Background : Husband of Florence Aurill Violet Pugsley. Repatriated to Australia on the M.V. Highland Brigade.
Service & personal summary At enlistment : married. 32 Battalion Australian Military Forces previous military experience. At discharge : height 5 feet 5 inches, blue eyes, dark complexion, brown hair. Marital status : married. Dependent children : 3 16 years & older. Medical : scotomata presbyopia. Full time war service : A.I.F. 30/05/1940 to 02/01/1946 which included 2044 days active service (73 days within Australia & 1659 days overseas). Operational service : Middle East & Java areas (embarked from Australia 07/04/1941, disembarked in Australia 21/10/1945). War badge no. 224137. Discharge certificate no. 481156.
30/05/1940 Taken on strength Recruit Reception Depot Caulfield, Victoria.
31/05/1940 Posted to 2/2 Pioneer Battalion Puckapunyal, Seymour, Victoria.
15/11/1940 Admitted Puckapunyal 4 Australian General Hospital, Seymour, Victoria with Upper Respiratory Tract Infection (U.R.T.I.).
18/11/1940 Discharged R.T. Lines.
17/12/1940 Admitted 7 Australian General Hospital with haematemesis.
17/12/1940 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.
27/06/1941 Injury - accidentally injured (twisted knee).
28/06/1941 Evacuated to 1 Australian General Hospital with sprained right ankle and transferred to X list.
31/08/1941 Discharged 1 Australian General Hospital and transferred to Pioneer Training Battalion.
31/08/1941 Marched in.
02/10/1941 Marched out to 2/2 Pioneer Battalion.
04/10/1941 Taken on strength from Pioneer Training Battalion.
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.
01/10/1942 Reported missing in action believed prisoner of war.
26/08/1943 Previously reported missing in action believed prisoner of war now reported prisoner of war.
18/09/1943 Reported prisoner of war.
10/12/1943 Now interned Thailand camp.
22/12/1943 Reported interned Thailand camp.
15/08/1945 Granted proficiency pay.
20/08/1945 Alive in Siam. Recovered from Japanese.
06/10/1945 Embarked Singapore on M.V. Highland Brigade.
21/10/1945 Disembarked Melbourne, Victoria.
21/10/1945 Marched into General Details Depot, Melbourne, Victoria ex M.V. Highland Brigade.
23/11/1945 Admitted 115 Australian General Hospital, Heidelberg, Melbourne, Victoria.
18/12/1945 Discharged to Prisoner of War Wing Watsonia, Victoria.
18/12/1945 Marched in ex 115 Australian General Hospital, Heidelberg, Melbourne, Victoria.
19/12/1945 Marched out to Australian Military Forces Discharge Depot.