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Soldier profiles

Name : BARBER, BERT
Service Number : VX18991
Date of Birth : UNKNOWN
Place of Birth : QLD
Known as : BERTIE
Occupation on Enlistment : STATION HAND
Date of Enlistment : 29/05/1940
Locality on Enlistment : FITZROY, VIC
Place of Enlistment : CAULFIELD, VIC
Next of Kin : ANDREWS
Rank (at time of discharge / death) : PRIVATE
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 : 02/12/1943
Age at Death : UNKNOWN
Community Roll of Honour : MURGON (QLD)
Buried Location / Memorial (P.O.W., D.O.W., K.I.A.) : THANBYUZAYAT WAR CEMETERY, MYANMAR. A8. A. 7. / AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL COMMEMORATIVE AREA PANEL 72
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) : 02/12/1943 / DYSENTERY, MALARIA, MALNUTRITION / 55 KILO CAMP (BURMA)
P.O.W. Camps (details) : 55 KILO (BURMA)
Recovered P.O.W. (location/s) : NO
Honours and Gallantry : None for display
Applicable Australian War Memorial circulars : Australian War Memorial B-JAVA-0005 Missing & POW Circular
References found (entries & photos) : National Archives of Australia (Barcode 6215537 [DIGITISED]),   WW2 Nominal Roll,   Commonwealth War Graves Commission,   Australian War Memorial,   Murgon Honour Board (Queensland)

Background : Son of Bert and Rose Barber; husband of Effie Barber, of Murgon, Queensland, Australia. Aboriginal soldier.

Service & personal summary At enlistment : single. Brown eyes, black hair. No previous military experience.

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.
29/06/1940 Admitted Camp Hospital with scabies.
02/09/1940 Discharged and returned to unit.
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.
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.
01/12/1942 Reported missing in action believed prisoner of war.
04/11/1943 Reported prisoner of war.
22/12/1943 Reported interned in Thailand prisoner of war camp.
27/08/1944 Reported died 02/12/1943 in Thailand prisoner of war camp with malaria.