Rats of Tobruk

Rats of Tobruk

The Rats of Tobruk were the soldiers of the garrison who held the Libyan port of Tobruk against the Afrika Corps during the siege of Tobruk in World War 2.  The siege started on 10th April 1941 and lasted until the end of November that same year.

Australian troops totalled more than 14,000 men and made up more than half of the Allied presence in Tobruk.  During the siege there were 3,000 Australian casualties and 941 soldiers had been taken prisoner.

BARRETT, Francis Xavier

Service Number – WX 5316

Rank – Private

Division – 2/11 Field Ambulance

Enlisted – 27/07/1940

Discharged – 31/10/1944

Date of Death – 06/11/1977

Age at Death – 63

Burial Location – Lawn B71

WARD, Francis Leslie

Service Number – WX 5404

Rank – Staff Sergeant

Division – 2/28 Australian Infantry Battalion

Enlisted – 27/07/1940

Discharged – 31/10/1945

Date of Death – 27/01/2004

Age at Death – 88

Burial Location – Crematorium Shrub Bed – Ward