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About The Sparrows

Foundation Members
Foundation Members

79th Light Anti Aircraft Battery, Royal Artillery. Walton on Thames, 1939.

New Drivers
New Drivers

79th Light Anti Aircraft Battery, Royal Artillery. Blackpool, 1941

C Troop
C Troop

79th Light Anti Aircraft Battery, Royal Artillery. Scilly, 1941.

Foundation Members
Foundation Members

79th Light Anti Aircraft Battery, Royal Artillery. Walton on Thames, 1939.

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The 79th Light Anti-Aircraft Battery, also known as The Sparrows, was a Royal Artillery unit of the British Army that fought with distinction in the Battle of Britain, the Battle of Java, and the Battle of Timor. Troops A and C fought on Timor while B Troop fought at Malang on Java.
 

About Sparrow Force

Officers
Officers

2/2 Independent Company. Wilson's Promontory, Victoria, Australia, 1941. Dexter, Campbell, Doig, Rose, Turton Burridge, McKenzie, Cole, Nisbet, Turner, Mackintosh Boyland, Baldwin, Callinan, Spence, Dunkley, Laidlaw

C Platoon (early photo)
C Platoon (early photo)

2/2 Independent Company. Wilson's Promontory, Victoria, Australia, 1941.

C Troop
C Troop

79th Light Anti Aircraft Battery, Royal Artillery. Scilly, 1941.

Officers
Officers

2/2 Independent Company. Wilson's Promontory, Victoria, Australia, 1941. Dexter, Campbell, Doig, Rose, Turton Burridge, McKenzie, Cole, Nisbet, Turner, Mackintosh Boyland, Baldwin, Callinan, Spence, Dunkley, Laidlaw

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Sparrow Force was a detachment based on the 2/40th Australian Infantry Battalion, The Sparrows, and other Australian 8th Division units during World War II. The force was formed to defend the island of Timor from invasion by the Empire of Japan. It formed the main part of the Allied units in the Battle of Timor (1942–43).
 

‘Everywhere’

The motto of the Royal Artillery is ‘Everywhere,’ which is a good summation of Charlie’s journey during World War II. The day after leaving Gourock on their way to invading North Western Africa, Pearl Harbour was attacked and his convoy was diverted to fight the Japanese. From there, his journey took many unexpected turns.