Raymond Gordon Wilson BALDWIN OAM

Badge Number: SA7814, Sub Branch: Marion
SA7814

BALDWIN, Raymond Gordon Wilson

Service Number: SX2905
Enlisted: 17 May 1940, Wayville, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 2nd/27th Infantry Battalion
Born: Adelaide, South Australia, 2 October 1921
Home Town: Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia
Schooling: Wellington Road Primary
Occupation: Soldier
Died: Stroke, Adelaide, South Australia, 15 December 2014, aged 93 years
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
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Peacetime

17 May 1940: Enlisted Australian Army, Wayville, South Australia

World War 2 Service

17 May 1940: Involvement Australian Army, Private, SN SX2905, 2nd/27th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW2

Peacetime

27 Nov 1945: Discharged Australian Army

World War 2 Service

Date unknown: Involvement Australian Army, Corporal, SN SX2905, 2nd/27th Infantry Battalion, Borneo - Operation Oboe July - August 1945
Date unknown: Involvement Australian Army, Corporal, SN SX2905, 2nd/27th Infantry Battalion, New Guinea - Huon Peninsula / Markham and Ramu Valley /Finisterre Ranges Campaigns
Date unknown: Involvement Australian Army, Private, SN SX2905, 2nd/27th Infantry Battalion, Papua New Guinea - Kokoda
Date unknown: Involvement Australian Army, Private, SN SX2905, 2nd/27th Infantry Battalion, Syria - Operation Exporter

Malayan Emergency Service

Date unknown: Involvement Australian Army, 2nd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (2 RAR)

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Biography

Raymond Baldwin served in the militia/CMF, 2nd AIF and the Australian Regular Army. During the Second World War Ray saw active service with the 2/27th Australian Infantry Battalion in Syria, Papua New Guinea - Kokoda, Gona, Markham Valley, Ramu Valley and Borneo - Balikpapan. After the war he escorted enemy prisoners and was seconded to the Nuremberg Trials. He served in Malaya with the 2nd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment. He remained in the Regular Army until December 1970, his final rank was Warrant Officer First Class as the Regimental Sergeant Major of the Adelaide University Regiment.

He had several service numbers during his service - SX2905; SX500357; 4/738; 4738.

In 2012 Ray travelled to Papua New Guinea as a member of a DVA Commemorative Mission to mark the 70th anniversary of the Kokoda and Beachhead battles.

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