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Soldier profiles

Name : MURNANE, JAMES ALFRED
Service Number : VX62072
Date of Birth : 22/07/1922
Place of Birth : CAMPERDOWN, VIC
Known as : JIM
Occupation on Enlistment : WHARF LABOURER
Date of Enlistment : 20/08/1941
Locality on Enlistment : GEELONG, VIC
Place of Enlistment : ROYAL PARK, VIC
Next of Kin : MURNANE, MARGARET
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 : 31/01/1946
Date Died : ??/03/2008
Age at Death : 85
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) : MOULMEIN (BURMA)
Recovered P.O.W. (location/s) : THAILAND
Honours and Gallantry : None for display
Applicable Australian War Memorial circulars : Australian War Memorial B-JAVA-0064 Missing & POW Circular
References found (entries & photos) : National Archives of Australia (Barcode 6117078 [DIGITISED]),   WW2 Nominal Roll,   Australian War Memorial,   Past article (size 579kB)

Background : Husband of Evelyn. Son of Margaret. Repatriated to Australia on Moreton Bay.

Service & personal summary At enlistment : single. No previous military experience. At discharge : height 5 feet 8 inches, brown eyes, medium complexion, brown hair. Marital status : single. . Full time war service : A.I.F. 20/08/1941 to 31/01/1946 which included 1626 days active service (93 days within Australia & 1459 days overseas). Operational service : Middle East and Java areas (embarked from Australia 02/11/1941, disembarked in Australia 30/10/1945). War badge no. 208405. Discharge certificate no. 488019.

Service record
20/08/1941 Taken on strength Recruit Reception Depot Royal Park, Victoria.
23/08/1941 Granted leave without pay 23/08/1941 to 27/08/1941.
28/08/1941 Rejoined unit from leave without pay.
03/09/1941 Transferred to Engineering Training Depot (Pioneer Wing).
04/09/1941 Transferred from Recruit Reception Depot Royal Park, Victoria.
26/09/1941 Evacuated to 106 Australian General Hospital Bonegilla, Victoria.
26/09/1941 Admitted 106 Australian General Hospital with face reaction.
29/09/1941 Rejoined unit from 106 Australian General Hospital.
29/09/1941 Discharged to unit.
29/10/1941 Posted to Reinforcements 2/2 Pioneer Battalion.
02/11/1941 Embarked Sydney, New South Wales on H.M.T. L.L. Convoy no. 13.
24/11/1941 Disembarked Middle East.
21/01/1942 Marched out to 2/2 Australian Pioneer Battalion.
21/01/1942 Taken on strength from Pioneer Training Battalion Australian Imperial Forces.
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.
01/10/1942 Reported missing in action believed prisoner of war.
22/12/1943 Reported prisoner of war.
05/09/1945 Now reported recovered from enemy. Place not stated.
31/01/1946 Discharged.
25/09/1946 Re-enlisted in Interim Army and allotted VX503599.