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Soldier profiles

Name : LEACH, ALBERT WILLIAM
Service Number : VX17174
Date of Birth : 11/06/1908
Place of Birth : MELBOURNE, VIC
Known as :
Occupation on Enlistment : GARDENER, BANDSMAN (TENOR HORN)
Date of Enlistment : 24/05/1940
Locality on Enlistment : BALLARAT, VIC
Place of Enlistment : CAULFIELD, VIC
Next of Kin : LAMBROOK, H
Rank (at time of discharge / death) : PRIVATE
Service : ARMY
Final Posting : 2/2 PIONEER BATTALION
Position / Platoon / Company (as 2/2 Pioneer) (date / details) :
Unit Transfers / Promotions (date / details) :
Theatres of War : SYRIA, JAVA
Actions :
Wounded (date / details) :
Discharged : N/A
Date Died : 26/07/1945
Age at Death : 37
Community Roll of Honour : BALLARAT (VIC)
Buried Location / Memorial (P.O.W., D.O.W., K.I.A.) : KANCHANABURI WAR CEMETERY, THAILAND. 1. P. 76. / AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL COMMEMORATIVE AREA PANEL 73
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) : 26/07/1945 / MALARIA, BERIBERI / PRACHUAB KIRI CAMP (THAILAND)
P.O.W. Camps (details) : JAVA, PRACHUAB KIRI (THAILAND)
Recovered P.O.W. (location/s) : NO
Honours and Gallantry : None for display
Applicable Australian War Memorial circulars : Australian War Memorial B-JAVA-0051 Missing & POW Circular
References found (entries & photos) : National Archives of Australia (Barcode 6211933 [DIGITISED]),   WW2 Nominal Roll,   Commonwealth War Graves Commission,   Australian War Memorial,   Past article (size 67kB),   Headstone [photo courtesy of K. Fraser (son of VX18403 S. Fraser)]

Background : Worked for 10 years as a gardener at Ballarat City Council. Left his estate (about 1000 pounds) to the Ballarat Orphanage where he grew up. H. Lambrook (next of kin) was the orphanage's superintendent.

Service & personal summary At enlistment : single. No previous military experience. Blue eyes, brown hair. Marks / scars : right index finger terminal joint deformed from accident.

Service record
24/05/1940 Taken on strength Recruit Reception Depot Caulfield, Victoria.
30/05/1940 Posted to 2/2 Pioneer Battalion Puckapunyal, Seymour, Victoria.
07/04/1941 Embarked Sydney, New South Wales on H.M.S. Queen Mary (H.M.T. N.N.).
03/05/1941 Disembarked Middle East.
31/01/1942 Embarked Middle East on S.S. Orcades.
18/02/1942 Disembarked Batavia, Java.
07/03/1942 Reported missing in action.
30/04/1942 Reported missing in action, Java and transferred to X list.
29/07/1942 Reported missing in action believed prisoner of war.
28/07/1943 Reported prisoner of war (Java).
26/07/1945 Died of illness whilst prisoner of war (malaria).
02/04/1946 Exhumed from 12 Kilo Camp. Reburied Kanburi Allied War Cemetery Grave no. 1455. Location report no. 11/6/10.
07/06/1946 Reconciled.