Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Granddad in the War

Captain Richard stuck up a similar picture of his dad from WWII on his blog so I'm doing the same with a bit chopped off so you can't see the name. Both my two grandfathers (now departed) were in the Australian Infantry in the pacific but this one was my favourite. He served as a Lance Corporal with 2/28th Battalion, 9th Australian Division in the Middle East, New Guinea and Borneo. I have some of his equipment from WWII. A compass, binoculars with range markers, a ground sheet, kit bag, webbing, and an army sewing kit. My old man has an Italian Army 16 gauge shotgun which was somehow brought back from the Middle East. I have my other granddads medals and one day I will fix them up as well. He served with 28th Battalion in New Britain. It's good to remember what all these people did and I hope some of you post pictures of your WWII relatives as well.

7 comments:

Paul said...

Really nice post Paul. Good on you.

Captain Richard's miniature Civil War said...

Nice row of medals you got there

Tank Girl said...

Lovely Paul.

My Great Uncle served and died in WW1 with the 28th battalion. September 17th, 1917.

I served in the 11/28th battalion RWAR for seven months in 1991 before my promotion to sergeant and posting to 16 RWAR that same year.

Beccas said...

Thanks for your service Helen.

Guidowg said...

Nice work mate. Good to see family remembered especially those who have served.

Andrew said...

Are you familiar with Regimental Books? They might have something published on the 9th Australian Div.

Beccas said...

Hi Andrew. I have the 28th own book called "The Second 28th" by Philip Masel. My granddads name is in there. Plus I have a copy of the battalions war journal and my granddads service file. Great reading.