Times have changed:
Brigadier Arnold William Potts led the 21st Brigade of the Second AIF during its fighting withdrawal over the Kokoda Trail described as “one of the most critical triumphs in Australian military history and one that an apathetic nation has still to honour”.
Sir Thomas Charles (“Tom”) Eastick rose to the rank of (temporary) Brigadier, and was military governor of Sarawak in 1945-46.
He also commanded the 2/7th Field Regiment, led it during the North African campaign, including the Battle of El Alamein, and was Mentioned in Despatches on 15 December 1942.
David Whitehead was given command of the 2/32nd Battalion in February 1942 and was promoted to brigadier in September and assumed command of the 26th Brigade. Whitehead led the brigade through the Second Battle of El Alamein during October and November in which it took part in heavy fighting.
Brigadier Lyn McDade, who is prosecuting the court martial of three Australian soldiers for fighting back against terrorist fire, has been a lawyer for 25 years, a relieving Magistrate and Deputy Coroner for the Northern Territory.
She has not been mentioned in despatches.