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Tasmanian World War 11 Casualties

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Eagling, Cyril Herbert

Service Number TX3637 Death Date 24/06/1944

Place of Death At sea near Nagasaki

Cause of Death Drowned

Burial

Born 31st Aug 1915 Beulah Tasmania to Herbert William and Alma Ethel Eagling (nee Miles) 

He was a prisoner of war on board the “Tamahoko Maru” which was transporting prisoners to Japan.  One of the Japanese ships in the convoy with Prisoners of War on board, exploded after being torpedoed by the US submarine “USS Tang”

The “Tamahoko Maru” which was closest to the torpedoed vessel was almost blown apart and water poured in through a hole in her side.  There were 80 men sleeping on top of the main hatch cover and not one of them survived.  

Hundreds of prisoners jumped into the sea as the “Tamahoko Maru” started to sink.  Some were later picked up by a Japanese whale chaser.  

The final count was that 560 POW’s had died

The Burnie Advocate 15 Nov 1945

EAGLING-June 24, 1014, TX3037 Pte Cyril TL Eagling 2/40 A.Î.F., died while P.O.W. result torpedoed Japanese transport near Nagasaki. Beloved son of Mr. and Mrs. H. Eagling, Myalla, loving brother of Eunice (Mrs. Harris) Daphne (Mrs. Lockett), Gracie (Mrs. Lockctt). and Keith, aged 28 years.

See TAMAHOKO MARU

Eastall, Ernest Lochlan

Service Number 88705 Death Date 11/09/1945

Place of Death Milne Bay

Cause of Death Flying Accident

Burial Port Moresby Missing Memorial

Born 21 May 1909 Ulverstone Tasmania to Ernest and Maud Eastall (nee Stalker)

Corporal Eastall served with the RAAF 7 Transport & Movement Office Madang and was on board Douglas C-47A-30-DK which was travelling from Gurney to Dobodura airfield in Papua and New Guinea when it flew into a tropical storm.  The pilot reported that he was returning to base but nothing further was heard and it failed to return. 

The aircraft apparently crashed into the sea as there was found to be oil, life jackets etc floating on the surface at Milne Bay.

The 3 crewmen and 19 passengers on board including Corporal Eastall all lost their lives in this incident.

Eaton, Darrell Oliver

Service Number TX8021 Death Date 14/09/1943

Place of Death New Guinea

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial Lae War Cemetery

The Mercury 9th Oct 1943

EATON.-TX8021 Pte Darrell Oliver Eaton, dearly loved youngest son of Edward and Frances Eaton, of Claremont, and much loved brother of Gladys (Mrs Paul). Roy (RAAF). George (AIF), Eric (AIF), Ronald (AIF), killed in action on September 14, 1943, in New Guinea. - Loved by all who knew him.

 

Eaves, Sydney Roy

Service Number T255493 Death Date 14/11/1945

Place of Death Camp Q Staff Brighton

Cause of Death Coronory occlusion

Burial Cremated Cornelian Bay

Born 24 Dec 1892 at Geeveston Tasmania the son of Edward Eaves and Elizabeth Thurley and was working as a  labourer prior to enlistment, Pte Eaves embarked with the 18th Reinforcements from Sydney on HMAT Suevic on 11 November 1916. After being wounded on the Western Front he returned to Australia in 1919. Following the First World War, Eaves became an orchardist. On 20 November 1939 he enlisted in the Second AIF. Whilst serving with the Australian Army Service Corps, Camp Q Staff, Brighton, Tas, T255493 Pte (Driver) Eaves suffered a heart attack and died on 14 November 1945, aged 50.  

He was cremated at Cornelian Bay Cemetery 15 Nov 1945 

The Mercury 15 Nov 1945

EAVES.-On November- 14, 1945 suddenly, at Brighton Camp Hospital, T255493 Dvr Si dney Roy Eaves, S and T, dearly beloved husband of Selina G. T. Eaves, and loving father of Nancie Max. Leslie, Gwenda, and Bruce of 2 Macquarie St., late of Surges Bay.

Photo courtesy Australian War Memorial

Eddington, Norman Ernest

Service Number TX4320 Death Date 1/10/1945

Place of Death Balikpapan Borneo

Cause of Death Nephritis, Anaemia

Burial Sandakan War Cemetery

The Mercury 3rd October 1945

EDDINGTON.-On October 1. 1945 at 2/12th Australian General Hospital, Morotai, TX4320 Dvr Norman Ernest Eddington, ex-prisoner of war,- the loved and loving eldest son of Mr and Mrs E. A. Eddington, El Ramo, Bagdad.

The Mercury 5 Oct 1945

Mr and Mrs E. A. Eddington, of Bagdad, have been notified that their son, Dvr Norman Eddington, who was a prisoner of war for 3 years, died at Morotai on Monday.

Educated at Hutchins School, Dvr Eddington was an outstanding athlete. Excelling at cricket and football, he was captain of the school for two seasons. .On leaving school he registered many good performances with bat and ball for the Bagdad Cricket Club, and was prominent in Country Week matches for the Brighton Association. He was a member of the Hutchins School Old Boys' Masonic lodge.

 

Edgecock, Frederick Stanley

Service Number H724

 Death Date 7/11/1941

Place of Death HV Nottingham (missing loss of ship)

Cause of Death Presumed dead

Burial

The Mercury 31 Jan 1942

LOST IN ARMED MERCHANTMAN

Hobart Boy's Death

Mr. and Mrs. T. H. Edgecock Battery Pt., Hobart, were advised yesterday that their youngest son, Able Seaman Fred Stanley Edgecock, who was previously reported missing, is now presumed to have been killed.

A.B. Edgecock had been a member of the R.A.N.V.R. for several years before the war and was called up immediately after the outbreak. He first saw service as gunner on the armed merchant ship Rabaul, which was sunk by a submarine en route to Australia on her second voyage. With other members of the crew he was taken prisoner, but was rescued by a British warship. After a time in England he was appointed to another armed merchant ship, which disappeared in October last.

A.B. Edgecock was born in Hobart, and at one time played soccer with South Hobart. - Mr. and Mrs. Edgecock have two other sons serving with the A.I.F. overseas.

Edwards, Eric

Service Number 21102  Death Date 4/03/1942

Place of Death HMAS Yarra (missing loss of ship)

Cause of Death Presumed dead

Burial

Born Smithton Tasmania to Edwin Harry and Maggie Florence Edwards Leading Steward Eric Edwards was serving on board HMAS Yarra the Royal Australian Navy sloop sunk by a Japanese cruiser squadron in a gallant but hopeless defence of her convoy in the Indian Ocean south of Java on 4th March 1942.

 

A total of 138 of her company were lost including her commanding officer, Lieutenant Commander Robert Rankin

Eiszele, Trevor John

Service Number TX8234 Death Date

Place of Death 18/09/1945

Cause of Death Missing overdue aircraft

Burial

Reproduced for the website of Peter Dunn

http://home.st.net.au/~dunn/ozcrashes/qld150.htm    At 6.00am on 18 September 1945, RAAF C-47 Dakota, A65-61, VH-CUT, of 38 Squadron RAAF, took off  from Wama Airfield on Moratai in New Guinea . It arrived at Mokmer airfield on Biak Island at 10.30am. The Dakota then took off in clear weather at 11.15am enroute to Townsville via Horn Island . Normal procedure for aircraft departing from Biak was to radio in 15 minutes after take-off and then again when they had reached their cruising height. A65-61 did not make its first 15 minutes radio call and totally disappeared along with its 28 occupants. No trace was found during searches in New Guinea . It was thought that it would not have reached the Australian mainland.

On 16 October 1968, an American Missionary, Jerry Reeder, was flying his aircraft across the Nassau Range in West Irian at 14,500 feet when he saw a flash of light below him. He flew down lower to discover the wreckage of a large silvery aircraft on the side of Mount Carstens . In mid 1970, Jerry Reeder returned with two American timbermen from the D.E. Lowe Corporation in a Bell Ranger helicopter and landed near the wreckage.

They were able to determine that it was a WW2 Dakota military aircraft. The camouflage had faded from the metal fuselage but they were able to find the letters "CUT" in faint yellow letters on the tail of the wrecked aircraft. They found many scattered human bones and a half-burnt women's shoe near the wreckage.

The Dakota had hit the side of the valley with one of its wingtips which then slewed the aircraft into the 3,000 feet high mountain side. It then fell to the valley below and caught fire. Although in a valley, it was located at a spot 13,500 feet above sea level. 

28 military personnel were killed in this crash:-

On 3 December 1970, the Australian military implemented Operation "Tropic Snow" to recover the remains of those killed in this tragic crash. Support aircraft that flew into Biak were three Hercules C-130's, two Iroquois, a Caribou and an Army Pilatus Porter.

After some delays due to bad weather, a RAAF Iroquois winched down two personnel to the crash site. They were winched out about 90 minutes later with the remains of the victims of this crash. The remains were taken to Port Moresby for identification.

From 'The (Newcastle) Herald'
Saturday 25 June 2005:

"At rest at last

Sixty years after they died in a World War II rescue mission, 29 Australians are to be laid to rest.
Defence Minister Robert Hill announced yesterday that the remains had been recovered of crew and patients on RAAF Dakota A65-61, which crashed in Papua New Guinea .
A military funeral is planned for later this year in PNG.
The RAAF was transferring wounded servicemen from Indonesia to Townsville when the plane crashed on September 18, 1945."

Eldershaw, David John

Service Number T24462 Death Date  15/01/1942

Place of Death Australia

Cause of Death Died from illness

Burial Cremated Cornelian Bay

Born Hobart Tasmania to John Roy and Dorothea Willis Eldershaw, Sapper Eldershaw was studying architecture when he enlisted in the AIF. 

The Mercury 16 Jan 1942

ELDERSHAW.-On January 15, 1942, at Vaucluse Hospital. David- John, beloved eldest son of John and Dorothea Eldershaw of 9 Tower Road, New Town, In his 19th year. T24462, 12th Field Co., R.A.E.

 

Eley, Arthur Alexander

Service Number TX5773 Death Date

6/08/1943

Place of Death Burma

Cause of Death Dysentery

Burial Kanburi War Cemetery

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Mrs A. M. Eley, of Karoola, has been advised that her second eldest son, Pte Alexander A. Eley, died in a prisoner of war camp in Burma on Aug. 6, 1943. Pte Eley was a member of the 2/29th Battalion, and was taken prisoner at Singapore.

The Mercury 4 Oct 1945

Elliott, George Oswell

Service Number TX1535  Death Date 1/04/1942

Place of Death South Australia

Cause of Death motor accident

Burial West Terrace Cemetery

 

Elphinstone, Sydney Claude

Service Number TX1059 Death Date 17/04/1941

Place of Death Middle East

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial Tobruk War Cemetery

Born 24th Aug 1918 Mount St. Burnie the son of Basil Anderson and Ethel May Elphinstone (nee Bramich) of Natone Tasmania

 

The Mercury Hobart 1 May 1941

Mr and Mrs Basil Elphinstone of Natone (near Burnie) were advised yesterday that their eldest son Pte Sidney Claude Elphinstone aged 22 years had been killed in action. Pte. Elphinstone resided at Natone until the time of his enlistment early in March, 1940. He was among the Australians who landed in Scotland last June and was afterwards transferred to the Middle East. He was a keen farmer. He was associated with the Natone football, cricket, and badminton teams

He is commemorated at the Wivenhoe General Cemetery and the Tobruk War Cemetery.

Elrick, Alexander Edward

Service Number 30954 Death Date 21/01/1943

Place of Death Bay of Biscay

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial Runnymede (UK) Missing Memorial

The Mercury 10 Sep 1943

 PRESUMED LOST

FLT RIGGER A. E ELRICK, RAAF Formerly of Hobart, who has been presumed lost as the result of air operations in the Bay of Biscay in January. He was previously reported missing. Flt-Rigger Elrick was the son of Mr R. T. Elrick, of Hobart, and the late Mrs Elrick.

He was employed by W. Coogan and Co. when he enlisted in the RAAF in 1941. He was attached to the 461Sunderland Flying Squadron in England at the time of his death. He was a prominent cyclist, and his Tasmanian record (29s.) for the junior flying quarter mile still stands. He was also a junior member of the Sandy Bay Rowing Club.

Elson, Arthur

Service Number TX13489 Death Date 11/06/1943

Place of Death Launceston Tasmania

Cause of Death Meningococcalimeningitis

Burial Launceston War Cemetery

 

Elwell, Arthur Joseph

Service Number 88183 Death Date 1/05/1943

Place of Death Ross Creek Queensland

Cause of Death Ground Accident

Burial Townsville New Cemetery

Born 7th Februry 1924 Cygnet Tasmania to William Donald and Alice Josephine Elwell, he enlisted in the RAAF and was attached to the 6th Medical Receiving Station. 

He died at Ross Creek in the ground accident and was buried in the Townsville War Cemetery.

 

Emmerton, Francis Joseph

Service Number TX14324 Death Date 8/06/1945

Place of Death Aitape New Guinea

Cause of Death Died of wounds

Burial Lae War Cemetery

Born 16 Feb 1924 Zeehan Tasmania to Francis Joseph and Rebecca Emmerton, he was working at Renison Bell as a Tableman in the Battery when he enlisted in the A.I.F. and was posted to the 2/6 Battalion

He died from wounds received at Aitape New Guinea and is commemorated in the Lae War Cemetery.

 

Emms Francis Bassett

Service Number 18984 Death Date 19/02/1942

Place of Death Darwin, Northern Territory

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial Plymouth Naval Memorial

emms.jpg (20718 bytes)Born 28 Nov 1909 4 Goderich St Launceston to Henry Joseph and Stella Marion Emms Leading Cook Emms was in the permanent RAN 

The Mercury 3 Sep 1942 

 POSTHUMOUS HONOUR

LEADING COOK F. B. EMMS who was mentioned in despatches after he was killed in action in gallant circumstances. He was manning a machine gun which was constantly attacked by waves of diving aircraft. Although seriously wounded, he continued to fire his gun till the enemy was beaten off. He collapsed and died shortly afterwards.

His action was described as a shining example of courage. Lcading Cook Emms was the son of Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Emms, of Hobart. His wife and daughter live in Sydney.

Emms, Herman John

Service Number TX5442 Death Date 21/02/1942

Place of Death Babaoe, Timor

Cause of Death Missing after attack

Burial

 

Enever, Arthur

Service Number TX4401 Death Date 22/01/1942

Place of Death Rabaul

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial Rabaul Cemetery

The Mercury 1 July 1942

KILLED IN ACTION

GNR ARTHUR ENEVER

Killed while on active service, was the only child of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Enever, of Hobart. He was aged 25.

 

Erp, Alex Roland

Service Number TX751 Death Date 12/10/1942

Place of Death New Guinea

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial Romana War Cemetery

The Mercury 19 Nov 1942 

ERP.-Killed in action in New Guinea, on October 12, 1942, Pte Alec Roland Erp, AIF, the dearly loved younger son of John F. and R. A. Erp and loving brother of John and Phyllis, Hobart, in his 22nd .year. Three years' service.            

Photo courtesy Dennis Dwyer

 

Evans, Sydney Kenneth

Service Number TX3879 Death Date 3/04/1945

Place of Death POW Malaya

Cause of Death Cardiac beri beri

Burial Kranji War Cemetery

The Mercury 9 Oct 1945

EVANS.-TX3S79 Pte Sidney K.Evans, died of illness while prisoner of war in Malaya, April 3, 1945, loving: husband of Dorothy, beloved fourth son of David and Annie Evans, Campbell Town, loving father of Judith, and son-in law of Mr and Mrs G. Maim, York Plains, aged 30 years,

 

 

Eyers, Victor Athol

Service Number H768 Death Date 14/05/1941

Place of Death MV Rabaul (ship sunk)

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial

VictorEyers250x202.jpg (49045 bytes)The Courier Mail 16 July 1941

AUSTRALIANS KILLED BY RAIDER'S SHELLS

LONDON, July 15. — Two Australians were killed and three wounded when the German raider Temesis fired six-inch guns at point blank range and sank the W. R. Carpenter liner Rabaul (5618 tons) two months ago. Some of the survivors of the attack have just reached England after spending several weeks on board three prison ships.

The third of these prison ships was sighted by British warships on June 24 and scuttled. The vessel was the Alstertor, the scuttling of which, with the release of the prisoners, was announced on June 28. The Australians' experiences were narrated by Apprentice Officer Irvine King, 19, of the Rabaul, whose home is at Vaucluse. Those killed in the attack on the Rabaul were: Apprentice-Officer William Gulliver, 21, of King's Cross; and Gunner Victor Eyers, 23, of Hobart. It is believed that 18 men from the raider's victims, who were too badly injured to be transferred to prison ships, are on board the Temesis still.

Liner Shelled

Apprentice-Officer King said that the Rabaul was in the South Atlantic, bound for the Middle East, on a cloudy night on May 14 when one of the crew sighted the raider Temesis, which poured in 6in. shells when the skipper refused to scuttle the Rabaul. The first salvo mortally wounded Eyers, who was manning the forward gun and hit the cook's galley, killing Gulliver, who was sheltering there. It killed four English members of the crew also. Twenty one shells struck the Rabaul, causing fires, which lit up a horrifying scene. 'We lay down in the alleyway, clad in pyjamas, thinking that death was near,' said King. 'Flames forced us to the deck, where Apprentice-Officer Bruce Wharton, of Sydney, was hit by shrapnel. After what seemed an eternity the shelling ceased. Burning oil covered the deck, and the Rabaul was listing so badly that I slithered into the scuppers, where I was burnt badly by acid from burst containers. 'We lowered a lifeboat in the blinding glare of the Temesis' searchlight The Temesis began to move, causing us to fear that we were goners, because our lifeboat was leaking and the water casks were holed. However, the Germans were manoeuvring to shelter us while they helped us aboard and lowered a launch to search for survivors. 'The Temesis was an 18-knot vessel of 8000 tons, and was equipped wonderfully. She had eight 6in. guns, many anti-aircraft guns, and a small seaplane, which was employed from daylight to dusk seeking victims.

Eyles, Douglas Arthur

Service Number TX4217 Death Date 1/06/1943

Place of Death Thailand 

Cause of Death Died from illness

Burial Thanbyuzayat War Cem

 

Born 19 Aug 1915 to Harold Tasman and Georginus Fredericka Eyles (nee Petersen) Pte Eyles was a Clerk when he enlisted in the AIF. 

He died from illness while he was a prisoner of war in Thailand.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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