Thomas Daly (general)

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Sir Thomas Joseph Daly
Born (1913-03-19)19 March 1913
Ballarat, Victoria
Died 5 January 2004(2004-01-05) (aged 90)
Sydney, New South Wales
Allegiance  Australia
Service/branch Australian Army
Years of service 1930–1971
Rank Lieutenant General
Commands held Chief of the General Staff
Northern Command
28th Commonwealth Infantry Brigade
2/10th Battalion
Battles/wars

Second World War

Korean War
Vietnam War
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Companion of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Service Order
Mentioned in Despatches (2)
Legion of Merit (United States)

Lieutenant General Sir Thomas Joseph Daly KBECBDSO (19 March 1913 – 5 January 2004) was an Australian soldier, whose career culminated with his appointment as Chief of the General Staff (1966–1971).[1]

Early life[edit]

Born in Ballarat on 19 March 1913, Daly originally planned to become a doctor; however, having failed to gain entry into the university course of his choice, he joined the Royal Military College, Duntroon in 1930.[2]

Service history[edit]

Daly graduated as top cadet and in 1934 was commissioned into the 4th Light Horse Regiment.[2] He went on to serve with the British Army on India's North-West Frontier in 1938.[2]

Second World War[edit]

Daly was appointed Adjutant of the 2/10th Battalion after enlisting in the Second Australian Imperial Force in 1939.[2] He served in North Africa as Brigade Major of the 18th Brigade, fighting at Tobruk and in the Western Desert.[2]

Daly attended staff school in Haifa.[2] He was then appointed Senior Staff Officer to the Militia's 5th Division which saw service in New Guinea.[2] By 1945, Daly was in command of the 2/10th Battalion, leading them in the invasion of Balikpapan in Borneo; he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order,[3] and an Officer of the Order of the British Empire.[4]

Senior command[edit]

After the war, Daly's military service continued with staff appointments and a period as an instructor at the Staff College, Camberley. He married Heather Fitzgerald in 1946 and in 1948 went to England to attend the Joint Services Staff College (UK). A posting to Duntroon followed and in June 1952 Daly took command of the 28th Commonwealth Infantry Brigade – a formation comprising two British and two Australian battalions – then fighting in Korea. Daly was the first Australian to hold this command, and was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire,[5] and awarded the Legion of Merit from the United States of America for his command of the unit during the Korean War.[6]

Daly was promoted to major general in 1959, and appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath in the Queen's Birthday Honours of 1965.[7] Promoted to lieutenant general in 1966, he was appointed Chief of the General Staff and knighted as a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire the following year.[8]

Honours and Awards[edit]

Order of the British Empire (Military) Ribbon.png Order of the Bath UK ribbon.png

Dso-ribbon.png 39-45 Star BAR.svg Africa Star BAR.svg Burma Star BAR.svg

Defence Medal BAR.svg War Medal 39-45 BAR MID.png Australia Service Medal 1939-1945 BAR.svg Australian Active Service Medal 1945-75 ribbon.png

Korea Medal.svg United Nations Service Medal for Korea Ribbon.svg General Service Medal 1962 BAR.svg Vietnam Medal ribbon.png

UK Queen EII Coronation Medal ribbon.svg DFSM with Rosette x 2.png Australian Defence Medal (Australia) ribbon.png Us legion of merit officer rib.png

Order of the British Empire (Military) Ribbon.png Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) 1967
Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) 1952
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) 1945
Order of the Bath UK ribbon.png Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) 1965
Dso-ribbon.png Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) 1945
39-45 Star BAR.svg 1939–45 Star
Africa Star BAR.svg Africa Star
Burma Star BAR.svg Burma Star
Defence Medal BAR.svg Defence Medal
War Medal 39-45 BAR MID.png War Medal 1939–1945 with palm for Mentioned in Dispatches
Australia Service Medal 1939-1945 BAR.svg Australia Service Medal 1939–45
Australian Active Service Medal 1945-75 ribbon.png Australian Active Service Medal 1945–1975
Korea Medal.svg Korea Medal
United Nations Service Medal for Korea Ribbon.svg United Nations Korea Medal
General Service Medal 1962 BAR.svg General Service Medal
Vietnam Medal ribbon.png Vietnam Medal
UK Queen EII Coronation Medal ribbon.svg Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal 1953
DFSM with Rosette x 2.png Defence Force Service Medal with 2 Rosettes for 25–29 years service after 1945
Australian Defence Medal (Australia) ribbon.png Australian Defence Medal
Us legion of merit officer rib.png Officer of the Legion of Merit (United States)

References[edit]

  1. ^ John Farquharson (January 9, 2004). "Daly, Sir Thomas Joseph (Tom) (1913–2004)". Australian National University. Retrieved October 20, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Lieutenant General Thomas Joseph Daly, KBE, CB, DSO Australian War Memorial
  3. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 37302. p. 5006. 11 October 1945. Retrieved 23 October 2008.
  4. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 37184. p. 3715. 19 July 1945. Retrieved 23 October 2008.
  5. ^ The London Gazette: no. 39862. p. 2909. 26 May 1953. Retrieved 23 October 2008.
  6. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 39999. p. 5768. 30 October 1953. Retrieved 23 October 2008.
  7. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 43668. p. 5507. 12 June 1965. Retrieved 23 October 2008.
  8. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 44327. p. 6306. 10 June 1967. Retrieved 23 October 2008.

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Military offices
Preceded by
Lieutenant General Sir John Wilton
Chief of the General Staff
1966–1971
Succeeded by
Lieutenant General Sir Mervyn Brogan