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Soldier profiles

Name : WHELAN, LAURENCE JOSEPH
Service Number : VX31567
Date of Birth : 22/06/1918
Place of Birth : RUTHERGLEN, VIC
Known as : LAL
Occupation on Enlistment : FARMER
Date of Enlistment : 12/06/1940
Locality on Enlistment : BARNAWARTHA, VIC
Place of Enlistment : ROYAL PARK, VIC
Next of Kin : WHELAN, A
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 :
Wounded (date / details) :
Discharged : N/A
Date Died : 27/06/1941
Age at Death : 23
Community Roll of Honour : BARNAWARTHA (VIC)
Buried Location / Memorial (P.O.W., D.O.W., K.I.A.) : DAMASCUS COMMONWEALTH WAR CEMETERY, SYRIA. P. 22. / AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL COMMEMORATIVE AREA PANEL 73
K.I.A. (date / details) : 27/06/1941 / 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 6220726 [DIGITISED], Barcode 21793464 [NOT EXAMINED]),   WW2 Nominal Roll,   Commonwealth War Graves Commission,   Australian War Memorial,   Headstone [photo courtesy of C. Judkins]

Background : Son of Daniel and Ann Hope Whelan, of Barnawartha, Victoria, Australia. Brother of Henry Francis (Harry) and Lindsay. Headstone has a memorial for Laurence.

Service & personal summary At enlistment : single. No previous military experience. At discharge : blue eyes, fair hair. Marital status : single.

Service record
12/06/1940 Taken on strength Recruit Reception Depot Royal Park, Victoria.
13/06/1940 Posted to 2/2 Pioneer Battalion Puckapunyal, Seymour, 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.
27/06/1940 Reported missing in action and transferred to X list.
27/06/1940 Previously reported missing in action now reported killed in action.
06/08/1941 Buried Syria. Grave reference below 2nd A in Kavukabaed. Map reference Beyrouth (Beiruit) 1/200000 French Grid 139163.
20/09/1941 Reburied at Damascus British War Cemetery Grave No. P22.