Biography

Birth date: 02 April 1918
Birth place: Australia: Victoria, Armadale
Final rank: Lieutenant Colonel
Service number: 3141 - Malayan Emergency, 1948-1960
VX26586 - Second World War, 1939-1945
Units:
  • LHQ
  • 2nd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment

Rolls and Awards

Honours and Awards : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: LHQ
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Honours and Awards : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: 2nd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment
  • Conflict: Malayan Emergency, 1948-1960

Collection Items

Photograph

024629

WESTERN DESERT, EGYPT. 1942-07-23. GROUP IN THE COMMAND DUGOUT AT 26TH AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY BRIGADE HEADQUARTERS ON THE EL ALAMEIN FRONT; RIGHT TO LEFT:- BRIGADIER RAYMOND W. TOVELL (COMMANDING THE BRIGADE), MAJOR C.H. FINLAY (BRIGADE MAJOR), AND CAPTAIN J.G. OCHILTREE (BRIGADE MAJOR-LEARNER).

024629

023876

TRIPOLI, SYRIA. 1942-03. CAPTAIN J. OCHILTREE, RIGHT AND CAPTAIN G.E. LATHAM IN THE STAFF CAPTAIN'S OFFICE AT 26TH AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY BRIGADE HQ.

023876

HOB/56/0324/MC

3/141 Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) J Ochiltree (right), with headphones around his neck, Commanding Officer, 2nd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (2RAR), and 2/3983 Lance Corporal (LCpl) E S 'Snowy' Bryant, of Lismore, NSW, consult their maps while discussing the results of a patrol that...

HOB/56/0324/MC

HOB/56/0630/MC

Lieutenant General (Lt Gen) Sir Henry Wells, KBE, CB, DSO, Chief of the General Staff Australian Army (light uniform), inspects the guard on his arrival at Headquarters, 2nd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (2RAR). The officer (left with sword) is 2/4042 Captain (Capt) Geoffrey Sinclair...

HOB/56/0630/MC

HOB/56/0631/MC

Lieutenant General (Lt Gen) Sir Henry Wells, KBE, CB, DSO, Chief of the General Staff Australian Army (third from left), inspects the band of 2nd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (2RAR), at their Battalion Headquarters in Kuala Kangsar in Perak. Lt Gen Wells is followed by 3/141 Lieutenant...

HOB/56/0631/MC

HOB/56/0641/MC

Lieutenant General Sir Henry Wells, KBE, CB, DSO, Chief of the General Staff Australian Army (right) and 3/141 Lieutenant Colonel J G Ochiltree, MBE, commanding officer 2nd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (2RAR) (centre) being briefed by British pilot, Captain S R Whitehead, of UK Light...

HOB/56/0641/MC

HOB/56/0642/MC

British pilot, Captain S R Whitehead, of UK Light Liaison Flight (right foreground), straps himself into the front seat of an Auster aircraft as he prepares to take Lieutenant General Sir Henry Wells, KBE, CB, DSO, Chief of the General Staff Australian Army (left) and back seat passenger 3/141...

HOB/56/0642/MC

HOB/56/0643/MC

An Auster aircraft, piloted by Captain S R Whitehead, of the UK Light Liaison Flight, taxis across the sports field at Kuala Kangsar as it prepares to take off with Lieutenant General Sir Henry Wells, KBE, CB, DSO, Chief of the General Staff Australian Army and 3/141 Lieutenant Colonel J G...

HOB/56/0643/MC

HOB/56/0755/MC

The Commander in Chief Far Eastern Land Forces (FARELF), Lieutenant General (Lt Gen) Sir Francis Festing, pays his first visit to Australian troops stationed in Malaya at the 2nd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (2RAR) base at Kuala Kangsar. Here, with his entourage he is inspecting three...

HOB/56/0755/MC

P02441.006

Lasah Camp, Malaya. 1956. Lieutenant Colonel James G. Ochiltree, Commanding Officer of 2nd Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment (2RAR) and Major G. L. Bales, Officer Commanding B Company 2RAR watch a RAF Bristol Sycamore helicopter as it about to take off. They were farewelling a senior visitor...

P02441.006

P04683.002

Group portrait of the officers of The 2nd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (2RAR). Identified, left to right, back row: Lieutenant (Lt) H A Smith; 235080 Lt Robert John (Bob) Fletcher; Lt B W McFarlane; Lt I G Porteous; Lt M C C Mogridge; Lt I G Hands; Lt W A Piper; Lt D B Anstey; 235069 Lt...

P04683.002

020754

TOBRUK, LIBYA. 1941-09-08. HEADQUARTERS GROUP OF THE 26TH INFANTRY BRIGADE. LEFT TO RIGHT: FRONT ROW: CAPTAIN P. GEBHARDT, CAPTAIN R. CROMIE (OFFICER IN CHARGE 26TH ANTI-TANK COMPANY), MAJOR R.L. BATTEN (ACTING COMMANDING OFFICER 2/48TH INFANTRY BATTALION), LIEUTENANT COLONEL B. EVANS (COMMANDING...

020754

020755

TOBRUK, LIBYA. 1941-09-08. A GROUP OF OFFICERS FROM THE 26TH INFANTRY BRIGADE DISCUSSING A PLAN. FROM THE LEFT:- CAPTAIN R. CROMIE, MAJOR R.L. BATTEN, LIEUTENANT COLONEL B. EVANS (CO 2/23 AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY BATTALION), LIEUTENANT COLONEL A. SPOWERS, MAJOR F.W. SPEED, BRIGADIER TOVELL, CAPTAIN J.G....

020755

023867

TRIPOLI, SYRIA. 1942-03. OFFICERS OF THE 26TH AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY BRIGADE OUTSIDE THE ADMINISTRATIVE BUILDINGS OF BRIGADE HQ. LEFT TO RIGHT:- FRONT ROW - CAPTAIN G. AUSTIN, CAPTAIN J.G. OCHILTREE, LIEUTENANT COLONEL B. EVANS, BRIGADIER R.W. TOVELL, MAJOR P.W. SPEED, CAPTAIN R. TIVEY, CAPTAIN P....

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024156

TRIPOLI, SYRIA. 1942-05-01. OFFICERS OF HQ 26TH AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY BRIGADE DURING MANOEUVRES. FROM THE LEFT:- LIEUTENANT COLONEL B. EVANS (ACTING COMMANDER 26TH BRIGADE), LIEUTENANT I.G. PAECH, CAPTAIN J.G. OCHILTREE AND CAPTAIN E.P. TIVEY.

024156

Sound

Colin Henry Swinbourn as a platoon sergeant in a rifle company 2nd Battalion The Royal Australian Regiment, Malaya 1955-1957, interviewed by Brad Manera

Swinbourn speaks of family, educational and military background; joining Transport Platoon 2nd Battalion The Royal Australian Regiment (2 RAR) at Enoggera Queensland as a corporal in early 1955; training at the Jungle Training Centre (JTC) at Canungra, Queensland in preparation for Malayan service;...

S03351

Brigadier James Graham Ochiltree OBE (Rtd) as Commanding Officer 2nd Battalion The Royal Australian Regiment, Malaya 1955-1957, interviewed by Ian McNeill

Ochiltree speaks of his childhood and education; his early army training; 2 RAR prior to leaving for Malaya in December 1955; the Jungle Training Centre, Canungra; travel to Malaya; 2 RAR's dual roles as part of the Strategic Reserve and as an operational unit, fighting communist terrorists (CTs)...

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Timeline

Date of birth 1918-04-02