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Soldier profiles

Name : MORTON, ERIC
Service Number : VX19123
Date of Birth : 11/10/1911
Place of Birth : WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND
Known as : SNOW
Occupation on Enlistment : COOK
Date of Enlistment : 29/05/1940
Locality on Enlistment : ALBURY, NSW
Place of Enlistment : CAULFIELD, VIC
Next of Kin : MORTON, JEAN
Rank (at time of discharge / death) : SERGEANT
Service : ARMY
Final Posting : 2/2 PIONEER BATTALION
Position / Platoon / Company (as 2/2 Pioneer) (date / details) : HEADQUARTERS COMPANY
Unit Transfers / Promotions (date / details) :
Theatres of War : SYRIA, JAVA
Actions :
Wounded (date / details) :
Discharged : 19/11/1945
Date Died : 17/06/1974
Age at Death : 62
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) : MALAYA
Recovered P.O.W. (location/s) : MALAYA
Honours and Gallantry : None for display
Applicable Australian War Memorial circulars : Australian War Memorial B-JAVA-0063 Missing & POW Circular
References found (entries & photos) : National Archives of Australia (Barcode 6204980 [NOT EXAMINED], Barcode 1033518 [OPEN]),   WW2 Nominal Roll,   Australian War Memorial,   SLV_an006775.jpg,   Past article (size 404kB)

Background : Repatriated to Australia on Dutch Liberator aircraft. Husband of Jean Morton (17/03/1941) (met in Melbourne). Nephew of Ivy Morton. Died at Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital, Melbourne.

Service & personal summary At enlistment : single. No previous military experience. Blue eyes, fair hair. Marks / scars : scar both knees, scar base of 4th left finger, scar on 3rd left finger.

Service record
29/05/1940 Taken on strength Recruit Reception Depot Caulfield, Victoria.
31/05/1940 Posted to 2/2 Pioneer Battalion Puckapunyal, Seymour, Victoria.
19/12/1940 Appointed Specialty Group II Signals.
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.
29/08/1941 Attended Australian Imperial Forces (Middle East) School of Signals No. 8 Regiment Signals (N.F.) Refresher Course from 09/08/1941 to 29/08/1941 (Qualified).
31/08/1941 Rejoined unit from Australian Imperial Forces (Middle East) School of Signals.
27/10/1941 Appointed Lance Corporal.
17/03/1941 Marital condition : Change of. Married wife Mrs. Jean Morton, Huntly, via Bendigo.
17/03/1941 Next of kin : Change of.
06/11/1941 Birth : Son born.
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.
30/11/1943 Now reported prisoner of war.
21/01/1944 Reported prisoner of war.
31/08/1945 Reported prisoner of war at Kranji Camp.
05/09/1945 Recovered at Kranji Prisoner of War Camp.
22/09/1945 Deplaned Brisbane, Queensland.
23/09/1945 Marched out to Victoria Lines of Communication area Recruit Reception Depot and General Details Depot.
27/09/1945 Admitted 115 Australian General Hospital, Heidelberg, Melbourne, Victoria from troop train (for investigation).
27/09/1945 Marched in General Details Depot, Victoria ex 115 Australian General Hospital, Heidelberg, Melbourne, Victoria.
02/10/1945 Discharged to General Details Depot.
12/11/1945 Marched in Australian Military Forces Discharge Depot Royal Park, Victoria for discharge ex General Details Depot, Victoria Royal Park, Victoria.
19/11/1945 Discharged Royal Park, Victoria.