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Soldier profiles

Name : TARDREW, LOUIS HOWARD
Service Number : VX18955
Date of Birth : 17/09/1919
Place of Birth : PRAHRAN, VIC
Known as :
Occupation on Enlistment : WAITER
Date of Enlistment : 12/06/1940
Locality on Enlistment : WERRIBEE, VIC
Place of Enlistment : CAULFIELD, VIC
Next of Kin : TARDREW, S
Rank (at time of discharge / death) : PRIVATE
Service : ARMY
Final Posting : 2/2 PIONEER BATTALION
Position / Platoon / Company (as 2/2 Pioneer) (date / details) : 11 PLATOON D COMPANY (SYRIA)
Unit Transfers / Promotions (date / details) :
Theatres of War : SYRIA
Actions : BALATE RIDGE (SYRIA)
Wounded (date / details) :
Discharged : N/A
Date Died : 27/06/1941
Age at Death : 21
Community Roll of Honour : WERRIBEE (VIC)
Buried Location / Memorial (P.O.W., D.O.W., K.I.A.) : DAMASCUS COMMONWEALTH WAR CEMETERY, SYRIA. Q. 116. / AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL COMMEMORATIVE AREA PANEL 73
K.I.A. (date / details) : 27/06/1941 / BALATE RIDGE (SYRIA)
D.O.W. (date / details) : N/A
M.I.A. (date / details) : N/A
P.O.W. (location/s) : NO
Died P.O.W. (date / details) : N/A
P.O.W. Camps (details) : N/A
Recovered P.O.W. (location/s) : N/A
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 6212672 [DIGITISED]),   WW2 Nominal Roll,   Commonwealth War Graves Commission,   Australian War Memorial,   Past article (size 210kB),   Past article (size 1462kB)

Background : Part of the A.A.M.C. (Dental Clinic). Son of Samuel E. Tardrew and Mary Tardrew, of Werribee, Victoria, Australia. Samuel E. Tardrew (service number 4231, 21st Battery) was badly wounded and incapacitated for life in World War 1 after 888 days service.

Service & personal summary At enlistment : single. No previous military experience. Blue eyes, fair hair. Marks / scars : Scars outer side lower right thigh.

Service record
12/06/1940 Taken on strength Recruit Reception Depot Caulfield, Victoria.
13/06/1940 Posted from Recruit Reception Depot Caulfield, Victoria to 2/5 Field Ambulance Main Dressing Station Puckapunyal, Seymour, Victoria.
07/08/1940 Admitted xx? Hospital Puckapunyal, Seymour, Victoria with scabies.
12/08/1940 Discharged from xx? Hospital Puckapunyal, Seymour, Victoria to 2/5 Field Ambulance Main Dressing Station Puckapunyal, Seymour, Victoria.
18/09/1940 Transferred from 2/5 Field Ambulance Main Dressing Station Puckapunyal, Seymour, Victoria to 2/2 Pioneer Battalion Puckapunyal, Seymour, Victoria.
08/04/1941 Embarked Sydney, New South Wales on H.M.S. Queen Mary (H.M.T. N.N.).
03/05/1941 Disembarked Middle East.
27/06/1941 Reported missing in action and transferred to X list.
27/06/1941 Previously missing now reported killed in action.
22/07/1941 Buried Syria NNE of Balate on ridge.
20/09/1941 Reburied grave no. P16 Damascus British War Cemetery.