Summary

Service Australia badge issued to Col. J. Rex Hall O.B.E., in 1948 for World War II service.

General Service Australia badges were issued to full time military forces personnel having 28 days or more length of service within Australia

General Service BaADGE ISSUED TO FULL TIME MILITARY FORCES PERSONNEL HAVING 28 DAYS OR MORE LENGTH OF SERVICE WITHIN AUSTRALIA. GILT BRASS, RISING SUN, ANCHOR OVER WINGS, SURMOUNTED BY THE WORD SERVICE UNDER A CROWN, SCROLL UNDERNEATH BEARS

Joseph Rex Hall was a 19-year-old accountant when he enlisted on 18 August 1914 (just two weeks after war was declared by Britain). He had already served for 2 1/2 years in the military forces (28th Australian Army Medical Corps). His service number was 63, reflecting the early date of his enlistment. He served in the Light Horse and Camel Corps in the Middle East (with a period in Gallipoli), escaping injury although experiencing illness. He returned to Australia in July 1919.

Hall's involvement with the military continued, and in May 1921 he was a candidate for a commission in the 2nd Cavalry Division. He served again in World War II, enlisting 6 Aug 1942 at East Malvern (service number VX80978 (V24238)). He was discharged on 13 Dec 1946 at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the 23/21 Australian Infantry Battalion.

Physical Description

Gilt brass, rising sun, anchor over wings, surmounted by the word "SERVICE" under a crown, scroll underneath bears "AUSTRALIA". On reverse "1948 ISSUED BY C'WLTH GOVT A 2567 AMOR SYDNEY".

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