The 35th Battalion
Lieutenant-Colonel C. F. Seaward, DSO, MC
Lieutenant-Colonel C. F. Seaward, DSO, MC.
This officer commanded the 35th Battalion. In the initial stages of the operation (Vella Lavella) he showed great resourcefulness in getting his battalion within striking distance of the enemy. At first contact at Timbala on 28 September 1943, he went through to the forward platoons and, regardless of his own safety, personally directed the action at a most critical period. It was due mainly to his splendid example and good leadership that the enemy was pinned down in the final position. He has commanded the battalion since January 1942. The high state of efficiency displayed by all ranks in their page 117first engagement was a direct result of the unflagging energy and personality which Lieutenant-Colonel Seaward displayed during his period of command.