Ayre, Gordon Raymond Charles (Sergeant, b.1902-d.1978)

Place Oceania: New Guinea, Mubo Salamaua Area, Salamaua
Accession Number AWM2019.296.1
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement Extent: .5 cm; Wallet/s: 1
Object type Letter
Maker Ayre, Gordon Raymond Charles
Place made New Guinea
Date made 1943
Access Open
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copying Provisions Copying is permitted for the purposes of research and study, subject to physical condition
Description

Collection relating to the Second World War service of VX89711 Sergeant Gordon Raymond Charles Ayre, 58/59 Australian Infantry Battalion, New Guinea, 1943.

Wallet 1 of 1 – Consists of page one and page four of a letter from Sergeant Raymond to his sister, Myrtle Gills, dated 14 September [1943]. In his letter, Sergeant Ayre writes about poor weather, wading through mud to Salamaua on the day it was captured by the Allies, and being filmed by war photographer Damien Peter Parer.

History / Summary

Sergeant Gordon Raymond Charles Ayre was called up to serve in the Second Australian Imperial Force on 27 June 1940, after previously serving in the Militia. He served with the 58/59 Australian Infantry Battalion in New Guinea. During the advance on Salamaua in September 1943, Sergeant Ayre was filmed by war correspondent, Damien Peter Parer, while assisting a wounded fellow soldier. For his outstanding courage during this action, he was a awarded the Military Medal. Sergeant Ayre was discharged on 3 June 1947.