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Soldier profiles

Name : GARVIN, JOHN STERLING
Service Number : VX35769
Date of Birth : 28/07/1900
Place of Birth : NORTH CARLTON, VIC
Known as : JACK
Occupation on Enlistment : STOREMAN
Date of Enlistment : 03/07/1940
Locality on Enlistment : MOONEE PONDS, VIC
Place of Enlistment : ROYAL PARK, VIC
Next of Kin : GARVIN, GLADYS
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, JAVA
Actions :
Wounded (date / details) :
Discharged : N/A
Date Died : 24/06/1944
Age at Death : 43
Community Roll of Honour : UNKNOWN
Buried Location / Memorial (P.O.W., D.O.W., K.I.A.) : SINGAPORE MEMORIAL, SINGAPORE. COLUMN 137. / AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL COMMEMORATIVE AREA PANEL 72
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) : 24/06/1944 / PRESUMED DROWNED / TAMAHOKO MARU AT SEA OFF NAGASAKI S/W PACIFIC
P.O.W. Camps (details) : JAVA
Recovered P.O.W. (location/s) : NO
Honours and Gallantry : None for display
Applicable Australian War Memorial circulars : Australian War Memorial B-JAVA-0031 Missing & POW Circular
References found (entries & photos) : National Archives of Australia (Barcode 6126295 [DIGITISED], Barcode 32565779 [OPEN]),   WW2 Nominal Roll,   Commonwealth War Graves Commission,   Australian War Memorial,   Past article (size 888kB),   L_BOROMEO_12.jpg

Background : Son of John and Elizabeth Ruth Ganin; husband of Gladys Evelyn Isobel Garvin, of Moonee Ponds, Victoria, Australia.

Service & personal summary At enlistment : married. 4 years Senior Cadet previous military experience. Brown eyes, dark hair.

Service record
03/07/1940 Taken on strength Recruit Reception Depot Royal Park, Victoria.
05/07/1940 Posted from 2 Recruit Reception Depot Royal Park, Victoria to 2/2 Pioneer Battalion Puckapunyal, Seymour, Victoria.
05/12/1940 Appointed acting Lance Corporal.
07/04/1941 Rank of Lance 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.
28/06/1941 Promoted to acting Corporal.
17/09/1941 Rank of Corporal confirmed.
11/10/1941 Evacuated to 2/3 Casualty Clearing Station with cellulitis right leg and transferred to X list.
19/10/1941 Evacuated from 2/3 Casualty Clearing Station to 1 Australian Corps Rest Station.
28/11/1941 Discharged 1 Australian Corps Rest Station and returned to unit.
29/11/1941 Rejoined unit from 1 Australian Corps Rest Station and struck off X list.
31/01/1942 Embarked Middle East on S.S. Orcades.
18/02/1942 Disembarked Batavia, Java.
07/03/1942 Reported missing in action, Java.
30/04/1942 Reported missing in action, Java and transferred to X list.
07/09/1942 Reported missing in action believed prisoner of war.
28/07/1943 Reported prisoner of war, Java.
01/11/1944 Believed deceased on or after 20/06/1944.
24/06/1944 Died whilst prisoner of war (drowned result torpedoing Japanese transport near Nagasaki, Japan).