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Soldier profiles

Name : HORSBURGH, ALFRED CHARLES
Service Number : VX42362
Date of Birth : 12/09/1911
Place of Birth : LIMA EAST, VIC
Known as : ALF
Occupation on Enlistment : BENALLA DAIRY COMPANY EMPLOYEE
Date of Enlistment : 28/06/1940
Locality on Enlistment : BENALLA, VIC
Place of Enlistment : CAULFIELD, VIC
Next of Kin : HORSBURGH, GEORGE
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) : 4 TRAINING BATTALION, 10 TRAINING BATTALION, 2/14 TRAINING BATTALION, 2/2 PIONEER BATTALION, PIONEER TRAINING BATTALION
Theatres of War : SYRIA, JAVA
Actions : FORT MERDJAYOUN? (SYRIA), DAMOUR? (SYRIA), TJILILITAN? (JAVA), LLEWILIANG? (JAVA)
Wounded (date / details) : 17/12/1940 SEVERE LACERATIONS RIGHT LEG (PUCKAPUNYAL ACCIDENT), 08/07/1941 GUNSHOT WOUND FOREARM (WOUNDED IN ACTION)
Discharged : N/A
Date Died : 09/12/1943
Age at Death : 32
Community Roll of Honour : BENALLA (VIC)
Buried Location / Memorial (P.O.W., D.O.W., K.I.A.) : THANBYUZAYAT WAR CEMETERY, MYANMAR. A2. D. 12. / 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) : 09/12/1943 / BERIBERI / 105 KILO CAMP (BURMA)
P.O.W. Camps (details) : 105 KILO (BURMA)
Recovered P.O.W. (location/s) : NO
Honours and Gallantry : None for display
Applicable Australian War Memorial circulars : Australian War Memorial B-JAVA-0042 Missing & POW Circular
References found (entries & photos) : National Archives of Australia (Barcode 6132725 [DIGITISED]),   WW2 Nominal Roll,   Commonwealth War Graves Commission,   Australian War Memorial,   Past article (size 209kB),   Past article (size 597kB),   Past article (size 637kB),   Past article (size 272kB),   Past article (size 52kB)

Background : Son of George Ernest and Emily Louisa Horsburgh, of Lima, Victoria, Australia. Brother of VX42422 Harold Henry Horsburgh (2/2 Pioneer). Related to VX63213 Private Bertie Raymond (Bert) Jensen of 2/10 Ordnance Field Park A.A.O.C. (died 12/09/1943 Thailand P.O.W.). At enlistment : single. No previous military experience. Brown eyes, dark hair. Marks / scars : 1/2 inch long scar above left ear.

Service record
28/06/1940 Taken on strength by R.R.D.
02/07/1940 Transferred to 4 Training Battalion, Albury, New South Wales.
20/08/1940 Transferred to 10 Training Battalion, Benalla, Victoria.
21/09/1940 Transferred to 2/14 Training Battalion, Benalla, Victoria.
24/09/1940 Posted to 2/2 Pioneer Battalion, Puckapunyal Camp, Seymour, Victoria.
17/12/1940 Admitted 7 Australian General Hospital as result of accident at Puckapunyal (severe lacerations right leg).
23/12/1940 Discharged to unit.
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.
09/07/1941 Evacuated to 7 Australian General Hospital (wounded in action gun shot wound forearm 08/07/1941).
22/09/1941 Discharged 7 Australian General Hospital to Pioneer Training Battalion.
22/11/1941 Evacuated to 1 Australian General Hospital (anal fistula).
02/12/1941 Evacuated 1 Australian General Hospital to 1 Australian Convalescent Depot.
21/01/1942 Taken on strength 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.
09/12/1943 Died from beriberi in P.O.W. camp.