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Soldier profiles

Name : VARDY, MICHAEL
Service Number : VX18794
Date of Birth : 31/08/1918
Place of Birth : MELBOURNE, VIC
Known as : MICK
Occupation on Enlistment : FARMER
Date of Enlistment : 23/04/1940
Locality on Enlistment : CAMBERWELL, VIC
Place of Enlistment : CAULFIELD, VIC
Next of Kin : VARDY, FREDERICK
Rank (at time of discharge / death) : LANCE SERGEANT
Service : ARMY
Final Posting : 2/2 PIONEER BATTALION
Position / Platoon / Company (as 2/2 Pioneer) (date / details) : A COMPANY (SYRIA)
Unit Transfers / Promotions (date / details) :
Theatres of War : SYRIA, JAVA
Actions :
Wounded (date / details) : 17/06/1941 GUNSHOT WOUND RIGHT FOREARM
Discharged : N/A
Date Died : 22/09/1943
Age at Death : 25
Community Roll of Honour : CAMBERWELL (VIC)
Buried Location / Memorial (P.O.W., D.O.W., K.I.A.) : THANBYUZAYAT WAR CEMETERY, MYANMAR. A3. C. 18. / 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) : SYRIA, JAVA
Died P.O.W. (date / details) : 22/09/1943 / BERIBERI, MALNUTRITION / 55 KILO CAMP (BURMA)
P.O.W. Camps (details) : SYRIA, JAVA, 55 KILO (BURMA)
Recovered P.O.W. (location/s) : SYRIA
Honours and Gallantry : None for display
Applicable Australian War Memorial circulars : Australian War Memorial Death Circular
References found (entries & photos) : National Archives of Australia (Barcode 6209225 [DIGITISED]),   WW2 Nominal Roll,   Commonwealth War Graves Commission,   Australian War Memorial

Background : Son of Charles Frederick and Florence Hilda Vardy, of Camberwell, Victoria, Australia.

Service & personal summary At enlistment : single. Blue eyes, dark hair. Prior military experience : O.T.C. Bromsgrook Sch. Wor. Eng.

Service record.
29/05/1940 Taken on strength Recruit Reception Depot.
31/05/1940 Posted to 2/2 Pioneer Battalion Puckapunyal, Seymour, Victoria.
01/06/1940 Promoted to acting Corporal.
03/07/1940 Admitted 4 Australian General Hospital with flu.
06/07/1940 Discharged from 4 Australian General Hospital to 2/2 Pioneer Battalion.
07/04/1941 Rank of Corporal confirmed.
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.
17/06/1941 Reported missing in action and transferred to X list.
17/06/1941 Previously reported missing in action now reported wounded in action in Syria hospital (released P.O.W.).
24/07/1941 Evacuated to 7 Australian General Hospital with gunshot wound right forearm.
16/09/1941 Discharged from 7 Australian General Hospital to Pioneer Training Battalion.
16/09/1941 Marched into Pioneer Training Battalion.
02/10/1941 Marched out from Pioneer Training Battalion to 2/2 Pioneer Battalion.
04/10/1941 Taken on strength 2/2 Pioneer Battalion.
19/10/1941 Appointed Lance Sergeant.
26/10/1941 Evacuated to 2/2 Field Ambulance Main Dressing Station.
27/10/1941 Evacuated to 53 British General Hospital (problem not yet determined) and transferred to X list.
31/10/1941 Evacuated from 53 British General Hospital to 9 Australian General Hospital with osteomyelitis right forearm.
17/11/1941 Evacuated from 9 Australian General Hospital to 2 Australian General Hospital with osteomyelitis right ulna.
27/11/1941 Discharged from 2 Australian General Hospital and transferred to Pioneer Training Battalion.
28/11/1941 Marched in Pioneer Training Battalion ex 2 Australian General Hospital.
18/12/1941 Marched out to 2/2 Pioneer Battalion from Pioneer Training Battalion.
20/12/1941 Taken on strength 2/2 Pioneer Battalion.
11/01/1942 Next of kin changed to Florence Hilda Vardy (mother) at Chelsea, London, SW3.
31/01/1942 Embarked Middle East on S.S. Orcades.
18/02/1942 Disembarked Batavia, Java.
07/03/1942 Reported missing in action, Java.
30/04/1942 Reported missing in action, Java and transferred to X list.
07/09/1942 Reported missing in action now believed prisoner of war.
04/11/1943 Reported prisoner of war.
08/12/1943 Reported now interned in Thailand prisoner of war camp.
22/12/1943 Reported interned in Thailand prisoner of war camp.
11/03/1944 Reported died 22/09/1943 from beriberi while in Thailand prisoner of war camp.