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Soldier profiles

Name : GREGSON, HAL MCDONALD
Service Number : VX56641
Date of Birth : 12/08/1913
Place of Birth : KEW, VIC
Known as : MAC, GREG
Occupation on Enlistment : CONTRACTOR (ROOFING TILES)
Date of Enlistment : 26/05/1941
Locality on Enlistment : BLACKBURN, VIC
Place of Enlistment : ROYAL PARK, VIC
Next of Kin : JENNINGS, EMILY
Rank (at time of discharge / death) : PRIVATE
Service : ARMY
Final Posting : 2/2 PIONEER BATTALION
Position / Platoon / Company (as 2/2 Pioneer) (date / details) : 4 PLATOON B COMPANY (SYRIA), 4 PLATOON B COMPANY (JAVA)
Unit Transfers / Promotions (date / details) :
Theatres of War : SYRIA, JAVA
Actions : GARRISON DUTY (SYRIA), LLEWILIANG (JAVA)
Wounded (date / details) :
Discharged : 04/02/1946
Date Died : 27/01/1992
Age at Death : 78
Community Roll of Honour : N/A
Buried Location / Memorial (P.O.W., D.O.W., K.I.A.) : SPRINGVALE NECROPOLIS, MELBOURNE, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA.
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) : NO
P.O.W. Camps (details) : LELES (JAVA), BICYCLE (JAVA), CHANGI (SINGAPORE), 18 KILO (BURMA), 80 KILO (BURMA), 100 KILO (BURMA), 80 KILO HOSPITAL (BURMA), 105 KILO (BURMA), KANBURI? (THAILAND), TAMARKAN (THAILAND), HINDATO? (THAILAND), PRATCHAI? (THAILAND)
Recovered P.O.W. (location/s) : PRATCHAI? (THAILAND)
Honours and Gallantry : None for display
Applicable Australian War Memorial circulars : Australian War Memorial B-JAVA-0035 Missing & POW Circular
References found (entries & photos) : National Archives of Australia (Barcode 6116622 [OPEN]),   WW2 Nominal Roll,   Australian War Memorial,   Submitted story,   A_HOLLAND_1.jpg,   A_HOLLAND_2.jpg,   A_HOLLAND_3.jpg,   A_HOLLAND_4.jpg,   A_HOLLAND_5.jpg,   A_HOLLAND_6.jpg,   A_HOLLAND_7.jpg,   Past article (size 948kB),   Past article (size 368kB)

Background : Repatriated to Australia on S.S. Tamaroa.

Wedding group, 1946 (L to R:- Bill Phillips, Mac's friend; Hilda, Es's sister; Mac Gregson; Es; Jack Hayes, who gave Es away. Mac wrote his letter from Syria to Bill and mentioned Jack) id no. A_HOLLAND_3.

Es, Mia and Mac Gregson, ca 1950 (at Es's sister's home) id no. A_HOLLAND_4.

Mia and Mac Gregson, 1961 (taken for Es when she was in hospital) id no. A_HOLLAND_5.

Family (L to R, rear:- Max, Mac's son-in-law; Mac; front:- Mac's grandchildren, Julie and David. 1988. At Mac's home) id no. A_HOLLAND_6.

Springvale Necropolis (Es was buried and Mac was cremated and his ashes placed in her grave) id no. A_HOLLAND_7.