Pacific Star : Private G D Shearston, 2/1 Pioneer Battalion

Accession Number REL49840.002
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Medal
Physical description Bronze
Maker Unknown
Place made United Kingdom: England
Date made c 1946
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Pacific Star, impressed on reverse with recipient's name.

History / Summary

Service medal issued to NX131926 Private George Douglas “Doug” Shearston, No 1 Platoon, Headquarters Company, 2/1 Pioneer Battalion. Shearston enlisted on 6 August 1942 and joined 2/1 Pioneer Battalion after they had served on the Kokoda Track. They returned to Australia in October 1943 to regroup and retrain for the invasion of Borneo. They came ashore on 1 July 1945 at Balikpapan where they consolidated the beachhead and helped defend Balikpapan Harbour. At the end of the war Private Doug Shearston was witness to the surrender of the Japanese forces there, where he took photographs (see P00919.001 and .002 and the camera REL24621).