WW2 1939-1945 Star. Francis Galvin. Australian Infantry Casualty of the Thai Burma Railway. Died 1944.

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A correctly named Star: QX23022 F.J.Galvin.

A poignant 1939-45 Star awarded to QX23022 Private Francis Joesph Galvin. Frank was born in 1918 at Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia and enlisted in August 1941 and was posted to the 2/26th Infantry Battalion. He was taken POW by the Japanese and then died as a direct result from the lack of medicine, hygiene, facilities and food combined with sadistic treatment and hard work that he experienced during his 8 and 1/2 months working on the Thai Burma Railway. Parents: Edward and Mary Galvin Work Area: Shimo Sonkuari, Thailand Died at: Changi Hospital Camp Cause: Debility He is remembered with honour at Kranji War Cemetery in Singapore and on the Australian War Memorial.

The medal as you can see is on the wrong ribbon but we preferred to keep it that way. It comes with some research and some photocopied photos of Francis.

 

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