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Name: Alley T.H.
Service No: NX13009
Rank: Lt.
Unit: 6 DIV CAV

Brief History

On return from M.E. to Northern Territory.Transferred to A.N.G.A.U. Because of pre-war service in New Guinea and the Pacific Islands. Member of Operation MOSSTROOPS in Sepik Caper See Farlow report.(Cobber of Rob. McKay). Always known as Bill Alley.

(Details required) Bill at the Cavalry Bar

VALE: 06/11/1999

ServiceAustralian Army 
Service NumberNX13009 
Date of Birth18 Apr 1912
Place of BirthGRAFTON, NSW 
Date of Enlistment24 Apr 1940 
Locality on EnlistmentSYDNEY, NSW 
Place of EnlistmentPADDINGTON, NSW 
Date of Discharge9 Jan 1947
Posting at DischargeAustralian New Guinea Administrative Unit 



(Cavalry News 64, December 1999)

Bill was born at Grafton on 18 April 1912 and died at Alstonville on 6 November 1999.

Bill went to school at All Saints, Bathurst where his three loves were reputed to be football, Shakespeare and the girls of Marsden.  He was a jackeroo in the Cassilis area for some years before going to the Gulf where he was a ringer on Lawn Hill Station.  After this period he went to New Guinea and became a plantation manager on the island of Bougainville.

When war broke out he returned to Australia as soon as he could be relieved and enlisted on 24 April 1940 and joined the second reinforcements to the 6 Div Recce Regiment.

On arrival overseas he was posted to "C" Squadron where he served in the Siva - Giarabub area and the second desert push, then on to Syria where he became a proud member of the Kelly Gang.  From then on he was in the Squadron I Section.

He left the Regiment in the Northern Territory on transfer to ANGAU, from which he was seconded to a Z Special Mission known as MOSSTROOPS operating behind Jap lines on the Sepik River.  After that wound up he went to Bougainville and acted as forward scout with the Fijian Forces where he was wounded, gained an MID and was commissioned.

On discharge he married Meg Sanders and took up a farm in the Rylestone area.  While there they had two children, Margaret and Jim.  They then sold and moved to a Tenterfield property where they remained until his retirement to Alstonville in 1978.

Bill was a man of many parts, a lover of good music, art and literature.  A persistent versifier and complier of limericks.  He had a great appreciation of red wine and was a man who loved nature.

For many years he banded birds for the CSIRO.  He was an ardent fly fisherman and gardener.  In his own words he has never had time to be bored in his life.


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