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Soldier profiles

Name : HAMLEY, DONALD JOHN
Service Number : VX19013
Date of Birth : 16/04/1919
Place of Birth : GUILDFORD, WA
Known as : DON
Occupation on Enlistment : CLERK
Date of Enlistment : 29/05/1940
Locality on Enlistment : MOONEE PONDS, VIC
Place of Enlistment : CAULFIELD, VIC
Next of Kin : HAMLEY, COLIN
Rank (at time of discharge / death) : SERGEANT
Service : ARMY
Final Posting : 2/2 PIONEER BATTALION
Position / Platoon / Company (as 2/2 Pioneer) (date / details) : SIGNAL PLATOON (SYRIA)
Unit Transfers / Promotions (date / details) :
Theatres of War : SYRIA, JAVA
Actions : DAMOUR (SYRIA)
Wounded (date / details) :
Discharged : N/A
Date Died : 18/06/1943
Age at Death : 24
Community Roll of Honour : UNKNOWN
Buried Location / Memorial (P.O.W., D.O.W., K.I.A.) : THANBYUZAYAT WAR CEMETERY, MYANMAR. A5. F. 6. / 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) : 18/06/1943 / DYSENTERY, MALARIA / 40 KILO CAMP (BURMA)
P.O.W. Camps (details) : 40 KILO (BURMA)
Recovered P.O.W. (location/s) : NO
Honours and Gallantry : None for display
Applicable Australian War Memorial circulars : NO
References found (entries & photos) : National Archives of Australia (Barcode 6215543 [DIGITISED], Barcode 32567804 [NOT EXAMINED]),   WW2 Nominal Roll,   Commonwealth War Graves Commission,   Australian War Memorial

Background : Son of Colin Eric and Sadie Doris Hamley, of Moonee Ponds, Victoria, Australia. Brother of VX14157 Colin Hamley (2/2 Pioneer).

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

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.
19/08/1940 Promoted to acting Lance Corporal.
19/08/1940 Appointed speciality Group II Signals pay 7/- day.
07/04/1941 Embarked Sydney, New South Wales on H.M.S. Queen Mary (H.M.T. N.N.).
07/04/1941 Appointment Lance Corporal confirmed.
03/05/1941 Disembarked Middle East.
31/08/1941 Relinquished Group II Signaller.
01/09/1941 Promoted to Corporal.
04/09/1941 Evacuated to 1 Australian Corps Rest Station with Pyrexia of Unknown Origin (P.U.O.).
14/09/1941 Discharged from 1 Australian Corps Rest Station and returned to unit.
14/09/1941 Rejoined unit from 1 Australian Corps Rest Station.
02/10/1941 Attending Australian Imperial Forces (Middle East) School of Signals from [04/10/1941].
26/10/1941 Rejoined unit from Signals Course.
31/12/1941 Promoted to acting Sergeant.
10/01/1942 Attended No. 10 Regiment Signals Middle East (Infantry) Refresher Course from 04/10/1941 to 25/10/1941. Qualified.
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.
22/10/1942 Reported missing in action believed prisoner of war.
04/11/1943 Reported prisoner of war.
08/12/1943 Reported interned Thailand camp.
22/12/1943 Reported interned Thailand camp.
11/03/1944 Reported died of disease (dysentery) whilst prisoner of war interned Thailand camp on 18/06/1943.
XX/12/1945 Exhumed from Beketaung Prisoner Of War Cemetery Map 6 Grave 3 to Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery, Myanmar. A5. F. 6. by 34 Australian War Graves Unit.