WW2 AUSTRALIAN 6 MEDAL GROUP-SYRIA AND KOKODA
Defence, War, and ASM all correctly impressed. All stars un-named as issued to VX11842. A.H. LEWIS 2/31 BN. Comes with research which indicates the following:
- Served in the Syrian Campaign of 1941 (WA,s Pte Jim Gordon of the 2/31 BN was awarded the Victoria Cross in this campaign). 24 KIA, 22 WIA (including the CO) during this campaign.
- First Battalion to re-enter Kokoda they were on the advance phase of the Kokoda Track campaign Sep/Nov 1942.
- The Markham and Ramu Valley campaigns of 1943.
- By the end of 1943 only 55 men were fit for duty and they were onto the 7th Commanding Officer.
This soldier had gone through some of the toughest fighting of WW2 the Australian Army had been involved in