Rex Lipman's story
Rex Lipman AO AM joined the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) soon after war was declared in 1939.
Initially too young to serve as an officer overseas, Rex was posted to the 2/4th Australian Commando Squadron in May 1942. He served with the 2/4th in the Northern Territory. However, he did not embark with his company when the unit moved to Timor in Spetember 1942 because he was hospitalised in Adelaide at the time. He rejoined his unit in Timor in December 1942.
Rex returned to Australia when the 2/4th withdrew from Timor in January 1943.
Later in the war, Rex served as Staff Captain in the 2/24th Australian Infantry rigade in Morotai and British North Borneo, including time on Labuan Island. He was Mentioned in Despatches for his exceptional service in the South West Pacific.
Discharged from the AIF in January 1946, Rex met up with a nurse who had cared for him in Adelaide in 1942. They married in 1947 and had 5 children together.
When the Citizen Military Forces (CMF) were reformed in 1948, Rex was appointed Commanding Officer of the Adelaide University Regiment. He remained on the Active List until 1965.
In 1989, Rex was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for service to the banking and thoroughbred horse industry. He was also appointed a Knight of the Legion of Honour for services to France. In 1992, Rex established the International College of Hotel Management in South Australia. His contribution to tourism, hospitality and education was recognised in 2008 with the Medal of the Order of Australia (AO).