Biography

Birth date: 27 May 1905
Birth place: Australia: Victoria, Melbourne, Fitzroy
Death date: 04 September 1943
Death place: New Guinea
Final rank: Lieutenant Colonel
Service number: VX48254 - Second World War, 1939-1945
Unit: 2/23rd Australian Infantry Battalion

Rolls and Awards

Roll of Honour

  • Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
  • Date of Death: 04 September 1943
  • Unit: 2/23rd Australian Infantry Battalion

Honours and Awards : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: 2/23rd Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Collection Items

Photograph

P05182.030

Group portrait of members of 57/60 Infantry Battalion in camp at Diamond Creek, Victoria. Note VX48254 Major Reginald Ernest Wall (second row, tenth from left), later Lieutenant Colonel, 2/23 battalion, killed in action 4 September 1943. Others identified all in the second row are G Patterson (?...

P05182.030

053596

General Douglas MacArthur making an inspection of the training groups in the 9th Australian Division area. Identified in the foreground from left to right are: VX25342 Corporal John Alexander Brennan, 2/23 Battalion; VX29675 Private (Pte) Leslie James Taylor, 2/23rd Battalion; VX47560 Pte Jack...

053596

Timeline

Date of birth 1905-05-27
Date commissioned 1924-10-01
Interwar Service 1 1924-10-01 lieutenant 57th battalion
Interwar Service 2 1928-09-05 Militia a/g adjutant & temporary QM
Interwar Service 3 1929-08-31 relinquish a/g Adjt...
Interwar Service 4 1929-10-15 captain
Interwar Service 5 1930-07-01 57/60th battalion
Interwar Service 6 1936-03-23 major
Career summary 2 1940-07-25 enlisted 2AIF
Career summary 3 1940-08-01 seconded 2/23rd battalion
Career summary 4 1940-12-17 arrived Middle East
Career summary 5 1942-02-26 course Middle East Camouflage School 6
Career summary 6 1942-06-30 Mention in Despatches (Jul-Oct 41)
Career summary 7 1942-08-31 - 1942-09-15 attached Headquarters 9Div
Career summary 8 1942-11-07 lieutenant colonel commanding officer 2/23rd battalion
Appointment 1942-11-07 - 1943-09-04 Battalion: 2/23rd; Rank on appointment: lieutenant colonel; Appointed from: major 2/23rd; Reason for end of appointment: killed in action: Lae
Career summary 9 1943-02-25 RTA(Melb)
Career summary 10 1943-08-04 arrived New Guinea
Date of death 1943-09-04
Career summary 12 1945-11-14 ED
Career summary 1 major 57/60th battalion
Career summary 11 KInterim Army 4 Sep 43 (Lae?) (buried Lae war cemetery)
WW2 Service 1 Benghazi
WW2 Service 2 New Guinea