QLD, on 5 March 1945, were given a military funeral at Cairns on 8th March 1945. Troops of the 7th Australian...

F07154

Gona - Buna (Anzac TV series)

Gona - Buna (Anzac TV series)

F10034-06

Port Moresby to Buna-Sanananda

A general coverage of activities of Australian and American forces between Port Moresby-Kokoda-Sanananda. Subjects covered include scenes along Kokoda Trail; supply dropping, re-entry of Kokoda by Australian troops; aerial evacuation of wounded; bridging work; church parade; Christmas dinner at...

F07546

Conference of senior Australian Army officers at Lae

On the morning of the 1st October, 1943, senior Australian Army officers met at HQ 5th Australian Division to discuss the operations then in progress in New Guinea.

F07106

British military mission in New Guinea

General Vasey GA CG CBE DSO; General J S Lethbridge CBE MC; Brigadier K W Eather CBE DSO ED; Lieutenant Colonel W T Robertson and party walk over rough log bridge across Faria River. Party having a cup of tea at YMCA. US transport carrier on Dumpu Drome.

F07067

Troops moving up the Markham Valley

Troops arrive by transport aircraft and move up to take up positions. General scenes of their activities. Location Kaiapit airstrip Markham Valley, New Guinea. Identified personnel: Lieutenant (Lt) Joel Thorvaldson of Spokane, Washington, Major General (Maj Gen) G A Vasey, Warrant Officer Class...

F01861

Technology

British Pattern 1897 Infantry Officer Full Dress Sword Scabbard : General G Vasey, Australian Military Forces

Pattern 1897 Infantry Officer nickel plated sword scabbard with two loose strap rings at 2.5 and 10.5 inches from the throat.

REL/17240.004

Heraldry

Companion of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath (Military division) : Major General G A Vasey

Badge of Companion of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath (Military division). Unnamed as issued.

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Commander of the Order of the British Empire (Military division) : Major General G A Vasey

Neck Badge, Commander of the Order of the British Empire. Unnamed as issued.

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Distinguished Service Order and Bar : Major General G A Vasey

Distinguished Service Order (GRV, 1918) and Bar (1941). Unnamed as issued.

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1914-15 Star : Lieutenant G A Vasey

1914-15 Star. Impressed on reverse with recipient's details.

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British War Medal 1914-20 : Major G A Vasey

British War Medal 1914-20. Impressed around edge with recipient's details.

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Victory Medal with MID : Major G A Vasey

Victory Medal with Mention in Despatches oakleaf. Impressed around edge with recipient's details.

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1939-45 Star : Major General G A Vasey

1939-45 Star. Impressed on reverse with recipient's details.

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Africa Star : Major General G A Vasey

Africa Star. Impressed on reverse with recipient's details.

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Pacific Star : Major General G A Vasey

Pacific Star. Impressed on reverse with recipient's details.

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Defence Medal : Major General G A Vasey

Defence Medal. Impressed around edge with recipient's details.

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British War Medal 1939-1945 with MID : Major General G A Vasey

British War Medal 1939-1945 with Mention in Despatches oakleaf. Medal impressed around edge with recipient's details.

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Australia Service Medal : Major General G A Vasey

Australia Service Medal. Impressed around edge with recipient's details.

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Greek War Cross 1940, First Class : Major General G A Vasey

Greek War Cross 1940, First Class. Inscribed on lower reverse arm with the date '1941'. A bronze cross pattee with crossed swords in the angles, and the crowned cypher of King George II. The reverse is plain apart from the date 1940. The cross is surmounted by the Royal crown of Greece in gilt....

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United States Distinguished Service Cross : Major General G A Vasey

United States Distinguished Service Cross. Impressed on reverse centre with the number '8485'.

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Pair of Identity Discs : Major General G A Vasey

Pair of compressed fibre identity discs joined by a 10cm length of white cotton string. One is a circular brown disc with one hole punched in it, the other a grey octagon with two holes punched. Each is impressed 'VX 9 G A VASEY' on the front and 'C OF E' on the back.

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Colour patch of Headquarters 7th Australian Division : Major General G A Vasey

Colour patch of Headquarters 7th Australian Division showing a white felt diamond superimposed on a black felt diamond, with a grey felt border.

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Map satchel : Major General G A Vasey

Khaki canvas map satchel and document case, with fold over flap secured by two press studs, and two internal heavy clear celluloid inserts to protect the contents. The back of the case is reinforced with an 'H' shaped steel and brass frame and also bears a self fabric carry handle, which threads...

REL41099

Road sign, 'Vasey Highway' : Balikpapan, Borneo

Wooden road sign with pointed end. Both sides are painted white, with black lettering reading 'VASEY HIGHWAY'.

RELAWM24602

Map case : Major General G A Vasey

Small rectangular folding khaki canvas map case which opens out into three sections. The central section is protected by a clear celluloid panel, on top of which is a piece of canvas which can be folded back to reveal the contents. There is an expanding pouch at the back bearing internal leather...

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Timeline

Date of birth 1895-03-29 East Malvern, VIC.
Date and unit at enlistment (ORs) 1913-03 Entered the Royal Military College, Duntroon.
Other 1915-05 After graduating he was comissioned as a lieutenant in the permanent military forces.
Other 1915-06 Transferred to the AIF.
Date of embarkation 1915-11-18
Other units 1916-03 Vasey reached France and fought on the Somme with the Divisional Artillery.
Date promoted 1916-08 Promoted to captain.
Other units 1916-11 Given command of the 13th Field Battery.
Other units 1917 - 1919 Vasey served as brigade major of the 11th Infantry Brigade.
Date of recommendation honour or award 1918-03-03
Date of recommendation honour or award 1918-03-09
Date of honour or award 1918-06-03 Companion of the Distinguished Service Order.
Date of honour or award 1918-10-24 Mention in Despatches.
Date of recommendation honour or award 1919-02-07
Date of recommendation honour or award 1919-03-27
Date of recommendation honour or award 1919-03-30
Date of honour or award 1919-10-30 Mention in Despatches.
Date of discharge 1919-11 AIF appointment ended and Vasey returned to the militia as a lieutenant, and honorary major.
Date promoted 1934 Appointed brigade major of the 8th Indian Brigade.
Date returned to Australia 1937 Vasey served with Army Headquarters in Melbourne.
Date and unit at enlistment (ORs) 1939-10-31 Enlisted in the 2nd AIF.
Date promoted 1939-11 Appointed lieutenant colonel.
Other units 1939-12 Appointed as assistant adjutant and quartermaster general in the 6th Division, and sailed for Palestine.
Date promoted 1940-03 Appointed temporary brigadier commanding the 19th Brigade.
Date of honour or award 1941-04-01 Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
Date of honour or award 1941-11-04 Bar to Distinguished Service Order.
Date and unit at appointment (Officers) 1942-09-14 - 1943-03-14 Appointed officer in command of 6th Division, AIF, in New Guinea.
Other units 1942-10 Took command of the 7th Division.
Other 1943 Involved in the successful battles Nadzab and Lae.
Date of honour or award 1943-05-28 Companion of the Order of the Bath.
Other 1944-02 Became ill and was evacuated back to Australia and deemed unfit for duty.
Date of honour or award 1944-11-23 Greek War Cross - First Class.
Date of honour or award 1944-11-23 United States Distinguished Service Cross.
Other 1945 Resumed command of the 6th Division.
Date of death 1945-03-05 Died when his plane, a Hudson, crashed into the sea at Machans Beach, just north of Cairns in Queensland. Vasey was flying to New Guinea to take up his command. All on board were killed.
Date of honour or award 1945-03-08 Posthumously recieved a Mention in Despatches.