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Soldier profiles

Name : WOODS, GEORGE
Service Number : VX20520
Date of Birth : 04/05/1920
Place of Birth : BALLARAT, VIC
Known as :
Occupation on Enlistment : CLEANER
Date of Enlistment : 31/05/1940
Locality on Enlistment : NORTH MELBOURNE, VIC
Place of Enlistment : CAULFIELD, VIC
Next of Kin : WOODS, LOUISA
Rank (at time of discharge / death) : PRIVATE
Service : ARMY
Final Posting : 2/2 PIONEER BATTALION
Position / Platoon / Company (as 2/2 Pioneer) (date / details) : C COMPANY (AUSTRALIA), C COMPANY (SYRIA)
Unit Transfers / Promotions (date / details) :
Theatres of War : SYRIA, JAVA
Actions : FORT MERDJAYOUN (SYRIA), TJILILITAN AERODROME (JAVA)
Wounded (date / details) : 25/06/1941 ACCIDENTALLY INJURED IN ACTION SYRIA (SHOULDER ABRASIONS AND EXHAUSTION)
Discharged : N/A
Date Died : 08/02/1944
Age at Death : 23
Community Roll of Honour : MELBOURNE (VIC)
Buried Location / Memorial (P.O.W., D.O.W., K.I.A.) : THANBYUZAYAT WAR CEMETERY, MYANMAR. A3. B. 5. / 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) : 08/02/1944 / DYSENTERY, PELLAGRA / 105 KILO CAMP (BURMA)
P.O.W. Camps (details) : 105 KILO (BURMA)
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-0095 Missing & POW Circular
References found (entries & photos) : National Archives of Australia (Barcode 6205739 [DIGITISED], Barcode 3045636 [OPEN]),   WW2 Nominal Roll,   Commonwealth War Graves Commission,   Australian War Memorial,   Submitted story,   M_MONAGHAN_1.jpg,   M_MONAGHAN_2.jpg,   M_MONAGHAN_3.jpg,   M_MONAGHAN_4.jpg,   M_MONAGHAN_5.jpg,   Headstone

Background : Son of Stanley George and Louisa Woods, of North Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. At enlistment : single. Fair hair, green eyes. Marks / scars : tattoo 'GUS' upper right arm. Previous 4 years service with 32 Battalion (Militia).

Service record.
31/05/1940 Taken on strength Recruit Reception Depot (South Melbourne Drill Hall).
03/06/1940 Posted to 2/2 Pioneer Battalion at Darley and Puckapunyal.
07/04/1941 Embarked Sydney, New South Wales on H.M.S. Queen Mary (H.M.T. N.N.).
04/05/1941 Disembarked Port Tewfik, Suez.
25/06/1941 Injured in action (abrasions and contusion).
26/06/1941 Evacuated to 1 Australian General Hospital with abrasions on shoulders and transferred to X list.
05/08/1941 Evacuated from 1 Australian General Hospital to 1 Australian Convalescent Depot with exhaustion state, abrasions left shoulder and hammertoe.
18/08/1941 Discharged 1 Australian Convalescent Depot to Pioneer Training Battalion.
11/09/1941 Marched out to 2/2 Pioneer Battalion.
12/09/1941 Taken on strength 2/2 Pioneer Battalion from Pioneer Training Battalion.
31/01/1942 Embarked Port Tewfik, Suez on H.M.T. Orcades.
18/02/1942 Disembarked Batavia, Java.
07/03/1942 Reported missing in action & transferred to X list.
29/04/1942 Reported missing.
14/07/1942 Reported missing believed prisoner of war.
18/09/1943 Reported prisoner of war.
10/12/1943 Reported interned in Thailand P.O.W. camp & transferred to Thailand P.O.W. camp.
22/12/1943 Reported interned in Thailand P.O.W. camp.
08/02/1944 Died while in P.O.W. camp.
December 1945 Exhumed from Anganan P.O.W. Cemetery (Map 22 Grave 109) and reburied Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery by 34 Australian War Graves Unit.