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Soldier profiles

Name : WAITE, WILLIAM JOHN
Service Number : VX56152
Date of Birth : 20/05/1919
Place of Birth : SUSSEX, ENGLAND
Known as :
Occupation on Enlistment :
Date of Enlistment : 19/05/1941
Locality on Enlistment : SUNSHINE, VIC
Place of Enlistment : ROYAL PARK, VIC
Next of Kin : RICHARDS, ELLEN
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 : 27/03/1945
Age at Death : 25
Community Roll of Honour : SUNSHINE (VIC)
Buried Location / Memorial (P.O.W., D.O.W., K.I.A.) : KANCHANABURI WAR CEMETERY, THAILAND. 1. L. 39. / 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) : 27/03/1945 / KILLED ON BANGKOK WHARF DURING ALLIED AIR RAID / BANGKOK (THAILAND)
P.O.W. Camps (details) : JAVA, BANGKOK (THAILAND)
Recovered P.O.W. (location/s) : NO
Honours and Gallantry : None for display
Applicable Australian War Memorial circulars : Australian War Memorial B-JAVA-0089 Missing & POW Circular
References found (entries & photos) : National Archives of Australia (Barcode 6111082 [DIGITISED], Barcode 8852784 [DIGITISED], Barcode 8852785 [DIGITISED]),   WW2 Nominal Roll,   Commonwealth War Graves Commission,   Australian War Memorial,   Headstone [photo courtesy of K. Fraser (son of VX18403 S. Fraser)],   AWM_REL/11885.jpg

Background : Son of Joseph and Alice Louise Waite. Sister of Mrs. Ellen Richards.

Service & personal summary At enlistment : single. 3 months U.P.T. military experience.

Service record
19/05/1941 Taken on strength Recruit Reception Depot Royal Park, Victoria.
22/05/1941 Granted leave without pay 22/05/1941 to 28/05/1941 inclusive.
29/05/1941 Rejoined unit from leave without pay.
06/06/1941 Transferred to Engineering Training Depot.
07/06/1941 Transferred from Recruit Reception Depot to Engineering Training Depot Puckapunyal, Seymour, Victoria.
23/06/1941 Transferred from Engineering Training Depot to Pioneer Wing Engineering Training Depot Puckapunyal, Seymour, Victoria.
08/07/1941 Posted to 3rd Reinforcements 2/2 Pioneer Battalion.
03/09/1941 Embarked Sydney, New South Wales on H.M.T. G.G.
23/09/1941 Disembarked Middle East.
18/12/1941 Marched out to 2/2 Pioneer Battalion from Pioneer Training Battalion.
20/12/1941 Taken on strength 2/2 Pioneer Battalion from Pioneer Training Battalion.
31/01/1942 Embarked Middle East on S.S. Orcades.
18/02/1942 Disembarked Batavia, Java.
07/03/1942 Reported missing in action.
30/04/1942 Reported missing in action, Java and transferred to X list.
19/08/1942 Reported missing in action believed prisoner of war.
28/07/1943 Reported interned in Java prisoner of war camp.
15/09/1945 Reported killed in action 27/03/1945 (result of Allied bombing on Bangkok wharf, Thailand).