Don’t Dive Derrick

Possibly the best known Australian soldier during the Second World War. Derrick was seen by many as the embodiment of all those best characteristics widely attributed to the Australian 'digger'.

Thomas Currie ‘Diver’ Derrick was a South Australian recipient of the Victoria Cross and Distinguished Conduct Medal for his efforts against the Japanese and German forces during the Second World War.

In 1943, Derrick led his men in an assault against the Japanese to destroy ten enemy posts, an act of bravery that would earn him the Victoria’s Cross, military’s highest honour.

Derrick also served in the North Africa campaign, becoming one of the famous ‘Rats of Tobruk’, and won a Distinguished Conduct Medal for an attack on machine gun posts and tanks.

In Borneo, May 1945, Derrick he led his platoon against a heavily defended position code-named Freda. That night a Japanese machine gun fired into the Australian lines. As he sat up to check that his men were all right, Derrick was hit by five bullets from the gun’s second burst. He died on 24 May 1945 and was buried in Labuan War Cemetery.

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