Soldier profiles

Service Number : VX20551
Date of Birth : 02/08/1919
Known as :
Occupation on Enlistment : MOTOR BODY REPAIRER
Date of Enlistment : 31/05/1940
Locality on Enlistment : NORTH MELBOURNE, VIC
Place of Enlistment : CAULFIELD, VIC
Next of Kin : TOOMEY, JAMES
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 :
Wounded (date / details) :
Discharged : 05/12/1945
Date Died : N/A
Community Roll of Honour : N/A
Buried Location / Memorial (P.O.W., D.O.W., K.I.A.) : N/A
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) : NO
P.O.W. Camps (details) : THAILAND
Recovered P.O.W. (location/s) : SINGAPORE
Honours and Gallantry : None for display
Applicable Australian War Memorial circulars : Australian War Memorial B-JAVA-0087 Missing & POW Circular
References found (entries & photos) : National Archives of Australia (Barcode 6216765 [DIGITISED]),   WW2 Nominal Roll,   Australian War Memorial,   M_MONAGHAN_1.jpg,   M_MONAGHAN_2.jpg,   Past article (size 948kB),   Past article (size 368kB),   AWM_REL/11885.jpg

Background : Son of James Toomey.

Service & personal summary At enlistment : single. No previous military experience. Enlisted Drill Hall, Area 5, South Melbourne, S.C.4. At discharge : height 5 feet 9 inches, blue eyes, fair complexion, light brown hair. Marital status : single. Marks / scars : birth mark in I.I.R., 3 moles on back of neck. Full time war service : A.I.F. 31/05/1940 to 05/12/1945 which included 2015 days active service (49 days within Australia & 1654 days overseas). Operational service : Middle East and Java areas (embarked from Australia 07/04/1941, disembarked in Australia 17/10/1945). War badge no. 102545. Discharge certificate no. 313118.

Service record.
31/05/1940 Taken on strength Recruit Reception Depot Caulfield, Victoria.
03/06/1940 Posted to 2/2 Pioneer Battalion Puckapunyal, Seymour, Victoria.
15/09/1940 Fined 10/- for drunkenness (AA19).
19/08/1940 Admitted 4 Australian General Hospital Puckapunyal, Seymour, Victoria with lacerated hand and injured finger.
19/09/1940 Discharged to duty.
10/03/1941 Evacuated to 5 Casualty Clearing Station Balcombe, Mt. Martha, Victoria.
10/03/1941 Admitted and discharged 5 Casualty Clearing Station Balcombe, Mt. Martha, Victoria with right ear complaint.
13/03/1941 Discharged to unit.
13/03/1941 Rejoined 2/2 Pioneer Battalion from 5 Casualty Clearing Station.
20/03/1941 Evacuated to 5 Casualty Clearing Station Balcombe, Mt. Martha, Victoria.
20/03/1941 Admitted to 5 Casualty Clearing Station with otitis media.
01/04/1941 Rejoined 2/2 Pioneer Battalion from 5 Casualty Clearing Station Balcombe, Mt. Martha, Victoria.
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.
27/07/1941 Evacuated to 1 Australian General Hospital with furuncle? right auditory and transferred to X list.
01/08/1941 Discharged from 1 Australian General Hospital to Pioneer Training Battalion.
01/08/1941 Marched into Pioneer Training Battalion.
11/09/1941 Marched out from Pioneer Training Battalion to 2/2 Pioneer Battalion.
12/09/1941 Taken on strength 2/2 Pioneer Battalion.
13/11/1941 Evacuated to 2/1 Casualty Clearing Station with gastro enteritis and transferred to X list.
16/11/1941 Discharged from 2/1 Casualty Clearing Station to 2/2 Pioneer Battalion.
18/11/1941 Rejoined unit from 2/1 Casualty Clearing Station.
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.
02/10/1942 Reported missing in action believed prisoner of war.
28/07/1943 Reported interned in prisoner of war camp (Java).
15/08/1945 Granted proficiency pay.
20/08/1945 Recovered from Japanese alive in Siam (Thailand).
29/09/1945 Embarked Singapore on S.S. Tamaroa.
17/10/1945 Disembarked Melbourne, Victoria.
17/10/1945 Marched into General Details Depot Watsonia, Victoria ex S.S. Tamaroa.
27/11/1945 Admitted 115 Australian General Hospital, Heidelberg, Melbourne, Victoria with hookworm.
29/11/1945 Discharged to General Details Depot, Victoria.
03/12/1945 Marched out from General Details Depot to Australian Military Forces Discharge Depot.
03/12/1945 Marched in for discharge Australian Military Forces Discharge Depot.
05/12/1945 Discharged.