Ronald William John SCOTT
New South Wales Police Force – Resigned & rejoined Army as a Sergeant
Regd. # ?
Commonwealth Police – 1963 –
Federal Police ? – 1966 – Resigned
Stations: Leichhardt, Lithgow ( 18 months ), Regent Street ( 6 months ) & Camperdown ( 12 months )
Service: From 1947 to 1951
2/6 Cavalry Commando Regiment & 2nd Cavalry Regiment
Service # 24494 ( NX175312 ) – Corporal
Born: 29 January 1925 – Cootamundra
Died on: 16 September 2011
Funeral date: Wednesday 21 September 2011 @ 10am
Funeral location: North Chapel, Church Yard M, Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Camden Valley Way, Leppington, NSW
Buried at: Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Camden Valley Way, Leppington, NSW
“C” Troop identity who went on to be President of the N.S.W.Association.
SERVICE RECORD COPIED FROM WWII NOMINAL ROLL
|Name||SCOTT, RONALD WILLIAM JOHN|
|Service Number||24494 (NX175312)|
|Date of Birth||29 Jan 1925|
|Place of Birth||COOTAMUNDRA, NSW|
|Date of Enlistment||18 Sep 1943|
|Locality on Enlistment||Unknown|
|Place of Enlistment||BATHURST, NSW|
|Next of Kin||SCOTT, W|
|Date of Discharge||6 Jan 1947|
|Posting at Discharge||2/10 COMMANDO SQN|
August 2005 Ron was selected to join the Commemorative Mission to Hawaii marking the 60th. anniversary of victory in the Pacific.
See Double Diamond December issue 2005 for full report.
Article Published in Liverpool RSL Sub-Branch Magazine.
Born at Cootamundra on the 29th. January 1925, the elder of eight children of Australian born parents of English and Irish decent.
Ron’s early childhood was on his parent’s property at Yeoval NSW, where he recalls helping trappers at night to collect rabbits.
Due to a major bushfire that ravaged the area in 1933, The family and remaining stock moved to a second property at Quandialla NSW, A wheat and sheep district where they remained for many years.
His schooling was at a one-teacher school near a Rail Siding called Berendebba, there were on average, sixteen pupils attending class 1st. to 6th.:Ron managed to gain a bursary.
At the outbreak of war in 1939, and still a youth of fourteen he witnessed almost every able bodied man in the district going off to war, For the next couple of years, Ron shore sheep, lumped wheat, fenced and became a general rouseabout.
During 1942 at the age of 17 years six months, he enlisted in the RAAF, after a medical at Parkes and interviews at Sydney, he was informed of a long waiting list before eventual call-up.
Now 18 years he managed to enlist in the AIF in l 943,Basic training was at Bathurst, then on to Canungra Jungle Training for the gruelling Infantry course, Ron volunteered for the Commando Course to follow.
Joining the newly formed 6 Div. Cav. Commando Regiment on the Atherton Tablelands, Ron allotted to 10 Commando Sqn. Sailed with 7 and 9 Sqn on the Katoomba as vanguard for the 6″‘ Division Aitape-Wewak campaign in New Guinea.
A bitter and costly campaign fought for days behind enemy lines, Culminating in the surrender of general Adachi, being present at the surrender Ron felt very fortunate.
On returning from New Guinea and spending some weeks in Concord Hospital, His discharge finally completed, Ron applied and was accepted into the NSW Police force, He was stationed at Leichhardt, Lithgow, Regent Street and Camperdown, Fate took over when Ron on behalf of the Police service went to Victoria Barracks to borrow Walkie Talkie sets for crowd control, The then Col.F. Hassett convinced him that by returning to the regular Army with the rank,his pay would double; The Police Certificate of Service says Very Satisfactory.
Posted to 13 National Service Battalion at Ingleburn as an instructor in 1951, Ron remained there until posted to Japan and then on to 1 RAR Korea as Regimental Police Sgt. Returning with the Battalion in April 1956 to Enoggera Barracks QLD.
Still with I RAR posted to Malaya in Sep. 1959 to Nov. 1961, Returning to Holsworthy NSW, remained as R P Sgt, and Mess Secretary/Treasurer until his discharge on 17 Jan. 1963, as pre arranged Ron again elected to join. the Commonwealth and later Federal Police Service.
After some years and tiring of shift work and double shifts, He decided to call it a day_ Resigning with a Certificate of Service marked Satisfactory.
Ron joined Nock and Kirby’s warehouse at Hoxton Park, which later became Burns Philp, then BBC.
Ron and wife Pat have lived at Minto for the past 24 years, their Son and Daughter both married with children live at Minto and Ingleburn.
Service medals and badges. 39/45 Star,Pacific Star,War Medal,Australian Service Medal . General service medal and clasp Malaya. Australian service Medal 1945-75 and Clasp Korea. Australian service medal 1945-75 and Clasp Malaya. Australian Defence medal 1945-75. Pingat Jasa Malaysia Medal. Active service Badge No.462660. Infantry Combat Badge. WW2 Anniversary Medallion.
And Finally: STATEMENT FROM THE MAN HIMSELF:
MY RECOLLECTIONS OF THE END OF WW2.
As a member of the 2/6 Cav. Commando Regiment comprising 7,9, l 0,Commando Squadrons, We had taken part in the whole of the Aitape-Wewak New Guinea campaign by the 6th.Division.At this time my 2/10 Squadron was occupying a place called Cape Karawop just north of Wewak which had recently been taken after a major battle.Cape Karawop was supposed to give us a rest after a five months continued action, including an amphibious landing at Dove Bay south of Wewak, The Japanese were moving down from the Mountains to our coastal holiday home, they would attack at night with grenades and rifle fire.To us this unofficial War carried on for several nights after we had been told the Japs had surrendered, I can recall our chaps yelling out “The war is over you silly bastards”. From our Unit History “To The Green Fields Beyond” by Shawn O’Leary, I have made the following interesting extracts covering the period.8.15am 6th August 1945, 1 st Atom bomb dropped on Hiroshima.11 am 9th August 1945, 2nd Atom bomb dropped on Nagasaki12th August 1945,Sydney’s crazy celebrations could be heard on our Signals wireless.9.14am 15th August 1945,the single code word NEON was flashed around the globe to confirm the unconditional surrender of Japan, Sydney again went wild, from a platform in the Domain Jack Davey entertained an audience of 150,000.The Commandos took stock of their losses in the campaign, 48 killed 119 wounded, They had killed 778 Japanese taken 23 prisoners and found 363 dead, Our last casualty was on the 18th. “August 1945, A young 19 year old killed by one of our own booby traps while checking for Japanese infiltrators. On the 22nd August 1945 General Adachi advised that Japanese troops had been ordered to cease fire but not to lay down their Arms.On the 13th September 1945 General Adachi formally signed surrender documents on the Air strip at Cape Wom before Major General H.C.H Robertson.Having served the whole of the Campaign and being present on the surrender parade, I was most grateful and proud to have survived WW2
Signed: R W Scott.