Overdue Australian Defence medal presented to Nigel Hall in recognition of his service to country

Stuart McGuckinAlbany Advertiser
Nigel Hall was presented an Australian Defence medal at the Albany RSL.
Camera IconNigel Hall was presented an Australian Defence medal at the Albany RSL. Credit: Lex Porebski

A special medal presentation took place at the Albany RSL sub-branch on Sunday when Nigel Hall was awarded his Australian Defence Medal.

Mr Hall served six years in the Royal Australian Armoured Corps’ 2nd Cavalry Regiment from 1976 to 1982.

The AD medal is presented to Australian Defence Force members who serve their country for at least four years following the conclusion of World War II.

It was introduced in 2006; however, a large number of eligible personnel who were discharged before the medal was gazetted are still yet to receive the medal.

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Mr Hall has been wheelchair-bound since a post-service incident and has been largely non-verbal since suffering a stroke in recent years.

He has regularly enjoyed a coffee and biscuit on Tuesday mornings at the Albany RSL since becoming a member a couple of years ago.

Albany RSL DVA advocate Steve Edmonds proactively reached out through ADF channels to secure Mr Hall his medal.

After being presented with his medal, Mr Hall signalled his pleasure by giving a big thumbs up to those gathered at the post-service function.

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