Background : At enlistment : married. At discharge : height 5 feet 9 inches, blue eyes, medium complexion, grey hair. Marital status : married. Marks / scars : Operation scar abdomen & scar left leg. Full time war service : A.I.F. 12/08/1940 to 28/02/1946 which included 2027 days active service (151 days within Australia & 1638 days overseas). Operational service : Middle East & Java areas, embarked from Australia 07/04/1941, disembarked in Australia 30/09/1945. War badge no. 291689. Discharge certificate no. 495422. He contracted malaria and suffered from beriberi. Also, developed a hernia from shovelling silver & rubber off wharves in Singapore after Allied air attack melted materials on the wharf. Marion Veal enlisted in W.A.A.F. in 1942 after fall of Singapore & became a Sergeant. Funeral service 04/07/1983.
12/08/1940 Taken on strength Recruit Reception Depot Royal Park, Victoria.
30/08/1940 Posted to 2/2 Pioneer Battalion.
17/04/1941 Embarked Sydney, New South Wales on H.M.S. Queen Mary (H.M.T. N.N.).
30/05/1941 Disembarked Port Tewfik, Suez.
22/10/1941 Evacuated to 2/1 Field Ambulance Main Dressing Station with Sandfly fever? / Malaria? and transferred to X list.
25/10/1941 Evacuated from 2/1 Field Ambulance Main Dressing Station to 2/1 Casualty Clearing Station with Malaria.
03/11/1941 Evacuated from 2/1 Casualty Clearing Station to 1 Australian Corps Rest Station.
20/11/1941 Discharged from 1 Australian Corps Rest Station.
22/11/1941 Rejoined unit & struck off X list.
30/11/1941 Evacuated to 2/1 Field Ambulance Main Dressing Station with Malaria and transferred to X list.
22/12/1941 Discharged from 2/1 Field Ambulance Main Dressing Station.
22/12/1941 Rejoined unit & struck off X list.
31/01/1942 Embarked Port Tewfik, Suez on S.S. Orcades.
18/02/1942 Disembarked Batavia, Java.
07/03/1942 Reported missing in action.
30/04/1942 Reported missing in action & transferred to X list.
01/10/1942 Reported missing in action now believed prisoner of war.
28/07/1943 Reported interned in prisoner of war camp (Java).
15/08/1945 Granted proficiency pay.
05/09/1945 Recovered Changi camp, Singapore.
15/09/1945 Embarked Singapore on hospital ship S.S. Oranje.
30/09/1945 Disembarked Melbourne, Victoria.
30/09/1945 Admitted 115 Australian General Hospital, Heidelberg, Melbourne, Victoria.
10/12/1945 Discharged 115 Australian General Hospital, Heidelberg, Melbourne, Victoria to Stonnington Convalescent Hospital, Victoria with sinus in hernial scar & haemmorhoids.
18/12/1945 Discharged Convalescent Hospital to General Details Depot.
18/01/1946 Evacuated to 115 Australian General Hospital, Heidelberg, Melbourne, Victoria.
22/02/1946 Discharged to General Details Depot.
27/02/1946 Marched out to Details Depot.