Law School

Ralph Honner (1933)

Ralph Honner

Kokoda Trail hero

  • Admitted as a legal practitioner 1935
  • One of Australia‚Äôs best-known army officers of World War II
  • Commanded company which fought in North Africa, Greece and Crete
  • In 1942, appointed Lieutenant-Colonel and commander of 39th Battalion, halted Japanese advance along Kokoda Trail (Papua New Guinea) and won battle of Gona
  • Awarded MC and DSO
  • Chair of War Pensions Assessment Appeal Tribunal 1944-1968
  • Subsequently Australian ambassador to Ireland
  • UWA Football Half Blue (1934)