From the President: As in our last newsletter No. 6, I shall start with a really positive announcement.
The 3 Div AASC Association’s official website has been upgraded
by the payment of an annual fee, which was very kindly donated by Mark Sheedy, US$29.00, that removes all advertising and annoying pop-ups from our site, making your visit easier and less complicated. For those who have access to the internet, our address is:
For those of you who do not have internet access you really must find a family member, friend, associate or an organisation that will help you access the internet and allow you to visit our web site, it is really worth the visit! At our last committee meeting, I with the other members present, were given a tour on the Internet of our site by Mark and Jan, I found it amazing to say the least. It is full of historic photos, stories, links relating to AASC history, members diaries and memories, with an Index Page to allow you to browse the current contents of the site and choose a particular page, including “The Roll of Honour” which you must please check and advise Jan Wadge of any missing names or errors. The site now has plenty of additional space which allows us to be able to add a great deal more information, therefore we strongly urge you to contribute photos, stories, anything that would add to the preservation of the history of our Unit for current and future generations to view on the Worldwide Web. The site also has many links to allow visitors to contact the Association using our new Email address.
Best wishes Kevin
OUR NEW EMAIL ADDRESS IS: firstname.lastname@example.org
OUR WEB SITE has been established to present to all our members, their families and friends, and to those who have connections with the 3 Div. AASC worldwide, the photographic and written memories of those that served during WW2 with the AASC Units that eventually, after various reorganizations, became the 3rd. Division AASC. It is very important that we record as many stories and thoughts of those who served. These are the men who were part of an army to whom we owe our current way of life. Please contribute copies of any
photograph [s], diaries, documents, memories, light hearted or serious, of those who served. Your Aassociation’s web site is maintained and updated by Bruce McCullough, Auckland, who can be contacted at the above email address for any help or advice on how to contribute to our web site. PLEASE CONTRIBUTE FOR CURRENT AND FUTURE GENERATIONS TO ENJOY. FALLEN COMRADES Fallen comrades since the 2012 Anzac Day
Alf Middenway 16/05/2012
Albie Nunn July 2012
Bluey Doyle.Oct 2012
Lest we Forget
If any of you have information concerning fallen comrades we would be most grateful to be advised.
We shall also make a report in the next Annual Circular.
ANZAC DAY 2012. As we gathered on St. Kilda Road, it rained and rained some more, but in spite of this, spirits were high! My wife and I came over from Auckland to take part in our very first Melbourne, Anzac Day March, and to represent my Father with his old Unit the 3rd. Division AASC. We received the kind invitation to join the Association and attend the March and luncheon from Kevin Taylor. I had been in communication with Jan Wadge for sometime, gathering information for my research of my father’s, Major Hugh George McCullough [Black Mac], service with the 3rd. Division AASC and his connection with her husband, Lt. Harry Wadge. On contacting Jan, and advising her we were intending to visit Melbourne and attend the March, she very kindly offered to allow us to stay with her for a couple of days. So we hitched a plane across the Ditch and arrived on her door step on the 23rd. April. In actual fact we landed on her neighbours doorstep! Jan told us she would not be home when we arrived so she would leave the door key buried in a large flowerpot. Planning ahead I went onto Google Maps and zoomed in on Jan’s home, saw the front door and the pot in question. On arrival at Jan’s I went straight to the front door that I immediately recognized from Google maps and started to dig around in the flower pot for the buried key, which was being quite illusive! Dirt was starting be spread around the porch and I was beginning to wonder whether Jan had forgotten about us! Next minute the front door flew open and there stood a mature gentleman very
concerned that some stranger was destroying his potted glory! I immediately stood bolt upright, hands covered in dirt, and stuttered, is Jan home please? With a look of confusion and some doubt, he stated firmly that Jan lived next door! Having not met Jan before this story of our arrival quickly broke the ice and we all became instant friends. I did later apologise to Jan’s neighbour, who did have a sense of humour.
The first people we met at the March were Kevin Taylor, Colin Wood and Ron Young, all of whom made Carol and I very welcome under their umbrellas. Ron after realising who my father was immediately began telling stories of his contacts as an 18 year old with Dad who was a mature man of 32 years, we had some laughs about the good times, and I recognized my father’s personality in his stories. As the start drew near the TV asked to interview some of the Diggers, Kevin Taylor, Keith Hobson, Ron Young, George Whitfield, stepped forward and proudly and confidently answered the TV interviewers questions with many AASC members scrambling to gain position to take photos without wrecking the road side garden. The Boys gained their 15 minutes of glory and a replay of their interview can be seen on our AASC web site on “Page 2” by clicking the “YouTube” link. When it was our turn to march off, the rain suddenly stopped and away we went umbrellas folded. The experience of marching through the streets of Melbourne with some of the Diggers and representing those who were not here to attend, was a very moving feeling. To see the faces of the large crowd from the inside, that lined both sides of the street, some smiling and cheering, some sombre and thoughtful, some with tears in their eyes and children proudly waving the Australian flag. I was proud to be an Australian, and so pleased we came home to be part of the 3rd. Division AASC group.
On arriving at the Shrine we assembled at the Tree of Remembrance and Kevin [Nipper] Taylor said some appropriate words and a wreath was laid on the plaque of the 3rd. Division AASC. Again we found this to be a very moving occasion. We then boarded the waiting bus and were transported to the Celtic Club for the AGM and luncheon. The AGM flowed as it should and I said a few words about our AASC web site that was up and running, and that we needed more contributions of photos and information. It appeared that a very pleasant time was had by all. A few ales and soft drinks were consumed and a nice meal was served to alleviate the hunger pains. We sat with Jan Wadge and Colin Wood and his family and helped sort the absentee raffle tickets, and of course bought a few ourselves with high expectations of a win, but as usual just
another donation. I wouldn’t have missed it for the world. Thank you to you all for a very moving and enjoyable day. I trust we may be able to attend another gathering in the near future.
PS. We enjoyed it so much instead of staying a couple of days with Jan Wadge and her two gorgeous four legged girls, we stayed for a week! Thank you very much for your hospitality Jan. Best wishes to you all, Bruce and Carol McCullough, Auckland.
Above: L-R Ron Young and Bruce McCullough—Interview, Kevin Taylor, Keith Hobson, Ron Young, George Whitfield— The March
Below: Kevin [Nipper] Taylor— D. Tomlin, R. Middenway, R. Young, R. Prout, K. Taylor, G. Whitfield, K. Hobson— The Luncheon
FROM TOP LEFT TO RIGHT: 1/ ANZAC DAY MARCH TO THE MELBOURNE SHRINE OF REMEMBRANCE LEAD BY KEVIN [NIPPER] TAYLOR 2/ GEORGE WHITFIELD
AND RON YOUNG [FRONT SEAT] 3/ L-R KEVIN [NIPPER] TAYLOR GEORGE WHITFIELD AND RON YOUNG. [NIPPER IS HOLDING A MICROPHONE WHILE BEING INTERVIEWED BY A RESEARCHER] 4/ KEVIN, GEORGE AND RON WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS.
PHOTOS SUPPLIED BY KERRYN YOUNG [Daughter of Ron Young]
After the march members proceeded to the Celtic Club for the 67th. AGM and luncheon. The Committee members for 2013-2014 were elected. President Kevin Taylor, Vice President George Whitfield, Secretary, Treasurer Jan Wadge, Committee David Tomlin, Ray Middenway, Bruce Dean Freeman, Shaun Wood and Mark Sheedy.
At the AGM Kevin Taylor and George Whitfield were presented with life membership certificates of the Association.
10th Sept 1992. Information from John Keck.
Dear John, Thank you for your letter. Herewith is some information dealing with 3 Div. AASC's involvement in the operation to capture Salamaua, April - Sept. 1943.
I joined 3 Div. AASC in 1938, the first camp was at Mt. Martha early 1939. There were evening training sessions at the Drill Hall in Punt road and later, camps of increasing length at Mt. Martha and Camp 17, Seymour. At that time the senior officers were all WW.1 Veterans and they were gradually retired. Colonel Buley was CO. and Adjutant was Ted Hobson who held that position throughout the War.
By 1940 I was full-time, initially at Seymour, and later at Hume Camp. The whole of 15th Brigade, with 57/60th., 58th. and 59th. Battalions plus supporting troops marched from Seymour to the new camp as a training exercise. By that time I was the Brigade AASC Officer for 15th. Brigade and still in that position at Casino in NSW in mid 1942.
My recollections of the Officers of 15th. Brigade AASC at that time were of Major Hugh McCullough, as OIC, Lt. John Chappie, Alan Downing and Allan Downing, Don Greig, Noel Johns and Bruce Picken. I remember Sgt. Alan Closter very well and his version of the early years sound correct.
At Casino, I left the AASC to become Staff Captain (Learner), at 15th. Brigade H/Qtr’s. with Captain Charles Newman as Staff Captain. From there I was sent to 3 Div. H/Qtr’s. as DAQMG (Learner) under Major Des Breheim as DAQMG, and Stan Savage as GOC. and held that post when the Division moved to Mapleton and then to Port Moresby and Bulolo. It was not until 1943 that I returned to HQ. 3 Div. AASC as Ammunition Officer then moving from Bulolo to Tambu Bay and then to Lae. I Returned with the Division to Atherton in 1944 for rest and recuperation and then back to Bougainville until the War's end, then a brief stay in Rabaul until return to Australia and discharge in early 1946.
Because I spent a good part of the War in either Brigade or Div. HQ, I have huge gaps in my knowledge of the history of the AASC within 3 Div. I certainly remember Horrie Thomas as CO. of Div. Troops at Seymour, but do not know its later staffing. At the time I returned to HQ. 3 Div. AASC, the CO. was Colonel McLean, who was a top class operator who was promoted to Corps HQ. His replacement was Colonel Page, a South Australian with a fiery, but short term temper. I recall Captains Ashwin and Sykes, both W0.2’s at outbreak of war, and Sgt’s. Mitch and Bob Hughes.
The profile of 3 Div. AASC forwarded with your earlier letter is in line with my general recollections. Some of the people listed appear in the enclosed photograph which was taken in Casino. It shows Capt Newman and I, from 15th. Brigade HQ, with Hugh McCullough and other Officers from 15th. Brigade AASC.
If I come across further information I shall pass it on to you. I still see Don Greig from time to time and have some link with Charles Newman, but have no knowledge of the whereabouts of the others.
Keep up the good work John.
The “enclosed photo which was taken at Casino” referred to above is available on PAGE 2, photo number 14,
second row L-R unknown, Major Hugh McCullough, Capt. Charles Newman, Capt. John Keck.
ABOVE: LEFT, KEVIN [NIPPER] TAYLOR, AND RIGHT, GEORGE WHITFIELD, BEING PRESENTED WITH THEIR LIFE MEMBERSHIP CERTIFICATES OF THE 3RD. DIVISION AASC ASSOCIATION, BY COLIN WOOD. PHOTOS SUPPLIED BY JAN WADGE.
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