YEA-Kinglake RSL President Ed Davies presented Con Hildebrand’s World War II medal to the Hildebrand family at the RSL Hall, Yea, on Monday, November 7.
“We are sad that Con never got to wear his medal but we are pleased to have been able to help Con’s family to obtain the medal,” Mr Davies said.
Alfred Conrad Hildebrand, from ‘Fallsview’ near Murrindindi, served during WW2 with the 16th Battalion, Volunteer Defence Corps, the VDC.
Con’s WW2 VDC unit, similar to the UK’s Home Guard, was responsible for defending the local area around Yea.
The unit was made up of WW1 veterans too old, and volunteers too young, to join the 2nd AIF, as well as local volunteers, like Con, with protected occupations declared essential to the war effort.
After Con’s death in February 2021, it was discovered that Con had never claimed the Australia Service Medal 1939-45, for which he was eligible.
Family members can now wear Con’s medal on their right side when attending future Remembrance and Anzac Day Commemorations.
Pictured: Yea-Kinglake RSL president Ed Davies, Paul Hildebrand (Con’s son) and Helen Hildebrand (Con’s daughter-in -law).