Why are there three 7th Battalions?

For a brief look at each of the three battalions, using information from the Australian War Memorial's website, click here: Why_are_there_three_7th_Battalions.pdf

Keith Alexander served in the Signal Platoon attached to Battalion Headquarters Company. 

After questions from his eldest grandson, Sam, Keith wrote of his time in Darwin and of his experiences serving in New Guinea, the Solomons and Bougainville.  IMG 0011 edited 1

As a signalman Keith did not see as much front line action as those in the Infantry platoons, but his accounts of time spent in Darwin and later overseas, provide  another perspective on Battalion activities.

Powell Gilbert in 1995 1 The end of the war against Japan brought a feeling of intense relief for Mildura veteran, Gilbert Powell.  Gilbert was a machine gunner in 7th Battalion's E Company and rose to the rank of Sergeant during his military service.  Gilbert was interviewed by a Sunraysia Daily (Mildura) journalist just before the 50th anniversary of Victory in the Pacific, 15 August 1945.  The interview has been reproduced here.

Whit by name and wit by nature, Len Whittenbury teased shopkeepers by asking them to change a fake million dollar note, or offering to pay with an ancient penny". 

This obituary provides a glimpse into Len's character and life.