Biography

Final rank: Temporary Brigadier
Service number: WX5 - Second World War, 1939-1945
Units:
  • 6th Australian Infantry Brigade
  • Lae Base Sub Area General Staff Branch
  • 2/11th Australian Infantry Battalion

Rolls and Awards

Honours and Awards : Distinguished Service Order

  • Unit: 6th Australian Infantry Brigade
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Honours and Awards : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: 2/11th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Honours and Awards : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: 6th Australian Infantry Brigade
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Honours and Awards : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: Lae Base Sub Area General Staff Branch
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Collection Items

Photograph

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GROUP PORTRAIT OF MEMBERS OF NO. 14 COMMAND AND STAFF SCHOOL. LEFT TO RIGHT: BACK ROW: MAJOR A.G. KEMPTON, CAPTAIN J.C. RISHWORTH, MAJORS R.J. HARVEY, C.J. CUMMINGS, J.H. BAIN, CAPTAINS R.L. SANDOVER, J.A. BISHOP, W.G.A. BAINES, MAJOR D.J. LAMB, CAPTAIN B.S. HEAGNEY; MIDDLE ROW, LIEUTENANT W.L....

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BAALBEK, SYRIA. 1941-11. LIEUTENANT-GENERAL H. GORDON. BENNETT, GENERAL-OFFICER-COMMANDING 8TH AUSTRALIAN DIVISION, WITH LIEUTENANT- COLONEL R.L. SANDOVER, COMMANDING OFFICER OF THE 2/11TH INFANTRY BATTALION AND LIEUTENANT COLONEL I.N. DOUGHERTY, COMMANDING OFFICER OF THE 2/4TH INFANTRY BATTALION.

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026904

PERTH, WA. 1942-10-05. THE GOVERNOR OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA, SIR JAMES MITCHELL KCMG, TAKES THE SALUTE DURING THE MARCH THROUGH THE CITY OF PERTH OF 2/11TH AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY BATTALION, FOLLOWING THEIR RETURN FROM THE MIDDLE EAST. ON THE RIGHT OF THE GOVERNOR IS LIEUTENANT COLONEL R. L. SANDOVER,...

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026905

PERTH, WA. 1942-10-05. THE BAND LEADING THE MARCH OF 2/11TH AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY BATTALION THROUGH PERTH AFTER THEIR RETURN FROM THE MIDDLE EAST WHERE THEY WERE ENGAGED IN BATTLES IN LIBYA, GREECE, CRETE AND SYRIA. SIR JAMES MITCHELL KCMG, GOVERNOR OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA IS SEEN TAKING THE SALUTE FROM...

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PERTH, WA. 1942-10-05. SCENE AT THE SALUTING BASE AT THE END OF THE MARCH PAST OF THE 2/11TH AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY BATTALION DURING ITS MARCH THROUGH THE CITY OF PERTH FOLLOWING ITS RETURN FROM THE MIDDLE EAST. THE GOVERNOR OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA. SIR JAMES MITCHELL KCMG, (WITH TOP HAT) IS SEEN TALKING...

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PERTH, WA. 1943-03-18. SCENE AT THE SALUTING BASE DURING THE MARCH THROUGH THE CITY OF PERTH OF THE 5TH AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY BATTALION (VICTORIAN SCOTTISH) AND 300 MEMBERS OF THE AUSTRALIAN WOMEN'S ARMY SERVICE IN SUPPORT OF THE THIRD LIBERTY LOAN. PICTURE SHOWS SERVICE CHIEFS OF THE AUSTRALIAN...

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NEW GUINEA, 1945. GENERAL SIR THOMAS BLAMEY TALKING TO SERGEANT PERKINS (EX 2/22ND BATTALION) WITH BRIGADIER R. SANDOVER AND LT COL B.F. DAWSON LOOKING ON. THIS WAS TAKEN AFTER THE RECAPTURE BY 6 BRIGADE OF TOL AND WAITAVALO PLANTATIONS. THE SUBJECT OF THE CONVERSATION WAS THE "TOL" MASSACRE OF...

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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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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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LAE, NEW GUINEA. 1944-10-03. WX5 BRIGADIER, R.L. SANDOVER, COMMANDING OFFICER, 6TH INFANTRY BRIGADE.

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LAE, NEW GUINEA. 1944-10-03. WX5 BRIGADIER R.L. SANDOVER, COMMANDING OFFICER (3), NX70799 MAJOR A.G. LOWNDES, BRIGADE MAJOR (1) AND VX36070 LIEUTENANT R.A. NASH (2) CHECKING OVER A MAP AT THE HEADQUARTERS 6TH INFANTRY BRIGADE ON THE BUTIBUM ROAD.

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JACQUINOT BAY, NEW BRITAIN. 1944-11-04. WX5 BRIGADIER R.L. SANDOVER, COMMANDING OFFICER, 6TH INFANTRY BRIGADE (1); NX92 LIEUTENANT-COLONEL W.B. CALDWELL, MC, COMMANDING OFFICER, 14/32ND INFANTRY BATTALION (2) AND VX39028 MAJOR G.J.S. NELSON (3) WATCHING TROOPS OF THE 6TH INFANTRY BRIGADE UNLOADING...

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MALMAL MISSION, JACQUINOT BAY, NEW BRITAIN. 1944-11-24. OFFICERS OF B COMPANY, 594TH ENGINEER BOAT AND SHORE REGIMENT UNITED STATES ARMY AND THEIR AUSTRALIAN GUESTS ENJOYING THE TRADITIONAL AMERICAN ROAST TURKEY THANKSGIVING DINNER. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- WX5 BRIGADIER R.L. SANDOVER, COMMANDING...

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AT SEA. 1944-12-27. VX27 MAJOR GENERAL A. H. RAMSAY, CBE, DSO, ED, GENERAL OFFICER COMMANDING, 5TH DIVISION (7) AND HIS PARTY RELAXING ON THE STERN OF THE RAN VESSEL, ML802 AS SHE PROCEEDS UP THE NEW GUINEA COAST. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE: 276393 FLIGHT LIEUTENANT H. R. KOCH, MC, RAAF AND THE...

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SAMPUN, NEW BRITAIN. 1944-12-27. VX27 MAJOR GENERAL A. H. RAMSAY, CBE, DSO, ED, GENERAL OFFICER COMMANDING 5TH DIVISION (1), WX5 BRIGADIER R. L. SANDOVER, COMMANDING 6TH INFANTRY BRIGADE (2); LIEUTENANT M. W. WRIGHT RAN AND THE ALLIED INTELLIGENCE BUREAU (3) AND NX54553 LIEUTENANT R. A. WHITNEY...

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KIEP, NEW BRITAIN. 1945-02-08. THE CAPTURED JAPANESE BARGE RECONDITIONED AND USED BY THE 2/137TH ARMY WORKSHOPS RETURNING TO BASE AFTER TRANSPORTING THE GENERAL OFFICER COMMANDING, 5TH DIVISION OUT TO THE ML835. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- WX10867 CAPTAIN C. PRUDEN (1); WX15800 STAFF SERGEANT E....

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KAMANDRAN, NEW BRITAIN. 1945-02-18. WX5 BRIGADIER R.L. SANDOVER, COMMANDING OFFICER, HOLDING A CONFERENCE WITH OFFICERS OF THE 6TH INFANTRY BRIGADE IN HIS JUNGLE CAMP.

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KALAI PLANTATION, NEW BRITAIN. 1945-03-07. VX27 MAJOR-GENERAL A.H. RAMSAY, CBE, DSO, ED, GENERAL OFFICER COMMANDING 5TH DIVISION (3); PRECEDING WX5 BRIGADIER R.L. SANDOVER, COMMANDING OFFICER, 6TH INFANTRY BRIGADE (2); ASHORE FROM THE LANDING BARGE FOR THE GENERAL OFFICER COMMANDING'S INSPECTION OF...

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Film

Funeral of Brigadier Sutherland

Brigadier R B Sutherland was killed on 28 September, 1943, when a B25 Mitchell bomber in which he was travelling as a passenger, crashed prior to becoming airborne. The Soputa Cemetery was opened at the begining of 1943 and was the scene of some of the bitterest fighting in the Buna-Sanananda...

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