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Soldier profiles

Name : MEDDINGS, FREDERICK ROBERT
Service Number : VX17622
Date of Birth : 16/08/1904
Place of Birth : BAIRNSDALE, VIC
Known as :
Occupation on Enlistment : GAS COMPANY EMPLOYEE
Date of Enlistment : 30/05/1940
Locality on Enlistment : CARNEGIE, VIC
Place of Enlistment : CAULFIELD, VIC
Next of Kin : MEDDINGS, CECELIA
Rank (at time of discharge / death) : CORPORAL
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 : 01/02/1946
Date Died : 02/03/1973
Age at Death : 68
Community Roll of Honour : N/A
Buried Location / Memorial (P.O.W., D.O.W., K.I.A.) : N/A
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) : THAILAND
Recovered P.O.W. (location/s) : INDO/CHINA
Honours and Gallantry : None for display
Applicable Australian War Memorial circulars : Australian War Memorial B-JAVA-0061 Missing & POW Circular
References found (entries & photos) : National Archives of Australia (Barcode 6203970 [DIGITISED], Barcode 32373003 [OPEN]),   WW2 Nominal Roll,   Australian War Memorial,   M_YOUNG_1.jpg,   AWM_019416.jpg,   Past article (size 225kB),   Past article (size 598kB)

Background : Repatriated to Australia on M.V. Highland Chieftain. Passed away at 115 Australian General Hospital, Heidelberg, Melbourne, Victoria. 1973 Crematorium Altona North, Victoria.

Service & personal summary At enlistment : married. 2 years C.M.F. 108 Battalion previous military experience. At discharge : height 5 feet 10 inches, blue eyes, dark complexion, brown hair. Marital status : married. Dependent children : 2 under 16 years old and 1 16 years & older. Marks / scars : appendix scar, scar left shin, scar under side left 4th toe. Full time war service : A.I.F. 30/05/1940 to 01/02/1946 which included 2074 days active service (113 days within Australia & 1649 days overseas). Operational service : Middle East and Java areas (embarked from Australia 07/04/1941, disembarked in Australia 11/10/1945). War badge no. 290591 (replaced by 386437 after misplaced). Discharge certificate no. 488494.

Service record
30/05/1940 Taken on strength Recruit Reception Depot Caulfield, Victoria.
31/05/1940 Posted to 2/2 Pioneer Battalion Puckapunyal, Seymour, Victoria.
14/06/1940 Admitted Camp Hospital with influenza.
19/06/1940 Discharged to unit.
07/04/1941 Embarked Sydney, New South Wales on H.M.S. Queen Mary (H.M.T. N.N.).
03/05/1941 Disembarked Middle East.
06/08/1941 Promoted to acting Corporal.
11/10/1941 Reverted to Private.
16/10/1941 Evacuated to 2/3 Casualty Clearing Station with malaria (malignant tertian) and transferred to X list.
21/10/1941 Evacuated from 2/3 Casualty Clearing Station to 1 Australian Corps Rest Station.
16/11/1941 Discharged 1 Australian Corps Rest Station with malaria (malignant tertian) and diarrhea and returned to unit.
17/11/1941 Rejoined unit from 1 Australian Corps Rest Station.
22/01/1942 Promoted to acting Corporal.
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.
20/11/1942 Reported missing in action believed prisoner of war.
04/11/1943 Reported prisoner of war.
22/12/1943 Reported interned Thailand camp.
20/09/1945 Recovered arrived Singapore ex Saigon.
24/09/1945 Embarked Singapore on M.V. Highland Chieftain.
11/10/1945 Disembarked Sydney, New South Wales.
12/10/1945 Transferred out to Leave and Transit Depot, Victoria.
13/10/1945 Marched into General Details Depot Watsonia, Victoria from General Details Depot New South Wales Lines of Communication area.
14/12/1945 Admitted 115 Australian General Hospital, Heidelberg, Melbourne, Victoria with visual defect.
24/01/1946 Discharged Prisoner of War Wing Watsonia, Victoria.
24/01/1946 Marched in ex 115 Australian General Hospital, Heidelberg, Melbourne, Victoria.
31/01/1946 Marched out to Australian Military Forces Discharge Depot.
01/02/1946 Discharged Royal Park, Victoria.