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Sir John Lavarack Presents Awards

Sir John Lavarack Presents Awards

WW2 Medal Presentation.

Sir John Lavarack

Lieutenant General Sir John Lavarack KCMG KCVO KBE CB DSO

16th Governor of Queensland

In office 1 October 1946 - 4 December 1957.

WH Richards

Government House Bardon.


William Henry Richards is presented with his Award - A Military Medal.

Awards Day Government House


Eighty five awards for bravery

Eighty five awards for bravery, gained in war and peace by members of the armed forces, policemen, and civilians were presented by the Governor (Sir John Lavarack) at Government House yesterday. Each recipient was congratulated by the Governor and thanked on behalf of the King. About 300 people attended the ceremony. Sir John Lavarack was accompanied by Lady Lavarack and attended by Major A. J. Anderson, M.C. (private secretary), and Captain W. R. Rudder, A.D.C. All the service chiefs and the Police Commissioner (Mr. Carroll) were among the spectators. Air Force officers received the greatest number of awards for operations against the enemy. Mrs. F. H. Bayntun, an English bride, who has been in Queensland for six months, saw her husband presented with the Distinguished Flying Cross. Flying Officer Bayntun's parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. S. Bayntun, came from Biggenden for the occasion. Mr. N. C. Russell flew from Launceston to see the Governor pin the D.C.M. on the breast of his son, Captain N. H. Russell. Medals won by servicemen killed on active service were presented to relatives, who included two women.

Won Police V.C.

Detective Roy Laurence Gannon and Constable Alexander William Wheeler received the King's Police and Fire Services Medal-the Police V.C. - for courage and devotion to duty. Detective Gannon was seriously wounded when disarming a seaman in the steamer Tekoa at Hamilton wharf on October 21. Constable Wheeler arrested Roy Methuen Urwin at Norman Park in August, 1945. Urwin, armed with a double-barrelled shotgun, was threatening a woman. Two coloured men, Messrs. B. Delaney and D. Moreton of Stradbroke Island, received the Royal Humane Society's Bronze Medal for rescuing Nari Ameleto from drowning at Dunwich on February 28, 1946.

The Awards

The awards were :

D.S.O. - Brigadier R. J. H. Risson, C.B.E., Lieut.-Colonel O. A. Kessels. Lieut.-Colonel Kessels also received the Volunteer Officers' Decoration.

O.B.E. - Lieut.-Colonels J. L. Amies and W. J. Reinhold, Major J. F. McConachie.

M.B.E.- Lieut. J. A. Harter, R.A.N., and Captains S. C. H. Dickins and J. H. Marsh. D.S.C.- Lieut. C. A. Byrne, Byrne, R.A.N.V.R.


MILITARY CROSS. - Major D. Frovan, Captain N. B. McKenzie,Captain J. S. Winterflood, Lieut.A. J. G. Stevenson.

D.F.C. AND BAR. - Flying-Officer J. P. Lucy.

D.F.C. - Squadron-Leaders E. G.Broad and A. W. Ravenhill, Flight Lieuts. G. G. Abbott, R. M.Achilles, E. W. Bateson, W. K.Bennett, A. J. Clarson, J. R, Ennis,E. J. Hallett, J. A. Irwin, C. W.Lutton, M. H. Michael, D.- R, Parsons, H. D'Arcy' Riinsome, A. F.Studders, A. J. H. Taylor, W. ICWatson, and G. F. Williams, Flying-Officers F. H. Bayntun, J. C.Black, R. J. Brummell, H. F. Connely, D.F.M., O. W. Dawson, G. L.Hando, R. C. Harkiss, A. J.Hughes, W. B. Kaus, R. J. Leftwich, J. D. Lewis, D. B. McLean,J. D. Marley, L. N. Rackley, N. F.

Robinson, R. J. Sexton, B. G Sniller, and M. Stafford.

D.C.M.- Captain N. H. Rrussel, Lieut. S. R. Walsh, Sgt C.W. Goodyear.

GEORGE MEDAL. -Flying-Officer T. H. Dennis. D.S.M.: - Able-Seamen E.G. Bremner and L. G. Jeffery.

Bar to M.M.: Staff-Seargent A. Else.

MILITARY MEDAL.-WO H G. Henricksen, Sgts. A.A. Crilly N. J. Horngan, H. A. Rose, E G Cook, L/Cpl. L. G. Hatton, Signalman F. J. Church, Privates R.A. Lugge, and W. H. Richards.

Mr. A. Carver received the M.M. awarded to her son, the late Corporal F.C. Carver.

VOLUNTEER OFFICERS' DECORATION.- Lieut.-Commantor. L. Stevenson,


KING'S POLICE MEDAL.-Detective Constable R. L. Gannon and Constable Alexander A Wheeler.

SILVER MEDAL.-P. H Canning, 2/2 Australian General Hospital, who went to the rescue of the late Pte E. J. McHugh, who had been bitten by a shark at Trinity Beach, via Cairns, on June15, 1945.

BRONZE MEDALS.- Police Sergeant V. C. Anglim, who rescued Roy Bernard Shaw. 14, from electrocution at Red Hill on April 21 1946; B. Delaney and D. Moreton Stradbroke Island, for rescue from drowning at Dunwich; Thomas Henry Leaney, waterside worker who rescued Robert John Lettirom drowning in the Brisbane River on September 7, 1945.


Constable R. L. Edington, who rescued Lesmore Lawrence from drowning in the Brisbane River on June 27 1945."

The Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Qld. : 1933-1954), Thursday 21 November 1946, page 4

Sir John Lavarack was the first Australian-born governor of Queensland.

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