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Soldier profiles

Name : SMITH, LAURENCE JOSEPH
Service Number : VX18829
Date of Birth : 14/01/1902
Place of Birth : BALLARAT, VIC
Known as :
Occupation on Enlistment : COUNCIL EMPLOYEE
Date of Enlistment : 29/05/1940
Locality on Enlistment : BOX HILL, VIC
Place of Enlistment : CAULFIELD, VIC
Next of Kin : SMITH, JANET
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) :
Unit Transfers / Promotions (date / details) :
Theatres of War : SYRIA, JAVA
Actions :
Wounded (date / details) :
Discharged : N/A
Date Died : 29/01/1944
Age at Death : 42
Community Roll of Honour : BOX HILL (VIC)
Buried Location / Memorial (P.O.W., D.O.W., K.I.A.) : KANCHANABURI WAR CEMETERY, THAILAND. 1. E. 71. / 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) : 29/01/1944 / ULCERS, SEPTICEMIA AFTER AMPUTATION / TAMARKAN CAMP (THAILAND)
P.O.W. Camps (details) : TAMARKAN (THAILAND)
Recovered P.O.W. (location/s) : NO
Honours and Gallantry : None for display
Applicable Australian War Memorial circulars : Australian War Memorial Death Circular,   Australian War Memorial B-JAVA-0080 Missing & POW Circular
References found (entries & photos) : National Archives of Australia (Barcode 6204209 [NOT EXAMINED]),   WW2 Nominal Roll,   Commonwealth War Graves Commission,   Australian War Memorial,   Headstone [photo courtesy of K. Fraser (son of VX18403 S. Fraser)]

Background : Son of John and Ellenor Letitia Smith; husband of Janet Roberta Smith, of Box Hill, Victoria, Australia. Brother in 1st A.I.F. Grandson of Captain G. Coleman (sea captain in early days from England to South Australia).