Soldier profiles

Service Number : VX37978
Date of Birth : 04/09/1916
Place of Birth : MELBOURNE, VIC
Known as : SNOWY, SNOW
Occupation on Enlistment : TRANSPORT DRIVER
Date of Enlistment : 16/08/1940
Locality on Enlistment : KORUMBURRA, VIC
Place of Enlistment : ROYAL PARK, VIC
Next of Kin : ANDERSON, S
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, NEW GUINEA
Wounded (date / details) :
Discharged : 21/09/1945
Date Died : N/A
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) : SYRIA
Died P.O.W. (date / details) : N/A
P.O.W. Camps (details) : SYRIA
Recovered P.O.W. (location/s) : SYRIA
Honours and Gallantry : None for display
Applicable Australian War Memorial circulars : NO
References found (entries & photos) : National Archives of Australia (Barcode 6135658 [DIGITISED]),   WW2 Nominal Roll,   Australian War Memorial

Background : Father of Julie. Knew VX17580 R. J. McKay (2/2 Pioneer).

Service & personal summary At enlistment : married. 3 months Naval Cadet previous military experience. At discharge : height 5 feet 9.5 inches, blue eyes, fair complexion, fair hair. Marital status : married. Marks / scars : tattoo right forearm, scar below left knee, scar dorsal right wrist, right hernia operation scar. Full time war service : A.I.F. 16/08/1940 to 21/09/1945 which included 1852 days active service (1034 days within Australia & 561 days overseas). Operational service : Middle East area (embarked from Australia 07/04/1941, disembarked in Australia 21/03/1942), New Guinea area (embarked from Australia 06/08/1943, disembarked in Australia 04/03/1944). War badge no. 95001. Discharge certificate no. 194439.

Service record
16/08/1940 Taken on strength Recruit Reception Depot Royal Park, Victoria.
23/09/1940 Transferred to 2/2 Pioneer Training Battalion Hamilton, Victoria.
10/01/1941 Posted to 2/2 Pioneer Battalion Hamilton, Victoria.
10/01/1941 Marched out on pre embarkation leave.
21/01/1941 Posted from Pioneer Training Battalion to 2/2 Pioneer Battalion Puckapunyal, Seymour, Victoria.
08/04/1941 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 Reported missing in action and transferred to X list.
18/07/1941 Rejoined unit and struck off X list.
20/07/1941 Evacuated to 2/4 Field Ambulance with diarrhea Not Yet Determined (N.Y.D.).
28/07/1941 Discharged from 2/4 Field Ambulance to unit.
28/07/1941 Rejoined unit from 2/4 Field Ambulance.
02/08/1941 Evacuated to 1 Australian General Hospital with diarrhea and transferred to X list.
17/08/1941 Evacuated from 1 Australian General Hospital to 1 Australian Convalescent Depot with enteritis.
29/09/1941 Discharged 1 Australian Convalescent Depot and transferred to 2/2 Pioneer Training Battalion.
29/09/1941 Marched in ex 1 Australian Convalescent Depot.
02/10/1941 Marched out to 2/2 Pioneer Battalion.
04/10/1941 Taken on strength from Pioneer Training Battalion.
02/02/1942 Embarked Middle East on Shillong.
21/03/1942 Disembarked 4 Military District (South Australia).
15/04/1942 Transferred to 2/2 Field Company.
15/04/1942 Taken on strength ex 2/2 Pioneer Battalion.
27/06/1942 Transferred to 2/2 Pioneer Battalion.
29/06/1942 Taken on strength ex 2/2 Field Company.
01/08/1942 Graded Group II Mechanic Motor Transport.
03/02/1943 Entrained from 5 Military District (Western Australia) to 3 Military District (Victoria).
10/03/1943 Admitted 107 Australian General Hospital with headache and transferred to X list.
23/03/1943 Discharged from 107 Australian General Hospital to unit and struck off X list.
23/03/1943 Discharged from 57 Convalescent Hospital to unit and struck off X list.
26/03/1943 Entrained for 1 Military District (Queensland).
12/04/1943 Admitted 2 Casualty Clearing Station 1 Military District (Queensland) for investigation and transferred to X list.
15/04/1943 Evacuated to 2/4 Australian General Hospital 1 Military District (Queensland).
15/04/1943 Admitted 2/4 Australian General Hospital.
17/04/1943 Discharged to 117 Australian General Hospital.
17/04/1943 Admitted 117 Australian General Hospital with Not Yet Determined (N.Y.D.) headaches.
01/05/1943 Transferred to Corps of Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers and posted to attached strength.
06/05/1943 Discharged and returned to unit.
16/05/1943 Taken on strength ex 117 Australian General Hospital and transferred to X list.
16/05/1943 Transferred to 2/5 Field Company.
16/05/1943 Taken on strength.
29/05/1943 Evacuated to 2/2 Australian General Hospital with Not Yet Determined (N.Y.D.) and transferred to X list.
17/06/1943 Discharged to unit.
17/06/1943 Taken on strength from 2/2 Australian General Hospital.
06/08/1943 Embarked Townsville, Queensland on H.M.T. Duntroon.
08/08/1943 Disembarked Port Moresby, New Guinea.
30/11/1943 Evacuated to III Casualty Clearing Station with malaria (benign tertian) and transferred to X list.
20/12/1943 Discharged III Casualty Clearing Station to unit.
21/12/1943 Taken on strength from III Casualty Clearing Station.
02/03/1944 Embarked Port Moresby, New Guinea on S.S. Taroona.
04/03/1944 Disembarked Townsville, Queensland.
12/03/1944 Marched in for leave Camp Pell, Victoria.
10/05/1944 Marched out to unit via Wagga.
26/06/1944 Transferred to Land Headquarters Troops, Victoria.
26/06/1944 Transferred in from Royal Australian Engineers Training Battalion and posted to G Branch Engineering Stores Melbourne, Victoria.
22/03/1945 Serving with unit.
07/09/1945 Transferred to General Details Depot Victoria Lines of Communication area for discharge.
21/09/1945 Discharged Royal Park, Victoria.