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The 35th Battalion

Sergeant T. J. Walsh, DCM

Sergeant T. J. Walsh, DCM.

This NCO performed outstanding work as a patrol leader right through the operations carried out by the 35th Battalion in the northern part of Vella Lavella during the period 28 September to 2 Octob-page 118er 1943. Repeatedly, and at great personal risk, he pushed forward and gained information of the utmost value. His uncanny bush sense, combined with his absolute disregard for his own safety, enabled him to pin-point enemy machine gun positions on at least three occasions. The result was that the artillery were able to concentrate on these positions, and thereby enable the infantry to get forward without heavy casualties. This NCO set a standard of leadership of the highest order.