Biography

Birth date: 04 May 1903
Birth place: Australia: Queensland, Brisbane
Death date: 18 June 1973
Final rank: Lieutenant Colonel
Service number: QX36757 - Second World War, 1939-1945
Unit: 49th Australian Infantry Battalion

Rolls and Awards

Honours and Awards : Distinguished Service Order

  • Unit: 49th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Collection Items

Photograph

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BRISBANE, C. 1935. LIEUTENANT COLONEL O. A. KESSELS, COMMANDING OFFICER, 49TH BATTALION. (FROM THE 49TH BATTALION WAR DIARY).

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LAE, NEW GUINEA. 1944-03-29. OFFICER OF HEADQUARTERS LAE BASE SUB-AREA. LEFT TO RIGHT, BACK ROW: NX100969 LIEUTENANT (LT) F. P. LOCKE; SX14196 CHAPLAIN C. N. SWAN; VX63229 CAPTAIN (CAPT) A. W. BURTON; VX109090 LT S. W. P. GINN; VX112112 LT J. H. STEPHENS; VX112188 CAPT E. A. HARDING; NX147742...

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LAE, NEW GUINEA. 1944-03-29. OFFICERS OF HEADQUARTERS LAE BASE SUB-AREA. LEFT TO RIGHT, BACK ROW: NX100969 LIEUTENANT (LT) F. P. LOCKE; SX14196 CHAPLAIN C. N. SWAN; VX63229 CAPTAIN (CAPT) A. W. BURTON; VX109090 LT J. H. STEPHENS; VX12188 CAPT E. A. HARDING; NX147742 CHAPLAIN J. W. DRAKEFORD;...

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LAE, NEW GUINEA. 1944-04-24. SENIOR OFFICERS OF NEW GUINEA FORCE ABOUT TO LEAVE THE OFFICERS' MESS AT HEADQUARTERS LAE BASE SUB-AREA AFTER ATTENDING A SPECIAL LUNCHEON. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- QX36757 LIEUTENANT-COLONEL O.A. KESSELS, DSO, ED (1); NX8 LIEUTENANT-GENERAL SIR LESLIE MORSHEAD, KCB,...

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PETRIE, QUEENSLAND. 1945-04-26. BRIGADIER H. WRIGLEY, COMMAND 1 BASE SUB-AREA MAJOR GENERAL (4), SPEAKING WITH SAPPER SMALL, DURING AN INSPECTION OF 21 MECHANICAL EQUIPMENT PARK COMPANY. MAJOR W. KIDSON (2) AND LIEUTENANT COLONEL O.A. KESSELS (3), WATCHING.

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LAWNTON AIRSTRIP, QUEENSLAND. 1945-05-01. BRIGADIER H. WRIGLEY, COMMAND 1 BASE SUB-AREA (5); INSPECTION A SECTION OF NO. 1 COMPANY, 1 ADVANCED REINFORCEMENT DEPOT. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE: MAJOR W. KIDSTON (1); LIEUTENANT COLONEL H.M. HOARE (2); LIEUTENANT J.C. BROWN (3); LIEUTENANT COLONEL O.A....

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LAWNTON AIRSTRIP, QUEENSLAND. 1945-05-01. THE OFFICIAL PARTY AT THE SALUTING BASE DURING AN INSPECTION TOUR BY BRIGADIER H. WRIGLEY, COMMANDER 1 BASE SUB-AREA, (4). IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE: LIEUTENANT-COLONEL O.A. KESSELS, ASSISTANT ADJUTANT AND QUARTERMASTER GENERAL 1 BASE SUB-AREA, (1);...

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Strathpine, Qld. 1945-05-03. Brigadier (Brig) H Wrigley, Commander 1 Base Sub-Area, (15), inspecting Regimental Headquarters Platoon, 2/2nd Anti-Aircraft Regiment (Company) Troops. Identified are: Unidentified (1); NX197537 Gunner (Gnr) P Clenndenning (2); NX149275 Private (Pte) P Capararo (3);...

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Strathpine, Qld. 1945-05-03. Brigadier H Wrigley, Commander 1 Base Sub-Area (6), inspecting Signal Section, 2/2nd Anti-Aircraft Regiment (Company) Troops. Identified are: NX28682 Sergeant (Sgt) R J Addison (1); NX20198 Lance Sergeant J A Robinson (2); VX20463 Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) R M Ford...

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Brigadier H Wrigley, Commander 1 Base Sub-Area (1), inspects A Troop, 73 Searchlight Battery, 2/2nd Anti-Aircraft Regiment (Company) Troops. Also identified are: NX112370 Major S S Woodham (2, beside Wrigley); NX104992 Lieutenant K R Wawn (3, beside Woodham); Lieutenant Colonel O A Kessels (4,...

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PETRIE, QLD. 1944-11-30. BRIGADIER H WRIGLEY, COMMANDER 1 BASE SUB- AREA, (5), WITH MAJOR W S RODDICK, COMMANDING OFFICER 14 WORKS COMPANY, (2), AND LIEUTENANT- COLONEL O A KESSELS, (4), DURING AN INSPECTION OF THE AREA.

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PETRIE, QLD. 1944-11-30. BRIGADIER H WRIGLEY, COMMANDER 1 BASE SUB- AREA, (5), ACCOMPANIED BY LIEUTENANT A PERRY, (2), LIEUTENANT- COLONEL J C SAINT- SMITH, (3), AND LT- COL O A KESSELS, (4), INSPECTS MEMBERS OF 18 FIELD COMPANY, ROYAL AUSTRALIAN ENGINEERS. (FOR IDENTIFICATION OF PERSONNEL REFER...

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PETRIE, QLD. 1944-11-30. BRIGADIER H WRIGLEY, COMMANDER 1 BASE SUB- AREA, (1), WITH MAJOR D A WHITE, OFFICER COMMANDING 2/1 MECHANICAL EQUIPMENT COMPANY, (3), AFTER AN INSPECTION. ALONGSIDE STANDS LIEUTENANT- COLONEL J C SAINT- SMITH, COMMANDING OFFICER 15 COMMANDER, ROYAL ENGINEERS WORKS, (AIF),...

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CHERMSIDE, QLD. 1944-12-02. BRIGADIER H WRIGLEY, COMMANDER 1 BASE SUB- AREA, (3), SPEAKS WITH PRIVATE C R DAWSON, WEARER OF THE AFRICA STAR, (1), DURING THE INSPECTION OF NO 3 PLATOON, 14 WORKS COMPANY, ROYAL AUSTRALIAN ENGINEERS. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- PTE AITKENS, (2), LIEUTENANT COLONEL O A...

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CHERMSIDE, QLD. 1944-12-02. MAJOR W RODDICK, OFFICER COMMANDING 14 WORKS COMPANY, ROYAL AUSTRALIAN ENGINEERS, (1), LEADS THE COLUMN PAST THE SALUTING BASE DURING THE MARCH PAST. THE SALUTE WAS TAKEN BY BRIGADIER H WRIGLEY, COMMANDER 1 BASE SUB- AREA, (8). IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- CAPTAIN E C...

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CHERMSIDE, QLD. 1944-12-02. NO 2 PLATOON, 14 WORKS COMPANY, ROYAL AUSTRALIAN ENGINEERS, PASSING THE SALUTING BASE. THE SALUTE WAS TAKEN BY BRIGADIER H WRIGLEY, COMMANDER 1 BASE SUB- AREA, (5). IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- MAJOR W KIDSTON, (2); LIEUTENANT COLONEL O A KESSELS, (3); MAJ W S RODDICK,...

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CHERMSIDE, QLD. 1944-12-02. BRIGADIER H WRIGLEY, COMMANDER 1 BASE SUB- AREA, (5), SPEAKING WITH MAJOR W S RODDICK, OFFICER COMMANDING 14 WORKS COMPANY, ROYAL AUSTRALIAN ENGINEERS, (2), AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE UNIT'S MARCH PAST. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- MAJOR W KIDSTON, (1); LIEUTENANT COLONEL O...

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TOORBUL POINT, QUEENSLAND. 1944-12-19. NO. 2 PLATOON, 34 WORKS COY BEING INSPECTED BY BRIGADIER H WRIGLEY, COMMANDER 1 BASE SUB AREA, (4). HE IS ACCOMPANIED BY LIEUTENANT COLONEL O A KESSELS, (3), MAJOR C S HARRISON, (2), AND SERGEANT J P PERRY, (1). (FOR IDENTIFICATION OF PERSONNEL REFER...

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TOORBUL POINT, QUEENSLAND. 1944-12-19. BRIGADIER H WRIGLEY, COMMANDER 1 BASE SUB AREA, (4), ACCOMPANIED BY LIEUTENANT COLONEL O A KESSELS, (3), SPEAKS WITH PRIVATE G T FINDLAY, (5), WHILE INSPECTING NO. 2 PLATOON, 34 WORKS COY. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- SERGEANT J P PERRY, (1); MAJOR C S HARRISON,...

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TOORBUL POINT, QLD. 1944-12-19. NO. 2 PLATOON, 34 WORKS COY LED BY SERGEANT J P PERRY, (1), PARTICIPATING IN THE MARCH PAST. THE SALUTE WAS TAKEN BY BRIGADIER H WRIGLEY, COMMANDER 1 BASE SUB AREA, (5). ALONGSIDE HIM STANDS LIEUTENANT COLONEL O A KESSELS, (4). IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- PRIVATE D A...

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TOORBUL POINT, QUEENSLAND. 1944-12-19. NO. 3 PLATOON, 34 WORKS COY, LED BY SERGEANT J W WILLIAMS, (1), PARTICIPATING IN THE MARCH PAST. THE SALUTE WAS TAKEN BY BRIGADIER H WRIGLEY, COMMANDER 1 BASE SUB AREA, (7). ALONGSIDE HIM STANDS LIEUTENANT COLONEL O A KESSELS, (6). IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:-...

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TOORBUL POINT, QUEENSLAND. 1944-12-19. NO. 4 PLATOON, 34 WORKS COY, LED BY WARRANT OFFICER II, M PELL, (1), PARTICIPATING IN THE MARCH PAST. THE SALUTE WAS TAKEN BY BRIGADIER H WRIGLEY, COMMANDER 1 BASE SUB AREA, (6). ALONGSIDE HIM STANDS LIEUTENANT COLONEL O A KESSELS, (5). IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL...

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TOORBUL POINT, QUEENSLAND. 1944-12-19. BRIGADIER H WRIGLEY, COMMANDER 1 BASE SUB AREA, (3), WITH MAJOR C S HARRISON, OFFICER COMMANDING 34 WORKS COY, (1), DURING AN INSPECTION OF THE UNIT. AT THE BACKGROUND STANDS LIEUTENANT COLONEL O A KESSELS, (2), AND LIEUTENANT R E G CUNNINGHAM, (4).

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REDBANK, BRISBANE, QLD. 1944-12-21. BRIGADIER H. WRIGLEY, COMMANDER 1 BASE SUB-AREA, (3), DURING AN INSPECTION OF A COMPANY, 2/4 GENERAL HOSPITAL, SPEAKS WITH SERGEANT N.R. COWAN, (5), AN ORIGINAL MEMBER OF THE UNIT. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- LIEUTENANT-COLONEL O.A. KESSELS, (2); PRIVATE R.H....

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REDBANK, BRISBANE, QLD. 1944-12-21. BRIGADIER H. WRIGLEY, COMMANDER 1 BASE SUB-AREA, (7), ACCOMPANIED BY LIEUTENANT-COLONEL O.A. KESSELS, (4); MAJOR E.W. SIBREE, (1); AND COLONEL T.G. SWINBURNE, COMMANDING OFFICER, (6), INSPECTS C COMPANY, 2/4 GENERAL HOSPITAL. (FOR IDENTIFICATION OF 15 NAMED...

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BRISBANE, QLD. 1944-12-21. BRIGADIER H. WRIGLEY, COMMANDER 1 BASE SUB-AREA, (1), ACCOMPANIED BY LIEUTENANT-COLONEL O.A. KESSELS, (3), AND MAJOR M.J. HANNA, (1), INSPECTING D COMPANY, 2/4 GENERAL HOSPITAL, REDBANK. THEY COMPRISE MEMBERS OF THE AANS AND AAMC PHYSIOTHERAPISTS. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL...

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REDBANK, BRISBANE, QUEENSLAND. 1944-12-21. BRIGADIER H. WRIGLEY, COMMANDER 1 BASE SUB-AREA, (2), ACCOMPANIED BY MAJOR M.J. HANNA, (1), AND LIEUTENANT-COLONEL O.A. KESSELS, (3), INSPECTING MEMBERS OF THE AANS SERVING WITH D COMPANY, 2/4 GENERAL HOSPITAL.

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MORGAN PARK, QLD. 1944-12-15. 2 ADVANCED 2 ECHELON ON PARADE NEAR WARWICK DURING AN INSPECTION BY LIEUTENANT COLONEL O A KESSELS, ASSISTANT ADJUTANT AND QUARTERMASTER GENERAL 1 BASE SUB AREA, WHO DEPUTISED FOR BRIGADIER H WRIGLEY.

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MORGAN PARK, QLD. 1944-12-15. A COY, 2 ADVANCED 2 ECHELON ON PARADE NEAR WARWICK DURING AN INSPECTION BY LIEUTENANT COLONEL O A KESSELS, ASSISTANT ADJUTANT AND QUARTERMASTER GENERAL 1 BASE SUB AREA. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- LIEUTENANT G M WILSON, (1); CAPTAIN S J STANTON, (2); CORPORAL P J...

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MORGAN PARK, QLD. 1944-12-15. B COY, 2 ADVANCED 2 ECHELON ON PARADE NEAR WARWICK DURING AN INSPECTION BY LIEUTENANT COLONEL O A KESSELS, ASSISTANT ADJUTANT AND QUARTERMASTER GENERAL 1 BASE SUB AREA. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- LIEUTENANT T O J LANG, (1); CAPTAIN C J WALE, (2); CORPORAL A TOWN, (4);...

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MORGAN PARK, QLD. 1944-12-15. C COY, 2 ADVANCED 2 ECHELON ON PARADE NEAR WARWICK DURING AN INSPECTION BY LIEUTENANT COLONEL O A KESSELS, ASSISTANT ADJUTANT AND QUARTERMASTER GENERAL 1 BASE SUB AREA, (3). IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- LIEUTENANT E G BAKER, (1); LT G N C NOSWORTHY, (2); CORPORAL R J...

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MORGAN PARK, QLD. 1944-12-15. CAPTAIN D E PORTWIN, (1), 2 ADVANCED 2 ECHELON, LEADING THE MARCH PAST DURING A PARADE HELD NEAR WARWICK. THE SALUTE WAS TAKEN BY LIEUTENANT COLONEL O A KESSELS, ASSISTANT ADJUTANT AND QUARTERMASTER GENERAL 1 BASE SUB AREA, (2).

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MORGAN PARK, QLD. 1944-12-15. C COY, 2 ADVANCED 2 ECHELON DURING THE MARCH PAST AT A PARADE HELD NEAR WARWICK. THE SALUTE WAS TAKEN BY LIEUTENANT COLONEL O A KESSELS, ASSISTANT ADJUTANT AND QUARTERMASTER GENERAL 1 BASE SUB AREA, (10). IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- LIEUTENANT G N C NOSWORTHY, (1); LT D...

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MORGAN PARK, QLD. 1944-12-15. LIEUTENANT COLONEL O A KESSELS, ASSISTANT ADJUTANT AND QUARTERMASTER GENERAL 1 BASE SUB AREA, (3); WITH MAJOR W KIDSTON, (1), AND CAPTAIN D E PORTWIN, (2), FOLLOWING A PARADE HELD BY 2 ADVANCED 2 ECHELON HELD NEAR WARWICK.

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WARWICK, QLD. 1944-12-15. 2/12 GENERAL HOSPITAL TROOPS ON PARADE AT THE GENERAL SALUTE. LIEUTENANT COLONEL O A KESSELS, ASSISTANT ADJUTANT AND QUARTERMASTER GENERAL 1 BASE SUB AREA, REPLACED BRIGADIER H WRIGLEY, COMMANDER 1 BASE SUB AREA WHO BECAME ILL DURING THE AFTERNOON.

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WARWICK, QLD. 1944-12-15. BRIGADIER H WRIGLEY, COMMANDER 1 BASE SUB AREA, (1); ACCOMPANIED BY LIEUTENANT COLONEL O A KESSELS, ASSISTANT ADJUTANT AND QUARTERMASTER GENERAL 1 BASE SUB AREA, (4), INSPECTS 2/12 GENERAL HOSPITAL OFFICERS. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- LT- COL R W JOHNSON, (2); COLONEL M A...

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WARWICK, QLD. 1944-12-15. BRIGADIER H WRIGLEY, COMMANDER 1 BASE SUB AREA, (5), ACCOMPANIED BY LIEUTENANT COLONEL O A KESSELS, ASSISTANT ADJUTANT AND QUARTERMASTER GENERAL 1 BASE SUB AREA, (3), MAJOR W KIDSTON, (1), MAJOR P J KENNY, (2), AND COLONEL M A REES, (4), INSPECTING A COY, 2/12 GENERAL...

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WARWICK, QLD. 1944-12-15. BRIGADIER H WRIGLEY, COMMANDER 1 BASE SUB AREA, (5), ACCOMPANIED BY LIEUTENANT COLONEL O A KESSELS, ASSISTANT ADJUTANT AND QUARTERMASTER GENERAL 1 BASE SUB AREA, (3), MAJOR W KIDSTON, (1), COLONEL M A REES, (2), AND MAJ R D BURNARD, (3), INSPECTING B COY, 2/12 GENERAL...

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WARWICK, QLD. 1944-12-15. BRIGADIER H WRIGLEY, COMMANDER 1 BASE SUB AREA, (5), ACCOMPANIED BY MAJOR A R BAKER, (2), CAPTAIN M A BRYSE, (3), AND LIEUTENANT COLONEL O A KESSELS, (4), DURING AN INSPECTION OF AUSTRALIAN ARMY NURSING SERVICE MEMBERS COMPRISING D COY, 2/12 GENERAL HOSPITAL.

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CHERMSIDE, QLD. 1944-12-07. 11 LINES OF COMMUNICATIONS STATIONERY DEPOT TROOPS LED BY CAPTAIN J WILLIAMS, OFFICER COMMANDING, (1), DURING THE MARCH PAST. THE SALUTE WAS TAKEN BY BRIGADIER H WRIGLEY, COMMANDER 1 BASE SUB AREA, (3). LIEUTENANT COLONEL O A KESSELS, (2), STANDS ALONGSIDE.

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CHERMSIDE, QLD. 1944-12-07. BRIGADIER H WRIGLEY, COMMANDER 1 BASE SUB AREA, (1), WITH CAPTAIN J WILLIAMS, OFFICER COMMANDING 11 LINES OF COMMUNICATION STATIONERY DEPOT, (2), AND LIEUTENANT COLONEL O A KESSELS, ASSISTANT ADJUTANT AND QUARTERMASTER GENERAL 1 BASE SUB AREA, (3), AT THE CONCLUSION OF A...

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MANILA, PHILIPPINES. 1945-10-13. SENIOR OFFICERS OF THE 3RD AUSTRALIAN PRISONER OF WAR RECEPTION GROUP. LEFT TO RIGHT: NX9026 CAPTAIN A. E. ARNOLD, ORDNANCE OFFICER; QX34147 MAJOR J. D. BELL, DEPUTY ASSISTANT ADJUTANT GENERAL (DAAG); QX36757 LIEUTENANT COLONEL O. A. KESSELS, ASSISTANT ADJUTANT AND...

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PORT MORESBY, PAPU, 1942-07. GROUP OF OFFICERS OF 30TH AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY BRIGADE. LEFT TO RIGHT:- LIEUTENANT-COLONEL O.A. KESSELS, OFFICER COMMANDING 49TH AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY BATTALION, BRIGADIER S. H. W. C. PORTER, COMMANDING 30TH AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY BRIGADE; LIEUTENANT-COLONEL N. L. FLEAY,...

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PORT MORESBY, PAPUA, 1942-07. GROUP OF OFFICERS OF 30TH AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY BRIGADE. LEFT TO RIGHT:- LIEUTENANT-COLONEL N. L. FLEAY, COMMANDING KANGA FORCE; BRIGADIER S. H. W. C. PORTER, BRIGADE COMMANDER; LIEUTENANT-COLONEL O. A. KESSELS, OFFICER COMMANDING 49TH AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY BATTALION;...

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WARWICK, QLD. 1944-12-15. BRIGADIER H WRIGLEY, COMMANDER 1 BASE SUB AREA, (3), ACCOMPANIED BY LIEUTENANT COLONEL O A KESSELS, (2), AND SERGEANT J E BARR, (1), DURING AN INSPECTION OF 4, 5 AND 6 LAUNDRY COYS AND ATTACHED AUSTRALIAN ARMY MEDICAL WOMEN'S SERVICE MEMBERS. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:-...

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Timeline

Date of birth 1903-05-04
Date and unit at appointment (Officers) 1922-01-01
Other units 1922-01-01 Lieutenant 26th Battalion.
Other units 1923-07-01 49th Battalion.
Date promoted 1925-07-01 Appointed captain.
Date promoted 1929-02-13 Appointed major.
Other units 1930-07-01 25/49th Battalion.
Other units 1934-10-01 9/49th Battalion.
Date promoted 1939-08-01 - 1940-07-05 Appointed lieutenant colonel to command 9/49th Battalion.
Other 1940-02-26 - 1940-03-02 Course senior officers Tactical Course.
Other units 1940-06-05 - 1940-09-15 Full time duty commanding officer Caloundra Infantry Training Depot.
Other units 1940-07-06 - 1942-01-27 Lieutenant colonel - 9th Battalion.
Other 1941-11-21 Course Northern Command Motor Training School Commanding Officer's Driving and Maintenance Course #1.
Other units 1942-01-28 - 1943-07-31 Commanding officer 49th Battalion.
Date and unit at enlistment (ORs) 1942-07-01 Enlisted in the 2nd AIF.
Other units 1943-01-17 - 1943-07-03 Attached Headquarters 30th Brigade.
Date returned to Australia 1943-03-14 Returned to Cairns.
Other 1943-05-23 Contracted malaria.
Other units 1943-08-01 Commanding officer No 4 Base Sub Area New Guinea.
Other 1943-09-19 Arrived Moresby.
Date of honour or award 1943-12-21 Companion of the Distinguished Service Order.
Other units 1944-01-05 Assistant adjutant and quarter master general Lae Base Sub Area.
Date returned to Australia 1944-05-08 Returned to Townsville.
Other units 1944-08-17 Assistant adjutant and quarter master general No 1 Australian Base Sub Area.
Other 1944-08-24 Arrived Moresby.
Other 1945-03-21 Arrived Morotai.
Other units 1945-03-27 Attached Headquarters 11 Australian Base Sub Area Planning Party 19.
Date returned to Australia 1945-04-11
Other 1945-05-22 Arrived Morotai.
Other 1945-08-19 Arrived Manila.
Other units 1945-08-31 Assistant adjutant and quarter master general 3rd Australian prisoner of war Reception group.
Other units 1946-01-14 - 1946-03-29 Adjutant and quarter master general director quarter master general Headquarters AMF.
Other 1946-05-01 Reserve of Officers.
Date of death 1973-06-18