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Soldier profiles

Name : PRIOR, ALFRED NELSON
Service Number : VX59592 (V80247)
Date of Birth : 03/02/1902
Place of Birth : LONDON, ENGLAND
Known as :
Occupation on Enlistment : FARM HAND
Date of Enlistment : 16/07/1941
Locality on Enlistment : PAKENHAM EAST, VIC
Place of Enlistment : ROYAL PARK, VIC
Next of Kin : PRIOR, ALFRED
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 : 01/07/1943
Age at Death : 41
Community Roll of Honour : MELBOURNE (VIC)
Buried Location / Memorial (P.O.W., D.O.W., K.I.A.) : THANBYUZAYAT WAR CEMETERY, MYANMAR. A4. A. 5. / 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) : 01/07/1943 / DYSENTERY, MALARIA / 40 KILO CAMP (BURMA)
P.O.W. Camps (details) : 40 KILO (BURMA)
Recovered P.O.W. (location/s) : NO
Honours and Gallantry : None for display
Applicable Australian War Memorial circulars : NO
References found (entries & photos) : National Archives of Australia (Barcode 6113387 [DIGITISED], Barcode 8022344 [DIGITISED], Barcode 21515715 [OPEN]),   WW2 Nominal Roll,   Commonwealth War Graves Commission,   Australian War Memorial

Background : Son of Alfred and Ada Prior, of Putney, London. Served in World War 1 as Private service number V80247 (at rate of 3 shillings per day). 02/10/1918 Enlisted Broadmeadows. 23/10/1918 Depot Battalion Australian Imperial Forces Broadmeadows. 24/12/1918 Discharged (demob of Australian Imperial Forces). 98 days length of service. Discharge certificate 25995.

Service & personal summary At enlistment : single. No previous military experience. Height 5 feet 8 inches, blue eyes, fresh complexion, brown hair. Marks / scars : tattoos both arms (kangaroo -flags left arm, kangaroo flag and globe right arm), circular scar inner right ankle, scar inner left forearm.

Service record
16/07/1941 Taken on strength Recruit Reception Depot Royal Park, Victoria.
18/07/1941 Granted leave without pay 18/07/1941 to 23/07/1941 inclusive.
24/07/1941 Rejoined unit from leave without pay.
01/08/1941 Transferred to Engineering Training Depot (Pioneer Wing) Bonegilla, Victoria.
02/08/1941 Transferred from Recruit Reception Depot Royal Park, Victoria.
27/10/1941 Posted to Reinforcements 2/2 Pioneer Battalion.
02/11/1941 Embarked Sydney, New South Wales on H.M.T. L.L. Convoy no. 13.
24/11/1941 Disembarked Middle East.
21/01/1942 Marched out to 2/2 Australian Pioneer Battalion.
21/01/1942 Taken on strength from Pioneer Training Battalion Australian Imperial Forces.
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.
13/12/1943 Now reported interned Thailand camp.
16/12/1942 Reported missing in action believed prisoner of war.
22/12/1943 Reported prisoner of war and interned Thailand camp.
11/03/1944 Reported died of disease (dysentery) 01/07/1943 whilst prisoner of war interned Thailand camp.