Notice of Changes:

07/12/2016:::::  The Database now has 15,386 Records, which contain, 11,641 Veterans, in Two Sections; Rats who Returned, 9,147, and Fallen, who still hold Sacred Ground, 2,494. In addition, there are 1,117 POWs listed, along with 488 ++ Affiliate Members (Descendants/Relatives/Special).

Due to the complex criteria involved in the research of Service Records, it is not possible to guarantee that all Rats of Tobruk, Fallen or POWs, have been included in this Database or that every record is actually that of a Rat of Tobruk, based on their Unit and Enlistment Date, arrival Date in Middle East and his movements during the Siege of Tobruk Period, for his Unit. More specifically, the lack of Verification of Service for some Individuals is the fact that no one has bothered to have Service Records of an Ancestor, digitized for viewing online at NAA, thereby allowing the Verification process to be performed.

Many Service Records of WW2 Service Personnel, have not been digitized for Public Viewing online, at NAA. If you have  particular interest in a WW2 Serviceman who you think may qualify as a Rat of Tobruk, and who is not listed on this Database Web Site, it will only cost you a small fee to have his Service Records digitized at NAA, for viewing online at NAA. Email NAA at this address ( ) and make the request to have his Service Records digitized. All you need is his Service Number and Full Names, which can be found on the AWM Nominal Roll.  I will happily interpret his Service Records for you, upon receipt of advice from NAA of the Service Records having been processed, and if he is determined to be a Rat of Tobruk, it will be my Honour, to add him to the National ROTA Membership Database.

E & O E - If you have concerns for any record appearing on this Database Web Site, or if you think I have missed a Rat of Tobruk, Fallen Rat or POW Rat, please contact the Author, Owen Carlton, by Email ( ) which can also be found in General Info/Contact us, with the relevant details of your concern. I will be only too pleased to assist in any way I can.

We do have a high number of Blank Cells shown for Deceased Date of a Rat - Help is needed to fill these Blank Cells with the correct Full Date of Death.

If you know of anyone who is a Descendant or Relative of a Rat of Tobruk, who may like to become an Affiliate Member of the Last Remaining, Active, Rats of Tobruk Association in Australia, and the World, please advise them to contact Owen Carlton at ROTA Vic.

We need as many Affiliate Members to direct the same degree of Responsibility toward keeping this Unique Association Alive and Functioning into the Future, as did their Ancestor Rats, in being the first Troops to beat the Germans on Land and then, the Japanese on Land, in WW2.

You may not be aware - This is the only Rats of Tobruk Website in the World.

I have Made and Lit the Torch; It is now up to the Descendants and Relatives of our Rats (All Generations), to carry this Torch to a Far Distant Finish Line -  In Memory of the Rats of Tobruk - Let us All, Keep the FLAME Burning, in Memory of All Rats of Tobruk.

This Association must Never be allowed to Fade and Die, as others have done in the past.

Remember the Rats of Tobruk Motto - "No Surrender" and "What We Have - We Hold"

Affiliates Together in Honour.

Owen Carlton

A Proud Nasho & ROTA Affil N0003



24/12/2014:::::  There is a New Merchandising Page added to promote items we are selling.



A new Membership Interest Form is now provided under the Menu, "Membership"

If you are interested in Affiliate Membership, please use this Form by filling in the required details, Check the Boxes and Click the Submit Button.

The receiver of this Form will reply with your Affiliate Membership Application Form.