I've just joined and I'm not sure what to expect but I'm hoping to find out where my dad served in New Guinea, if he was always in the 24 Battalion, where he was based and what actions he was involved in.

His name was Vernon Archibald McColough and his service number is VX122294.

I know he was a Private, he repaired pistols, rifles and machine guns but I don't know if that's the only work he did. I've no idea where in New Guinea he served.

I've seen some other soldiers records that contain hand written notes and while I've got no idea what the abbreviations on the hand written records mean, I'd be grateful for any information. 

Thanks a lot,

Eric McColough

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Your father's personnel file has not been digitized so is not available online (You can see this if you use the general search function https://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/SearchScr...). You will need to make a request for the file or ask Defence? for an extract of his record. His full file will be more interesting. I'm new to this so hope it helps.

Thanks Ross!

I'll ask them for it.


Eric,  This may help in the meantime

Nominal Roll - note he has two service numbers listed

Attestation form


Request a copy of his WW2 record for a fee - I believe later these will be put online


If you live near Canberra you can view them free of charge at the Archives, but not sure at the moment if they are restricted due to the COVID 19 restrictions




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