ROLL OF HONOUR

Second World War - 1939-1945

Captain Henry William Albert COBB

Pilot Officer Maxwell IRVINE-BROWN

Private William Joseph KENNELLY

 

Vietnam - 1962-1972

Lance Corporal Barry John WHISTON


 
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Henry William Albert COBB

Captain

QX6313

2/7 Cavalry Regiment

Australian Army

2 April 1915; Kandanga, Qld

11 July 1940; Caboolture, Qld

19 December 1942 (aged 27 years)

Sanananda, Papua

Killed in Action

Port Moresby (Bomana) War Cemetery, [grave A7.C.12]

Australian War Memorial [panel 12]

Roll of Honour – Caboolture, Qld

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Son of William and Isabella Cobb

Husband of Thelma Rose Cobb of Caboolture, Qld

 

Next of Kin:

 

In Civilian Life:

On enlistment, lived at Caboolture, Qld with his wife.

He was employed as a saddler and cycle mechanic.

 

Surf Life Saving:

He was awarded the Bronze Medallion (Number 13679) at Metropolitan-Caloundra in 1937.

 

Military Service:

Lieutenant, 2/14 Light Horse (CMF);

Temporary Captain

2/14 LH called up for duty; appointed Lieutenant, 7 Division Cavalry Regiment

Overseas service (Middle East)

Captain

1 Aust Armoured Training Regiment

2/7 Div Cavalry Regiment, New Guinea. Detached to No.7 Long Range Recce Patrol

Killed in Action; Sanananda, New Guinea

 

November 1935

March 1940

June 1940

December 1940 – March 1942

August 1941

April 1942 – September 1942

September 1942

19 December 1942

 

Circumstances of Death:

Captain Cobb was commanding D Squadron 2/7 Cavalry Regiment under command of 30 Brigade. The Brigade was advancing toward Sanananda Point and was delayed by Japanese road blocks. Cobb led a part of his squadron to re-join forward positions at “Huggins”, but was pinned down by Japanese fire for over a day. Cobb evacuated his wounded and remained alone at the forward point. He was not seen alive again. In these actions 2/7 Cavalry Regiment lost 7 officers and 33 other ranks killed.


 
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Maxwell IRVINE-BROWN

Pilot Officer

404736

453 Squadron

Royal Australian Air Force

15 December 1913; Brisbane QLD

8 November 1940; Rockhampton, Qld

8 October 1941 (aged 27 years)

Singapore

Accidental

Kranji War Cemetery, Kranji, Singapore [grave 37.B.9]

Australian War Memorial [panel 105]

Husband of Evaline Ellen Irvine-Brown of Blackbutt, Qld (Mrs Irvine-Brown remarried September 1947 and lived in Iowa U.S.A.)

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In Civilian Life:

On enlistment, lived at Rockhampton, Qld with his wife (married July 1940) He had been a garage proprietor and car and land salesman; and was a Collector and Secretary

 

Surf Life Saving:

He was awarded the Bronze Medallion (Number 12115) at Metropolitan-Caloundra in 1936.

He was also known in the Club as “Max” Brown

Military Service:

Previous Service as Corporal in 5 Light Horse (8 months service 1938-39, No. 76570) in Wide Bay - Burnett

Enlisted as Aircraftsman at No. 3b Mobile Recruiting Centre, Rockhampton

No2 Initial Training School, Bradfield Park

No4 Elementary Flying Training School, Mascot

No2 Service Flying Training School, Wagga

Promoted Pilot Officer

Embarked for overseas

453 Squadron RAAF, Singapore

November 1940

November 1940

January 1941

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August 1941

Circumstances of Death:

Killed in an aircraft accident approximately 40 miles South East of Singapore on 8 October 1941, when the Buffalo aircraft he was piloting crashed.


 
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William Joseph KENNELLY

Private

QX 12749

2/15 Australian Infantry Battalion

Australian Army

3 July 1915, Brisbane

18 March 1941, Brisbane

1 September 1942 (aged 27 years)

Egypt

Killed in Action

EI Alamein War Cemetery, Marsa Matruh, Egypt [A1.E.16]

Australian War Memorial [38 in the Commemorative Area]

Brisbane Cenotaph Roll of Honour

Son of William Joseph and Isabella Kennelly, of Windsor, Brisbane

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In Civilian Life:

On enlistment, he lived with his parents at Lutwyche Road, Windsor. He was employed as a veneer grader

 

Surf Life Saving

Kennelly was awarded the Bronze Medallion (Number 12887) at Metropolitan-Caloundra in 1936.

He was known in the Club as “Bonny” In the 1937-8 season he was awarded the Soden Cup as the Club’s “B” Grade Surf Champion

He was the Club Boat Captain in the 1940-41 season before enlisting.

 

Military Service:

On enlistment in the AIF, Kennelly was noted a currently serving in the Australian Army Service Corps (No Q45288

 

posted to 7 Training Battalion, Brisbane

promoted Lance Corporal]

promoted Corporal, embarked for the Middle East

taken on strength of 2/15 Battalion (20th Brigade, 9th Division) as a reinforcement, after that Battalion’s service at the Siege of Tobruk.

 

 

2/15 Battalion formed part of the occupation force in Syria / Lebanon

2/15 Battalion deployed to the Western Desert.

reported Missing in Action – believed killed or wounded

reported Missing - believed killed

reported Killed in Action

buried El Alamein

1941

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April

June

September

 

1942

January

July

1 September

21 September

30 November

9 December

 

Circumstances of Death

On 1 September 1942, the 2/15 Battalion (supported by a squadron from 40 Royal Tank Regiment, a Light Anti-Aircraft Troop, an Anti-tank Battery, a Machine Gun Company and Field Engineers) participated in the 9th Division's diversionary attack south of Tel-el-Eisa, codenamed Operation BULIMBA. This was planned as a response to German offensive actions further south during the lead-up to the final assault in late October and early November 1942 – The Battle of El Alamein.

In heavy fighting near Point 23, a low rocky outcrop, the battalion came up against heavy resistance after penetrating a German minefield. The Battalion suffered heavy casualties – 2 Officers and 31 Other Ranks Killed in Action; 5 Officers and 108 Other Ranks Wounded in Action; 2 Officers and 31 Other Ranks Missing in Action.

It is believed that Corporal Kennelly was among those initially posted as missing. On 25 October, the Battalion Chaplain “Jimmy” James went unarmed near enemy lines to recover 14 bodies from the BULIMBA action in a minefield. For this action Chaplain James was awarded the Military Cross. It is believed that Corporal Kennelly’s body was one of those recovered, as evidenced by the change in his status at 30 November.


 
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Barry John WHISTON

Lance Corporal

1202024

3 Cavalry Regiment

Australian Army

7 December 1946, Brisbane Qld

1967, Brisbane

18 February 1970 (aged 23 years)

Long Hai Hills, Phuoc Tuy Province, South Vietnam

Killed in Action

Mount Thompson Crematorium, Holland Park, Brisbane.

Australian War Memorial [4 in the Commemorative Area]

Son of George John Percival and Rae Alexandra Whiston, of Wavell Heights, Brisbane

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In Civilian Life:

Barry Whiston attended Kedron State School and completed his Junior Certificate at Wavell State High School.

He completed an apprenticeship as a Carpenter in 1966, and lived with his parents until enlisting in the Army.

He also played Rugby League for North Suburbs in the Brisbane C Grade competition.

He was engaged to be married in July 1970.

 

Surf Life Saving:

He was awarded the Bronze Medallion (Number Q3801) at Metropolitan-Caloundra in 1964. He was an active member of the Club until joining the Army and was an enthusiastic boat rower. In the 1963-64 season he was the Club Boat Vice-Captain, and the Junior Club Champion and Best Junior Belt. He was the Club Boat Captain in the 1964-65 season.

 

Military Service:

Barry voluntarily enlisted in the Australian Regular Army in 1967. It is believed undertook his Recruit Training at 3 Training Battalion, Singleton. He was posted to Armoured Corps – declining an offer to become a Physical Training Instructor. Metropolitan-Caloundra SLSC Roll of Honour 1962-72 He completed his Corps Training at Puckapunyal, and was posted to 2 Cavalry Regiment at Holsworthy. He was promoted Lance Corporal. In mid-1969 he was posted to 3 Cavalry Regiment in South Vietnam.

 

Circumstances of Death

8 Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment conducted Operation HAMMERSLEY in the Long Hai Hills of Phuoc Tuy Province from 10 February to 3 March 1970. On 18 February C Company 8 RAR, supported by 3 Troop, B Squadron, 3 Cavalry Regiment (in which Barry Whiston commanded an APC), had made contact with the enemy Viet Cong D445 Battalion. The Company in APCs advanced and contacted enemy in bunkers – Barry’s APC was hit by two RPGs. A heavy fire fight occurred and attempts to recover the damaged APC were prevented by heavy enemy small arms and RPG fire. The badly wounded APC crew and five C Company soldiers were trapped in the burning vehicle. Two men from an adjacent APC ran to the disabled vehicle and forced open the rear door allowing the five infantrymen to escape. In the meantime a tank attempted to tow the APC to safety and, as the two men returned to rescue the crew, the enemy threw a satchel charge into the vehicle, totally destroying it and killing the crew (Lance Corporal Barry Whiston and Trooper Hugh Carlyle).