A LANDMARK decision to posthumously grant two South Australian Second World War Diggers medals could pave the way for scores of unsung veterans to be recognised.
Archibald and John Boyes, from Port Adelaide, served at Tobruk and El Alamein in North Africa and earned five medals each including the Australian Service Medal (ASM).
But the accolades were never issued to the troublesome brothers after blunders by Defence officials who made their decisions outside the law.
In October last year a government tribunal found no reason why the brothers should not be awarded the medals and they were handed to their relatives before Christmas.
The government has since ordered the Defence Honours and Awards Tribunal to investigate how many other servicemen may have been refused honours since 1939.
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