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Tasmanian World War 11 Casualties

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Page, Leonard John

Service Number H/1506 Death Date 4/03/1942

Place of Death HMAS Yarra (missing loss of ship)

Cause of Death Presumed dead

Burial

Born 7th May 1923, was living at New Town Tasmania when he enlisted and was posted to H.M.A.S. Yarra.  

He was listed as an Ordinary Seaman when HMAS Yarra, the Royal Australian Navy sloop was 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

He was one of 15 Tasmanian killed in this incident.

Page, Maxwell St Clair

Service Number TX4089 Death Date 24/02/1942

Place of Death Timor

Cause of Death Died of wounds

Burial Galala War Cemetery

Born 27 April 1916 Alexandra Hospital Hobart to Ashley Morgan and Margaret Maggie Page (nee Devitt) 

He was a Lance Corporal with the 2/40th Battalion when it was reported in The Mercury  27th June 1942 that he had been taken as a prisoner of war in Timor.  It wasn’t until 2nd Oct 1945 that it was reported he had died of illness.  He is commemorated in the Galala War Cemetery

PAGE.--TX4089 L-Cpl -Max Page 2/40th Battalion, died of wounds (date not stated), second eldest dearly beloved son of Mr and Mrs Ashley M. Page Harefield, Richmond, and beloved brother of Athol. Sam, and Peggy.

The Mercury 2 Oct 1945

Paget Victor William

Service Number  Death Date

Place of Death

Cause of Death

Burial

KILLED IN ACTION 1

SPR VICTOR WILLIAM PAGET Of Hobart, who -was killed in action on May ll, as a result of the activities of enemy air- craft, at the age of 26 years. He leaves a wife and three children.

 

Palamountain, Archibald

Service Number 11077 Death Date 2/04/1942

Place of Death Laverton Victoria

Cause of Death Ground Accident

Burial Box Hill Cemetery

Born 24 March 1905 Warwick Street Hobart Tasmania to Samuel Albert Palamountain and Ella Mary Ann Sidebottom Archie was a motor mechanic by trade before he joined the RAAF. 

The Mercury 4 Apr 1942 

FOUR R.A.A.F. MEN KILLED

MELBOURNE  Friday-Four members of the R.A.A.F. were killed and nine injured, including a W.A.A.A.F., when an Air Force tender overturned after the rear offside tyre blew out on Prince's Highway,1½ miles on the Laverton side of Werribee at 6 p.m. on Thursday.

Three were killed outright and one died early this morning.

The victims were:-Killed: Leslie S. Nunn, William K. B. Dyer, Byron Matuschka, and Archie Palamountain. injured: Lisa Yvonne Dawson, Leslie Archibald, Anthony Eric Edward Sedgley, James Hubert Veall, Athol Gorden, James Gill, Norman Jellicoe Skinner, William John Linnett, James Harold.  

Panton, Owen William

Service Number TX5183 Death Date 20/06/1945

Place of Death POW Sandakan Borneo

Cause of Death Died from illness

Burial  

Paybook photograph, taken on enlistment, of TX5183 Sapper Owen William Panton, 2/10th Field Company, Royal Australian Engineers. 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. Sapper Panton, aged 24, died as a prisoner of the Japanese on 20 June 1945. He was the son of William George and Francis Victoria Panton, of Penguin, Tas. He is commemorated on the Labuan Memorial Panel 5. (Photograph copied from AWM232, items 4 and 5. Personal information from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Database.)

 

Panton, Trevor Royce

Service Number TX5281 Death Date 9/06/1943

Place of Death POW Malaya

Cause of Death malaria

Burial

Born Launceston Tasmania to Charles Kenneth and Gladys Ruby Panton Pte Panton was a member of the 2/29 Battalion Australian Infantry. 

He died, aged 20 from malaria whilst a prisoner of war in Malaya. 

He is commemorated on the Singapore Memorial

 

Parish, Charles Hugh

Service Number H/1469 Death Date 4/03/1942

Place of Death HMAS Yarra (missing loss of ship)

Cause of Death Presumed dead

Burial

Parker, Willis James

Service Number TX11223 Death Date 6/02/1945

Place of Death Bougainville

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial Bomana War Cemetery

Born Swansea Tasmania 11 December 1922 to Dr George Musgrave and Lillian Charlotte Parker (nee Miles) he was a sheep farmer when he enlisted in the AIF.

He was killed in action Bougainville Island 6th February 1945 and is commemorated St. Mark’s Bellerive and also at the Launceston Grammar School Memorial Chapel.
Parkinson, Richard John

Service Number PM/2686 Death Date 21/10/1944

Place of Death HMAS Australia (hit by suicide plane)

Cause of Death Died of wounds

Burial Buried at sea

 

AB Richard (Duke) Parkinson, who died of wounds received on Oct. 20, while serving On HMAS Australia in the Philippines. He was the only son of Mr and Mrs Rupe Parkinson, Moonah. He was 23, and had served in the RAN for five years.

Parrish Charles Hugh

Service Number  Death Date

Place of Death

Cause of Death

Burial

Parsell, Derwent Frdck

Service Number TX1722 Death Date 9/12/1943

Place of Death New Guinea

Cause of Death Died from illness

Burial Lae War Cemetery

 DIED ON SERVICE

W02 D. F. PARSELL

Advice of whose death in New Guinea has been received by his wife, Mrs G. Parsell, 143 Bathurst St., Hobart. W02 Parsell had seen more than three years of service in theMiddle East and New Guinea.

The Mercury 16 Dec 1943

Parsell, Vincent Clyde

Service Number 2X282 Death Date 9/02/1941

Place of Death HMAS Cerebus

Cause of Death Drowned at St. Kilda

Burial

Born Hobart Tasmania to Richard Leopold and Daisy May Parsell, Clyde Vincent Parsell was a fruit grower before enlisting in the RAN. 

He was assistant cook on “H.M.A.S Cerberus” 

The Mercury 13 Feb 1941

PARSELL.-Vincent Clyde, dearly beloved third eldest son of Richard and Daisy May Parsell of Lower Longley, accidentally drowned at St. Kilda, aged 19 years.

Parsons, Charles J. Silas

Service Number 408089  Death Date 14/04/1942

Place of Death Middle East

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial Alamein Missing Memorial

Born Scottsdale Tasmania to George Silas and Ada Margaret Parsons, Flt Sgt Parsons was an Agronomist with the Department of Agriculture when he enlisted in the RAAF. 

Blenheim Z 7902 of 203 Squadron RAF took off on the 14th April 1942 from Bu Amud to carry out an operational recce over the Mediterranean.  The aircraft failed to return to base. 

Following post war enquiries it was established that the aircraft had crashed into the sea and all three on board had lost their lives at sea. 

Flt Sgt Parsons is commemorated on the Alamein Missing Memorial.

Parsons, Donald Frederick

Service Number 408406 Death Date 6/04/1944

Place of Death Scotland

Cause of Death Flying Accident

Burial RAF Cemetery Chester

TASMANIAN RAAF MAN KILLED

PARSONS_DONALD_FREDERICK.jpg (475281 bytes)Flying Officer Donald Frederick Parsons (20), who lost his life on April 6 in an air crash at Solway Firth, England, was the son of Mr. and Mrs. F. E.
Parsons, State School, Ulverstone

He was navigator in the crew of a Wellington bomber. He was educated at the Zeehan and Latrobe State Schools.

and at Scotch College, Launceston. At the time of enlistment he was doing science at the Hobart University.

He was a brilliant student and a keen athlete. At Latrobe he was a junior bursary and a Scotch College scholarship.

At Scotch College he won a senior bursary and became senior prefect and captain of the school. He then won a University scholarship, but after doing
one year on a science course he enlisted in the R.A.A.F.

While training at an air observer school in N.S.W. he was dux of his course.

He continued training in Alberta, Canada, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia and qualified as a very efficient navigator. He lost his life after having been stationed in England for some months.

THE MERCURY 11TH April 1944 

Parsons, John Maxwell

Service Number 409274 Death Date 26/05/1943

Place of Death Belgium

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial Schoonselliof Cem. Antwerp

Born Wynyard Tasmania to Charles George and Ruby Violet Parsons Flt Sgt Parsons was living in Balwyn Victoria when he enlisted in the RAAF

Was the pilot on Lancaster ED768 which took off from RAF Bottesford on the 25th May 1943 to bomb Dussedorf Germany.

Nothing was heard from the aircraft after takeoff and it did not return to base.  Post war it was established that the aircraft had crashed 11 kms from Antwerp.  Three of the crew including Flt Sgt Parsons was killed and the other four became POW’s.

Those killed are buried in the Schoonselhof Cemetery Antwerp Belgium.

 

Parsons, Owen Morgan

Service Number TX1558 Death Date 27/07/1943

Place of Death POW Hintock Thailand

Cause of Death cholera

Burial Kanburi War Cemetery

Partington, Arnold Pearce

Service Number 22132 Death Date 6/04/1941

Place of Death HMAS Canberra

Cause of Death Acute Appendicitis

Burial Phoenix Mil Cem, Africa

BANDSMAN'S DEATH

The death of Bandsman Arnold Partington (25), of H.M.A.S. Canberra, is announced. Bandsman Partington was the second son of Mr. and Mrs. Percival Partington, 15 Church St., Hobart and his two brothers also are in the Royal Australian Navy.

The Mercury 11th Apr 1941

Photo Courtesy Ruth Moon

 

Parington, Leslie Warburton

Service Number Bandsman Death Date 20/11/1941

Place of Death Indian Ocean

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial Plymouth Naval Memorial, United Kingdom

Born Bunbury Western Australia to Percival Pearce and Ethel May Partington and listed as a Musician but family were living at 349 Main Road Glenorchy when Arnold enlisted and was posted as a bandsman to H.M.A.S. “ Sydney ”.

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.

At the same time two other brothers were serving

Arnold Pearce Partington was serving on H.M.A.S. Canberra and whilst on board ship Arnold suffered an acute attack of appendicitis from which he never recovered.  He passed away 6th April 1941. 

Another brother, Percival.Kenneth Partington, also a Bandsman, was on board H.M.A.S. Perth but was picked up by Japanese after Perth was sunk and interned for the duration of the war. He survived and returned to Tasmania .

Paton, Kenneth Owen

Service Number 31806 Death Date 27/03/1943

Place of Death Archerfield Queensland

Cause of Death Flying Accident

Burial Lutwyche War Cemetery

The Mercury 30 Mar 1943 

23 VICTIMS OF AIR DISASTER

WHEN an RAAF transport aircraft crashed near Brisbane early on Saturday 23 service personnel, including three members of the WAA AF, were killed. There were no survivors. Two of the victims were Tasmanians. The aircraft, on a flight from Brisbane to Sydney, crashed into heavy timber shortly after taking off in the darkness, and was destroyed.

OF the 23 persons killed 17 were members of the RAAF, one was an Australian Army officer, two were US Army officers, and three were members of the WAAAF. Among those killed was LAC Paton

 An immediate inquiry is being held into the cause of the crash.

The Minister for Air (Mr Drake Ford) extended his deepest sympathy to all relatives and friends of those who perished in the accident.

LAC Paton was a native of Hobart, and before joining the RAAF was employed by Charles Davis Ltd. He was educated at The Friends School. He was returning on leave to Hobart.

The son of Mr and Mrs T. J. Paton, New Town, LAC Paton leaves a wife and three children. His wife was formerly Miss Laura Barnett, daughter of Mr J. J. N. Barnett. In civil life LAC Paton was a keen lake fisherman, and was an "A" grade player of tennis and badminton. He was a member of the Ubique Masonic Lodge.

Paton, Mervyn George

Service Number TX4392 Death Date 1/07/1942

Place of Death On board Montevideo Maru

Cause of Death at sea

Burial

Born 15 May 1917 Edinburgh Hospital Hobart to Malcolm Alexander and Amy Eva Priscilla Paton (nee Roberts)

Bdr Mervyn Paton, son of Mr and Mrs A. M. Paton, 6 Cromwell St., Battery Pt.; believed lost at sea in July, 1942, after capture at Rabaul.

 

See Montevideo Maru

Pattison, John Henry

Service Number T102989 Death Date 29/01/1945

Place of Death Bougainville

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial Bomana War Cemetery

Born George Town Tasmania to Robert and Ida Beatrice Pattison, Pte Pattison was a labourer when he enlisted in the 31/51 AIF 

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

 

Payne, Charles

Service Number TX5948 Death Date 24/06/1944

Place of Death At sea near Nagasaki

Cause of Death Drowned

Burial

See Tamahoko Maru

Payne, Kenrick

Service Number 408353 Death Date 4/04/1944

Place of Death United Kingdom

Cause of Death Flying Accident

Burial Bath RAF Cemetery Somerset UK

Born South Forest, Tasmania to Kenrick Taylor and Mary Winifred Payne, Flt Sgt Payne was a carpenter when he enlisted in the RAAF. 

He was attached to 196 Squadron and was Wireless/Air Gunner on Stirling LJ842 which took off from RAF Keevil Trowbridge Wiltshire on the 4th April 1944 to carry out a Horsa glider towing exercise. 

The aircraft crashed at dusk near Ramsey and all the crew was killed. It is unclear what occurred. 

Flt Sgt Kenrick Payne was buried at the Bath R.A.F. Cemetery Somerset England.

Payne, Reginald Charles

Service Number 408135 Death Date 7/01/1943

Place of Death West Africa

Cause of Death Flying Accident

Burial Takoradi Cem Gold Coast Africa

Born 2nd June 1916 Colombo, Sri Lanka to Charles William and Ada Payne (nee Knight)

PAYNE.-On January 7, 1943, at Takoradi, West Africa, Sgt-P Reginald Charles, dearly beloved eldest son of Charles and late Ada Payne, of 10 Rupara Ave. West Hobart, aged 23 years. Result of aircraft accident

The Mercury 12 Jan 1943

 

Peace, Eric Ralph

Service Number 8309 Death Date 14/01/1945

Place of Death United Kingdom

Cause of Death Flying Accident

Burial Oxford RAF Cemetery Berks

KILLED IN CRASH

F-Officer Eric Ralph Peace (26), - who died as a result of an aircraft, crash in England on Jan. 14. He was the youngest son of Mr L. J. Peace and the late Mrs Peace, of Koonya. He had spent most of his life on Tasman Peninsula, and before enlistment was employed as a clerk at the Fortescue mill. He married Miss Muriel Lovett, of Hobart, who is a member of the WAAAF in Victoria.

The Mercury 2 Feb 1945

Peachy, Leonard Gordon

Service Number TX8313 Death Date 8/12/1943

Place of Death POW Thailand

Cause of Death malaria, malnutrition

Burial Kanburi War Cemetery

Pearce, John Haywood

Service Number TX4393 Death Date 1/07/1942

Place of Death On board Montevideo Maru

Cause of Death at sea

Burial

 

Gnr John H. Pearce, fourth son of Mrs G. B. Pearce, Braeside, Lindisfarne; believed lost at sea in July, 1942, after capture at Rabaul.

 

Pearsall, Alan Louden

Service Number 408266 Death Date 8/03/1944

Place of Death English Channel, UK

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial Runnymede (UK) Missing Memorial

Born 21 May 1915 Edinburgh Hospital Hobart to Benjamin James and Olive Mabel Pearsall (nee Marsden).  He married on the 15th Mar 1941 Dorothy Eva Bumford. 

He was an Australian sportsman who played first class cricket for Tasmania and Australian Rules football in the VFL with South Melbourne. 

He made seven first class appearances for Tasmania during he 1930’s scoring a total of 300 runs at 23.07 and taking 6 wickets.  He made his debut in a match against an Australian X1 team and dismissed Bill Brown for 96.  Ian Johnson and Keith Miller are other test players who he took the wicket of in his career. 

When he moved to Victoria to do his pilot training he joined South Melbourne and played two VFL games for the club in 1941.  Back in Tasmania he played football for Lefroy. 

In World War 11 Pearsall served as a Flying Officer with the RAAF was seconded to 16th squadron RAF and was killed 8 March 1944 when the plane he was in was shot down off the coast of France into the English Channel 

The Mercury 28 July 1945

Athlete's Death On Active Service

LATE F-OFFICER ALAN PEARSALL

F-Officer Alan Pearsall, who previously, was reported missing when piloting a Spitfire plane on photographic reconnaissance duty over Europe, and is now presumed dead, was one of the most prominent footballers, and cricketers in Tasmania, with many fine records.

He took part in 12 South v. North, football matches. Playing at full- back for the Lefroy Club, he was always considered one of the club's most consistent players.

In cricket he represented Tasmania on a number of occasions in interstate matches. In his first match with South against North at Launceston he scored 62 not out, and took five wickets for 29. In his last match, playing for Kingborough against South Launceston for the State premiership, he made 100 not out.

Playing with an RAAF team in England in the 1943 season, he was most successful in batting and bowling. His highest score was 97, and best bowling performance seven for 13, including the hat trick.

He was educated at the Hobart High School, and in his last military examination was top of the class of 72. He leaves a wife and one child.

Pearson Ronald Parr

Service Number  Death Date

Place of Death

Cause of Death

Burial

Mr. Ronald Pearson

Dr J Pearson of Hobart has received advice that his younger son Ronald Parr Pearson (20) died of Illness contracted while on active service with the Royal Navy. He was educated at the Hutchins School and the Melbourne Grammar School. Two years ago he left Hobart for England where he joined the Royal Navy as midshipman. An elder brother was killed in the Battle of Narvik last year

The Mercury 24 Mar 1941

 

Pearton, Geoffrey George

Service Number TX5659 Death Date 26/12/1943

Place of Death New Guinea

Cause of Death Died of illness

Burial Lae War Cemetery

Born Launceston Tasmania to Albert George and Cecilia Bertram Pearton, Cpl Pearton was only 18 when he died of illness in New Guinea. 

He is commemorated at the Lae War Cemetery.

 

Peck, Walter

Service Number TX3103 Death Date 21/02/1942

Place of Death Timor

Cause of Death Missing after attack

Burial

Studio portrait of TX3103 Private (Pte) Walter Peck, 2/40 Battalion, of Longford Tas. The 2/40th was part of Sparrow Force which defended the Penfui airfield in Timor, the operational base for RAAF Hudson Bombers. Pte Peck was killed in action on 21 February 1942 during the Japanese attack on Timor, aged 35.

 

Pedley, Cecil John

Service Number TX241 Death Date 25/05/1941

Place of Death Middle East (Crete)

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial Near water point, Crete

  Tas. Paybook photograph of TX241 Corporal Cecil John Pedley, 2/1st Machine Gun Battalion, Australian Infantry. Corporal Pedley, aged 28, died while defending the island of Crete against the German land and airborne invasion on 25 May 1941. He was the son of Joseph Arthur and Helen Margaret Pedley, of Dunorlan, Tas. He is commemorated on the Athens Memorial Face 12. (Photograph supplied by the Army's Soldier Career Management Agency. Information from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Database.)

Pelham, Frederick Charles

Service Number 21822 Death Date 20/11/1941

Place of Death HMAS Sydney

Cause of Death Presumed Killed in Action

Burial

Born 6th June 1921 to Albert and Elsie Isabell Pelham of Hobart Tasmania Frederick’s occupation was a Butcher when he enlisted and was posted to HMAS Sydney.  

He was a 20 year old Bandsman 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.

Pennington, Cyril Ronald

Service Number TX5970 Death Date 6/08/1944

Place of Death Australia

Cause of Death Died of illness

Burial Launceston War Cemetery

Born Launceston Tasmania to Percy Harold and Ella Alice Pennington, Cyril Ronald was a labourer before enlisting in the 2/4 Australian Infantry Battalion  

The Mercury 8 Aug 1944

PENNINGTON.OnAugust 6, 1944 at 111th AGH. Campbell Town, TX597Ö, Pte Cyril Ronald Pennington, dearly beloved second son of Mr and Mrs P. H. Pennington, of 122 George Town Rd., Launceston, late of Derby, and loved brother of Harold, RAAF, Max. Alice, and Betty, aged 22 years.

Pennington, Leslie James

Service Number TX5134 Death Date 1/10/1943

Place of Death POW Tamarkan Thailand

Cause of Death amoebic dysentery

Burial Kanburi War Cemetery

Born 17 September 1913 Derby Tasmania to John and Emily Pennington (nee Baker) 

Was a private with the  AASC 8 SUPPLY PERS SEC when he died of illness in Thailand on the 1 Oct 1943 

Photographed by Linda McKenzie

Peppin, Henry H Howard

Service Number TX2235 Death Date 27/11/1942

Place of Death New Guinea

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial Bomana War Cemetery

Born Hobart Tasmania to Henry Hoskyn and Alice Blance Peppin, Henry was listed as a shipping clerk when he enlisted and was posted to the 7th Australian Division as a driver.  

On 27th November 1942 Japanese aircraft bombed the Field Ambulance’s Main Dressing station at Soputa New Guinea and Henry Peppin was one of the driver’s killed.  

He was later reburied at the Bomana War Cemetery

Perger, Frederick James

Service Number A/B22024 Death Date 20/11/1941

Place of Death HMAS Sydney

Cause of Death Presumed Killed in Action

Burial

Born 10th August 1921 St Mary’s Tasmania to Garnet Alfred and Mary Ann Perger he was an Able Seaman on board HMAS Sydney which was lost following a battle with the German raider HSK Kormoran in the Indian Ocean off the West Australian coast.

 

The loss of the Sydney with its full war complement of 645 remains Australia’s worst naval disaster.

Perry, Alan William

Service Number TX338 Death Date 3/4/5/1941

Place of Death Tobruk

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial Acroma Military Cemetery

KILLED IN ACTION

PTE. ALAN W. PERRY

Eldest son of Mrs. A. L. Perry, and the late Mr. W. T. Perry, North Hobart who has been killed in action. He was previously reported missing, believed killed.

The Mercury 11 Feb 1942

Peterson, Kermit Joseph

Service Number 408459 Death Date 26/11/1943

Place of Death United Kingdom

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial Brookwood Mil Cem Surrey Eng

PETERSON.--In memory of dear Joe, Flt-Sgt J, K. Peterson (RAAF), killed in action overseas November 26, 1941. Always remembered. Inserted by his loving friend, Mrs F. Temple

The Mercury 27 Nov 1944

KILLED IN ACTION

SGT-AIR GNR K. J. PETTERSON,

Who was killed during night air operations on Nov. 26. Sgt Petterson was a member of a Halifax .bomber crew. He was a son of Mr F. K. Petterson, Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada, and the late Mrs Petterson, and before enlistment in the RAAF Was an employee of Australian Newsprint Mills, Boyer. He was engaged to Miss M. Temple, of New Norfolk.

Phillips, Brian Osborne

Service Number H/914  Death Date 25/06/1941

Place of Death HMAS Moreton

Cause of Death illness in Glasgow Hospital

Burial Glasgow Cemetery

Born 11th October 1918 to Algernon Joseph and Edith Annie Phillips Brian was 22 years old when he enlisted in the RANR.  

The following information courtesy of Rosemary Butler and her mother, Helen Gould (nee Bennison), who was a work colleague and friend of Brian.  

Brian Phillips was born in October 1918 as the younger of two sons.  His family lived in the Moonah area of Hobart

In 1935 Brian, with a group of other young men, attended the Remington   Business College  for several months.  During 1936 he went to work at the Agricultural Bank, a department of the Tasmanian Public Service, where Helen had started working at the beginning of that year.  Brian began as a files clerk and quickly progressed to become a correspondence clerk.

He was popular with the girls, as he was always bright and happy and had a chat to them all. 

Brian had joined the Naval Reserve in Hobart before the war and trained with them on designated evenings.  He was drafted into the Navy soon after WW2 was declared. 

He asked the girls in the office to write to him while he was away and he and Helen used to correspond.  In his last letter, which arrived when Helen was working at Navy Office in Melbourne , he said he was due for leave and would stop off in Melbourne to see her on the way home to Tasmania .  A very short time after that the news came through that he had died in hospital in Scotland of illness.  Helen believes it may have been as a result of infected eczema which flared up while he was in the tropics.

Phillips, David Edward

Service Number TX4366 Death Date 1/07/1942

Place of Death POW on board Montevideo Maru

Cause of Death at sea

Burial

 

 

Mr. and Mrs. D. H. Phillips, Sorell, have been notified that their son. L./Bdr. David Edward Phillips, is missing on active service.

 

Phillips, Frank Gale

Service Number 412338 Death Date 16/06/1943

Place of Death North Sea

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial Runnymede (UK) Missing Memorial

Born 26th April 1911 36 Racecourse Crescent Launceston to Henry Gale and Lilian Estelle Phillips (nee Johnston).. 

Flt Sgt Phillips was the pilot of Lancaster W4332 which took off from RAF Binbrook on the 16th June 1943 to attack Cologne Germany. 

Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take off and it did not return to base. 

After the war it was established that the aircraft was attacked by a night fighter and had crashed at sea. 

All seven on board including Flt Sgt Phillips were killed.

 

Phillips, Michael Patmore

Service Number TX60 Death Date 7/01/1943

Place of Death New Guinea

Cause of Death Died from wounds

Burial Bomana War Cemetery

Born 22 Aug 1915 25 Mary St Hobart to George Benjamin and Alice Amelia Phillips (nee Street) Pte Phillips was a Clerk when he enlisted and was posted to the 2/12 Australian Infantry Battalion. 

He died from wounds received in New Guinea and is commemorated at the Bomana War Cemetery 

 

Photo courtesy Dennis Dwyer

Picken, Lyell Reginald

Service Number TX4419 Death Date 1/07/1942

Place of Death POW on board Montevideo Maru

Cause of Death at sea

Burial

Born 26th August 1920 Hobart Tasmania Lance Corporal Picken with attached to the Rabaul Fort Engineers when he became a prisoner of war following the Japanese invasion of Rabaul on the 23rd January 1942. 

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

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

L-Cpl L. R. Picken, Hampden Rd., Hobart; believed lost at sea in July, 1942, after capture at Rabaul.

Pickett, Clifford William

Service Number TX2728 Death Date 24/06/1944

Place of Death POW at sea near Nagasaki

Cause of Death Drowned

Burial

See Tamahoko Maru

Pickett, Herbert Henry

Service Number TX2937 Death Date 15/09/1944

Place of Death POW Fukuoka Japan ex Timor

Cause of Death pneumonia

Burial Labuan War Cemetery

 

Pickles Frederick Henry J

Service Number VX11838 Death Date 23/05/1941

Place of Death

Cause of Death Killed In Action

Burial  

 Vic. Paybook photograph of VX11838 Gunner Frederick Henry James Pickles, 2/2nd Field Regiment., Royal Australian Artillery. Gunner Pickles, aged 26, died while defending the island of Crete against the German land and airborne invasion on 23 May 1941. He was the son of James and Emma Alice Ann Pickles, of Hobart, Tas. He is commemorated on the Athens Memorial Face 10. (Photograph supplied by the Army's Soldier Career Management Agency. Information from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Database.)

Pierce, Sydney Thomas

Service Number TX1557 Death Date 13/11/1944

Place of Death Queensland

Cause of Death Died from injuries

Burial Cairns War Cemetery

 

Piesse, Edward Stanfield

Service Number H/1824 Death Date 1/12/1942

Place of Death HMAS Armidale (ship sunk)

Cause of Death Last seen escaping on raft

Burial

Born 13th August 1923 and was living in Bridgewater Tasmania when he enlisted and was posted to H.M.A.S. Armidale.  

On 11th June 1942 the ship was ordered to resupply and evacuate troops and civilians from Betano Bay , Timor .

Spotted by Japanese reconnaissance aircraft as they left Darwin , Armidale survived repeated air attacks but reached Betano too late to rendezvous with her sister ship Karu which had already made for open water. HMAS Armidale found Kuru 110 kilometres off Timor and the refugees were transferred to Castlemaine, which then returned to Darwin . Kuru and Armidale were ordered to continue the operation in daylight. Both came under further attack and Armidale was sunk.

The survivors, having been strafed by the attacking aircraft, constructed a makeshift raft to which they lashed a half-submerged and badly-damaged whaler. The wounded were put aboard a small motor boat that had survived the sinking. When it became clear they would not be rescued, the captain and 21 other men (two of whom died) made for Australian waters in the motor boat, rowing much of the way because the engine was damaged. Two days later, another 29 survivors began the same precarious journey in the whaler, by now salvaged but in need of constant baling.

The remaining survivors clung to the raft and awaited rescue. After harrowing journeys the men in the motor boat and whaler were picked up, but the men left on the raft disappeared without trace.

 RAAF planes sighted the raft on December 7 and 8, dropping food each time, but were unable to land because of rough water. When they returned on December 9, there was no trace of it.

Edward Stanfield Piesse was one of the men lost on the raft

Pinkerton, Ronald George

Service Number TX3575 Death Date 24/02/1942

Place of Death Timor

Cause of Death died of illness

Burial Galala War Cemetery

Mrs. G. H. Pinkerton, of West Ulverstone has been advised by the Minister for the Army that her son, Pte. Ronald George Pinkerton, died of illness while a prisoner of war.

The Advocate Burnie 1 Oct 1945

Pitfield Alan Leonard

Service Number 39007 Death Date 12/06/1940

Place of Death

Cause of Death

Burial

Pitfield Alan Leonard.jpg (8267 bytes)

Born 2 July 1917 68 High Street West Hobart to Leonard Charles and Dorothy Ida Pitfield (nee Hawkins) he spent his early years in Lenah Valley and attended Friends School. 

The Mercury 25 Oct 1941

AIRMAN'S POSTHUMOUS HONOUR

Flight - Lieut. A. Pitfield’s Father Receives D.F.C.

An impressive ceremony took place in Franklin Square, Hobart, last night when the Distinguished Flying Cross won by the late Flight-Lieut. Alan Leonard Pitfield, R.A.F., was presented to his father, Mr. L. C. Pitfield, by the Governor (Sir Ernest Clark). A guard of honour was formed by a detachment of the R.A.A.F. and a detachment of the Women's Air Training Corps, and a large gathering of citizens witnessed the ceremony.

STANDING with Mr. Pitfield, the Premier (Mr. Cosgrove), the District Naval Officer (Commander Stevens), and the District Commandant (Brigadier Manchester), on the flag-draped dais, Sir Ernest Clark said: "I have the honour to be deputed by the Governor-General, on behalf of the King, to hand to the next-of kin of the late Flight-Lieut. Alan Pitfield the Distinguished Flying Cross awarded to him." His Excellency then read the official record of the heroic service rendered by Flight-Lieut. Pitfield, which stated:

"During May 1940, this officer took part in six night and one day operational flights in Battle aircraft, carried out in face of strong enemy opposition, and under difficult weather conditions. He displayed magnificent courage and devotion to duty and his skill and keenness were a splendid example to the pilots of his flight."

"Do you remember those words of the Prime Minister that "never in the history of the world have so many owed so much to so few ", said Sir Ernest Clark, "Alan Pitfield was one of that body of superb young men to whom the world, and especially we of the British Empire, owe so much. I have read a letter from Alan Pitflcld's wing-commander which tells how heroically and joyously Pitfield undertook his dangerous duties. He says: "He acted as a splendid example to his pilots, even during our most trying times. We always found Alan smiling and eager to get on with the job. He died doing his duty, and I know he would not have wished it to be in any other way. He was a grand type, and we still miss him in the squadron.'"

Heroic Death in Action

Relating how Flight-Lieut. Pitfield met his death, Sir Ernest Clark said: "On June 12 the enemy were holding an important bridge on the River Oise, and Alan and another pilot were ordered to attack and destroy the bridge. The pilot following Alan saw him dive on the bridge and release his bombs on the northern half; after the explosion half the bridge was completely destroyed, and Alan was seen flying close to the ground. When he did not return, he was posted as missing. About a month later, word was received through the Red Cross that he was buried near the Oise between Beaurepaire and Pont St. Maxence, France.

Presenting thc Cross to Mr. Pitfield, Sir Ernest Clark concluded: "I hand you this Cross with admiration for your son, and with deepest sorrow and. sympathy for his loss”

Pitt, Douglas Henry Frdrck

Service Number 408023 Death Date 21/01/1944

Place of Death United Kingdom

Cause of Death Flying Accident

Burial RAF Cemetery Cambridge

Born 19 July 1917 Tolosa Street, Glenorchy, the son of Joshua John and Victoria Marian Pitt (nee Crowther) he was an accountant before enlisting in the RAAF 

He is buried in the RAF Cemetery Cambridge England 

The Mercury 26 Jan 1944

Member of the Forces

PITT.-On January 21, at Cranfield,England, as a result of an aircraft accident, Flt-Lt Douglas Henry Frederick Pitt. RAAF, only son of Victoire M. Pitt, and grandson of the late Henry L. Crowther, SM aged, 26 years. Per ardua ad astra.

The Mercury 28 Jan 1944

TASMANIAN AIRMAN

Death On Service

Mrs V. M. Pitt, of Hobart, has received advice of the death of her son. Flt-Lt Douglas H. F. Pitt, RAAF, on Jan. 21. at Cranfield. England.

FLT-LT D. H. F. PITT, RAAF Son of Mrs V. M. Pitt, Hobart. Advice of his death on service

in Britain has been received.

Flt-Lt Pitt, after having transferred from the AIF, trained in Australia, and left for overseas almost three years ago. Whilst stationed at Aden he served in Ethiopia and practically all war areas of the Middle East, and attained the acting rank of squadron leader.

Regrouped on reaching the United Kingdom, he met his end when his Beaufighter undershot the aerodrome.

He was educated at Clemes College.
Plunkett, Harold David

Service Number TX2587 Death Date 8/08/1943

Place of Death POW Thailand

Cause of Death dysentery

Burial Kanburi War Cemetery

Mr R. Plunkett of Molesworth has been notified that his son, Cpl Harold Plunkett, died in Siam on Aug. 8, 1943 while a prisoner of war. He was aged 24 years.

Cpl Plunkett was a member of the 2/40th Battalion, and was taken prisoner in Timor. Prior to his enlistment he was attached to the staff of the New Norfolk Post Office. He was a prominent member of the New Norfolk football and cricket clubs, and one of the most promising cricketers in the Derwent Valley.

The Mercury 6th Oct 1945

Photo by Linda McKenzie

 

Poke, Edwin Horace

Service Number TX5917 Death Date 23/02/1942

Place of Death Timor

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial Galala War Cemetery

Advocate Burnie 4th Oct 1945

POKE.-Killed in action, Timor, February 20, 1942, TX5917 Pte. Edwin Horace Poke, beloved second son of Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Poke, Nabageena, brother of Ethel (Mrs. N. Riggs, Queenstown), Jean (Mrs. J. Holden, Stanley), Harry (Burnie), William, Maxwell, Ena and Bruce (Naba-geena)  aged 22 years.

 

Polson, Gordon John

Service Number TX3887 Death Date 5/04/1944

Place of Death New Guinea

Cause of Death Accidental drowning

Burial Lae War Cemetery

Born 15 Aug 1916 Upper Burnie Tasmania to James and Louisa Polson (nee Bilson) Pte Polson was a carrier before he enlisted in army and was posted to 7 Div Salvage Unit, Australian Army Salvage Service. 

He accidently drowned 5 April 1944 in New Guinea and is commemorated in the Lae War Cemetery

Potter Keith George

Service Number 417313 Death Date 07/10/1944

Place of Death France

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial

 We would like to thank Laurie Woods for the following information  

*Emmerich, 7th October 1945, 14:01 1/2 hours, 17,250 feet.*  

*Log book states* - Bomb load: 1 x 4,000 pounder, 6 x 750 cluster, 6x 500 cluster, 2 SBC 60 x 4. An escort of 21 Squadron Spitfires and 7 Squadron Mustangs.

A description of the raid as appearing in the Bomber Command War Diaries, M. Middlebrook, C. Everitt :-  

/"340 Lancasters and 10 Mosquitos of 1, 3 and 8 Groups carried out an even more accurate attack on Emmerich. 3 Lancasters were lost. A local report says that 2,424 buildings in the town were destroyed and 689 damaged, with 680,000 cubic meters of rubble having to be cleared away after the raid. 641 German civilians and 96 soldiers were killed."/  

Excerpt from "Flying into the Mouth of Hell", Laurie Woods :-  

Following the parachuting of the British Parachute Regiment known as the "red devils" into the Arnhem Gap Bomber Command was detailed on 7 October to attack five nearby targets where the supplies were getting through to the German forces.  

On a Saturday afternoon Flying in K2 "Killer" in a force of 340 Lancasters and 10 Mosquitos of 1, 3, & 8 Groups we carried out a very successful raid, on Emmerich an important road and rail centre, on the Rhine River.  

 From a maximum effort on this raid 460 Squadron out of the 31 Lancasters sent, lost only one commanded by Flight/Lieutenant Eric. R.

Greenacre, DFC. who was on the fourth trip of his second tour, having completed his first tour on 460 Squadron in 1943. He was quite a long way south of the target when they were hit.  

We saw only five parachutes blossom, just before the plane nose dived to the ground. The Germans took the crew members prisoner. When released Eric Greenacre and a few others had difficulty in getting back to England . They stole a small keg of rum and used it to bribe truck drivers to give them a lift to the coast. The trucks were ferrying supplies from the French coast for the Allies. The English engineer George Cairns became a Wing Commander in the post war RAF.  

Flying /Officer D.K.Gratton in PB254 AR-K was hit by incendiaries over the target causing a serious fire in the Wireless/Operator's compartment. Gratton gave the order to bale out, and three baled out.  

The Wireless/Operator grabbed the incendiary in his jacket and threw it out down the photo flash tube, and managed to put the fire out. On their return to England Gratton made a crash landing at Hawkinge in Kent .  

 From reports on the squadron after the raid some of the crew members who baled out were shot by ground fire as they came down on their parachutes. The navigator W/O K.G.Potter, from Hobart , died in the descent.

Potts, John Nigel Elmhirst

Service Number  408268 Death Date 26/04/1943

Place of Death Solomon Islands

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial Bomana War Cemetery

Was the son of the City Engineer William Elmhirst Potts of Launceston and his wife Iris Rose Potts.  He was working as an architectural draughtsman when he enlisted in the RAAF and was posted to 11 Squadron. 

Flying Officer Potts was co pilot on a Catalina that took off from Cairns to drop supplies to coastwatchers at two destinations in the Solomon Islands.  On arrival at their destination two drops were made but prior to the third drop an impact was heard. It was later established the aircraft had flown into a ridge and crashed.

Three were killed in the impact - Flying Officer Potts was one of them 

He is commemorated at the Bomana War Cemetery 

The Mercury 3 May 1943

POTTS.-John Nigel Elmhirst, Flying Officer, RAAF, born Rylstone NSW July 14 1921, in air operations, Northern Australia, April 26 1943, elder son of Mr and Mrs W. E. Potts Launceston, and brother of Murray and Anne.

 

Poulton, Maurice Raymond

Service Number TX3578 Death Date 28/07/1943

Place of Death POW Takanee Thailand

Cause of Death cholera

Burial Kanburi War Cemetery

Studio portrait of TX3578 Private (Pte) Maurice Raymond Poulton, 2/40th Battalion AIF. Pte Poulton, a farmer from Barrington, Tas, enlisted on 25 June 1940 and died of illness on 28 July 1943 as prisoner of war (POW) of the Japanese. He had been married to his wife Rita for less than a week before being called up for active

Powell, Daryl

Service Number TX3221 Death Date 14/05/1941

Place of Death Middle East

Cause of Death Died from wounds

Burial Tobruk War Cemetery

The Examiner 27 May 1941

Word has been received by Mr. Ronald Powell, of Launceston, that his brother Private Daryl Powell, died of wounds received in action. Private Powell was born at Tunbridge, and was in his 19th year. He joined the A.I.F. six months ago. His parents are dead.

 

Powlett, Edward George

Service Number TX15417 Death Date 4/12/1945

Place of Death New Guinea

Cause of Death scrub typhus

Burial Lae War Cemetery

Born 16 Dec 1912 Sunnyside Railton to James George and Bertha May Powlett (nee Miller)

POWLETT-On December 4 1945 TX15417 Sgt Edward Powlett (Led) died New Guinea, dearly loved eldest son of Mrs and the late James Powlett of 63 High Street, Armidale Victona loved brother of Polly Reg Elsie Dulcie and Jim In his 33rd year Late of Railton

The Advocate Burnie 11 Dec 1945

Priestley, James Samuel

Service Number TX5226 Death Date 4/02/1942

Place of Death Rabaul

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial

 

Prior, Frederick Keith

Service Number TX3703 Death Date 13/12/1944

Place of Death Fukuoka Camp Japan

Cause of Death Croup, Pneumonia

Burial Labuan War Cemetery

DEATHS

Members of the Forces

PRIOR-On December 13, 1944, at Fukuoka camp, Japan, while prisoner of war TX3703 Pte P. K. Prior, 2nd/40th Battalion, dearly loved youngest son of Mr. and Mrs W. Prior, Youngtown, and brother of Eddie (prisoner of war), Daisy (Mrs F. Colbeck, Launceston), Amy (Mrs H.Mannering, Hobart), Vic, Ada (Mrs S Baylis), May (Mrs G Coombe. Wynyard), Trev (Burnie), Bill, and Grace (Mrs S. T. Chugg Whitehills) aged 24 years.

The Mercury 10 Sep 1945

Proctor, Basil

Service Number TX167 Death Date 3/4/5/1941

Place of Death Middle East

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial Tobruk War Cemetery

 

Prosser, Stanley Albert

Service Number TX2820 Death Date 21/02/1942

Place of Death Timor

Cause of Death Missing after attack

Burial

Pte S. A. Prosser, only son of Mr and Mrs C. F. Prosser, 358 Argyle St., Hobart prominent in football and athletics.

The Mercury 19 Nov 1945

PROSSER.-On Timor. date unknown, TX2820 Pte S. A. Prosser (Stan),  dearly beloved only son of Mr and Mrs C. F. Prosser, and loving brother of Marjorie, aged 23 years. He gave his life that we might be free. At the going down' of the sun and in the morning we will remember him,

Purdon Eric Thomas

Service Number  Death Date

Place of Death

Cause of Death

Burial

(See also Purdon, Albert Samuel (brother) 

Born New Norfolk Tasmania to Albert and Ethel Purdon but married and living in New South Wales when he lost his life when H.M.A.S Sydney was sunk.

 

Purdon, Albert Samuel

Service Number H/1171 Death Date 19/02/1942

Place of Death HMAS Swan

Cause of Death Killed air raid Darwin wharf

Burial stream off Darwin Wharf

Born New Norfolk Tasmania to Albert Samuel and Ethel May Purdon, Albert was listed as a Labourer when he enlisted and joined the crew of H.M.A.S. Swan. When the Japanese carried out their first air raid on Darwin 19th February 1942 HMAS Swan was moored in the harbour but managed to get under way after the Japanese attack had started.  HMAS Swan was attacked on seven occasions and with several near misses which caused damage to the ship and the death of three sailors and the wounding of 19 others.  

Albert Purdon was one of the three killed.

Pursell, Keith Alfred Wm

Service Number TX3358 Death Date 22/02/1942

Place of Death Timor

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial

 

Purton, William Bloxham

Service Number 296 Death Date 28/02/1942

Place of Death Timor Sea

Cause of Death Flying Accident

Burial Ambon Missing Memorial

Born Hobart , Tasmania William Bloxham Purton was a pilot with Qantas and also a member of R.A.A.F Reserve (Civil Aircrew) who lost his life trying to evacuate civilians before the fall of Java to Broome in Western Australia .  

For the full story of Flight Lieutenant William Purton’s disappearance, a mystery that has never been solved, go to  

http://www.ww2australia.gov.au/japadvance/qantas.html

 

Purvis, Graham

Service Number 408408 Death Date 27/11/1944

Place of Death Germany

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial Rheinberg War Cemetery

PURVIS.-Previously reported missing during operational flight over Cologne, Germany on November 27, 1944 now officially presumed dead, Pilot-Officer Graham Purvis, dearly loved and loving only son of Major and Mrs John Purvis, of Bellerive, and beloved husband of Jessica, in his 23rd year.

The Mercury 8 Jan 1946 

Putman Albert Edward

Service Number  Death Date 20/11/1941

Place of Death Indian Ocean

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial Plymouth Naval Memorial, United Kingdom

Studio portrait of 24374 Ordinary Seaman (OD) Albert Edward Putman, HMAS Sydney. A native of Launceston, Tasmania, he enlisted with the Royal Australian Navy on 22 May 1940. On 19 November 1941, OD Putman, aged 18, was among 645 hands of HMAS Sydney who were killed during an engagement with the German auxiliary cruiser HSK Kormoran off the West Australian coast.

Pyke, Neil

Service Number TX2957 Death Date 24/06/1944

Place of Death POW torpedoed Jap transport

Cause of Death Drowned

Burial

FIVE BROTHERS IN AIF

Five sons in the AIF is a notable family contribution. These are the five sons of Mrs Charles Pyke, of Cranbrook, East Coast. Back (I to r), Ptes Neil and Gordon Pyke. Gordon is a prisoner of war. Front (I to r), Ptes Keith, Charles, and Halmer Pyke. Mrs Pyke also has two sons-inlaw in the AIF. An aunt of the boys is Mrs C Wallace, of Council Cottage, Swansea. Mrs Wallace's only, son, Dennis, is in the AIF, and, of her nephews, 14 are in the Army and one in the merchant navy. Mr Wallace was a member of the 1st AIF, and Mrs Wallace was his English bride.

Pte Neil Pyke was a prisoner of war and on board the Tamahoko Maru which was one of the ships in a convoy on the way to Japan.  One of the ships in the convoy was torpedoed by USS Tang and the Tamahoko Maru which was closest to the torpedoed vessel was almost blown apart.

560 POW’s in this convoy were killed.

 

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Place of Death

Cause of Death

Burial

 

 

 

 

 

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