Famous Australian Soldiers

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Bruce Kingsbury
(Victoria Cross Winner)
Bruce Kingsbury
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Birthdate: January 8, 1918
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Melbourne
Died: August 29, 1942

Bruce Kingsbury was an Australian soldier best remembered for his efforts during the Second World War. Kingsbury lost his life while counter-attacking the Japanese forces during the Battle of Isurava. Kingsbury's counter-attack proved beneficial for the Australians and his bravery during the battle was honored with the Victoria Cross. 

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Jacqui Lambie
(Politician, Soldier)
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Birthdate: February 26, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ulverstone

Jacqui Lambie is an Australian politician who was a senator for Tasmania from 2014 to 2017. she was re-elected in 2019. She was initially affiliated with the Palmer United Party (PUP). Following her resignation, she was an independent for a while. Today, she is the leader of her own political party, the Jacqui Lambie Network (JLN).

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Breaker Morant
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Birthdate: December 9, 1864
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: England
Died: February 27, 1902

Anglo-Australian bush poet and military officer Breaker Morant was one of the first war criminals who was court-martialled, convicted and executed in British military history for murder during the Second Anglo-Boer War. A folk hero in modern Australia, Morant became subject of several books, a play and an award-winning film.

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Billy Sing
(Military personnel)
Billy Sing
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Birthdate: March 2, 1886
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Clermont
Died: May 19, 1943

Billy Sing was an Australian soldier who served during the First World War in the Australian Imperial Force. He is best remembered for his role in the Gallipoli Campaign where he was a sniper. Billy Sing is credited with pulling off at least 150 confirmed kills while contemporary evidence suggests that he may have had close to 300 kills overall.

Mark Donaldson
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Birthdate: April 2, 1979
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Waratah

Mark Donaldson is an Australian soldier who has been decorated with the Victoria Cross for Australia, the highest award in the Australian honors system. He performed several acts of bravery in the Battle of Khaz Oruzgan during Operation Slipper in 2008. He is the recipient of several awards and was named the 2010 Young Australian of the Year as well. 

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Allan Cuthbertson
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Birthdate: April 7, 1920
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Perth
Died: February 8, 1988

While he once worked as a flight lieutenant in the RAAF, actor Allan Cuthbertson was later typecast in roles of stern military officials, dignitaries, or other high-ranking officials. He first gained fame as Romeo in a Boltons production of Romeo and Juliet and later as Colonel Hall in Fawlty Towers.

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Alec Campbell
(Trade unionist)
Alec Campbell
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Birthdate: February 26, 1899
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Launceston
Died: May 16, 2002

Alec Campbell was 16 when he was named to the Australian Army during World War I. A water carrier at Gallipoli, he developed partial facial paralysis due to a fever and was thus discharged. Named one of Australian Legends, he later led a vibrant civilian life and became a prominent unionist.

Keith Payne
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Birthdate: August 30, 1933
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ingham

Keith Payne is an Australian former army man known for his valour during the Vietnam War. For his wartime role, he was decorated with the Victoria Cross, the highest honor for gallantry "in the presence of the enemy." After his military career, he became active in counseling veterans who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder. 

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Bud Tingwell
(Actor, Singer)
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Birthdate: January 3, 1923
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Coogee, New South Wales, Australia
Died: May 15, 2009

Though his father wanted him to be an accountant, Charles “Bud” Tingwell failed his exams and started his career as a radio announcer instead. He was also part of the air force during World War II but later had a high-flying career as an actor, with films such as Kangaroo and Murder, Ahoy!

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Albert Jacka
(Victoria Cross Winner)
Albert Jacka
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Birthdate: January 10, 1893
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Winchelsea
Died: January 17, 1932

Albert Jacka was the first Australian to be decorated with the Victoria Cross during the First World War. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force as a young man and fought in the Gallipoli Campaign during the First World War. He became a businessman after the conclusion of the war but never recovered fully from his wartime injuries.  

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Clive Caldwell
(Aviator, Military personnel)
Clive Caldwell
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Birthdate: July 28, 1910
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lewisham
Died: August 5, 1994

Nicknamed Killer Caldwell, Australian military aviator Clive Caldwell, who served during World War II, is known to have shot down many enemy aircrafts. He also commanded RAF and RAAF units. He later resigned in protest of misuse of Australian fighter units and was then court-martialed for liquor transactions.

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Teddy Sheean
(Sailor, Military personnel)
Teddy Sheean
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Birthdate: December 28, 1923
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lower Barrington, Australia
Died: December 1, 1942

Tasmanian war veteran Teddy Sheean was initially a farm laborer and then joined the Australian navy. Seventy-eight years after he died after strapping himself to a sinking HMAS Armidale’s anti-aircraft gun and shooting at the attacking Japanese war planes, he was awarded with the Victoria Cross.

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Leslie Morshead
(Military personnel)
Leslie Morshead
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Birthdate: September 18, 1889
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ballarat
Died: September 26, 1959

Initially a schoolmaster, Leslie Morshead later joined the Australian Army and served in Gallipoli during World War I. He later served the Orient Line before being part of World War II, during which he served in North Africa. He also led soldiers in the Siege of Tobruk, among other invasions.

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Bill Brown
(Cricketer)
Bill Brown
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Birthdate: July 31, 1912
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Toowoomba, Australia
Died: March 16, 2008

Born to a dairy-farmer father, Bill Brown became part of the Australian squad in the Ashes tour at age 21. Though he created quite a stir with his double-hundred at a Lord's Test in 1938, his Test career was later affected by World War II. He later worked as a selector for Queensland.

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Damien Thomlinson
(Snowboarder)
Damien Thomlinson
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Birthplace: Unknown

Named an elite commando at age 24, Damien Thomlinson joined the Australian forces in Afghanistan and ended up losing his legs in an explosion orchestrated by the Taliban. Now a skilled para snowboarder and swimmer, he has also penned a best-selling memoir and been part of the movie Hacksaw Ridge.

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Bill Roycroft
(Olympic Athlete)
Bill Roycroft
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Birthdate: March 17, 1915
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Victoria, Australia
Died: May 29, 2011

Bill Roycroft was an Australian Olympic equestrian champion who won an Olympic gold medal in 1960. He learned to ride horses as a young boy and served in the army during World War II. He married a showjumper and trained his sons to ride horses as well. He then went on to participate in competitive events with his sons.