Thomas Daly (general)
|Sir Thomas Joseph Daly|
19 March 1913|
|Died||5 January 2004
Sydney, New South Wales
|Years of service||1930–1971|
|Commands held||Chief of the General Staff
28th Commonwealth Infantry Brigade
|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 KBE, CB, DSO (19 March 1913 – 5 January 2004) was an Australian soldier, whose career culminated with his appointment as Chief of the General Staff (1966–1971).
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.
Second World War
Daly was appointed Adjutant of the 2/10th Battalion after enlisting in the Second Australian Imperial Force in 1939. He served in North Africa as Brigade Major of the 18th Brigade, fighting at Tobruk and in the Western Desert.
Daly attended staff school in Haifa. He was then appointed Senior Staff Officer to the Militia's 5th Division which saw service in New Guinea. 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, and an Officer of the Order of the British Empire.
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, and awarded the Legion of Merit from the United States of America for his command of the unit during the Korean War.
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. 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.
Honours and Awards
|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|
|Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB)||1965|
|Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (DSO)||1945|
|War Medal 1939–1945 with palm for Mentioned in Dispatches|
|Australia Service Medal 1939–45|
|Australian Active Service Medal 1945–1975|
|United Nations Korea Medal|
|General Service Medal|
|Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal||1953|
|Defence Force Service Medal with 2 Rosettes||for 25–29 years service after 1945|
|Australian Defence Medal|
|Officer of the Legion of Merit (United States)|
- John Farquharson (9 January 2004). "Daly, Sir Thomas Joseph (Tom) (1913–2004)". Australian National University. Retrieved 20 October 2013.
- Lieutenant General Thomas Joseph Daly, KBE, CB, DSO Australian War Memorial
- The London Gazette: . 11 October 1945. Retrieved 23 October 2008.
- The London Gazette: . 19 July 1945. Retrieved 23 October 2008.
- The London Gazette: . 26 May 1953. Retrieved 23 October 2008.
- The London Gazette: . 30 October 1953. Retrieved 23 October 2008.
- The London Gazette: . 12 June 1965. Retrieved 23 October 2008.
- The London Gazette: . 10 June 1967. Retrieved 23 October 2008.
Lieutenant General Sir John Wilton
|Chief of the General Staff
Lieutenant General Sir Mervyn Brogan