Biography

Birth date: 30 January 1899
Birth place: Australia: South Australia, Adelaide
Death date: 27 November 1993
Final rank: Temporary Brigadier
Service number: (314) VX289 - Second World War, 1939-1945
Units:
  • 1 Army HQ
  • 1 Corps HQ
  • 2/33rd Australian Infantry Battalion

Rolls and Awards

Honours and Awards : Commander of the Order of the British Empire

  • Unit: 1 Army HQ
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Honours and Awards : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: 1 Corps HQ
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Collection Items

Photograph

022126

BAALBEK, SYRIA. MAJOR-GENERAL K.F. HERRING, GENERAL-OFFICER- COMMANDING 6TH AUSTRALIAN DIVISION AND STAFF PHOTOGRAPHED ON THE STEPS OF THE PALMYRA HOTEL. FROM THE LEFT:- FRONT ROW - BRIGADIER H.W. STRUTT, MAJOR-GENERAL E.F. HERRING AND COLONEL R.B. SUTHERLAND. BACK ROW - COLONEL F.H. BEARE, COLONEL...

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BAALBEK, SYRIA. 1941-12. COLONEL R. BIERWIRTH OBE, ASSISTANT- ADJUTANT AND QUARTERMASTER GENERAL, 6TH AUSTRALIAN DIVISION.

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057295

Soputa, New Guinea. 29 September 1943. High ranking officers salute as the funeral party moves into the cemetery, during the funeral of Brigadier (Brig) R. B. Sutherland. Shown: Lieutenant General Sir Edmund Francis Herring KBE DSO MC ED (1); NX13911 Lieutenant T. W. Parkinson (2); QX364 Captain D....

057295

057298

Soputa, New Guinea. 29 September 1943. Funeral procession of Brigadier (Brig) R. B. Sutherland moving into the cemetery. Shown: NX171 Brig A. Torr (1); Warrant Officer Class 1 (WO1) W. K. Mathison (2); WO1 G. Mathison (3); VX289 Brig R. Bierwirth OBE (4); WO2 C. West (5); WO2 R. Curnow (6); VX18...

057298

060819

KAIRI, QLD. 1943-11-22. THE 2/12TH AUSTRALIAN FIELD AMBULANCE GIVING THE GENERAL SALUTE TO VX289 BRIGADIER R. BIERWIRTH OBE, DEPUTY ADJUTANT AND QUARTERMASTER GENERAL, IST AUSTRALIAN CORPS, ON THE OCCASION OF THE THIRD ANNIVERSARY OF THE FORMATION OF THE UNIT. THIS UNIT HAS RECENTLY BEEN REFORMED,...

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060820

KAIRI, QLD. 1943-11-22. VX289 BRIGADIER R. BIERWIRTH, OBE DEPUTY ADJUTANT AND QUARTERMASTER GENERAL, 1ST AUSTRALIAN CORPS (1), INSPECTING THE REFORMED 2/12TH AUSTRALIAN FIELD AMBULANCE. THE ORIGINAL UNIT SERVED IN DARWIN, IT LOST A COMPANY AT TIMOR AND ANTOHER AT AMBOINA, AND LATER LOST PRACTICALLY...

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060821

KAIRI, QLD. 1943-11-22. VX289 BRIGADIER R. BIERWIRTH OBE DEPUTY ADJUTANT AND QUARTERMASTER GENERAL, 1ST AUSTRALIAN CORPS, ADDRESSING THE TROOPS OF THE NEWLY REFORMED 2/12TH AUSTRALIAN FIELD AMBULANCE. THE ORIGINAL UNIT SERVED IN DARWIN, TIMOR AND AMBOINA. IT LOST A COMPANY IN TIMOR AND ANOTHER IN...

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060822

KAIRI, QLD. 1943-11-22. VX289 BRIGADIER R. BIERWIRTH OBE DEPUTY ADJUTANT AND QUARTERMASTER GENERAL 1ST AUSTRALIAN CORPS, ADDRESSING THE TROOPS OF THE NEWLY FORMED 2/12TH AUSTRALIAN FIELD AMBULANCE. THE ORIGINAL UNIT SERVED IN DARWIN, TIMOR AND AMBOINA. IT LOST A COMPANY IN TIMOR AND OTHER N AMBOINA...

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060823

KAIRI, QLD. 1943-11-22. VX289 BRIGADIER R. BIERWIRTH, OBE, DEPUTY ADJUTANT AND QUARTERMASTER GENERAL, 1ST AUSTRALIAN CORPS (1) TAKING THE SALUTE FROM TROOPS OF THE NEWLY REFORMED 2/12TH AUSTRALIAN FIELD AMBULANCE. THE ORIGINAL UNIT SERVED IN DARWIN, TIMOR AND AMBOINA. IT LOST A COMPANY IN TIMOR AND...

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060824

KAIRI, QLD. 1943-11-22. VX289 BRIGADIER R. BIERWIRTH OBE DEPUTY ADJUTANT AND QUARTERMASTER GENERAL 1ST AUSTRALIAN CORPS, TAKING THE SALUTE FROM THE TROOPS OF THE NEWLY REFORMED 2/12TH AUSTRALIAN FIELD AMBULANCE. THE ORIGINAL UNIT SERVED IN DARWIN, TIMOR AND AMBOINA. IT LOST A COMPANY IN TIMOR AND...

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064075

BARRINE, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA. 1944-02-04. VX289 BRIGADIER R. BIERWIRTH, OBE., DEPUTY ADJUTANT AND QUARTERMASTER GENERAL, 1ST AUSTRALIAN CORPS.

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064077

BARRINE, QLD. 1944-02-04. OFFICERS OF HEADQUARTERS, 1ST AUSTRALIAN CORPS. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- NX13911 LIEUTENANT T. PARKINSON, AIDE-DE-CAMP (1); QX6140 CAPTAIN H. BALL, AIDE DE CAMP (2); VX86 BRIGADIER W.E. CREMOR, OBE., ED., CORPS COMMANDER, ROYAL ARTILLERY, 1ST AUSTRALIAN CORPS (3); VX289...

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064078

BARRINE, QLD. 1944-02-04. OFFICERS OF HEADQUARTERS, 1ST AUSTRALIAN CORPS. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- NX13911 LIEUTENANT T. PARKINSON, AIDE-DE-CAMP (1); NX171 BRIGADIER A.G. TORR, DSO., CHIEF ENGINEER, 1ST AUSTRALIAN CORPS (2); WX1546 COLONEL G.B.G. MAITLAND, DSO., DCM.,DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL...

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064082

BARRINE, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA. 1944-02-04. VX15 LIEUTENANT GENERAL SIR EDMUND HERRING, KBE., DSO., MC., ED., GENERAL OFFICER COMMANDING, 1ST AUSTRALIAN CORPS (1) DUSCUSSING AN OPERATION WITH NX346 BRIGADIER A.R. GARRETT, BRIGADIER GENERAL STAFF (2) AND VX289 BRIGADIER R. BIERWIRTH, OBE., DEPUTY...

064082

065372

BARRINE, QLD. 1944-03-27. GROUP PORTRAIT OF OFFICERS OF HEADQUARTERS, 1ST AUSTRALIAN CORPS. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- NX38 LIEUTENANT COLONEL T.H.F. WINCHESTER, MBE, (1); NX112065 COLONEL R.W.C. CAMPBELL (2); VX80899 COLONEL C.M. GRAY (3); NX179 COLONEL E.A. COLEMAN (4); VX289 BRIGADIER R....

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065373

BARRINE, QLD. 1944-03-27. GROUP PORTRAIT OF OFFICERS OF HEADQUARTERS, 1ST AUSTRALIAN CORPS. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- NX38 LIEUTENANT COLONEL T.H.F. WINCHESTER, MBE (1); NX112065 COLONEL R.W.C. CAMPBELL (2); VX80899 COLONEL C.M. GRAY (3); NX179 COLONEL E.A. COLEMAN (4); VX289 BRIGADIER R....

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065374

BARRINE, QLD. 1944-03-27. GROUP PORTRAIT OF OFFICERS OF HEADQUARTERS, 1ST AUSTRALIAN CORPS IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- NX38 LIEUTENANT COLONEL T.H.F. WINCHESTER, MBE., (1); NX112065 COLONEL R.W.C. CAMPBELL (2); VX80899 COLONEL C.M. GRAY (3); NX179 COLONEL E.A. COLEMAN (4); VX289 BRIGADIER R....

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BARRINE, QLD. 1944-03-27. GROUP PORTRAIT OF OFFICERS OF HEADQUARTERS, 1ST AUSTRALIAN CORPS. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- NX38 LIEUTENANT COLONEL T.H.F. WINCHESTER, MBE., (1); NX112065 COLONEL R.W.C. CAMPBELL (2); VX80899 COLONEL C.M. GRAY (3); NX179 COLONEL E.A. COLEMAN (4); VX289 BRIGADIER R....

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076695

LAE, NEW GUINEA. 1944-11-05. SENIOR AUSTRALIAN ARMY OFFICERS ATTENDING THE SOLEMN REQUIEM MASS AT THE LAE WAR CEMETERY CELEBRATED BY THE ASSISTANT CHAPLAIN GENERAL (ROMAN CATHOLIC), HEADQUARTERS, 1ST AUSTRALIAN ARMY. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE: NX35000 LIEUTENANT-GENERAL V.A.H. STURDEE, CB, CBE, DSO,...

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077844

MALAHANG, LAE, NEW GUINEA. 1944-12-25. TX2051 BRIGADIER E.L. SHEEHAN, BRIGADIER GENERAL STAFF, HEADQUARTERS, FIRST AUSTRALIAN ARMY (1) AND VX289 BRIGADIER R. BIERWORTH, OBE, DEPUTY AJUTANT AND QUARTERMASTER GENERAL, HEADQUARTERS, FIRST AUSTRALIAN ARMY (2) AT THE NATIVE SING-SING HELD IN THE...

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090455

LAE, NEW GUINEA. 1945-04-08. A GROUP OUTSIDE THE COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF'S HUT, HEADQUARTERS FIRST ARMY, DURING THE VISIT OF MR J.M. FRASER, ACTING MINISTER FOR THE ARMY (4), AND MR SINCLAIR, SECRETARY, DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY (5). IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- LIEUTENANT GENERAL J. NORTHCOTT, CHIEF OF...

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NADZAB, NEW GUINEA, 1945-04-22. GENERAL SIR THOMAS A. BLAMEY, COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF, ALLIED LAND FORCES, SOUTH WEST PACIFIC AREA (2), TALKING TO BRIGADIER R. BIERWIRTH DEPUTY ASSISTANT QUARTERMASTER GENERAL FIRST ARMY (1), AND MAJOR-GENERAL L.E. BEAVIS, MASTER-GENERAL OF THE ORDNANCE (3), ON ARRIVAL...

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NADZAB, NEW GUINEA, 1945-04-22. GENERAL SIR THOMAS A. BLAMEY, COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF, ALLIED LAND FORCE, SOUTH WEST PACIFIC AREA (2), TALKING TO BRIGADIER R. BIERWORTH, DEPUTY ASSISTANT QUARTERMASTER GENERAL FIRST ARMY (1), ON ARRIVAL AT NADZAB AIRSTRIP ON A VISIT TO HEADQUARTERS FIRST ARMY. IDENTIFIED...

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MAREEBA, ATHERTON TABLELAND, QUEENSLAND. 1944-09-14. VX289 BRIGADIER R. BIERWIRTH, OBE, DEPUTY ASSISTANT QUARTERMASTER GENERAL (1), AND TX2051 BRIGADIER E.L. SHEEHAN, BRIGADIER, GENERAL STAFF (2), RELAXING IN THE INTERIOR OF "THE LOG CABIN" AT HEADQUARTERS FIRST ARMY.

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P00389.001

NORTHERN AUSTRALIA, 1943. L TO R: BRIGADIER R. BIERWORTH, MAJOR-GENERAL A.S. ALLEN, LIEUTENANT COLONEL J. ABBOTT, MAJOR HENNESAY

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P00389.002

NORTHERN AUSTRALIA, 1943. L TO R: LIEUTENANT COLONEL J. ABBOTT, MAJOR-GENERAL A.S. ALLEN, BRIGADIER R. BIERWORTH

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P00389.004

NORTHERN AUSTRALIA, 1943. L TO R: BRIGADIER A.W. POTTS, LT. D. FAYLE, BRIGADIER R. BIERWORTH, LIEUTENANT COLONEL J. ABBOTT, MAJOR-GENERAL A.S. ALLEN, MAJOR CRAIG (U.S. FORCES), BRIGADIER R.B. SUTHERLAND, BRIGADIER H.W. STRUTT

P00389.004

001494

1940-04-17. HAIFA. OFFICERS AT A LECTURE AT THE MIDDLE EAST STAFF COLLEGE - CAPT. W. HISCOCK: CAPT. D. CLELAND: CAPT. G. OLDHAM: MAJOR BIERWORTH. (PHOTOGRAPHED BY D. PARER).

001494

057290

SOPUTA, NEW GUINEA. 1943-09-29. AUSTRALIAN AND UNITED STATES OFFICERS AWAITING THE ARRIVAL OF THE FUNERAL CORTEGE OF BRIGADIER (BRIG) R. B. SUTHERLAND. LEFT TO RIGHT: WX5 BRIG R. L. SANDOVER ED; LIEUTENANT GENERAL SIR EDMUND HERRING KBE DSO MC ED; COLONEL (COL) R. B. PEYTON, UNITED STATES AIR...

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057296

SOPUTA, NEW GUINEA. 1943-09-29. THE FIRING PARTY SALUTES AS THE COFFIN AND PALL BEARERS PASS THROUGH THEIR RANKS DURING THE FUNERAL OF BRIGADIER (BRIG) R. B. SUTHERLAND. THE PALL BEARERS ARE: VX289 BRIG R. BIERWIRTH OBE; NX171 BRIG A. TORR DSO; WX5 BRIG R. L. SANDOVER ED; COLONEL (COL) B. PEYTON,...

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090467

LAE, NEW GUINEA. 1945-04-08. SENATOR J.M. FRASER, ACTING MINISTER FOR THE ARMY (3), WITH SENIOR OFFICERS ON THE VERANDAH OF THE GENERAL OFFICER COMMANDING'S HUT, HEADQUARTERS FIRST ARMY. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- BRIGADIER R. BIERWIRTH (1); MR SINCLAIR, SECRETARY, DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY (2),...

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Private Record

Sound

Radio Broadcast of the Queen's Birthday Parade and a speech by Lieutenant General Rudolph Bierwirth CBE, Commander in Chief, British Commonwealth Forces Korea (BCFK).

An unknown presenter at the Britcom Broadcasting Station introduces the occasion before playing back a recording of Lieutenant General Bierwirth addressing BCFK troops on parade at ANZAC Park, Kure Japan. Lieutenant General Bierwirth made the address after the inspection and march past of the...

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Timeline

Date of birth 1899-01-30 Adelaide, SA.
Date and unit at enlinstment (ORs) 1915-02-18
Other units 1915-02-18 - 1918-12-11 Royal Military College.
Date commissioned 1918-12-12 Lieutenant.
Other units 1920-06-01 - 1921-03-21 Area officers 43A.
Other units 1920-10-01 Lieutenant, Staff Corps.
Other units 1921-01-24 - 1921-03-29 Adjutant and Quartermaster 18th Light Horse Regiment.
Other units 1921-05-01 Adjutant and Quartermaster 50th Battalion.
Other units 1922-08-01 Area officers 50B.
Other units 1924-11-27 - 1925-10-30 Brigade major 6th Brigade.
Other units 1926-01-01 Adjutant and Quartermaster 6th Battalion.
Date promoted 1926-12-12 Appointed captain.
Other units 1933-07-01 Adjutant and Quartermaster 29/22nd Battalion.
Other units 1935-02-01 Company commander & instructor Royal Military College.
Other units 1936-01-15 Adjutant and Quartermaster 30th Battalion.
Other units 1936-01-15 - 1936-04-25 Brigade major 8th Brigade.
Other units 1936-09-28 General service officer Headquarters 3rd District Base.
Date promoted 1937-01-01 Appointed major.
Other units 1939-10-13 Seconded major 2/6th Battalion.
Other units 1939-10-13 - 1940-05-26 Seconded deputy assistant adjutant and quartermaster general Headquarters Australian OS Base.
Other units 1939-11-13 General service officer grade 2 Headquarters S Command.
Date and unit at enlistment (ORs) 1939-12-06 Enlisted in the 2nd AIF.
Other 1940-02-14 Arrived Middle East.
Other units 1940-03-15 - 1940-05-26 Course Middle East Staff School (#1 Junior War Staff).
Other 1940-06-04 Arrived United Kingdom.
Other units 1940-06-20 Deputy adjutant and quartermaster general Headquarters AIF United Kingdom.
Other units 1940-06-26 - 1941-06-03 Lieutenant colonel and commanding officer 72nd (2/33rd) Battalion.
Other units 1940-11-30 - 1941-03-10 Acting colonel command 25th Brigade.
Other units 1941-06-03 Colonel and assistant adjutant and quarter master general 6th Division.
Other 1941-08-23 - 1941-09-07 Course Middle East Staff School.
Date of honour or award 1942-01-01 Officer of the Order of the British Empire
Date returned to Australia 1942-03-16
Other units 1942-04-22 Temporary brigadier in charge - Administration Northern Territory Force/Headquarters 12th Division.
Other units 1943-02-21 Attached Land Headquarters 3.
Other units 1943-04-06 Deputy adjutant quartermaster general Headquarters 3 Australian Corps.
Date promoted 1943-05-15 Lieutenant colonel (Australian Staff Corps).
Other 1943-06-14 Arrived New Guinea.
Other units 1943-06-20 Deputy adjutant quartermaster general Headquarters 1 Australian Corps & New Guinea Force.
Other units 1943-08-27 Deputy adjutant quartermaster general Headquarters 1 Australian Corps.
Date returned to Australia 1943-10-14 Returned to Townsville.
Other units 1944-01-24 Attached Land Headquarters 15.
Other units 1944-03-30 Deputy adjutant quartermaster general Headquarters FAA.
Date of honour or award 1944-05-31 Mention in Despatches.
Other units 1944-08-18 Attached Advanced Land Headquarters 12.
Other 1944-09-28 Arrived Lae.
Date returned to Australia 1945-01-03 Returned to Townsville.
Other 1945-01-13 Arrived Madang.
Other 1945-04-02 Arrived Bougainville.
Other 1945-04-04 Arrived Lae.
Other units 1945-04-17 Brigadier in charge Administering Headquarters Queensland Lines of Communication Area.
Other units 1945-05-17 - 1946-01-14 Deputy quartermaster general II, Movement and Transport, Headquarters AMF.
Date returned to Australia 1945-05-20 Returned to Cairns.
Other 1947-02-26 Special Duty in Europe 15.
Other units 1947-06-17 Deputy quarter master general , Office of quarter master general , Headquarters.
Date promoted 1949-01-01 Brigadier (Australian Staff Corps).
Other 1949-01-11 Honourary aide de camp to the Governor General.
Other 1950-07-19 - 1950-08-16 Quarter master general.
Other units 1950-11-27 Seconded department of Defence as Def Rep United Kingdom.
Date promoted 1950-11-28 Temporary major general.
Date promoted 1952-03-17 Major general.
Other units 1953-02-07 General officer commanding W Command and general officer commanding 5 Military District.
Date promoted 1954-10-13 Temporary lieutenant general.
Other units 1954-10-26 - 1956-06-30 Commander in Charge BCFK.
Other 1956-08-02 Retired List.
Date of death 1993-11-27