3900071-P.jpg
NOBACK.jpg

Soldier profiles

Name : DOWNES, WILLIAM
Service Number : 3900071 (VX9845)
Date of Birth : 02/04/1905
Place of Birth : NORTH PRENTICE, VIC
Known as : BILL
Occupation on Enlistment :
Date of Enlistment : 04/01/1940
Locality on Enlistment : ST KILDA, VIC
Place of Enlistment : SOUTH MELBOURNE, VIC
Next of Kin : DOWNES, ESSIE
Rank (at time of discharge / death) : WARRANT OFFICER CLASS 2
Service : ARMY
Final Posting : 2/2 PIONEER BATTALION
Position / Platoon / Company (as 2/2 Pioneer) (date / details) : 5 PLATOON B COMPANY (SYRIA)
Unit Transfers / Promotions (date / details) :
Theatres of War : SYRIA, JAVA
Actions : FORT MERDJAYOUN (SYRIA)
Wounded (date / details) :
Discharged : 20/06/1946
Date Died : 21/04/1979
Age at Death : 74
Community Roll of Honour : N/A
Buried Location / Memorial (P.O.W., D.O.W., K.I.A.) : N/A
K.I.A. (date / details) : N/A
D.O.W. (date / details) : N/A
M.I.A. (date / details) : N/A
P.O.W. (location/s) : JAVA
Died P.O.W. (date / details) : NO
P.O.W. Camps (details) : SHIBAURA DENKI (JAPAN), TOKYO (JAPAN)
Recovered P.O.W. (location/s) : JAPAN
Honours and Gallantry : Military Medal (2/2 Pioneer Battalion) for gallantry & inspiring conduct Fort Merdjayoun on 17/06/1941 presented at Government House, Mebourne, Victoria on 13/11/1946. London Gazette 30/12/1941, page 7338, position 8
Applicable Australian War Memorial circulars : Australian War Memorial B-JAVA-0024 Missing & POW Circular,   Australian War Memorial Awards Circular
References found (entries & photos) : National Archives of Australia (Barcode 31830284 [DIGITISED], Barcode 478874 [OPEN]),   WW2 Nominal Roll,   Australian War Memorial,   Past article (size 641kB),   Past article (size 149kB),   Past article (size 233kB),   Past article (size 67kB),   Past article (size 722kB),   Past article (size 304kB)

Background : Arrived in Japan September 1944 aboard hellship Kibitsu Maru (survivor rescued by Japanese after hellship Rakuyo Maru sinking). Part of the Kawasaki group. Repatriated from Japan to Australia on hospital ship Tjitjalengka.