110th Australian Casualty Clearing Station

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9 Oct 1945 - 110th CCS in an old Dutch Hospital at Tarakan.
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Oct 1942 near Nagita Ford, Milne Bay, New Guinea - AWM Photo P00440.004
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Oct 1945 110th CCS housed in a previous Dutch Hospital at Tarakan Island - AWM Photo 1 20304 t

Brief History

Formed at Warradale, South Australia in October 1940 and originally known as the 10th Casualty Clearing Station. They were in camp in December 1941 when general mobilisation occurred. In February 1942 they moved to the new Morris Hospital at Northfield to prepare it for the 2/9th Australian General Hospital and the 109th Australian General Hospital to run, before they moved to Kapunda.

With the decision to establish an airfield at Milne Bay in New Guinea, the 10th Casualty Clearing Station was sent there in August 1942 to service the men in Milne Force. They arrived just before the Japanese landing and until the situation could be stabilised they worked from temporary facilities. In April 1943 they were renamed 110 Australian Casualty Clearing Station, remaining at Milne Bay for almost 2 years, until May 1944 when they returned to Australia for leave and to rebuild.

Assembling at Tenterfield in June 1944 they moved to Strathpine, Queensland in October to relieve the 105th CCS. In January 1945 they moved to Wondecla as part of the 1st Division units that were being tasked with liberating Borneo. Assigned to the 26th Infantry Brigade Group, they moved to Morotai in the Dutch East Indies during April, where they prepared for the landing on Tarakan Island where an airfield was to be established to support further landings at Brunei Bay and Balikpapan. The Light Section landed in the assault wave, with the Heavy Section landing soon after. At the time the war ended they were operating a major hospital facility at Tarakan (see photo).

Unit Personnel


Milne Bay, Papua

Tarakan Island, North Borneo

Individual Honours

  • 4 x Mention in Despatches
  • 1 x Royal Red Cross (2nd Class)


Content has come from The Unit Guide - Volume 4 - The Australian Army 1939-1945, pages 4.098 & 4.099 - Graham R McKenzie-Smith - Big Sky Publishing - 2018

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