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Posted 2015-07-23 by L. Boromeo in Victoria, Australia. : Congratulations on the massive amount of work you have put into this site; and obviously there is a lot more to be done. Cheers, Lyn Boromeo.

Posted 2015-04-27 by A. Turner in Victoria, Australia. : VX13211 Private Angus John Willard was my Great Uncle, he served with the 2/2 Pioneer Battalion and was one of the many P.O.W.'s that lost their lives after the sinking of the Rakuyo Maru in September 1944. Angus never married and had no children, he was my father's adored Uncle. Also, if there is anyone out there that has any information about Angus Willard I would love to hear from you.

Posted 2015-04-18 by K. Allen in Victoria, Australia. : Hi, my grandfather was Frank Abil Allen VX57254. Frank didn't tell my father very much about his P.O.W. days. The only things he said was that he survived because he would buy chillies from the natives (high in vitamin C), which he used to eat before the war; and even though he was starving, he would not eat rice grains that flies had sat on, and as a result did not suffer from dysentery. It was great to read the information on the 2/2 Pioneer website. Would anyone know anything more about my grandfather? He was in Thailand, and he mentioned Weary Dunlop. I would be very grateful to hear anything about him. Regards, Kay Allen.

Posted 2015-04-18 by K. Laidlaw in Victoria, Australia. : Enjoying the pictures and website. A wonderful resource, many thanks, Kaye Laidlaw (nee Melbourne) (daughter of Laurence Melbourne).

Posted 2015-04-18 by C. King in Victoria, Australia. : My Grandfather's name is Herbert George Edwin King, service number VX57917. As I never met my grandfather I am curious to met any member that did or knows of him, I do have one picture of him with 3 other men before departing Australia, one of the other men in the picture is Walter Blake, service number VX61042 who I was lucky enough to meet as a young boy. Thanking you in anticipation.

Posted 2015-04-18 by J. Williams in Queensland, Australia. : I would like to firstly say thank you for all the hard work that has been done in creating this website. I was researching my Grandfathers service records and I located this site which is his battalion. My Grandfather is Terence Michael Croft and my Great Grandfather who also served in this battalion is Frederick Crick. I would also like to ask if you know of any information relating to Terence or Frederick, it would be greatly appreciated. I never had the oppourtunity to meet Terence as he passed away before I was born and my father has little information as Terence was a survivor who never spoke of his time at war. Thank you again for all of your hard work and for your time. Kind Regards, Jessica Williams (nee Croft).

2014

Posted 2014-12-31 by J. Mitchell in Victoria, Australia. : Dear Cary, I cant let the year end without saying Thankyou for your marvellous website which I use every day to my great benefit. My heartfelt thanks to you! Warm regards, Jim.

2013

Posted 2013-11-18 by J. Mitchell in Victoria, Australia. : Jim Mitchell is seeking the families and friends of all Pioneers who enlisted before the end of 1941. This is for a history of the 2/2nd Pioneer Battalion in its first formation (Puckapunyal, Syria, Java, POW). Hed welcome copies of any letters these Pioneers wrote home, any diaries, any reminiscences they wrote afterwards, any interviews with them, any newspaper articles about them, or any wartime family scrapbooks, and hed welcome hearing any stories or anecdotes that people recall. Please contact him on his website www.2nd2ndpioneerhistory.com.au

Posted 2013-07-20 by J. Mitchell in Victoria, Australia. : I am seeking the families and friends of all Pioneers who enlisted before the end of 1941. This is for a history of the 2/2nd Pioneer Battalion in its first formation (Puckapunyal, Syria, Java, POW). Id welcome copies of any letters these Pioneers wrote home, any diaries, any reminiscences they wrote afterwards, any interviews with them, any newspaper articles about them, or any wartime family scrapbooks, and Id welcome hearing any stories or anecdotes that people recall. Thanks, James.

Posted 2013-06-19 by E. Newbirch in Victoria, Australia. : Advising that any members wishing to attend the funeral of my father, Major F. J. Bolitho, MBE (Ret) tomorrow Thursday that medals may be worn, and I may be contacted for further details.

Posted 2013-06-17 by J. Bolitho in Victoria, Australia. : To whom it may concern, I wish to notify you of the death of Frederick James Bolitho. Yours Sincerely, Jill Bolitho (Daughter).

Posted 2013-04-28 by E. Foster in New South Wales, Australia. : Hi, I am a grand daughter of Kenneth Joseph Morgan. Ken's only daughter is my mother. I would like to get in touch with other people who shared my grandfather's legacy as he has now passed on and was my greatest inspiration. Thank you, Emma.

Posted 2013-04-09 by J. Williams in Queensland, Australia. : My grandfather Terence Michael Croft and great grandfather Frederick Crick both served in the same battalion. If anyone happens to have any further information on these two soldiers it would be greatly appreciated.

Posted 2013-04-08 by L. Morrison in Victoria, Australia. : Pte Thomas Spiken VX55692 was an Alias for Hugh McLean a distant relative. Died as a POW on Burma Railway 12 Sep 1943. Would be interested to know if anyone has any information on our Hughie. His records are still unavailable.

2012

Posted 2012-11-03 by C. Williams in Victoria, Australia. : Hi, I'm at Monash university doing a history project on my great-grandfather Charles William Mathew Phillips, but called Bill (VX20175). I'd love to hear from anyone who had any knowledge or information or memories! about him, he served in the middle east and was a P.O.W. in Java. I'd really appreciate anything anyone could tell me, thank you very much, Carly.

Posted 2012-11-03 by A. Griggs in Victoria, Australia. : Hello, I am trying to find out information about my grandfather Roy Victor Drummond service number VX71547, rank private, 2/2 Pioneer Battalion. Any info, photos, stories, medals, anything about him would be amazing, really trying to find out more about his army days. Would mean heaps to family, grand children etc. Thank you so much, Adam Griggs.

Posted 2012-04-30 by K. Wilson in Victoria, Australia. : I'm trying to find information about my grandfather Partick Glynn, I don't know if there is any information about him and his service. It was never talked about. I didn't even know he was in WW2 until this week. So I was hoping I might be able to find something here? Any help would be great. I think he served in New Guinea but I am not sure.

Posted 2012-04-30 by P. Hargreaves in Victoria, Australia. : If any surviving members remember Ben (my Grandfather Benjamin Barnes VX22220) I would love to hear from them. He was 40 when he signed up and served in Syria and Palestine but was on the later ship home and thus wasn't taken prisoner on Java. I believe he served the remainder of the war in Queensland.

Posted 2012-04-24 by T. McKone in Queensland, Australia. : All the best for the Anzac March tomorrow. My sister and I hope to fly to Melbourne to join you next year.

2011

Posted 2011-11-06 by C. Miller in Victoria, Australia. : Hello, my two Great-Uncles (my Grandfather's brothers) served in the 2/2nd Pioneers. Their names are James 'Jimmy' Miller VX14639 and Cecil John Miller VX14322. Both served in the Middle East and were captured in Java. Cecil spent the rest of the war as a P.O.W. to the Japanese. Jimmy was killed when a U.S. submarine torpedoed his Japanese P.O.W. ship the Rakuyo Maru. He was listed as 'Presumed Dead at Sea'. My family and I are very keen to get in contact with any 2/2nd Pioneer Battalion veterans who knew and remember Cecil or Jimmy - even if it is just by letter! A lot of mystery surrounds Jimmy's death as he was an excellent swimmer, Cecil always said he must have been killed by the torpedo outright. I am writing the family military history and any further information would be greatly appreciated. I hope to hear from somebody!

Posted 2011-06-22 by D. Heron in Western Australia, Australia. : It is with a great deal of sadness that I advise the 2/2 Pioneers of the passing of one of their own, of my father Owen Heron. Dad was with the Pioneers in both Syria and Java, and I know he looked forward to catching up with his old mates at every opportunity the last time being the Anzac day just gone. Dad died at my home in the company of his family. The funeral will be on Tuesday 28th June 2011. LEST WE FORGET, David.

Posted 2011-06-10 by 2/2 Pioneer Battalion Association in Victoria, Australia. : We are seeking photos of prior events involving the 2/2 Pioneer Battalion such as Pilgrimages, Excursions, ANZAC Day parades & Reunions. The current Events webpage can be greatly expanded. Please contact Cary via the Contact us webpage, thanks.

Posted 2011-05-30 by B. Ferguson in Victoria, Australia. : I am the son of VX74095 Donald Ferguson. He was a member of the 2/2 Pioneers in World War 2. Photo 79 on the Can you help identify? webpage is of our father and two of is friends but we do not know who they are would you be able to help us out? Regards, Barry.

Posted 2011-05-02 by R. Steel in Queensland, Australia. : I am a nephew of VX24141 Sergeant John Hart Steel of the 2/2nd Pioneer Battalion. I believe he was a member of B Company, then part of Williams Force on the northern end of the railway. He died at Tamarkan on 23 October 1944 and was buried by Major J. Wylie. While in Syria, his section consisted of Privates Tom Malone, Bill Wood, Spike Edmondson and Joey Campbell [source Aitken The Story of the 2/2nd Pioneer Battalion]. It would be nice to find mention of him in someones memories to add to his story, which I am writing. Regards, Richard.

Posted 2011-01-04 by M. O'Connor in Victoria, Australia. : Unfortunately, I do not have a photo of my late father. I would be delighted should anybody be able identify him in any of the group photo's. His details are as follows : VX46770 Robert Sydney Hunt, served in Middle East / Java, missing in action 30th April 1942, confirmed P.O.W. July 1942, discharged January 1946, deceased 16 March 1948 (killed by railway truck in Adelaide). Please use the Contact us webpage to send information. I realize my request is a very long shot. Thank you kindly, Marie.

2010

Posted 2010-12-22 by E. Firkins in New South Wales, Australia. : Hi, My partners father was Selwyn Frank Locane, I have his war blankets which were issued to him in 1942, i am a quilter and am making a quilt the back of it being the blanket, Frank did not discuss the war but he did give me a list of places where he was in action, Tsili Tsili, Markham River, Nadzab, Lae, The Pimple, Shaggy Ridge, Pom Pom valley, i have searched for information regarding these places but have been unable to obtain information. Hoping somebody can supply me with any information. Regards, Betty Firkins.

Posted 2010-11-24 by B. Wyndham in Victoria, Australia. : Hi, I am trying to locate the next of kin of NX88369 William Lester Barnes. I suspect that his date of birth is fictitious. Also I cannot find him in any of the ER's. So would you have some data on him, or would your members know of him? Regards, Bill Wyndham (Lost Medals Australia).

Posted 2010-11-24 by B. Wyndham in Victoria, Australia. : Hello, I am a researcher with Lost medals Australia. Some time back we were instrumental in returning the WW2 service medals of George Frederick OLDHAM to his family. A brief story is on our Blog page (see Website direct links). Should you require any further information please feel free to contact me.

Posted 2010-05-28 by S. Marshall in Victoria, Australia. : Looking for any information on my grandfather - JACK ROBERT WILFORD VX43337. I believe he was a stretcher bearer in Papua New Guinea. He was also a drummer in various army bands. Thank you, Steve Marshall.

Posted 2010-05-06 by the Association in Victoria, Australia. : We are seeking photos of prior events involving the 2/2 Pioneer Battalion such as Pilgrimages, Excursions, ANZAC Day parades & Reunions. The current Events webpage can be greatly expanded. Please contact Cary via the Contact us webpage, thanks.

Posted 2010-05-06 by D. Manski in Queensland, Australia. : I would like to know if my father (Len Manski) was in B Company in New Guinea so I can fill in that part of his service and I hope someone out there may remember him. In 1986 I did enquire through the Pioneer Newsletter about him and I got three replies. One was from the Quartermaster of the battalion former Captain Allan McInnes and from D.O. (Mick) Smith another officer who had a remarkable career with the 2/22 Battalion on Rabaul before he became a 2/2 Pioneer. I am currently writing a family history and am always on the lookout for photographs or stories from anyone who may remember him. It is now 53 years since he passed away so I figure I need to do something for my future generations before the memories are lost forever. So if there is anyone out there that may have some recollections I would be very happy to hear from you. Regards, Dennis.

Posted 2010-04-21 by C. Sandell in Victoria, Australia. : THE WEBSITE HAS BEEN TRANSFERRED TO ANOTHER SERVER BY THE SERVER HOST AS PART OF SMARTYHOST'S EQUIPMENT UPGRADE. THIS HAS CAUSED SIGNIFICANT ISSUES WITH ACCESS THAT WAS BEYOND OUR CONTROL. MY DISPLEASURE ABOUT THIS HAS BEEN PASSED ON AND CORRECTIONS MADE.

Posted 2010-01-10 by J. Blake in Moscow, Russia. : I am trying to find out anything else I can about Walter Blake (my grandfather) and if anyone can remember the incidents mentioned on the Soldier stories webpage VX61042 BLAKE, WALTER ). Is there anywhere a list of all those who were captured by the French? I also don't know which Company he was in and which specific actions he took part. Does anyone else know if there are any recollections of the boat building attempt? Does anyone else have similar recollections of Pioneers initially being reported missing in action? Does anyone anywhere have any sort of lists or anything of which prisoners were in which camps? Please advise any additional information via the Contact us webpage. Kind regards, and thanks for any thoughts or information you may be able to provide, James Blake.

2009

Posted 2009-11-04 by The Younger Generation Group in Victoria, Australia. : We are seeking photos of prior events involving the 2/2 Pioneer Battalion such as Pilgrimages, Excursions, ANZAC Day parades & Reunions. The current Events webpage can be greatly expanded. Please contact Cary via the Contact us webpage, thanks.

Posted 2009-10-30 by The Younger Generation Group in Victoria, Australia. : We are seeking interest from families / friends who would like to give a 10 minute address during the Annual Pilgrimage at the Shrine in June 2010 about their family's member of the 2/2 Pioneer Battalion. Please contact Cary via the Contact us webpage, thanks.

Posted 2009-09-24 by A. Currey in New South Wales, Australia. : My mum often speaks of her uncle NX130294 George Edward Sunderland and I have been searching the net trying to locate him. I know that Uncle George was last in touch with his family a number of years ago when he returned to Coonamble however as the years have passed no one has been able to locate him. I know it can be a very long shot that some one may know where he is if he is still with us or if he has crossed over but one thing is I would like to find him before my mum passes. Uncle George is one of 2 surviving Uncles alive and Uncle Mervin is not long for this world as he is quite sick in Coonamble as we speak. If you have or know of anyone that has information to his whereabouts, I would greatly appreciate hearing from them. Thanks for your help and I look forward to hearing from you.

Posted 2009-09-15 by C. Sandell in Victoria, Australia. : Any information regarding TX5341 Robert Merritt of the 2/2 Pioneers, who was a P.O.W. on the Burma Railway and was eventually sent to Ubon, Thailand would be greatly appreciated.

Posted 2009-08-23 by A. Thompson in Victoria, Australia. : I am researching VX61039 Rodney Edmund Thompson of the 2/2 Pioneers, who was a POW on the Burma Railway, and fortunately returned home. Before he died, he told us that at some stage,the POWs were allowed to write a letter home, and the Japanese would choose which ones would be sent. His letter was chosen and published in a Victorian paper. This was the first indication to his family that he was still alive. We are trying to locate this letter. We have searched many hours of microfilm, found other letters, but not his. As we do not know dates or the paper in which it was published, this is a mammoth task. We are hoping that someone may be able to help us in this and short circuit our efforts. Thank you in anticipation of your support.

Posted 2009-04-24 by C. Sandell in Victoria, Australia. : CONGRATULATIONS to WX16572 MacPHERSON, NEIL ORMISTON (2/2 Pioneer) for receiving the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) 26 January 2009. Citation reads `For service to the community, particularly through the establishment of the Burma Thailand Railway Memorial Association, and to raising the awareness of the prisoners of war experience.' The Australian Government website link is http://www.itsanhonour.gov.au/honours/honour_roll/search.cfm?aus_award_id=1140041&search_type=advanced&showInd=true

Posted 2009-04-24 by C. Sandell in Victoria, Australia. : Any one with photos of VX73689 DOUGLAS, CHARLES ANDREW RAIT or VX73087 BUSH, CLARENCE VICTOR (both in the New Guinea campaign) please contact Cary via the Contact us webpage, thanks.