Lieutenant Thomas Currie Derrick V.C.Print Page
A plaque on South West Rocks Cenotaph commemorates Lieutenant Derrick who was awarded the Victoria Cross (V.C.) during World War Two.
Lieutenant Thomas Currie "Diver" Derrick VC, DCM was an Australian recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest decoration for gallantry "in the face of the enemy" that can be awarded to members of the British and Commonwealth armed forces. In November 1943, during the Second World War, Derrick was awarded the Victoria Cross for his assault on a heavily defended Japanese position at Sattelberg, New Guinea. During the engagement, he scaled a cliff face while under heavy fire and silenced seven machine gun posts, before leading his platoon in a charge that destroyed a further three.
During the fighting on Tarakan in Indonesia in May 1945 , he was engaged in action on the heavily defended hill Freda when he was hit by five bullets from a Japanese machine gun. Derrick died from his wounds on 24 May 1945.
|Address:||Livingstone Street & Ocean Drive, Cenotaph, South West Rocks, 2431|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -30.884128|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Tuesday 15th August, 1995|
THOMAS CURRIE DERRICK
BORN 20-3-1914 DIED 23-5-1945
15TH AUGUST, 1995
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