Biography

Birth date: 16 September 1910
Birth place: Australia: New South Wales, Sydney
Death date: 09 January 1988
Final rank: Lieutenant Colonel
Service number: NX69 - Second World War, 1939-1945
Units:
  • New Guinea Force
  • 2/3rd Australian Infantry Battalion
  • 2/7th Australian Infantry Battalion

Rolls and Awards

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Military Cross

  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Honours and Awards : Military Cross

  • Unit: 2/3rd Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Honours and Awards : Distinguished Service Order

  • Unit: 2/7th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Honours and Awards : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: New Guinea Force
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Collection Items

Photograph

021753

SYRIA. 1941-11. CAPTAIN P.K. PARBURY OF THE 2/3RD AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY BATTALION, WEARING THE RIBBON OF THE MILITARY CROSS. AT THE TIME THE PHOTOGRAPH WAS TAKEN, HE WAS GSO III (LNR) 6TH AUSTRALIAN DIVISION.

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059058

7 MILE, NEW GUINEA. 1943-11-01. THE ARRIVAL BY AIRCRAFT OF THE FIRST PART OF THE UNITED KINGDOM LETHBRIDGE MILITARY MISSION AT WARDS 'DROME. SHOWN: LIEUTENANT COLONEL (LT COL) C. BRISCOE (1); LT COL J. WILLOUGHBY (2); NX69 LT COL P. K. PARBURY MC, STAFF OFFICER TRAINING, NEW GUINEA FORCE.

059058

061233

PORT MORESBY, NEW GUINEA. 1943-11-28. NX69 LIEUTENANT COLONEL P. K. PARBURY, MC, GSO I (TRAINING) HEADQUARTERS, NEW GUINEA FORCE.

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PORT MORESBY, NEW GUINEA. 1943-11-28. VX80 LIEUTENANT COLONEL H. K. OXLEY, OBE, GSO I (STAFF DUTIES), (LEFT) AND NX69 LIEUTENANT COLONEL P. D. PARBURY, MC, GSO I (TRAINING) (RIGHT) BOTH OF HEADQUARTERS,NEW GUINEA FORCE.

061234

097975

CAPE PUS, NEW GUINEA. 1945-10-10. LIEUTENANT COLONEL P.K. PARBURY, COMMANDING OFFICER 2/7 INFANTRY BATTALION.

097975

095017

ULEBILUM, NEW GUINEA. 1945-08-03. LIEUTENANT COLONEL P.K. PARBURY, COMMANDING OFFICER, 2/7 INFANTRY BATTALION, ADDRESSING HIS MEN BEFORE A SIX DAY TREK INTO ENEMY TERRITORY.

095017

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Saigora, New Guinea. 1945-08-05. NX69 Lieutenant Colonel P.K. Parbury, Commanding Officer, 2/7th Australian Infantry Battalion, seated, and VX3829 Major H. Laver, Second in Command, studying a map showing the movement of troops in the area.

095026

095127

KIARIVU, NEW GUINEA, 1945-08-07. LIEUTENANT P.K. PARBURY, COMMANDING OFFICER OF THE BATTLE FORCE OF 2/7 INFANTRY BATTALION TROOPS, ISSUING INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE REAR ECHELONS TO MOVE FORWARD TO KIARIVU.

095127

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KIARIVU, NEW GUINEA. 1945-09-12. LIEUTENANT GENERAL HATAZO ADACHI, COMMANDER OF THE JAPANESE XVIII ARMY, IN A LITTER CARRIED BY JAPANESE SOLDIERS AND ACCOMPANIED BY HIS STAFF OFFICERS AND ORDERLIES, ARRIVING AT THE POSITION OCCUPIED BY C COMPANY 2/7TH INFANTRY BATTALION. GENERAL ADACHI WAS ESCORTED...

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128802

KIARIVU, NEW GUINEA. 1945-09-11. LIEUTENANT GENERAL HATAZO ADACHI, COMMANDER OF THE JAPANESE XVIII ARMY, CONFERS WITH LIEUTENANT COLONEL P. K. PARBURY DSO MC, AT THE HEADQUARTERS OF 2/7TH INFANTRY BATTALION.

128802

Timeline

Date of birth 1910-09-16 Sydney NSW
Date commissioned 1939-08-25
Interwar Service 1 1939-08-25 lieutenant 34th battalion
Career summary 1 1939-10-13 seconded lieutenant 2/3rd battalion
Career summary 2 1939-10-23 enlisted 2AIF
Career summary 3 1940-02-14 arrived Middle East
Career summary 4 1940-03-09 attached 2 battalion , Black Watch (cadre course)
Career summary 5 1940-05-13 - 1940-06-16 course Middle East Tactical School (Company
Career summary 6 1940-07-24 liaison officer Headquarters 16th Brigade
Career summary 7 1940-12-01 - 1941-01-29 course Middle East Tactical School (Liasonn)
Career summary 8 1941-01-28 captain
Career summary 10 1941-05 arrived Middle East ex Greece
Career summary 11 1941-06-25 returned to unit (2/3rd battalion )
Career summary 12 1941-09-08 general service officer grade 3 (learner) Headquarters 6thDivision
Career summary 14 1941-09-20 attached Headquarters 6thDivision
Career summary 13 1941-09-27 Military Cross
Career summary 15 1942-01-25 - 1942-05-30 course Middle East Staff School # 6 War Co
Career summary 16 1942-07-17 Returned to Australia (Syd)
Career summary 17 1942-09-14 general service officer grade 2 Adv Land Headquarters
Career summary 18 1942-09-14 temporary major
Career summary 19 1942-10-05 general service officer grade 2 New Guinea Force
Career summary 20 1943-02-01 Returned to Australia (Townsville )
Career summary 21 1943-02-24 instructor Land Headquarters Tactical School
Career summary 22 1943-03-11 temporary lieutenant colonel
Career summary 23 1943-09-02 relinquish temporary lieutenant colonel
Career summary 24 1943-09-03 general service officer grade 1 (Trg) New Guinea Force
Career summary 25 1943-09-08 arrived Moresby
Career summary 26 1943-12-23 Mention in Despatches
Career summary 27 1944-01-13 - 1944-02-22 attached ADV Land Headquar
Career summary 28 1944-01-21 lieutenant colonel commanding officer 31/51st battalion
Appointment 1944-01-21 - 1944-11-20 Battalion: 31/51st; Rank on appointment: lieutenant colonel; Appointed from: general service officer grade 1 (Trg) Headquarters NGF; Reason for end of appointment: new command /infantry battalion: Australian Imperial Force battalion
Career summary 29 1944-02-22 - 1944-04-03 medical (cysti
Career summary 30 1944-04-07 arrived Marauke
Career summary 31 1944-08-10 Returned to Australia Townsville
Career summary 32 1944-11-20 commanding officer 2/7th battalion
Appointment 1944-11-20 - 1945-09-24 Battalion: 2/7th; Rank on appointment: lieutenant colonel; Appointed from: commanding officer 31/51st; Reason for end of appointment: demobilised
Career summary 33 1944-12-03 arrived Lae
Career summary 34 1945-09-24 relinquished command 2/7th battalion
Career summary 36 1945-12-07 Reserve of Officers
Career summary 37 1947-05-05 Companion of the Distinguished Service Order
Career summary 39 1951-10-22 commanding officer 34th battalion
Date of death 1988-01-09
Career summary 9 c 1941-03-19 arrived Greece
Career summary 35 c 1945-10-27 Returned to Australia ex Wewak
Career summary 38 *** POST WAR ***
Citations 2 'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. On the night 20/21 Jun. 41, this officer, with great resource and initiative, organised his comapny of only sixty men, and cut the DAMASCUS-BEIRUT Road. By brilliant disposition of his troops, he organised an effective road block and although under heavy fire from forts on both sides of the road, he succeeded in capturing twenty-five vehicles with eighty-two prisoners, including two Colonels. As his company was unable to remain in the position during the hours of daylight, he personally led it up the side of the gorge, and on his own initiative, he endeavoured to capture FORT GOYBET. This officer's courage and coolness, together with his grit and determination when under fire from the forts, was an outstanding example for his men to follow.'