I believe he could not have the Pacific star without having the 1939-45 star awarded first.
Indeed, which was one of the three medals sent to me when I applied for my Father's medals, as my Mother had not previously done so.
Thanks for the link, pzu. My Dad was in a TA RA LAA battery but I doubt they ever had the chance to fire in anger. He died in Fukuoka as a guest of the Japanese Emporer and now lies at the CWGC Cemetery at Yokohama. The shambles that was the Fall of Singapore and the surrounding territories may have distressed Churchill but it destroyed many lives, in the cruel squalor of the POW camps and in the families back home.