Biography

Birth date: 21 December 1911
Birth place: Australia: South Australia, Adelaide
Death date: 23 June 1978
Final rank: Lieutenant Colonel
Service number: SX9364 - Second World War, 1939-1945
Unit: 2/43rd Australian Infantry Battalion

Rolls and Awards

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Military Cross

  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Honours and Awards : Distinguished Service Order

  • Unit: 2/43rd Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Honours and Awards : Military Cross

  • Unit: 2/43rd Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Honours and Awards : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: 2/43rd Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Collection Items

Photograph

108838

AT SEA, 1945-06-08. SX9364 LIEUTENANT COLONEL MERVYN RODERICK JEANES, CO 2/43RD INFANTRY BATTALION (2), USING THE PUBLIC ADDRESS SYSTEM WHILE EN ROUTE TO LABUAN TO GIVE HIS BATTALION THE COMPLETE PLAN OF ATTACK FOR THEIR PART IN THE OBOE 6 OPERATION. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE: MAJOR W.R.W. TUCKER...

108838

109060

LABUAN, NORTH BORNEO. 1945-06-10. GENERAL DOUGLAS MACARTHUR, SUPREME COMMANDER, ALLIED LAND FORCES, SOUTH WEST PACIFIC AREA (2); SX9364 LIEUTENANT COLONEL MERVYN RODERICK JEANES, CO 2/43RD INFANTRY BATTALION (1) AND LIEUTENANT GENERAL SIR LESLIE J. MORSHEAD, GOC 1 CORPS (3), INSPECTING POSITIONS...

109060

089931

MOROTAI. 1945-05-17. PERSONNEL OF HEADQUARTERS 24 INFANTRY BRIGADE DISCUSSING THEIR PLANS OVER A RELIEF MAP OF THE AREA TO BE INVADED DURING A BRIEFING FOR THEIR PART IN THE OBOE 6 OPERATION. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- CAPTAIN B.L. BRENNAN, B SQUADRON, 2/9 ARMOURED REGIMENT, (1); CAPATIN K.B....

089931

089933

MOROTAI. 1945-05-17. SX9364 LIEUTENANT COLONEL MERVYN RODERICK JEANES, COMMANDING OFFICER, 2/43 INFANTRY BATTALION, (2), GIVING AN OUTLINE OF THE PLANS ON THE RELIEF MAP IN THE BRIEFING OF 24 INFANTRY BRIGADE, FOR THEIR PART IN THE COMBINED OPERATION OBOE 6. (FOR IDENTIFIICATION OF 11 NAMED...

089933

089938

MOROTAI. 1945-05-17. MAJOR D.A. CALDER, 1 NAVAL BOMBARDMENT GROUP, (1), IN CHARGE OF SHORE FIRE CONTROL. ALL BRANCHES OF THE SERVICES WERE PRESENT FOR THE BRIEFING OF 24 INFANTRY BRIGADE FOR THEIR PART IN THE COMBINED OPERATION OBOE 6. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- LIEUTENANT COLONEL G.D. HOUSTON,...

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114065

BEAUFORT, BORNEO. 1945-08-08. SENIOR AUSTRALIAN AND BRITISH ARMY OFFICERS WATCHING SPORTING EVENTS AT THE BEAUFORT CHILDRENS CARNIVAL ORGANISED BY MEMBERS OF 2/43RD INFANTRY BATTALION. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- SX9364 LIEUTENANT COLONEL (LT-COL) MERVYN RODERICK JEANES, COMMANDING OFFICER, 2/43RD...

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114068

BEAUFORT, BORNEO. 1945-08-08. ENTRANTS BEING JUDGED IN THE BEAUTY CONTEST HELD DURING THE BEAUFORT CHILDRENS CARNIVAL ORGANISED BY MEMBERS OF 2/43RD INFANTRY BATTALION. JUDGES ARE SX9364 LIEUTENANT COLONEL (LT-COL) MERVYN RODERICK JEANES; BRIGADIER S. H. W. C. PORTER; AND LT-COL W. E. H. STANNER.

114068

114069

ENTRANTS BEING JUDGED IN THE BEAUTY CONTEST HELD DURING THE BEAUFORT CHILDRENS CARNIVAL ORGANISED BY MEMBERS OF 2/43RD INFANTRY BATTALION. JUDGES ARE SX9364 LIEUTENANT COLONEL (LT-COL) MERVYN RODERICK JEANES; BRIGADIER S. H. W. C. PORTER; AND LT-COL W. E. H. STANNER. ON THE FAR RIGHT IS MISS LIEW...

114069

114070

BEAUFORT, BORNEO. 1945-08-08. ENTRANTS BEING JUDGED IN THE BEAUTY CONTEST HELD DURING THE BEAUFORT CHILDRENS CARNIVAL ORGANISED BY MEMBERS OF 2/43RD INFANTRY BATTALION. JUDGES ARE SX9364 LIEUTENANT COLONEL (LT-COL) MERVYN RODERICK JEANES; BRIGADIER S. H. W. C. PORTER; AND LT-COL W. E. H. STANNER.

114070

114072

BRIGADIER S. H. W. C. PORTER, COMMANDER 24TH INFANTRY BRIGADE PRESENTS MISS CHONG, WITH A RIBBON (SASH) IN THE BEAUTY CONTEST HELD DURING THE BEAUFORT CHILDRENS CARNIVAL ORGANISED BY MEMBERS OF 2/43RD INFANTRY BATTALION. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- SX9364 LIEUTENANT COLONEL (LT-COL) MERVYN RODERICK...

114072

114073

BRIGADIER S. H. W. C. PORTER, COMMANDER 24TH INFANTRY BRIGADE, (1) AND SX9364 LIEUTENANT COLONEL MERVYN RODERICK JEANES, COMMANDING OFFICER, 2/43RD INFANTRY BATTALION (2) HOLDING MISS CHONG (WEARING A SASH) WHO WAS A PRIZE WINNER AT THE A BEAUTY CONTEST HELD DURING THE BEAUFORT CHILDRENS CARNIVAL...

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114430

BEAUFORT, BORNEO. 1945-08-08. A CHILDREN'S CARNIVAL, ORGANISED BY MEMBERS OF 2/43RD INFANTRY BATTALION, WAS HELD ON AUSTER AIRSTRIP. THE LOCAL ADULT COMMUNITIES, CHINESE, MALAY, INDIAN, FILIPINO AND OTHERS, TOOK THE CARNIVAL AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO CELEBRATE THEIR LIBERATION AND SHOW THEIR GRATITUDE...

114430

109099

LABUAN ISLAND. 12 JUNE 1945. SX9364 LIEUTENANT COLONEL MERVYN RODERICK JEANES, COMMANDING OFFICER 2/43 INFANTRY BATTALION (3) GREETING REAR-ADMIRAL R B ROYAL, US NAVY (1) DURING AN INSPECTION OF THE BATTALION AREA. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- LIEUTENANT-GENERAL SIR LESLIE J MORSHEAD, GENERAL OFFICER...

109099

109101

LABUAN ISLAND. 12 JUNE 1945. LIEUTENANT-GENERAL SIR LESLIE J MORSHEAD, GENERAL OFFICER COMMANDING 1 CORPS AND MEMBERS OF HIS PARTY INSPECTING THE BOMB AND SHELL DAMAGED ISLAND AIRSTRIP. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- MAJOR-GENERAL G F WOOTTEN, GOC 9 DIVISION; REAR-ADMIRAL F B ROYAL, US NAVY; SX9364...

109101

Film

Conference at H.Q. 24 Australian Infantry Brigade on Oboe 6 operations

Coverage of Oboe 6 Conference held at HQ 24 Aust. Inf. Brigade. SX9364 Lieutenant Colonel Mervyn Roderick Jeanes MC, CO 2/43 Australian Infantry Battalion (officer listening); VX133 Brigadier Selwyn Havelock Watson Craig Porter DSO ED, Commander 24 Australian Infantry Brigade (giving instructions);...

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Timeline

Date of birth 1911-12-21
Date commissioned 1934-02-27
Interwar Service 1 1934-02-27 lieutenant 43/48th battalion
Interwar Service 2 1939-07-01 43rd battalion
Career summary 1 1940-02-08 temporary captain 43rd battalion
Career summary 2 1940-07-22 TFD 2/43rd battalion as captain
Career summary 3 1940-07-23 enlisted 2AIF
Career summary 4 1941-02-02 arrived Middle East
Career summary 5 1942-09-14 wounded in action (Shell/shrapnel wound lt thigh) 17 Jul 42 (returned to unit
Career summary 8 1942-10-05 - 1943-01-10 temporary major commanding officer 24th Australian infantry training battalion
Career summary 7 1942-10-14 Mention in Despatches
Career summary 9 1943-01-10 relinquish temporary major & commanding officer 24th Australian infantry training battalion
Career summary 10 1943-02-27 Returned to Australia (Syd)
Career summary 11 1943-06-08 temporary major
Career summary 12 1943-08-10 arrived Milne Bay
Career summary 13 1944-01-31 Returned to Australia (T'Ville) ex Finschhafen
Career summary 14 1944-02-17 major (bd 8 Jun 43) reported
Career summary 15 1944-12-18 - 1945-01-21 course Land Headquarters Tactical School (senior Offr) # 15
Career summary 16 1945-03-31 temporary lieutenant colonel, commanding officer 2/43rd battalion
Appointment 1945-03-31 - 1945-12-16 Battalion: 2/43rd; Rank on appointment: temporary lieutenant colonel; Appointed from: 2/43rd battalion ; Reason for end of appointment: new command -acting command: 24th Brigade
Career summary 17 1945-04-16 arrived Morotai
Career summary 19 1945-09-27 lieutenant colonel (bd 31 Mar 45) reported
Career summary 20 1945-12-16 relinquished command 2/43rd battalion
Career summary 21 1945-12-16 administering command 24th Brigade
Career summary 22 1946-01-17 Returned to Australia (Bris) ex Labuan
Career summary 23 1946-02-28 relinquish administering command 24th Brigadee
Career summary 24 1946-03-20 Reserve of Officers
Career summary 25 1946-10-16 ED
Career summary 26 1947-04-11 Companion of the Distinguished Service Order
Date of death 1978-06-23
Career summary 18 c 1945-06-01 arrived British North Borneo
Career summary 6 Military Cross
Citations 2 'Capt. M.R. JEANES was the commander of a highly successful raid on enemy positions at 8883276, SOUTH of EL ALEMEIN [sic] on the night 7/8 July 42 which resulted in the complete destruction oof four enemy A Tk guns, one 75 or 105mm gun, six tractors one A Tk gun destroyed by the enemy three damaged British Tanks with haulage gear attached, the recapture of one British Bren carrier, and the caputre of nine prisoners of war, one Machine Gun, one Machine Pistol, besides inflicting some 40 casualties. Daring personal recces and careful organisation by Capt JEANES prior to the raid, contributed to its success, and th inspiration of his gallantry in the attack, which he led, and spurred on, was most marked. His coolness and leadership set a very hihg example to those under his command.'
Citations 3 Recom'd by: LTCOL W.J. Wain CO 2/43rd Bn
Citations 4 BRIG AHL Godfrey COMD 24th Bde
WW2 Service 1 Benghazi
WW2 Service 2 El Alamein
WW2 Service 3 New Guinea