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Tasmanian World War 11 Casualties

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MacIver, Lindsay

Service Number DSC Lt Cdr Death Date 11/05/1943

Place of Death HMAS Quiberon

Cause of Death Suicide

Burial Springvale War Cemetery

 

MacMichael, Walter John

Service Number 408118 Death Date 20/03/1942

Place of Death Middle East

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial El Alamein War Cemetery

Born 20 Feb 1911 at 24 Canning Street Launceston to Walter James MacMichael and Alice Matilda Batchelor, Walter John MacMichael was a bank teller prior to enlisting in December 1940

Sergeant (Sgt) Walter John Macmichael, Observer, of No. 14 Squadron RAF was killed 20 March 1942on operations in the Middle East when the Blenheim aircraft in which he was a crew member, crashed during take off. He was 31 years of age.

The Mercury 25 Mar 1942

MACMICHAEL-On March 20. 1912. as a result of injuries in air operations in the Middle East, Sergt-Observer Walter John Macmichael, Royal Air Force, beloved husband of Eileen and father of Anthony, of Eindhover, 9 Swanston Street, New Town.

Maquarie Lachlan Rae

Service Number  Death Date

Place of Death

Cause of Death

Burial

 

Chief Stoker Lachlan Rae Macquarie, who is reported missing with H.M.A.S. Perth: joined the R.A.N. in 1918, and has been a member of the crew of the Perth from the time she left England for Australia..

The Mercury 18 Mar 1942

Maguire, John Phillip

Service Number TX1617 Death Date 22/05/1942

Place of Death 102 AGH Tamworth NSW

Cause of Death

Burial Cremated Cornelian Bay

Born Hobart Tasmania to William Lewis and Gladys Mary Maguire he died 22 May 1942 at Tamworth New South Wales. He was cremated at Cornelian Bay and his ashes placed in the Wall of Remembrance 

The Mercury 25 May 1942

MAGUIRE -On May 22, died of injuries on active service. Driver John Phillip Maguire,' A.A.S.C.. dearly beloved twin son of Mr. and Mrs. Maguire, of 19 Frederick Street, West Hobart, and beloved brother of Ruth,. Stan (A.I.F.), Ron (A.I.F., and Harry, aged- 22 years. Funeral notice will appear later._

 

Maher, Alfred Herbert

Service Number TX5211 Death Date 1/01/1943

Place of Death New Guinea (Buna area)

Cause of Death

Burial Body not located

News has been received in Scottsdale that Pte Fred Maher was killed in action on January 1. Pte Maher is survived by his wife and three small children.

The Mercury 19 Jan 1943

Males, Rupert Percival

Service Number 5336 Death Date 10/07/1942

Place of Death Townsville Queensland

Cause of Death Ground Accident

Burial Townsville War Cemetery

Mr. and Mrs. G. J. Males, Hobart, have received advice that their son, Cpl. Rupert Percival Males, R.A.A.F. previously reported dangerously injured, died of injuries

The Mercury 11 July 1942

(MALES.-On July 10, 1942 as result of injuries received on July 7), Cpl. Rupert Percival Males, R.A.A F fifth beloved son of George and  Margaret Males, of Hobart, Aged 27 years,  loved brother of  Mrs. L, Burrows, Mrs. 1. Robinson (Hobart). Mrs. A Birtwistle (Smithton), A.CW. Gladys Males (W A A.A.F.) George (Parattah), Jack. Harry, Stanley, and Gnr. Eric Males (Hobart) Interred at Townsville. July ll 1942.

The Mercury 13 July 1942

Males, Trevor

Service Number H/1072 Death Date 20/11/1941

Place of Death HMAS Sydney

Cause of Death Presumed Killed in Action

Burial

Born 15th June 1915 and living at 115 Campbell Street Hobart Tasmania when he enlisted and was posted to H.M.A.S. Sydney.

He was a Shipwright, 4th Class 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

Mallinson, Leonard Mervyn

Service Number TX3787 Death Date 22/02/1942

Place of Death Timor

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial Body not located

Born 24 Apr 1914 Weldborough Tasmania to Herbert and Bertha Mallinson (nee Rundle) married Veronica Lillian Riley in St Helen’s. 

He was killed in action in Timor on the 22 Feb 1942 but his body was not recovered

 

Maloney, William James

Service Number TX12669 Death Date 10/02/1944

Place of Death Tasmania

Cause of Death Accidentally killed

Burial Tasmanian War Cemetery

LEVEL CROSSING FATALITY

Inquest Adjourned

Evidence was given by soldiers at an inquest continued by the Coroner (Col Clark) at Hobart yesterday on William James Maloney (38), formerly of Ulverstone, who was fatally injured when a motor-truck in which he was a passenger, collided on Feb. 10 at the Pontville level-crossing, on the Apsley line, with a railway train travelling towards Hobart.

William Emos Atkins said that with Ernest William Henry Lavelle, driver of the truck, and other passengers, he had been working on a job 50 yards from the crossing. They were travelling in second gear when the train suddenly came on them. Witness was in the cabin seat beside Lavelle, who was a careful driver. If a warning sign had been set up at the crossing the accident might have been prevented. He did not hear the engine whistle blow.

Raymond Cornelius Hills said he was riding on the tray of the truck. When he saw the engine about six yards away he jumped clear. The noise made by the truck was not such as to prevent his hearing the engine whistle. He heard no whistle. I didn't expect to see a train at that crossing and no look-out was kept for one," he added.

Allan Percy Apted, who also was in the tray of the truck, said he heard no whistle.

The inquest was further adjourned. Mr N. L. Thomas, secretary of the Tasmanian branch of the Australian Federated Union of Locomotive Engine men, appeared in the interests of John Francis Fahey, driver of the train, and Arthur Henry White, fireman. Major Kelynack represented the Army, and Sgt W. J. Betts the police

The Mercury 19 Feb 1944 

Mansfield, Albert Douglas

Service Number TX8710 Death Date 2/05/1945

Place of Death Borneo

Cause of Death Died of wounds

Burial Sandakan War Cemetery

Born 31 Dec 1920 Latrobe Tasmania to William Arthur and Margaret Manfield Tpr Mansfield was living and working as a carpenter in Spreyton Tasmania when he enlisted in the 2/9 AAR. 

He died of wounds received in Borneo and his name is commemorated in the Sandakan War Cemetery
Margison, William Henry

Service Number TX3683 Death Date 24/06/1944

Place of Death At sea near Nagasaki

Cause of Death Drowned

Burial

See Tamahoko Maru

Marks, Frederick John

Service Number TX4876 Death Date 23/07/1943

Place of Death POW Kinsaike Thailand

Cause of Death Cholera

Burial Kanburi War Cemetery

 DIED WHILE  PRISONER

Pte Frederick John Marks son of Mr and Mrs G. Marks, 186 Campbell St., Hobart, whose death while a prisoner of war of the Japanese has been reported.

The International Red Cross has reported that Pte Marks died of illness in Thailand on July 23, 1943. He was 23 years of age.

The Mercury 24 July 1945

Marsden, Alan Alexander

Service Number TX3167 Death Date 2/11/1940

Place of Death 111 AGH Tasmania

Cause of Death Road accident

Burial Cremated Carr Villa 

Marsden Alan and Eric.jpg (375930 bytes)Both sons of Alexander and Mary Anne Marsden of Launceston Tasmania .  

Alan Alexander was a 33 year old Gunner with the 2/8 Aus. Fed. Regiment at

111 AGH Tasmania and Eric Marsden was 33 year old Gunner also with 2/8 Aus Fed. Regiment at 111 AGH Tasmania when they were both died from injuries they received in a road accident.  

They were both cremated at Carr Villa Cemetery and their ashes were placed in

Plot B1 Grave 45

Marsden, Eric

Service Number TX3166 Death Date 2/11/1940

Place of Death 111 AGH Tasmania

Cause of Death Road accident

Burial Cremated Carr Villa 

Marsden Alan and Eric.jpg (375930 bytes)Both sons of Alexander and Mary Anne Marsden of Launceston Tasmania .  

Alan Alexander was a 33 year old Gunner with the 2/8 Aus. Fed. Regiment at

111 AGH Tasmania and Eric Marsden was 33 year old Gunner also with 2/8 Aus Fed. Regiment at 111 AGH Tasmania when they were both died from injuries they received in a road accident.  

They were both cremated at Carr Villa Cemetery and their ashes were placed in

Plot B1 Grave 45

Marsh, Gordon William

Service Number TX2470 Death Date 21/01/1944

Place of Death New Guinea

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial Lae War Cemetery

Born 26th Dec 1918 Launceston Tasmania  to Ernest James and Violet May Marsh, he enlisted in Hobart and was posted to the 2/12 Battalion. 

He was killed in action in New Guinea on the 21 Jan 1944 

Member of the Forces

MARSH.-Killed in action January 21 1944. somewhere in New Guinea. L-Cpl Gordon William Marsh, loved and trusted friend of Janet and the late Garnet Graham, Ranelagh. Greater love hath no man than that he lay down his life for his friend.

The Mercury 22 Feb 1944

Marsh, Peter Lionel Barrett

Service Number 408181 Death Date 4/02/1944

Place of Death S.W Pacific area

Cause of Death Flying Accident

Burial Port Moresby Missing Memorial

Marsh Peter Lionel Barrett.jpg (6235 bytes)The following is taken from TASMANIANS AT WAR IN THE AIR 1939-1945 with the kind permission of Brian Winspear    

Disappeared near Suva in February 1944, captain of a new Catalina on a delivery flight from San Diego to Rathmines , New South Wales .  

He was born in Wyong in New South Wales in 1916 and worked at Repco in Launceston Tasmania .  In 1940, he joined the R.A.A.F. and in 1941 he married Val Briggs, daughter of the headmaster of Scotch College .  

He survived two tours flying Catalinas in the Pacific Islands , and it was while he was instructing back at Rathmines that he was sent to the United States to pick up a new Catalina.  

He was a Flt. Lt. and was awarded the DFC posthumously.

Marshall, Douglas Bruce

Service Number TX1645 Death Date 26/10/1943

Place of Death New Guinea

Cause of Death Died from wounds

Burial Lae War Cemetery

Born 29 Apr 1919 Ulverstone Tasmania to William and Lizzie May Marshall (nee Morrison) Pte Marshall was an ironmonger when he enlisted in the AIF. 

Pte Marshall had four brothers, three in the AIF and one in the RAF 

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

 

Marshall, Jack Sidney

Service Number H/1683 Death Date 1/03/1942

Place of Death HMAS Perth (POW Thai Camp)

Cause of Death Malaria

Burial

OBITUARY

STOKER J S. MARSHALL

The death occurred at a Thai prisoner of war camp on March 11 1944 of Stoker Jack S. Marshall, youngest son of Mr and Mrs. W. J. Marshall Strahan street Burnie. Born in Waratah in 1919, ho was educated at the Waratah State School and Technical School, Hobart.

 Stoker Marshal served his apprenticeship as an assayer at the EZ. Co., Rosebery. He transferred to Canbelego (N.SW.), later returning to Tasmania, where ho enlisted in the R.A.N in July, 1941. Stoker Marshall joined H.M.A.S. Perth in January 1942. He has been in various prison camps

The Mercury 7 May 1945

Marshall, John Elliott

Service Number TX424 Death Date 23/07/1942

Place of Death Egypt

Cause of Death Died from wounds

Burial El Alamein War Cemetery

Pte John Elliott Marshall 23 reported died of wounds received in the Egyptian campaign on July 23 was the eldest son of Mr and Mrs J.F.M Marshall of Currie King Island He enlisted In October 1939 and was among the AIF troops who garrisoned Tobruk Before enlisting he was engaged in dairy farming on his father‘s property His father served in the first AIF

MARSHALL.-In loving memory of our son, John Elliott, TX424, died of wounds, El Alamein. July 23, 1942, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Marshall, King Island, and loving brother of Arthur, Sylvia, and Dorothy. -His name liveth for evermore,

The Argus Melbourne 14 Aug 1942

Marshall, Lyall Elvin

Service Number H/1632 Death Date 1/03/1942

Place of Death HMAS Perth

Cause of Death Presumed dead

Burial

Born 1st. March 1919 to Benjamin William Marshall and Elizabeth Ann Marshall (nee Eastley) of Riana Tasmania .  

Lyall was Stoker 2nd Class on H.M.A.S Perth and was presumed dead after the ship was struck by four torpedoes and sunk off Bantam Bay at 0025 with the loss of 352 crew, including Captain H. M. L. Waller. (Another 111 died as POWs.)  

 The ship's remains were discovered by Australian diver David Burchall in 1967.

 Our thanks go to John Mawer for the above photo    

Martin, Albert Lindsay

Service Number TX5557 Death Date 28/06/1945

Place of Death Brunei Bay

Cause of Death Died from wounds

Burial Labuan War Cemetery

LATROBE

KILLED IN ACTION. – Mr and Mrs. I. Martin, of Harford, have received word that their son, Sgt. Bert Martin, has been killed in action. Another son, Allan, who was badly wounded in the Middle East, has been discharged from the forces. A third son Len is serving with the Royal Navy. As a mark of respect to the late Sgt Martin the flag at the Memorial Reserve was flown at half-mast yesterday

Advocate Burnie 7 July 1945

 

Martin, John William

Service Number TX4343 Death Date 1/06/1943

Place of Death POW Thailand

Cause of Death Cholera

Burial Thanbyuzayat War Cem

 

Advice was received yesterday that Sgt J. W. Martin, husband of Mrs J. W. Martin, 58 Alexander St., Sandy Bay, and eldest son of Mr and Mrs J. H. Martin, Upper Burnie, died of illness on June 1, 1943, while a prisoner of war in Siam.

The Mercury 4 Oct 1945

Martin Thomas Edward

Service Number TX136 Death Date 2/02/1943

Place of Death Tasmania

Cause of Death Illness

Burial

Born 17 Mar 1915 Arthur St Newtown to Edward Henry and Emily Etta Martin (nee McConnell.  He was a member of the 2/12 Battalion, became ill and died in Hobart.

MARTIN.-On February 2, 1943, at the Repatriation Hospital, Thomas Edward (late private 2-12th Battalion, 2nd AIF), the dearly beloved eldest son of Henry E and the late Emily Martin, in his 29th year (late of Hamilton).

Photo Courtsey Irene Miller

 

 

Mathews, John

Service Number H/1678 Death Date 2/10/1943

Place of Death HMAS Perth (POW Thai Camp)

Cause of Death Dysentery

Burial

 

Mathews, Maxmillian Joseph

Service Number TX5084 Death Date 24/06/1944

Place of Death At sea near Nagasaki

Cause of Death Drowned

Burial

See Tamahoko Maru

Maxwell, Ian

Service Number H/1004 Death Date 20/11/1941

Place of Death HMAS Sydney

Cause of Death Presumed Killed in Action

Burial

Born 6th March 1914 Hobart Tasmania and when war was declared joined up 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.

He was one of 39 Tasmanians who lost their life in this incident.

Maxwell, Trevor Morris

Service Number TX4070 Death Date 7/10/1941

Place of Death Syria

Cause of Death Accidental death

Burial Allepo British War Cemetery

Graves at the Aleppo War Cemetery, including the grave (second from right) of TX4070 Private (Pte) Trevor Morris Maxwell, 2/12 Battalion, of Bellerive, Tas. Pte Maxwell was accidentally killed in Syria on 7 October 1941.

MAXWELL.-Died on Active Service, killed road accident, Middle East. October 7. 1941. Maxwell, Trevor Morris, second beloved son of Coral and Thomas Maxwell, and/brother of Cedric. A.I.F., Teddie. R.A.N., Mavis, Les. and Russell.

The Mercury 13 Oct 1941 

KILLED IN ACTION HOBART, Monday. - News has been received of the death in the Middle East of Pte Trevor Maxwell, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Maxwell, of Bellerive. Members of the Maxwell family were for many years well-known residents of Yolla and Wilmot. Two brothers of the late Pte Maxwell are serving overseas-Cedric, with the A.I.F., and Edward, in the Navy.

Mr. Thomas Maxwell was an original member of the 3rd  Regiment, 1st A.I.F., and served with this unit in Gallipoli, Egypt and Palestine in 1914-18. Two brothers, Edward (10th Battalion) and William (12th Battalion) also kept up the family tradition in the First World War. They in turn are now represented overseas by their two sons.

                                                                                             Mr. Sid Maxwell, a brother of Messrs T. E. and W. Maxwell, is also serving in this war

Advocate Burnie 21 Oct 1941

Mayhead, Jack Maxwell

Service Number 428011 Death Date 8/06/1944

Place of Death France

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial Collective grave, Seine-et-Oise

The Mercury 23 July 1946

Member of the Forces

MAYHEAD. -Pilot-Officer Jack Maxwell, dearly loyed son of Clarice O. Mayhead. Glencarron, Launceston, and loved brother of Eric and Douglas.

 Buried in cemetery Tacoignieres, France.

Maynard, Vivian Tasman

Service Number TX5433 Death Date 24/06/1944

Place of Death At sea near Nagasaki

Cause of Death Drowned

Burial

See Tamahoko Maru

McCabe, Angus Wolsey

Service Number TX1634 Death Date 6/12/1943

Place of Death New Guinea

Cause of Death Died from wounds

Burial Lae War Cemetery

Born Longford Tasmania to the Reverend Francis Joseph and Ann Muir McCabe of Holy Trinity Church Hobart, Angus was married and a schoolteacher when he enlisted and was posted to 4th Australian Infantry Brigade Sig. Section.  He lost his life in New Guinea where he died from wounds received.

At the time of his death Angus was married and his wife was living in Toowoomba Queensland .

His brother, Donald Wolsey McCabe lost his life when H.M.A.S. Sydney was lost with all hands on 19th. November 1941

McCabe, Donald Wolsey

Service Number A/Sub Lt Death Date 20/11/1941

Place of Death HMAS Sydney

Cause of Death Presumed Killed in Action

Burial

Born 13th December 1921 at Ulverstone Tasmania to the Reverend Francis Joseph and Ann Muir McCabe of Holy Trinity Church Hobart Donald was 19 years old when he enlisted and was posted to H.M.A.S. Sydney.

He was a Sub Lieutenant 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 

A brother of Donald, Angus Wolsey McCabe also lost his life 6th December 1943 in New Guinea when he died from wounds received.  He was a schoolteacher, born at Longford and married when he enlisted. His wife was living in Queensland when he was killed.

McCarron, Leslie Robert

Service Number TX5904 Death Date 3/07/1943

Place of Death POW Tarso Thailand

Cause of Death cholera

Burial Kanburi War Cemetery

Born 9 June 1908 Gunn St Invermay Launceston to Alfred and Eleanor Ambrosine McCarron (nee Garrett) Pte McCarron was a Driver in Launceston before he enlisted in the 2/40 Australian Infantry Battalion. 

He was a POW at Tarso Thailand and contracted cholera from which he died. 

He is commemorated at the Kanburi War Cemetery

Photograph by Linda McKenzie

 

McCormack, Kenneth Alfred

Service Number TX4082 Death Date 4/05/1941

Place of Death Tobruk

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial Libya Middle East

 

 MCCORMACK.-Killed in" action, Middle East, May, 1941, Pte Kenneth Alfred, son of the late Mrs Spong, and loved brother of Cyril, Jack. Jim (RAAF), Fred. (AIF) Mrs E. Hawkes, and Mrs T. Trueman

The Mercury 7 Apr 1943

McCulloch, Donald John

Service Number TX3852 Death Date 7/08/1943

Place of Death POW Thailand

Cause of Death illness, dystentery

Burial Thanbyuzayat War Cem

The Mercury 29 Sep 1945

MCCULLOCH.-Died of illness while prisoner of war in Thailand, August 7, 1943, TX3S52 D. J. McCulloch, beloved eldest son of Mr and Mrs J. F. Mcculloch, Waratah, and dearly loved brother of Vera (Mrs E. Cole, Queenstown), Arthur (AIF), and Les (RAN).

donald mcculloch.jpg (239852 bytes)

McCulloch, Hugh John

Service Number 410698 Death Date 28/08/1943

Place of Death Germany

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial Durnbach War Cemetery

Hugh McCulloch.jpg (50177 bytes)Born 11 May 1917 at Ulverstone Tasmania the son of Albert John and Olive Elizabeth McCulloch (nee Smith) Hugh was a teacher before enlisting in the RAAF 

FO McCulloch was killed whilst on operations with RAF 207 Squadron over Germany on 28 August, 1943. 

The Mercury 16 Nov 1943

Ulverstone Airman Killed In Action

F-Officer Hugh John Mcculloch, only son of Mr A. J. Mcculloch, Ulverstone, and the late Mrs Mcculloch, previously reported missing after air operations on August 27, has now been reported killed in action.

F-Officer Mcculloch was born at Ulverstone, and was educated at the Ulverstone School, and Devonport High School, and graduated from the University as a Bachelor of Arts. He was a member of the Education Dept for three years, and then accepted a position as a resident master at the Caulfield Grammar School (V): He completed his Air Force training in England, and was attached to a Lancaster squadron as a navigator.Hugh McCulloch 2nd from right.jpg (215201 bytes)

F-Officer Mcculloch was 26 years of age. Last year he married Miss Marjorie Brittingham, only daughter of Mr and Mrs A. F. Brittingham, Elsternwick (V).

Second from right

McCulloch, John G Gordon

Service Number TX312 Death Date 18/05/1941

Place of Death Tobruk

Cause of Death Died from wounds

Burial Tobruk War Cemetery

Born 18th May 1914 Abbotsham Tasmania to James Henry and Susan Mary McCulloch (nee Burston) and married to Kathleen Florence Wilson.   He was a labourer when he enlisted in the AIF and was posted to the 2/12th Battalion.

He died from wounds received in Libya and is commemorated in the Tobruk War Cemetery.

 

McDermott, Robert James

Service Number 30029 Death Date 7/02/1945

Place of Death Off Norway

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial Memorial

Missing F-0 Now Presumed Dead

F-Officcer Robert James McDermott, who is now presumed dead, was reported missing in a meteorological flight over Norway on Feb 7, 1945

He was educated at the Princes St. State School and Technical School, and was on the clerical staff of the Hydro Electric Commission at Hobart at the time of his enlistment. He was a keen musician, and had attended the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. Prior to his death he was attending the Trinity College of Music in London, and had been accepted as a student for Oxford University. He was a member of the Masonic Order.

He was single, and a son of Mr and Mrs J. J. McDermott, Proctors Rd., Hobart.

The Mercury 7 Feb 1946

McDiarmid, Oswald Charles

Service Number TX5538 Death Date 5/05/1943

Place of Death New Guinea

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial Lae War Cemetery

KILLED IN ACTION

CPL OSWALD McDIARMID

Third son of Mrs R. M. McDiarmid New Norfolk, who was killed in action in New Guinea on May 7 Cpl McDiarmid, who was 23 enlisted immediately on the outbreak of war and served in the Middle East. Mrs McDiarmid has two other sons, Keith and Ellis, serving in the A1F, and her eldest son, Thomas, is working in the war zone with the CCC.

 

McDonald Frank Clifford Edwin

Service Number VX78862 Death Date 6/11/1943

Place of Death New Guinea

Cause of Death Wounds

Burial

Born Launceston Tasmania to Frank Victor and Ida McDonald Pte McDonald was a casemaker before enlisting in the 2/23 Australian Infantry Battalion.

 The Mercury 22 Nov 1943

Mrs S. C. Chick. Lilydale has received advice that her grandson Pte Clifford McDonald, died of wounds in New Guinea on Nov 6

Pte McDonald was born at Launceston, and was the son of Mr and Mrs Frank McDonald, of Melbourne. He also served in the Middle East. Another grandson, PteAllen Chick of St. Helens, is a prisoner of war in Java.

 

McDonald, Jack

Service Number TX8237 Death Date 26/06/1944

Place of Death POW At sea off Sumatra

Cause of Death drowned

Burial

 

McDonald, Lachlan Robert

Service Number TX3178 Death Date 24/08/1943

Place of Death POW Hintock Thailand

Cause of Death cholera

Burial Kanburi War Cemetery

McGuire, Edward John

Service Number TX16222 Death Date 31/07/1945

Place of Death Bougainville

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial Bomana War Cemetery

KILLED IN ACTION. - Word was received yesterday that Pte Edward McGuire, who had previously been reported missing, had been killed in action. Pte. McGuire was the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. E. C. McCuire, George Street, and was well-known throughout the district. He was closely associated with the Latrobe Homing Society.

He is commemorated at the Bomana War Cemetery

McGuire, Leslie William

Service Number TX2308 Death Date 24/10/1942

Place of Death Australia

Cause of Death Died from injuries

Burial Alice Springs War Cemetery

McGuire_Leslie_William.jpg (23253 bytes)Born 8th Jan 1913 5 Stanley Street Hobart to Leslie Benjamin and Ruby Olive Irene McGuire (nee Grubb)

The Mercury 27 Oct 1942

McGUIRE.-As a result of accident on October 26, 1942, Spr Leslie McGuire, AIF beloved son of Leslie, Sandy Bay and the late Ruby McGuire, and beloved brother of Mabel (Mrs E. Hyndes), aged 29 years.

McGurk, Lindsay Vincent

Service Number TX15915 Death Date 11/10/1944

Place of Death Hume Weir

Cause of Death Drowned

Burial Albury War Cemetery

McKay, Bernard Linton

Service Number TX677 Death Date 11/01/1943

Place of Death New Guinea

Cause of Death Body not located

Burial

Born 4th December 1912 and died 11th January 1943 in New Guinea .  Unfortunately, the cross placed to mark his burial was removed and even though it has been searched for on many occasions it has not been found  

He was awarded the Military Medal with the following citation  

“In the early hours of 15 May 1941 the position occupied by 2/12Bn on the perimeter of Tobruk defenses was attacked by tanks and infantry under cover of heavy artillery and mortar fire.  Line communication with the various posts was disrupted and this non-commissioned officer worked untiringly and with complete disregard for personal danger on the task of restoring the lines.  He ably directed the work of the Signal Platoon in the absence of the Signal Officer, who was a casualty, and throughout the daylight hours of the 16th worked under heavy machine gun and shell fire in areas under complete observation by the enemy.  His personal example and devotion to duty was an inspiration to all ranks. “

The Mercury 26 Jan 1943

Mr and Mrs A. B. McKay, of Launceston, have been advised that their only son, Sgt Bernard Linton McKay, has been killed in action. Sgt McKay, who was aged 30 years, was born at Evandale, and educated at the Devonport High School. Prior to enlisting he was employed by the Tasmanian Government Railways. He married Miss Mollie Rawson, of Launceston. Sgt McKay was awarded the Military Medal for conspicuous bravery at Tobruk. . For some years he was a member of the Second.

McKay, Colin Maxwell

Service Number H/1213 Death Date 24/11/1942

Place of Death SS Katoomba

Cause of Death Died result of fall

Burial Rookwood War Cemetery

McKay Colin Maxwell.jpg (406103 bytes)Gnr Colin Maxwell McKay, RAN, who lost his life as the result of accident while on active service, was buried in Sydney with full naval honours on November 25. He was the second son of the late Henry and Mabel McKay, of Kempton, and prior to enlistment lived in Launceston. He is survived by his wife, who lives at Underwood.

The Mercury 3 Dec 1942

McKenzie, Thomas Leslie

Service Number 21377 Death Date 1/03/1942

Place of Death HMAS Perth (ship lost)

Cause of Death Presumed dead

Burial

Lost In HMAS Perth Disaster

It was announced in Canberra this week that the death must be presumed of Ldg Steward Thomas Leslie Alick McKenzie, of ll Livingstone St., South Hobart.

Ldg Steward McKenzie was a member of the Australian cruiser Perth, which was lost in the Java Sea on March 1, 1942. He served with the vessel during the battle of Cape Matapan and the Greece evacúation.in the Mediterranean before he was transferred to the Netherlands East Indies.

He was educated at St. Virgil's  College, Hobart.

The Mercury 28 Feb 1946 

McLaine, Grantham Stanhope

Service Number 408468 Death Date 23/02/1945

Place of Death United Kingdom

Cause of Death died of injuries

Burial RAF Cemetery, Chester

Airman's Death from Illness

Advice has been received that Ft Sgt Grantham Stanhope Maclaine died recently in Salford Royal Hospital, Manchester England, after illness.

F-Sgt Maclaine was educated at the Launceston High School, and subsequently was employed by Messrs Wise,Lord, and Ferguson, accountants, Hobart. Enlisting in the RAAF during 1941, F-Sgt Maclaine trained in Australia prior to proceeding to England for duty in November, 1943. He was aged 23, and has four brothers--Lt A. G. Maclaine, Sgt G. S. Maclaine, Sig K. A. Maclaine, and Pte F-Sgt Maclaine

F-Sgt Maclaine was the third son of Mr G. S. Maclaine, formerly of Clarke Island, and

Now living at 28 Hillside Crescent Launceston

The Mercury 13 Mar 1945

McLeod, Horace Francis

Service Number TX1064 Death Date 15/05/1940

Place of Death Middle East

Cause of Death Accidental drowning

Burial Buried at sea

The Mercury 3 May 1940

McLEOD.-On May I5, 1940, accidentally drowned while on active service, Private Horace Francis Roy, Second A.I.F., youngest son of Mrs. M. E. McLeod, ll Irvine, Street, Inveresk, in his 25th year. R.I.P.

McLoughlin, Eric Markham

Service Number H/1292 Death Date

Place of Death 20/11/1940

Cause of Death HMAS Goorangai (collision at sea)

Burial Presumed drowned

McLoughlin Eric Markham.jpg (265975 bytes)Born Hobart Tasmania to Frank Joseph and Christina Markham McLoughlin, Eric was listed as a Marine Fireman when he enlisted and was a stoker on HMAS Goorangai which holds the distinction of being the first Royal Australian Navy vessel lost in World War 2.  

It was about 8.30 in the evening of 20th November and HMAS Goorangai was steaming from Queenscliff to Portsea when she was struck forward of the funnel by HMAT Duntroon which was leaving Sydney loaded with troops.  The Goorangai was cut in two and sank in less than a minute.  

Wartime security prevented Duntroon from switching on searchlights to look for survivors but she did lower lifeboats, fire rockets and sound three blasts on the whistle to alert the residents of Queenscliff.  

Despite an extensive search none of the crew was found alive and only six bodies were recovered

McMillan, John Howie

Service Number H/247 Death Date 10/01/1942

Place of Death HMAS Toorie

Cause of Death Died of illness

Burial Cremated Adelaide (ashes Tas)

Born 3 Dec 1911Montpelier St Hobart to Henry and Catherine McMillan (nee Howie)

Ldg Seaman McMillan was a grocery assistant before he joined the R.A.N.R.

After his death he was cremated in Adelaide and his ashes were sent to Hobart and placed at Cornelian Bay. 

The Mercury 12 Jan 1942

MCMILLAN.-Suddenly, at Adelaide, on January 10, 1942, John Howie, youngest son of Henry and the late Catherine McMillan, and loving brother of Andrew and Mary (Mrs. F. Wise), In his 29th year, R.A.N., Cremation at Adelaide.

McNab, Malcolm James

Service Number TX5685 Death Date 18/07/1943

Place of Death POW Tamarkan Thailand

Cause of Death Beri Beri, 

Burial Kanburi War Cemetery

Born 9th January 1902 Staverton Tasmania to Donld and Alice Caroline McNab (nee Jubb) Pte McNab was a prisoner of war in Tamarkan Thailand when he died on the 18th July 1943 – cause of death -beri beri. 

He is commemorated in the Kanchanburi  War Cemetery

Photo by Linda McKenzie

McNeill, Andrew David

Service Number TX2897 Death Date 14/03/1942

Place of Death Timor

Cause of Death Died of wounds

Burial Galala War Cemetery

The Mercury 3 Oct 1945

Mr J. A. McNeill, Triabunna, has received advice from the Minister for the Army (Mr Forde) that his son, Cpl Andrew David McNeill, died of wounds. No date was stated.

 

McOrmand, Thomas Vernon

Service Number TX721 Death Date 18/12/1944

Place of Death Germany

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial Klagenfurt British Cemetery

Born Campbell Town Tasmania to William John and Kate May McOrmond, Thomas was listed as living at 16 Middle Street Launceston and described as a labourer when he enlisted.  

He was one of many young men sent to Greece to fight a battle they could not win and was later captured and taken to Stalag 18A Wolfsberg in Austria .  

On the 18th December 1944 at 12.30 in the afternoon the camp was bombed by American aircraft (72 high explosive bombs were dropped) destroying two of the barrack blocks and damaging the hospital.  Approximately 48 prisoners of war were killed in this raid including Thomas Vernon McOrmond.  

The Red Cross later made an official complaint to the Americans about the attack.

McPherson Alan

Service Number VX40839 Death Date 25/10/1943

Place of Death Thailand

Cause of Death Beri Beri, 

Burial Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery

During the Second World War he enlisted as VX40839 Lance Corporal (L Cpl) McPherson, 2/10 Field Company, Royal Australian Engineers. L Cpl McPherson was captured by the Japanese when Singapore fell, and imprisoned in Changi. Later transferred to various work camps on the Burma Thailand Railway, he worked on the Burmese section of the railway. He died on 25 October 1943, suffering from beriberi, dysentery, jungle fever and malaria, and is buried in Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery, Myanmar (Burma). 

The Mercury 12 Oct 1945

Spr Alan McPherson, son of Mr and Mrs A. McPherson. 396 Liverpool St., Hobart; died of illness while a prisoner after capture at Singapore.

McPherson Mervyn Albert

Service Number VX39656 Death Date 1/7/1942

Place of Death South West Pacific Area

Cause of Death Lost at sea

Burial

 

Pte Mervyn McPherson brother of Miss P. McPherson, 294 Murray St., Hobart; previously reported missing now presumed dead. He was a bandsman in the 2/22nd Battalion

 

McQuitty, Robert John

Service Number 408338 Death Date 24/06/1944

Place of Death North West Europe

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial Plougonvelin Comm. Cem. France

see also WILLIAM MORRISON MCQUITTY

HOBART MAN FOR U.K. CEREMONY

CANBERRA, Wed. - The Prime Minister (Mr. Menzies) announced  tonight that the personnel of the delegation which would represent Australia at the unveiling of the Ajr Force memorial at Runnymede (England,) By the Queen on October 17 would include two Tasmanians.

They were the Agent-General for Tasmania (Sir Eric von Bibra) and Mr. J. MoQuittty, of South Hobart.

The delegation will be led by the Australian High Coanmisioner in London (Sir Thomas White).

Mr. Menzies said Mr. McQuitty had three sons who served with the R.A.A.F., two of whom were killed.

The eldest, Bill (William Morrison) McQuitty volunteered when war broke out in 1939. He was drowned at sea nine months after' he left Australia when he was returning to base in a badly battered plane from a successful operation.

The other two sons, Robert John and David, joined the R.A.A.F. when they turned 18. Robert was killed during the invasion of Europe on June 24,1944. His plane was blown to bits while on a mine-layingoperation off Brest.  David, the' youngest son, was the only member of the family who completed his training in Australia. He served in the European zone and was stationed in England when his second brother was killed.

The Mercury 13 Aug 1953

McQuitty, Wm Morrison

Service Number 408014 Death Date 9/07/1941

Place of Death North Sea

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial Memorial

See also Robert John McQuitty (brother)

HOBART AIRMAN MISSING

Father's Protest At Lack of Official Advice

SGT-PILOT WILLIAM MORRISON McQuitty (20) son of Mr and the late Mrs James McQuittv of Glen St Hobart is reported missing. In the latest British Air Ministry casualty list It is stated unofficially that he was drowned while returning from a bombing raid over Germany

His father said last night he had received no official notification that his son was missing Last week he said I received a cablegram from my father n Belfast ex pressing deepest sympathy and I wondered .what this referred to then I saw an article in a mainland newspaper about William and his supposed death

I wrote to the Air Board immediately asking it to check the statements and the board informed me by telegram that it would make inquiries in London. That is all I have heard. Mv family and I have been in suspense waiting for something official and Î hope other parents are not treated like this

McQuitty’s heroism was commented on last week by the London correspondent of a mainland newspaper It was stated that he and three other members of the crew of a bomber were drowned while returning from Germany.

McQuitty s Whitley bomber (said this correspondent) was hit severely while he was flying to his objective On one engine he flew on amid a hail of shells the shrapnel from which made many holes in the fuselage and wings of the bomber McQuitty however piloted the aircraft as if nothing had happened continuously losing height until he was over his target when he released his bombs

He then began the perilous return flight of more than 200 miles across the sea It appeared that he would be able to land his machine but suddenly the overworked engine seized and the aircraft planed down to the water.It was then nine miles from the coast which normally the crew would have had  an excellent chance of reaching in their rubber dinghy When the dinghy was launched however it was impossible to inflate it because it had been punctured by shrapnel. The crew then had to rely on their Mae Wests (lifebelts) When the rear gunner-a poor swimmer-tried to in date his he found that it had been punctured and could not be inflated

The observer-a strapping fellow and a strong swimmer-thereupon handed his life belt to the gunner The observer reached the shore hours afterwards exhausted after having avoided the menace of coastal defence devices

I last saw McQuitty he said calmlv standing on the top of the fuselage giving advice and instructions in an effort to save his companions He was wizard (Wizard is an R A F word indicating super excellence)

McQuitty was interested in aviation from boyhood He was an enthusiastic adherent of gliding and from this he graduated to power flying He obtained his A class licence at Cambridge Tasmania a few weeks after the war broke out At  RAAF training school he topped the school with 99 p c in practical flying tests After completing his training he was draftediInto theI Royal Air Force.

We are still hopeful the news that Will was drowned is not true said Mr McQuitty tonight.

The Mercury 4 Aug 1941 

McShane, Gerald

Service Number TX4383 Death Date 1/07/1942

Place of Death On board Montevideo Maru

Cause of Death at sea

Burial

 

Gnr G. J. Mcshane, eldest son of Mr and Mrs M. J. Mcshane 9 Patrick St., Hobart; believed died while prisoner after capture at Rabaul.

 

Meagher William Redmond

Service Number  Death Date

Place of Death

Cause of Death

Burial

DIED OF WOUNDS

Mrs. A. Meagher, Lillimur Road. Ormond, Victoria, has been notified by cable, from England that her second son William Redmond Meagher (Royal Fusiliers), died of wounds on August 17, and was buried al Hull. Mr. Meagher was born at Zeehan, and was educated at the Convent School, and at St. Virgil's College. Hobart. He left Melbourne early in 1939 visiting China, India, Italy, France, England and Eire, where he lived for a time during which he became a corporal in the Army of Eire. After unsuccessfully attempting to join the Australian Forces abroad, he joined the Royal Fusiliers. He was a son of the late Mr. W. F. Meagher, and brother of the late Mr. D. F. Meagher, both well known Tasmanian and mainland journalists.

 

Medhurst, Raymond Lyell

Service Number TX12264 Death Date 27/04/1944

Place of Death Darwin

Cause of Death Accidental death

Burial Adelaide River War Cemetery

Member of the Forces

Medhurst Raymond Lyell.jpg (88878 bytes)MEDHURST.-In fondest memory of our dear son, Pte R. L. (Ray), who was accidentally killed in Queensland on April 27, 1944.

Just a year ago today, dear Ray, since you were called away;

Your duty, dear, was nobly done.

We are proud indeed' to call you our son.

To think, we did not see you alive again will always bring regret.

But the ones who loved you dearly Are the ones that won't forget.

Inserted by his loving mother, father, sisters, and brothers. 

'MEDHURST.-In loving memory of our dear brother and our uncle ' Pte' Raymond Lyell (Bub), Nb : 12264, AU, accidentally killed somewhere in Queensland on April 27 ; 1944.

Dearer to us than words can tell was the brother we lost and loved so well;

A cheerful smile, a heart of gold, The dearest brother this world could hold.

Inserted by his loving brother and sister-in-law, Albert and Beatrice nieces. Lois and Gladys, and nephew Raymond, Allan Vale, Great Lake.

The Mercury 27 Apr 1945 

Meers, Gordon Carl

Service Number TX4634 Death Date 22/02/1942

Place of Death Timor

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial Galala War Cemetery

Born 26 Nov 1909 George St Latrobe to Andrew Frances and Doris Ellen Veronica Meers (nee McInerney) 

He was the Tasmanian welter weight boxing champion in 1939

 

Mercer, John Athol

Service Number TX966 Death Date 3/09/1942

Place of Death New Guinea

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial Bomana War Cemetery

 

TX966 Lance Corporal (L Cpl) John Athol Mercer, 2/12th Battalion AIF. Cpl Mercer enlisted at Brighton, Tas, on 19 February 1940 and was killed in action in New Guinea on 3 September 1942. Formerly a railway worker from Wynyard, Tasmania he was 24.

 

Merritt, Robert

Service Number TX5341 Death Date 14/03/1945

Place of Death POW Thailand

Cause of Death shot attempting to escape

Burial Kanburi War Cemetery

Robert Merritt was the youngest of 9 children to William and Clara Merritt born on the 11th Nov 1922 in Derby Tasmania.

He joined up at the age of 17 and on the 6th May 1944, a note was sent courtesy of the Imperial Japanese Army to a sister to inform of his capture as a POW.

The family had been told that Robert would leave the POW camp to source food for others and was warned on more than one occassion that it should cease or dire consequences of his actions would be taken.

He was executed by the Japanese at Ubon Thailand attempting to escape

Thankyou to Daryl Maxwell for the above information

Middleton, Bertram John

Service Number 408052 Death Date 5/08/1944

Place of Death Banda Island

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial Adelaide River War Cemetery

HOBART AIRMAN KILLED

F-Officer Middleton

Mrs B. J. Middleton, of Hobart, has been notified of the death of her husband, F-Officer Bertram John Middleton, on Aug. 5 as the result of air operations. F-Officer Middleton was a member of the crew of a Liberator bomber which was damaged by enemy fire while carrying out armed reconnaissance in a northern operational area. He was 25.

Before enlisting with the RAAF in 1939, F-Officer Middleton served abroad for nearly three years, and was recently awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal. He was the eldest son of Mrs K. Middleton, of Dennes Pt., North Bruny, and was educated at St. Virgil's College, Hobart. Before enlisting he was employed in the Magisterial Dept., Hobart.

 In January F-Officer Middleton married Miss Jean Nichols, daughter of Mr and Mrs W. H. Nichols. Hill St.. Hobart.

The Mercury 7 Aug 1944

Mildenhall, Rupert

Service Number TX1144 Death Date 6/11/1941

Place of Death Palestine Middle East

Cause of Death Died from injuries

Burial Gaza War Memorial

Miller, Keith Hector

Service Number TX4258 Death Date 15/06/1943

Place of Death POW Thailand

Cause of Death Accidental death

Burial Thanbyuzayat War Cem

MILLER.-Pte Keith Hector Miller, late of Geeveston, youngest son of the late Mr and Mrs J. F. Miller, late of Queenstown, beloved and loving brother of Cecil (Brighton) and Ernie (Melbourne). Accidentally killed whilst prisoner of war at Moulmein, in Japanese hands, on June 8, 1943 aged 33 years. Loved by all who knew him. In God's care.

The Mercury 7th Jan 1944

Miller, Solomon

Service Number TX5799 Death Date 18/12/1943

Place of Death POW Thailand

Cause of Death comp. following amputation

Burial Kanburi War Cemetery

Mills, John Lloyd

Service Number TX2737 Death Date 22/02/1942

Place of Death Timor

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial Galala War Cemetery

S-Sgt J. L. (Jock) Mills, only son of Mrs V. Mills, 152 Elizabeth St.. Hobart, killed in action in Timor;

MILLS-TX2737 S-Sgt J. L. (Jock) Mills, 2/40th Battalion, killed in action, date unknown, only son of Mrs V. Mills, and loving brother of Dorothy and Lorna (Mrs L. Rutter, Devonport). . Greater love hath no man .....

Mills, William John

Service Number  Death Date

Place of Death

Cause of Death

Burial

DIED OF WOUNDS

GNR W. J. MILLS

Son of Mrs A. Malley, of Hobart, and the late Mr Charles Mills, who has died of wounds

in the Middle East.

Milne, Adrian

Service Number TX5073 Death Date 24/06/1944

Place of Death At sea near Nagasaki

Cause of Death Drowned

Burial

See Tamahoko Maru

Milne, William Thomas

Service Number TX3280 Death Date 22/02/1942

Place of Death Timor

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial

KILLED IN ACTION

Tho late Cpl. W. T. Milne, who was the second son of Mrs. M. Milne, of 34 Wenvoe street, Devonport, and the

late Mr. T. Milne, was with tho 2/-40th Battalion in Timor when the Japanese overran that territory in 1942. Ho was reported a P.O.W., but has now been reported killed in action at that time. Ho enlisted 5 years ago at the ago of 18, when his parents resided at Mooreville Road Burnie.

The Advocate Burnie 5 Oct 1945

Mitchell Reginald Ernest

Service Number 401577 Death Date 3/12/1942

Place of Death United Kingdom

Cause of Death Flying Accident

Burial St Stephen Fradley Alrewas, Staffs

Born Devonport Tasmania to Albert James and Louisa Alice Mitchell, he was a school teacher when he enlisted in the R.A.A.F.

MITCHELL.-On December 3, 1942, Sergeant Reg. E. Mitchell, beloved younger son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Mitchell, 87 William Street, Devonport, and loving brother of Dolly (Mrs. Claude Smith) and Charlie, of Sydney. (Result of aircraft accident.) Internment December 8th at Bradley, Staffordshire, England.

Mitchell, Cyril

Service Number 207670 Death Date 29/06/1945

Place of Death Sydney

Cause of Death Ground Accident

Burial Sydney War Cemetery

Mitchell Cyril.jpg (32053 bytes)

Mitchell, Harold D Gordon

Service Number TX3690 Death Date 22/02/1942

Place of Death Timor

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial

Born 3rd September 1905 St. Mary’s Tasmania to William Henry and Mary Ann Mitchell (nee Walters) Pte Mitchell was killed in action 22nd February 1942 as reported in The Mercury 2nd October 1945 in Timor.

Mr W. G. Mitchell, St. Marys has received official advice that his brother, Pte Harold Douglas Gordon Mitchell, of St. Marys was killed in action. No date was given.

Mitchell, Jack

Service Number 408312 Death Date 22/01/1944

Place of Death Germany

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial Berlin War Cemetery

The following article appeared in “Airforce News” and is reproduced here with the kind permission of the author Captain Phil Pyke  

Bomber crew remembered

The crew of N-Nuts, shortly before they were killed: (from left): Ken Francis, Jack Mitchell, Reg Corcoran, William Summers, Ron Gallagher, Lawrence Pearse and Tony Atkinson.

The crew of N-Nuts, shortly before they were killed: (from left): Ken Francis, Jack Mitchell, Reg Corcoran, William Summers, Ron Gallagher, Lawrence Pearse and Tony Atkinson.

 

The cross erected in memory of Pilot Officer Jack Mitchell.

The cross erected in memory of Pilot Officer Jack Mitchell.

 

 Wiith the cross is a plinth, bearing the names of the crew members.

With the cross is a plinth, bearing the names of the crew members.

By CAPT Phil Pyke

IT would be hard to find a more isolated memorial in Tasmania .

On the peak of Sugarloaf , overlooking the Jordan Valley in the State’s Midlands , sits a simple white cross. This is a memorial to a young man from the area who led a bomber crew over Germany .

Pilot Officer  Jack Mitchell was the pilot of Lancaster bomber N-Nuts on a raid over Magdeburg , southwest of Berlin , in January 1944.

On its return 60 years ago, the Lancaster was shot down. The crew were listed as missing until the end of the war when it was found they had been buried with full military honours by the Germans.

On his last leave home, Jack Mitchell climbed to the top of Sugarloaf with some friends and jammed a stick between rocks on the peak. As he did so, he declared, “I wonder if this will be here when I come home?”

His Lancaster , from No. 467 Squadron RAAF, was the only bomber not to return from the Magdeburg raid.

On hearing the news, PLTOFF Mitchell’s father, Cliff, climbed to where his son had placed his stick and erected a wooden cross. In time a wooden shield was added,
commemorating the Lancaster crew.

As time went on, Cliff Mitchell passed away and the wooden cross fell down. It would seem this is the end of the story.

However, in 1981, local landowner Tony Bisdee manufactured a new cross of tubular steel and set it in concrete on the peak of the mountain. He used a tractor and winch system to haul the 3m cross up the steep slope.

Nine years on, the Air Force and the Bothwell Historical Society climbed to the top of Sugarloaf and held a memorial service.

A special gathering was held in 1994 – 50 years to the day since the Lancaster and crew were shot down – and since then a memorial service has been held on the peak most years on January 22.

The names of the other RAAF crew members and one RAF crew member have also been added on plaques.

In front of locals from the Bothwell area at this year’s service, CO No. 29 (City of Hobart) Squadron Wing Commander Geoff O’Hara recounted the story of the crew of the Lancaster on their final mission over Germany 60 years before, after which the Ode to the Fallen was read.

Squadron Leader Alan Robertson, XO 29SQN, said the cross was important as a memorial to a single bomber crew – and a tribute from the community.

“This rural area strongly felt the loss of this bright young man in 1944,” he said.
“Unfortunately, details of their deaths weren’t confirmed until 1948. As time went on, people in the area felt an appropriate memorial was required.

“Although the peak of Sugarloaf is isolated, it is certainly an appropriate place not only just to remember the crew of the Lancaster bomber N-Nuts and Jack Mitchell, but also all RAAF bomber crews who served in World War II.

Mitchell, John George R

Service Number 887600 Death Date 8/12/1943

Place of Death Richmond, Victoria

Cause of Death Ground Accident

Burial Springvale War Cemetery

Mitchell John George.jpg (288371 bytes)

Moffatt, Albert John

Service Number 408352 Death Date 26/06/1944

Place of Death Middle East

Cause of Death Flying Accident

Burial Alexandria Military Cemetery

See also MOFFATT, CHARLES GEORGE (brother)  

Warrant Officer Albert John Moffatt was born Ingham Queensland to Ralph and Elsie Elizabeth Moffatt but the family were living and working in Launceston when war broke out.  Albert was a shop assistant in Launceston when he enlisted in the RAAF

 

Moffatt, Charles George

Service Number TX5334 Death Date 30/08/1942

Place of Death New Guinea

Cause of Death Presumed

Burial

Charles George Moffatt was born 12 June 1918 Ingham Queensland to Ralph and Elsie Elizabeth Moffatt but the family were living and working in Launceston when war broke out. He enlisted in Launceston on the 24 April 1941  

The Mercury 2 May 1946

AMF Casualties

MOFFATT. C. G., Pte (Inf). Launceston. Previously reported missing, believed killed, now presumed dead

Moore, George Albert

Service Number TX15435 Death Date 20/06/1946

Place of Death Royal Hobart Hospital

Cause of Death Cerebral haemorrhage

Burial Tasmanian War Cemetery

MOORE.-On June 20, 1946, at Royal Hobart Hospital, George Albert (Cpl 2nd AIF), loved and loving husband of Kathleen Moore, of 15 Lefroy St., North Hobart, and loved and loving father of Peter, George, Colleen, and Anthony, aged 35 years. Requiescat in pace.

Moore, Gordon Albert

Service Number TX3067 Death Date 11/01/1943

Place of Death New Guinea

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial Bomana War Cemetery

See also NOEL LESLIE MOORE (brother)

Born 26 May 1916 at Scottsdale, Tasmania, the son of Albert Edward Moore and Rose Elizabeth Jenkins and was married 13 Sep 1939 at Scottsdale. There were two children to the marriage Barbara Dawn and Richard Gordon.

Gordon Albert served with the 2/12 Australian Infantry Battalion along with his brother

Noel Leslie Moore who was killed in action in the Tobruk campaign. 

He was killed in action in New Guinea and was buried at the Bomana War Cemetery. 

We would like to thank Gaele Arnott nee Moore for the photo and information above

Moore, Noel Leslie

Service Number TX202 Death Date 3/4/05/1941

Place of Death Tobruk

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial Acroma Military Cemetery

See also GORDON ALBERT MOORE (brother)   

Born 5 Feb 1922 at Liettinna, Tasmania, the youngest son and 8th of 9 children for Albert Edward Moore and Rose Elizabeth Jenkins, Noel Leslie Moore enlisted for army service in October 1939. He was 17 years of age. A country boy reared to work on a farm, he knew courage and stamina in all conditions and weather.  The tragedy of war is the loss of lives too young to have really lived life as we would wish him to know it, and yet in those 18 months of army service Noel would have experienced hardship, 'mateship', exultation and emotion most of us will never know. He was killed in action 4th May 1941at Tobruk – he was only 19!

Mr and Mrs. A. E. Moore of Scottsdale have received notification from the Minister for the Army of the death in action of their youngest son, Private Noel Leslie Moore. Private Moore who was a pupil of the Scottsdale High School, joined the Railway Department and was employed at Launceston when he enlisted. He was among the first to offer their services, and has three brothers serving, Lance-Corporal Gordon Moore, Sapper R. F. Moore and Private Albert Moore.

We would like to thank Gaele Arnott  nee Moore for the photo and information above
Morgan, Victor Allen

Service Number 88726 Death Date 14/08/1945

Place of Death New Guinea

Cause of Death Flying Accident

Burial Lae Missing Memorial

MORGAN.-On August 14, 1945, on active service, Victor Allen, RAAF, son of J. W. Morgan (Waratah), brother of Colin Morgan Hobart , and nephew of A. L. and L. M. Morgan (Queenstown), aged 22 years. Previously reported missing, now presumed dead. Dearly loved, sadly missed._

The Mercury 5 Feb 1947

Morgan, Wesley Leonard

Service Number 408112 Death Date 12/01/1942

Place of Death Celebes Island

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial Ambon Missing Memorial

R.A.A.F. Casualty

Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Morgan, of South Burnie, have been advised that their son, Sgt.-Pilot Wesley Morgan, is reported missing and is believed to have lost his life as a result of air operations, on January 12. Sgt Morgan joined the R.A.A.F. 13 months ago and received his wings after six months' training. He was 24 years of age and was born at Wynyard. He lived in Burnie for-4 years before he enlisted. Besides having been a prominent member of the Surf Life-Saving Club, he was captain of the Baptist Hockey Club, and played cricket and tennis.

The Mercury 16 Jan 1942 

 

Morley, Arthur

Service Number 411593 Death Date 4/07/1943

Place of Death Belgium

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial Hotton War Cemetery

Born 14 Aug 1911 54 Abbot St Launceston to John and Mary Ann Morley (nee Jones)

Flt Sgt Morley was on the staff of The Commercial Traveller’s Club in Sydney when he enlisted in the RAAF. 

He lost his life in Belgium and is commemorated at the Hotton War Cemetery.

Morley, Hector Basil

Service Number TX2663 Death Date 1/12/1943

Place of Death POW Tasao Thailand

Cause of Death Dysentery

Burial Kanburi War Cemetery

The Mercury 15 Oct 1945

MORLEY.-TX2603 Pte Hector B. beloved husband of. Beryl, and dearly loved father of Michael and Paul; died of illness in Siam on December 1, 1943.

 

Morris Lawrence

Service Number  Death Date

Place of Death

Cause of Death

Burial

 

DIED FROM WOUNDS

Pte Lawrence Grae Morris, youngest son of Mr. and the late Mrs. W. J. Morris, of Mt. Nicholas, who has died from wounds in Malaya. He joined the A.l.F. in 1940 in New South Wales, and had been abroad 12 months. His sister Lucy, lives at Battery Point, Hobart, and brother, William, is in camp at Brighton.

 

Morrison, Nancy Jean

Service Number 110471 Death Date 21/11/1945

Place of Death Sydney

Cause of Death died of injuries

Burial Sydney War Cemetery

Morrison Nancy Jean.jpg (39665 bytes)Born 20 Aug 1922 Currie King Island Tasmania to Ernest William and Margaret Elsie Morrison (nee Grant)   She was 21 when she enlisted in the RAAF. She died of an illness at 3 RAAF Hospital 21st November 1945 

She was buried in the Sydney War Cemetery

Mortyn, Vivian Lovell

Service Number TX4476 Death Date 21/06/1943

Place of Death New Guinea

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial Lae War Cemetery

Muir, Alan Bruce

Service Number TX5751 Death Date 18/01/1943

Place of Death New Guinea

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial Bomana War Cemetery

 

 

 

 

Photo courtesy Dennis Dwyer

 

Muir, Cromwell Coran

Service Number T102722 Death Date 23/07/1943

Place of Death Australia

Cause of Death Died from injuries

Burial Launceston War Cemetery

Muir Cromwell Coran.jpg (56070 bytes)Born 15th June 1915 and living at 115 Campbell Street Hobart Tasmania when he enlisted and was posted to H.M.A.S. Sydney.

He was a Shipwright, 4th Class 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.

Mulholland, Andrew

Service Number TX2747 Death Date 21/02/1942

Place of Death Timor last seen trying to escape

Cause of Death Presumed

Burial

 

Cpl A. Mulholland, husband of Mrs V. I. Mulholland,1 Station St., Moonah; third son of Mr and Mrs A. Mulholland, Cornwall

His death is presumed as he was last seeing trying to escape

 

Mullen, Leslie Miltiades

Service Number T417 Death Date 18/03/1943

Place of Death Tasmania

Cause of Death Died from illness

Burial Cremated Cornelian Bay

OBITUARY

Lt-Col L. M. Mullen, Returned Soldiers President

LT-COL LESLIE MILTIADES MULLEN, governor of the Hobart Gaol, and Tasmanian president of the RSL, died at Hobart yesterday at the age of 60 years.

Born at Williamstown (V), he saw service with the 5th Victorian Contingent in the South African War for which he received the Queen's Medal with five clasps. When universal training was introduced he was appointed area officer at Burnie, and in 1914 was appointed transport, officer of the 12th Battalion AIF and left with the first contingent. In August, 1916 he took over temporary command of the 11th Battalion for three months, and in December of that year assumed command of the 9th Battalion with the rank of lieut colonel which command he held until the end of the war His service included the whole of the Gallipoli and France campaign. He was awarded the DSO and Croix de Guerre, and was twice mentioned in despatches.

On return he commanded the Í2th Battalion AMF for two years. When the war broke out Col Mullen was closely associated with recruiting committees, and when the Volunteer Defence Corps was formed was appointed Corps Commander for Tasmania, assuming full-time duty in March, 1942.

Col Mullen took an active part in the RSL, and in 1921 was elected president of the Hobart sub-branch. In the same year he was elected Stale president, a position he held until his death. He has represented Tasmania during that period at practically every meeting of the Federal executive of the league, and has been a delegate to many Federal congresses. In 1931 he was appointed a league delegate from Australia to the British Empire Service League biennial conference in Toronto. Canada, and was a delegate to a similar conference in Melbourne during the visit of the Duke of Gloucester. In 1939 he was again appointed an Australian delegate to the BESL congress, and arrived in London the day war was declared For outstanding service to ex-servicemen and women he received the CMG in 1934.

Col Mullen joined the Public Service in 1920 and after service in many departments was in 1928 appointed superintendent of the New Town Infirmary; From this position he was appointed governor of the Hobart Gaol. He was the RSL representative on the Tasmanian Council of the Red Cross Society, and was chairman of the Southern sub-division of the Australian Comforts Fund.

He was at one time chairman of the Executive Cricket Council of Tasmania and chairman of the Tasmanian Cricket Association for seven years. For many years he was a member of the investigation tribunal of the Tasmanian Football League, occupying the position of chairman for some time. He was a member of the Hobart Legacy Club and the Naval and Military Lodge.

He is survived by a wife and daughter (Mrs Drummond McLaren). His son, John, predeceased him.

Mr A. J McKenzie, president of the Launceston sub-branch of the RSL, said last night that every returned service- man would learn of the death of Lt Col Mullen with sorrow. As State president his leadership had been an inspiration His influence on the structure of the organisation would be evident for many years. His work had been unselfish and had been administered without fear or favour.

The quarterly meeting of the Launceston sub-branch was adjourned as a mark of respect to Col Mullen, and to Messrs C. Stanwix and F. Pinkard two members of the sub-branch, who, died this week

The Mercury 19 Mar 1943

Munden, David Levis

Service Number T102853 Death Date 19/06/1945

Place of Death Bougainville

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial Bomana War Cemetery

MUNDEN.-T102S53 David Levis, at Bougainville, on June 19, 1945, dearly beloved youngest son of Irene Eva, and Charles J. Munden, 65 Connaught Cres., Launceston, and loved grandson of Mr .and Mrs C. J. Munden, sen. (Adelaide), and Mr and Mrs J. T. Levis, Launceston. Loved by all.

The Mercury 25 June 1945

Mundy, Ronald Alfred

Service Number TX4356 Death Date 1/07/1942

Place of Death torpedoed transport Montevideo Maru

Cause of Death at sea

Burial

See Montevideo Maru

Munro, Kenneth

Service Number 408168 Death Date 1/07/1943

Place of Death United Kingdom

Cause of Death Flying Accident

Burial Bath RAF Cemetery Somerset UK

We would like to thank Barry Moores for the wealth of information he provided

Kenneth Munro, the son of Keith and Agnes Munro attended Hobart High, was a keen footballer and an accountant living in Burnie when he enlisted with the RAAF on 31st. January 1941 and subsequently received his pilot’s wings and commission in September of the same year.

 In November 1941 he traveled to the United Kingdom where he attended an advanced flying training course at the RAF College, Cranwell.  On 22nd September 1942 he was posted to No 10 Squadron RAF at Melbourne Yorkshire flying Halifax bombers.  On 15th December 1942 Flt Lt. Munro received the Distinguished Flying Cross and bar “for displaying exceptional courage whilst flying”.

Flt. Lt. Munro died in a flying accident on 1st. July 1943 in Bishopswood, near Gloucestershire, aged 28

He is buried in Haycombe Cemetery in Bath England

As a point of interest, the logbook of George McDougle, Ken’s rear gunner is here to read.

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After the War, the Old Hobartian’s Association inaugurated a K.Munro memorial trophy for consistency to be competed for by members of the Old Hobartians team

News Paper Clippings

Munting, Trevor Lindsay

Service Number TX5063 Death Date 4/07/1943

Place of Death POW Kinsaike Thailand

Cause of Death cholera

Burial Kanburi War Cemetery

Advice has been received by Mr L.G. Munting, Nook, that his eldest son, Pte T. L. Munting died of illness in Thailand on July 4.

The Mercury 24 July 1945

MUNTING.-In sad and loving memory of my darling son Trevor Lindsay Munting. TX-5063, 2/40 Battalion, who died while POW in Thailand. July 4, 1943.

Will never be forgotten by his loving mother, and brothers, Ray, Max, and . Peter._

The Mercury 4 July 1945

Murphy, Jack Donald

Service Number 413007 Death Date 30/03/1944

Place of Death Italy

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial Malta Missing Memorial

Jack Donald Murphy was born in Hobart, Tasmania on 25 April 1919. Murphy moved with his parents from Hobart to Sydney in his youth, settling in Neutral Bay. He attended primary school from 1925 to 1932 and intermediate high school from 1932 to 1935 in Neutral Bay. He finished with his intermediate certificate, after which he worked as a salesman with City Hatters in Sydney.

He enlisted for service in the army as a signalman with 1 Division Signals in May 1940. In March 1941, Murphy applied, for and was accepted into the RAAF reserve. He discharged from 1 Division Signals on 14 August 1941 and enlisted for full-time RAAF service the following day.

Murphy was accepted for aircrew training and after his initial training period, he was posted for pilot training to 10 Elementary Flying Training School (EFTS) in November. Following the successful completion of this course, he returned to Sydney briefly and married Ivy Allen Murphy at St Augustine Church, Neutral Bay on 7 February 1942.

In March he attended Service Flying Training Schools (SFTS) at Wagga and Deniliquin, which he successfully passed. During this period he was promoted to sergeant. Murphy was posted to England to fly fighter aircraft. Murphy embarked from Sydney on 28 August 1942 and arrived at RAF Station Bournemouth in mid-November. He began conversion training for Spitfire aircraft and spent the next 10 months in Operational Training units and flying schools.

In October 1943, he was posted to North Africa to join an operational fighter squadron. He was posted to 111 Squadron, RAF based at Capodichino, Italy in December. Murphy was promoted to warrant officer on 26 December. When Allied forces landed at Anzio, Italy in late January 1944, 111 Squadron was heavily involved, flying many operations over the beach head in support of ground troops. At 6.15 on the morning of 20 May, a flight of 12 Spitfire MK IXc aircraft, one piloted by Murphy, took off to patrol the Anzio area.

The Spitfires were flying at 18,000 feet when two flights of 6 enemy aircraft were spotted 5,000 feet below at approximately 6.50 am. The spitfires attacked and the two formations engaged in a dogfight between the Anzio beach head and the River Tiber.

As the enemy aircraft retreated, the spitfires began to reform. Murphy was heard by his colleagues over a radio transmission saying he had to bail out. His next transmission was a mayday and then nothing.

Murphy's fellow pilots conducted an exhaustive search of the area, but no trace of the aircraft or Murphy could be found. He was officially listed as missing in action the following day. After a long investigation he was pronounced killed in action in 1946. His body was not recovered and he is commemorated on the Malta Memorial.

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Murphy, John Howard

Service Number 408194 Death Date 10/09/1942

Place of Death United Kingdom

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial Runnymede (UK) Missing Memorial

Mrs J. H. Murphy, Melbourne, has been notified that her husband, Sgt Murphy, RAAF, has been presumed lost in air operations overseas on September 10 last Sgt Murphy before his enlistment was a member of the literary staff of "The Mercury."

He was the youngest son of Mrs Murphy, East Kew (V), and the late Rev. G. B. Murphy.

The Mercury 18 June 1943

Murray, Alexander McLeod

Service Number TX334 Death Date 1/01/1943

Place of Death New Guinea

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial Bomana War Cemetery

Born 25 April 1907 White Abbey County Antrim Ireland to Alexander McLeod and Edith Lillian Murray and gave his occupation as a farmer from Kew Victoria but enlisted in Hobart Tasmania and was posted to the 2/12th Battalion

He was killed in action Papu and is commemorated in the Bomana War Cemetery

                                                                                                            Photo courtesy Dennis Dwyer

Murray, Alfred George

Service Number TX363 Death Date 19/03/1943

Place of Death 111 AGH

Cause of Death Died from illness

Burial Springvale War Cemetery

Born 1 May 1919 Launceston Tasmania to Henry John and Lila May Murray, he was a labourer when he enlisted in the Army and was posted to the 2/12 Australian Infantry Battalion. 

At 23 years old he died of illness 111 AGH and was buried in the Springvale War Cemetery

 

Murray, Lawrie Edmund

Service Number 428162 Death Date 2/03/1945

Place of Death Belgium

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial Hotton War Cemetery

Born 17 April 1918 Evandale Tasmania to Alfred John and Hilda May Murray (nee Towns) and married to Eunice Winsome Wilcox.  He was a teacher when he enlisted in the airforce.

MURRAY-In loving memory of my dear husband, F-Officer Lawrie Edmund (Gus) Murray, who lost his life near Cologne March 2 1946. He who served his country now rests in peace. Ever remembered.

Inserted by his loving wife, Eunice W. Murray, of Huonville

The Mercury 2 Mar 1946

Murray-Williams, Denis

Service Number TX3897 Death Date 24/06/1944

Place of Death POW at sea near Nagasaki

Cause of Death Drowned

Burial

See Tamahoko Maru

   

 

 

 

 

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