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AHYEE Gordon Vernon

Service: Army – 2/2 Machine Gun Battalion
Service number: VX151766
Locality on Enlistment: Colac
Duration of Service: 20 Sep 1943 – 25 Oct 1946
Prisoner of War: No
Honours: None for display
Date and Place of Birth: 24 Aug 1925 Geelong
Parents: Reginald Gordon AH YEE and Beatrice May BARKER
Spouse: Gwen GILLETTE
Occupation: Hardware Salesman
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NOTES: On 13 March 1945 the Machine gun battalion received the warning order to depart to a new operational staging area on Morotai Island. D Company was the first to move, leaving Ravenshoe at the end of the month. Gordon Ahyee was among the rest of the battalion which followed in April. From Morotai, the 9th Division was set to participate in a series of landings on Borneo as part of the OBOE operations. The first landing took place on 1 May when the 20th Brigade and the 2/2nd D Company landed at Tarakan Island. The machine-gunners worked closely with the infantry who were using flamethrowers to destroy Japanese positions. It was “a nasty one to finish the war on”, one veteran later remarked. Meanwhile the rest of division and battalion landed on Brunei Bay and Labuan Island in June.  Following Japan’s surrender the battalion was concentrated on Labuan but its ranks gradually thinned, as men were either discharged or transferred.