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Soldier profiles

Name : SHANNON, THOMAS ALWYN
Service Number : VX42260
Date of Birth : 08/06/1899
Place of Birth : MELBOURNE, VIC
Known as :
Occupation on Enlistment : FARMER
Date of Enlistment : 11/07/1940
Locality on Enlistment : TALLANGATTA, VIC
Place of Enlistment : CAULFIELD, VIC
Next of Kin : SHANNON, THOMAS
Rank (at time of discharge / death) : CORPORAL
Service : ARMY
Final Posting : 2/2 PIONEER BATTALION
Position / Platoon / Company (as 2/2 Pioneer) (date / details) : 11 PLATOON D COMPANY
Unit Transfers / Promotions (date / details) :
Theatres of War : SYRIA, JAVA
Actions : DAMOUR (SYRIA)
Wounded (date / details) : 09/07/1941 WOUNDED IN SHOULDER (DAMOUR)
Discharged : N/A
Date Died : 24/06/1944
Age at Death : 45
Community Roll of Honour : ALPHINGTON (VIC)
Buried Location / Memorial (P.O.W., D.O.W., K.I.A.) : SINGAPORE MEMORIAL, SINGAPORE. COLUMN 137. / 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) : 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 : Military Medal for great courage, determination & endurance at Damour 09/7/1941 presented by registered post to his father. London Gazette 12/02/1942, page 705, position 8. Citation states : Displaying great courage, determination and physical endurance, Corporal Shannon, while acting as Section Commander in 11 Platoon of D Company during the attack through the banana plantations of Damour on the early morning of Wednesday, 9 July 1941, led his section with great gallantry against the strongly defended enemy posts. When held up by the cross fire from enemy machine guns he successfully withdrew his section. He then, although twice wounded, led his section forward tenaciously, eventually overcoming the enemy opposition.
Applicable Australian War Memorial circulars : Australian War Memorial B-JAVA-0078 Missing & POW Circular,   Australian War Memorial Awards Circular
References found (entries & photos) : National Archives of Australia (Barcode 6132013 [DIGITISED]),   WW2 Nominal Roll,   Commonwealth War Graves Commission,   Australian War Memorial,   NAOA_VX42260-P.jpg,   Past article (size 233kB),   Past article (size 893kB),   Past article (size 888kB),   AWM_REL/11885.jpg

Background : Son of Thomas and Lillian Shannon of Alphington, Victoria. Enlisted with date of birth as 08/06/1900 as he would not have been accepted if over 40 years of age. Educated at Scotch College, Melbourne, Victoria. At enlistment : single. No previous military experience. Blue eyes, dark hair. Marks / scars : vaccination marks.

Service record
11/07/1940 Taken on strength by R.R.D.
18/07/1940 Transferred to 15 Infantry Training Battalion, Shepparton, Victoria.
21/09/1940 Transferred to R.R.D. from 15 Infantry Training Battalion.
23/09/1940 Transferred to 2/2 Pioneer Training Battalion, Hamilton, Victoria.
30/10/1940 Posted to 2/2 Pioneer Battalion, Puckapunyal Camp, Seymour, Victoria.
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.
28/06/1941 Promoted Lance Corporal.
09/07/1941 Evacuated 7 Australian General Hospital (wounded in action 08/07/1941 shrapnel in shoulder) and transferred to "X" list.
21/08/1941 Discharged 7 Australian General Hospital to Pioneer Training Battalion.
11/09/1941 Marched out to 2/2 Pioneer Battalion.
12/09/1941 Taken on strength by 2/2 Pioneer Battalion.
19/09/1941 Rank of Corporal confirmed.
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.
24/06/1944 Reported missing believed drowned after torpedoing of Japanese hellship off Nagasaki.