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Tasmanian World War 11 Casualties

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Nas, Bertram

Service Number TX2669 Death Date 24/06/1944

Place of Death POW at sea near Nagasaki

Cause of Death Drowned


Pte Bertram Nas, 2/40th Battalion, only son of Mrs Gorman, 20 Forest Rd., Hobart. He died while a prisoner of war, on June 24, 1944, as the result of the torpedoing of a Japanese transport near Nagasaki.

See Tamahoko Maru

Nation, Donald

Service Number TX266  Death Date 3/4/05/1941

Place of Death Libya Middle East

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial Acroma Military Cemetery


The Mercury 7 Feb 1942


Pte. Donald Nation, A.I.F., third son of Mr. and Mrs. L. Nation New Town, who has been killed in action. He was previously reported "missing, believed killed."


Nation, Huon Tasman

Service Number


 Death Date 23/10/1942

Place of Death Middle East

Cause of Death Flying Accident

Burial Moascar War Cemetery

Reproduced with permission of the Australian War Memorial 

Egypt . October 1942. A cross marks the grave in the Moascar War Cemetery , Plot 1, Row B, Grave 4, of 408147 Sergeant Huon Tasman Nation, RAAF Pilot, of No. 1 Middle East (ME) Training Squadron RAF, who died 23 October 1942. He was the son of Arthur and Minnie Nation; husband of Kathleen Mary Nation of Stanley, Tas.

Near Walter Stanley

Service Number  Death Date 11/10/1945

Place of Death

Cause of Death Burns


Born 25 Aug 1920 Hobart Tasmania and was a member of HMAS Birchgrove Park which in August 1943 arrived in Port Moresby and for the next two years she served various New Guinea ports. On 22 September 1945 HMAS Birchgrove Park was in Ambon (now Indonesia) which is where Petty Officer Near lost his life.

NEAR.-On October 17 1945, died of wounds on active service, AGH Hospital, Morotai, Petty-Officer S. W. Near (RAN), beloved youngest son of Mrs A. Lewis, and loving brother of John, Doris, Milly, Bill Floss, 339 Macquarie St, Hobart. His duty nobly done._

Neilson, Walter Peter

Service Number

A/B 22196

 Death Date 20/09/1941

Place of Death HMAS Napier

Cause of Death Fall when of leave

Burial Alexandria Military Cemetery


The Mercury 25 Sep 1941



Only son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Neilson, Hobart, whose death on active service is

advised. A.B. Neilson was 21.

Nelson, Alan Horatio

Service Number TX2866 Death Date 21/09/1943

Place of Death Tamarkand Hospital Thailand

Cause of Death Beri Beri,

Burial Kanburi War Cemetery

The Mercury 9 Oct 1945

Nelson Alan Horatio 2.jpg (70823 bytes)NELSON.-TX286G Cpl Alan (Bill)H. Nelson, beloved youngest son of Mr H. G. Nelson, Cygnet, and brother of Ron, Keith, and Shirley (Mrs Laing, Ballarat, V); died in prisoner-of-war camp, Malaya, September 15, 1943. To know him was to love him.

Neville, Keith Thomas

Service Number W/1595 Death Date 27/11/1941

Place of Death HMAS Parramatta (ship torpedoed)

Cause of Death Missing, presumed killed


Born 16 July 1918 6 Victoria Street Launceston Tasmania to David Archibald and Hannah Matilda Neville (nee McGree). 

Stoker Neville was a member of the crew of HMAS Parramatta which was sunk by

U-559 on the 27th November 1941.  There were 162 officers and men on board and only 24 survived the attack. 

Most were listed missing, presumed killed

Newitt, Reginald William

Service Number TX4004 Death Date 12/03/1942

Place of Death Timor

Cause of Death Died of wounds

Burial Galala War Cemetery


The Mercury 3 Oct 1945

Pte R. W. Newitt 2/40th Battalion, son of Mr and Mrs A. W. Newitt, Sorell died of wounds in Timor, believed in February, 1942.


Newman, Keith Alfred

Service Number TX4399 Death Date 1/07/1942

Place of Death On board Montevideo Maru

Cause of Death at sea



Newman, Keith Alfred (Butch) 1915-1942, Lovell, Leslie Lewis (Bill) 1920-1942 and Render, John Mervyn 1908-1942


PHOTO COURTESY JOANNE EVANS (granddaughter of Jack Render)

Newman, Leslie Charles

Service Number TX8179 Death Date 13/08/1943

Place of Death POW Thailand

Cause of Death dysentery and malnutrition

Burial Kanburi War Cemetery

Served with the 2/29th Battalion, was a prisoner of war in Thailand and died of malnutrition and Dysentery. Commemorated in the Kanchanburi War Cemetery

Nicholls, Gordon Oscar

Service Number 388208

 Death Date 25/02/1946

Place of Death Como, Western Australia

Cause of Death Ground Accident

Burial Perth War Cemetery

The West Australian 19th May 1946

Nicholls Gordon Oscar2.jpg (355287 bytes)DEATH IN COLLISION

Coroner Gives Open Finding. 

The Acting Coroner (Mr. W. Schofield, JP.) In the Perth Courthouse yesterday after hearing evidence at an inquest concerning the death of an airman, Gordon Oscar Nichols found that he died at Perth on February 25 from multiple injuries received when a motor car in which he was a passenger collided with a tree in Melville parade, Como, the same day. The driver of the car was William Thomas Greaves, of Douglas Avenue, South Perth, who declined to give evidence. Several boys who were in Melville parade at the time of the accident gave evidence that they saw a green car travelling south in Melville parade about 8.45 pm. About half an hour later they saw the car returning at a high speed (one boy estimated it as 60 miles per hour). There was a screech of tyres as the car neared Preston street and then a loud crash. The car had collided with an ornamental tree on the east side of the parade and the two occupants were badly injured. Constable R. C. Salter said that he followed the course of the car by plainly indicated tyre marks near Preston-street to where 30 yards further on the car had left the bitumen for several yards: Apparently it regained the bitumen but swerved across to the east side of the road, left the bitumen again and struck a tree with such force that it uprooted it. The car was almost completely wrecked. Evidence was given that Nicholls was dead on arrival at the Perth Hospital where he had been taken by a St. John ambulance. Sgt. R. Larsen assisted the Acting Coroner, Mr. L. H. Killeen appeared for the widow of the deceased and Mr. S. H. Johnson, of Hardwick, Slattery and Gibson, appeared for the driver

Nicholls, Robert William

Service Number 31447 Death Date 24/06/1943

Place of Death Kenmore, New South Wales

Cause of Death died of injuries

Burial Goulburn War Cemetery

Born Glenorchy Tasmania to Henry Garfield and Amelia Nicholls, he was a clerk when he enlisted in the R.A.A.F and posted to 8 Squadron RAAF. 

NICHOLLS.-On June 24 at 114 Australian General Hospital, Goulburn, NSW, Cpl Robert William (RAAF), dearly loved younger son of H: G. and A. Nicholls, Humphrey St.. Glenorchy, aged 20 years.

The Mercury 25 June 1943

Nichols, Edward F Lyell

Service Number TX842 Death Date 17/05/1942

Place of Death Syria

Cause of Death Accidental death

Burial Tripoli Libya Cemetery


Nichols, Francis Roy

Service Number H/1458 Death Date 20/11/1941

Place of Death HMAS Sydney

Cause of Death Presumed Killed in Action


Born 20th December 1923 at Elderslie Tasmania to George and Rose Nichols, Francis was only 17 years old when he enlisted and was posted to H.M.A.S. Sydney.

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

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

Nicolson, Donald Tofft

Service Number 428122 Death Date 2/05/1945

Place of Death Bay of Bengal

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial Singapore Missing Memorial

 Liberator KH210 of 355 Sqdn RAF left Sanbani on the 2nd May 1945 to bomb gun emplacements at Rangoon Burma.  A message giving their position was received and it was assumed it was returning to base with engine trouble but it failed to arrive.  A search plane later sighted wreckage and found two crew members clinging to the wreck 

Flt Sgt Nicolson who was the Wireless Operator on board lost his life in this incident.  His body was not recovered. 

The Mercury 12 June 1945

NICOLSON.-Believed to have lost his life during air operations on May 2,1945, Aus. 428122 Flt-Sgt Donald Tofft Nicolson (RAF), South East Asia Air Forces, loved second son of Mr and Mrs J. R. Nicolson, Truelands, Campbell Town, aged 25 years

Nielson, Thomas Moyard

Service Number 18302 Death Date 27/11/1941

Place of Death HMAS Parramatta (ship torpedoed)

Cause of Death Missing, presumed killed


Born 24 Aug 1904 Parker St Devonport West Tasmania to Thomas and Marie Fredericka Ernestine Nielson, Ldg Stoker Nielson was a wood machinist when he enlisted in the Navy. 

He was a crew member of HMAS Parramattah which was sunk by U559 on the 27th Nov 1941 with 138 officers and crew lost in this incident.


Noble, Douglas Theodore

Service Number TX855 Death Date 1/01/1943

Place of Death New Guinea

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial Bomana War Cemetery

The following information and Photo was supplied by Gloria Beeston of Caboolture, Queensland.

Douglas Theodore NOBLE was born to Emily May (nee Evans) and Samuel (Dick) Noble in Hobart on 3rd August 1915.  He was the youngest of three sons. 

At the commencement of World War 2 Doug was single and employed by the Hobart Tramways.  Aged 24 he enlisted in the army on 27th November 1939.  Following training he became a private in the 2/12th Battalion – 18th Brigade.  2/5ths of this Battalion were Tasmanians and the remainder recruited from North Queensland. 

The 2/12th Battalion was engaged in the Syrian and North African Desert campaigns with their final engagement in this area being their participation in the defence of Tobruk and the resulting siege.  The 2/12th were part of the defenders who gained the now famous title “The Rats of Tobruk”. 

Following leave and jungle training the 2/12th were dispatched to face the invading Japanese army in New Guinea.  As part of the famed elite 18th Brigade they dealt the Japanese army their first defeat on land at the Battle of Milne Bay.  Subsequently the 2/12th were allocated the task of eliminating the Japanese marines on Goodenough Island.  This they did. 

On 1st. January 1943 the 2/12th took part in the attack on Buna airfield – Doug’s “A” company objective being Giropa Point.  They commenced the attack at 8 a.m. and suffered severe early casualties and in all there were 63 deaths and 122 wounded.  Sadly, Doug was one of the soldiers killed in action during this attack. 

His final resting place is Bomana War Cemetery, Port Moresby. 

“Lest we forget”                                                                                       Photo courtesy Dennis Dwyer

Nolan, Edward Laurence

Service Number TX5258 Death Date


Place of Death POW Prachuab Kiri Khan Thailand

Cause of Death Malaria, 

Burial Kanburi War Cemetery

Born 4th Oct 1908 New Ground to Patrick Andrew and Maria Nolan (nee Smith) Pte Nolan was a ember of the 2/40th Battalion.

 He was a prisoner of war at Prachuab Kiri Khan Thailand where contracted malaria and died.


Norris, Eric Maxwell S

Service Number 408265 Death Date 14/02/1944

Place of Death Middle East

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial Alamein Missing Memorial


The Mercury 30 Mar 1945 


FIt-Sgt Eric Maxwell Norris of Castle Forbes Bay, Huon, only son of Mr and Mrs C. E. Norris, Castle Forbes Bay, who was reported missing in the Middle East in February 1944, has now been reported presumed dead.

Norris, Percy Charles

Service Number 


 Death Date 6/05/1942

Place of Death Timor

Cause of Death Died of illness

Burial Galala War Cemetery

The Mercury 6 Oct 1945

NORRIS.-TX3629 Pte Percy Norris,

died of illness while a prisoner of war, dearly beloved second son of Mr Percy and the late Mrs Norris, of Colebrook, and loving brother of Linda (Mrs Ridgers), Lola (Mrs Tapp), Jean (Mrs Tapp), Iris, Gwen, . Cecil (AIF, Borneo), and Malcolm (AIF, Borneo), aged 26 years. His duty nobly done.

Norris, Ronald Arthur

Service Number


 Death Date 16/09/1942

Place of Death Egypt

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial El Alamein War Cemetery

Born 6th Sep 1919 Charles St. Moonah to Arthur Alfred and Ruby Jane Norris (nee Beattie) Pte Norris was a lorry driver living at Bagdad when he enlisted in the AIF. 

He was killed in action in Egypt and is commemorated at the El Alamein War Cemetery.


Nott, Alfred Henry

Service Number H/2266 Death Date 1/12/1945

Place of Death HMAS Toowoomba

Cause of Death Post op complications

Burial Adelaide River War Cemetery

The Mercury 4 Dec 1945

Race to Save Tasmanian Sailor's Life Fails

DARWIN, Mon.-Although he was transferred at sea hundreds of miles from Darwin from the corvette HMAS Toowoomba to an RAAF Catalina flying boat which took him to hospital, Sig Alfred H. Nott, of Moonah (T), died on Saturday from peritonitis following; appendicitis.

The Toowoomba was heading for Thursday Island on her way to a goodwill visit to Brisbane, the nearest port to her name town.

She is a unit of the 21st mine sweeping flotilla of Royal Australian Navy corvettes which had been working with the British Pacific Fleet off the coast of China.

At 6 pm last Monday, the Toowoomba signalled that she had a case of suspected appendicitis on board, and gave a position just east of the Aru Islands, about 500 miles from Darwin.

She was ordered to Darwin at her best speed so that a Catalina flying boat could be sent to her if the patient's condition became worse.

Sig Nott was transferred to the Catalina, which landed in the wake of the corvette at 8 am after having flown through half the night.

The patient was dangerously ill on arrival at Darwin and died on Saturday.

Sig Nott was the husband of Mrs P. N. Nott, 2 Orchard Rd., Moonah. During his three years of service he was chiefly in Australian waters.

Nunn, Bernard Thomas Roy

Service Number TX275

 Death Date 22/01/1944

Place of Death New Guinea

Cause of Death Died from wounds

Burial Lae War Cemetery

Born 17 Oct 1918 Driffield St Queenstown Tasmania to Arthur Leslie and Mary Angelina Nunn (nee Deegan)  

The Mercury 5 Feb 1944

NUNN.-Died of wounds, on January 22, 1944, Bernard Thomas Roy, beloved third eldest son of Mrs and the late A L. Nunn, loving brother of Charles Arthur, (Paddy)AIF, Jeune (Mrs Hevey), Robert (RAAF), Kathleen, and Roma, in his 25th year. RIP. 

The Mercury 5 Feb 1944

Pte Nunn who died of wounds in New Guinea on Jan 22 in his 23rd year. Pte Nunn was the third son of Mrs M. Nunn, of Hobart and the late Mr A. L. Nunn, formerly of New Norfolk. He enlisted four years ago and served in Greece, Crete. Syria and Tobruk.

Nunn, Leslie Edrich

Service Number 31188 Death Date 2/04/1942

Place of Death Werribee

Cause of Death Ground Accident

Burial Red Hills Cemetery Bushy Park


The Mercury 10 Apr 1942

NUNN.-On April 2, 1942 (suddenly) at Werribee Victoria, Leading Aircraft- man Leslie Edrick, beloved husband of Mavis Nunn, and loving father of Bobby, of Moogara, Macquarie Plains, aged 26 years.

LAC Nunn was killed when the rear tyre of the van he was travelling in blew out on the Princes Highway at Werribee, Victoria.


Nunn, Maxwell Roy

Service Number TX8111 Death Date 17/01/1943

Place of Death New Guinea

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial Lae War Cemetery

The Mercury 3 Feb 1943

NUNN.-On January 7, 1943, killed in action in New Guinea, Gnr Maxwell Roy, AIF, beloved second son of Mr and Mrs James Edward Nunn, of Bushy Park, and loving brother of Elwin, Madge (Mrs T. Hutton), Dolly, and Don, aged 22 years. His duty done._


Nunn Reginald Percy

Service Number  Death Date

Place of Death

Cause of Death


Born Sheffield Tasmania to Ernest Alfred and Alice Nunn he enlisted in the AIF in Victoria and was posted to the 2/5 Battalion.


Advice has been received by his sisters at East Devonport that Sgt. Reg Nunn, late of Sheffield, was killed in action in New Guinea on February 6th.



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