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  1. Hello Paul I hope this doesnt come across the wrong way, but have you considered asking Stan Osbourne if he and the family are interested in the medals ? Their dollar value is low , but I am sure the sentimental value to the family would be high. Regards Andrew
  2. Can you post up some pictures please? Its far too hard to make judgements without them. What makes you think only 5 wherever made?
  3. Absolutely, Mervyn should apply and get them. Its never too late. One of my grandfathers claimed his ww2 medals in 2006 and the other in the mid 90's. Over 100 years late combined
  4. Looks like I got a bit excited and forgot about the original question He was killed in Alamein against the Germans. Although the 2/24 got a bit mauled, they inflicted worse on the germans with a conservative estimate of 250 german casualties.
  5. In WW2, many militia men (CMF) transferred to the AIF, some records state as to where joined AIF from CMF as " transferred in the field ". Many of these would have been in New Guinea, where both the CMF and AIF fought together on the Kokoda Track (New Guinea was as far as the CMF were allowed to go as New Guinea was then an Australian territory). AIF troops were far better trained and equipped than militia troops, some militia troops fighting the Japanese at Kokoda only fired a rifle for the first time on the troopship or at New Guinea. Some from the CMF 53rd battalion were only 18 and were conscripted on to the troopship without getting to say goodbye to family. They thought they were going to Darwin but the ship went to Port Moresby. When transferring you would lose your militia number and be issued with an AIF number.
  6. And just to go a little further for information purposes...... In Australia at the start of WW 2, Australia's main defence force was the AMF (Australian Military Forces, known unofficially as the militia). The AMF were limited in that by law they were only allowed to serve in Australia or its territories (the militia or "chockos*" as they were called by AIF (Australian Imperial Forces) soldiers are famous for their battles with the Japanese on the Kokoda Track as New Guinea was an Australian territory at the time). The AIF was created to serve overseas as professional soldiers. AMF soldiers had similar serial numbers to the AIF but minus the X. Many AMF soldiers joined the AIF in the field. * AIF soldiers called AMF soldiers "chockos" as an abbreviation for chocolate soldiers.....they believed they would melt in the heat of battle. This was certainly proved wrong
  7. Thats a great find, I have never heard of any similar. I wonder if he tried to join the AIF ? ( His number shows he was in the CMF (militia) )
  8. Thanks Mervyn. I collect a lot of stuff, mainly Australian WW1 though a bit of Australian WW2 as well....I cant help myself. Australian WW1 medals are eaily researched yourself as the Australian Government has all WW1 service records (and more) online. I did also collect russian medals/orders though I havent for quite a while due to the fakers making it too hard for me. Australia has many war heroes similar to the above that most of the rest of the world have never heard of.
  9. Some further info here on wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jock_McLaren Truly a legend.