Background : Passed away in Swan Hill.
Service & personal summary At enlistment : married. No previous military experience. At discharge : height 5 feet 8 inches, blue eyes, fair hair. Marks / scars : small scar above left wrist palmar side. Full time war service : A.I.F. 27/07/1940 to 25/08/1942 which included 760 days active service (417 days overseas). Operational service : Middle East area (embarked from Australia 07/04/1941, disembarked in Australia 29/05/1942). War badge no. A6824. Discharge certificate no. 28425. Statement of service no. 33836. Reason for discharge : medically unfit for service not occasioned by his own default.
27/07/1940 Taken on strength Recruit Reception Depot Royal Park, Victoria.
23/09/1940 Transferred to 2/2 Pioneer Training Battalion Hamilton, Victoria from Recruit Reception Depot.
01/02/1941 Transferred to 6 Training Battalion Darley Camp, Victoria.
01/02/1941 Transferred from 2/2 Pioneer Training Battalion.
28/02/1941 Transferred to Staging Camp Engineering Training Depot Puckapunyal, Seymour, Victoria.
28/02/1941 Transferred from 6 Training Battalion.
28/03/1941 Transferred to 2/2 Pioneer Battalion.
28/03/1941 Transferred from Engineering Training Depot.
28/03/1941 Reverted to rank of Private Balcombe, Mt. Martha, Victoria.
07/04/1941 Embarked Sydney, New South Wales on H.M.S. Queen Mary (H.M.T. N.N.).
07/04/1941 Graded Group III Concretor.
03/05/1941 Disembarked Middle East.
23/05/1941 Relinquished Group III Concretor.
09/08/1941 Evacuated to 7 Australian General Hospital with malaria (benign tertian) and transferred to X list.
22/08/1941 Evacuated from 7 Australian General Hospital to 1 Australian Convalescent Depot.
08/09/1941 Discharged to 1 Australian Convalescent Depot and transferred to Pioneer Training Battalion.
08/09/1941 Marched into Pioneer Training Battalion from 1 Australian Convalescent Depot.
03/11/1941 Marched out from Pioneer Training Battalion to 1 Australian Depot Battalion.
03/11/1941 Marched in.
12/11/1941 Evacuated to 1 Australian General Hospital with Pyrexia of Unknown Origin (P.U.O.).
02/12/1941 Discharged from 1 Australian General Hospital with malaria (benign tertian) and marched in.
18/12/1941 Medical class : Fit for duties other than active service with field formations.
30/12/1941 Marched out to Pioneer Training Battalion.
30/12/1941 Marched in ex Depot Battalion.
04/02/1942 Evacuated to 7 Australian General Hospital.
21/02/1942 Discharged 7 Australian General Hospital and marched into camp.
10/03/1942 Evacuated to 6 Australian General Hospital with malaria R.
04/04/1942 Medical classification reassessed as temporarily unfit for service for a period greater than 6 months.
08/05/1942 Discharged from 6 Australian General Hospital with malaria for return to Australia.
10/05/1942 Embarked Middle East on hospital ship S.S. Oranje for return to Australia as medically unfit.
29/05/1942 Disembarked Melbourne, Victoria ex 2/1 XXXX? hospital ship.
29/05/1942 Marched in ex hospital ship S.S. Oranje.
29/05/1942 Granted disembarkation leave 29/05/1942 to 14/06/1942.
12/06/1942 Reason for return : with malaria (malignant tertian) (recurrent). Disposal leave and report to Reception Camp Caulfield, Victoria.
15/06/1942 Evacuated to 115 Australian General Hospital, Heidelberg, Melbourne, Victoria.
15/06/1942 Admitted to 115 Australian General Hospital, Heidelberg, Melbourne, Victoria.
21/07/1942 Discharged to Reception Camp Caulfield, Victoria.
21/07/1942 Marched in from 115 Australian General Hospital, Heidelberg, Melbourne, Victoria.