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Soldier profiles

Name : LANG, JOE TILSON
Service Number : QX6067
Date of Birth : 15/09/1896
Place of Birth : DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND
Known as :
Occupation on Enlistment : MECHANICAL & ELECTRICAL ENGINEER
Date of Enlistment : 24/11/1939
Locality on Enlistment : ASHGROVE, QLD
Place of Enlistment : UNKNOWN
Next of Kin : LANG, KATHLEEN
Rank (at time of discharge / death) : LIEUTENANT COLONEL
Service : ARMY
Final Posting : 2/2 PIONEER BATTALION
Position / Platoon / Company (as 2/2 Pioneer) (date / details) : MAJOR (SYRIA), COMMANDING OFFICER (NEW GUINEA)
Unit Transfers / Promotions (date / details) : AUGUST 1943 COMMANDING OFFICER (NEW GUINEA), DECEMBER 1943 COMMANDING OFFICER (BUNA BASE SUB-AREA NEW GUINEA), APRIL 1948 COMMANDING OFFICER (31ST INFANTRY BATTALION)
Theatres of War : SYRIA, NEW GUINEA
Actions : FORT MERDJAYOUN (SYRIA)
Wounded (date / details) :
Discharged : 22/06/1945
Date Died : 19/09/1973
Age at Death : 77
Community Roll of Honour : N/A
Buried Location / Memorial (P.O.W., D.O.W., K.I.A.) : N/A
K.I.A. (date / details) : N/A
D.O.W. (date / details) : N/A
M.I.A. (date / details) : N/A
P.O.W. (location/s) : NO
Died P.O.W. (date / details) : N/A
P.O.W. Camps (details) : N/A
Recovered P.O.W. (location/s) : N/A
Honours and Gallantry : WW2 : Mentioned in Despatches (2/2nd Pioneer Battalion) for exceptional services in the field in New Guinea. London Gazette 08/03/1945, page 1305, position 34. Commonwealth of Australia Gazette 15/03/1945, page 650, position 89. Officer of the Order of the British Empire (3rd Base S/A) for distinguished service with Australian Base in Aitape presented by registered post on 19/05/1949. London Gazette 14/02/1946, page 942, position 19. Commonwealth of Australia Gazette 21/02/1946, page 407, position 39. WW1 : Military Cross (53rd Battalion). London Gazette 18/06/1917, page 6004, position 8. Commonwealth of Australia Gazette 04/10/1917, page 2630, position 17
Applicable Australian War Memorial circulars : Australian War Memorial Awards Circular,   Australian War Memorial Awards Circular
References found (entries & photos) : National Archives of Australia (Barcode 4838286 [OPEN], Barcode 9100503 [OPEN], Barcode 5192564 [OPEN], Barcode 7377076 [DIGITISED]),   WW2 Nominal Roll,   Australian War Memorial,   AWM_003467.jpg,   AWM_053744.jpg,   AWM_054447.jpg,   AWM_128386.jpg,   Past article (size 210kB),   Past article (size 363kB),   Past article (size 133kB)

Background : O.I.C. of 2/2 Pioneers twice. Height 6 feet, 5 inches.