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Artwork: Ray Hirst (

Edited by: Organic Publishing

Photographs: Russell Millard, Vincent Ross,

Australian War Memorial, Department of Veterans’ Affairs

Collation: Trudie Glynn-Roe





Veteran support: Australian Veterans and Veterans Family Counselling Service and Veterans Line, phone 1800 011 046 or visit:

Wounded Heroes Australia:


Returned and Services League, Australia:

Black Dog Institute:

Crisis support, Lifeline:

Youth mental health, Headspace:

Beyond Blue:

The Lost Battalion will include a Nominal Roll listing the names of all those who served as soldiers in the 2/27th Battalion AIF during World War II, both from South Australia and all other Australian states.

Cover notes

First published in 2019 by Organic Publishing through, Tel Aviv, Israel

Copyright © Vincent Ross 2019

The moral right of the author has been asserted.

All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted by any person or entity (including Google, Amazon or similar organisations), in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, scanning or by an information storage and retrieval system, without prior permission in writing from the publisher.


National Library of Australia

Catalogue-in-Publication data:

Ross, Vincent, 1958 -

The Lost Battalion

Kokoda’s forgotten foot soldiers


Kokoda Campaign, New Guinea, 1942.

Gona, Battle of the Beachheads, New Guinea, 1942.

2/27th Battalion Returned Servicemen’s Association, 1940 - 2008.

World War, 1939 - 1945 - Personal narratives. Veterans. Biography. Army. History.

World War, 1939 - 1945 - Australia.

World War, 1939 - 1945 - New Guinea.

 World War, 1939 - 1945 - Japan.


Every endeavor has been made to contact copyright holders to obtain the necessary permission for use of copyright material in this book. Any person who may have been inadvertently overlooked should contact the publisher by emailing

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