66th Battalion

Names and Details of those 2/15th Battalion members
who enlisted in the 66th Infantry Battalion


A work in progress - contributions sought!  Corrections welcome too.


The 66th Battalion was formed in 1945 from volunteers from the 9th Division - including members of the 2/15th and other battalions that were in the 20th Brigade.  It served in Japan as part of the BCOF, and in 1948 became the second battalion of the (Royal) Australian Regiment (RAR).

This provides a strong link between the 2/15th Infantry Battalion of World War 2 and today's 2RAR.

The initial set of names was obtained by comparing the 2/15th Member Roll with the list of RAR fatalities that is shown at the National Memorial Walk at Enoggera Barracks in Brisbane.  More names have since been obtained, and there is sure to be others.

Some research is needed into why these members enlisted into what became 2RAR, yet they are recorded as dying whilst in 3RAR.

Surname Christian Names Rank


Other details

GILMORE Alexander William Sgt ? ---   QX11619
LEANEY Hiram Pte 1/400132 KIA Korea   QX13480, 3RAR
MANCKTELOW Douglas or Daniel Eric Pte ? ---   QX41226, 67th Bn
O'CONNEL Patrick John         MM QX21095
PESKETT Ronald James   1400026     QX5941
SHEPPARD John Thomas Pte 1/1189 KIA Korea   QX5139, 3RAR, MM
SIMPSON Joseph Henry Pte 2/3247 KIA Korea   QX11631, 3RAR
WILLIAMS Norman Leonard Pte 2/4518 KIA Korea   NX99509, 3RAR
WOODS William Arthur (Dadda) Pte 1/400143 KIA Korea   QX8178, 3RAR, DCM
WOOD Joseph L Pte       QX7776 Bandsman

 Another re-enlister was 

 McHENRY          William Reginald              Pte        1/400000               QX5766