A Second World War belt (Pattern 37 waist belt) issued to Private Allen George HUNTLEY (Service Number V514747) turned up on eBay during January 2018 and it was purchased by the Medals Gone Missing team in the hope we can track down his descendants.
Allen George HUNTLEY was born on the 4th December, 1914 in Diamond Creek, Victoria. He married Lillian Elizabeth HUNTLEY on the 12th November 1938.
According to the World War Two Nominal Roll, Allen enlisted into the AMF (Australian Military Forces) on 21st July 1942. Being a married man, it is natural that his next of kin was recorded as being Lillian Elizabeth HUNTLEY. Allen had served with the 57/60 Australian Infantry Battalion AMF. His service record confirms that Allen took part in the Bouganville campaign, landing at Torokina on 5th January 1945.
Allen George HUNTLEY discharged from the Australian army on 12th August 1946. It is likely he returned to his mustered trade of butcher in civil life, so perhaps you may remember him as your local butcher during the 1950’s?
This waist belt in question clearly bears Allen’s service number which likely was written by Allen himself in black ink. Considering that these were manufactured in the hundreds of thousands and every serviceman had one (including Navy and Air Force), it is very rare that this belt has survived to this day in such good condition. This relic was purchased by Medals Gone Missing online via eBay and is not for general sale. It will only be sold back to the descendants of Allen George HUNTLEY upon strict proof of relationship.