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Soldier profiles

Name : KLICKE, ALLAN REGINALD
Service Number : VX17485
Date of Birth : 16/10/1912
Place of Birth : KABININGE, SA
Known as :
Occupation on Enlistment : BUILDING CONSTRUCTION RIGGER
Date of Enlistment : 27/05/1940
Locality on Enlistment : TORRENSVILLE, SA
Place of Enlistment : CAULFIELD, VIC
Next of Kin : KLICKE, R T
Rank (at time of discharge / death) : PRIVATE
Service : ARMY
Final Posting : 2/2 PIONEER BATTALION
Position / Platoon / Company (as 2/2 Pioneer) (date / details) : B COMPANY (SYRIA)
Unit Transfers / Promotions (date / details) :
Theatres of War : SYRIA, JAVA
Actions :
Wounded (date / details) : SANDFLY FEVER (AUGUST 1941), MALARIA (OCTOBER 1941)
Discharged : N/A
Date Died : 08/01/1944
Age at Death : 31
Community Roll of Honour : ADELAIDE (SA), KRONDORF (SA)
Buried Location / Memorial (P.O.W., D.O.W., K.I.A.) : THANBYUZAYAT WAR CEMETERY, MYANMAR. A2. D. 2. / 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) : 08/01/1944 / MENINGITIS, PNEUMONIA, CEREBRAL MALARIA / 100 KILO CAMP (BURMA)
P.O.W. Camps (details) : 100 KILO (BURMA)
Recovered P.O.W. (location/s) : NO
Honours and Gallantry : None for display
Applicable Australian War Memorial circulars : Australian War Memorial B-JAVA-0049 Missing & POW Circular
References found (entries & photos) : National Archives of Australia (Barcode 6204012 [OPEN]),   WW2 Nominal Roll,   Commonwealth War Graves Commission,   Australian War Memorial,   2/2nd Pioneer 2007 Annual Shrine Pilgrimage,   Past article (size 490kB),   D_MILLIKEN_1.jpg,   AWM_PR04793

Background : Son of Rudolph Theodore and Emilia Johanna Clara Klicke, of Torrensville, South Australia. Uncle of Yvonne. Initially buried in Reugue P.O.W. Cemetery, Grave 227. Memorial plaque was placed on parents' double grave at Krondorf in the Barossa Valley, South Australia. AWM has (id PR04793) two letters sent by the Australian Military Forces, to Mr R. T. Klicke of Torrensville S.A., concerning the missing status of his son Pte Klicke. [item 1] Letter, 11/5/1942. [item 2] Letter, 7/7/1942. [item 3] Envelope postmarked 9/7/1942. Allan Reginald Klicke was born in Kabininge, South Australia on 16 October 1912. He worked as a labourer and had served in the CMF. He enlisted on 27 May 1940. Private Klicke transferred to 2/2 Pioneer Battalion on 30 May and received initial training at Puckapunyal. In late 1940 he was temporarily appointed Group III Spec Concretor. Klicke disembarked from Sydney on 7 April 1941, arriving in the Middle East in early May. The Battalion served in Syria and were involved in various offensives against the Vichy French before their surrender in late 1941. During his service in the Middle East, Klicke suffered from a bout of sandfly fever in August 1941 and from malaria in October the same year. In late January 1942 he embarked on the SS Orcades which was meant to return to Australia. Instead, caught up in the Japanese invasion of Singapore and the Netherlands East Indies, 2/2 Pioneer Battalion disembarked in Batavia on 18 February. Together with a battery of American artillery and a squadron from the 3rd King's Own Hussars, they formed an ill fated defense of Java. They were known as the 'Blackforce'. Klicke was reported missing on 30 April that year. By October 21 that same year he was believed to be a POW of the Japanese. Much later it was confirmed that he had been interned in Thailand. Klicke died of pneumonia on 8 January 1944. He had in fact been one of 865 men from 2/2 Pioneer Battalion taken prisoner in Java, and was amongst the 258 that had died in Japanese hands. A letter from the military authorities to his father dated 10 April 1945, included the testimony of an informant, stating that Klicke had died of illness during the interrogation of prisoners by Japanese, following their rescue from sinking Japanese transport (this may have been the air attack on the hellships heading to Moulmein, Burma).