About this blog

Welcome to the blog for the 2/31st Battalion of the 25th Brigade of the 7th Division of the Australian Imperial Force of World War Two.

This blog is not officially connected with any organisation. It was started by me and my husband because we realised that the original members of the 2/31st are becoming fewer and fewer and we wanted to keep their memory and their feats alive. My father, John (or Jack) Edward Lewis (‘Strangler’ to his mates) was one of the soldiers in the 2/31st and that, of course, is my connection.

We have a large number of copies of a magazine called Teh Kallim which was published several times a year by the 2/31st Association and edited by ‘Hook’ Anderson for many years. However, due to increasing age and declining numbers Teh Kallim ceased publication many years ago. This magazine contained personal news about ex-members of the 2/31st and also memoirs about events, battles, accidents, losses, successes – all from the point of view of the ordinary soldier. Through this blog I would like to give these memoirs a ‘second life’.

It is our intention to do several things with this blog.

  • Publish extracts from Teh Kallim
  • Publish other interesting information about the 2/31st battalion as we find it
  • Publish photos that will be of general interest as we find them
  • Publish news of events that will be of interest to relatives and friends

Some of the articles have been edited. This is mainly to shorten articles, to expand abbreviations that are no longer commonly understood or to remove dated matters that are no longer relevant. But we are not censors! The articles use the language and expressions that the soldiers used 50 to 60 years ago. We have not felt that it is our right to make expresssions ‘politically correct’. For example, the word ‘gyppo’ comes from the word ‘Egyptian’ and was used by the soldiers to refer to any Arab they encountered in Palestine. We have left such words as they are.

It is not our intention to guard this blog as though it is our private property but, rather, if you also have news or comments that relate to the 2/31st then we will be most happy to include them on the blog and, of course, give you the credit for the information.

Elizabeth and Lindsey Timms

If you want to contact us about any matter just go below to Leave a Reply below and send us an email.


plaque on memorial at Southbank Brisbane


2/31 Memorial at Southbank Brisbane


2/31 memorial in Melbourne at the Shrine of Remembrance, St Kilda Road. It is a plaque with an inscription on it.


114 comments on “About this blog

  1. Hello all; the book was written by John Laffin a well known WW1 historian and prolific author based for many years on the Western Front. I have a copy – as do all of my brothers. He passed away in Canberra in 2000. Laffin served in the 2nd/31st during WW2 and the Kokoda campaign. I believe he was somehow attached to one of the airdrop squadrons (‘biscuit bombers’) that used to resupply the troops during that campaign. I think the free falling supplies were nearly as much danger as incoming munitions!

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