Donald George Melbourne MATHESON

MATHESON, Donald George Melbourne

Service Number: WX11483
Enlisted: 9 April 1941
Last Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
Last Unit: 7th Division Cavalry Regiment
Born: Waiki, New Zealand, 19 July 1904
Home Town: Wiluna, Wiluna, Western Australia
Schooling: Unknown
Occupation: Mines Superintendent
Died: Killed in Action, Bougainville, Solomon Islands, Pacific Islands, 30 January 1944, aged 39 years
Cemetery: Port Moresby (Bomana) War Cemetery, Papua New Guinea
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Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, East Perth Department of the Minister for Mines Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Lieutenant Colonel, WX11483
9 Apr 1941: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Lieutenant Colonel, WX11483
30 Jan 1944: Involvement Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Lieutenant Colonel, WX11483, 7th Division Cavalry Regiment, 2nd/7th Cavalry Commando Regiment

Newspaper article about Donald


Melbourne, February 10.

Lieut-Colonel D. G. Matlieson, M.C., M.M. and D.S.C. (American) is reported

to have been killed in action on January 30th

A digger of the last war at the age of thirteen years he saw service

In this war he was a leader in New Caledonia last year

Lieut.-Colonel Matheson was awarded the D.S.C. by President Roosevelt for
extraordinary heroism on Guadalcanal.

Brigadier-General Sebree once said of him—"No man on this island has contributed more to our victory than Matheson; no one has done more to
give us a high regard for the Australian man."

Lieut-Colonel Matheson was born in New Zealand.
He was a mining engineer before the war, and at onetime was superintendent of the Wiluna mines. He leave a widow, who is living in Melbourne.

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Donald George Melbourne MATHESON was born in Waiki, New Zealand on 19th July, 1904

His parents were John MATHESON & Caroline WILLIAMS who married in New Zealand in 1899

He married Vera Mabel VARCOE in Queensland on 25th November, 1933

See links for futher details about his life & service - he claimed to have been awarded a MC and MM in WW1 but these claims are unverified.