DERRICK, Thomas Currie  
Name:  Derrick, Thomas Currie
Date of birth:  March 20th, 1914 (Berri, Murray River, Australia)
Date of death:  May 23th, 1945 (Tarakan, Borneo)
Nationality:  Australian
Rank: Sergeant
Unit: 2/48th. Battalion, Australian Military Forces
Received on: 7 May 1947
Action: On 24 November 1943 in New Guinea Sergeant Derrick's platoon was given the task, by means of a storm attack, to conquer a slope and thereby the belonging village of Sattelberg. After two hours of abortive attacks and lying under violent fire, Derrick's platoon had to withdraw. However Sergeant Derrick got authorization to venture a last attempt. During this attack he knew, with throwing hand grenades, to demoralize the enemy. By this attack most of the enemies beat on the flight, where they left behind all their weapons. Then he knew by means of negotiate to capitulate the rest of the enemy force, where upon the village the next day could be taken.
Details: Sergeant Derrick’s Victoria Cross is publicly displayed at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, Australia.
Later promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.
Killed during an action on Borneo on May 23, 1945.
Thomas Currie Derrick is buried at the Labuan War Cemetery, Sabah, Malaysia.
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Information source(s):   - Victoria Cross Reference
- The Register of the Victoria Cross - published by This Engeland 1997 - ISBN 0906324270
- Special thanks to Iain Stewart from The History of the Victoria Cross
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