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Soldier profiles

Name : ALLEN, KEITH EDWARD
Service Number : VX35962
Date of Birth : 15/06/1920
Place of Birth : WANGARATTA, VIC
Known as :
Occupation on Enlistment : LABOURER
Date of Enlistment : 04/07/1940
Locality on Enlistment : NEWPORT, VIC
Place of Enlistment : ROYAL PARK, VIC
Next of Kin : BIGGINS, WINIFRED
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, JAVA
Actions :
Wounded (date / details) :
Discharged : N/A
Date Died : 24/08/1943
Age at Death : 23
Community Roll of Honour : MELBOURNE (VIC)
Buried Location / Memorial (P.O.W., D.O.W., K.I.A.) : THANBYUZAYAT WAR CEMETERY, MYANMAR. A5. B. 4. / 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) : 24/08/1943 / DYSENTERY, ULCERS, MALNUTRITION / 30 KILO CAMP (BURMA)
P.O.W. Camps (details) : 30 KILO (BURMA)
Recovered P.O.W. (location/s) : NO
Honours and Gallantry : None for display
Applicable Australian War Memorial circulars : Australian War Memorial Death Circular,   Australian War Memorial B-JAVA-0003 Missing & POW Circular
References found (entries & photos) : National Archives of Australia (Barcode 6126026 [DIGITISED], Barcode 32342385 [OPEN]),   WW2 Nominal Roll,   Commonwealth War Graves Commission,   Australian War Memorial

Background : Son of Charles Ernest and Winifred Ida Allen, of North Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia. Winifred Ida Allen remarried as Winifred Ida Biggins.

Service & personal summary At enlistment : single. Hazel eyes, brown hair. No previous military experience. Marks / scars : appendix.

Service record
04/07/1940 Taken on strength Recruit Reception Depot Royal Park, Victoria.
10/07/1940 Transferred from Recruit Reception Depot to 12 Infantry Training Depot.
20/09/1940 Transferred from 12 Infantry Training Depot to Engineering Training Depot Hamilton, Victoria.
23/09/1940 Transferred from Engineering Training Depot to 2/2 Pioneer Training Battalion.
30/12/1940 Posted from 2/2 Pioneer Training Battalion to 2/2 Pioneer Battalion.
31/12/1940 Posted from 2/2 Pioneer Training Battalion to 2/2 Pioneer Battalion.
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.
31/10/1941 Next of kin change of name and address (mother remarried).
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.
01/10/1942 Reported missing in action believed prisoner of war.
11/04/1945 Died of illness (dysentery) whilst prisoner of war on or after 01/08/1943.