Biography

Birth date: 27 July 1912
Birth place: Australia: Victoria, Leongatha
Final rank: Lieutenant Colonel
Service number: VX186 - Second World War, 1939-1945
VX700135 - Second World War, 1939-1945
37260 - Second World War, 1939-1945
Units:
  • 2/6th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • 2/24th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • 3rd Independent Company

Rolls and Awards

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Military Cross

  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Honours and Awards : Distinguished Service Order

  • Unit: 2/24th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Honours and Awards : Military Cross

  • Unit: 3rd Independent Company
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Honours and Awards : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: 2/6th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Honours and Awards : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: 3rd Independent Company
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Collection Items

Photograph

003340

Bren gun carrier on the move. From left to right: Private John Hewitt and Lieutenant G. R. Warfe, both of the 2/6th Battalion.

003340

003328

Three members of possibly the 2/6th Battalion in a Bren gun carrier. At rear with rifle is VX186 Lieutenant (Lt) G. R. Warfe. This figure has also been identified as Lt G. May. Original caption is 'The three musketeers'.

003328

127974

A CONFERENCE OF OFFICERS AT GWAIBOLOM, NEW GUINEA, ON 1943-07-25. LEFT TO RIGHT:- MAJOR G. R. WARFE (O.C. 2/3RD AUSTRALIAN INDEPENDENT COMPANY); BRIGADIER H. H. HAMMER (COMMANDING THE 15TH BRIGADE); LIEUTENANT COLONEL P. D. STARR (C.O. 58TH/59TH BATTALION); AND MAJOR B. H. TRAVERS, (HAMMER'S...

127974

127989

ORODUBI, NEW GUINEA. 1943-07. ON THE SUMMIT OF "TIMBERED KNOLL", NORTH OF ORODUBI, MEN OF THE 2/3RD INDEPENDENT COMPANY WAIT FOR THE MIST TO CLEAR BEFORE MAKING A VISUAL RECONNAISSANCE OF "GRAVEYARD" AND ORODUBI. LEFT TO RIGHT:- MAJOR G. R. WARFE, LIEUTENANTS E. J. BARRY, J. E. LEWIN AND S. READ....

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074057

Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) George Radford Warfe, MC (later DSO). Lt Col Warfre was the Commanding Officer of 58/59th Infantry Battalion. He enlisted on 8 November 1939 at South Melbourne, Victoria. His posting at discharge was with 2/3 Independent Company on 28 February, 1946.

074057

074054

SIAR, NEW GUINEA. 1944-06-20. OFFICERS OF THE 58/59TH INFANTRY BATTALION EATING LUNCH IN THE OFFICER'S MESS. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- VX7562 MAJOR H.G. SWEET (1); VX186 LIEUTENANT COLONEL G. R. WARFE, MC, (3); NX119987 LIEUTENANT R. ROLFE (4); NX114337 LIEUTENANT F.J. NORRIE, MC, (5); NX201329...

074054

074019

SIAR, NEW GUINEA. 1944-06-18. AUSTRALIAN ARMY OFFICERS ASSEMBLED AT HEADQUARTERS, 15TH INFANTRY BRIGADE FOR A TACTICAL EXERCISE ON A SAND TABLE. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- VX89390 LIEUTENANT A.B. WHEELER (1); VX1921 LIEUTENANT H.J. JACOBS (2); VX118687 LIEUTENANT J.G. MCINTOSH (3); NX123187...

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074056

SIAR, NEW GUINEA. 1944-06-20. OFFICERS OF THE 58/59TH INFANTRY BATTALION RELAXING IN THEIR MESS COURTYARD AFTER THEIR MIDDAY MEAL. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- VX106327 LIEUTENANT R.L. MATHEWS (1); VX186 LIEUTENANT COLONEL G.R. WARFE, MC, COMMANDING OFFICER (2); VX114250 LIEUTENANT D.G. SPINK (3);...

074056

P01011.059

TRAI MAN, VIETNAM. 1966. BRIGADIER GEORGE WARFE, RTD (IN JACKET AND TIE), MAJOR FRED LOMAS, RTD (SQUATTING), WARRANT OFFICER 2 W. (BILL) S. DICKEY, AUSTRALIAN ARMY TRAINING TEAM VIETNAM (AATTV, IN CAP) AND TWO VIETNAMESE DISCUSS THE LOCATION OF A FIRING RANGE DURING CONSTRUCTION OF THE SOUTH...

P01011.059

089778

TARAKAN, BORNEO, 1945-05-08. GENERAL SIR THOMAS A. BLAMEY, COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF, ALLIED LAND FORCES, SOUTH WEST PACIFIC AREA, (1), IN DISCUSSION WITH LIEUTENANT COLONEL G.R. WARFE, (2), AT TACTICAL HEADQUARTERS, 2/24 INFANTRY BATTALION DURING AN INSPECTION TOUR OF THE AREA.

089778

089427

TARAKAN ISLAND, BORNEO, 1945-05-05. LIEUTENANT-COLONEL G.R. WARFE, COMMANDING OFFICER, 2/24 INFANTRY BATTALION, (1), WITH CAPTAIN G.B. TRAVIS, OFFICER COMMANDING D COMPANY, (2), EXAMINING A 500 POUND AERIAL BOMB BOOBY TRAP, RIGGED TO TRIP WIRES AND SET TO EXPLODE ON 4 1/2 POUNDS PRESSURE.

089427

080190

SIAR, NEW GUINEA. 1944-07-07. VX186 LIEUTENANT-COLONEL G.R. WARFE, MC, COMMANDING OFFICER 58/59TH INFANTRY BATTALION (1), WITH VX7562 MAJOR H.G. SWEET, SECOND IN CHARGE (2).

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080189

SIAR, NEW GUINEA. 1944-07-07. VX186 LIEUTENANT-COLONEL G.R. WARFE, MC, COMMANDING OFFICER 58/59TH INFANTRY BATTALION.

080189

084343

MAPEE, ATHERTON TABLELAND, QUEENSLAND. 1944-12-18. MAJOR GENERAL A J BOASE, (7), ACCOMPANIED BY CAPTAIN E M GRIFF, (6), INSPECTS D COY, 57/60 INFANTRY BATTALION TROOPS. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- CAPTAIN D G SPINK, (2); LIEUTENANT COLONEL G R WARFE, (3); BRIGADIER H H HAMMER, (5); STAFF SERGEANT L...

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084342

MAPEE, ATHERTON TABLELAND, QUEENSLAND. 1944-12-18. MAJOR GENERAL A J BOASE, (1), ACCOMPANIED BY CAPTAIN L J HOCKING, (2), INSPECTING B COY, 57/60 INFANTRY BATTALION TROOPS. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- LIEUTENANT COLONEL G R WARFE, (3); BRIGADIER H H HAMMER, (4); STAFF SERGEANT KIRK, (5); SERGEANT J...

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073861

MADANG, NEW GUINEA. 1944-06-15. SENIOR OFFICERS OF HEADQUARTERS 15TH INFANTRY BRIGADE ENJOYING A GAME WITH SQUASH RACQUETS AT SIAR PLANTATION. LEFT TO RIGHT: VX24325 BRIGADIER H. H. HAMMER DSO, COMMANDING OFFICER, 15TH INFANTRY BRIGADE; VX108232 LIEUTENANT COLONEL R. R. MARSTON DSO, ED, COMMANDING...

073861

073932

SIAR, NEW GUINEA. 1944-06-17. GROUP PORTRAIT OF OFFICERS AND OTHER RANKS OF BATTALION HEADQUARTERS, 58/59TH INFANTRY BATTALION. LEFT TO RIGHT: FRONT ROW: VX102877 SERGEANT P. G. POULTER; VX147565 SERGEANT H. G. TEATHER; VX201928 CAPTAIN L. W. MIDDLETON; B3/195 MR A. E. GREEN, YOUNG MEN'S CHRISTIAN...

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TARAKAN ISLAND. 1945-09-30. VX186 COLONEL GEORGE RADFORD WARFE, CO, 2/24TH INFANTRY BATTALION READING A LIST OF THE NAMES OF THE FALLEN MEMBERS OF HIS UNIT DURING THE CENOTAPH DEDICATION CEREMONY AT THE TARAKAN WAR CEMETERY.

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P01609.002

GROUP PORTRAIT OF OFFICERS OF 2/6TH BATTALION, 17TH INFANTRY BRIGADE. LEFT TO RIGHT: BACK ROW: LIEUTENANT (LT) A. J. C. REILLY; LT J. B. PATERSON; LT H. L. E. DUNKLEY; LT W. H. SHERLOCK; LT R. H. KIDDLE; LT K. C. MACKENZIE; LT A. W. GRAY; LT Q. A. TILLEY; LT H. MCB. STEWART. CENTRE ROW: LT N. H....

P01609.002

073858

Madang, New Guinea. 1944-06-14. Senior Officers at Headquarters 15th Infantry Brigade outside a building at Siar Plantation. Left to right: VX186 Lieutenant Colonel G. R. Warfe MC, Commanding Officer 58/59th Infantry Battalion; VX220 Lieutenant Colonel William D. Refshauge OBE, Commanding Officer,...

073858

Film

Assault on Salamaua

15 Brigade Headquarters at Missim showing VX33 Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) Henry George Guinn of East Malvern VIC, in conference with his staff. Soldier moves to forward Bren Gun position overlooking the Japanese held village of Orodubi 240 yards away. VX111772 Sgt Ronald Patrick Farrelly 58/59...

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Timeline

Date of birth 1912-07-27
Date and unit at enlinstment (ORs) 1937-03-20 29/22nd Battalion.
Date commissioned 1939-02-06
Other units 1939-10-13 Seconded lieutenant 2/6th Battalion.
Other 1940-05-18 Arrived Middle East.
Other 1941-02-20 - 1941-03-04 Attached Special Duty (Court Martial).
Date promoted 1941-03-01 Captain.
Other 1941-05 Arrived Middle East.
Other 1941-09-15 - 1941-10-04 Course - AIF Middle East School of Engineers.
Other 1942-04-10 Arrived Ceylon.
Date of honour or award 1942-05-02 Mention in Despatches.
Other 1942-08-23 - 1942-09-22 Course - Guerilla Warfare School.
Other units 1942-09-21 Temporary major officer commanding 2/3rd Independant Company.
Other 1943-01-21 Arrived Moresby.
Other units 1943-08-12 Attached 58/59th Battalion.
Other units 1943-09-10 - 1945-01-04 Transferred temporary lieutenant colonel, commanding officer 58/59th Battalion.
Date returned to Australia 1943-10-25 Returned to Townsville.
Other units 1943-10-27 - 1943-11-01 Attached 2/7th Cavalry Commando Regiment.
Date of honour or award 1943-11-30 Military Cross.
Date of honour or award 1944-01-31 Mention in Despatches.
Date promoted 1944-02-24 Lieutenant colonel.
Date promoted 1944-02-24 Major.
Date returned to Australia 1944-07-31 Returned to Townsville.
Other 1944-12-28 Arrived Bougainville.
Other units 1945-01-04 - 1946-02-04 Commanding officer 2/24th Battalion.
Date returned to Australia 1945-01-21 Returned to Cairns.
Other 1945-04-03 Arrived Morotai.
Other 1945-05-01 Arrived Tarakan.
Date of honour or award 1945-10-11 Companion of the Distinguished Service Order.
Date returned to Australia 1945-12-14 Returned to Brisbane.
Date of discharge 1946-02-28
Other 1946-03-01 Reserve of Officers.
Other units 1950-07-07 Lieutenant colonel commanding officer 5th Battalion.
Other 1950-12-15 Interim Army, major.
Other units 1951-02-20 Temporary lieutenant colonel, commanding officer 15th Training Battalion.
Other 1951-03-01 Major Australian Staff Corps.
Date promoted 1951-11-10 Lieutenant colonel.
Other units 1953-01-06 Commanding officer 20th Training Battalion.
Other units 1954-08-18 Australian Observer Unit, Malaya.
Other units 1954-12-13 Chief instructor Battle Wing, Jungle Training School.
Other 1957-02-04 General service officer grade 1 DMT, Headquarters.
Other 1959-02-12 General service officer grade 1 Headquarters 3rd Division.
Other 1962-07-27 Retired List.
Date promoted 1962-07-29 Colonel.
Other units 1962-07-29 Commanding officer 1 RVR Citizens Military Force.
Other 1965-06-01 Citizens Military Force Reserve of Officers.
Other c 1941-04-10 Arrived Greece.