Framed unofficial medals and ribbon bar: Corporal J D Quinn, 2/43 Battalion AIF

Accession Number REL37857
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Medal
Physical description Glass, Metal, Wood
Maker Unknown
Date made Unknown
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Four unofficial veteran's medals with ribbon bar for officially issued campaign medals, encased within a frame. From left to right the medals are a French Croix Allies, The Cross of Merit with Swords from Poland, an Unofficial Infantry Front Line Service Medal of Australia and a Croix de la Victoire also from France. The ribbon bar has ribbons for the 1939-1945 Star, Africa Star with 8th Army clasp, Pacific Star, Defence Medal, British War Medal 1939-45 and Australia Service Medal. The frame also includes a small engraved plaque underneath the encased medals and ribbon bar which reads: 'JOHN DERMOTT QUINN, SX5560, 2/43 BATTALION.'

History / Summary

SX5560 Corporal John Dermott Quinn was born in at Clare, Western Australia in October 1911. Prior to his enlistment for service in June 1940, Quinn worked as a shearer. He embarked for overseas service with 2/43 Battalion in December 1940 and disembarked in the Middle East in February 1941, via Colombo. He served with 2/43 Battalion in the Middle East until January 1943, when the battalion was withdrawn and redirected to New Guinea via Australia in August 1943. During this time Quinn was promoted to the rank of corporal. He served with his battalion in New Guinea until they returned to Australia in January 1944 and then again in Borneo from April 1945 to October 1945. Corporal Quinn was discharged from service in November 1945 having served a total of 1984 days during the war, 1150 of which were conducted overseas.