A NORTH East soldier who received a top bravery award for fatally ambushing Japanese soldiers in World War II will be farewelled today.
Allen Henry Nott, known as Harry, was presented with a Distinguished Conduct Medal for his skilful leadership of soldiers in New Guinea.
He died last Monday aged 90 after having spent most of his life in the Rutherglen district.
Mr Nott enlisted in the Army in February 1943 and became part of D Company in the 24 Australian Infantry Battalion.
His medal citation recognised his “commendable powers of skill, leadership and endurance in constant patrolling behind the enemy lines to gain valuable information of enemy dispositions”.
The then Sgt Nott commanded a patrol along a secret Japanese track on April 27, 1945 and after waiting all night he ambushed a group of enemy soldiers, killing four.
On May 17, Sgt Nott was involved in killing another three Japanese soldiers after being sent behind enemy lines to wireless for artillery fire.
Then on June 10 when in commanding a fighting patrol he attacked a group of Japanese soldiers along a track, killing three, wounding one and forcing the others to flee.
Sgt Nott did not suffer a single casualty with authorities lauding his outstanding ability in patrolling the jungle and inspiring his battalion.
Long-time friend David Plante said Mr Nott did not trumpet his war deeds, but attended Anzac Day activities.
“War-wise he didn’t promote himself, but he was a cattle carrier and a bit of a wag,” Mr Plante said.
“People knew him from the Upper Murray and all around from Yarrawonga to Corryong and from Beechworth to halfway to Wagga.”
Mr Nott was predeceased by wife Maude and is survived his sons Merv and Allen.
His funeral will be held at Rutherglen’s St Stephen’s Anglican Church from 11am today.