Soldier profiles

Service Number : VX31488
Date of Birth : 06/01/1913
Place of Birth : CARLTON, VIC
Known as : LES
Occupation on Enlistment : ASSISTANT COOK
Date of Enlistment : 14/06/1940
Locality on Enlistment : MOONEE PONDS, VIC
Place of Enlistment : ROYAL PARK, VIC
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 : 21/12/1945
Date Died : 26/12/2001
Age at Death : 88
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) : THAILAND
Recovered P.O.W. (location/s) : THAILAND
Honours and Gallantry : None for display
Applicable Australian War Memorial circulars : Australian War Memorial B-JAVA-0058 Missing & POW Circular
References found (entries & photos) : National Archives of Australia (Barcode 6226017 [DIGITISED], Barcode 32138028 [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 Son of Violet Myrtle McNally. At enlistment : single?, grey eyes, fair hair. No previous military experience. At discharge : height 5 feet 6 inches, blue eyes, fair complexion, fair hair. Marital status : single. Marks / scars : right shin, left side scalp. Full time war service : A.I.F. 14/06/1940 to 21/12/1945 which included 2017 days active service (61 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. 275639. Discharge certificate no. 480096.

Service record
10/06/1940 Taken on strength Recruit Reception Depot Royal Park, Victoria.
11/06/1940 Evacuated to Rehabilitation / Geriatric Hospital Caulfield, Victoria.
14/06/1940 Admitted Broadmeadows Convalescent Depot, Victoria with ptomaine poisoning.
14/06/1940 Discharged to unit.
15/07/1940 Posted to 2/9 Field Ambulance Main Dressing Station from 3 Engineering Training Depot Seymour, Victoria.
04/08/1940 Transferred to 2 Recruit Reception Depot Royal Park, Victoria.
23/09/1940 Transferred to 2/2 Pioneer Training Battalion Hamilton, Victoria.
30/12/1940 Posted to 2/2 Pioneer Battalion from 2/2 Pioneer Training Battalion Hamilton, Victoria.
31/12/1940 Posted from 2/2 Pioneer Training Battalion 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.
12/06/1941 Transferred to Pioneer Training Battalion Australian Imperial Forces.
12/06/1941 Marched in.
27/06/1941 Marched out to 2/2 Pioneer Battalion Middle East.
28/06/1941 Taken on strength from Pioneer Training Battalion Australian Imperial Forces.
19/08/1941 Evacuated to 62 British General Hospital with Pyrexia of Unknown Origin (P.U.O.) and transferred to X list.
30/08/1941 Discharged 62 British General Hospital and transferred to Pioneer Training Battalion.
30/08/1941 Marched in.
11/09/1941 Marched out to 2/2 Pioneer Battalion.
12/09/1941 Taken on strength from Pioneer Training Battalion.
17/08/1941 Evacuated to 2/4 Field Ambulance Main Dressing Station Middle East.
18/08/1941 Evacuated from 2/4 Field Ambulance Main Dressing Station to 2/3 Casualty Clearing Station.
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.
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 Alive in Siam (Thailand). 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, Victoria ex M.V. Highland Brigade.
27/11/1945 Admitted 115 Australian General Hospital, Heidelberg, Melbourne, Victoria with hookworm and visual defect.
14/12/1945 Discharged to Prisoner Of War General Details Depot (hookworm and visual defect).
18/12/1945 Marched out to Australian Military Forces Discharge Depot.
21/12/1945 Discharged.