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Daft Leslie George

Service Number TX5026 Death Date 24/06/1944

Place of Death At sea near Nagasaki

Cause of Death Drowned

Burial

Born July 1905 Cheltenham England to Alfred George and Clara Jane Daft and married to Ellen Francis George who

Photo Courtesy Joan Daft

 had died C1937 leaving Leslie with the 3 children. When he enlisted in Launceston Tasmania the children were left in the care of relatives. 

Unfortunately he was a prisoner of war on board the Tamahoko Maru which was part of a convoy on its way to Japan 24th June 1944 when one of the ships nearby was torpedoed by the U.S submarine USS Tang.  Close by, the Tamahoko Maru was almost blown apart.  Of the 267 Australians on board only 72 survived.

 

See Tamahoko Maru

Dalco William George

Service Number 408026 Death Date 29/05/1941

Place of Death Middle East

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial Rhodes War Cemetery

dalco.jpg (171884 bytes)Born 16 Jan 1911 Alexandra Hospital Battery Point Tasmania to Thomas William and Louise Katherine Dalco (nee Evans). 

Flying Officer Dalco was working as an analytical chemist when he enlisted in the RAAF. 

He was attached to RAF 37 squadron and on board Wellington L7860 which was seen shot down over the aerodrome at Skarpanto Greece on the on the 29th May 1941.

All six of the crew was killed. 

They were buried in the Rhodes War Cemetery Greece.

Dale Tasman

Service Number  T1760 Death Date 21/03/1943

Place of Death 111AGH Campbell Town

Cause of Death Died from illness

Burial Tasmanian War Cemetery

Photo taken by Kay Newman

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OBITUARY

Cpl Tasman Dale

The funeral of Cpl Tasman Dale, who died in the Campbell Town military hospital, was held at Campbell Town on Tuesday. The coffin was draped with the Union Jack and soldiers formed a guard at the entrance to the cemetery. The pallbearers were members of the hospital staff.

The service at the graveside was conducted by the Rev A. S. Drewett, and "The Last Post" was sounded.

The chief mourners were Mrs Dale (wife), and the young family of eight sons and daughters and Mr S. E. Dale (brother).

Capt V. T. Vale, WOs Gibson and Snooks, and Sgts Cockranč and Ferrar were present. The Glenorchy sub- branch of the RSL was represented by the secretary (Mr A. Hall) and the Chief Secretary (Mr Brooker). The Midland sub-branch was represented by Messrs H. Gillam and J. Davis.

The Mercury 25 Feb 1943

Dalgleish Leslie George

Service Number 12240 Death Date 17/08/1943

Place of Death Queensland Coast

Cause of Death Flying Accident

Burial Sydney Missing Memorial

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PRESUMED DEAD

SGT L. G. DALGLEISH, RAAF Youngest son of Mr and Mrs Robert Dalgleish, New Town, who has been reported missing and is believed to have lost his life in a non-operational flight.

He took an active interest in sport in Hobart, and was a member of the Buckingham Rowing Club. At the time of his enlistment he was employed at Newcastle, NSW.

The Mercury 17 Sep 1943

Daniels Cyril John

Service Number  TX1303 Death Date 10/11/1942

Place of Death New Guinea

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial Bomana War Cemetery

Daniels Cyril John.jpg (18768 bytes)Lance Corporal Cyril John Daniels was born 23 Sep 1908 at 109 Bathurst St Launceston the son of Jane Daniels.  He CJ Daniels.JPG (48252 bytes)was a waterside worker before enlisting and being posted to the 2/33 Australian Infantry Battalion.

He was 35 when he was killed in action in Papua and New Guinea.

                                                                                    Photo courtesy Dennis Dwyer

 

Daniels Max Henry

Service Number TX1039 Death Date 6/01/1943

Place of Death New Guinea

Cause of Death Died from wounds

Burial Soputa War Cemetery

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Pte Daniels (24), son of Mr and Mrs W. Daniels, who has died of wounds on active service.- Pte Daniels enlisted in 1940 and served for two years in England and the Middle East. He returned to Daniels MH .JPG (51431 bytes)Australia in April, 1942, and had since been in New Guinea. Before his enlistment Pte Daniels was employed by the Hydro-Electric Commission at Waddamana. 

 

Photo courtesy Dennis Dwyer

Darcey Richard Joseph

Service Number 408172 Death Date 6/10/1944

Place of Death Manus Island

Cause of Death Flying Accident

Burial Rabaul Missing Memorial

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Tasmanian Airman Killed In Crash

Relatives of Flt-Lt R. J. Darcey have been notified that the plane he was flying crashed into the sea in the northern operational area where he was stationed. Extensive searches were made but no traces could be found. It is considered that Flt-Lt Darcey was killed in the crash.

Flt-Lt Darcey, who was a son of the late Senator Darcey, was an outstanding member of a famous RAAF Spitfire squadron in England commanded by Sq-Ldr Ratten, also of Hobart.

Flt-Lt Darcey saw considerable service in Europe. He recently returned to Australia as a reinforcement for a Spitfire squadrons.

In 18 months in England he participated in 60 operational sweeps, including fighter sweeps over France and escorting bombers on daylight raids. Once he was the sole survivor of an attack on a flak-ship.

The Mercury 11 Oct 1944

Darling Edmund William

Service Number TX2733 Death Date 24/06/1944

Place of Death At sea near Nagasaki

Cause of Death Drowned

Burial

Died While Prisoner of Japs

Advice has been received by Mr G. C. Darling, of Warwick St, Hobart, of the death of his brother, Pte Edmund William Darling.

Pte Darling died while a prisoner of war- on June 24, 1944, as a result of the torpedoing of a Japanese transport near Nagasaki.

He was a son of the late George and Julia Darling.

The Mercury 15 Nov 1945

See Tamahoko Maru

 

Davern Owen William John

Service Number 5312 Death Date 21/05/1945

Place of Death Borneo

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial Labuan War Cemetery

Davern Owen.jpg (3843 bytes)Born 26 June 1912 Glen Huon Tasmania to Phillip and Amy Caroline Davern (nee Voss) was killed when Liberator A72-177 crashed in North Borneo 

DAVERN.-Flt-Sgt Davern, Owen William John, RAAF, killed in action N-W Pacific, May 21, 1945, beloved son of Phillip and the late Amy Davern, and brother of Bernard (RAN), Nina (Mrs MacMillan),  and Iris (Mrs Lazenby, Melbourne).

The Mercury 30 May 1945

Davey Bert Leonard

Service Number TX1521 Death Date 5/08/1940

Place of Death Australia

Cause of Death Died from illness

Burial Cornelian Bay

Davey Bertie Lenard.jpg (122819 bytes)Born 25th April 1907 English Town Tasmania to George and Martha Jane Davey (nee Colgrave and married to Rene Olive Davey (nee Page) of Longford. 

 

Photo taken by Linda McKenzie

He was a gunner with the 2/8 Field Regiment RAA when he died of illness on the 5th August 1940. 

He was buried at Cornelian Bay Cemetery on the 7th Aug 1940 

Death of Tasmanian Gunner Reported

MELBOURNE, Thursday.-A Tasmanian casualty list issued today reports that Gunner B. L. Davey, artillary, has died of illness while on service in Australia

The Mercury 23 Aug 1940

Davey Cyril Douglas

Service Number TX3384 Death Date 21/02/1941

Place of Death Australia

Cause of Death Accidental drowning

Burial Carr Villa Launceston

SOLDIER DROWNED

Son of Bridgenorth Residents

Advice was received on Saturday by Mr. and Mrs G C Davey, of Forresters Hill, Bridgenorth, that their son, L -Cpl Cyril Douglas Davey, of the AIF, had been accidentally drowned in the Hume Weir, near the Bonegilla military camp,

L -Cpl. Davey returned to the camp last Tuesday, after having spent the week-end with his parents He has four brothers and three sisters He will be given a military funeral at Launceston tomorrow afternoon

The Mercury 24 Feb 1941

 

Davidson Edward James

Service Number T20700 Death Date 1/08/1942

Place of Death Tasmania

Cause of Death Gunshot wound

Burial Carr Villa Launceston

SOLDIER DIES

Fatally Wounded At Camp

Gnr Edward James Davidson (19) was wounded at a military camp in Tasmania on Saturday morning, and died on his way to hospital.

The bullet, believed to have been discharged when another member of the camp grounded a rifle, entered Davidson's head near the left eye.

The death was reported to the Coroner (Col. Clark), who opened an inquest, which, after evidence of identification had been given, was adjourned to a date to be fixed.

The Mercury 3 Aug 1942

Davidson George Connolly

Service Number TX2885 Death Date 13/09/1944

Place of Death Phillipines on board Rakuyo Maru

Cause of Death Presumed dead

Burial

See Rakuyo Maru

Davidson Hector Archibald

Service Number TX2147 Death Date 24/07/1943

Place of Death Hintock Camp Thailand

Cause of Death Cholera

Burial Kanburi War Cemetery

Born Quoiba Tasmania to Hector Albert Wilson and Freda Francesca Davidson he was an orchardist when he enlisted in the AIF and was posted to 2/29 Battalion  

Lieutenant Davidson was a POW at Hintok Camp Thailand where he contracted cholera and died on the 24th July 1942

Davies Alfred Angus

Service Number 23176 Death Date 1/03/1942

Place of Death HMAS Perth (Confirmed POW

Cause of Death Dysentery

Burial Thanbyuzayat War Cem

BBorn 23rd May 1922 Gladstone Tasmania to Angus Alfred and Winifred Kathleen Davies he enlisted in Launceston 9th May 1939 and was a signalman on board HMAS Perth when she was sunk in the battle of Sunda Strait.   

   He survived the sinking but was taken as a prisoner of war to Thailand where he died of Dysentery 5th August 1943 at Retpu Camp which was about 30 km from the Burma border. 

   He is commemorated at the Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery.

 

Davies Raymond Elwin

Service Number TX32 Death Date 22/11/1942

Place of Death New Guinea

Cause of Death Died from illness

Burial Bomana War Cemetery

Born 1st Dec 1918 21 Hill St Hobart to Sarah Kate Pearce and brought up by Ernest and Florence Davies of Hobart he was attached to the 2/31 Battalion serving in New Guinea when he died of illness.

DAVIES, Lance Corporal, RAYMOND ELWIN, TX32. A.LF. 2/31 Bn. Australian Infantry. 22nd November 1942. Age 23. Son of Ernest D. Davies and Florence M. Davies, of Hobart, Tasmania; nephew of Sarah Kate Pearce, of Cambridge, Tasmania. A6. D. 9.

Davis Albert Edward

Service Number 88842 Death Date 25/02/1945

Place of Death Melbourne

Cause of Death died of injuries

Burial Cremated Springvale Cemetery

davis, albert edward.jpg (23022 bytes)L.A.C. A. E. DAVIS, BURNIE

The death occurred on Sundav in the Heidelberg Military Hospital (Vic.) of L.A.C. Albert Edward Davis, at the age of 45. The late Mr Davis was formerly a transport officer stationed at the Burnie Police Office. Subsequently he was for some months National Service Officer at Burnie, and later he enlisted in the R.A.A.F. He had been seriously ill for six months. About four months ago his wife and young family left Burnie to reside on the mainland to be near him. He was respected for the capable manner in which he performed his official duties, and had a wide circle of friends.

Advocate Burnie 28 Feb 1945

DAVIS-On February 25, at Heidelberg Military Hospital, Vic., L.A.C. Albert Edward Davis, dearly loved husband of Ruby and loving son of Mrs. M. Davis, View Road, Burnie, and brother of Mrs. D. Beaumont, Cooee, and Mrs. H. Macnamara, Vic.; aged 45 years.

Davis Allan Neamiah

Service Number TX2958 Death Date 24/6/1944

Place of Death At sea (South West Pacific Area)

Cause of Death Presumed

Burial

Death Notified

Mrs A. N. Davis, of Melton Mowbray, Has received official notification that her husband; TX2958 Pte A. N. Davis, lost his life as a result of the sinking of a Japanese transport. Before his enlistment Pte Davis was a member of the Brighton Rifle Club.

The Mercury 13 Nov 1945

Davidson George Connolly

Service Number TX2958 Death Date 24/06/1944

Place of Death At sea near Nagasaki

Cause of Death Drowned

Burial

Davis Geoffrey Herbert

Service Number 89474 Death Date 9/10/1947

Place of Death Laverton

Cause of Death died of injuries

Burial Springvale War Cemetery

davis, geoffrey.jpg (22005 bytes)DAVIS. - On October 9, 1947, at Laverton, Victoria, Geoffrey Herbert (Jimmie), RAAF, late RAN, loved eldest son of G. C. Davis and the late Mrs Davis, Belle Vue, Sorell, in his 21st years. Interment Melbourne, Saturday, October 11.

 

Davis John Cyril

Service Number 23763 Death Date 20/11/1945

Place of Death HMAS Huon 

Cause of Death motor cycle accident

Burial Launceston War Cemetery

davis, john cyril22.jpg (53295 bytes)Rating Killed In Motorcycle Crash

John Cyril Davis, a naval rating attached to HMAS Huon, was killed yesterday when the motorcycle he was riding along Domain Rd. crashed into a fence.

Davis, who lived at 202 George Town Rd., Launceston, was in Hobart to be discharged from the Navy.

An inquest was opened by the Coroner (Mr R. O. Harris), and, after evidence of identification had been given by Geoffrey William Burston, was adjourned to a date to be fixed.

The Mercury 21 Nov 1945 

Naval Rating's Death Accidental

A finding of accidental death was given at Hobart yesterday by the Coroner (Mr R. O. Harris) at an inquest into the death on Nov 20 of John Cyril Davis.

Davis, who was a naval rating attached to HMAS Huon, was killed when the motorcycle he was riding crashed into a guide post in Domain Rd.

Brian Melville Garratt said he saw Davis grab for his hat which blew off. Davis looked behind and the motorcycle shot across the road and struck a guide post.

The Mercury 28 Nov 1945

Davis Lawrence Arthur

Service Number 8905 Death Date 23/09/1944

Place of Death Germany

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial Runnymede (UK) Missing Memorial

Born 29 Aug 1917 Wilson St Burnie he was the son of Arthur Thomas and Amy Annie Eliza Davis (nee Ellis) 

Flt Sgt L.A. Davis was the Air Gunner on Lancaster LM 223 which was part of 463 squadron that took off from RAAF Waddington on the night of the 23 September 1944 to bomb the aqueduct over the Dortmund-Ems Canal. 

Nothing was heard from the aircraft after it took off and it did not return to base. 

After the war searches and enquiries were made but to date there has been no trace of the aircraft or its crew.

Davis Stanley Roy

Service Number 20732 Death Date 20/11/1941

Place of Death HMAS Sydney

Cause of Death Presumed Killed in Action

Burial

Leading Seaman Stanley Roy Davis, the son of Thomas and Ena Davis of Horsham Victoria was married and living at 209 Collins Street Hobart when he enlisted and was assigned to H.M.A.S Sydney.  

He was one of 645 crew members who lost their life on 19th November 1941.  Its sinking with all hands represents the greatest ever loss of life in an Australian warship.  Survivors from the “Kormoran” reported that HMAS Sydney was last seen, heavily on fire and down by the bows.  The Australian War Memorial houses the only trace of Sydney that was ever found, one of her liferafts, damaged by gunfire.  

One of the saddest stories about the sinking of the Sydney was that one of the last signals transmitted to HMAS Sydney was for Stanley Roy Davis and simply read “Son born, both well.  Cheers Rob”  

One can only hope he received it.

Davis Thomas Joseph Wm

Service Number TX369 Death Date

3/01/1943

Place of Death New Guinea

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial not buried

KILLED IN ACTION

Mrs. M. Davis, of Stanley, received advice on Friday that her only son, Cpl. Tom Davis, had been killed in action in New Guinea on January 3.

He enlisted at Stanley in November, 1939, and saw service in the Middle East. He was in Tobruk for 9 months during the siege. He returned home on leave in May, 1942, and transferred to the Pacific zone on rejoining his unit. Prior to enlisting the late Cpl. Davis served three years with the R.A.N. on H.M.A.S. Sydney.

Advocate Burnie 19 Jan 1943

Davis William A Mathias

Service Number 408278 Death Date 30/05/1943

Place of Death North West Europe

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial Schaffen Com. Cem. Diest Belgium

Portrait of 408278 Flight Sergeant (Flt Sgt) William Arthur Mathias Davis RAAF, a pilot of 218 Squadron RAF, of Launceston, Tas. Flt Sgt Davis was killed on 30 May 1943, along with all the crew, when the Stirling aircraft he was flying was shot down over the village of Schaffen Diest in Belgium by Lt Heinz-Wolfgang Schnauffer and his crew of one flying a Messerschmitt BF110 Night Fighter.

Dawson Lancelot Henry

Service Number TX4677 Death Date 24/06/1944

Place of Death At sea near Nagasaki

Cause of Death Drowned

Burial

See Tamahoko Maru

Dean David Erskine Ellis

Service Number 408307 Death Date 28/07/1943

Place of Death North West Europe

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial Runnymede (UK) Missing Memorial

Dean David Erskine.jpg (22678 bytes)Flt Sgt Dean was the mid upper gunner on Lancaster W4946 which took off on the night of 27 July 1943 to bomb Hamburg Germany.  Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take off and it did not return to base.

Following enquiries after the war it is believed the aircraft was shot down and crashed into the sea.

There were no survivors. 

Flt Sgt Dean is one of three crew members still missing and their names are commemorated on the Memorial to the Missing Runnymede Surrey England. 

MISSING AIRMAN

F-Sgt David Erskine Dean. RAAF, who was reported missing on July 28 after operations over Hamburg, and is now presumed dead. He is the only son of Mr and Mrs Ellis Dean of New Town, and is in his 21st year.

The Mercury 2 Feb 1944

Photo from the Mercury

Dean Geoffrey Reginald

Service Number 408057 Death Date 11/01/1941

Place of Death Altona Victoria

Cause of Death Ground Accident

Burial Cremated Springvale Cemetery

The following is taken from TASMANIANS AT WAR IN THE AIR 1939-1945 with the kind permission of Brian Winspear    

The Dean brothers lived just over the fence from Western Junction airport at Evandale for most of their lives.  With aircraft passing low over their house every day, it is understandable that they were both keen to join the R.A.A.F. as soon as hostilities broke out.   

Geoffrey was born 1919 and joined up as a pilot on an early course.  On a flying course at Pt. Cook, he was drowned while on leave with a party of airmen when their boat sank in Port Phillip Bay .  

His brother Raymond, born in 1929 completed his pilot’s course and was not happy when posted to Western Junction as an instructor. To compensate, he regularly engaged in wild ‘dog fights’ with other instructors in the Tiger Moths used at that time.  In February 1942 he tested his luck too far and collided with another aircraft over Cressy, crashing to his death.  

The third brother John was just eighteen when the war ended and still lives at Evandale.  

Dean Louis Charles

Service Number TX2902 Death Date

Place of Death 24/06/1944

Cause of Death At sea near Nagasaki

Burial Drowned

Born 1921 Hobart Tasmania the son of Thomas Edward and Alice Sarah Dean (nee Huxley) 

He was a prisoner of war and was taken on board the “Tamahoko Maru” which was transporting POW’s to work in the factories in Japan when, close to Japan, she exploded after being torpedoed by the US submarine USS Tang.  Of the 267 Australian POW’s on board only 72 survived.

 

See Tamahoko Maru

Dean Raymond Harry

Service Number 408038 Death Date 4/02/1942

Place of Death North Cressy Victoria

Cause of Death Flying Accident

Burial Carr Villa Cemetery

The following is taken from TASMANIANS AT WAR IN THE AIR 1939-1945 with the kind permission of Brian Winspear    

The Dean brothers lived just over the fence from Western Junction airport at Evandale for most of their lives.  With aircraft passing low over their house every day, it is understandable that they were both keen to join the R.A.A.F. as soon as hostilities broke out.   

Geoffrey was born 1919 and joined up as a pilot on an early course.  On a flying course at Pt. Cook, he was drowned while on leave with a party of airmen when their boat sank in Port Phillip Bay .  

His brother Raymond, born in 1929 completed his pilot’s course and was not happy when posted to Western Junction as an instructor. To compensate, he regularly engaged in wild ‘dog fights’ with other instructors in the Tiger Moths used at that time.  In February 1942 he tested his luck too far and collided with another aircraft over Cressy, crashing to his death.  

The third brother John was just eighteen when the war ended and still lives at Evandale.  

Deane Frederick Albert

Service Number TX961 Death Date 5/09/1940

Place of Death Lopcombe England

Cause of Death Self inflicted wound

Burial Tidworth Cemetery Wiltshire

deane, frederick.jpg (49238 bytes)Born Launceston Tasmania to Frederick and Annie Dean he was a member of the 2/12 Battalion.  He was in Lopcombe England when he died from a self inflicted wound.

He was buried at Tidworth Cemetery, Wiltshire England.

 

Dechaineux Emile Frank V

Service Number Captain Death Date 21/10/1944

Place of Death HMAS Australia (hit by suicide plane)

Cause of Death Died of wounds

Burial At sea

Dechaineux Emile.jpg (55415 bytes)Date of birth: 03 October 1902
Place of birth: Lanceston, TAS
Date of death: 21 October 1944
Place of death: Leyte Gulf , Phillipines.
Emile Frank Verlaine Dechaineux
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Emile Dechaineux, born at Launceston in Tasmania on 3 October 1902, reached the pinnacle of his naval career when he was given command of the heavy cruiser HMAS Australia in 1944. Dechaineux's career began when he entered the Royal Australian Naval College at Jervis Bay , Federal Capital Territory , in 1916 at the age of 14. He graduated three years later and was promoted to midshipman in 1920.

Dechaineux travelled to England to undertake sea and shore training with the Royal Navy before returning to Australia in 1924. He served on HMAS Brisbane that year, was promoted to lieutenant, and in 1925 transferred to HMAS Melbourne , before returning to England in 1926. He qualified as a torpedo officer and naval air observer and returned to Australia , serving on several more ships and being promoted to lieutenant commander in September 1932. Three years later he was appointed Squadron Torpedo Officer in HMAS Canberra ; he was in that post when he married Mary Harbottle in 1936.

A third journey to England followed in 1937 when Dechaineux attended the Royal Navy Staff College ; he was promoted again, to commander, in June. He served in the British Admiralty's Tactical and Minesweeping divisions until April 1940 and made five trips to assist in the evacuation at Dunkirk as the commander of the destroyer HMS Vivacious. Dechaineux was then given command of HMS Eglinton, and operated on North Sea patrols. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross in 1941.

Dechaineux returned to Australia that year to become Director of Operations at Navy Office, Melbourne. In June 1943 he was given command of Task Force 74 with tactical control of a destroyer formation that included US naval vessels. In command of HMAS Warramunga, Dechaineux operated in Australian and New Guinean waters, assisting in amphibious landings around New Guinea and in the Admiralty Islands . He was promoted to captain on 31 December 1942.

On 9 March 1944 Dechaineux was given command of the flagship of Task Force 74, HMAS Australia . Under his command, Australia supported Allied landings at Hollandia in Dutch New Guinea and at the islands of Biak, Noemfoor, and Morotai; by October his command had taken him to the Philippines . On the 21st of that month Australia was supporting American landings at Leyte Gulf when she was struck in the foremast by a Japanese dive-bomber. The subsequent explosion and fire engulfed Australia 's bridge. Shrapnel disembowelled Dechaineux; he survived just a few hours and was buried at sea that night.

Dechaineux had been a highly regarded naval officer - winning promotions ahead of his contemporaries - and was expected to attain a senior command post. Subordinates considered him a decent man and fair captain quick to praise effort and initiative but not hesitant about punishing transgressions. The United States government posthumously appointed Dechaineux an Officer of the Legion of Merit and in 1990 the Australian government honoured him when it named a new Collins-class submarine the HMAS Dechaineux.  

Our thanks to the Australian War Memorial for permission to reproduce this article

http://www.awm.gov.au/people/157.asp

Deed Cyril Keith

Service Number 30953 Death Date 22/12/1944

Place of Death Holland

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial Oostelbeers, Holland

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Back row: L-R J.M. Ward (Bomb Aimer), M.C. Skarratt (Pilot),R.I. Stewart (Wireless Operator).
Front row: L-R C.K. Deed (rear gunner), G.F. Day (mid uppergunner), R.J. Dickie (Navigator).

Born 26th December 1918 Maryborough Victoria but was actually living at Devonport Tasmania when he enlisted and was posted to be 460 Squadron.

On the 22nd December 1944 Cyril Keith Deed was reargunner on a flight to Germany when it was intercepted by German nightfighters above the province of North Limburg when the aircraft was badly damaged so the pilot decided to turn back to his base in England .

They were above Oostelbeers when the aircraft exploded and crashed into the woods below.

All seven crew members were killedDeed Grave.jpg (32024 bytes)

 

L-R: G.E. Day, C.K. Deed R.J. Dickie, M.C. Skarratt T.C. Newman R.I. Stewart, J.M. Ward

Peter Dunn's " Australia @ War" web site at www.ozatwar.com

 

Delaney, Maxwell Raymond

Service Number 30523 Death Date 13/11/1944

Place of Death Atlantic

Cause of Death Flying Accident

Burial Runnymede (UK) Missing Memorial

Photo Courtesy Australian War Memorial

 

Sgt Maxwell Raymond Delaney (3rd from left kneeling) from Hobart, Tasmania (Wireless Operator Mechanic) killed 3 November 1944 in an accident over the Atlantic Ocean)

 

D'Emden, Ian Cameron

Service Number TX2641 Death Date 27/04/1941

Place of Death Greece

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial Kalamata Greece

Born Hobart Tasmania to Brian Lovett and Christina Cameron D’Emden he was living at 16 Bedford Street Hobart when he enlisted.  He was later sent to the Middle East and this is where he died .

Photo courtesy of Ian’s sister, Mary Boddam of Sandy Bay, Tasmania  

 

Denholm, Robert Alexander

Service Number 408363 Death Date 21/02/1945

Place of Death Italy

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial Padua War Cemetery

denholm, robert alexander.jpg (4938 bytes)The grave of 408363 Warrant Officer (WO) Robert Alexander Denholm, a member of No. 450 (Kittyhawk) Squadron RAAF, who was killed in an aerial operation at Corsara Rail Diversion in northern Italy on 21 February, 1945. RAAF Padre (Wing Commander) James Frederick McKay conducted the service for WO Denholm near Padua, Italy on 5 May, 1945. The Germans used part of WO Denholm's aircraft to make a cross for his grave. This cross is the original grave marker.  

The Mercury 5 June 1945

Member of the Forces

DENHOLM.-WO Denholm,. Robert Alexander (Bob). RAAF, killed in action at Casarsa, Northern Italy, on February 21, 1945, dearly loved husband of Betty, Sussex, England, and dearly loved younger son of  Peter and Una Denholm, Esplanade Bellerive, aged 22 years;

Dennis, Eldon Maurice

Service Number TX33 Death Date 1/01/1943

Place of Death New Guinea

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial Bomana War Cemetery

Son of Arthur Walter Dennis and Florrie Alberta Hallam  

Eldon MauriceDennis.jpg (27528 bytes)

Service Australian Army, Service Number TX33, Date of Birth 16 Mar 1918, Place of Birth Glenorchy, Tas, Date of Enlistment 20 Oct 1939, Locality on Enlistment Derwent Park Tas, Place of Enlistment Hobart Tas, Next of Kin Dennis A, Date of Death 1 Jan 1943, Rank Private, Posting on Death, 2/12 Australian Infantry Battalion, Roll of Honour Glenorchy Tas

Served Middle East and after leave in England was on his way home to Australia when they were diverted to New Guinea where Eldon was killed by Japanese sniper fire.  

FROM DEBT OF HONOUR REGISTER

In Memory of ELDON MAURICE DENNIS Private TX33

A.I.F. 2/12 Bn., Australian Infantry who died on Friday 1 January 1943 . Age 24

Additional Information: Son of Arthur Walter and Florrie Alberta Dennis, of Derwent Park , Tasmania .

Cemetery: PORT MORESBY (BOMANA) WAR CEMETERYPapua New Guinea

Grave or Reference Panel Number: C6. D. 1.

In Memory of Private ELDON MAURICE DENNIS

 Private DENNIS, Son of Arthur Walter and Florrie Alberta Dennis, of Derwent Park , Tasmania .

In a letter to his mother Pte Dennis wrote

Now In Palestine It's a wonderful place. We get plenty of fruit and milk. Trip from Syria to Palestine was very pretty. I feel it a bit cold after Syria. The heat there was terrible. Camel ticks, flies, etc. Was in the fighting there but came out O.K. pretty dirty, and with a good growth on my face. Had a letter from Padre Salter.

When I come home I’ll want plenty of steak and eggs!

Photo courtesy Dennis Dwyer

Dennis, James William

Service Number TX8386 Death Date 24/06/1944

Place of Death At sea near Nagasaki

Cause of Death Drowned

Burial

Born 4 Dec 1919 Perth Tasmania he enlisted in Hobart and was posted to the 2/40th Battalion. It was reported in The Mercury that Mr and Mrs Dennis had received advice that their son Pte James Dennis who was a prisoner of war is reported missing believed dead.

Unfortuntely he was one of the POW’s selected for transport to Japan to work in the factories there and was taken aboard the Tamahoko Maru which was sunk on the 24th June 1944. There were 267 Australians on board and only 73 survived.

See Tamahoko Maru

Devereaux, Wallace Owen

Service Number TP344 Death Date 19/10/1944

Place of Death 111 AGH Campbell Town

Cause of Death

Burial Cremated Cornelian Bay

Devereaux Wallace Owen.jpg (58620 bytes)Service comrades of Capt Wallace Owen Devereaux, who died at 111th AGH on Thursday followed the flag-draped coffin, borne on a gun carriage, to Cornelian Bay crematorium on Saturday. There was a large assemblage of officers I and NCOs, and an impressive parade of other ranks.

 

Photo courtesy Bruce Devereaux

The Military Commander (Col Boyle) was represented by Lt-Col A. P. O. White, the commander of the Hobart Fortress (Col D. Cameron) by Major F. L. George, and the RAAF by FIt-Lt A. E. Taylor. Lt-Col W. Ellis Cox represented the United Services Institute, Mr A. A. Orchard Clarence sub-branch of the RSL, and Mr T. Broughton the 6th Remount Squadron.

Pallbearers were Majors G. Davis and V. Geard, Capts W. Hodgson, B. F. Minchin, S. Vale, and W. Bowden. The coffin bearers were Ordnance NCOs.

Chief mourners were Messrs G. R. Devereaux (son), J. M Breaden (father in-law). Frank Devereaux and Leslie Devereaux (brothers), AC1 Ivan Dalwood (brother-in-law), and Mr Trevor Holliday (nephew). There were also present Messrs A. Dalwood, R. M. Clarke, A. Johnson. A. R. Mead, C. Weatherhead, A. Russell.

The service was conducted by the Rev A. E. Giles, padre at 111th AGH, who paid tribute to the high esteem in which Capt Devereaux was held by comrades of the First World and present wars, especially those of the 6th Australian Field Regiment, 6th Field Brigade, and 106th Howitzer Field Battery.

The Last Post was sounded by Cpl George.

Funeral arrangements were by the Army, under the direction of Lt J. G. Dunstan, in association with H. C. Millington and Co.

The Mercury 23 Oct 1944Devereaux Wallace O A.I F 2-1-E.jpg (239504 bytes)

Devlin, Donald Charles

Service Number  4280Death Date 24/01/1942

Place of Death Malaya

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial Singapore Missing Memorial

Born 9 Dec 1918 Zeehan Tasmania to Michael John and Rosetta May Devlin (nee Dolan)

Sgt Devlin was a wireless technician living in Preston Victoria when he enlisted in the RAAF. 

He lost his life in a flying battle in Malaya and is commemorated at the Singapore War Memorial.

Dick, Maxwell

Service Number TX5843 Death Date 25/08/1943

Place of Death POW Spnkrai Camp

Cause of Death Fractured skull 

Burial Thanbyuzayat War Cem

Member of the Forces.

DICK.-TX5843 M. Dick, fourth eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. A. S. Dick, of 28 Parker Street Devonport, and loving brother of Les (A.I.F.), Roy, Ellen, Vera, Ada, Frank (Returned A.I.F.), Ivan, Rex (A.I.F.), Kevin (M.N.), Trevor (M.N.), Billie and Algie, and beloved nephew of Mr. and Mrs B. Jackson, Montello. Died of injuries whilst P.O.W. in Malaya Camp, August 25, 1943. Aged 19 years R.I.P

Advocate Burnie 15 Sep 1945

Dickenson, Max Elwin

Service Number 408388 Death Date 7/06/1944

Place of Death English Channel, UK

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial Runnymede (UK) Missing Memorial

Dickenson Max Elwin.jpg (332883 bytes)Airman Missing

In an RAAF casualty list issued in Melbourne yesterday, Flt-Sgt E. M. Dickenson, of Granton, is posted missing in air operations overseas.

The Mercury 11 July 1944

Dickinson, Franklin Holt

Service Number TX2935 Death Date 9/07/1941

Place of Death Syria

Cause of Death Died from injuries

Burial Beyrouth British War Cemetery

TX2935 Driver (later Private (Pte)) Franklin Holt Dickinson, 7 Divisional Ammunition Column, of Claremont, Tas (originally Urugay, South America). A farmer prior enlistment from Hobart, Tas, on 17 July 1940. Pte Holt Dickinson died of injuries in Syria on 9 July 1941, aged 33. He is buried at the Beiruit War Cemetery. 

Died On Active Service

HOLT DICKINSON. - Franklin Holt Dickinson, second son of Mr. and Mrs. Holt Dickinson Bridgewater, was killed service. July 9.

The Mercury 24 July 1941

Dinon, Paul Vincent Peter

Service Number Bdr Death Date 1/07/1942

Place of Death At sea on board Montevideo Maru

Cause of Death Presumed dead

Burial

Bdr P. V. P. Dinon, son of Mr and Mrs Peter Dinon, Orford, who previously was reported missing is now believed to have died while a prisoner of war at Rabaul about June, 1942.

Direen, William Thomas

Service Number TX12427 Death Date 12/08/1945

Place of Death Stuart Highway N.T

Cause of Death Vehicle accident

Burial Alice Springs War Cemetery

DIREEN WILLIAM.jpg (190245 bytes)OBITUARY

SIG W. T. DIREEN, ROSEBERY

Sig William Thomas ( Mick ) Direen eldest son of Mrs Direen and the late Mr William Direen of Rosebery who was one of the most popular young men in the Rosebery district was accidentally killed in the Northern Territory on Sunday  The news of his death was received with profound regret at Rosebery where he was held in high esteem  for his upright character.  He was 32 years of age.  A few months ago he spent leave at Rosebery and was expected to be home on leave again in a few weeks.  His brother George is a member of the AIF and he leaves 2 brothers and 3 sisters.

Advocate Burnie 15 Aug 1945

Dixon, Archibald William

Service Number TX8040 Death Date 22/12/1943

Place of Death POW Changi Malaya

Cause of Death Cardiac beri beri

Burial Kranji War Cemetery

 

Spr A. W. Dixon, 2/10th Field Coy., husband of Mrs A. W. Dixon, 98 New Town Rd., Hobart; died of illness while prisoner at Singapore.

 

The Mercury 3 Oct 1945

Dobbie, Carl Bernard

Service Number 253506 Death Date 16/01/1944

Place of Death New Guinea

Cause of Death Ground Accident

Burial Lae War Cemetery

Flt-Lt Carl Bernard Dobbie, who lost his life as the result of an aircraft accident in New Guinea on Jan. 16. He was the son of Mrs Annie Dobbie, of Hobart, and the late Mr William Dobbie of Queenstown. Formerly he was employed by the Mt. Lyell Co., and later carried on a commercial life in Canada and in Australia. He leaves a wife, Mrs Ruby Dobbie, of Melbourne

The Mercury 29 January 1944 

Dobson, John Clarence

Service Number TX1173 Death Date 5/07/1943

Place of Death Traralgon 

Cause of Death Died from illness

Burial Sale War Cemetery

Born 10 July 1904 Penguin Tasmania to William Henry and Mabel Augusta Beatrice Dobson (nee Ling) 

Pte Dobson enlisted in the AIF (3 Salvage Unit) in 1940 and served throughout the Middle East. 

He was on leave when he entered hospital and passed away on the 5th July 1943 of a gall bladder complaint.

Dobson, Trevor Raymond

Service Number TX8299 Death Date 10/06/1945

Place of Death Sandakan Borneo POW

Cause of Death Died from illness

Burial

master imageTas. Paybook photograph, taken on enlistment, of TX8299 Private Trevor Raymond Dobson, 2/29th Battalion, Australian Infantry. He was one of over 2000 Allied prisoners of war (POW) held in the Sandakan POW camp in north Borneo, having been transferred there from Singapore as a part of B Force. The 1494 POW's that made up B Force, were transported from Changi on 7 July 1942 on board the tramp ship Ubi Maru, arriving in Sandakan Harbour on 18 July 1942. Private Dobson, aged 24, died as a prisoner of the Japanese on 10 June 1945. He is commemorated on the Labuan Memorial Panel 16. (Photograph copied from AWM232, items 4 and 5. Personal information from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Database.)

Docker, William Arnold

Service Number TX14441 Death Date 17/12/1944

Place of Death Ralphs Bay (body not recovered)

Cause of Death Drowned

Burial

Soldier Drowned At Ralphs Bay

Dvr William Docker, soldier, stationed at Brighton, was drowned when a dinghy overturned off Gellibrands Pt., Ralphs Bay at 6 pm yesterday.

The accident occurred when four men, members of a boating party, were returning to a launch after having been ashore.

Among those in the party were Bernard James Baade, of 10 Sunderland St. Moonah Keith Noel Prior, of 104 Hopkins St.  Henry George Newland, of Strickland Ave.; and Douglas Elliot of ll Florence St. Moonah.

They told Sgt Edwards of the Wharf Police, that with Docker, they left New Town Bay at 9.30 am on a pleasure trip in a launch to Ralphs Bay.

The party went ashore, and at 6 pm Baade, Newland, Elliot, and Docker returned from the shore in a dinghy. The launch was about 120ft. from the shore. The dinghy swamped and overturned, and there was a heavy sea running. Neither Docker nor Newland could swim. Baade said that when he went to Docker's assistance Docker caught him and pulled him under. Had he not let go both would have been drowned Prior, who was on the launch, threw Baade a rope and he was able to get on board. Newland was also thrown a rope, and with the help of Elliot, was dragged on to the launch.

Prior then went to the help of Docker, who was clinging to the upturned dinghy. Docker caught him and dragged him under two or three times. Prior said that he had to let go or be drowned. Docker then sank. It is expected the police will begin dragging today.

The Mercury 18 Dec 1944

Dolliver, Thomas Henry

Service Number TX4200 Death Date 5/04/1942

Place of Death Timor

Cause of Death Died of illness

Burial Galala War Cemetery

 

Pte T. H. Dolliver, son, of Mrs C.J. Dolliver, 5 Denison St., South Hobart, died of illness while a prisoner of the Japs; he was taken in Timor, and notification was received through the Australian Legation in Chungking.

 

Dolan, Vernon George

Service Number TX2782 Death Date 6/10/1942

Place of Death Timor

Cause of Death Fractured skull 

Burial Batavia Pulu War Cemetery

Mrs V. G. Dolan, Kempton, has received advice that her husband, Pte Vernon George Dolan, died of illness in a Japanese prison camp.

Pte Dolan played football with the Tunnack club. He was aged 32 years and was a member of the 2/40th Battalion.  

DOLAN.-TX2782 Vernon George

died of illness , in prisoner-of-war camp in Japanese hands, dearly beloved husband of Molly Dolan daddy of Yvonne of Kempton third son of the late George Ambrose and Annie Dolan, of Tunnack, and loving brother of Oscar (Claremont), Mervyn, Catherine (Mrs Webster), Corrie (Mrs O'Conor), Myra (Mrs Lane), all of Tunnack, Dulcie (Mrs Barrenger, St Leonards), and Leo (White Hills) Requiescat in pace..

The Mercury 9th Oct 1945

Domeney, Rowland Ernest

Service Number TX4408 Death Date 1/07/1942

Place of Death On board Montevideo Maru

Cause of Death Presumed dead

Burial

Mrs E. Domeney, of Montrose, and formerly of Flowerpot, has been notified that her son, Cpl R E. (Gus) Domeney, of Rabaul Fortress Co., RAE, previously reported a prisoner at Rabaul, is now reported missing believed lost at sea about July, 1942

Donald, Ernest James

Service Number TX1223 Death Date 5/02/1944

Place of Death Australia

Cause of Death Died from injuries

Burial Atherton War Cemetery

Born 10 May 1917 at Westbury Tasmania the son of Arthur Norman and Florence Evelyn Donald (nee Harris) Pte Donald was a labourer before he enlisted in the A.I.F

Mrs E. F. Donald Carrick has been advised of the death of her son, Sig E. Donald, at No.2 AGH.

 Sig Donald served with the AIF in Greece, Crete, and the Libyan campaign, and was home on short leave before he was to be sent to New Guinea.

The Mercury 17 Feb 1944

Donovan, George Arthur

Service Number T245047 Death Date 25/01/1945

Place of Death 111 AGH Campbell Town

Cause of Death Neoplasma of lungs

Burial Cornelian Bay Cemetery

Members of the Forces

DONOVAN. -On October 25, 1945, at 111 AGH, Campbell Town, T245047 Spr George Arthur, beloved husband of Lily Mary Donovan, of 208 Warwick St., Hobart, and loving father of George A.

Photo taken by Kay Newman

 (MF), Alfred (US Army), Arthur (Dan), returned, Kenneth (returned), Noel (paratroop), Douglas (RAN), Beverley, and Angela, aged 56 years.  Requiescat in pace.

The Mercury 26 Oct 1945

 

Dowling, Frank Bartley

Service Number TX5080 Death Date 9/09/1943

Place of Death Chungkai Thailand

Cause of Death Died of diease

Burial Kanburi War Cemetery

DOWLING. - On September 9, 1943, Pte Frank Bartley (Bill), TX50S0, 2/40th Battalion, AIF, died of illness while prisoner of war in Thailand, dearly loved second son of Mr and Mrs Frank Dowling, Verwood, Ross, in his 29th year.

The Mercury 3 Aug 1945

Ross Soldier's Death in Thailand

Mr and Mrs Francis Dowling, Verwood, Ross, have received advice of the death of their son, Pte Frank Bartley ("Bill") Dowling on Sept. 9, 1943, while a prisoner of war in Thailand. Pte Dowling, who was in his 29th year, was born at Trefusis, Ross, and was educated at the Launceston Church Grammar School.

He later assisted in the management of his father's properties before purchasing the well-known property, Horton, at Ross, where he resided before enlisting in 1940 in the 2nd/ 8th Field Regiment. Pte Dowling sailed with the 2nd/40th Bnttalion and was taken prisoner at Timor. He was a member of the Midland Hunt Club

Pte Dowling was engaged to be married to Miss Kathteen Stephens, WRAN, younger daughter of Dr and Mrs H. Z. Stephens, Westbury. Their marriage was arranged to take place during his final leave, which was not granted at the last moment.

The Mercury 7 Aug 1945

Drew, Bernard Charles

Service Number TX4808 Death Date 26/07/1943

Place of Death Thailand Tamarkan

Cause of Death Beri Beri Dysentery

Burial Kanburi War Cemetery

Born 15 Oct 1917 Tea Tree Tasmania to Alexander William John and Florence Mirian Drew (nee Hardwicke)Pte Drew was a labourer before he enlisted in the 2/40 Australian Infantry Battalion. 

The Mercury 7th June 1945

DREW-Pte Bernard Charles, died whilst a prisoner of war in Thailand on July 26, 1943, in his 26th year, dearly beloved son of Alexander and Florence Drew and grandson of the late George Hardwick. Tea Tree (AIF).

Drummond, Alfred Neil

Service Number  TX2211Death Date 30/06/1945

Place of Death Sumatra near Pakan

Cause of Death Beri Beri

Burial Medan Sumatra British

DRUMMOND. - TX2211 Pte A. N Drummond, 2/40th Battalion, second son of the late Donald and Harrlet Isobell Drummond, of 11 Tower Rd. and beloved brother of Donald W Drummond, of 227 Main Rd.; died while a prisoner of war at Sumatra June 30, 1945.

The Mercury 9 Oct 1945

Duckett, Sidney Thomas

Service Number TX215 Death Date 2/01/1943

Place of Death New Guinea

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial Bomana War Cemetery

KILLED IN ACTION

Pte. Sydney Duckett, of Montumana, hass been reported killed in action in New Guinea. He served in England and the Middle East for about two years before returning to Australia last April. He was then sent to Northern Australia and later to New Guinea. His widowed mother has four other sons in the forces in different theatres of war.

Advocate Burnie 29 Jan 1943

Photo courtesy Dennis Dwyer

Dudfield, Alfred Edward

Service Number TX8276 Death Date 17/10/1943

Place of Death Malaya

Cause of Death Colitis

Burial Thanbyuzayat War Cem

Born 21 Jan 1917 Forth Tasmania to Ambrose and Florence May Dudfield (nee Onions) and working as a railway porter when he enlisted. 

He was a member of Pond’s (Commanding Officer of 2/29 Battalion) Party, a smaller element of “F” Force.  This was a party of 712 POW’s who possibly had a harder time than all groups on the Burma Railway line. He died in the Thanbaya Hospital Camp Burma from dysentery and colitis  

DUDFIELD.-TX8276 Pte A. E. Dudfield died whilst P.O.W. in Malaya, October 17, 1943. Loving son of Mr. and Mrs. Ambrose Dudfield, Forth, and loved brother of Herb., Len, and Cliff., Myrtle (Mrs. L. Maxwell), Amy (Mrs. D. Howard), Jean (Mrs. K. Stutterd), Winnie (Mrs. J. Morse), Stella (Mrs. R. Howard), Joyce (Mrs. C. Nicholls), Rita (Mrs. L. Kerslake), in his 27th year. Ever remembered.

 

Duggan, Bernard Leo

Service Number 63239 Death Date 5/03/1944

Place of Death New Guinea

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial Bomana War Cemetery

duggan, bernard.jpg (318476 bytes)Born 5th August 1913 264 Harrington Street North Hobart to John Edward and Maud Gertrude Duggan (nee Plummer)

Cpl Duggan was the cameraman on board Beaufort A9-480 which took off from Vivigani Airfield on Goodenough Island on the 5th March 1944 and had only travelled two miles when it crashed for no apparent reason killing all five on board.

It was a night take off flying into haze and it was later thought the pilot had become disorientated.

Duggan, Maxwell George

Service Number 5022 Death Date 4/06/1943

Place of Death Hobart Tasmania

Cause of Death died of injuries

Burial Cornelian Bay War Cemetery

Born 12 Mar 1917 at 364 Murray St Hobart the son of Lewis Montreal and Helen Mary Duggan he was a fitter before enlisting in the RAAF 

Was a member of 455 squadron, repatriated back to Australia from overseas and admitted to the Heidelberg Hospital.  He was on leave in Tasmania when he took ill and died at the 41st Camp Hospital, Hobart. 

Photo taken by Kay Newman

DIED OF WOUNDS

LAC Maxwell George Duggan, RAAF, who after years of service, died at Hobart of wounds received while on active service abroad. He was the son of Mr and Mrs Lewis Duggan, Lindisfarne, and his wife (formerly Miss Nancye Free, of Rokeby) lives in Hobart.

The Mercury 7 June 1943

Duncanson, Leonard

Service Number 359752 Death Date 20/05/1945

Place of Death Darwin area

Cause of Death Flying Accident

Burial Adelaide River War Cemetery

duncanson leonard.jpg (143352 bytes)Born 26th August 1920 at Zeehan Tasmania to James and Bessie Duncanson and was living Brunswick Victoria when he enlisted.

He was a sergeant with 12th Squadron when taking off on a mission to Balikpapan the aircraft crashed just after becoming airborne.  The aircraft was destroyed by its depth charges exploding killing all crew members.

Also on board was Thomas Nathan Rust of Wynyard Tasmania .

Dunn, Claude Leslie

Service Number H1515 Death Date 4/03/1942

Place of Death HMAS Yarra (missing loss of ship)

Cause of Death Presumed dead

Burial

Born 26 Sep 1922 Derby Tasmania he enlisted in the navy 17 Feb 1941and was attached to HMAS Yarra the Royal Australian Navy sloop which was sunk by a Japanese cruiser squadron in a gallant but hopeless defence of her convoy in the Indian Ocean on 4 March 1942. A total of 138 of her company were lost out of 151 officers and men including her commanding officer, Lieutenant Commander Robert Rankin.

 

Dutneall, Ralph Alan

Service Number 418083 Death Date 27/07/1944

Place of Death France

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial Banneville-la-Campagne War Cem

dutneall2.jpg (6855 bytes)Informal outdoor portrait of pilots from No. 453 (Spitfire) Squadron RAAF using a spare belly tank as a resting place outside their tent at Beach-Head Airstrip, an advance landing ground, B.11, from where they operated over the Normandy battlefield. Identified from left to right: 425139 Flight Sergeant (Flt Sgt) Allan William Dowding from Goondiwindi, Queensland; 412513 Warrant Officer (WO) Allan Harold John Harris from Yenda, NSW (killed on flying operations over France on 27 July 1944); 418083 Flt Sgt Ralph Alan Dutneall from Hawthorn East, Victoria (killed on flying operations over France on 27 July 1944); and 409367 WO Hector Deeble Aldred from Bentleigh, Victoria (later Flying Officer).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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