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Soldier profiles

Name : SOMMERVILLE, ANDREW CARNEGIE
Service Number : VX41337
Date of Birth : 13/02/1901
Place of Birth : LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND
Known as :
Occupation on Enlistment : ENGINEERS LABOURER
Date of Enlistment : 01/07/1940
Locality on Enlistment : OAKLEIGH, VIC
Place of Enlistment : CAULFIELD, VIC
Next of Kin : SOMERVILLE, AMY
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 : 14/04/1945
Age at Death : 44
Community Roll of Honour : UNKNOWN
Buried Location / Memorial (P.O.W., D.O.W., K.I.A.) : LABUAN WAR CEMETERY, MALAYSIA. T. D. 7. / AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL COMMEMORATIVE AREA PANEL 73
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) : 14/04/1945 / MALARIA / SANDAKAN (BORNEO)
P.O.W. Camps (details) : JAVA, SINGAPORE, 8 MILE (SANDAKAN, BORNEO)
Recovered P.O.W. (location/s) : N/A
Honours and Gallantry : None for display
Applicable Australian War Memorial circulars : NO
References found (entries & photos) : National Archives of Australia (Barcode 6125582 [DIGITISED]),   WW2 Nominal Roll,   Commonwealth War Graves Commission,   Australian War Memorial,   AWM_P02468.450.jpg,   NAOA_VX41337-P.jpg

Background : Son of Andrew and Sarah Sommerville; husband of Amy Edith Alice May Sommerville, of Boronia, Victoria, Australia. At enlistment : married. 3.5 years previous military experience with Gordon Highlanders. Blue eyes, fair hair. Marks / scars : burn on inside left knee.

Service record
01/07/1940 Taken on strength by R.R.D.
12/07/1940 Transferred to 6 Training Battalion, Mt. Martha, Victoria.
15/07/1940 Detached to 3rd Engineering Depot, Dandenong.
20/09/1940 Transferred to 2/2 Pioneer Training Battalion, Hamilton, Victoria.
01/10/1940 Promoted acting Corporal.
10/01/1941 Posted to 2/2 Pioneer Battalion, Puckapunyal Camp, Seymour, Victoria.
10/01/1941 Marched out on pre embarkation leave.
22/01/1941 Reverted to Private.
07/04/1941 Embarked Sydney, New South Wales on H.M.S. Queen Mary (H.M.T. N.N.).
04/05/1941 Disembarked at Port Tewfik, Suez.
08/07/1941 Evacuated 1 Australian General Hospital (haemorrhoids) & transferred to "X" list.
29/07/1941 Evacuated 1 Australian General Hospital to 1 Australian Convalescent Depot.
11/08/1941 Discharged 1 Australian Convalescent Depot and transferred to Pioneer Training Battalion.
11/09/1941 Marched out to 2/2 Pioneer Battalion.
13/09/1941 Taken on strength by 2/2 Pioneer Battalion.
31/01/1942 Embarked Middle east on H.M.T. Orcades.
18/02/1942 Disembarked at Batavia, Java.
07/03/1942 Reported missing in action then missing believed prisoner of war Java.
28/03/1943 Embarked Changi, Singapore on S.S. De Klerk as part of E Force (500 Australian and 500 British POW's).
15/04/1943 Disembarked Berhala Island (adjacent to Sandakan Harbour). One of over 2000 Allied P.O.W. held in the Sandakan camp in north Borneo.
05/06/1943 Taken by barge to Sandakan.
06/06/1943 Transferred to 8 Mile Camp (about half a mile from the B Force compound).
14/04/1945 Reported to have died from malaria while P.O.W. in Borneo camp.