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Soldier profiles

Name : LENNARD, ROBERT DAVID
Service Number : VX18278
Date of Birth : 15/05/1920
Place of Birth : BOLSOVER, DERBYSHIRE, ENGLAND
Known as : BOB
Occupation on Enlistment : LABOURER
Date of Enlistment : 29/05/1940
Locality on Enlistment : COBDEN, VIC
Place of Enlistment : WARRNAMBOOL, VIC
Next of Kin : LENNARD, ALICE
Rank (at time of discharge / death) : PRIVATE
Service : ARMY
Final Posting : 2/2 PIONEER BATTALION
Position / Platoon / Company (as 2/2 Pioneer) (date / details) : C COMPANY (SYRIA)
Unit Transfers / Promotions (date / details) :
Theatres of War : SYRIA, JAVA
Actions : JEZZINE (SYRIA), RHARIFH (SYRIA), DAMOUR (SYRIA), BANDUNG (JAVA), BUITENZORG (JAVA)
Wounded (date / details) :
Discharged : N/A
Date Died : 12/09/1944
Age at Death : 24
Community Roll of Honour : UNKNOWN
Buried Location / Memorial (P.O.W., D.O.W., K.I.A.) : LABUAN MEMORIAL, MALAYSIA. PANEL 19. / 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) : 12/09/1944 / PRESUMED DROWNED / RAKUYO MARU AT SEA S/W PACIFIC
P.O.W. Camps (details) : JAVA, THAILAND
Recovered P.O.W. (location/s) : NO
Honours and Gallantry : None for display
Applicable Australian War Memorial circulars : Australian War Memorial B-JAVA-0052 Missing & POW Circular
References found (entries & photos) : National Archives of Australia (Barcode 6216680 [NOT EXAMINED], Barcode 1800743 [OPEN]),   WW2 Nominal Roll,   Commonwealth War Graves Commission,   Australian War Memorial,   J_BAKER_1.jpg,   J_BAKER_2.jpg,   J_BAKER_3.jpg,   J_BAKER_4.jpg,   J_BAKER_5.jpg,   J_BAKER_6.jpg,   J_BAKER_7.jpg,   J_BAKER_8.jpg,   Past article (size 76kB),   Death notice (The Argus 06/11/1944)

Background : Son of James Albert and Alice Lennard, of Hampton, Victoria. Brother of Vivienne Green Lennard and Pearl White Lennard. Marital status: Single.

Service record
29/05/1940 Marched into Recruit Reception Depot Caulfield, Victoria.
30/05/1940 Posted to 2/2 Pioneer Battalion Puckapunyal, Seymour, Victoria.
Embarked Sydney, New South Wales on US 'MN'.
03/05/1941 Disembarked Port Tewfik, Suez.
Late June, 1941 at Jezzine (Syria).
04/07/1941 Advance on Rharifh (Syria).
09/07/1941 Bayonet charges at Damour (Syria).
Late July, 1941 Returned to Palestine.
31/01/1942 Embarked Port Tewfik, Suez on S.S. Orcades.
18/02/1942 Disembarked Batavia, Java.
February, 1942 Part of Blackforce and moved to Oosthaven then concentrated Bandung area (Java).
27/02/1942 Buitenzorg (Java).
03/03/1942 In action against Japanese infantry and tanks.
07/03/1942 Reported missing in action then missing believed prisoner of war.
04/11/1943 Reported interned in P.O.W. camp.
22/12/1943 Reported interned in P.O.W. Thailand camp.
12/09/1944 Missing believed drowned on hellship Rakuyo Maru after the ship was torpedoed.