Notice of Changes:

28/03/2018:::::  My National ROT Database has now accumulated 17,407 Records, some of which relate to - 13,767 Veteran Rats who Returned and 2519 Fallen Rats who still hold Sacred Ground on or near the Battle Fields they fought at.

In addition, there are 1,155 POWs listed. Included in the above figures are - 171 Polish Veteran Rats and 102 UK Rats, both of whom came to Australia after WW2.

In Addition: In the Un-Confirmed Section, are 171 records, for which the Service Records are not available online at NAA, allowing Verification of Service as a Rat of Tobruk; nor is there other means of verifying their Service as Rats of Tobruk - I need your assistance with these Soldiers records.

Since 1st September 2017; 336 Rats of Tobruk have been added to my National ROT Database.

This leaves me about 600 - 800 short of the Pass Through Number at the peak of the Siege of Tobruk, of a stated 14,000.

The records mentioned above are displayed in my ROT Website under the Honour Rolls Menu.

Due to the complex criteria involved in the research of Service Records, it is not possible to guarantee that all Rats of Tobruk, Fallen or POWs, have been included in this Database or that every record is actually that of a Rat of Tobruk; based on their Unit, Enlistment Date, arrival Date in the Middle East, and their movements during the Siege of Tobruk Period, for their particular Unit. More specifically, the lack of Verification of Service for some Individuals is due to the fact that Documented Evidence is not available to confirm their Service, based on the required criteria.

It would be most helpful, if Descendants and Relatives of a Rat of Tobruk could see their way clear to have the Service Records of their Rat of Tobruk made viewable online at NAA, or being able to provide other forms of documented evidence, thereby allowing the Verification of Service as a Rat of Tobruk, to be ascertained.

Your request to NAA can be performed by Email ( archives@naa.gov.au ) stating - I request the Service Records of (Service Number), (Full Names) be made viewable online.

E & O E - If you have concerns for any record appearing on my ROT Web Site, or if you think I have missed a Rat of Tobruk Veteran, Fallen Rat or POW Rat, please contact the Author, Owen Carlton, by Email ( ocar23@iinet.net.au ) with the relevant details of your concern. I will be only too pleased to assist in any way I can.

We do have a high number of Blank Cells shown for the Deceased Date of Rats - Help is needed to fill these Blank Cells with the correct Full Date of Death, for completion of a record.

Remember the Rats of Tobruk Motto - "No Surrender" and "What We Have - We Hold"

Let us all assist; in Keeping the FLAME Burning, in Memory of All Rats of Tobruk, who Served with the Allied Forces involved in the Siege of Tobruk.

 

Owen Carlton

A Proud Nasho

 

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I refer you to the New ROT Public Group for those who follows the Rats of Tobruk on Facebook. ( https://www.facebook.com/groups/1731960383776750/ )

and draw your attention another good Rats of Tobruk Facebook Group ( https://www.facebook.com/groups/6150051315/ )

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