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Australia, Dominion. A Pacific Campaign Medal Group, Australian Imperial Force

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Australia, Dominion. A Pacific Campaign Medal Group, Australian Imperial Force

1939-1945 Star (TX11916 R.H. BROWN); Pacific Star (TX11916 R.H. BROWN); War Medal 1939-1945 (TX11916 R.H. BROWN); Australian Service Medal 1939-1945 (TX11916 R.H. BROWN); and Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal 1953. Naming is officially impressed on the four Second War medals, the Coronation Medal is un-named as issued. Un-mounted, gilt wear on the Stars, contact marks, original ribbons, very fine. Accompanied by two research papers.

 

Footnote: Ronald Herbert Brown was born on January 29, 1915 in Glen Huon, Tasmania, the son of Herbert Brown. He was educated at the University of Tasmania and worked as a teacher from 1939 to 1942, marrying Shirley Hungerford on January 10, 1940, the couple later having three children, a son and two daughters. He enlisted in the Australian Military Forces (TX11916) (T24882) on February 2, 1942 in Hobart and was posted to the General Details Depot. The "T" in his service number denotes "Tasmania", the "X" denoting Australian Imperial Force or Volunteer Overseas Service. Brown achieved full time duty on May 1, 1942, becoming active for Second World War service with the Australian Imperial Force on October 5, 1942, joining the Australian Army Pay Corps, where he was posted to the Depot Cash Office. Brown embarked Townsville, Queensland for operations in New Guinea, aboard the "Westralia" on July 7, 1944, arriving in Port Moresby, New Guinea, with Headquarters 3rd Division. Six months later, he returned to Australia aboard the troop ship "Duntroon", disembarking at Brisbane, Queensland on January 3, 1945.

After nine weeks in Australia, Brown embarked Townsville aboard the "Ormiston" for Torokina on Bougainville Island, east of New Guinea, for operations in Bougainville, in the Solomon Islands, on March 11, 1945. He was serving in the rank of Sergeant when he was Wounded in Action at Buin Road, Bougainville in 1945. Upon the ceasing of hostilities, he returned to Australia aboard the "River Burkedin", disembarking at Brisbane on November 3, 1945 and was discharged from service at Headquarters, 3 Australian Division on November 20, 1945. For his Second World War service, he was awarded the 1939-1945 Star, the Pacific Star, the War Medal 1939-1945 and the Australian Service Medal. After the war, he returned to teaching, from 1945 to 1947, as well as graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com) degree from the University of Tasmania. He would later become a member of the Australian Finance Industry Association (AFIA). He worked as an Orchardist until he was elected to the Tasmanian Parliament as a Member of the Legislative Council in 1948, serving as an Independent Member from Huon. He was Chair of Committees from 1957 until his defeat in May 1966. During his time as a Member of the Tasmanian Legislative Council, he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal in 1953. After his political career was over, Brown became a member of the Milk Board of Tasmania from 1967 to 1973, the Secretary-Manager of the Apple and Pear Growers Federation of Tasmania from 1970 to 1973, and the Overseas Representative of the Australian Apple and Pear Corporation (London) beginning in 1973. Ronald Herbert Brown died on April 5, 1992, at the age of 77 and is noted repeatedly in Who's Who in Australia.

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