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Thursday, 1 August 1946

Mr FORDE (Capricornia) (Minister for the Army) . - by leave - The story of a well-kept secret has now been released with the publication of the awards for gallantry to a small but determined band of officers and men who carried the war thousands of miles behind the Japanese lines during the days of1943, when J apan was flushed with the fortunes of conquest. The exploit was a joint effort by a party of fourteen, comprising ten Australians and four members of the British Forces. Unfortunately, six members of this party lost their lives in a subsequent operation in 1944. The awards were approved by the King in 1944 but details were withheld for security reasons. I give now, the names and awards and also the home States of the Australians: -

British Army. - Captain (later LieutenantColonel) I. Lyon, M.B.E., Gordon Highlanders, D.S.O.

Royal Navy. - Lieutenant (later Lieutenant-Commander) D. N. Davidson, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, D.S.O.

New South Wales. - Lieutenant (later Captain) R. C. Page, Australian Imperial Force, D.S.O. (Lives of above lost in subsequent operation in 1944.)

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