1960’s era Australian Army Brigadier’s uniform jacket to John Springhall MBE OAM
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A 1960’s era Battle Dress uniform jacket to Brigadier John Springhall MBE OAM. Wool BD jacket, with full Colonel rank insignia to boards, gorgets to collars and medal ribbon bar, showing Member of the British Empire (Mil), Order of St. John of Jerusalem, WW2 campaign & Territorial Decoration with rosette. Named tailors tag 161232 Col. SPRINGHALL. Large size, waist 106cm, shoulder width 43cm.
Brigadier John Anthony Springhall MBE OAM KStJ RFD ED PhD MVSc MACVSc. Was born in Sydney in 1922, attended Scots College. He was an enthusiastic participatory sportsman and a senior oarsman at the School. He attended Scots as a day boy, successfully completing his matriculation year in 1940. He enlisted in the Second A.I.F. in 1941. He had been an outstanding schoolboy sportsman, and a keen participant as a rugby and tennis player, an athlete and rower and as a keen skier. He served as a commando for four years in the 2/6 Independent Company at Balikpapan and elsewhere in Borneo “behind the lines”. Very occasionally he would describe some of his experiences, in those times, operating perhaps in the most dangerous environment in which in which any soldier can fight. With his colleagues, he was active in demolition work, the cutting of supply lines, destroying of enemy communications and in numerous ambushes. After the conclusion of the Second World War, John Springhall continued his voluntary service in the Citizen Military Forces, as well as being an accomplished country vet and dedicated member of the St. John’s Ambulance service. He was decorated with a military MBE in 1956. On promotion to Lieutenant Colonel, he was appointed as the Commanding Officer of the Queensland University Regiment and served for a triennium from 1962. After various senior staff postings, he was promoted to Brigadier and appointed as Commander of 7 Task Force, based at Kelvin Grove in Brisbane. In this role he was also the Assistant Commander of the First Division; and as such was the Senior Army Reserve Officer in Queensland for the triennium from 1975. In his retirement, he served for more than 10 years on the Committee of Management of the Queensland Commando Association, together with colleagues who had also served in the Independent Companies, with the Coastwatchers and with those survivors who had served in the “Z Force” special units. He passed away in Brisbane in 2005.
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