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Soldier profiles

Name : MCPHEE, GORDON DONALD
Service Number : VX73732 (V170907)
Date of Birth : 16/07/1922
Place of Birth : MORDIALLOC, VIC
Known as :
Occupation on Enlistment : ASSISTANT MOTOR MECHANIC
Date of Enlistment : 28/01/1942
Locality on Enlistment : HAWTHORN, VIC
Place of Enlistment : CAULFIELD, VIC
Next of Kin : MCPHEE, LILLIAN
Rank (at time of discharge / death) : PRIVATE
Service : ARMY
Final Posting : 2/2 PIONEER BATTALION
Position / Platoon / Company (as 2/2 Pioneer) (date / details) : A COMPANY (SECOND FORMING)
Unit Transfers / Promotions (date / details) :
Theatres of War : NEW GUINEA
Actions :
Wounded (date / details) :
Discharged : 24/12/1945
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) : NO
Died P.O.W. (date / details) : N/A
P.O.W. Camps (details) : N/A
Recovered P.O.W. (location/s) : N/A
Honours and Gallantry : None for display
Applicable Australian War Memorial circulars : NO
References found (entries & photos) : National Archives of Australia (Barcode 6117148 [DIGITISED]),   WW2 Nominal Roll,   A_MCPHEE_1.jpg,   Entitlement to War Gratuity,   Paybook front section,   A_MCPHEE_4.jpg,   Gordon Donald McPhee 1991

Background :

Service & personal summary At enlistment : single, 174 pounds. No previous military experience. At discharge : height 5 feet 9 inches, hazel eyes, fair complexion, fair hair. Marital status : married. Marks / scars : scar above left kneecap. Full time war service : A.I.F. 28/01/1942 to 24/12/1945 which included 1394 days active service (1072 days within Australia & 246 days overseas). Operational service : New Guinea area, embarked from Australia 25/07/1943, disembarked in Australia 26/03/1944. War badge no. 276023 (replaced by 407306 after loss of 276023 badge). Discharge certificate no. 481141.

Service record.
28/01/1942 Taken on strength A.I.F. Details Depot. Granted leave without pay.
02/02/1942 Transferred from A.I.F. Details Depot to 10 Training Battalion Balcombe, Mt. Martha, Victoria.
12/03/1942 Transferred to Reception Camp Caulfield, Victoria.
12/03/1942 Transferred in via Reception Camp and posted to 5 Pioneer Company Seymour, Victoria.
25/05/1942 Transferred from 5 Pioneer Company Seymour, Victoria to 34 Infantry Training Battalion Watsonia, Victoria.
23/06/1942 Transferred to 2/2 Pioneer Battalion.
23/06/1942 Taken on strength 2/2 Pioneer Battalion.
23/06/1942 Marched out to New South Wales Lines of Communication.
22/08/1942 Attended Signals Training School Bonegilla, Victoria.
03/02/1943 Entrained from 5 Military District (Victoria) for 3 Military District (New South Wales).
08/02/1943 Marched into 3 Military District (New South Wales).
26/03/1943 Entrained for 1 Military District (Queensland).
05/03/1943 Next of kin change of address Lillian Ellen (wife) 53 Turner Street, Abbotsford, Victoria.
16/05/1943 Admitted 6 Casualty Clearing Station (investigation found fibrositis) and transferred to X list.
18/05/1943 Discharged from 6 Casualty Clearing Station and returned to unit.
18/05/1943 Taken on strength 2/2 Pioneer Battalion & struck off X list.
01/07/1943 Granted proficiency pay.
25/07/1943 Embarked Townsville, Queensland on H.M.T. Duntroon.
28/07/1943 Disembarked Port Moresby, New Guinea.
26/01/1944 Attended New Guinea Force School of Signals and transferred to X list.
26/01/1944 Attended New Guinea Force School of Signals and transferred to X list.
27/02/1944 Marched out from New Guinea Force School of Signals to New Guinea Details Depot for onward movement.
23/03/1944 Embarked Port Moresby, New Guinea on S.S. Taroona.
26/03/1944 Disembarked Townsville, Queensland.
26/03/1944 Taken on strength 2/2 Pioneer Battalion from disembarkation, struck off X list and proceeded on leave.
27/02/1944 Failed to qualify Course 109 INF, 2/2 Pioneer Battalion refresher 31/01/1944 to 26/02/1944.
31/05/1944 Posted Absent Without Leave (AWOL).
05/06/1944 Warrant for arrest issued.
30/06/1944 Marched in and held in custody at 1 Australian Guard Company Victoria.
07/07/1944 Evacuated from 1 Australian Guard Company to 124 Australian Special Hospital with scabies and transferred to X list.
03/08/1944 Stopped? proficiency pay on breach of good conduct.
10/08/1944 Discharged from 124 Australian Special Hospital to General Details Depot Victoria Lines of Communication with malaria.
12/08/1944 Evacuated from General Details Depot Victoria Lines of Communication to 20 Australian Camp Hospital with dermatitis.
28/08/1944 Evacuated from 20 Australian Camp Hospital to 115 Australian General Hospital, Heidelberg, Melbourne, Victoria.
07/09/1944 Medical classification assessed as B.I. (benign infection?) (skin - U.S.M.C.) by medical board.
23/09/1944 Discharged from 115 Australian General Hospital, Heidelberg, Melbourne, Victoria to General Details Depot Victoria Lines of Communication area with malaria (benign terian).
23/09/1944 Transferred from 115 Australian General Hospital, Heidelberg, Melbourne, Victoria to General Details Depot Victoria Lines of Communication for re-allotment.
10/10/1944 Marched out from General Details Depot Victoria Lines of Communication to 1 Central Ordnance Depot.
10/10/1944 Change of address to 56 Auburn Parade, Hawthorn East.
19/12/1944 Medical class assessed as B II (B2) (skin construction? [L]) by U.S.O.A. and H.H.C. Melbourne, Victoria.
25/01/1945 Evacuated to 115 Australian General Hospital, Heidelberg, Melbourne, Victoria with malaria and transferred to X list.
02/02/1945 Discharged from 115 Australian General Hospital, Heidelberg, Melbourne, Victoria to 1 Central Ordnance Depot via General Details Depot Victoria Lines of Communication and struck off X list.
31/05/1945 Transferred from 1 Central Ordnance Depot to 1 Australian Ordnance Vehicle Transit Park.
03/02/1945 Granted proficiency pay.
20/08/1945 Transferred from 1 Australian Ordnance Vehicle Transit Park to 13 Australian Ordnance Vehicle Transit Park.
21/08/1945 Graded Group 3 Driver Mechanised.
21/08/1945 Proficiency pay withdrawn on grade Group g?.
20/12/1945 Transferred from 13 Australian Ordnance Vehicle Transit Park to Leave and Transit Depot Victoria for disposal.
24/12/1945 Marched from Leave and Transit Depot into Discharge Depot.
24/12/1945 Discharged.

Court martials
Absent Without Leave (AWOL) 0900 31/05/1944 to 0800 29/06/1944. Penalty 03/08/1944 : 29 days loss of pay & fined 5 pounds.