Lieutenant Colonel J W Moodie, DSO, ED
Lieutenant Colonel ‘Jack’ Moodie was awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) for his leadership during the Battle of Kapyong in the Korean War. Throughout the battle the 16 Field Regiment supported Australian and Canadian troops and played a vital part in bringing the attack to a standstill. In doing so the regiment suffered its first battle casualty and was awarded a South Korean Presidential Citation in recognition for their resoluteness during the engagement.
16 Field Regiment was made up of mainly volunteers and its inception, many of whom lacked the artillery experience. Thanks to the enthusiasm, guidance and leadership of Lieutenant Colonel Moodie, the Regiment was welded into a first class artillery machine which stood up to the test of battle.
You can learn more about Lieutenant Colonel Moodie and view his medal group which is currently on display as part of The Gunners exhibition in the Thornton Gallery.