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Soldier profiles

Name : WHITFIELD, LEWIS ERNEST
Service Number : VX21192
Date of Birth : 21/08/1917
Place of Birth : MELBOURNE, VIC
Known as :
Occupation on Enlistment :
Date of Enlistment : 27/05/1940
Locality on Enlistment : ELWOOD, VIC
Place of Enlistment : MELBOURNE TOWN HALL, VIC
Next of Kin : WHITFIELD, RUPERT
Rank (at time of discharge / death) : LANCE SERGEANT
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 : 04/01/1944
Age at Death : 26
Community Roll of Honour : UNKNOWN
Buried Location / Memorial (P.O.W., D.O.W., K.I.A.) : THANBYUZAYAT WAR CEMETERY, MYANMAR. A6. A. 18. / 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) : 04/01/1944 / KICKED IN ABDOMEN BY KOREAN GUARD CALLED MAGGOT BY TROOPS, DYSENTERY / 134 KILO CAMP (THAILAND)
P.O.W. Camps (details) : 134 KILO (THAILAND)
Recovered P.O.W. (location/s) : NO
Honours and Gallantry : None for display
Applicable Australian War Memorial circulars : Australian War Memorial B-JAVA-0092 Missing & POW Circular
References found (entries & photos) : National Archives of Australia (Barcode 6216061 [NOT EXAMINED]),   WW2 Nominal Roll,   Commonwealth War Graves Commission,   Australian War Memorial,   Past article (size 176kB),   Death notice (The Argus 22/01/1945)

Background : Son of Rupert Ernest and Ethel May Whitfield, of Elwood, Victoria, Australia. Korean guard responsible for Lewis Whitfield's death hanged at Changi after war crime trial.