Edmund Herring (1892–1982) was an Australian Army officer during the
Second World War, Lieutenant governor of Victoria, and Chief Justice of
the Supreme Court of Victoria. A Rhodes Scholar, Herring was at New
College, Oxford when the First World War broke out and served with the
Royal Field Artillery on the Macedonian front, for which he was awarded
the Military Cross and Distinguished Service Order. After the war he
carved out a successful career as a barrister and King's Counsel. He
also joined the Australian Army, rising to the rank of colonel by 1939.
During the Second World War, he commanded the 6th Division Artillery in
the Western Desert Campaign and the Battle of Greece. In 1942, as a
corps commander, he commanded the land forces in the Kokoda Track
campaign. The following year, he directed operations at Lae and Nadzab.
Herring left his corps to become the longest serving Chief Justice and
Lieutenant Governor of Victoria, serving for three decades. (more...)
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