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Soldier profiles

Name : DOUGLAS, CHARLES ANDREW RAIT
Service Number : VX73689
Date of Birth : 13/10/1911
Place of Birth : STUART MILL, VIC
Known as : CHARLIE, RAIT
Occupation on Enlistment : FARMER
Date of Enlistment : 28/01/1942
Locality on Enlistment : STUART MILL, VIC
Place of Enlistment : CAULFIELD, VIC
Next of Kin : DOUGLAS, SAMUEL
Rank (at time of discharge / death) : PRIVATE
Service : ARMY
Final Posting : 2/2 PIONEER BATTALION
Position / Platoon / Company (as 2/2 Pioneer) (date / details) : B COMPANY (NEW GUINEA)
Unit Transfers / Promotions (date / details) :
Theatres of War : NEW GUINEA
Actions : NADZAB (NEW GUINEA), HEATH'S PLANTATION (NEW GUINEA), MARKHAM POINT (NEW GUINEA), LAE (NEW GUINEA), RAMU VALLEY (NEW GUINEA), SHAGGY RIDGE (NEW GUINEA)
Wounded (date / details) :
Discharged : 20/01/1945
Date Died : 07/03/1993
Age at Death : 81
Community Roll of Honour : N/A
Buried Location / Memorial (P.O.W., D.O.W., K.I.A.) : AVOCA CEMETERY, 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) : 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 : NO
References found (entries & photos) : National Archives of Australia (Barcode 6112666 [NOT EXAMINED]),   WW2 Nominal Roll,   Submitted story,   E_SANDELL_1.jpg,   E_SANDELL_2.jpg,   E_SANDELL_3.jpg,   E_SANDELL_4.jpg,   Wedding photo,   Melbourne,   Victoria,   Headstone

Background : Service record does not mention it but the 2/2 Pioneers were sent to Strawberry, Western Australia for training and while there, also were utilised to fight a bushfire in the area.

Service record
28/01/1942 Taken on strength.
28/01/1942 Granted leave without pay 28/01/1942 to 03/02/1942.
04/02/1942 Rejoined unit.
11/02/1942 Transferred from Details Depot, Caulfield, Victoria to Balcombe, Mt. Martha, Victoria.
12/03/1942 Transferred to Reception Camp, Caulfield, Victoria.
12/03/1942 Posted to 5 Pioneer Company.
25/05/1942 Transferred from 5 Pioneer Company to 34 Training Battalion at Puckapunyal, Seymour, Victoria.
23/06/1942 Transferred from 34 Training Battalion to 2/2 Pioneer Battalion.
23/06/1942 Marched out to New South Wales Lines of Communication.
26/01/1943 Entrained for 3 Military District (Victoria).
26/03/1943 Entrained for 1 Military District (Queensland).
19/07/1943 Embarked Townsville, Queensland (believed H.M.A.T. Canberra).
22/07/1943 Disembarked Port Moresby, New Guinea.
08/02/1944 Embarked Port Moresby, New Guinea on H.M.A.S. Kanimbla.
10/02/1944 Disembarked Townsville, Queensland.
31/07/1944 Issued with W3050B.
20/01/1945 Transferred to General Details Depot, Victoria Lines of Communication for discharge.
20/01/1945 Discharged.