(5 March 1904–30 November 1984). Scion of an old established family with a long tradition of military service, Macarthur-Onslow was commissioned into the Australian Field Artillery in 1924 at the age of 20. In the interwar years he held a variety of regimental appointments in militia artillery units and a junior staff post on the headquarters of the 1st Cavalry Division. He was sent to England to undertake a course in armoured warfare and on return served with the newly raised 2nd Armoured Car Regiment. He learnt to fly in his youth and made his first parachute jump in the early 1930s. As a businessman he advocated the manufacture of parachutes in Australia and in 1935 began manufacturing them for the RAF.
From The Oxford Companion to Australian Military History in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Military History.