Damien Peter Parer

Date of birth  1912-08-01  Malvern, VIC. 
Date and unit at enlistment (ORs)  1940-01-10  Appointed as official movie photographer to the AIF and sailed for the Middle East. 
Other  1942  Parer went to New Guinea to cover the fighting against the Japanese. He then travelled to Timor to film Australians of the 2/2nd Independent Company. 
Date of honour or award  1943  Parer's film 'Kokoda Front Line' was honoured with Australia's first Academy Award. This award was one of four in the best wartime documentary section. The other war documentaries to receive awards in 1943 were 'Battle of Midway', 'Moscow Strikes Back', and ' Prelude to War'. 
Date of discharge  1943-08-17  Parer left the Department of Information's employ to work for the United States company, Paramount News. 
Date of death  1944-09-17  Killed on the Island of Peleliu when filming in New Guinea. 
Date of honour or award  1945-03-08  Gazetted posthumous Mention in Despatches.