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Soldier profiles

Name : YORSTON, JOHN WALLACE
Service Number : VX22746
Date of Birth : 28/02/1918
Place of Birth : WINDSOR, VIC
Known as : JACK, JACKIE
Occupation on Enlistment : GROCER
Date of Enlistment : 05/06/1940
Locality on Enlistment : SURREY HILLS, VIC
Place of Enlistment : CAULFIELD, VIC
Next of Kin : YORSTON, BERTHA
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 : MAZRAAT ED DAHR (SYRIA)
Wounded (date / details) :
Discharged : 23/01/1946
Date Died : ??/05/2017
Age at Death : 99
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-0096 Missing & POW Circular
References found (entries & photos) : National Archives of Australia (Barcode 6227598 [DIGITISED]),   WW2 Nominal Roll,   Australian War Memorial,   C_HAMLEY_1.jpg,   C_HAMLEY_2.jpg,   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 10 inches, hazel eyes, dark complexion, dark hair. Marital status : single. Full time war service : A.I.F. 05/06/1940 to 23/01/1946 which included 2059 days active service (114 days within Australia & 1639 days overseas). Operational service : Middle East and Java areas (embarked from Australia 07/04/1941, disembarked in Australia 01/10/1945). War badge no. 241699. Discharge certificate no. 485715.

Service record
05/06/1940 Taken on strength Recruit Reception Depot Caulfield, Victoria.
07/06/1940 Posted 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.
18/06/1941 Promoted to acting Corporal.
08/08/1941 Evacuated to 1 Australian General Hospital with dysentery and transferred to X list.
08/08/1941 Reverted to Private.
26/08/1941 Evacuated from 1 Australian General Hospital to 1 Australian Convalescent Depot with enteritis.
08/09/1941 Discharged from 1 Australian Convalescent Depot and transferred to Pioneer Training Battalion.
08/09/1941 Marched in.
02/10/1941 Marched out to 2/2 Pioneer Battalion.
04/10/1941 Taken on strength from Pioneer Training Battalion.
09/10/1941 Promoted to acting Corporal.
09/01/1942 Rank of Corporal confirmed.
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.
06/07/1943 Reported missing in action believed prisoner of war.
28/07/1943 Reported prisoner of war, Java.
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.
04/12/1945 Admitted 115 Australian General Hospital, Heidelberg, Melbourne, Victoria with Amoebiasis.
16/01/1946 Discharged Pioneer Wing Watsonia, Victoria.
16/01/1946 Marched into General Details Depot, Victoria ex 115 Australian General Hospital, Heidelberg, Melbourne, Victoria.
22/01/1946 Marched out to Australian Military Forces Discharge Depot.
22/01/1946 Marched in for disposal.
23/01/1946 Discharged.