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Soldier profiles

Name : GROAT, JOHN GEORGE
Service Number : VX23647
Date of Birth : 09/09/1913
Place of Birth : MELBOURNE, VIC
Known as : JACK
Occupation on Enlistment :
Date of Enlistment : 10/06/1940
Locality on Enlistment : DEVENISH, VIC
Place of Enlistment : CAULFIELD, VIC
Next of Kin : GROAT, THOMAS
Rank (at time of discharge / death) : PRIVATE
Service : ARMY
Final Posting : 2/22 AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY BATTALION
Position / Platoon / Company (as 2/2 Pioneer) (date / details) :
Unit Transfers / Promotions (date / details) : 17/07/1940 TRANSFERRED FROM 2/2 PIONEER BATTALION TO 2/22 AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY BATTALION
Theatres of War : NEW GUINEA
Actions : RABAUL (NEW GUINEA)
Wounded (date / details) :
Discharged : N/A
Date Died : 01/07/1942
Age at Death : 28
Community Roll of Honour : ST KILDA (VIC)
Buried Location / Memorial (P.O.W., D.O.W., K.I.A.) : RABAUL MEMORIAL, RABAUL, NEW GUINEA. PANEL 22. / AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL COMMEMORATIVE AREA PANEL 48
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) : RABAUL
Died P.O.W. (date / details) : 01/07/1942 / PRESUMED DROWNED / MONTEVIDEO MARU AT SEA (SOUTH CHINA SEA)
P.O.W. Camps (details) : RABAUL (NEW GUINEA)
Recovered P.O.W. (location/s) : NO
Honours and Gallantry : None for display
Applicable Australian War Memorial circulars : Australian War Memorial E-RABAUL-0013 Missing & POW Circular
References found (entries & photos) : National Archives of Australia (Barcode 6226676 [DIGITISED]),   WW2 Nominal Roll,   Commonwealth War Graves Commission,   Australian War Memorial,   www.jje.info/lostlives/people/groatjg.html

Background : Eldest son of Maggie and Thomas Groat. Brother of Harry. Jack was an excellent horseman and joined 8th Light Horse 1937 with Harry. Joined up at Wangaratta 05/06/1940. Posted to 2/2 Pioneers Caulfield, Victoria 10/06/1940. Transferred to 2/22 Battalion 17/07/1940. Sailed for Rabaul in 1941. Taken prisoner 23/01/1942 at his post on Mortars as part of 2/22nd Infantry Battalion of Lark Force captured in Rabaul, New Guinea. Presumed drowned on Montevideo Maru in South China Sea 01/07/1942. Service held at Assembly Hall, Collins Street, Melbourne 10/12/1945.