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Soldier profiles

Name : PARKER, JAMES HERBERT
Service Number : VX18781
Date of Birth : 01/04/1920
Place of Birth : AUBURN, VIC
Known as : JIM
Occupation on Enlistment : LABOURER
Date of Enlistment : 29/05/1940
Locality on Enlistment : AUBURN, VIC
Place of Enlistment : CAULFIELD, VIC
Next of Kin : PARKER, R
Rank (at time of discharge / death) : PRIVATE
Service : ARMY
Final Posting : 2/2 PIONEER BATTALION
Position / Platoon / Company (as 2/2 Pioneer) (date / details) : MEDIC ORDERLY, D COMPANY (SYRIA)
Unit Transfers / Promotions (date / details) :
Theatres of War : SYRIA, JAVA
Actions : BALATE RIDGE (SYRIA), DAMOUR (SYRIA)
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) : THAILAND
Recovered P.O.W. (location/s) : NO
Honours and Gallantry : None for display
Applicable Australian War Memorial circulars : Australian War Memorial B-JAVA-0068 Missing & POW Circular
References found (entries & photos) : National Archives of Australia (Barcode 6212414 [DIGITISED]),   WW2 Nominal Roll,   Commonwealth War Graves Commission,   Australian War Memorial,   Past article (size 1333kB)

Background :

Service & personal summary
Son of Richard John and Ethel May Lillian Parker, of Hawthorn, Victoria. Brother of Phyllis Mary Parker. At enlistment : single. No previous military experience. Grey eyes, fair hair. Marks / scars : none.

Service record
29/05/1940 Taken on strength Recruit Reception Depot Caulfield, Victoria.
31/05/1940 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 Port Tewfik, Suez.
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.
18/09/1942 Reported missing in action believed prisoner of war.
04/11/1943 Reported prisoner of war.
22/12/1943 Reported interned in prisoner of war camp, Thailand.
12/09/1944 Reported missing believed drowned after hellship Rakuyo Maru torpedoed and sunk.
24/02/1945 Reported missing believed drowned confirmed by Tokyo.
10/10/1945 Became missing 12/09/1944 for official purposes - presumed dead.
19/06/1946 Service record reconciled.