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Soldier profiles

Name : BANKS, JAMES
Service Number : VX45682
Date of Birth : 13/02/1906
Place of Birth : BUNGAL, VIC
Known as :
Occupation on Enlistment : GRAZIER
Date of Enlistment : 23/07/1940
Locality on Enlistment : MOUNT WALLACE, VIC
Place of Enlistment : CAULFIELD, VIC
Next of Kin : BANKS, SARAH
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
Actions :
Wounded (date / details) :
Discharged : N/A
Date Died : 17/06/1941
Age at Death : 35
Community Roll of Honour : BALLAN (VIC)
Buried Location / Memorial (P.O.W., D.O.W., K.I.A.) : DAMASCUS COMMONWEALTH WAR CEMETERY, SYRIA. M. 17. / AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL COMMEMORATIVE AREA PANEL 72
K.I.A. (date / details) : 17/06/1941 / FORT MERDJAYOUN (SYRIA)
D.O.W. (date / details) : N/A
M.I.A. (date / details) : N/A
P.O.W. (location/s) : NO
Died P.O.W. (date / details) : N/A
P.O.W. Camps (details) : N/A
Recovered P.O.W. (location/s) : N/A
Honours and Gallantry : None for display
Applicable Australian War Memorial circulars : Australian War Memorial Death Circular
References found (entries & photos) : National Archives of Australia (Barcode 6129263 [DIGITISED], Barcode 32459488 [OPEN]),   WW2 Nominal Roll,   Commonwealth War Graves Commission,   Australian War Memorial

Background : Son of Robert and Sarah Banks, of Mount Egerton, Victoria, Australia.

Service & personal summary At enlistment : single. No previous military experience.

Service record
23/07/1940 Taken on strength Recruit Reception Depot Caulfield, Victoria.
20/09/1940 Transferred to 2/2 Pioneer Training Battalion Hamilton, Victoria from Recruit Reception Depot.
15/10/1940 Admitted Camp Dressing Station with vaccination (post).
18/10/1940 Rejoined unit from Camp Dressing Station.
01/02/1941 Transferred to 6 Training Battalion Darley Camp, Victoria.
01/02/1941 Transferred from 2/2 Pioneer Training Battalion.
28/02/1941 Transferred to Southern Command Engineering Training Depot Puckapunyal, Seymour, Victoria.
28/02/1941 Transferred from 6 Training Battalion.
28/03/1941 Transferred to 2/2 Pioneer Battalion.
28/03/1941 Transferred from Engineering Training Depot Puckapunyal, Seymour, Victoria to 2/2 Pioneer Battalion Balcombe, Mt. Martha, Victoria.
08/04/1941 Embarked Sydney, New South Wales on H.M.S. Queen Mary (H.M.T. N.N.).
03/05/1941 Disembarked Middle East.
17/06/1941 Wounded in action and missing and transferred to X list.
17/06/1941 Previously reported wounded in action and missing now reported killed in action.
26/06/1941 Buried 100 yards south Fort Merdjayoun. Grave marked by cross.
09/09/1941 Reburied grave No. M17 Damascus British War Cemetery.