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Lade, Alan Walter

Service NumberH/2336  Death Date 6/01/1945

Place of Death HMAS Australia (hit by suicide plane)

Cause of Death Presumed killed

Burial

Born 5th October 1924 at Scottsdale Tasmania to Francis and Sylvia Lade, Alan was a mill worker when he enlisted and at the time of his death on the 6th January 1945 he was a member of the crew of H.M.A.S. Australia.

From November 1943 to September 1944, “ Australia ”was involved in bombarding enemy held islands in the South West Pacific, prior to allied assaults, from Cape Gloucester in the New Britain area to Morotai in the Netherlands East Indies.

On 21 October 1944, after bombardments in Leyte Gulf in the Philippines , “ Australia ” was hit by a Japanese suicide plane. Six officers and 23 ratings were killed and her Commanding Officer, Captain E.F.V. Dechaineaux DSC RAN, later died of wounds. Nine officers, 52 ratings and one AIF soldier were wounded.

By 5 January 1945 she was back in action in the Lingayen Gulf covering the allied invasion of Luzon Island . Here she was subjected to repeated suicide attacks, this time there was no doubt of the Kamikaze nature of the Japanese planes. “ Australia ” was hit on 5, 6, 8 and 9 January, losing 3 officers and 41 ratings killed and 1 officer and 68 ratings wounded.

Lambert, Norman Granville

Service Number TX15067 Death Date 27/11/1943

Place of Death New Guinea

Cause of Death

Burial Bomana War Cemetery

Informal portrait of TX15067 Sapper (Spr) Norman Granville Trevor Lambert, 8th General Transport Company, Royal Australian Engineers, of Weldborough, Tas. Spr Lambert enlisted on 26 April 1943, at Kapooka, NSW, and he served in New Guinea where he died of illness on 27 November 1943, aged 32.

 

 

Lamp, John William

Service Number T20595  Death Date 2/11/1943

Place of Death New Guinea

Cause of Death

Burial Bomana War Cemetery

Was born Launceston Tasmania to Charles Adcock Lamp and Mary Evangeslit Lamp and served with

ACMF 18L of C Sigs. Australian Corps of Signals and was killed in New Guinea on the 2nd Nov 1943 

The Mercury 9 Nov 1943

Senator and Mrs Lamp, of Launceston, have been advised that their son, Sig John William Lamp, has been killed in action. Sig Lamp was educated at St. Patrick's College, Launceston, and represented the school in football, cricket, and rowing. He was treasurer of the Sandhill branch of the Australian Labour Party. He was aged 21 years, was unmarried, and had served three years in the Army.

Lancaster, John Goulburn

Service Number 401847  Death Date 8/04/1943

Place of Death Gulf of Carp, Northern Territory

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial Sydney Missing Memorial

Lancaster John Goulburn.jpg (31452 bytes)Born Currie, King Island to Edwin Goulburn and Gwendoline Mary Lancaster, Flying Officer Lancaster was married, living in Auburn Victoria and working as a bank clerk when he enlisted in the RAAF. 

Flying Officer Lancaster was a member of 20 squadron which was formed at Port Moresby on 1 Aug 1941.  During 1943 the squadron made regular combined attacks across New Britain in support of Allied plans to recapture New Guinea.  

Catalina A24-41 of 20 Squadron caught on fire in the Gulf of Carpentaria during a radar search mission.  All 10 on board were killed.

Lane Maxwell Derwent

Service Number H/1486  Death Date 1/03/1942

Place of Death HMAS Perth (ship lost)

Cause of Death Presumed dead

Burial

 

Able Seaman Maxwell Derwent[Lane (19), son of Mr. and Mrs. H. T. Lane, Bellerive, is missing with the crew of H.M.A.S. Perth which was lost in the battle of the Sunda Strait.

 

Lane, Thomas H Teston

Service Number 408285 Death Date 25/06/1943

Place of Death South Africa

Cause of Death Flying Accident

Burial Durban (Stellawood) Cemetery

 

Langdon, Herbert

Service Number 20860  Death Date 1/03/1942

Place of Death HMAS Perth (ship lost)

Cause of Death Presumed dead

Burial

Born 12 Feb 1914 307 Murray Street North Hobart to Albert Ernest and Wilhelmina Langdon (nee Thomson)

Leading Cook Langdon was killed in action Sunday 1st March 1942 when H.M.A.S Perth was hit by four Japanese torpedoes and sunk in the Sundra Strait with 353 personnel killed in this incident.

 

Langford, Arthur John

Service Number TX16367  Death Date 1/06/1945

Place of Death Tarakan Borneo

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial Sandakan War Cemetery

Born 5th September 1924 at Geeveston Tasmania the son of Henry Arthur and Dulcie Gertrude Langford

Arthur John Langford was a postal official before he enlisted in the army

The Mercury 18 June 1945 

LANGFORD.-'TX16367 Pte Arthur John (Jack). AIP, killed in action at Tarakan, on June 1, 1945, dearly loved son of Arthur and Dulcie Langford, Geeveston, loving brother of Aileen and Harry, and beloved friend of Norma Harris, aged 20 years.

Langford, George Wm Allen

Service Number Lt Ran Death Date 27/11/1941

Place of Death HMAS Parramatta (ship torpedoed)

Cause of Death Presumed killed

Burial

(known as ‘Bill’ or ‘Scrub’) 

Born Victoria to George Francis and Alice Langford, George had met and married a Tasmanian girl who was living at “Hillcrest” Launceston awaiting the birth of their first child when he met his death aboard HMAS Parramatta.

For the full story, and photographs, as told by his daughter Jill go to  

http://www.ww2australia.gov.au/waratsea/HMASparramatta.html

Langmaid, Arthur William

Service Number TX5750 Death Date 29/01/1946

Place of Death 115 H'Berg Mil Hospital

Cause of Death Died of disease

Burial Springvale War Cemetery

Langmaid arthur william.jpg (153469 bytes)Born 1908 Emu Bay , Tasmania and married to Doris May Kelly,  Arthur William Langmaid was a member of the 2/40 Infantry Bn and  an ex Prisoner of War and never fully recovered his health after his return to Australia .  

He contracted Tuberculosis and died at the  115 Heidelberg Military Hospital and was buried at the Springvale War Cemetery .

Langworthy, Walter D

Service Number 408157 Death Date 7/01/1944

Place of Death United Kingdom

Cause of Death Flying Accident

Burial Bath RAF Cemetery Somerset UK

LONDON , ENGLAND . 1943-11-23. DFC WINNERS OUTSIDE BUCKINGHAM PALACE AFTER AN INVESTITURE. LEFT TO RIGHT: 407531 FLYING OFFICER (FO) A. F. MCKINNON DFC, ADELAIDE, SA; 402075 FLIGHT LIEUTENANT C. K. GOODWIN DFC, SYDNEY, NSW; 408157 FO W. D. LANGWORTHY DFC, DEVONPORT, TAS; 404440 FO R. J. EMMERSON DFC, TOOWOOMBA, QLD.

Born 21st.March 1913 in Hobart Tasmania but was living in Devonport when he enlisted.

He died in a flying accident in the United Kingdom 7th January 1944 and was buried at the Bath R.A.F. Cemetery , Englishcombe, Somerset England .

 

 

 

 

Photo Courtesy Julia & Keld

Larsen, Maxwell Gilbert

Service Number TX4298 Death Date 23/10/1942

Place of Death New Guinea

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial Bomana War Cemetery

Born 15 July 1912 at the Alexandra Hospital Battery Point Tasmania to Peter and Ulrikka Maria Larsen (nee Appledorf) he was living at Sorell when he enlisted in the AIF. 

His brother Private A.V. Larsen had been killed in France in the first world war. 

Corporal Larsen was killed in action in New Guinea on the 23 Otober 1942

 

Latham Dennis

Service Number TX109819 Death Date 21/12/1943

Place of Death Australia

Cause of Death

Burial Charters Towers War Cemetery

DIED ON SERVICE

GNR DENNIS LATHAM, AIF, Son of Mrs E. Latham and the late Mr F. Latham, of Prince of Wales Bay, who died of illness in Northern Queensland on Dec. 21. Gnr Latham was 21 years of age. Three other brothers are serving in the forces.

The Mercury 6 Jan 1944

 

Latham, Douglas Keith

Service Number TX2681 Death Date 28/09/1943

Place of Death POW Kliang Klai Thailand

Cause of Death Killed accidentally

Burial Kanburi War Cemetery

Latham Vane Murray 2.jpg (865900 bytes)Born 13 July 1918 North Franklin Tasmania to Alfred James and Emma Cecilia Latham (nee Donagher)

LATHAM.-TX2681 Pte Douglas K.Latham, 2/40th Battalion, AIF, killed in accident while POW in Thailand camp September 28, 1943, dearly loved youngest son of A. J.  and E. Latham, Cygnet and loved brother of Gladys, Stan, Marjorie (deceased), Ruby, and Bill, and loving fiance of Olga. Loved and respected by all who knew him. God's greatest gift, remembrance.e Mercury 7 Aug 1945

Photographed by Linda McKenzie

Latham, Vane Murray

Service Number TX5599  Death Date 12/02/1944

Place of Death England

Cause of Death Meningitis

Burial Brookwood Military Cemetery

Born Geeveston Tasmania to Glanville Murray and Muriel Alice Latham, he was a signwriter living in Devonport when he enlisted in the army and was posted to 2 Forestry Coy R.A.E 

He was in England when he contracted meningitis and passed away 12 Feb 1944.

He was 23 years old. 

He was buried in the Brookwood Military Cemetery.

 

Lawler, Dolph James

Service Number H/1493 Death Date 1/03/1942

Place of Death HMAS Perth (ship lost)

Cause of Death Presumed dead

Burial

OS D. J. Lawler, only son of Mr and Mrs A. H. Lawler Derwent Terrace, New Norfolk, previously reported missing, when HMAS Perth was sunk, is now officially presumed to have lost his life on March 1.

Born 5th September 1922 Geeveston Tasmania to Albert Henry and Flora Jessie Lawler (nee Blair).

He is commemorated on the Plymouth Naval Memorial.

In Memory of

Able Seaman Dolph James Lawler

H1493, H.M.A.S Perth, Royal Australian Naval Reserve

who Died age 19

on 01 March 1942

Son Albert Henry and Flora Jessie Lawler, of New Norfolk, Tasmania

Remembered with Honour

PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL

Commemorated in Perpetuity by

the Commonwealth War Graves Commission

The Mercury 7 Feb 1946

Lawler, Keith Albert

Service Number TX3638 Death Date 27/11/1942

Place of Death New Guinea

Cause of Death Killed by Japanese

Burial Bomana War Cemetery

lawler Keith Keith Albert Lawler 2nd left in front row.jpg (174001 bytes)Born East Devonport Tasmania to Arthur and Annie Reid Lawler, Pte Lawler was a postal clerk before he enlisted in the AIF and was attached to the 2/4 Field Ambulance Australian Army Medical Corps. 

He was 23 years old when he was killed by the Japanese.

2nd left in front row

Lawler, Neil Charles

Service Number H/1318  Death Date 20/11/1941

Place of Death HMAS Sydney

Cause of Death Presumed Killed in Action

Burial

Born 19th December 1921 Hobart Tasmania to Charles Edward and Lola Elaine Lawler, was living at 1 George Street , Hobart and working in a Joinery business when he enlisted and was posted to H.M.A.S. Sydney.

He was an Abel 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 19 years old.

 

Lay, Donald William

Service Number 408248 Death Date 9/01/1943

Place of Death Milne Bay New Guinea

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial Bomana War Cemetery

Born Launceston Tasmania to Thomas Alfred and Olive May Lay he was serving with 100 squadron when the plane he was in crashed on the 9th January 1943 Milne Bay, Papua and New Guinea. 

The Mercury 28 Jan 1943

Sgt Donald William Lay, a wireless air gunner in the RAAF, has been killed in action in New Guinea. Only son of Mr and Mrs T. Lay, of Launceston;' he was aged 20.

Leal, Lance William S

Service Number 20471 Death Date 1/03/1942

Place of Death HMAS Perth (ship lost)

Cause of Death Presumed dead

Burial

STKR LANCE W. LEAL

who was lost during the Java Sea Battle in March, 1942, and has been posted as "presumed dead." He was thc eldest son of Mrs R. Hardy, of Hobart.

The Mercury 15 Mar 1946

Leaman, Henry David

Service Number 30961 Death Date 29/05/1942

Place of Death Flinders Island

Cause of Death Flying Accident

Burial Sydney Missing Memorial

FOUR KILLED IN AIR CRASH

Two Bodies Taken from Sea

 Leaman Henry David.jpg (47794 bytes)MELBOURNE, Friday.-When a small air-liner crashed into the sea near the coast of Flinders Island this morning, the pilot and three passengers were killed.

The aircraft was the twin-engined de Havilland Dragon Rapide of Australian National Airways which has for some time maintained the island service of the company, flying between Essendon and Launceston.

The pilot was Captain Charles R. G. Weston, married, of Rock Brook Road. East, St. Kilda. The passengers were Mr. H. Seise, of the staff of Amalgamated Wireless (A'sia), Ltd., a member of the R.A.A.F., L.A.C. Henry David Leaman, of Hobart, and a member of the Australian military forces.

It is understood that Mr. Seise was travelling across Bass Strait to take up duty as a wireless operator at a radio station.

The air-liner left Essendon at 8.15 a.m. to fly to Launceston, and was to call a Flinders Island

Soon after 10 a.m. a radio message was received from the pilot, in which he stated that he was proceeding to land on the aerodrome at Pats River, a few miles north of Whitemark,

No further message was received, and an immediate search was begun, the badly damaged machine being located in the sea off the west coast of the Island.

Up to to-night two of the bodies had been recovered.

Captain Weston, who was aged about 27 had been a pilot with Australian National Airways for about two years. He was stationed for some time at Mascot. New South Wales, and had acted as co-pilot in the Douglas aircraft of the company, flying over the whole of the interstate network.

Sydney Morning Herald 30 May 1942 

Ledger, Eric Bernard

Service NumberTX2953  Death Date 15/08/1943

Place of Death POW Thailand

Cause of Death malaria, dysentery

Burial Thanbyuzayat War Cem

Born 7th September 1919 Kemly England to Frederick Henry and Ada Ellen Ledger, he was married and living in Hobart when he enlisted in the AIF and was posted to 8 Div. Australian Corps of Signals. 

He was 23 years old and a prisoner of war when he died of illness 15th August 1943 in Thailand and is commemorated in the Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery.

Leech, Henry Josiah

Service Number TX2692  Death Date 9/07/1942

Place of Death Timor

Cause of Death Died of illness

Burial Galala War Cemetery

 

Leech, Victor Norman

Service Number TX5212  Death Date 15/02/1942

Place of Death Malaya

Cause of Death Presumed dead

Burial

Born 20 Oct 1910 Drummoyne New South Wales to Arthur Herbert and Myrtle Leech but married and living in Branxholm Tasmania when he enlisted and was posted to the 2/3 Motor Ambulance Convoy. 

He died 15 Feb 1942 in Malaya

LEECH-In loving memory of our dear father, TX5212 Driver Victor Norman Leech (Dick), killed in action February 15, 1942.

Inserted by his loving children. Heather and Richard. 65 Holbrook St.

The Examiner 15 Feb 1947

 

Lees, Baden Hamilton

Service Number T2555110  Death Date 19/05/1943

Place of Death 111 AGH Campbell Town

Cause of Death

Burial Tasmanian War Cemetery

The death occurred at the 111th Australian Military Hospital, following a short illness, of Gnr Baden Hamilton Lees, of Ranelagh, Huon, aged 24 years. He recently arrived home on leave after serving 2 1/2s years in the North.

The funeral was held at the military cemetery. Campbell Town, on Thursday, and was attended by a large number of soldiers The service was conducted by Major Farley, of the Salvation Army.- Launceston. The chief mourners were Mr and Mrs E. J. Lees (parents) Messrs Mons and Angus Lees (brothers). Miss Meryl Lees (sister). Other relatives present were Mr and Mrs M. Lees (Tamar)  Mr Sargison. Miss A. Sargison. Miss R. Milson. Mr and Mrs  Mons Lees (Tamar); and Mr and Mrs Don Lees (Glengarry).

The funeral arrangements were conducted by V. Lockett and Sons. Campbell Town.

The Mercury 22 May 1943

Leith, William Orr

Service Number TX16062 Death Date 22/07/1944

Place of Death 115 AGH Australia

Cause of Death

Burial Springvale War Cemetery

 

Leonard, Rita May

Service Number97027  Death Date 6/01/1943

Place of Death Laverton Victoria

Cause of Death Ground Accident

Burial Springvale War Cemetery

Born 4 Sep 1915 at 85 Cameron Street Launceston Tasmania to James Alfred Leonard and Vera Ethel Irene Leonard (nee Loone)  

The Mercury 8 Jan 1943

Leonard Rita May.jpg (155773 bytes)FULL MILITARY HONOURS

Member of WAAAF

MELBOURNE, Thursday.-Full military honours will be paid when ACW Rita May Leonard (27), WAAAF-, formerly of Whitemore (T), who before her death was serving at an Air Force station in Victoria, is buried tomorrow at Springvale cemetery. This will be the first service funeral for a member of the WAAAF. Pallbearers will be members of the WAAAF, and coffin bearers members of the RAAF. The coffin will be borne on a gun-carriage drawn by horses.

While walking along Geelong Rd. near Laverton with Cpl James Keith Walters late on Wednesday night ACW Leonard was knocked down by a motor-truck driven by a Chinese market gardener and received injuries from which she died

The Mercury 9 Jan 1943 

FULL MILITARY HONOURS

Funeral of WAAAF

MELBOURNE, Friday -An impressive ceremony accompanied the funeral of.ACW Rita Leonard today at Springvale cemetery. Full military honours were given.

The coffin covered with a flag was borne on a gun-carriage drawn by .horses. ÁCW Leonard's service cap rested on the coffin. In the Army this is a privilege given only to officers, but in the Air. Force it is acceded to all ranks. The pallbearers were members of the WAAAF, and the coffin bearers members of the RÄAF, both from the station at which ACW Leonard worked., Buglers played "The Last Post."

Mr and Mrs J. A. Leonard, ACW Leonard's parents, attended the funeral. Also present were. Sq-Officer : Margaret Miller. Deputy Director of the WAAAF, Flt-Lt K. M. Horley officer commanding the section in which ACW Leonard worked and RAAF officers.

Lette Alfred Edward

Service Number VX23537  Death Date 20/04/1941

Place of Death Greece

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial

FAMILY'S SACRIFICE

Two sons have paid the supreme sacrifice, another son is missing, and a fourth is still serving overseas with the A.I.F. This is the war record of Mrs. G. Burland, of South Hobart.  Three of the sons are Sgt. J. R. (Roy) Lette ( A.I.F.), who died of wounds received in action; Spr. A. E. (Ted) Lette (A.I.F.), killed in action in Greece; and Sgt. V. N. (Ben) Lette 4.R.A.A.F, reported missing, believed to be a prisoner of war in Java.

The Mercury 20 Mar 1942

Lette, Joseph Royden

Service Number TX2483  Death Date 4/03/1942

Place of Death Java

Cause of Death Died of wounds

Burial Menteng Pula Dutch Cem. Batavia

Lette Joseph Royden 2.jpg (10829 bytes)Born 11 September 1912 Uliverstone Tasmania to Alfred Doran and Ethel Maud Elizabeth Lette (nee Smith) 

Officers chatting with players during a spell in the football match between South Australian and Tasmanian members of the 2/3 Machine Gun Battalion. Identified is TX2483 Sergeant (Sgt) Joseph Royden (Roy) Lette, C Company (11th from left, wearing white shorts and a jersey with a white V)Lette Joseph Royden.jpg (29497 bytes)

Sgt Lette had been a notable Australian Rules footballer with the City Club, Launceston,Tas. He died of wounds on 4 March 1942 in Java, aged 25

Lewis, Alfred Henry John

Service Number TX4363 Death Date 1/07/1942

Place of Death torpedoed transport Montevideo Maru

Cause of Death drowned

Burial

See Montevideo Maru

Lewis, Arndell Neil

Service Number TX6199  Death Date 27/12/1943

Place of Death Tasmania

Cause of Death heart failure

Burial Cornelian Bay Cemetery

Obituary

Lt-Col A. N. Lewis Dies at Hobart, Aged 46

LT-COL ARNDELL NEIL LEWIS, elder son of the late Sir Elliott Lewis, a former Premier of Tasmania, died "at Hobart 'yesterday at the age of 46 years. Lt-Col Lewis had a brilliant scholastic career.

He served with the A IF in the First World War as an artillery officer and was awarded the Military Cross for bravery at Bullecourt in 1918. On his return from the war he took up legal studies at the University of Tasmania and was admitted as a Bachelor of Law in  1922 and a Master of Laws three years later. In 1930( the degree of Doctor of Laws was conferred on him -the first in the University of Tasmania. Dr Lewis was the senior member of the legal firm of Lewis. Hudspeth, Perkins, and Dear, which he joined in 1922. He married in 1927 Miss Amy Hungerford, of Fern Tree.

 His interest in military work continued after the First World War and after his promotion to the rank of lieutenant-colonel he assumed command of the 6th Field Regiment (HAA). He was for a time a member of the University Council and of the Council of the Royal Society, and also lecturer in geology at the university, where he was Acting Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Law.

He stood for the House of Assembly in 1931, and in March 1932, was elected in a recount in Denison after the late Mr C. W. Grant had been elected to the Senate. He was not re-elected in 1934, and for a time became a Police Magistrate at Hobart. He was returned for Denison in 1937, and held the seat until he resigned in 1941 because of a new Army post to which he had been appointed. Soon after the outbreak of this war he was appointed. District Manpower Officer in Tasmania and held the position until October, 1940.

Lt-Col Lewis devoted a great deal of time to the study of geology and to the origins of Tasmanian physiography, and contributed numerous scientific papers to the Royal Society. In 1935 he was awarded the Royal Society medal.

Lt-Col Lewis took a prominent part in the Anglican Synod over a number of years, and latterly represented Queenstown at the Synod sessions. He was a local director of the AMP Society, having been elected to the seat formerly held by his father. Other interests included the Field Naturalists' Club, of which he was chairman several times, the National Park Bd. and he was a trustee of the Tasmanian Museum and Botanical Gardens.

The funeral tomorrow will be preceded by a service at St. David's Cathedral.

The Mercury 28 Dec 1943 

Lewis, Cyril Richard Neil

Service Number 3889  Death Date 20/06/1942

Place of Death Parkes

Cause of Death Flying Accident

Burial Cremated Rookwood Cemetery

RAAF CRASH

SYDNEY, Tues: Three members of the crew were killed and 8 injured when an aircraft from an RAAF station in NSW crashed yesterday from 200ft while taking off in a training flight. The machine was destroyed. Victims were:

KILLED - Flt-Lt Norman Charles Phillip Blight. 34, single, of Whyalla  (SA); Sgt William Charles Arthur, 35, single, of Prospect (SA) ; Flying Officer Harold Robert Irving Cox, 20, single, of Wollongong (NSW).

SERIOUSLY INJURED - Pilot Officer, Cyril Richard Neil Lewis, 29 single, of Essendon; AC1 Martin Gilday, 35, married, of Kogarah (NSW).

Pilot Officer Lewis died of injuries 4 days later

The Argus 17 June 1942

Lewis, Donald Edwin

Service Number 400148 Death Date 21/01/1942

Place of Death English Channel, UK

Cause of Death Flying Accident

Burial Runnymede (UK) Missing Memorial

Born Hobart Tasmania to Keith and Doris Lewis, he was working with the Department of Lands and Survey when he enlisted in the RAAF

Flying Officer Lewis was attached to 452 Squadron when he was accidentally killed over the English Channel on the 21st January 1942.  He was 19 years old.

His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Runnymede Missing Memorial.

 

Lewis, Edward Louis

Service Number 31351  Death Date 1/04/1943

Place of Death Port Moresby, New Guinea

Cause of Death Ground Accident

Burial Bomana War Cemetery

 

Lewis, Leslie Raymond

Service Number 19988  Death Date 20/11/1941

Place of Death HMAS Sydney

Cause of Death Presumed Killed in Action

Burial

Leslie Raymond was born 269 Murray Street Hobart to Victoria Irene Pearl Lewis 21st November 1917

He enlisted on the 22nd May 1934 and his rank was a leading seaman.

Service: Royal Australian Navy Service Number:19988 

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

Lincoln, John Thomas Alfred

Service Number TX2907 Death Date 21/10/1943

Place of Death POW Thailand

Cause of Death Cardiac beri beri

Burial Thanbyuzayat War Cem

Lincoln J T A.jpg (67221 bytes)Born 3 July 1915 in Hobart to Sydney Robert Charles Cousens and his wife Eliza (nee Sylvester), he enlisted 10th July 1940 at North Hobart Tasmania.

John was a private with the 2/40 Australian Infantry Battalion, and died on 21 October 1943 as a POW.  His is commemorated at the Thanbyuzayat War Cemetary.

Photo and information courtesy Elaine Gibson.

 

Ling Jack Nain

Service Number SX18013 Death Date 19/9/1943

Place of Death New Guinea

Cause of Death Injuries

Burial

DIED ON SERVICE

PTE J. N. LING

Only son of Mrs Violet Emma Ling, Hobart, whose death while serving overseas with the AIF has been officially notified. Pte Ling was in his 23rd year. He was educated at the Elizabeth St. School, and was employed by C. D. Haywood Pty. Ltd. until he enlisted early in 1941.

He was associated with the cricket club of the Tasmanian Institution for the Blind, Deaf,  and Dumb, and was a prominent playing member of the Macalburn Football Club.

The Mercury 5 Oct 1943

Ling, Lawrence Trevor

Service Number TX5386 Death Date 24/06/1944

Place of Death Result torpedoing Jap transport

Cause of Death Drowned

Burial

 

Ling, Victor Albert

Service Number TX5121 Death Date 24/06/1944

Place of Death At sea near Nagasaki

Cause of Death Drowned

Burial

See Tamahoko Maru

Linnell Edward George

Service Number VX24415  Death Date 1/7/1942

Place of Death South West Pacific Area

Cause of Death lost at sea

Burial

Born 29 June 1915 Huonville Tasmania to John Edward and Emily Linnell (nee Rowe)

VX24415 Pte E. G. Linnell, 2/22nd Battalion, Rabaul, believed lost at sea July, 1942, eldest son of Mr and Mrs J. E. Linnell, and brother of Ruth and Douglas, late of Huonville.

Little, Francis Cyril

Service Number H/2051 Death Date 3/10/1945

Place of Death HMAS Yunnan

Cause of Death Drowned on duty

Burial Hong Kong

LITTLE.-Francis Cyril (Frank). AB20G1, of HMAS Yunnan, son of the late Amos Little, of Port Arthur, and Daisy Little, of Dromedary; accidentally drowned on duty, October 3, 1945.

AB F. C. Little, of H. M A.S Yunnan, son of Mrs O. Little, Dromedary, accidentally drowned on duty in Subie Bay, Philippines, on Oct. 3, after an explosion in a motor barge. He joined the RAN in April 1942 before he was 18 years, and saw active service for more than two years.

The Mercury 9 Oct 1945

Little, Kenneth Huntley

Service Number 88113  Death Date 29/04/1944

Place of Death Darwin, Northern Territory

Cause of Death Ground Accident

Burial Adelaide River War Cemetery

Born 25th July 1924 in Launceston Tasmania , the eldest child of Ernest Harold Little and Alice May Brown,  Kenneth grew up on the family farm at Piper’s River Tasmania .  He left school at aged 14 and was employed by a Mr Wilks in Launceston as a milkman.  

He was killed in a motor vehicle accident whilst training near Darwin on the 29th April 1944, also killed were Corporal A.S.Timmins and LAC E.W. Webb.  The men were traveling to a concert when the accident occurred.  

Kenneth is buried Adelaide River in the Northern Territory .                 

His cousin Charles Hugh Parish, born Hobart , was also killed during the 2nd World War.  

Information and photos supplied by Suzanne Griffin

Livingstone, Richard Bruce

Service Number 419273 Death Date 24/04/1945

Place of Death N.W.Europe

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial Runnymede (UK) Missing Memorial

Born 29 April 1915 Derby Tasmania to John and Elizabeth Livingstone (nee Powell) 

LIVINGSTONE. - Richard Bruce, second son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Livingstone, The Mount. Garfield, missing from operations with Coastal Command off Danish coast, April 23, 1945, now presumed dead.

Lloyd, John Hansbury Gordon

Service Number TX3227 Death Date 21/07/1943

Place of Death POW Thailand

Cause of Death cholera

Burial Kanburi War Cemetery

Born 3 February 1903 Dannevirke Hawke’s Bay New Zealand to Thomas Henry Gordon and Marion Lloyd but was living and working in Tasmania when he enlisted in the army. 

It was reported in the Advocate Burnie on the 6th November 1943 that he had been taken prisoner

“Sgt. J. H. G. (John) Lloyd, District Agricultural Officer at Burnie, who enlisted in thc A.I.F. in 1940, has been reported a prisoner of war in Japanese hands. Sgt. Lloyd was taken prisoner at Singapore.”

It was not long after he was captured that he contracted cholera and died.

He is commemorated in the Kanchanburi War Cemetery

Lockard, Terence Godfrey

Service Number 23173 Death Date 20/11/1941

Place of Death HMAS Sydney

Cause of Death Presumed Killed in Action

Burial

Lockard Terence Godfrey.gif (58866 bytes)Born 16th March 1922 to Godfrey James and Florence Isobel (nee Sward) Lockard, a shop assistant living at 37 Hopkins Street, Moonah when he followed in his father’s footsteps and joined the Navy and was posted to H.M.A.S. Sydney.

He was a Signalman, 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.

Terence’s father, Godfrey Lockard had served in the First World War and was part of the crew of H.M.S. Thetis which took part in a naval raid on Zeebruge Belguim on 23 September 1918.

Lockett, John Stanford

Service Number  TX4879Death Date 24/06/1944

Place of Death At sea near Nagasaki

Cause of Death drowned

Burial

See Tamahoko Maru

Lockett, Roy John

Service Number TX1270 Death Date 18/06/1941

Place of Death Syria

Cause of Death

Burial Beyrouth British War Cemetery

Born 26 Jan 1909 Mt Hicks Tasmania to John Francis and Clarissa Elizabeth Locket (nee Smith) Pte Lockett was married and living at Hotel Arcadia Murray St Hobart when he enlisted in the 2/31 AIF. 

He was killed in action in Syria 18 June 1941

Lockwood, Walter Edward

Service Number TX5540 Death Date 1/11/1942

Place of Death Middle East

Cause of Death

Burial El Alamein War Cemetery

Lockwood Walter Edward.jpg (68282 bytes)Born 3 Aug 1906 Devonport Tasmania to George and Ella May Lockwood (nee Laycock) Pte Lockwood was a farmer at Beauty Point when he enlisted in 2/43 AIF. 

The following was reported in The Mercury 21 Nov 1942

Mr and Mrs S. J. Andrews, of Wesley Vale, have been advised that Pte W. Lockwood, of Wesley Vale, has been killed in action in the Middle East.

Lord, Peter Redgrave

Service Number 408486  Death Date 6/10/1944

Place of Death Germany

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial Reichswald Forest War Cem.Cleves

Lord, Peter Redgrave.jpg (8087 bytes)Was 2nd Pilot with Halifax LW372 which took off from RAAF at Driffield on the 6th October 1944 on a day mission to bomb Sterkrade Germany.  Sixteen aircraft from the squadron took part in the raid and of these LW372 failed to return.  The ORB records that the aircraft was seen to be shot down and only 2 chutes were seen by others on the mission.

The Mercury

LORD-On October 6, 1944, as result of operations over enemy territory. P-Officer Peter Redgrave Lord (RAAF), only son of W. C. and D Lord, Nowton, Devonport.

Lovell, John Henry

Service Number 408145  Death Date 7/11/1942

Place of Death North West Europe

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial Champignol-Lez-Monderville France

MELBOURNE, Thursday.

Two Australian air-gunners serving in RAF squadrons in Great Britain have been awarded the Distinguished Flying. Medal for gallantry in air operations.

Announcing this today, the Minister for Air (Mr Drakeford) said that the recipients were Sgt John Henry Lovell (25, unmarried, of Smithton (T), and Sgt Norman Francis Williams (28), unmarried, of Leeton (NSW).

No citation has been received for the award  to Williams, but that dealing with the exploit for which Lovell gained his award stated that he was the wireless air-gunner of a bomber which set out to bomb Le Crëusot on October 17. Soon after taking off engine trouble developed and the pilot was obliged to turn back. Three enemy float planes attacked, and the pilot displayed great airmanship which, supported by accurate fire from the gunners, resulted in two of the enemy planes being shot down and the other breaking off the engagement. The bomber landed safely in England. The other members of the crew were not Australians. All were awarded a similar decorátion.

Recipient Missing

Three days after Mr and Mrs E. C. Lovell, of Mella, had received word that their son, Sgt J. Lovell, was missing after air operations on November 7 they received a further communication from the Dept. of Air that he had been awarded the DFM.

The Mercury 20 November 1942

Photo Courtesy: Brewer & Bertelson Connections Ancestry Tree, orig. from S Lethborg.

Lovell, Leslie Lewis

Service Number TX4448  Death Date 1/07/1942

Place of Death On board Montevideo Maru

Cause of Death Drowned

Burial

Gnr L, L. Lovell, son of Mrs E. M. Lovell and Mr A. J. Lovell, of Mountain River, who is believed to have died about July, 1942, after capture at Rabaul.

 

 

PHOTO COURTESY JOANNE EVANS (granddaughter of Jack Render)

 

Low, Peter Morris

Service Number 428142 Death Date 20/10/1944

Place of Death Germany

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial Durnbach War Cemetery

Was mid upper gunner on Lancaster PB175 which took off from RAF Binbrook on the 19th October 1944 to bomb Stuttgart Germany.  Nothing was heard from the plane after takeoff and it did not return to base. Twenty eight aircraft from the squadron took part in the raid and two of these failed to return.

Post War it was established that all seven of the crew including Peter Morris Low was killed.

Lowe, Ronald Claude

Service Number TX5861 Death Date 20/05/1942

Place of Death Timor

Cause of Death illness (tropical ulcers)

Burial Galala War Cemetery

Born 10th May 1921to Claude Edward and Emily Maude Lowe of Mathinna Tasmania

Ronald C. Lowe, son of Mrs C. Lowe 4 Brooke St., Launceston, captured in Timor with the 2/40th Battalion, and died of illness.

He is commemorated in the Galala War Cemetery

Lowenstein, William

Service Number 22487 Death Date 20/11/1941

Place of Death HMAS Sydney

Cause of Death Presumed Killed in Action

Burial

lowenstein William.jpg (9393 bytes)Born 15th January 1921 and living at 6 Mitah Crescent , Sandy Bay when he enlisted and was posted to H.M.A.S. Sydney.

He was a Stoker 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 20 years old and one of 39 Tasmanians to lose their life in this incident.

Luck, William Bertram

Service Number 149289 Death Date 29/01/1945

Place of Death New Guinea

Cause of Death Flying Accident

Burial Lae Missing Memorial

Born 3 Dec 1911 East Devonport Tasmania to John and Alethea Luck (nee Pitt) 

AC1 Luck was on a non operational flight from Milne Bay to Madang on the 29 Jan 1945 when A9-106 failed to return to base.

 

Luck, William Trevor

Service Number H/1512  Death Date 31/01/1946

Place of Death HMAS Perth (ship lost)

Cause of Death Presumed dead

Burial

Stoker William Trevor Luck is a son of Mr. and Mrs. G. Luck. Launceston. He was a member of the Launceston Fire Brigade.

Ludbey, Ralph Burton

Service Number TX4457 Death Date 5/11/1943

Place of Death Sandakan Borneo POW

Cause of Death Dysentery

Burial Sabuan War Cemetery

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 Tas. Paybook photograph, taken on enlistment, of TX4457 Lance Corporal Ralph Burton Ludbey, 2/3rd Motor Ambulance Company, Australian Army Service Corps. 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. Lance Corporal Ludbey, aged 48, died as a prisoner of the Japanese on 5 November 1944. He was the son of Domineque and Caroline Louisa Ludbey and the husband of Ethel Ellen Ludbey, of East Melbourne , Vic. He is buried in the Labuan Cemetery Section P, Row A, Plot 16. (Photograph copied from AWM232, items 4 and 5. Personal information from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Database.)

 

Lunson, Lewis Ryland

Service NumberTX14366  Death Date 9/05/1945

Place of Death Tarakan Borneo

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial Sandakan War Cemetery

Born 18 Dec 1921 Alcester Warwickshire England to Lewis and Eleanor Lunson (nee Archer) but living in Ulverstone and working as a French polisher when he enlisted in the 2/23 AIF. 

He was killed in action 9 May 1945 Tarakan Borneo

 

Lynch, Henry Charles

Service Number 23048  Death Date 21/11/1944

Place of Death HMAS Yarra (missing loss of ship)

Cause of Death Presumed dead

Burial

Brothers born Newtown Tasmania to Stephen Cornelius and Esther Evelyn Lynch of Moonah Tasmania , both enlisted and were killed with the loss of their ships.  

Henry Charles was a Steward on H.M.A.S. 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 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 and all officers

Stephen Maxwell was an Able Seaman with H.M.A.S. Sydney 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

see Stephen Maxwell

Lynch, Stephen Maxwell

Service Number 22585 Death Date 20/11/1941

Place of Death HMAS Sydney

Cause of Death Presumed Killed in Action

Burial

Brothers born Newtown Tasmania to Stephen Cornelius and Esther Evelyn Lynch of Moonah Tasmania , both enlisted and were killed with the loss of their ships.  

Henry Charles was a Steward on H.M.A.S. 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 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 and all officers

Stephen Maxwell was an Able Seaman with H.M.A.S. Sydney 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

See Henry Charles

 

 

 

 

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