Biography

Birth date: 05 March 1904
Death date: 30 November 1984
Death place: Australia: New South Wales, Sydney, Castle Hill
Final rank: Brigadier
Service number: NX135 - Second World War, 1939-1945
Unit: 6th Australian Division Cavalry Regiment

Rolls and Awards

Honours and Awards : Mention in despatches

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

Honours and Awards : Mention in despatches

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

Honours and Awards : Distinguished Service Order

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

Collection Items

Photograph

010503

1941-10-22. CASA CAMP. GROUP OF HEADQUARTERS STAFF., 6TH AUSTRALIAN DIVISIONAL CAVALRY BACK ROW L-R: LIEUTENANT J. COYLE, LIEUTENANT F. TAYLOR, LIEUTENANT F. DURBRIDGE, FRONT ROW L-R: CAPTAIN. J. HOLDEN, LIEUTENANT COLONEL D. MCARTHUR ONSLOW, AND CAPTAIN. R. ROBINSON. (NEGATIVE BY F. HURLEY).

010503

040018

Benghazi, Libya. 1941-03. A crater caused by the explosion of a mine dropped from a German aircraft. The men in the centre of the photograph include, Major G.G. Hayman (Senior Ordnance Mechanical Engineer), Major D. Macarthur-Onslow (Divisional Cavalry Regiment) and Lieutenant Colonel B.W. Pulver...

040018

063052

SOUTHPORT, QLD. 1944-01-12. OFFICERS OF HEADQUARTERS, 4TH ARMOURED BRIGADE. THEY ARE: SX11631 CAPTAIN C. R. A. SKINNER (1); NX70998 CAPTAIN K. PILCHER (2); SX11633 MAJOR J. B. LATHLEAN (3); NX135 BRIGADIER D. MACARTHUR-ONSLOW, DSO., COMMANDING 4TH ARMOURED BRIGADE (4); NX537 LIEUTENANT J. E. ALCOCK...

063052

063053

SOUTHPORT, QLD. 1944-01-12. OFFICERS OF HEADQUARTERS, 4TH ARMOURED BRIGADE. THEY ARE: SX11631 CAPTAIN C. R. A. SKINNER (1); NX70998 CAPTAIN K. PILCHER (2); SX11633 MAJOR J. B. LATHLEAN (3); NX135 BRIGADIER D. MACARTHUR-ONSLOW, DSO., COMMANDING 4TH ARMOURED BRIGADE (4); NX537 LIEUTENANT J. E. ALCOCK...

063053

063055

SOUTHPORT, QLD. 1944-01-13. THE AUSTRALIAN ARMY REPRESENTATIVE IN LONDON, VX133279 LIEUTENANT-GENERAL E. K. SMART, DSO., MC., (3) INSPECTING SHOWERS BUILT FROM SALVAGED MATERIAL AT THE 4TH AUSTRALIAN ARMOURED BRIGADE HYGIENE SCHOOL. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE: NP9852 COLONEL J. E. LEE, DSO., MC.,...

063055

063056

SOUTHPORT, QLD. 1944-01-13. THE AUSTRALIAN ARMY REPRESENTATIVE IN LONDON, VX133279 LIEUTENANT-GENERAL E. K. SMART, DSO., MC., (2) INSPECTING THE GAMBUSIA FISH IN A BREEDING POOL AT THE 4TH ARMOURED BRIGADE HYGEINE SCHOOL. THESE FISH WILL LATER BE RELEASED IN CREEKS AND WATERHOLES TO DESTROY THE...

063056

063058

SOUTHPORT, QLD. 1944-01-13. THE AUSTRALIAN ARMY REPRESENTATIVE IN LONDON, VX133279 LIEUTENANT-GENERAL E. K. SMART, DSO., MC., (1) LOOKING OVER A MATILDA TANK DURING HIS INSPECTION OF THE 4TH ARMOURED BRIGADE AREA. ALSO IDENTIFIED ARE: NX122952 LIEUTENANT R. B. DOUGLAS (2); NX135 BRIGADIER D....

063058

063059

SOUTHPORT, QLD. 1944-01-13. THE AUSTRALIAN ARMY REPRESENTATIVE IN LONDON, VX133279 LIEUTENANT-GENERAL E. K. SMART, DSO., MC., (2) LOOKING OVER A MATILDA TANK DURING HIS INSPECTION OF THE 4TH ARMOURED BRIGADE AREA. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE: NX135 BRIGADIER D. MACARTHUR-ONSLOW, DSO., COMMANDING...

063059

063061

SOUTHPORT, QLD. 1944-01-13. THE AUSTRALIAN ARMY REPRESENTATIVE IN LONDON, VX133279 LIEUTENANT-GENERAL E. K. SMART, DSO., MC., (2) LOOKING OVER AN AMMUNITION CARRIER DURING HIS INSPECTION OF THE 4TH ARMOURED BRIGADE AREA. ALSO IDENTIFIED ARE: NP9852 COLONEL J. E. LEE, DSO., MC., HEADQUARTERS...

063061

063062

SOUTHPORT, QLD. 1944-01-13. THE AUSTRALIAN ARMY REPRESENTATIVE IN LONDON, VX133279 LIEUTENANT-GENERAL E. K. SMART, DSO., MC., (1) LOOKING OVER A JEEP AMBULANCE DURING HIS INSPECTION OF THE 4TH ARMOURED BRIGADE AREA. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE: NX238 LIEUTENANT-GENERAL A. F. JANES, COMMANDING OFFICER,...

063062

063081

SOUTHPORT, QLD. 1944-01-13. THE AUSTRALIAN ARMY REPRESENTATIVE IN LONDON, VX133279 LIEUTENANT GENERAL E. K. SMART, DSO., MC., (1) AND NX135 BRIGADIER D. MACARTHUR-ONSLOW, DSO., (2) COMMANDING 4TH ARMOURED BRIGADE, IN AN AMPHIBIOUS JEEP WITH TROOPER V. SMITH (3) AT THE WHEEL, DURING AN INSPECTION OF...

063081

063199

SOUTHPORT, QLD. 1944-01-18. A NATIVE SERGEANT MAJOR-IN-CHARGE NEW GUINEA POLICE BOYS CHECKING THE SQUAD PRIOR TO AN INSPECTION BY NX135 BRIGADIER D. MACARTHUR-ONSLOW, DSO., COMMANDING 4TH ARMOURED BRIGADE.

063199

063200

SOUTHPORT, QLD. 1944-01-18. NEW GUINEA POLICE BOYS ON A TOUR OF AUSTRALIAN ARMY UNITS, BEING INSPECTED BY NX135 BRIGADIER D. MACARTHUR-ONSLOW, DSO., OFFICER COMMANDING, 4TH ARMOURED BRIGADE.

063200

063201

SOUTHPORT, QLD. 1944-01-18. NEW GUINEA POLICE BOYS, ON A TOUR OF AUSTRALIAN ARMY UNITS, BEING INSPECTED BY NX135 BRIGADIER D. MACARTHUR-ONSLOW, DSO., OFFICER COMMANDING 4TH ARMOURED BRIGADE.

063201

068102

NORTH NERANG, QLD. 1944-07-21. THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF, ALLIED LAND FORCES, SOUTH WEST PACIFIC AREA, VX1 GENERAL SIR THOMAS BLAMEY, GBE, KCB, CMG, DSO, ED, (1), INSPECTING A GUARD OF HONOUR FROM THE 2/4TH AUSTRALIAN ARMOURED WORKSHOPS DURING HIS VISIT TO THE 4TH ARMOURED BRIGADE. IDENTIFIED...

068102

068103

NORTH NERANG, QLD. 1944-07-21. THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF, ALLIED LAND FORCES, SOUTH WEST PACIFIC AREA, VX1 GENERAL SIR THOMAS BLAMEY, GBE, KCB, CMG, DSO, ED, (1), INSPECTING A GUARD OF HONOUR FROM THE 2/4TH AUSTRALIAN ARMOURED WORKSHOPS DURING HIS VISIT TO THE 4TH ARMOURED BRIGADE. WITH HIM IS NX135...

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068104

NORTH NERANG, QLD. 1944-07-21. THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF, ALLIED LAND FORCES, SOUTH WEST PACIFIC AREA, VX1 GENERAL SIR THOMAS BLAMEY, GBE, KCB, CMG, DSO, ED, (2), INSPECTING THE 2/4TH ARMOURED WORKSHOPS DURING HIS VISIT TO THE 4TH ARMOURED BRIGADE. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- VX10129 MAJOR T.L.A....

068104

068105

NORTH NERANG, QLD. 1944-07-21. THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF, ALLIED LAND FORCES, SOUTH WEST PACIFIC AREA, VX1 GENERAL SIR THOMAS BLAMEY, GBE, KCB, CMG, DSO, ED, (1), INSPECTING FLAME THROWERS AS FITTED TO MATILDA TANKS AND MOTOR PYROTECHNIC VEHICLES DURING HIS INSPECTION OF THE 4TH ARMOURED BRIGADE. ALSO...

068105

068108

NORTH NERANG, QLD. 1944-07-21. THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF, ALLIED LAND FORCES, SOUTH WEST PACIFIC AREA, VX1 GENERAL SIR THOMAS BLAMEY, GBE, KCB, CMG, DSO, ED, (4), INSPECTING THE HYGIENE SECTION OF THE 4TH ARMOURED BRIGADE. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- NX135 BRIGADIER D. MCARTHUR-ONSLOW, DSO, COMMANDER...

068108

068109

NORTH NERANG, QLD. 1944-07-21. THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF, ALLIED LAND FORCES, SOUTH WEST PACIFIC AREA, VX1 GENERAL SIR THOMAS BLAMEY, GBE, KCB, CMG, DSO, ED, (1), MOVING TO THE JUNGLE DISPLAY AFTER INSPECTING THE 4TH ARMOURED BRIGADE CAMP AREA. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- NX135 BRIGADIER D....

068109

068112

NORTH NERANG, QLD. 1944-07-21. THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF, ALLIED LAND FORCES, SOUTH WEST PACIFIC AREA, VX1 GENERAL SIR THOMAS BLAMEY, GBE., GCB., CMG., DSO., ED., ACCOMPANIED BY NX135 BRIGADIER D. MCARTHUR-ONSLOW, DSO., COMMANDING OFFICER, INSPECTING A PARADE OF THE 4TH ARMOURED BRIGADE.

068112

068113

NORTH NERANG, QLD. 1944-07-21. THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF, ALLIED LAND FORCES, SOUTH WEST PACIFIC AREA, VX1 GENERAL THOMAS BLAMEY, GBE., KCB., CMG., DSO., ED., (1), ACCOMPANIED BY NX135 BRIGADIER D. MCARTHUR-ONSLOW, DSO, COMMANDER (2), INSPECTING A PARADE OF THE 4TH ARMOURED BRIGADE. THE DRIVER OF THE...

068113

068115

NORTH NERANG, QLD. 1944-07-21. THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF, ALLIED LAND FORCES, SOUTH WEST PACIFIC AREA, VX1 GENERAL THOMAS BLAMEY, GBE., KCB., CMG., DSO., ED., (1) ADDRESSING TROOPS OF THE 4TH ARMOURED BRIGADE AFTER HIS INSPECTION OF THE UNIT. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- NX135 BRIGADIER D....

068115

068116

NORTH NERANG, QLD. 1944-07-21. THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF, ALLIED LAND FORCES, SOUTH WEST PACIFIC AREA, VX1 GENERAL THOMAS BLAMEY, GBE., KCB., CMG., DSO., ED., (1) WATCHING TROOPS OF THE 4TH ARMOURED BRIGADE TRAINING AT THE UNIT PHYSICAL TRAINING SCHOOL. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- CAPTAIN BROWN,...

068116

068117

NORTH NERANG, QLD. 1944-07-21. THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF, ALLIED LAND FORCES, SOUTH WEST PACIFIC AREA, VX1 GENERAL SIR THOMAS BLAMEY, GBE, KCB, CMB, DSO, ED, (3) WATCHING TROOPS OF THE 4TH ARMOURED BRIGADE TRAINING AT THE UNIT PHYSICAL TRAINING SCHOOL. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- CAPTAIN BROWN, OFFICER...

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068123

North Nerang, Qld. The Commander in Chief, Allied Land Forces, South West Pacific Area, VX1 General Sir Thomas Blamey, GBE, KCB, CMG, DSO, ED, (1), inspecting an M3 A5 General Grant tank of the 4th Armoured Brigade, which has been modified to allow it to operate in deep water. Identified...

068123

086591

ATHERTON TABLELAND, QLD. 1945-02-14. THE DUKE OF GLOUCESTER, GOVERNOR GENERAL OF AUSTRALIA, (4), WITH SENIOR OFFICERS AT THE 2/9 CAVALRY (COMMANDO) REGIMENT. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- BRIGADIER D G SCHRIEBER, (1); LIEUTENANT COLONEL MACARTHUR-ONSLOW, (2); LT COL W N MUNTZ, (3).

086591

127699

SOUTHPORT, QLD. C. 1946-01-03. MEMBERS OF 4TH AUSTRALIAN ARMOURED BRIGADE, MARCHING OUT ON DEMOBILIZATION, ON THEIR FINAL PARADE. THEY WERE FAREWELLED BY BRIGADE COMMANDER, BRIGADIER D. MACARTHUR-ONSLOW, DSO.

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SOUTHPORT, QLD. C. 1946-01-03. BRIGADIER D. MACARTHUR-ONSLOW, DSO, COMMANDER, 4TH AUSTRALIAN ARMOURED BRIGADE, FAREWELLS MEMBERS OF THE BRIGADE DURING A PARADE OF PERSONNEL MARCHING OUT ON DEMOBILIZATION.

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J02529

GALLIPOLI, TURKEY. OFFICERS OF THE 2ND A.L.H. BRIGADE OUTSIDE BRIGADE HEADQUARTERS ON SHELL GREEN. (L. TO R.) LT.-COL. MACARTHUR ONSLOW, CAPT. STANLEY (SIGNAL TROOP), CAPT. O'HARA (A.M.C.), AND MAJOR FOSTER (BRIGADE MAJOR.) (DONATED BY LT.-COL. A.M. MARTYN.)

J02529

O63060

SOUTHPORT, QLD. 1944-01-13. THE AUSTRALIAN ARMY REPRESENTATIVE IN LONDON, VX133279 LIEUTENANT-GENERAL E.K. SMART, DSO., MC., (1) LOOKING OVER A MATILDA TANK DURING HIS INSPECTION OF THE 4TH ARMOURED BRIGADE AREA. ALSO IDENTIFIED ARE:- NX122952 LIEUTENANT R.B. DOUGLAS (2); NX135 BRIGADIER D....

O63060

P00474.027

Port Stephens, NSW. 1953. Lieutenant General Sir Sydney (S. F.) Rowell, Chief of General Staff (third from left), speaks with other officers in front of an amphibious vehicle at the training centre for the Citizens Military Forces (CMF) Armoured Unit. On the left is Lieutenant Colonel Denzil...

P00474.027

P01022.021

NORTHERN NSW, C. 1942. MEMBERS OF 2/4TH ARMOURED REGIMENT, EN ROUTE FROM WEE WAA TO MURGON, QUEENSLAND, TRAINING WITH ANTI-TANK MINES. LOOKING ON IS BRIGADIER DENZIL MACARTHUR-ONSLOW (RIGHT). (DONOR H. JACKSON)

P01022.021

Manuscript

Macarthur-Onslow, Denzil, Brigadier, DSO, b: 1904

Photostat copy, titled "A Brief History of the Australian Armoured Corps" tracing the origins of the unit in 1908 until the end of 1945. The account briefly discusses the background to the Corps 1912-1939, outlines the raising of Divisional Cavalry Regiments for the Middle East in 1940, and sets...

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Timeline

Date of birth 1904-03-05
Date of death 1984-11-30