Message from the Patron of the

Descendants of the

Rats of Tobruk Australia Association Inc

Greetings

 

My name is Gordon Wallace and I am Patron of The Descendants of the Rats of Tobruk Australia Association Inc.

Historically I was the last President of the Rats of Tobruk Association (Queensland) and served  in Tobruk and North Africa in WW2.

 

Tobruk is the longest Siege in British Military History and changed the course of the Second World War.  This military action, where primarily Australian Soldiers, Airmen and Navy personnel, commanded by an Australian, frustrated the might of the German Africa Corps for 8 long months of heat, blood hardship enduring a common heroism and agony. At the height of the battle there were over 14,000 Australians involved. 

Today there are but 43 participants of this Siege remaining.

Myself, and other living and passed Veterans, asked the Descendants to form this Association so after all of us old Veterans have passed on our memories will live on. Being a young Association formed in April 2019 , they need a financial boost to help them achieve the projects they are currently undertaking which were at the suggestion of the Veterans. 

 

Some of these projects include;

  • Organising the 80th Anniversary World Reunion of the Siege of Tobruk in April 2021

  • Maintaining and erecting new memorials around Australia

  • Building a Website to pass on the stories and files etc. so the memories will always be remembered

  • Start a school program nationwide to teach and inform the younger generation how 14,000men changed the course of the war with little fighting knowledge and equipment.  To become the most revered by their enemy and known as the Rats of Tobruk in WW2

  • To assist with the proposal of recognising the fallen soldiers in foreign lands by acknowledging their passing in a tribute to the family and The War Museum for perpetuity.

At present the Association is working on photo tributes of all involved in The Siege from 10th April 1941 to the 7th December 1941.

This a time consuming project but when finished, will be a photo and information record for the families and Australian public and be granted to the Australian War Memorial as a gift from Descendants to the Nation.

As you can see The Descendants of the Rats of Tobruk Australia Association Inc have the enthusiasm of our Rats of Tobruk Veterans to keep the memories alive. The Descendants have also been proactive with the Australian Government to ensure the 80th Anniversary of the Siege of Tobruk be included on the Commemorative Calendar.

I applaud and commend the Association to you as a worthy and honorus cause and hope you will support them in their endeavours.

Cheers

Gordon Wallace

QX7646 Sergeant 2/15th Infantry Battalion 9th Division 2nd AIF

Patron of the Association

It is with great sadness we advise that our friend and patron, Gordon Wallace passed away 20 July 2020 after a prolonged fight with illness. Our sincere love & condolences to his family.

~ Rest In Peace Digger ~

PO Box 3389

VICTORIA POINT WEST Qld 4165

Australia

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This website and the information it contains would not be possible without the work of our many researchers behind the scenes, descendants and friends of the Rats. Special mention to Owen Carlton and Roger Murphy who have tirelessly worked for years verifying and documenting the Rats roll, Pierre Sellier (FR) for his artistic work creating the logo for the Association and banners, and others too many to mention who work towards keeping this story alive for the benefit of future generations. Much of the information reproduced has been sourced from the Australian War Memorial records, Battalion records, private memoirs, NAA and DVA service records and online documentation on events, places and people. All attempts possible have been made to verify its correctness and that due credit is acknowledged where known to the source. 

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