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Text Box:                                                   NEWSLETTER   3RD. DIVISION AASC ASSOCIATION   ISSUE 6   2009

From the President:  I shall start this with a really positive announcement. 3 Div AASC Association now has an official website. For those who have access to the internet, our address is www.15brigadeaasc.150m.com . This has been set up with the assistance of Bruce McCullough, son of “Black Jack” McCullough whose belated obituary appears on the back page of this, our 6th Newsletter. For those of you who do not have internet access, some of the material will be reproduced below and hopefully will bring memories flooding back for quite a few.

In our last Newsletter, we had photos of Bob England, proudly dressed in his Army uniform and Frank McKellar during the Annual General Meeting in 2008 receiving their Lifetime Membership Certificates on their retirement from serving on our committee after many years. Sadly, both have passed away, Bob on the 8th January this year, and Frank just a few days ago on 2nd December. We will miss them both. Their families were present when they received their certificates, indicating how much it meant to them, giving those of us remaining comfort too. We also lost Allan Closter just before the last Anzac Day on 19th April, leaving our committee rather bereft for losing three such file men. Our profound sympathy is extended to all three families who have supported our Association enormously in recent years. We have also lost our first Associate Member in Pat Mahoney. Best regards to you all, Kevin.

President: Kevin (Nipper) Taylor (9354 8808), Vice President: Colin Wood (5658 1778), Treasurer & Secretary: Jan Wadge (9889 6031)

Committee: David Tomlin (9457 4060), George Whitfield (9370 6426), Ray Middenway (9379 8116) and  Bruce Deane-Freeman ( 9796 2028)

NEWS: Of our original 800 or so members, there are 56 of us remaining on this mortal coil. Last year we reported 67 remaining members with 38 financial. This year we have just 29 financial members. There were 12 members present at our Annual General Meeting last Anzac Day, 25th April 2009. However, our Associate Members are just wonderful in helping us to keep our tradition going. We have 49 financial Associate Members and of those, 42 were present at the Luncheon this year. We are all most grateful for your support. 

Left: Major Hugh George McCullough, 3rd. Division, AASC HQ 152nd. AGT Coy., Australia 1943.

Card: circa 1944

Below: 3rd. Division “Koala on Boomerang” circa 1943.

AN OFFICER OF THE AUSTRALIAN 3rd. INFANTRY DIVISION AASC 1940-1944. “BLACK MAC”

A BELATED OBITUARY

Major HUGH GEORGE McCULLOUGH 1907-1969 my father. Known by all in civilian life as Mac, and I am told in his military life “Black Mac”.

He was born in Warrnambool, Victoria, eldest of six children, the son of George Henry McCullough and Martha Beatrice nee Barker.

George Henry was a self employed Baker and served in the Citizens Military Forces from 1905 to 1921 with the 11th. Australian Light Horse Regiment and the 4th. A.L.H. Regiment, he attained the rank of Squadron Sergeant Major. During WW1 George Henry served as a training NCO with military training units established in the Warrnambool area.

 

Mac was educated in Warrnambool, and was employed in the retail hardware/building trade until he joined G.J.Coles & Co. Ltd. as a storeman. In 1937 with his wife Freda and four children he transferred to Melbourne as a Store Manager with Coles. Over the 30 years he was employed with the Coles group he held various managerial positions including Store Opening Manager, Manager of the group distribution warehouse North Melbourne and then their new distribution establishment at Fishermans Bend, Melbourne, reputed, at the time, to be the largest and most modern distribution centre in Australasia. He retired in 1967 as a Head Office Senior Manager. For many years until his death he was a Free Mason. [1949-1969]

 

Mac was part of the compulsory Active Citizen Military Force Training Scheme during the 1920’s, when all Australian adult males had to do part time military training. He joined the Senior Military Cadets in 1921 and attained the rank of W.O.2. In 1925 he joined the senior A.M.F.  21st. Battalion and attained a Commission with the rank of 1st. Lieutenant in 1928. At the end of the 1920’s compulsory military training was abolished by the in coming Labour Government and Mac resigned his commission.

 

In June 1940 at the age of 33 years, with a wife and four children, Mac enlisted at South Melbourne, AASC, 3rd. Division, he was re-commissioned with the rank of 1st. Lieutenant, V46207, he transferred to the AIF July, 1942, at Casino, NSW, VX104216. Promoted Captain, July 1941, promoted Major, November 1942. Embarked Townsville per “Duntroon”  8/3/1943. Disembarked Port Moresby 11/3/1943. Embarked, Lae, per Katoomba, 27/1/1944, disembarked Townsville 5/2/1944. Appointment terminated 20/8/1944, transferred to the Reserve of Officers AASC, with rank of Major.

 

Mac’s brother, Sgt. Norman McCullough, served in New Guinea, also his brother in law L/Cpl. Thomas [Tom] Draffen  served in the Middle East, New Guinea and Morotai.

 

He, like a great many others, suffered with Malaria in New Guinea, my sister who is 15 years older than I am remembers him having reoccurring bouts for many years after the war.

 

Mac didn’t talk to me or my older siblings in any detail about the war in New Guinea, but he made many references to the hardships that the soldiers had to deal with, and their ability at times to achieve the impossible.  He also referred to the efforts of the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels, “without whom we couldn’t have achieved what we did in those unbelievably hard conditions”. He also felt very sorry for what his wife had to contend with during his absence, home alone raising four young children.

 

Mac and Freda’s life was devastated in 1952 with the death of their 22 year old son Donald Hugh from Cancer.

 

 Mac’s favourite relaxation in later life was Bream fishing in Gippsland, namely the Tambo River at Swan Reach and the Bemm River.

 

 Mac died suddenly in January 1969 from heart failure at home, he was 62 years old. His funeral was attended by many scores of family members, friends and associates from Army service, the Free Mason Lodge, G.J. Coles and associated company’s. I was so proud but not surprised that his life was so full of love, friendship and respect from so many people.

He left his beloved wife of 42 years, Freda, three sons and a daughter. Freda passed away in 1996 still in love with her Mac.

 

[Note: My sincere thanks to Kevin Taylor, Arthur Doyle, George Churchward and Jan Wadge for their kind reception and assistance.

Bruce McCullough, Auckland, N.Z., born 12/1944, Melbourne, son of Hugh George McCullough.]

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL.        

FALLEN COMRADES

 

 

Fallen comrades since the 2009 Anzac Day

Lest we Forget

 

 

 

 

 

Doug Hands (27/06/2009)

Ernie Manning (27/06/2008)

(Not previously reported)

Frank McKellar (02/12/2009)

Bill McMaster (10/10/2009)

 

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.

Text Box: PAST AND PRESENT COMMITTEE MEMBERS OF 3RD. DIVISION AASC ASSOCIATION
Text Box: 2004: President: Kevin (Nipper) Taylor (9354 8808), Vice President: David Tomlin (9457 4060),                      Secretary & Treasurer: Allan Closter (5988 6522), Committee: Frank McKellar (9720 5184),                      Bob England (9818 1341), George Whitfield (9370 6426), Ray Middenway (9379 8116),                              Jan Wadge (9889 6031) & Colin Wood (9772 8375
Text Box: 2005: President: Kevin (Nipper) Taylor (9354 8808), Vice President: David Tomlin (9457 4060),                      Secretary & Treasurer: Allan Closter (5988 6522), Committee: Frank McKellar (9720 5184),                      Bob England (9818 1341), George Whitfield (9370 6426), Ray Middenway (9379 8116),                              Jan Wadge (9889 6031) & Colin Wood (9772 8375
Text Box: 2006: President: Kevin (Nipper) Taylor (9354 8808), Vice President: David Tomlin (9457 4060),                      Secretary: Allan Closter, Treasurer: Jan Wadge (9889 6031) Committee: Frank McKellar (9720 5184),                      Bob England (9818 1341), George Whitfield (9370 6426), Ray Middenway (9379 8116), Colin Wood (9772 8375 & Linda Poole (9808 5301)
Text Box: 2007: President: Kevin (Nipper) Taylor (9354 8808), Vice President: David Tomlin (9457 4060),                      Secretary: Allan Closter, Treasurer: Jan Wadge (9889 6031) Committee: George Whitfield (9370 6426), Ray Middenway (9379 8116), Colin Wood (9772 8375), Linda Poole (9808 5301), Bruce Deane-Freeman ( 9796 2038) and Malcolm Bolding (9726 5323)
Text Box: 2008: President: Kevin (Nipper) Taylor (9354 8808), Vice President: Colin Wood (9773 5856), Secretary: Allan Closter, Treasurer & Assistant Secretary: Jan Wadge (9889 6031) Committee: David Tomlin (9457 4060),                      George Whitfield (9370 6426), Ray Middenway (9379 8116), ), Bruce Deane-Freeman ( 9796 2038) and Malcolm Bolding (9726 5323)
Text Box: 2009: President: Kevin (Nipper) Taylor (9354 8808), Vice President: Colin Wood (5658 1778), Treasurer & Secretary: Jan Wadge (9889 6031) Committee: David Tomlin (9457 4060), George Whitfield (9370 6426), Ray Middenway (9379 8116) and  Bruce Deane-Freeman ( 9796 2028) 
Text Box: WE WILL BE ADDING  MORE NEWS, PHOTOS AND INFORMATION AS IT COMES TO HAND.

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ABOVE: Left and Centre  29/6/1943 UNLOADING AT AN ADVANCED LANDING AREA WAU-MUBO. Right: 3/8/1943 AIR DROP TO MUBO FORWARD AREA

Source: AWM. 015165, 015167, 015390.

ABOVE: Left, 4/8/1943 AUSTRALIAN’S BUILT A HOME ON A  JUNGLE HILLSIDE NEAR MUBO. Right, 9/8/1943 SALVATION ARMY OFFERING A CUP OF COCOA AND A BISCUIT TO TROOPS COMPARATIVELY CLOSE TO ENEMY LINES, DUBO AREA.  Source: AWM 015397, 015469

ABOVE: OCTOBER 1943, LAE, 106th AUSTRALIAN CASUALTY CLEARING STATION, KAMKAMBUN. Top Row: MAIN MEDICAL STRUCTURE. Bottom Row: Left, ADDITIONAL TENT WARDS. Right, DENTAL SURGERY, PART OF THE 106th. CCS  WITH THE 10th. FIELD AMBULANCE.   Source: AWM 079512, 079514, 079684, 079513.

ABOVE: left, 17/4/1943,  NEW GUINEA TRACKS ARE GOOD!!! 6th. DIVISION KANGAROO ON A BOOMERANG EMBLEM ON TRUCK. Source: Bruce McCullough, Auckland, N.Z.

Right, NADZAB AIRFIELD SUPPLIES BEING BROUGHT IN BY DEKOTA C47’s, SEPTEMBER 1943.

Text Box: ABOVE: LINKS ARE TO MOVIES TAKEN IN NEW GUINEA DURING WW2 RELATING TO TROOP 
          SUPPLY BY C-47 BISCUIT BOMBERS.  CLICK PHOTOS. Source: CRITICALPAST.COM 
               
Text Box: 2010/2011: President: Kevin (Nipper) Taylor (9354 8808), Vice President: Colin Wood (5658 1778), Treasurer & Secretary: Jan Wadge (9889 6031) Committee: David Tomlin (9457 4060), George Whitfield (9370 6426), Ray Middenway (9379 8116) and  Bruce Deane-Freeman ( 9796 2028) 
Text Box: 2012: President: Kevin (Nipper) Taylor (9354 8808), Vice President: Colin Wood (5658 1778), Treasurer & Secretary: Jan Wadge (9889 6031) Committee: David Tomlin (9457 4060), George Whitfield (9370 6426), Ray Middenway (9379 8116) and  Bruce Deane-Freeman ( 9796 2028) 
Text Box: 2013/2014: President: Kevin (Nipper) Taylor, Vice President: George Whitfield, Treasurer & Secretary: Jan Wadge  Committee: David Tomlin, Ray Middenway  and  Bruce Deane-Freeman,  Mark Sheedy.

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