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WW2 Medal Group, Australian Infantry/Navy, Very Chequered History - Named To Walsh

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Price: £195.00


A WW2 medal group awarded to SX18135 (Army Private) and then later (44369) HV91 (Navy Stoker), John Joseph Walsh, who served in both the Australian Army and then the Navy. Walsh’s naval service papers are available to view in the National Archive Of Australia and can be accessed by clicking on here.

His Army service papers are not ‘open’, but can be found by clicking on here. However, his entire family history can also be viewed in detail on Ancestry (if you have an account) by clicking on here and on here.

The details of his awards are as follows:

1939-45 Star named to J WALSH HV91

Atlantic Star named to J WALSH HV91

Pacific Star named to J WALSH HV91

British War Medal named to J WALSH HV91

Australian Service Medal named to J WALSH HV91

Further details of WW2 medal award criteria, can be viewed by clicking on here and scrolling to the relevant medal entry.

The medals are supplied loose along with their original ribbons and an Australian Army cap badge and numbered veterans pin.


Walsh was born in March 1911, in Tralee Ireland. He moved to England were he married and at some point joined the British Army. Documents on Ancestry show he was court marshalled (at Aldershot) and he subsequently left the army and emigrated to Australia leaving his wife and children behind in England.

At the onset of WW2, he joined the Australian Army, but appears to have been constantly in trouble with the military authorities. In March 1943, he transferred (the army appeared to be glad to let him go), to the Royal Australian Navy, where his conduct was much better. The service records list the names of ships, patrol boats and shore establishments in which he served. He left the Navy in 1946, but signed on for the Naval Reserve.

In 1952 it appears that he signed on again with the navy for a further period of 6 years and served in a number of offshore locations within the Pacific. His Ancestry family tree includes many photos of him during this period. Between these two periods of service he also re-married and had further children, although it is not clear that he ever divorced his first wife that had remained in England. In 1953 it appears that he was again in trouble with the military authorities (and imprisoned for a while) and he was dismissed from the service.

In later life, Walsh settled in New South Wales, Australia, he divorced from his second wife in 1964 and died in September 1983, at Burwood also in New South Wales. At this point his medals were sent to a surviving relative (from his first marriage) who lived in the UK.

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Seller Information:
  • Sellers Name:
    Phil Haigh
  • Item Location:
    Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
  • Sellers Telephone Number:
    07729 479618
  • Payment Types Accepted:
    Any but Paypal

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