NAOA_VX24900-P.jpg
NOBACK.jpg

Soldier profiles

Name : SHERIDAN, ARTHUR ERNEST
Service Number : VX24900
Date of Birth : 17/05/1906
Place of Birth : ESSEX, ENGLAND
Known as :
Occupation on Enlistment : BOILER-MAKER'S ASSISTANT
Date of Enlistment : 10/06/1940
Locality on Enlistment : WEST GEELONG, VIC
Place of Enlistment : CAULFIELD, VIC
Next of Kin : SMITH, MRS. EMMA FRANCIS (DEFACTO WIFE)
Rank (at time of discharge / death) : PRIVATE
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 : FORT MERDJAYOUN (SYRIA)
Wounded (date / details) :
Discharged : N/A
Date Died : 22/06/1941
Age at Death : 35
Community Roll of Honour : UNKNOWN
Buried Location / Memorial (P.O.W., D.O.W., K.I.A.) : BEIRUT WAR CEMETERY, LEBANESE REPUBLIC. 4. G. 9. / AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL COMMEMORATIVE AREA PANEL 73
K.I.A. (date / details) : N/A
D.O.W. (date / details) : 22/06/1941 / AS POW AFTER FORT MERDJAYOUN BATTLE / SYRIA
M.I.A. (date / details) : N/A
P.O.W. (location/s) : SYRIA
Died P.O.W. (date / details) : 22/06/1941 / DIED OF WOUNDS AFTER FORT MERDJAYOUN BATTLE / SYRIA
P.O.W. Camps (details) : SYRIA
Recovered P.O.W. (location/s) : NO
Honours and Gallantry : None for display
Applicable Australian War Memorial circulars : NO
References found (entries & photos) : National Archives of Australia (Barcode 6226757 [DIGITISED]),   WW2 Nominal Roll,   Commonwealth War Graves Commission,   Australian War Memorial

Background :

Service & personal summary At enlistment : single. Defacto wife Emma Francis Smith. No previous military experience. Grey eyes, brown hair. Marks / scars : scar on right knee, mole below left breast.

Service record
10/06/1940 Taken on strength Recruit Reception Depot Caulfield, Victoria.
25/06/1940 Transferred from Recruit Reception Depot Caulfield, Victoria to 6 A.I.F.D. Dandenong, Victoria.
01/07/1940 Promoted to acting Corporal Dandenong, Victoria.
10/09/1940 To be acting Sergeant Dandenong, Victoria.
18/09/1940 Transferred from 3 Engineering Training Depot Dandenong, Victoria to 2/2 Pioneer Battalion Hamilton, Victoria.
20/09/1940 Transferred to 2/2 Pioneer Battalion Training Battalion.
01/02/1941 Transferred from 2/2 Pioneer Battalion Training Battalion to 6 Training Battalion Darley Camp, Victoria.
28/02/1941 Transferred from 6 Training Battalion Darley Camp, Victoria to Staging Camp Engineering Training Depot Puckapunyal, Seymour, Victoria.
28/03/1941 Transferred from Staging Camp Engineering Training Depot Puckapunyal, Seymour, Victoria to 2/2 Pioneer Battalion Balcombe, Mt. Martha, Victoria.
28/03/1941 Reverted to Private.
07/04/1941 Embarked Sydney, New South Wales on H.M.S. Queen Mary (H.M.T. N.N.).
14/04/1941 Appointed Lance Corporal.
03/05/1941 Disembarked Port Tewfik, Suez.
26/05/1941 Reverted to Private.
17/06/1941 Reported missing in action and transferred to X list.
17/06/1941 Previously reported missing in action now reported died of wounds whilst prisoner of war.
22/06/1941 Previously reported died of wounds 17/06/1941 now reported died of wounds 22/06/1941.
22/06/1941 Buried Old Beyrouth (Beirut) War Cemetery Grave no. 277A.