OBJECTS OF THE ASSOCIATION
- To preserve the memory and records of those who served with the 2/20th Battalion A.I.F. and guard their good name and interests;
- To strengthen the ties of friendship created by service with the 2/20th Battalion A.I.F.; and
- To continue the unique ethos of camaraderie that sustained the members of the 2/20th battalion A.I.F. and 8th Division for the benefit of successive generations within the 8th Division family.
David Sidney Thompson as a corporal 2/20th Australian Infantry Battalion and a prisoner of the Japanese, 1940-1945, interviewed by Tim Bowden (1982)
2/20th Australian Infantry Battalion Member to Receive Posthumous Award
Private James O’Dea NX77958 aka James Henry Arthur Whitcombe was born in Newcastle on the 26/9/1912. James was an accomplished boxer in the 1930′s and fought in various locations including Sydney and Ballina. Pte James O’Dea was captured by the Japanese at the Fall Of Singapore. On the 16/3/1942, Pte O’Dea and 5 other men (2 from the 2/18th, 2 from the 2/10th Ambulance and 1 from the 8 Div HQ) escaped Changi, stole a boat but were recaptured while wading ashore on the Malay side of the Johore Straight. Pte O’Dea and the 5 other men were executed on the 17/3/1942.
On the 27/8/2018 the Minister For Defence Personnel Darren Chester announced that 28 servicemen including Pte O’Dea and the other 5 Men would be posthumously awarded The Commendation For Gallantry.
Thank you to Wendy Baker for your research.
NX10935, Private Max Ernest DENNING
NX72734, Private Frank Clem SMITH
NNX50646, Private Leslie WEST
The Annual Newsletter of the 2/20th Battalion Assoc.
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Thumbs Up, 2018
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