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Gallagher, Tasman Leslie

Service Number TX4395 Death Date 22/01/1942

Place of Death Rabaul

Cause of Death Killed in action



Gunner Tasman Leslie Gallagher. R.A.A. only child of Mr. and Mrs. V. Gallagher, Hobart, who was killed in action on January 22. He was 22 years of age.

The Mercury 27 June 1942

GALLAGHER.-Killed in action, January 22, 1942, Gnr. Tasman Leslie Gallagher, R.A.A., in the 22nd year of his age. Dearly beloved only child of Victor and Florence Gallagher, of Hobart, late of Franklin. His duty nobly done.

The Mercury 27 June 1942

Gardam, Clifford William

Service Number 


 Death Date


Place of Death Malaya

Cause of Death cholera

Burial Kanburi War Cemetery

Was a Japanese POW and whilst working on the Thailand Burma railway contracted cholera and died.  He was 21 at the time of this death.

Photo by Linda McKenzie

Gardam, Dora Shirley

Service Number TFX2183 Death Date 4/04/1945

Place of Death POW Banka Island

Cause of Death Beri beri Malaria

Burial Batavia War Cemetery

Who was to die of Beri Beri and malaria whilst a prisoner of war after surviving the shipwreck of the “Vyner Brooke  

Of the original sixty-five nurses who boarded the Vyner Brooke in 1942, only twenty four reached Australian shores following the declaration of peace in the Pacific. Twelve were (believed) drowned at the time of the shipwreck, twenty-one were massacred on Radji beach and eight died as POWs in the camps  

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Gardiner, Colin Royce

Service NumberTX8324  Death Date 10/01/1943

Place of Death New Guinea

Cause of Death Died from wounds

Burial Bomana War Cemetery


Pte. C. R. (Kevin) Gardiner, who died of wounds on January 10, was the youngest son of Mr. N. and the late Mrs. Gardiner, late of Sprent. He attempted to join the A.l.F. when 16 years of ago, but was rejected by the authorities. He then joined the Garrison Battalion, and eventually was successful in gaining admission to the A.I.F. He was drafted to the New Guinea area, where he was fatally wounded. He was born at Sprent and resided with his parents for some years at Queens town, where his mother died. He returned to the Ulverstone district about eight years ago.

Advocate Burnie 23 Jan 1943

GARDINER, Private, COLIN ROYCE, TX8324. A.LF. 2/12 Bn. Australian Infantry. 10th January 1943. Age 20. Son of Norman John Russell Gardiner and Ila May Gardiner, of Ulverstone, Tasmania.

Gardiner, Leonard Gordon

Service Number TX5102 Death Date 24/06/1944

Place of Death At sea near Nagasaki

Cause of Death Drowned


See Tamahoko Maru

Garnett, Kenneth James E

Service Number Bdr Unit Death Date 1/07/1942

Place of Death On board Montevideo Maru

Cause of Death Drowned


GARNETT, Kenneth James Elliot, Bdr, TX4385. AIF L Hvy Bty, Royal Australian Artillery. 1 July 1942. Age 23 Son of Thomas James Garnett and Gladys Garnett of Bellerive, Tasmania.

Garrett, William John

Service Number TX5854 Death Date 24/06/1944

Place of Death At sea near Nagasaki

Cause of Death Drowned


See Tamahoko Maru

Gaskell John Malcolm

Service Number  Death Date 20/7/1943

Place of Death

Cause of Death


John Malcolm Gaskell was educated at Hampton and Melbourne High schools, graduated with the MBBS at Melbourne University and was on the staff of the Eye and Ear Hospital, Melbourne and also RMO with the Royal Hobart Hospital before being commissioned for the Navy in October, 1942.

On 20 July 1943, while at seawith the ships of Task Force 74, HOBART was struck by a torpedo fired by a Japanese submarine and suffered severe damage and some  casualties.

However the torpedo killed quite a number of the officers who were either in the Wardroom, or Warrant Officers ’ Mess, or in their cabins. Those killed were Lieutenant (E) Ellis, Mr. R. Brown, Warrant Engineer in charge of the After Fire and Repair Party, Mr. Calloby, Torpedo Gunner, Surgeon Lieutenant John Gaskell, USN Liaison Officer Lieutenant Slater, and the anti-submarine officer, Sub- Lieutenant Parkin. Paymaster Commander Johnnie Johnstone, and Mr. Tyrrell, Gunner, who were walking on the Quarterdeck, were also lost.  

Mrs M. Gaskell of Were St Brighton Beach, has been officially advised that her husband. Surgeon Lt John Malcolm Gaskell, RASH, 26 was killed in action on July 20. He was the only son of Mrs and the late Mr W. S. Gaskell of Beach Rd. Hampton.

Gatenby, David Welcome

Service Number TX1401 Death Date 24/04/1941

Place of Death Middle East

Cause of Death


Sig David Gatenby, son of Mrs O. Gatenby of Conara and the late Mr E. Gatenby of West Tamar, who, after having been missing in Greece since May, 1941, is presumed dead. Sig Gatenby married Miss June D'Emden, Hobart, and they had three sons and a daughter. His brothers are Thomas (Launceston), Ernest, and Albert(West Tamar), and sister, Rita (Mrs A.. J. Buchanan, Conara).

Before enlisting Sig Gatenby resided at West Tamar, and with a brother conducted a motor service between Deviot and Launceston. A long period of his boyhood was spent at Conara.

The Mercury 16 Oct 1945

Gatenby, Norman Roy

Service Number TX2123 Death Date


Place of Death Timor

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial Galala War Cemetery

Mr and Mrs N. G. Gatenby, Cressy House, have been advised that their second son, Lt N. R. Gatenby, was killed in action in Timor, on Feb. 22, 1942.

Lt Gatenby was educated at the Launceston Church Grammar School, and was prominent in school sports. Later he conducted the property Forest Vale. He joined the 22nd Light Horse Regiment in 1936, and was with the 2/40th Battalion when Timor fell.

The Mercury 4 Oct 1945

Geappen, James T Thorpe

Service Number 31289 Death Date 29/08/1942

Place of Death Milne Bay New Guinea

Cause of Death Ground Battle

Burial Port Moresby Missing Memorial

Born 9th Aug 1908 Mona St Hobart to James Herbert and Celia Maud Geappen (nee Thorpe) 

The Mercury 1 Oct 1942

Missing as a result of enemy action: LAC J. T. T. Geappen (St. Marys).


Geappen, Noel Sherrin

Service Number 408074 Death Date 16/02/1942

Place of Death Sumatra

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial Singapore Missing Memorial

The Mercury 2 May 1942

Mrs. N. S. Geappen, of West Ho- bart, has been advised that her hus- band, Sgt.Pilot Noel Sherrin Geappen. R.A.A.F is missing. He is   the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. J H. Geappen, Glenorchy.

The Mercury 13 November 1945

GEAPPEN.-In Sumatra on February 16 1942, Noel Sherrin Geappen (RAAF), husband of Jean V. Geappen, 10 William St. West Hobart.

Geason, Alan Joseph

Service Number TX3688 Death Date 24/06/1944

Place of Death At sea near Nagasaki

Cause of Death Drowned



Geason, Vincent Joseph

Service Number TX1002 Death Date 31/08/1942

Place of Death New Guinea Milne Bay

Cause of Death

Burial Bomana War Cemetery

GEASON.-In loving memory of my dear husband, Pte. Vin Geason. killed in action, Milne Bay, August 31. 1942.

When last we saw your smiling face You looked so bright and well, But little did we think that day would be our last farewell. We were not there at the hour of death to hear his last faint sigh.To whisper just one loving word Or even say good-bye.Inserted by his loving wife and children, Mary, Vin, Alf, John. Kevin, and Pat.

GEASON.-In loving memory of my dear son, Pte Vincent Joseph Geason, 12th Batt., AIF, killed in action at Milne Bay, August 31, 1942.The midnight stars are shining, dear Vin, on your grave. I cannot see: You nobly did your duty two years today.I was not there at the moment, dear Vin, To hear your last faint sigh, or just whisper one loving word .Before you passed away. Inserted by his loving mother, Sarah Geason

TO the memory of the following members of this unit who lost their lives under tragic circumstances August 17, 1943:-Capt Tansey, L. E., Capt Whitfeld. D. C., S-Sgt Harrison, L. H., Sgt Harrison, R. L. Sgt Fiske, ti G., Pte Osborne, I. G., Pte Walker, K.R.. Pte McLaine, D.

They shall grow not old, as we that areleft grow old:

Age shall not weary them, nor theyears condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning .

We will remember them. "

Inserted by staff of 2/7 Australian General Hospital.

The Mercury 31 August 1944

Geeves, Bruce Colin

Service Number 428016 Death Date 21/01/1945

Place of Death India

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial Maynamata War Cem, Pakistan

Born 17th March 1913 at Geeveston Tasmania but living in Zeehan when he enlisted.

Bruce Geeves died one week after the photo was taken in India in a flying battle 21st January 1945 and was buried Maynamata War Cemetery Pakistan .    

Dhubalia, Bengal , India . 13 January 1945. 428016 Flight Sergeant Bruce Geeves, RAAF of Zeehan, Tas, an air gunner in a Liberator bomber aircraft of No. 99 Squadron RAF checks over a ball turret before taking off for the record-breaking raid on Mandalay.


Gellie, Herbert Harry

Service Number RANVR Death Date 25/04/1944

Place of Death HMAS Huon (Campbell Town)

Cause of Death Died of illness

Burial Hobart War Cemetery

GELLIE.-On April 25, 1944, at 111th AGH, Senior Mate Herbert Harry Percy (Bert) Gellie (RANVR-NAP) dearly beloved husband of Edna Mary, and loved eldest son of Mr and Mrs H Gellie, of 39 Federal St., aged 30 years. Loved by all who knew him. Funeral notice in tomorrow's "Mercury."

The Mercury 26 Apr 1944

Gentleman, Cyril Thomas

Service Number TX11848 Death Date 5/07/1945

Place of Death Aitape New Guinea

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial Lae War Cemetery

Cyril Thomas Gentleman, Private TX11848 AIF 2/5 Battalion, Australian Infantry died 5th July 1945 Aged 22 and was the son of Thomas James and Eva Eveline Gentleman of Launceston Tasmania.

Gibbons, Alan

Service Number TX6401 Death Date 31/03/1945

Place of Death Royal Hobart Hospital

Cause of Death

Burial Cremated Cornelian Bay

Members of the Forces

GIBBONS.-On March 31, 1945 (suddenly), at Royal Hobart Hospital, . Capt Alan Gibbons (A1F, returned), youngest son of Mrs N. A. Gibbons, of 12 Rupert Ave., New Town,  and the late. Mr T. Gibbons, in the 31st-year of his age.

The Mercury 2 April 1945

Giblin Robert

Service Number  Death Date

Place of Death

Cause of Death


Born Hobart Tasmania to Ernest Robert and Lucy Ashton Giblin, he was married and working as a salesman on Flinders Island when he enlisted in the Army

OBITUARY Pte. R. Giblin

The funeral of Pte Robert Giblin, who was killed in the aeroplane disaster off Flinders Island, took place at the Whitemark cemetery on Sunday

The Rev. T. Cloudsdale officiated.  Pte. Giblin was given a military funeral. Mr. H. Haworth read the soldiers' ritual. Pall-bearers were Messrs. G. Gardner, J. L. Davie. J. Cooper, and T. Lee (members of the V.D.C.). Carriers were Lieut, F. Henwood, Cpl. G. Hammond, Ptes. J. Sheegog, L. Withers, J. Furguson, and L. Jackson.

The Mercury 3 June 1942


Gibson, Kenneth John

Service NumberTX10924  Death Date 25/04/1943

Place of Death

Cause of Death

Burial Springvale War Cemetery


Commando Training

MELBOURNE, Fri.-An inquest was held today by Mr Wade PM (Deputy Coroner) on the drowning of five soldiers during commando training manoeuvres on the half flooded Goulburn River on April 25. The victims included TX10924 Cpl Kenneth John Gibson (T). A finding of accident was recorded.

Capt N. T. Hiscock said the five men were members of a party of 24 which he was conducting in manoeuvres on the Goulburn River. The party in four wood and canvas assault boats came upon unexpected rapids round a bend in the river. When the first boat capsized the six occupants were thrown into the water, and only two were able to reach the river bank. Gibson was in another boat, and was swept away by the current when he attempted to wade ashore. The men were wearing webbing equipment, slung rifles, and heavy boots.

The Mercury 19 June 1943

Gifford, Stanley Houghton

Service Number RANVR Death Date 21/10/1941

Place of Death HMS Gladiolus (overdue ship)

Cause of Death Presumed dead


Born 18 Jan 1916 Pirie St New Town Tasmania to Vernon Stanley and Olive Giffard (nee Bucirde) Lt Gifford was married and working as a bank clerk when he enlisted in the RAN

Lt Gifford received mention in despatches for his skill against enemy submarines He was born in Hobart and was a bank clerk He was appointed to the RANVR in July 1940 and promoted to lieutenant a year later


Gilbert, Eric Kenneth

Service Number 408281 Death Date


Place of Death Werribee

Cause of Death Flying Accident

Burial Cornelian Bay Cemetery


R.A.A.F. Machine Crashes In Victoria  MELBOURNE, Sunday.

STAFF pilot and two Tasmanian R.A.A.F. trainees were killed on Friday when their aircraft struck a tree during low-level bombing practice, and dived into the ground. The crash occurred 10 miles north-east of Werribee, Victoria.  

L.A.C. Robert John Cranston (left) and L.A.C. Eric Kenneth Gilbert of Hobart, who were killed in an air training accident near Werribee (V.) on Friday.

The aircraft was destroyed. Those  killed were

Leading Aircraftman John Albert McKenzie (20), unmarried, of Minlaton, S.A. (pilot).

Leading Aircraftman Robert John Cranston (23), unmarried, of New Town (T.)..

Leading Aircraftman Eric Kenneth Gilbert (21), unmarried, of Moonah (T.).L.A.C. Eric Kenneth Gilbert was the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs: Fred Gilbert. He was formerly in the accounts branch of the Government Printing Office at Hobart. He joined the Militia at the age of 17 and transferred to the Royal Australian Air Force last year. He received his wings last Easter. He was well known in athletic circles in Hobart. He played "A" grade cricket for Glenorchy and was : member of the New Town Football Club's first eighteen. He was a prominent swimmer and as a member of the Cornelian Bay Club won the president's cup for a trans-Derwent swim from Lindisfarne to Cornelian Bay.

L.A.C. Robert John Cranston was   the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. George B. Cranston. He entered the Government Insurance Office   Hobart, on leaving the Hobart Technical School. Subsequently he was with the Northern Tyre Service in Cairns, Queensland. In Cairns he   captained cricket and football teams and served in the Militia for ll months. He returned to Hobart lo enlist in the R.A.A.F. and while awaiting call-up about nine months ago was assistant branch manager of the Goodyear Tyre and Rubber Co. (Australia) Ltd. He was a close friend of L.A.C. Gilbert, and like him, also, was a prominent swimmer with the Cornelian Bay Club. He played "A" grade tennis in Tasmania and "B" grade cricket. He and L.A.C. Gilbert enlisted in Hobart on the same day and had been together in the same training courses They received their wings at the same time.

A combined service in memory of the airmen will be held in St. David's Cathedral, Hobart, on Wednesday afternoon or Thursday morning. The remains will be taken to Tasmania.

THE MERCURY 11 May 1942

Gill, Malcolm Eric

Service Number TX3760 Death Date 14/09/1943

Place of Death Tarso Thailand

Cause of Death Dysentery, Black River Fever

Burial Kanburi War Cemetery

Born 31 Mar 1918 Somerset Tasmania to George William and Laura Gill (nee Summerfield) Pte Gill was an orchardist when he enlisted in 2/40 AIF. 

He was a prisoner of war and suffering from Black River fever and dysentery when he died 14 Sep 1943


Gill, Neil Stewart

Service Number 408123 Death Date


Place of Death Malaya

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial Singapore Missing Memorial

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

Neil, the son of the editor of “The Examiner” in Launceston joined the R.A.A.F in December 1940 on Initial Training Course 9, and after WAG training was posted to No. 36 Squadron at Singapore .  

Flying an Albacore torpedo bomber he was shot down while attacking the Japanese invasion fleet and killed in January 1942.


Gill, Reginald Thomas

Service Number 408367 Death Date 25/02/1944

Place of Death France

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial Choloy War Cemetery

Born 22 July 1918 1 Hillside Crescent Launceston to Thomas Henry and Violet May Gill (nee Innocent) 

Flt Sgt Gill lost his life in a battle over France serving with 61 squadron and is commemorated at the Choloy War Cemetery

Gill, Trevor Max

Service Number TX3614 Death Date 12/08/1943

Place of Death Kinsaike Thailand

Cause of Death Cholera, Beri Beri

Burial Kanburi War Cemetery

Born 20 Feb 1914 155 George St Launceston Tasmania George William and Laura Gill (nee Summerfield) L/Cpl Gill was, like his brother, an orchardist when he enlisted in the 2/40 AIF. 

He too was a prisoner of war and died a month before his brother of Cholera and Beri Beri at Kinsaike Thailand.

Gillam, Arnold Bruce

Service Number 408399 Death Date 12/03/1944

Place of Death New Guinea area

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial Bomana War Cemetery

GILLAM, Flight Sergeant, ARNOLD BRUCE, 408399. Royal Australian Air Force served with 9 Communication Unit LAE died 12th March 1944.Age 28. Son of Joseph and Alice May Gillam, of Whitmore, Tasmania.

Gilligan, Joseph Albert

Service NumberTX8174  Death Date 21/01/1943

Place of Death New Guinea

Cause of Death

Burial Bomana War Cemetery

TX8174 Private (Pte) Joseph Albert Gilligan 2/12 Battalion. Pte Gilligan enlisted in Hobart, Tasmania, on 2 December 1941. He died of wounds on 21 January 1943. He is buried in the Port Moresby (Bomana) War Cemetery.

The Mercury 1 Feb 1943

GILLIGAN.-Died of wounds, New Guinea, on January 21, 1943, Pte Joseph Albert, AIF, third beloved son of Fred and the late Josephine Gilligan, of Hobart In the 30th year of his age.

GILLIGAN.-On January 21, New Guinea, Joseph Albert, dearly loved fiance of Reita Taylor, of New Town.

Photo courtesy Dennis Dwyer

Gittus, Albert Leslie

Service Number TX37 Death Date 22/04/1941

Place of Death Middle East

Cause of Death



Members of the Forces

GITTUS.-In loving memory of our dear son and our brother, Albert Leslie, 2/12th Battalion, A.I.F., presumed to have lost his life in the battle of Greece. April 23 1941.

Just a line of sweet remembrance,

A memory fond and true.

As long as life and memory last

We will remember you.

Inserted by his loving parents, George and Ada Gittus, also brothers and sisters, ll Forster St.,New Town.

The Mercury 23 Apr 1952

Gleeson, Daniel Cornelius

Service NumberTX3659  Death Date 21/06/1943

Place of Death New Guinea

Cause of Death

Burial Lae War Cemetery

GLEESON, Private, DANIEL GEORGE CORNELIUS, TX3659. A.I.F. 2/6 Bn. Australian Infantry. 21st June 1943. Age 31. Son of Daniel James Gleeson and Ethel Hannah Margaret Gleeson, of Yolla, Tasmania. S. C. 10,

Godley, Colin Cortland

Service Number413370  Death Date 3/08/1943

Place of Death Germany

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial Becklingen Soltau Germany


Mr. and Mrs. W. Godley. of Kingsford, have been notified that their son. Flying-Officer Colin Cortland Godley. reported missing over Hamburg on August 3, is now presumed dead.

The Mercury 22 April 1944

Good, Keith Maxwell

Service Number TX8450  Death Date 5/05/1945

Place of Death Fukuoka Camp Japan

Cause of Death Carcinoma and Beri Beri

Burial Labuan War Cemetery

Born 1923 Penguin Tasmania to Arnold Walter and Annie Mary Good Pte Good was a prisoner of war and incarcerated Fukuoka No 13 Despatched Camp (Saganoseki)).

His cause of death is listed as ‘tumor of the liver’.  He is commemorated in the Labuan War Cemetery.


Goodluck, Leonard Clive

Service NumberTX5649  Death Date 20/01/1943

Place of Death New Guinea

Cause of Death

Burial Bomana War Cemetery

Goodluck Leonard Clive.jpg (18017 bytes)GOODLUCK, Private, Leonard Clive , TX5649. A.LF. 2/12 Bn. Australian Infantry. 20th January 1943. Age 33. Son of George and Minnie Goodluck, of Launceston, Tasmania.  Killed in Action Papua and New Guinea.


Photo courtesy Dennis Dwyer


In moving a motion of sympathy with the relatives of the late Private Len Goodluck, who was killed in action recently, the chairman (Superintendent L. F.Wells), at a meeting of the Fire Brigade, expressed regret at the loss of one of the brigade's most efficient members. Private Goodluck joined the brigade in 1938 and in the same year was a member of the competition team which went to Launceston. He also competed at Devonport in 1939 and at Burnie and Geelong in 1940. The motion was carried, those present standing in silence.

Advocate Burnie 14 Apr 1943.

Gorringe, Douglas Lowther

Service Number 408040 Death Date 8/10/1942

Place of Death New Guinea

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial Port Moresby Missing Memorial

Born 26 Oct 1919 Tea Tree Tasmania to Eric Lowther John and Sylvia Kathleen Gorringe (nee Barwick) Flying Officer Gorringe was killed in an air battle somewhere over New Guinea on the 8th October 1942

Goss, Gerald Bruce

Service NumberTX4490  Death Date 12/09/1944

Place of Death On board torpedoed Jap transport

Cause of Death


Born 12 Aug 1913 Burnie Tasmania to George Nicholas and Isabelle Sarah Goss (nee  Fish) Corporal Goss lost his life 12 Sep 1944 as the result of torpedoeing of a Japanese transport.

Goss, Leonard William

Service NumberTX731  Death Date 30/06/1942

Place of Death Australia

Cause of Death

Burial Toogoolawah Cemetery Qld

Born Sheffield Tasmania 2 Jan 1921 to Herbert Henry and Hazel Daphne Goss (nee Crack) Pte Goss was a farm laborer when he enlisted in the 2/12 AIF. 

He died in Australia from injuries received and is buried in the Toogoolawah Cemetery Queensland.

Goss Leslie Transvaal

Service Number  Death Date

Place of Death

Cause of Death


Born 8th April 1901 Bracknell Tasmania to Thomas and Helen Goss (nee McBain) he was working at “Willow Vale” Bishopsbourne Tasmania as a farm worker when he enlisted in the AIF and was posted to the 2/2 Pioneer Battalion 

He died of illness at Myanmar Burma on the 2 July 1943


Goss, Ronald Charles

Service NumberTX12968  Death Date 9/05/1945

Place of Death Bougainville

Cause of Death

Burial Bomana War Cemetery

Born 1 May 1923 Branxholm Tasmania to Albert and Eva May Goss Pte Goss was a farm labourer when he enlisted in the 55/53 AIF. 

He was killed in action at Bougainville and is commemorated at the Bomana War Cemetery.

Gough, Roy Kenneth

Service NumberTX4323  Death Date 21/11/1943

Place of Death POW Kaburi Thailland

Cause of Death disease, tropical tumor

Burial Kanburi War Cemetery

Mrs R. Gough, Perth, has been officially advised that her husband, Pte R. K. Gough, died in a Thailand prison camp in November, 1943. He was the youngest son of the late Mr W. J. Gough and Mrs Gough Cressy, formerly of Deloraine.

The Mercury 3 Aug 1945

Photo by Linda McKenzie

Gould, Reginald James

Service NumberTX4522  Death Date 21/01/1943

Place of Death New Guinea

Cause of Death

Burial Bomana War Cemetery

Former Footballer Drowned

Mrs A. J. Gould, of Hobart, has received advice that her youngest son, Spr Reginald James ("Galla") Gould, has been drowned accidentally on active service.

Spr Gould, who was aged 26 years, was a prominent member of the Lefroy Football Club and an oarsman. He first came under notice as a footballer when a schoolboy and played with Lefroy at an early age. He also secured a place in Tasmanian League teams.

The Mercury 27 Jan 1943

Goyne, Alan Kenneth

Service Number428043  Death Date 19/07/1943

Place of Death Meredith Victoria

Cause of Death Flying Accident

Burial Springvale War Cemetery


LAC ALAN GOYNE who was killed in an aircraft accident in Victoria on Sunday.

The picture was taken before he joined the RAAF.

Four trainee pilots were killed on Sunday when two aircraft from an RAAF station in Victoria collided while on a training flight. They were: LAC Albert Ian Gumley 19 of Cressy (V); LAC Noel Irvine Crane (20), of Ivanhoe (V); LAC David George Haig (34), of Rose Bay (NSW); and LAC Alan Kenneth Goyne (20) of New Town (T).

LAC Goyne was the second son of Col T. A. Goyne, formerly of New Town. His initial training for the RAAF was completed in Northern Tasmania, and he recently gained his wings. He was educated at the Hobart High School, and subsequently was employed at Tasmanian Industrial Gases. Hobart. He was a keen rower and .was associated with the Derwent Club in Hobart. His elder brother Max also is a member of the RAAF. He was a nephew of Mr K. Goyne manager of 7HO broadcasting station.

The Mercury 22 July 1943

Grant, Donald Peter

Service NumberTX15808  Death Date 1/08/1944

Place of Death New Guinea

Cause of Death Accidentally drowned

Burial Lae War Cemetery


Pte D. P. Grant, 77th Australian Dental Unit, AIF, aged 20 years, who was drowned accidentally in New Guinea when a canoe overturned. He was the only son of Mr and Mrs J. P. Grant Moonah.


Grant, Joseph Henry

Service NumberTX2918  Death Date 25/06/1942

Place of Death POW Timor

Cause of Death

Burial Galala War Cemetery


Gray, Oberlin Benjamin 

Service Number 408225 Death Date 23/04/1942

Place of Death Timor 

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial Northern Territory Missing Memorial

Son of Mr and Mrs A. P. Gray, of North Bruny who have received official advice of his presumed death in air operations north of Australia on April 23, 1942, at the age of 21. When reported missing Sgt Gray was serving with the RAAF at Darwin as wireless operator and air gunner. Educated at the Friends' School, Hobart, he was a clerk in the Dept. of Agriculture prior to enlistment.

Green, Denis Maxwell

Service NumberTX5906  Death Date 22/06/1945

Place of Death Sumatra

Cause of Death Acute enteritis

Burial Medan Dutch War Cemetery

Mr. E. A. Green l5 Brisbane street, Launceston, has been advised that his youngest son, Pte. Denis Maxwell Green, 2/40 Battalion, who was taken prisoner on Timor, died in Sumatra while still a prisoner on June 22, 1945

Advocate Burnie 13 Oct 1945

Green, James Tasman

Service Number31528  Death Date 26/04/1942

Place of Death Benalla Vic

Cause of Death Ground Accident

Burial Benalla Cemetery

Green James Tasman.jpg (7074 bytes)STRUCK BY CAR

Launceston RA.A.F. Trainee Killed

MELBOURNE, Monday.-When a number of airmen from the elementary flying training school at Benalla were walking along the roadway into the town at 7 p.m. yesterday two were struck by a car driven by Leading Aircraftman Kevin O'Dea which was travelling the same way.

Aircraftman James Tasman Green (35) married, with two children of Launceston, was killed Instantly, and Leading Aircraftman Lionel Albert Gale of Footscray, was admitted to hospital at the aerodrome in a critical condition. Both were attached to the elementary training school at Benalla. There were four passengers in the car.

The Mercury 28 Apr 1942


Green, John Rex

Service Number24372  Death Date 20/11/1941

Place of Death HMAS Sydney

Cause of Death Presumed Killed in Action


Born 21st July 1923 Hobart Tasmania to Cyril Ernest Arthur and Rhoda Green but was living in Melbourne when he enlisted and was posted to H.M.A.S. Sydney.

His mother was living at 1 Green Street Newtown at the time of his death.

He was an Ordinary Seaman when on 19th November 1941, following a battle with the German raider, HSK Kormoran in the Indian Ocean off the Western Australian coast H.M.A.S. Sydney disappeared, almost with a trace.

The loss of the Sydney with its full war complement of 645 remains to this day Australia’s worst ever naval disaster and one of its greatest wartime mysteries..The only confirmed relics found were a lifebelt and a Carley life float damaged by shellfire

He was only 18 years old.

Green, Raymond Sydney

Service Number408110  Death Date 14/04/1943

Place of Death Jervis Bay, New South Wales

Cause of Death Flying Accident

Burial Nowra War Cemetery

Green Raymond Sydney.jpg (132814 bytes)COLLISION OF TWO BEAUFORTSAT JERVIS BAY , NSW 14 APRIL 1943  

On 14 April 1943, two Beauforts collided with each other over Jervis Bay . They were A9-27 and A9-268 from Base Torpedo at Nowra. They were carrying out a series of dummy runs and torpedo attacks on HMAS Burra-bra for a group of War Correspondents on board the ship.  All eight crew members were killed when both aircraft hit the water.

Raymond Sydney Green who was a member of the RAAF Base Torpedo Unit

Born 15th May 1915 to George and Edith Green

Flying Officer 408110
Royal Australian Air Force
who died on Wednesday, 14th April 1943. Age 23.

For more information and pictures on this collision go to Peter Dunn’s website

Green, Vernon John

Service NumberTX5036  Death Date 23/05/1941

Place of Death Middle East

Cause of Death

Burial Libya


Green, Vernon William

Service Number TX5906 Death Date 1/01/1945

Place of Death New Guinea

Cause of Death

Burial Soputa War Cemetery

GREEN.-In sad and loving memory

of our darling son and our brother. Sgt Vernon William (Dick) Green, who was killed in action at Buna, New Guinea, on January 1, 1943, in his 24th year.

We have only a beautiful memory To remember our whole life through, But its sweetness will linger for ever, In memory, dear, of you.A precious one from us is gone,A voice we loved is still, A place is vacant in our home which never can be filled.

His duty nobly done.

Inserted by his sorrowing parents, Douglas and Clara Green, and brothers, Gilbert, Max, and Brendon.

THE MERCURY 1 Jan 1944 


Photo courtesy Dennis Dwyer

Gregg, Rex Thorpe

Service NumberTX5906  Death Date 3/05/1941

Place of Death Middle East

Cause of Death

Burial Tobruk War Cemetery

Sgt Gregg was born 8 Dec 1918 at the Edinburgh Hospital Hobart to Rupert Thomas and Alice Gregg (nee Thorpe) and was an agriculturalist before enlisting in the 1/12 Australian Infantry Battalion. 

GREGG Died of wounds on May 3 or 4, 1941, Rex Thorpe (Sgt.), dearly loved elder son of Rupert and Alice Gregg, of York Plains, and loved brother of Ross, in his 23rd year.


Gregory, Raymond Trevor

Service Number408348  Death Date 4/09/1943

Place of Death North West Europe

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial Berlin War Cemetery

Member of the-Forces

GREGORY.-On September 4, 1943, killed in action over enemy territory, FIt-Sgt Raymond Trevor Gregory, dearly loved younger son of Mr and Mrs H. J. Gregory, 34 Herbert St, Launceston, and dearly loved only brother of Oliver Harold Gregory, Invermay Rd. also loving fiance of Marjorie Comber, in his 24th year. The remains of the late Flt-Sgt Gregory were interred in the prisoner of war cemetery, Neuruppin. Germany, on September 8, 1943 On active service.

The Mercury 25 Jan 1944

Gregson, Gerald Gelley

Service NumberTX10572  Death Date 26/12/1944

Place of Death Queensland

Cause of Death Died of injuries

Burial Cairns War Cemetery

Gregson Gerald Gellie.jpg (130422 bytes)GREGSON.-On December 26, 1944. as result of accident. Gerald Gelley Gregson (AIF), dearly beloved eldest son of Roland and Evelyn Gregson of Buckland, and loving brother of Betty and Ray (AIF), aged 25 years

The Mercury 29 Dec 1944

Grey, Laurie

Service NumberTX3714  Death Date 16/09/1943

Place of Death Tamarkand Hospital Thailand

Cause of Death Beri Beri, Dysentery

Burial Kanburi War Cemetery

Private Laurie Grey was a member of ‘H’ Force 2/40 Infantry Battalion, captured by the Japanese in Timor and transported to the Burma-Thailand Railway where he was put to work on Hellfire Pass.

Laurie was one of 12,000 prisoners of war who died from malnutrition, sickness or disease during the 16 month construction of the Burma Railway 

Laurie Grey died 16 Sep 1943 from dysentery and beri beri.

Griffiths, Daniel Brooke

Service Number30185  Death Date 28/04/1943

Place of Death United Kingdom

Cause of Death Flying Accident

Burial Kinloss Abbey Kinloss Scotland


Mr and Mrs L. G. Griffiths, of 17 Leopold St, South Yarra have been advised that their only son, Sgt Air Gunner Daniel Brooke Griffiths was reported killed in an aircraft accident near Nairn, Scotland. He was engaged in further training operations when he met his death in a Whitney bomber. He was 21, and was educated at Scotch College, Launceston, and Hutchin's School, Hobart. Before joining the RAAF in 1940 he was employed with British General Electric Co, Hobart. His father was for 17 years with the T. & G. Assurance Co in Tasmania.

The Argus 7 May 1943

Griffiths, William Clifford

Service NumberTX5015  Death Date 24/06/1944

Place of Death At sea near Nagasaki

Cause of Death Drowned


See Tamahoko Maru

Griggs, Colin Dudley

Service Number TX4303 Death Date 8/12/1943

Place of Death New Guinea

Cause of Death

Burial Lae War Cemetery

Born 23 Jan 1912 Franklin Tasmania to Leslie Robert and Alma Winnifred Griggs (nee Griggs)  He enlisted 27 Jan 1941 and was posted to the 2/24 Australian Infantry Battalion. 

The Mercury 6 Jan 1944

GRIGGS.-Killed in action at New Guinea. Colin Dudley (AIF), loved son of Mr and Mrs Les Griggs, of Franklin, and loved brother of Nancy, Max, and Malcolm. His duty nobly done.

Griggs, John Derwent

Service NumberTX10039  Death Date 29/03/1945

Place of Death New Guinea

Cause of Death

Burial Lae War Cemetery

The Mercury 2 Apr 1945

Members of the Forces

GRIGGS.-On active service, TX10039 Sig J. D. Griggs, son of the late Mr A. G. Griggs, Franklin, and Mrs A. Griggs, 32 Bath St., Battery Pt., twin brother of LAC E. J. Griggs, and brother of Bruce (RAN) and Ivor (RAN). Died of illness on March 31 1945.


Groom, Rae

Service Number408144  Death Date 21/05/1942

Place of Death United Kingdom

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial West Cem., Darlington

Born 13 July 1915 Penguin Tasmania to Francis Arthur and Mabel Groom (nee Ockerby) 

The Mercury 30 May 1942

Died On Active Service

GROOM.-On or about May 21, 1942, near Durham (England), as a result of an aircraft accident, Sgt. Rae Groom, beloved third son of Mr. and Mrs. F. A. Groom, Aberfeldie, Sulphur Creek, aged 26.


Grundy, Maxwell Charles

Service Number TX4446 Death Date 1/07/1942

Place of Death At sea on board Montevideo Maru

Cause of Death


Born 30 June 1921 Huonville Tasmania to Hubert James and Ivy Sylvia Grundy (nee Blake) he became a prisoner of war following the Japanese invasion of Rabaul on the 23rd January 1942. 

On the 22nd June 1942 he was taken on board the Montevideo Maru for transportation to Japan.  Nine days later, on its way to Hainan Island, it was torpedoed and sunk by the American submarine “Sturgeon”  

It wasn’t until late 1945 that families of these POW’s were notified of their deaths.

Gnr M. C. Grundy, son of Mr and Mrs H. J. Grundy, Waterworks Rd., Hobart; believed  died while prisoner after July 1, 1942.


Guilbert, John Sydney

Service NumberTX6564  Death Date 11/04/1946

Place of Death 102 AGH Qld

Cause of Death Addison's disease

Burial Lutwyche War Cemetery


Mrs. W. Gillespie, of Wilmot street, Burnie was advised yesterday of the death in Brisbane of her brother, Mr. John Sydney (Jack) Guilbert. Mrs. Gillespie returned from Brisbane on Tuesday after visiting her brother.

The late Mr. Guilbert was 22 years of age. He was born at Zeehan, and when four years of age went with his parents to Rosebery where his father, Mr. G. M. Guilbert, was foreman carpenter for the E.Z. Company. After recovering from an accident in Rosebery Mr. Guilbert senior moved to Forth where he was farming for several years and deceased attended the Forth State school. Later they moved to Burnie, where Mr. Guilbert was employed at the paper mills.

 Deceased attended the Burnie State High School. After leaving school he was employed in the office of Messrs A. J. Barwick and Sons, carriers, and became well known and liked for his obliging and cheerful disposition. At 18 years of age he enlisted in the A.Ï.F. and served in various theatres with the 7th Division. Several months ago he became ill and his death was not unexpected. His father left about two years ago to reside nt Woombyi (Queensland). In addition to Mrs. Gillespie, members of the family are Mrs, J. R. Moorhouse (Queensland) and. Mr. Robert Guilbert (R.A.N.).

The Advocate, Burnie 12 Apr 1946

Gunn, Alfred George

Service Number TX1135  Death Date 24/04/1941

Place of Death

Cause of Death


Born 1 Sept 1916 166 Murray St Hobart to Henry William and Alice Maud Gunn (nee Ayers he enlisted at Brighton on the 8th April 1940. 

He was with the 2/1 Field Regiment RAA serving in Greece when he went missing in action.  His death is presumed to have occurred 24th April 1941.


Gunton, Kenneth George

Service NumberTX3249  Death Date 24/06/1944

Place of Death At sea near Nagasaki

Cause of Death Drowned


See Tamahoko Maru






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