Can you help?

If you can identify a 2/27th Battalion soldier pictured in this gallery, please don't hesitate to email contact@thelostbattalion.net with a name and serial number, preferably accompanied by a photograph for visual comparison.

Reader input with identifying information is greatly appreciated and will be used to update photographic captions where possible, making The Lost Battalion website more accurate while also providing feedback for family members who have provided images for upload in the hope of discovering more information about the soldiers pictured.

Middle East: Second left, George Goed (SX4301), brother Peter Goed (VX41689) Gunner 1st Anti-tank Regiment AIF and Roy Kroemer (SX4216), pictured on leave in Beirut in 1941. George Goed and Roy Kroemer, from Strathalbyn, South Australia, enlisted together on June 3,1940, both joining the 2/27th Battalion. Can you identify the soldier on the left?

A bit of a larrikin: Raymond Rosser (SX12013), pictured on leave in Palestine. Son Daryl Rosser says his father was no saint. "His offences included disobeying a lawful command given by his superior officer and failing to appear at the place of parade appointed by his CO, for with he was docked two-day's pay," he said. 

A beer with mates: Raymond Rosser (SX12013), pictured third from left, on leave in Beirut with fellow 2/27th Battalion members. 

Mates: Second from left, George Goed (SX4301) with a group of soldiers on work duty.

Palestine: 2/27th Battalion B Company photographed in May 1941. Picture: Vic Lemon (AWM008411)

Before deployment: 2/27th Battalion C Company in parade uniform.

Mortar practice: In the foreground is Reg Beer (SX12727). Can you name the other infantryman?

Platoon mates: Bottom row, middle, Reg Beer (SX12727). Can you name any of the other infantrymen?

Tea for Victory: 7th Division AIF troops on leave in Colombo, Sri Lanka, in early 1942, enjoy free cups of tea from a Ceylon Tea Propaganda Board roadside stall. The sign attached to the front of the bus states "TEA, Vigour, Vitality, Victory".

Picture: David Rintel (AWM030137/06)

Ringside seats: AIF troops en-route to Australia from the Middle East in March 1942 on HMT Orcades, watch an on-board boxing match. Picture: David Rintel (AWM030103/06)

Killing time at sea: 7th Division AIF infantrymen watch a boxing match between two soldiers aboard the transport ship SS Mauretania sailing for the Middle East in 1941.

Picture: David Rintel (AWMP01830.002) 

Early Christmas present: An AIF infantryman poses with a captured tyreless Japanese bicycle at Soputa, Papua, on December 22, 1942.

Picture: David Rintel (AWM030208/08) 

Ready for action: Three men sitting on a park bench next to an air raid shelter in the Adelaide Botanic Gardens, photographed in March 1942, not long after the return from the Middle East of the 7 Division AIF, which included the 2/27th Battalion.

Picture: David Rintel (AWM030130/03) 

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Kokoda's forgotten foot soldiers