• Tobruk Memorial
    Tobruk Memorial

    Australian Monument at Tobruk Libya

  • Maj Gen Sir L Moorshead, Brig R W Tovell, Lt Gen Sir A Wavell
    Maj Gen Sir L Moorshead, Brig R W Tovell, Lt Gen Sir A Wavell

    Australian Commanders, Moorshead & Tovell and British Commander Wavell.

  • Casualty Clearing Station
    Casualty Clearing Station

    Tending to the Wounded in Battle

  • Artillery Piece
    Artillery Piece

    Axis Forces with their Artillery

  • Battle Artillery
    Battle Artillery

    Axis Forces Artillery

  • Moving Bombs
    Moving Bombs

    RAF Moving 250lb Bombs

  • Battlefield Scene
    Battlefield Scene

    General Battlefield Scene

  • Field Marshall Erwin Rommel
    Field Marshall Erwin Rommel

    Field Marshall Erwin Rommel, German Commander Afrika Corps in Libya

  • Diggers On Patrol
    Diggers On Patrol

    Going oiut through the Wire on Desert Patrol

  • Writing Home
    Writing Home

    Writing Home at the End of the Day, in Camp.

  • Tobruk Harbour Fires
    Tobruk Harbour Fires

    Fires in Tobruk Harbour, Jan 1941, either a Ship or Oil Tank.

Polish Rats of Tobruk Immigrants

 

Copied from Trove and provided by Lucyna Artimiuk, from the Polish Museum in Hobart, Australia.

 

280 Poles on way to Aust.
 
AUSTRALIAN ASSOCIATED PRESS
 
LONDON, Sat. — Two hundred and eighty Polish soldiers, all members of the Rats of Tobruk Association, will leave England for Australia in the liner Asturias on August 29.
They have been specially selected for work on the Tasmanian hydro-electric scheme,and will travel as a military unit under the command of a British Major.
They will be discharged from military service when they arrive in Australia.
They will be admitted to Australia on condition that they remain in the employ of the Tasmanian Hydro-ElectricCommission for two years.
Before leaving for New York on the Queen Elizabeth today, Immigration Minister Calwell said the British Government had agreed to make available
the Asturias for another voyage to Australia in November.
She would carry 1400 migrants.

 

 

       

Rats of Tobruk Victoria Cross Recipients

 

 

Currently there are Six (6) Victoria Cross Recipients on my National ROT Database.

 

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Having recently been gratefully gifted the magnificent book "The Victoria Cross Australia Remembers" by the Author, Michael C. Madden and Miss Susan Serey, City of Casey Councillor, I was prompted to investigate how many Rats of Tobruk Victoria Cross recipients were stored  on my National ROT Database and ROT Tribute Website.

Having found Six (6) ROT Victoria Cross recipients, I felt the need to reveal the details of how they earned their Victoria Crosses, on my ROT Tribute Website, for all to see.

Thank you Michael C. Madden for producing this incredible book - a Masterpiece of our Military Heritage - and for autographing it for me, in our home - what a surprise this was for me - Blown away.

Thank you Susan Serey, for being such a great Friend and for being part of the Team which organised the launch of Michael Madden's book at Bunlil Place, City of Casey, and furthermore; for having organised the gift of the book to me, and for bringing Michael Madden to our home.

 

I recommend  this Masterpiece to all avid readers and collectors of our Australian Military Heritage, the proceeds of which goes to out Permanently and Totally Incapacitated (TPI) Victoria, Australia.

 

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The below content has been obtained from the Australian War Memorial website, with minor changes to suit my presentation.

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NX15705 EDMONDSON, John Hurst, 2/17 Bn.

images/VC/John-Edmondson.pdf

 

WX9858 GURNEY, Arthur Stanley, 2/48 Bn.

images/VC/Arthur-Gurney.pdf 


QX1071 FRENCH, John Alexander, 2/9 Bn.

images/VC/John-French.pdf  

 

WX10426 GRATWICK, Percival Eric, 2/48 Bn.

 images/VC/Percival-Gratwick.pdf

 

NX24405 CHOWNE, Albert, 2/13 Bn.

images/VC/Albert-Chowne.pdf 

 

SX7964 DERRICK, Thomas Currie, 2/48 Bn.

images/VC/Thomas-Derrick.pdf 

 

UPDATE - 110618 ::::::::::::

Dear Website Viewer - Please Note:-

  • If your Ancestor has Passed On; and if his Deceased Column is Blank; please contact the Author with his Full Date of Death, to complete his record.
  • If your Ancestor is not on this Honour Roll, check the "Uncomfirmed Roll" and if found there, please contact the Author and provide evidence of Service as a Rat of Tobruk, if possible.
  • If your Ancestor is not on any Honour Roll, please contact the Author, with his Service Number and Full Names.

 

 

A new Section ( ROT VC Recipients ) has been added to Honour Roll/Victoria Cross/ROT VC Recipients, which provides the details of our Six (6) ROT VC winners of WW2.

Please refer to these Links for more Information:-

( http://www.gunplot.net/main/content/chapter-12-tobruk-ferry-service )

( http://www.gunplot.net/main/content/scrap-iron-flotilla-sblt-j-f-moyes-ranvr-rare-1944 )

 

My ROT Tribute Website currently contains the records of 1052 RAN Members of :

  • HMAS Waterhen
  • HMAS Voyager
  • HMAS Vendetta
  • HMAS Vampire
  • HMAS StuartAlso listed are Crew Members of Escort Ships:-
  • Hobart
  • Parramatta
  • Napier
  • Nizam

These are the Ships of the Royal Australian Navy who supported our Army Troops in Tobruk, during the Siege Period of April 10 til November 7, 1941.

These Ships carried in the Supplies (Food, Ammunition, Fuel & Equipment, etc) and Reinforcement Troops to replace those who had Fallen or who were Wounded in Action.

These Ships carried out seriously Wounded, for evacuation to better equipped Hospitals in Egypt and Palestine, to receive treatment that could not be provided at the 2/4 AGH, located in Tobruk, by the Harbour.

These Ships operated under most difficult of conditions, very often under attack by Italian and German aircraft - theirs was no easy task.

The Army Rats of Tobruk, looked up to these RAN Officers and Men, who supported them under the most arduous conditions - you will never hear a Rat of Tobruk (Army) say anything bad about our Navy.

 

I thank the Webmaster of Gun Plot for providing Crew Lists for the 5 Scrap Iron Flotilla Ships, from which my records have been created - not all on those Crew Lists for these Ships, Served on the Tobruk Run, for that particular period and do not appear on my records.

 

If your RAN Rat of Tobruk is not on my ROT Tribute Website, please contact me with his Full Names and his Service Number, so that I can investigate.

My Contact Details can be found in my ROT Tribute Website - Contacts.

 

Thank You

Owen Carlton

A Proud Nasho

EX ROTA Inc

( www.ratsoftobruktribute.com )

There were many of our Indignenous Soldiers who Served with distinction during WW1 and WW2, and since.

 

The Black Rat by Iris Clayton

 

He lived in a tin hut with a hard dirt floor.
He had bags sewn together that was his door.
He was a Rat of Tobruk until forty five,
He was one of the few that came back alive.

Battered and scarred he fought for this land,
And on his return they all shook his hand.
The price of fighting for the freedom of man
Did not make any difference to this Blackman.

He returned to the outback, no mates did he find.
If he had a beer he was jailed and then fined.
He sold all his medals he once proudly wore:
They were of no use to him any more.

Confused and alone he wandered around,
Looking for work though none could be found.
The Anzac marches he badly neglected,
Would show to his comrades how he was rejected.

He fought for this land so he could be free.
Yet he could not vote after his desert melee.
And those years in the desert they really took their toll,
He went there quite young and he came home so old.

This once tall man came from a proud Black tribe,
Died all alone – no one at his side.

 

 

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