AUSTRALIAN WW2 5 MEDAL PACIFIC STAR GROUP TO 2/2 FORESTRY UNIT
Forestry Company History
Australia, New Zealand and Canada provided Forestry Company's for logging and saw-milling in the UK during WW2, with operations in Scotland and England. The Canadians provided 25 companies, the New Zealanders fielded three companies (11th, 14th and 15th) and went on to carry out the same functions in Italy. Australia also raised three companies (2/1 (C/O C.R. Cole ex ACT Forest Service, then Jack Thomas ex South Australia), 2/2 (C/O A.L. Benallack ex Forests Commission Victoria) and 2/3 Coy (C/O Mervyn (Peter) Rankin
ex Deputy Director South Australia Woods & Forests) (R.A.E 2 A.I.F.). Personnel for these forestry units were drawn from the state forest services and the logging and saw-milling industry. They served in the UK (1940-43) and later (1944-45) in New Guinea; 2/1 Coy did a stint in the Northern Territory before heading to New Guinea.
5 medal group consisting of the 1939-45 Star, the Pacific Star, The Defence Medal, British War Medal and the Australian Service Medal issued to WX2752 Cpl Bernard Boettcher 2 Forestry Coy RAE. All medals correctly named. Cpl Boettcher who was born in Kattaning WA enlisted in Pemberton WA on the 15 May 1940 and was discharged on the 05 Sep 1945 The medals come with a coloured print of the 2/2 Forestry Unit working at Jacquinot Bay, New Britain. Nice interesting group from a rarely heard of unit.