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Soldier profiles

Name : DOWNES, JOHN WILLIAM
Service Number : VX23458
Date of Birth : 21/08/1902
Place of Birth : BRIGHTON, VIC
Known as :
Occupation on Enlistment : PRINTER
Date of Enlistment : 06/06/1940
Locality on Enlistment : EAST MALVERN, VIC
Place of Enlistment : CAULFIELD, VIC
Next of Kin : DOWNES, A
Rank (at time of discharge / death) : CORPORAL
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
Actions :
Wounded (date / details) :
Discharged : N/A
Date Died : 17/06/1941
Age at Death : 38
Community Roll of Honour : MALVERN (VIC)
Buried Location / Memorial (P.O.W., D.O.W., K.I.A.) : DAMASCUS COMMONWEALTH WAR CEMETERY, SYRIA. N. 5. / AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL COMMEMORATIVE AREA PANEL 72
K.I.A. (date / details) : 17/06/1941 / FORT MERDJAYOUN (SYRIA)
D.O.W. (date / details) : N/A
M.I.A. (date / details) : N/A
P.O.W. (location/s) : NO
Died P.O.W. (date / details) : N/A
P.O.W. Camps (details) : N/A
Recovered P.O.W. (location/s) : N/A
Honours and Gallantry : None for display
Applicable Australian War Memorial circulars : Australian War Memorial Death Circular
References found (entries & photos) : National Archives of Australia (Barcode 6227645 [DIGITISED], Barcode 32517766 [OPEN]),   WW2 Nominal Roll,   Commonwealth War Graves Commission,   Australian War Memorial,   Past article (size 175kB)

Background : Son of John and Annie Downes, of East Malvern, Victoria, Australia; husband of Edith Annie Downes. Father of Brian John Downes. Certificate of death 5397.

Service & personal summary At enlistment : married. Hazel eyes, light hair. 3 Battalion 2 F.A. Brigade previous military experience.

Service record
06/06/1940 Taken on strength Recruit Reception Depot Caulfield, Victoria.
06/06/1940 Promoted to acting Corporal.
08/06/1940 Posted to 2/2 Pioneer Battalion Puckapunyal, Seymour, Victoria.
07/04/1941 Rank of Corporal confirmed.
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.
17/06/1941 Reported missing in action and transferred to X list.
17/06/1941 Previously reported missing in action now reported killed in action.
11/09/1941 Buried at Beirut / near Fort Merdjayoun. Reburied at Damascus British War Cemetery grave N5.