Background : Survivor of the hellship Rakuyo Maru torpedoed on 12/09/1944 by the Balao class submarine U.S.S. Sealion (SS-315) at around 5:00am in the South China Sea, east of Hainan in position 18º42'N, 114º30'E. Japanese hellships were used to transport slave labour (including prisoner of war) under horrendously disgusting conditions. Rescued by Balao class submarine U.S.S. Pampanito (SS-383).
Service & personal summary At enlistment : single. No previous military experience. At discharge : height 5 feet 9 inches, blue eyes, medium complexion, brown hair. Marital status : single. Marks / scars : scars on legs. Full time war service : A.I.F. 04/06/1940 to 09/06/1945 which included 1832 days active service (234 days within Australia & 1291 days overseas). Operational service : Middle East and Java areas (embarked from Australia 07/04/1941, disembarked in Australia 18/10/1944). War badge no. 72787. Discharge certificate no. 172416.
04/06/1940 Taken on strength Recruit Reception Depot Caulfield, Victoria.
06/06/1940 Posted to 2/2 Medical Regiment Puckapunyal, Seymour, Victoria.
14/10/1940 Transferred to 2/2 Pioneer Battalion from 2/2 Medical Regiment.
14/10/1940 Transferred from 2/2 Medical Regiment to 2/2 Pioneer Battalion Puckapunyal, Seymour, Victoria.
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.
13/08/1941 Evacuated to 7 Australian General Hospital with Not Yet Determined (N.Y.D.) and transferred to X list.
23/08/1941 Discharged 7 Australian General Hospital and transferred to Pioneer Training Battalion.
23/08/1941 Marched in.
11/09/1941 Marched out to 2/2 Pioneer Battalion.
12/09/1941 Taken on strength from Pioneer Training Battalion.
08/10/1941 Evacuated to 1 Australian Corps Rest Station with Not Yet Determined (N.Y.D.) and transferred to X list.
06/11/1941 Discharged 1 Australian Corps Rest Station and returned to unit.
07/11/1941 Rejoined unit from 1 Australian Corps Rest Station.
25/11/1941 Evacuated to 2/1 Australian Field Ambulance with XXXX jaundice and transferred to X list.
28/11/1941 Discharged 2/1 Australian Field Ambulance and returned to unit.
28/11/1941 Rejoined unit from 1 Australian Corps Rest Station and struck off X list.
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 Battalion casualty. Reported missing in action, Java and transferred to X list.
24/08/1942 Reported missing in action believed prisoner of war.
04/11/1943 Reported prisoner of war.
22/12/1943 Reported interned Thailand camp.
12/09/1944 Granted proficiency pay.
10/10/1944 Prisoner of war recovered from the Japanese.
10/10/1944 Admitted 20 United States Station Hospital.
14/10/1944 Evacuated to Australia.
18/10/1944 Arrived Australia.
18/10/1944 Disembarked Brisbane, Queensland ex U.S.S. Monadnock and marched into General Details Depot.
30/10/1944 Marched into General Details Depot Royal Park, Victoria ex General Details Depot, Queensland for R/A.
29/01/1945 Medical class assessed as B1.
21/03/1945 Evacuated to 107 Convalescent Hospital Ballarat, Victoria.
21/03/1945 Admitted from General Details Depot.
31/05/1945 Medical class assessed as A1 Melbourne, Victoria.
07/06/1945 Discharged to General Details Depot Victoria Lines of Communication area.
07/06/1945 Marched in for reallotment ex 107 Convalescent Hospital Ballarat, Victoria.