Are you related to Allen George HUNTLEY – V514747 – 57/60 Australian Infantry Battalion – Pattern 37 Army Belt

Australian-FlagAre you related to Allen George HUNTLEY who served in the Australian Army during World War Two?

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.

The World War Two British Pattern 37 waist belt issued to Private Allen George HUNTLEY and bears his service number V514747. Amazingly this belt was located on eBay Australia and purchased by the Medals Gone Missing team.

The World War Two British Pattern 37 waist belt issued to Private Allen George HUNTLEY and bears his service number V514747. Amazingly this belt was located on eBay Australia and purchased by the Medals Gone Missing team.

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.

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Gary Traynor is Administrator of the Militaria based website MEDALSGONEMISSING. The aim of this "NOT FOR PROFIT" website is to reunite families, with lost War Medals and other items of militaria which may have been awarded or issued to their ancestors. What Gary refers to as their "lost heritage". He has been actively involved in the preservation of Militaria and the researching of Military History for well over 29 years. During his travels, he has conducted numerous study trips to Gallipoli, The Western Front, Kokoda and many other major battle sites around the world. He was a member of the Australian Army Reserve (UNSWR & 4/3 RNSWR) and served for 23 years with the New South Wales Police Force. He was also priveleged to have served as a Volunteer Guide at the Australian War Memorial for a number of years. Gary now conducts tours of the Gallipoli Battlefields and the Kokoda Track in New Guinea. He leads the field in his knowledge of the beach head battlefields encompassing Buna, Gona & Sanananda. Medalsgonemissing is a website that will assist you in locating your family's lost war medals and other awards. If you have an ancestor who served in any of the British Commonwealth Armed Services at any time - and whose medals are lost/stolen or simply missing....then so long as the medals are out there - this site will help you to locate them. However the site also contains articles of interest in relation to Military History, War Memorials & Uniforms / kit. Please explore our website as there is sure to be something of interest to you.
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