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He lived at Kew, Melbourne, for over thirty years; then, after his wife died, with his one surviving son at Roseville, Sydney.
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He enlisted in the Australian Regular Army on 10 June Postings to the 14th National Service Training Battalion and —57 and the 1st Field Regiment —55 and —58 followed. Promoted temporary captain, in December Badcock was sent to Army Headquarters as a staff officer. In he changed his surname to Badcoe.
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He saw the conditions under which the South resisted communist insurgency which was led by the Democratic Republic of Vietnam North Vietnam. Back in Australia, Badcoe returned to the 1st Field Regiment, but in transferred to the infantry; in June he was promoted provisional major. Short, round and stocky, with horn-rimmed spectacles, Badcoe did not look a hero. He was a quiet, gentle and retiring man, with a dry sense of humour. His wife was his confidante. Badcoe neither drank alcohol nor smoked; bored by boisterous mess activities, he preferred the company of a book on military history.
To his colleagues he was an enigma, yet many humoured his boundless enthusiasm in field exercises and his off-duty discourses on martial matters.
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He was allotted to the Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery in which he served in a number of Regimental and Staff postings until August He monitored a radio transmission which stated that the Subsector Advisor, a United States Army officer, had been killed and that his body was within 50 metres of an enemy machine-gun position; further, the United States Medical Advisor had been wounded and was in immediate danger from the enemy. Major Badcoe with complete disregard for his own safety moved alone across metres of fire-swept ground and reached the wounded advisor, attended to him and ensured his future safety.
He then organised a force of one platoon and led them towards the enemy post. His personal leadership, words of encouragement, and actions in the face of hostile enemy fire forced the platoon to successfully assault the enemy position and capture it, where he personally killed the machine gunners directly in front of him. He then picked up the body of the dead officer and ran back to the Command Post over open ground still covered by enemy fire.
Major Badcoe left the Command group after their vehicle broke down and a United States officer was killed; he joined the Company Headquarters and personally led the company in an attack over open terrain to assault and capture a heavily defended enemy position. In the face of certain death and heavy loss his personal courage and leadership turned certain defeat into victory and prevented the enemy from capturing the District Headquarters.
During the move forward to an objective the company came under heavy small arms fire and withdrew to a cemetery for cover, this left Major Badcoe and his radio operator about 50 metres in front of the leading elements, under heavy mortar fire. Seeing this withdrawal, Major Badcoe ran back to them, moved amongst them and by encouragement and example got them moving forward again. He then set out in front of the company to lead them on; the company stopped again under heavy fire but Major Badcoe continued on to cover and prepared to throw grenades, when he rose to throw, his radio operator pulled him down as heavy small arms fire was being brought to bear on them: he later got up again to throw a grenade and was hit and killed by a burst of machine gun fire.
Soon after, friendly artillery fire was called in and the position was assaulted and captured. His valour and leadership were in the highest traditions of the military profession and the Australian Regular Army. On his return to Africa, Anderson enlisted in the local volunteers in November , following the start of World War I. Next year he joined the Calcutta Volunteer Battery. Serving with the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Regiment, he displayed outstanding leadership during fighting at Nhamacurra, Portuguese East Africa Mozambique , in July and was awarded the Military Cross Before he was demobilised in February , he was promoted to temporary captain.
In they migrated to Australia with their daughter and twin sons. He purchased a acre ha grazing property, Fernhill, at Crowther, near Young. During the operations in Malaya from the 18th to 22nd Jan. His Force destroyed ten enemy tanks. When later cut off, he defeated persistent attacks on his position from air and ground forces, and forced his way through the enemy lines to a depth of fifteen miles.
He was again surrounded and subjected to very heavy and frequent attacks resulting in severe casualties to his Force. He personally led an attack with great gallantry on the enemy who were holding a bridge, and succeeded in destroying four guns. Lieutenant-Colonel Anderson throughout all this fighting, protected his wounded and refused to leave them. He obtained news by wireless of the enemy position and attempted to fight his way back through eight miles of enemy occupied country.
This proved to be impossible and the enemy were holding too strong a position for any attempt to be made to relieve him. On the 19th January Lieutenant-Colonel Anderson was ordered to destroy his equipment and make his way back as best he could round the enemy position. Throughout the fighting, which lasted for four days, he set a magnificent example of brave leadership, determination and outstanding courage. He not only showed fighting qualities of a very high order but throughout exposed himself to danger without any regard to his own personal safety.
He returned to farming near Young and later took over a property, Springfield, that his wife had inherited. He became an advocate for rural issues and for improving the rehabilitation of service personnel. Defeated in , he stood unsuccessfully in before regaining Hume next year; re-elected in , he served until again defeated in During his second term, he was a member of the joint committees on the Australian Capital Territory —61 and Foreign Affairs In Anderson had revisited Kenya and Britain; in he returned to Thailand as special Australian representative during wreath-layings on war graves at the River Kwai.
He retained his military links, becoming honorary colonel of the 56th Battalion —57 and the 4th Battalion —60 , Citizen Military Forces. In he again visited Malaya as the guest of the British 17th Division, which was conducting a study tour of the Muar battle. On 11 November he died in his home at Red Hill, Canberra, and was cremated with full military honours. He was survived by two daughters and a son; his wife and their other son predeceased him.
Employed as an apprentice boilermaker in Newcastle, he enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on 8 February For most conspicuous bravery and leadership in attack on the Beaurevoir—Fonsomme line, near Estrees, north of St Quentin, on the 3rd October, His company commander was severely wounded early in the advance and Lt.
Maxwell at once took charge. The enemy wire when reached under intense fire was found to be exceptionally strong, and closely supported by machine guns, whereupon Lt. Maxwell pushed forward single handed through the wire and captured the most dangerous gun, killing three and capturing four enemy.
He thus enabled his company to penetrate the wire and reach the objective. Later, he again dashed forward and silenced, single handed, a gun which was holding up a flank company. Subsequently, when with two men only he attempted to capture a strong party of the enemy, he handled a most involved situation very skilfully, and it was due to his resource that he and his comrades escaped. Throughout the day Lt. Maxwell set a high example of personal bravery, coupled with excellent judgement and quick decision.
After returning to Australia in he worked in a variety of occupations in Sydney, Canberra and New South Wales country towns.
On 14 February , describing himself as a reporter, he married a year-old tailoress, Mabel Maxwell not a relative at Bellevue Hill, Sydney, with Catholic rites. There was a daughter of the marriage which was dissolved in with his wife as petitioner. His health was often very unstable. He attempted, unsuccessfully because of his age, to enlist in the 2nd AIF, but eventually succeeded in enlisting in Queensland under a false name; his identity was discovered and he was discharged.
On 6 July Maxwell collapsed and died of a heart attack in a street in his home suburb of Matraville; he had for some time been an invalid pensioner. For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty, when his platoon was held up by an enemy strong point, and severe casualties prevented progress. He then bombed the position, captured the gun crew, all of whom he had wounded, killed an officer who showed fight, and seized the gun.
He arrived in Sydney on 9 October to a tumultuous welcome. He rejected an offer to join the military police, whom he disliked intensely, and was discharged on 12 December.
Kenny repeatedly suffered the effects of trench feet; the war had also made him partially deaf. He never recovered from the deaths of his elder daughter in and his only son in both from rheumatic fever. Survived by his wife and one daughter, he died in Concord Repatriation Hospital, Sydney, on 15 April and was buried in Botany cemetery. It was a bitter irony that the pall bearers at his funeral were military policemen. Kenny was a staunch Catholic, a vital man of immense character and physical stature.
He had no shortage of friends and was often involved in good-natured pranks.
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Though he never talked openly of his wartime experiences, he always led the V. In the Bede Kenny Memorial Ward was opened at Wentworth Private Hospital, Randwick, to provide beds for ex-servicemen ineligible for repatriation hospital treatment. He spent his formative years in northern NSW where he graduated from high school in He demonstrated an early aptitude for soldiering and was awarded the prizes for best shot and best at physical training in his platoon.
Subsequently he was allocated to the Royal Australian Infantry Corps and posted to the school of infantry at Singleton, NSW, where he excelled in his initial employment training. At the completion of this training he was again awarded best shot and best at physical training, as well as the award for the most outstanding soldier in his platoon. It was during this time that Trooper Donaldson decided to pursue his ambition to join the Special Air Service Regiment. In February , he successfully completed the Special Air Service Regiment selection course and was posted to the regiment in May Since that time he has been deployed on operations to East Timor, Afghanistan and Iraq.
On 12 August , Trooper Donaldson was wounded in action whilst conducting nighttime operations in Oruzgan Province, Afghanistan.
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He recovered from his minor wounds and continued on the deployment.