Biography

Birth date: 14 June 1909
Birth place: Australia: Western Australia, Perth, South Perth
Final rank: Lieutenant Colonel
Service number: WX20 - Second World War, 1939-1945
Unit: 2/48th Australian Infantry Battalion

Rolls and Awards

Honours and Awards : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: 2/48th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Honours and Awards : Distinguished Service Order

  • Unit: 2/48th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Collection Items

Photograph

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Lieutenant Colonel R Ainslie, Commanding Officer 2/4th Battalion (left), working with NX34687 Captain J F Lavan, his Adjutant, at Battalion Headquarters.

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Timeline

Date of birth 1909-06-14 South Perth WA
Date commissioned 1937-01-08
Other units 1937-01-08 Lieutenant 16th Battalion.
Date promoted 1939-10-13 Lieutenant, 2/11th Battalion.
Date and unit at enlistment (ORs) 1939-11-07 Enlisted 2nd AIF.
Date promoted 1940-01-11 Appointed captain.
Date wounded 1941-04-27 Wounded in action Greece.
Date promoted 1941-11-22 Appointed major.
Other units 1942-06-05 - 1943-07-22 Temporary lieutenant colonel, commanding officer 23/21st Battalion.
Date promoted 1942-09-01 Appointed lieutenant colonel.
Other units 1943-07-22 - 1945-08-12 Commanding officer 2/48th Battalion.
Date of honour or award 1944-02-09 Companion of the Distinguished Service Order Sattelberg.
Other 1945-11-08 Reserve of Officers.
Other 1946-01-17 - 1949-01-13 Aide de Camp Governor General.