Researching Geoff Valentin for a social history set in the St George District ( Sydney). Trying to access the service record for Valentin, who was a champion swimmer on cusp of national titled when he was conscripted to CMF ( date not known) and inducted into Western Sydney 55/53 - Valentin was posted to PNG, ( not sure of dates ), repatriated Sydney 1943 ( malaria), returned to Bougainvile, KIA.
I am looking for the chronology that informs on his war service - his service records- as he progressed from NCO to Lieutenant - and the periods of his activity in the 55/53. At this stage all I can find is the are records of his death recorded in the cemetery.
Dan, You can request his record for a fee via the NAA Record Search
just put his name into the above search box
His Nominal Roll record on this link
If you need information on his family I could help with that
This link might help with further information on obtaining war records
Australian War Memorial - Roll of Honour for Geoffrey VALENTIN
Commonwealth War Graves record - Bomana Cemetery (parents & wifes names incl)
Thank you Elizabeth. Someone from the National Archives has been in touch, and this is progressing along. Many thanks for these links which I will look at with interest.
Dan, That is great news - I hope it all goes well
The NAA has a Personnel Dossier for Geoffrey Valentin (NX167542). The Access Status is "Open", but it hasn't been scanned yet. Therefore it seems that there are 3 choices:
- Pay to have it scanned (probably abt $36 - you'll need to check))
- Physically view it in Canberra (You'll need to check first for availability!)
- Wait until the NAA gets round to scanning it
Thank you for your reply. Someone has called me on this today and will be looking in the file. I expect some wonderful things to emerge, or at least a few holes to be filled in. Geoff Valentin's story is of paying the ultimate price, paid on VE Day ( PNG 9 May 45)- a great repudiation of the label "that mob" which was given to his battalion when they first met the Japanese defending Pt Moresby in '42.