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Soldier profiles

Name : CAMM, RICHARD ANDREW
Service Number : VX16147
Date of Birth : 29/01/1893
Place of Birth : ZEEHAN, TAS
Known as : DICK
Occupation on Enlistment : POULTRY FARMER
Date of Enlistment : 22/05/1940
Locality on Enlistment : KILMORE, VIC
Place of Enlistment : CAULFIELD, VIC
Next of Kin : CAMM, GRACE
Rank (at time of discharge / death) : CAPTAIN
Service : ARMY
Final Posting : 2/2 PIONEER BATTALION
Position / Platoon / Company (as 2/2 Pioneer) (date / details) : O.I.C. D COMPANY (SYRIA), O.I.C. D COMPANY (AUSTRALIA)
Unit Transfers / Promotions (date / details) :
Theatres of War : SYRIA
Actions : BALATE RIDGE (SYRIA)
Wounded (date / details) :
Discharged : N/A
Date Died : 27/06/1941
Age at Death : 48
Community Roll of Honour : SCOTTSDALE (TAS)
Buried Location / Memorial (P.O.W., D.O.W., K.I.A.) : DAMASCUS COMMONWEALTH WAR CEMETERY, SYRIA. P. 23. / AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL COMMEMORATIVE AREA PANEL 72
K.I.A. (date / details) : 27/06/1941 / COL'S RIDGE (SYRIA)
D.O.W. (date / details) : N/A
M.I.A. (date / details) : N/A
P.O.W. (location/s) : NO
Died P.O.W. (date / details) : N/A
P.O.W. Camps (details) : N/A
Recovered P.O.W. (location/s) : N/A
Honours and Gallantry : Mentioned in Despatches (2/2 Pioneer Battalion) 26/12/1941 for conspicuous service rendered. London Gazette 30/12/1941, page 7358, position 73
Applicable Australian War Memorial circulars : Australian War Memorial Death Circular,   Australian War Memorial Awards Circular
References found (entries & photos) : National Archives of Australia (Barcode 6214886 [DIGITISED], Barcode 3201189 [DIGITISED]),   WW2 Nominal Roll,   Commonwealth War Graves Commission,   Australian War Memorial,   Past article (size 233kB),   Past article (size 3132kB),   Past article (size 261kB),   AWM_PR02073,   L_BOROMEO_4.jpg,   L_BOROMEO_5.jpg

Background : Son of Richard and Catherine K. Camm; husband of Grace Elizabeth Camm, of Launceston, Tasmania, Australia. Father of Richard Camm (2/2 Pioneer). AWM has (id PR02073) typescript (7 pp) of Captain Richard Andrew Camm's 'Anzac Day' speech (titled 'Anzac Day Address') which was delivered by Capt R A Camm to the 2/2 Pioneer Battalion during the unit's voyage to the Middle East, 25 April 1941. The speech, by a former Gallipoli veteran, represents an example of the 'Anzac myth' being used to inspire members of the 2nd AIF on their way to a war zone and urges the Australian soldiers of 1941 to emulate the heroes of Gallipoli. It also identifies and celebrates the positive qualities of a uniquely identifiable Australian national character. Capt Camm was subsequently killed in action at Merdjayoun, Syria on 27 June 1941. Also included in the collection are three 1941 newspaper cuttings relating the 2/2 Pioneers Battalion action at Merdjayoun and a photocopy of a biographical summary of the service careers of Capt R A Camm and his son VX51879 Private Richard Camm.