• VX5174 Howard Leslie Ewin Dunkley

    Date of birth1911-12-22 Cresswick VIC 
    Interwar Service 3  1927  8th battalion 
    Interwar Service 4  1935  Geelong College Officer Training School 
    Career summary 1  1939-11-18  enlisted 2AIF 
    Date and unit at enlinstment (ORs)  1939-11-18   
    Career summary 2  1939-11-25  private 2/6th battalion 
    Date commissioned  1939-11-27   
    Career summary 3  1939-11-27  lieutenant 
    Career summary 4  1940-05-18  arrived Middle East 
    Career summary 5  1940-08-25 - 1940-09-14  course Middle East Tactical School regiment Intellig 
    Career summary 6  1941-03-28  Military Cross 
    Career summary 9  1941-06-15 - 1941-07-18  course AIF Sm Arms Sc 
    Career summary 10  1941-07-10  2/7th battalion (appointed ADJT) 
    Career summary 11  1941-09-02  temporary captain 
    Career summary 12  1942-02-17  captain 
    Career summary 13  1942-03-27  arrived Ceylon 
    Career summary 14  1942-08-04  Returned to Australia (Vic LoC) 
    Career summary 15  1942-10-21  arrived New Guinea 
    Career summary 16  1942-11-05 - 1943-05-07  seconded Headquarters 17th Brigade as brigade major (Learner) 
    Career summary 17  1942-11-26  major 
    Career summary 19  1943-12-28  Married 
    Career summary 18  1944-01-08  wounded in action gun shot wound Chest 11 Sep 43 (Returned to Australia c. 3 Nov) returned to unit 
    Career summary 20  1944-05-31  Mention in Despatches (gallant & distinguished service in South-west Pacific Area 1 Apr-30 Sep 43) 
    Career summary 21  1944-06-17 - 1944-07-29  course Land Headquarters Tactical School (senior O 
    Career summary 22  1944-10-20  temporary lieutenant colonel, commanding officer 7th battalion 
    Appointment  1944-10-20 - 1945-11-07  Battalion: 7th; Rank on appointment: major, temporary lieutenant colonel ; Appointed from: 2/6th battalion ; Reason for end of appointment: demobilised 
    Career summary 23  1944-11-08  arrived B'vill 
    Career summary 24  1944-11-11  arrived Treasury Island 
    Career summary 25  1945-07-05  lieutenant colonel (bd 20 Oct 44) recorded 
    Career summary 26  1945-11-07  relinquished command 7th battalion demobilised 
    Career summary 27  1945-11-21  Returned to Australia (Bris) 
    Career summary 28  1945-12-13  arrived B'Ville 
    Career summary 30  1946-01-16  Reserve of Officers 
    Career summary 31  1947-04-14  Companion of the Distinguished Service Order 
    Career summary 7  c 1941-04-10  arrived Greece 
    Career summary 8  c 1941-05-31  arrived Middle East ex Greece 
    Career summary 29  c 1945-12-20  Returned to Australia (Melb) 
    Citations 5    During the fighting on the NUMA NUMA TRAIL from early June '45 to cessation of hostilities Lt-Col. DUNKLEY carried out such a relentless policy of aggression that enemy activities were entirely paralised and confined solely to the defence of their skilfully sited strong points. These were systematically eliminated at remarkably low cost. 
    Citations 6    Lt-Col. DUNKLEY's outstanding record as a fighting officer; his coolness under fire combined with a tactical ability of the highest order were a constant inspiration to the men in his battalion and brought out the best of fighting discipline whether in set piece attack or deep long distance fighting patrols. 
    Citations 7    Enemy killed were 164 to our own 22. 
    Citations 2    At BARDIA during the period 28 Dec-2 Jan 41 Lt. Dunkley Bn I.O. was employed almost continuously in day and night reconnaissances of the forward area. His reports assisted materially in the planning of the attack on 3 Jan. On 3 Jan he was regularly in the forward area obtaining information regardless of the heavy fire in the area. On one occaison he directed fire on post 11 from a posnition swept by M.G. fire. His courage and devotion to duty contributed largely to the success of the Bn. 
    Interwar Service 2    Sydney TS notes record service: 
    Interwar Service 1    No indication of prior mil service in service record but rapid rise to lieutenant suggests possibility 
    Citations 9    Recomd: Brig A.W Potts COMD 23rd Bde 
    Citations 8    Lt-Col. DUNKLEY joined the AIF as a Lt in the 2.6 Inf Bn. on 27/11/39 and has served in the Middle East and previously in New Guinea. 
    Citations 3    Recomd: CO 2/6th 

    Occupation: School Master