Soldier profiles

Service Number : VX22788
Date of Birth : 01/05/1919
Place of Birth : BENTLEIGH, VIC
Known as :
Occupation on Enlistment : BUTCHER
Date of Enlistment : 06/06/1940
Locality on Enlistment : DANDENONG, VIC
Place of Enlistment : CAULFIELD, VIC
Next of Kin : BOX, ELEANOR
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
Unit Transfers / Promotions (date / details) :
Theatres of War : SYRIA, JAVA
Actions :
Wounded (date / details) :
Discharged : N/A
Date Died : 13/09/1944
Age at Death : 25
Community Roll of Honour : DANDENONG (VIC)
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) : 13/09/1944 / PRESUMED DROWNED / RAKUYO MARU AT SEA S/W PACIFIC
P.O.W. Camps (details) : THAILAND
Recovered P.O.W. (location/s) : NO
Honours and Gallantry : None for display
Applicable Australian War Memorial circulars : Australian War Memorial B-JAVA-0010 Missing & POW Circular
References found (entries & photos) : National Archives of Australia (Barcode 6227706 [DIGITISED], Barcode 1532935 [OPEN]),   WW2 Nominal Roll,   Commonwealth War Graves Commission,   Australian War Memorial

Background : Foster-son of Eleanor Codrington Box, of Carnegie. Victoria. Born as Raymond John Akers.

Service & personal summary At enlistment : single. 3 months Militia 52nd Battalion previous military experience. Blue eyes, dark hair. Marks / scars : scar on right wrist (right side).

Service record
06/06/1940 Taken on strength Recruit Reception Depot Caulfield, Victoria.
08/06/1940 Posted to 2/2 Pioneer Battalion Puckapunyal, Seymour, Victoria.
24/09/1940 Admitted 4 Australian General Hospital Puckapunyal, Seymour, Victoria with cerebral irritation.
30/09/1940 Discharged to duty 2/2 Pioneer Battalion Puckapunyal, Seymour, Victoria.
03/03/1941 Evacuated from Balcombe, Mt. Martha, Victoria to Camp Hospital Dandenong, Victoria.
03/03/1941 Admitted Camp Hospital Dandenong, Victoria with influenza.
10/03/1941 Discharged to Recruit Training Caulfield, Victoria.
10/03/1941 Taken on strength Recruit Training Caulfield, Victoria from Camp Hospital Dandenong, Victoria.
12/03/1941 Returned to unit from Recruit Training Camp Caulfield, Victoria.
12/03/1941 Transferred from Recruit Training Camp Caulfield, Victoria to 2/2 Pioneer Battalion 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.
11/07/1941 Evacuated to 7 Australian General Hospital Middle East with plantar warts.
01/08/1941 Discharged from 7 Australian General Hospital Middle East and transferred to Pioneer Training Battalion.
01/08/1941 Marched into Pioneer Training Battalion.
09/08/1941 Taken on strength Headquarters Section Pioneer Training Battalion.
02/10/1941 Transferred to Pioneer Training Battalion Reinforcements?.
02/10/1941 Marched in from Headquarters Section.
02/10/1941 Marched out to Services Training Regiment.
02/10/1941 Marched into Services Training Regiment.
31/10/1941 Marched out from Services Training Regiment to Pioneer Training Battalion.
31/10/1941 Marched into Pioneer Training Battalion ex Services Training Regiment.
31/10/1941 Qualified A.I.F. (Middle East) Provost Training Wing School Course No.4 from 02/10/1941 to 31/10/1941.
14/12/1941 Marched out from Pioneer Training Battalion to 6 Australian Division Special Group.
14/12/1941 Marched into 6 Australian Division Special Group from Pioneer Training Battalion.
09/01/1942 Marched out from 6 Australian Division Special Group to Pioneer Training Battalion.
09/01/1942 Marched in from 6 Australian Division Special Group.
21/01/1942 Marched out from Pioneer Training Battalion to 2/2 Pioneer Battalion Middle East.
21/01/1942 Taken on strength 2/2 Pioneer Battalion from Pioneer Training Battalion.
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.
14/07/1942 Reported missing in action believed prisoner of war.
04/11/1943 Reported prisoner of war (Java).
10/12/1943 Interned Thailand camp & transferred to Thailand camp.
22/12/1943 Reported interned in prisoner of war camp (Thailand).
28/10/1944 Now reported missing believed drowned on or after 12/09/1944.
18/10/1945 Became missing in action 13/09/1944 for official purposes presumed dead.