Birth date: 16 January 1908
Birth place: Australia: Victoria, Melbourne, Malvern
Death date: 8 October 1985
Final rank: Lieutenant Colonel
Service number: VX35 - Second World War, 1939-1945
  • 6 Australian Division
  • 17th Australian Infantry Brigade
  • 2/27th Australian Infantry Battalion

Rolls and Awards

Honours and Awards : Distinguished Service Order

  • Unit: 2/27th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

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

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

Honours and Awards : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: 17th Australian Infantry Brigade
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Collection Items

Film (3)


Conference between 6 Australian Division and Japanese officers

At 1400 hours on 22nd August 1945, Staff Officers of HQ 6th Australian Division and ATIS Translator boarded a Motor Launch at Cape Wom to proceed to Kairiru Island to hold a conference with Captain Noto, Chief of Staff to Rear-Admiral Sato Shiro of the Japanese Navy. These Japanese officers are in...


General Blamey, Major-General Wordsworth & 2/5 Aust. Inf. Bn, 6 Division disembarking at Aitape

Major General (Maj Gen) Robert Harley Wordsworth CBE, British Army, leaving C-47 Dakota aircraft at Aitape and being greeted by General Staff Officer 1 (GSO 1) 6th Australian Division, Lieutenant Colonel John Ackland Bishop DSO MBE. General Sir Thomas A. Blamey GGE KCB CMG DSO ED is greeted by...


Conference held at Cape Wom with Japanese officers

Conference between Staff Officers, 6th Australian Division and Lieutenant General Adachi, Commander 18 Japanese Army, held in the Battle Room at HQ 6th Australian Division, to discuss arrangements for surrender of Japanese troops of 18 Army. Also identified: 250027 (VX35) Lieutenant Colonel John...



Date of birth 1908-01-16 Malvern, VIC.
Date and unit at enlinstment (ORs) 1926-07-01 24th Battalion.
Date commissioned 1928-08-24 Lieutenant.
Date promoted 1935-12-15 Appointed captain.
Other 1938-07-15 Seconded Intelligence Officer, Headquarters 10th Brigade.
Other units 1939-08-24 24/39th Battalion.
Other units 1939-10-13 Seconded captain 2/7th Battalion.
Date and unit at enlistment (ORs) 1939-10-31 Enlisted 2nd AIF.
Other 1939-12-22 Course - C&SS #14 company commander 4.
Other 1940-02-21 Seconded acting staff captain Headquarters 17th Brigade.
Other 1940-05-18 Arrived Middle East.
Other 1940-07-15 Seconded staff captain Headquarters 17th Brigade.
Date promoted 1941-04-01 Temporary major.
Other 1941-04-01 Returned to unit.
Other 1941-05 Arrived Middle East.
Other units 1941-05-31 Aeconded brigade major 17th Brigade.
Date promoted 1941-06-11 Appointed major.
Other 1941-06-14 Course - Middle East Combined Training Centre.
Date of honour or award 1941-07-19 Member of the Order of the British Empire.
Date of honour or award 1941-12-26 Mention in Despatches.
Other 1942-01-24 - 1942-05-30 Course - Middle East Staff School.
Date returned to Australia 1942-07-17 Returned to Sydney.
Date promoted 1942-10-08 Temporary lieutenant colonel.
Other units 1943-03-11 - 1943-11-17 Commanding officer 2/27th Battalion.
Other 1943-08-08 Arrived Moresby.
Other 1943-11-17 General service officer grade 1 , Headquarters 6th Division.
Date returned to Australia 1943-12-12 Returned to Townsville.
Date of honour or award 1943-12-21 Companion of the Distinguished Service Order.
Date returned to Australia 1944-08-28 Returned to Cairns.
Other 1944-09-02 Arrived New Guinea.
Other 1944-11-01 Arrived Aitape.
Other units 1945-06-07 - 1945-07-05 Administering command 19th Brigade.
Date returned to Australia 1945-09-09 Returned to Mareeba.
Other 1945-10-03 Arrived Moresby.
Other 1945-10-14 Seconded duty with Coordinator Demobilisation & Dispersal.
Other 1946-07-04 Reserve of Officers.
Other 1956-04-20 - 1959-04-20 Honourary aide de camp to the Governor General.
Other units 1959-12-01 Temporary major general command 2nd Division.
Other 1961-11-30 Unattached List.
Other 1965-01-17 Retired List.
Date of death 1985-10-08
Other c 1941-04-08 Arrived Greece.