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Major-General Timothy Cape VX74788, CB, CBE, DSO - Sparrow Force HQ

(Filmed September 1992)

On Timor in 1942, then Major Timothy Frederick Cape 381 (VP7430, VX74788) of the 23rd Brigade & Australian Army Services Corps served under Brigadier Veale to take command of a brigade strength Sparrow Force. Unfortunately, two battalions of artillery and infantry reinforcements were attached en route to Timor and returned to Darwin.

In this interview, Major General T.F. Cape, CB, CBE, DSO the emphasis is on training; prior to, during and post World War Two. The interview follows the path of his career upto and including his appointment as Commandant, OCS Portsea. graduated from the Royal Military College Duntroon in December 1937 to the Royal Australian Artillery. Between 1938 and 1940 he held regimental appointments with coastal defence units in Sydney and Port Moresby, where he helped to establish the 13th Heavy Battery. In 1941 he was posted as the founding Senior Instructor of the Anti-Tank Wing, School of Artillery, Puckapunyal. He saw active service in February 1942 when posted as the Brigade Major of Sparrow Force on Timor. Later he served as a Grade One Staff Officers (Air), in New Guinea and Morotai. After World War II, Cape held appointments as: an instructor at the British Army Staff College, Camberley, Commandant, Officer Cadet School, Portsea; and as Commandant, Staff College, Queenscliff. Cape retired from the Army in 1972 as Master General of the Ordnance.

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