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Soldier profiles

Name : WUST, VERNON GEORGE
Service Number : VX56196
Date of Birth : 12/11/1919
Place of Birth : BENDIGO, VIC
Known as :
Occupation on Enlistment : LABOURER
Date of Enlistment : 19/05/1941
Locality on Enlistment : BENDIGO, VIC
Place of Enlistment : ROYAL PARK, VIC
Next of Kin : WUST, REUBEN
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 : 08/09/1943
Age at Death : 23
Community Roll of Honour : BENDIGO (VIC)
Buried Location / Memorial (P.O.W., D.O.W., K.I.A.) : THANBYUZAYAT WAR CEMETERY, MYANMAR. A4. A. 10. / 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) : 08/09/1943 / DYSENTERY, MALARIA / 55 KILO CAMP (BURMA)
P.O.W. Camps (details) : 55 KILO (BURMA)
Recovered P.O.W. (location/s) : N/A
Honours and Gallantry : None for display
Applicable Australian War Memorial circulars : Australian War Memorial Death Circular,   Australian War Memorial B-JAVA-0096 Missing & POW Circular
References found (entries & photos) : National Archives of Australia (Barcode 6120319 [DIGITISED]),   WW2 Nominal Roll,   Commonwealth War Graves Commission,   Australian War Memorial,   Headstone [photo courtesy of L. Wust],   Submitted story

Background : Son of Reuben. Henry and Florence Elebeth Wust, of Bendigo, Victoria, Australia.

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

Service record.
19/05/1941 Taken on strength Recruit Reception Depot Royal Park, Victoria.
22/05/1941 Leave without pay 22/05/1941 to 25/05/1941.
29/05/1941 Rejoined unit from leave without pay.
04/06/1941 Transferred to Southern Command Engineering Training Depot Puckapunyal, Seymour, Victoria.
05/06/1941 Transferred from Recruit Reception Depot Royal Park, Victoria.
23/06/1941 Transferred to Pioneer Wing Engineering Training Depot.
08/07/1941 Posted to 3rd Reinforcements 2/2 Pioneer Battalion Puckapunyal, Seymour, Victoria.
08/07/1941 Graded Group II Cook (Subst).
03/09/1941 Embarked on H.M.T. G.G. Sydney, New South Wales.
23/09/1941 Disembarked Middle East.
10/11/1941 Marched out to 2/2 Pioneer Battalion Middle East.
12/11/1941 Taken on strength from Pioneer Training Battalion.
21/01/1942 Relinguished Group II Cook.
31/01/1942 Embarked Middle East on S.S. Orcades.
18/02/1942 Disembarked Batavia, Java.
07/03/1942 Reported missing in action, Java.
30/04/1942 Reported missing in action, Java and transferred to X list.
16/12/1942 Reported missing in action believed prisoner of war.
04/11/1943 Reported prisoner of war.
13/12/1943 Reported interned Thailand camp and transferred to Thailand camp.
22/12/1943 Reported interned Thailand camp.
11/04/1945 Died of illness (cause not stated) whilst prisoner of war on or after 01/09/1943.