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Soldier profiles

Name : PRESCOTT, HAROLD JOHN MCCARTHY
Service Number : VX53803
Date of Birth : 26/09/1915
Place of Birth : CARLTON, VIC
Known as :
Occupation on Enlistment :
Date of Enlistment : 29/04/1941
Locality on Enlistment : SOUTH CAULFIELD, VIC
Place of Enlistment : ROYAL PARK, VIC
Next of Kin : PRESCOTT, DOROTHY
Rank (at time of discharge / death) : LANCE 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 :
Wounded (date / details) :
Discharged : 16/01/1946
Date Died : ??/??/2008
Age at Death : 93?
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, NIIHAMA (JAPAN)
Recovered P.O.W. (location/s) : JAPAN
Honours and Gallantry : Mentioned in Despatches for distinguished service in South-West Pacific Area. London Gazette 06/03/1947, page 1101, position 55. Commonwealth of Australia Gazette 06/03/1947, page 747, position 110
Applicable Australian War Memorial circulars : Australian War Memorial B-JAVA-0070 Missing & POW Circular,   Australian War Memorial Awards Circular
References found (entries & photos) : National Archives of Australia (Barcode 6129659 [DIGITISED], Barcode 31833586 [DIGITISED], Barcode 1033460 [NOT EXAMINED]),   WW2 Nominal Roll,   Australian War Memorial,   Past article (size 240kB),   Past article (size 888kB),   Past article (size 1568kB)

Background : Arrived in Japan September 1944 aboard Bioki Maru. Recovered from Niihama Camp in Japan 12/09/1945. Repatriated to Australia on H.M.S. Speaker.