REMINISCENCES OF THE DALY FAMILY
A tribute to Michael Christian Daly & Eileen Gertrude Green,to their descendents and to their ancestors and to the many cousins
     

Thomas Alexander Green 1913 - 1945
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Thomas is my first cousin, once removed. That is, he is my mother's first cousin. She is Eileen Gertrude Green (1914-1991). This is a photograph of Private Green held in the Museum at Redhill in South Australia. He is honoured in the list of those from the town who lost their lives during World War II. Refer to my Visit to Redhill page for more information.

My subsequent research on Thomas's war service showed the misfortune he suffered. He was recruited as a national serviceman to the Australian Infantry Forces 2/10 Battalion. The Battalion saw service in the Middle East (Palestine), North Africa (Tobruk), Europe and later New Guinea in 1942, 1943 and again in 1944. Thomas was to survive all this.

On 1 July 1945 the battalion landed at Balikpapan in Borneo and stormed the heights of Parramatta Ridge. In ensuing days it cleared the Japanese from in and around Balikpapan town. Thomas was killed in action on the first day. Just a short 6 weeks before the end of hostilities and only 5 days before the Battalion was withdrawn into reserve on 6 July 1945.

I subsequently obtained more information about Thomas and the war from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and the Australian War Memorial. Thomas Alexander Green's name is located at 34 in the Commemorative Area at the Australian War Memorial (as indicated by the poppy on the adjacent plan).

More reading about Thomas's 2/10th Battalion is available at www.awm.gov.au/units/unit_11261.asp. Reference www.naa.gov.au. Thomas's army record has not been digitized however a copy may be purchased from NAA using his service number SX22187 as a reference in your search.

A detailed history, "Purple and Blue - The History of the 2/10th Battalion" (4th Edition) by Frank Allchin of the 2/10th Battalion has been published. See the webpage www.regimental-books.com.au/purple-and-blue-the-history-of-the-210th-battalion-4th-edition-p-346.html. This link states:

" This book covers the history of this famous unit during its period of active service during The Second World War. Formed at Woodside, South Australia in October 1939; the Battalion had served as part of an anti-invasion force in the UK in the dark days of 1940. It was meant to support the British Expeditionary Force in France but reached the UK just after Dunkirk. As part of the 18th Brigade of the renowned 7th Division (The Silent Seventh) it moved to the Middle East, where in 1941, it played a significant part in stopping the German under Field Marshall Rommel holding Tobruk. Then followed service until early 1942, on the Syrian-Turkish border, where another German attack threatened."

" The Battalion then returned to Australia after Japan entered the war; and so our country was at risk. After brief home leave and moves to Tenterfield and Kilcoy, in August 1942 it moved to Milne Bay, in Papua. With its’ sister Battalions the 2/9th and 2/12th, they stopped the Japanese for the first time on land as the Japanese tried to take Milne Bay air base. The end of 1942 and early 1943 saw the Battalion help defeat the Japanese at Buna and Sanananda; but at great cost 113 men killed and 205 wounded."

" After returning to the Atherton Tablelands in Australia for rest and reinforcement, the Battalion went back to Papua New Guinea for the battle in the Ramu Valley in 1944. Its final commitment was “Oboe 2” – the landing at Balikpapan in Borneo, in 1945. The 2/10th Battalion AIF was disbanded on the 29th of December 1945, at the scene of their final action, in Balikpapan."

Until recently Thomas's name was included in Rostrevor Old Collegians Roll of Honour. Rostrevor is a Christian Brothers school in Adelaide, South Australia. The site for the link no longer appears to be current - it was: www.rostrevor.sa.edu.au/community/wwii-honour-roll. The other links above are accurate as at 11 February 2017.

 

MWJ Daly