Russ ( Paddy ) Ryan, ( our grandmother’s brother), our great uncle. WW2

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Russ Ryan was given a Lighthorseman funeral in 1987 in Trafalgar, Victoria.

russ ryan light horseman funeral 1987

russ ryan light horseman 1987

During world war two, Russ Ryan was with the 8th/13th Light Horsemen, later transferring to the 8th armoured regiment . Russ was a Major also in the 19th Light Horse.  ( Since Russ was born around 1903 /4 he would have been too young for WW1).

13th Gippsland Light Horse, 1942 , annual camp, Mt. Martha, machine gun instruction.( The regiment was disbanded in 1943).

8th/13th Victorian Rifles Museum, Museum , North Bandiana, Victoria

13th Light Horse, affiliation with King Edward’s Dominions Regiment, 1911. Motto: ‘Loyal till Death”.

The 4/19th Prince of Wales Light Horse: During the Second World War, the three regiments served in Australia as home trooops.Today the 19th is based in Melbourne, and has two squadrons with depots at Sale, Bairnsdale and Bandiana.

Russ was our cousin’s father ( our cousins in Victoria – Gail , Barry and Thirza ). Russ married Elsa Skinner who is still alive today in her nineties in Victoria.

Russ was promoted to Major and servcd in the 8th armoured regiment in New Guinea.. This regiment was formed in 1941/1942 and known as the 2/8th and was raised in Victoria as part of the division’s 2nd armoured brigade. In Sept. 1942 the 2/8th along with the 2nd armoured brigade , became part of the third armoured division.

April 1943: the 2/8th was sent to New Guinea where it became part of the New Guinea force. This was the 2/8th only operational deployment. Using tanks, the main role was to defend Allied airfields against possible attack by Japanese paratroopers. The regiment was headquartered at Port Morseby. The regiment returned to Australia in February 1944.

The 2/8th was disbanded in May 1944. The regiment’s personnel were transferred to the Royal Australian Engineers where the mens’ mechanical knowledge and skills were used to reinforce the 41st, 42nd, 43rd landing craft Companies . It was with these new units that men from the regiment again served in New Guinea, as well as in New Britain, and Bougainville during 1944 and 1945.


Russel Whitaker Du Moulin Ryan was engaged to be married September 1938 to Elsa Ida Skinner ( eldest daughter of Mrs CE Skinner of Homewood, Yaragon. )

4 february 1937: Morwell Advertiser:

Girl Struck By Tram Miss Elsa Skinner, a well-knownYarragon resident, was severely injured when she was struck by a tram in a city street.Miss Skinner had alighted from one tram. Wind blowing her hat caused her to hold it with lowered head and she did not observe a second tram approaching. She was struck by the front of the tram, and flung to theroad. The unfortunate girl was hurried to a hospital where she is making progress from her trying experience.

15th January 1940: The Gippsland Times

MILITARY WEDDING ATWARRAGULThe first military wedding to be celebrated at Warragul took place at St.Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Saturday. 6th January. when Elsa Ida. eldestdaiughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Skinner, Homeward. Yarragon, was marriedto Captain Russell W. Dumoulin Ryan,of 13th Light Horse, youngest son ofMr. and Mrs. H. H. Ryan. Yarralla,Trafalgar. Rev. Fraser Sutherland Warragul, assisted by Padre Archdeacon D. W. Weir (Sale), officiated. The church was beautifully decorated with gladioli and other summer flowers. The bride wore a gown of off white taffetas, made with a slim fitting bodice andvery lull skirt, which extended into along, sweeping train. Her beautiful tulle veil, over 50 years old, which had been worn previously by her grandmother and her mother, fell from a coronet of orange blossoms. Miss Moira Skinner was the only bridesmaid, and she wore a full-skirted frock of silvery Seen taffetas. Her silvery green tulle veil was caught into a halo of dark red carnations. Lieut. G. McNaughton, of 13th Light Horse (Sale), was best man.t S. s *

Russ Ryan 1965 at gails wedding

Elsa's 98th B'day front left

Elsa’s 98th B’day front left with her sisters 2011/2012

Trafalgar news article Elsa Ryan

Trafalgar news article Elsa Ryan

From L to R = Julian, Gail, Mum (Elsa Ryan) Thirza, Trafalgar rotarian, Jim, Lyn Ryan, Barrie Ryan.

Thirza the daughter of Russell and Elsa

Thirza the daughter of Russell and Elsa with husband Jim McPhee and Dylan Jackson

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2 Responses to Russ ( Paddy ) Ryan, ( our grandmother’s brother), our great uncle. WW2

  1. Jim MItchell says:

    Did Russ Ryan write letters home during World War II, or keep a wartime diary, or write or voice-record reminiscences afterwards? If so please let me know as I am writing a history of the 2/2nd Pioneer Battalion, in which he served at the start of the war. Jim Mitchell,

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