Rupert Anstice (Pat) RAFFERTY MiD

RAFFERTY, Rupert Anstice

Service Number: TX2016
Enlisted: 6 November 1939, Brighton, Tasmania
Last Rank: Captain
Last Unit: 2nd/12th Infantry Battalion
Born: Ulverstone, Tasmania, 2 January 1915
Home Town: New Town, Hobart, Tasmania
Schooling: Launceston Grammar School
Occupation: Forest Ranger/Surveyor/Draughtsman
Died: Killed in Action, Milne Bay, New Guinea, 5 October 1942, aged 27 years
Cemetery: Port Moresby (Bomana) War Cemetery, Papua New Guinea
Grave Reference: A2. B. 8.
Tree Plaque: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

6 Nov 1939: Enlisted 2nd AIF WW 2, Lieutenant, SN TX2016, Brighton, Tasmania
10 Apr 1941: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Captain, SN TX2016, Siege of Tobruk
18 Apr 1942: Promoted 2nd AIF WW 2, Captain, 2nd/12th Infantry Battalion
5 Oct 1942: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Captain, SN TX2016, 2nd/12th Infantry Battalion, Papua New Guinea - Milne Bay

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

"...TX2016 Captain Rupert Anstice (Pat) Rafferty, 2/12 Battalion, of Hobart, Tas. Capt Rafferty was a forest ranger prior to enlisting as a lieutenant in November 1939. He was promoted to Temporary Captain in June 1940 and to Captain in April 1942. Capt Rafferty served at Tobruk, Libya, from April to August 1941, and then in Palestine and Syria. In August 1942 the 2/12 Battalion arrived in New Guinea. Capt Rafferty, aged 27, was killed in action at Milne Bay, New Guinea, on 5 October 1942. His father, Lieutenant Colonel Rupert Anstice Rafferty (Snr) was awarded the Distinguished Service Order during the First World War." - SOURCE (