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Citation for Lieutenant-Colonel E E ‘Weary’ Dunlop, 1947. Department of the Army, Central Office (CA 36).

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Image 10: Citation for Lieutenant-Colonel E E ‘Weary’ Dunlop, 1947. Department of the Army, Central Office (CA 36).


A. Form W.3121

(Pads of 50)


(Revised Mar, 1946)

Army Number: VX259

Rank: Major (T/Lt-Col)

Christian Names (in full): Ernest Edward

Surname: DUNLOP


Unit: 2/2 Aust CCS

Next of Kin: J.H. DUNLOP

Relationship: Father

Home Address: BENALLA

Date of Birth: 12.7.07

Date of Enlistment: A.I.F. 11.1.40



Recommended by: (Sgd) Arthur S Blackburn Brigabier GOC AIF JAVA

Honour or Award: OBE





Date Received

Date Forwarded

To be left blank for approval of C. in C.

Recommended for award of mid

(nSgd) V.A.H. Sturdee


Acting Commander in Chief,

Australian Military Forces.

CITATION (Date and place of action must be stated):

From 12 March 1942 to the cessation of hostilities in JAVA and THAILAND this officer was a supreme example of outstanding courage and devotion to duty under extreme conditions of contagious and infective diseases and whilst himself on occasions seriously ill.  This Officer was in command of a Force of 850 PWs and later was Senior Medical Officer in THAILAND and as such had the care of English, Australian, American and Dutch PWs.  His unfailing courage, organising ability and power of leadership were an inspiration to all ranks during the extremely difficult conditions of the Burmese Railway Camps.

Regardless of his own safety he constantly opposed all attempts by the Japanese to force sick men to work, and in so doing receives a very large amount of sever beatings and punishments.  Although seriously ill himself, he displayed amazing skill as a surgeon and during an epidemic of cholera he worked long hours continuously with the result saving many lives.  Lack of all forms of drugs and medical equipment were handicaps which were overcome by his efforts and such were the results achieved, that this Officer's name became legendary as "King of the River" in all Railway Camps in Burma and amongst all the nationalities represented there.