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Soldier profiles

Name : POWER, KEVIN LAWRENCE
Service Number : VX20765
Date of Birth : 01/03/1920
Place of Birth : MELBOURNE, VIC
Known as :
Occupation on Enlistment : LABOURER
Date of Enlistment : 31/05/1940
Locality on Enlistment : WEST BRUNSWICK, VIC
Place of Enlistment : CAULFIELD, VIC
Next of Kin : RAWLINGS, E
Rank (at time of discharge / death) : PRIVATE
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 : 13/12/1945
Date Died : 19/07/2000
Age at Death : 80
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) : JAVA
Recovered P.O.W. (location/s) : THAILAND
Honours and Gallantry : None for display
Applicable Australian War Memorial circulars : Australian War Memorial B-JAVA-0070 Missing & POW Circular
References found (entries & photos) : National Archives of Australia (Barcode 6215503 [DIGITISED]),   WW2 Nominal Roll,   Australian War Memorial,   Past article (size 152kB),   Past article (size 888kB)

Background : Repatriated to Australia on the M.V. Highland Brigade.

Service & personal summary At enlistment : single. No previous military experience. At discharge : height 5 feet 8.5 inches, green eyes, fair complexion, fair hair. Marital status : single. Marks / scars : muscle left arm. Full time war service : A.I.F. 31/05/1940 to 13/12/1945 which included 2023 days active service (53 days within Australia & 1659 days overseas). Operational service : Middle East and Java areas (embarked from Australia 07/04/1941, disembarked in Australia 21/10/1945). War badge no. 108424. Discharge certificate no. 477569.

Service record
31/05/1940 Taken on strength Recruit Reception Depot Caulfield, Victoria.
03/06/1940 Posted to 2/2 Pioneer Battalion.
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.
17/06/1941 Wounded in action gunshot wound left arm.
19/06/1941 Evacuated to 1 Australian General Hospital and transferred to X list.
05/08/1941 Evacuated from 1 Australian General Hospital to 1 Australian Convalescent Depot.
18/08/1941 Discharged 1 Australian Convalescent Depot to Pioneer Training Battalion.
18/08/1941 Marched in.
11/09/1941 Marched out to 2/2 Pioneer Battalion.
12/09/1941 Taken on strength 2/2 Pioneer Battalion from Pioneer Training Battalion.
31/01/1942 Embarked Middle East on S.S. Orcades.
05/02/1942 Admitted ships hospital with Not Yet Determined (N.Y.D.).
09/02/1942 Discharged to duty.
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.
14/08/1942 Reported missing in action believed prisoner of war.
28/07/1943 Reported prisoner of war, Java.
15/08/1945 Granted proficiency pay.
20/08/1945 Reported 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.
12/12/1945 Marched out to Australian Military Forces Discharge Depot.
12/12/1945 Marched in for discharge ex Leave and Transit Depot, Victoria.
13/12/1945 Discharged Royal Park, Victoria.