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Radford, Norman

Service Number TX5850 Death Date 15/09/1943

Place of Death POW Malai Camp Malaya

Cause of Death avitaminoses

Burial Kanburi War Cemetery

Born 14 June 1906 Romaine, Tasmania was a member of the 2/26 Battalion when taken prisoner and sent to Malai Camp Malaysia where he died of illness on the 15 Sep 1943 

He is commemorated in the Kanchanbur War Cemetery

Rafferty, Rupert Antice

Service Number TX2016 Death Date 5/10/1942

Place of Death New Guinea

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial Bomana War Cemetery

DIED ON SERVICE ABROAD

Capt R. Rafferty

Capt Rupert (Pat) Rafferty whose death on service abroad On October 5 at the age of 27 has been announced was the youngest son of Col and Mrs R. A. Rafferty, New Town, and one of four brothers serving in the war

After having passed through the Launceston Technical School he continued his studies and at the time of enlistment was studying science at the University of Tasmania. He was well known in scouting circles, and was instrumental in starting scouting on King Island. He took an active part in organising Lone Scouts in Tasmania and was Lone Scout Commissioner for Tasmania.

Capt Rafferty was a member of Harmony Masonic Lodge at Hobart. He joined the military forces in NSW before the war. He served in England, Egypt, and Syria, and for a time was on the staff of Gen Wynter.

The Mercury 18 Nov 1942

Rainbird, Garnet Arthur S

Service Number T21690 Death Date 24/09/1943

Place of Death Australia

Cause of Death Died from illness

Burial Wagga Wagga Military Cemetery

rainbird garnet.jpg (1711724 bytes)Born 31 Jan 1916 Bracknell Tasmania to Sydney Samuel and Mary Jane Rainbird (nee Stevens) and was a member of the 3rd Training Battalion RAE. 

He died in Australia 24th September 1943 of an illness and was buried in the Wagga Wagga Military Cemetery New South Wales.

 

Ramsay, John Laurie

Service Number TX4384 Death Date 1/07/1942

Place of Death POW on board Montevideo Maru

Cause of Death At sea

Burial

Mr and Mrs W. Ramsay, 48 Augusta Rd., New Town, have received official advice that their son, Bdr J. L, Ramsay, has been reported missing, believed dead, while a prisoner of war after July 1, 1942.

It was later determined that he was a prisoner of war on board the “Montevideo Maru” which was torpedoed and sunk by the American submarine “Sturgeon”

See Montevideo Maru

Ranson, Errol Chapple

Service Number TX12016 Death Date 7/08/1944

Place of Death Adelaide River

Cause of Death Died from injuries

Burial Adelaide River War Cemetery

The son of Arthur and Leah Beatrice Ranson (nee Chapple) died from a compound fracture of the skull and Cerebral Haemorrhage.  Buried 8 Aug 1944 Adelaide War Cemetery Northern Territory

The Mercury 10 Aug 1944

RANSON.-Errol Chapple, Sig, TX12016,died August 7, 1944, at 107th AGH, Australia, result of accident, second beloved youngest son of Mr and Mrs A. Ranson, Scottsdale, loved brother of Freda (Mrs W. Gerke, Millar Millar, Queensland), Elliott and Hilton (Scottsdale), Trevor (Launceston), Spencer, Clarence, and Stanley (Scottsdale), aged 21 years 11 months.

Rapp, Albert Nicholas

Service Number 401832 Death Date 24/09/1943

Place of Death Loxton South Australia

Cause of Death Flying Accident

Burial Mildura War Cemetery

Four Killed In Air Accident

rapp.jpg (172780 bytes)MELBOURNE, Wed Two officers and two sergeants were killed on Friday when an aircraft from an RAAF station in Victoria crashed while on a training flight. They were:

F-Officer Lawrence Andrew Flynn (22), of Canberra; P-Officer Albert Nicholas Rapp (28), of Middle Park (V); Sgt Ronald Edwin Obst (20), of Berri (SA) Sgt John Vickery Bowman (19) of Cottesloe

The Mercury 30 Sep 1943

RAPP- On September 24, at Loxton. V,

As a result of an aircraft accident, P-Officer Albert Nicholas Rapp, RAAF, aged 28 years. Loved elder son of the late A. B. Rapp, Hobart.

The Mercury 28 Sep 1943

Ratten, John Richard

Service Number 405111 Death Date 27/02/1945

Place of Death United Kingdom

Cause of Death Died from injuries

Burial Cremated Brighton Downs Crem

Born 13th November 1912 at Sheffield Tasmania but living at Kingston Beach when he enlisted John Richard Ratten died in the United Kingdom from injuries received.  He was cremated at the Brighton Downs Crematorium Sussex England and his ashes were scattered in England .  

 

Rattray Noel Aubrey

Service Number  Death Date

Place of Death

Cause of Death

Burial

Launceston Man Killed in Action

Mr L. W. Rattray, 60 Carlisle St., Launceston, has been advised that his son. AB Noel Audrey Rattray, a member of the crew of HMAS Australia, has been killed in action. Born at Launceston on Dec. 25, 1923, AB Rattray was educated at the Charles St. Practising School and Launceston Junior Technical College, and was an enthusiastic amateur cyclist. He enlisted in July 1940, and served in the Mediterranean with HMAS Hobart. He was in the Singapore fighting, and later was with HMAS Hobart in New Guinea and the Solomons. Early this year he was transferred to HMAS Australia

The Mercury 3 Nov 1944 

 Photo Courtesy Bianca Trewella

Raymont, Wilhelmina R

Service Number TFX6012 Death Date 6/02/1945

Place of Death POW Banka Island

Cause of Death Cerebral malaria

Burial Dutch War Cemetery Batavia

 Portrait of TFX6012 Lieutenant Wilhemina Rosalie Raymont, 2/4th Casualty Clearing Station (2/4th CCS), Australian Army Nursing Service (AANS). She was one of sixty five Australian nurses and over 250 civilian men, women and children evacuated on the Vyner Brook from Singapore , three days before the fall of Malaya . The Vyner Brook was bombed by Japanese aircraft and sunk in Banka Strait on 14 February 1942. Of the sixty five nurses on board, twelve were lost at sea, twenty two survived the sinking and were washed ashore on Radji Beach , Banka Island where they surrendered to the Japanese, along with twenty five British soldiers. On 16 February 1942 the group was massacred, the soldiers were bayoneted and the nurses were ordered to march into the sea where they were shot. Only Sister Vivian Bullwinkel and a British soldier survived the massacre. Both were taken Prisoner of War (POW), but only Sister Bullwinkel survived the war. Sister Raymont was one of the remaining thirty two nurses who also survived the sinking and were captured as POWs, eight of which later died in captivity. Sister Raymont died of illness on 8 February 1945 in Sumatra .

Reardon, Jack

Service Number TX712 Death Date 23/10/1942

Place of Death Goodenough Is. New Guinea

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial Bomana War Cemetery

Born 3 April 1917 Burnie Tasmania, enlisted Launceston Tasmania 17th Nov 1939 and was posted to the 2/12 Battalion 

He was Killed in Action Goodenough Island Papua and New Guinea on the 23 Oct 1942

The Mercury 5th Nov 1942

REARDON.-Killed in action In New Guinea October .23, 1942, Pte J. J. (Jack) Reardon, 2nd AIF, dearly loved friend of ;Mr and Mrs C. Báwn and family, Stanley St., Oatlands' aged 24 years. Requiescat in pace.
Redburn, Victor Douglas

Service Number TX5064 Death Date 19/05/1941

Place of Death Northern Territory

Cause of Death Died from illness

Burial Adelaide River War Cemetery

Born 16 Sep 1916 Fingal Tasmania to Walter and Margaret Ethel Redburn (nee Cocker) Pte Redburn was a tin miner when he enlisted in the AIF. 

He was a member of the 2/40 Infantry Battalion working in Darwin where he died of illness.  He was buried in the Darwin General Cemetery on the 20 May 1941 and on the 26 June 1944 was reinterred in the Adelaide River War Cemetery

 

Redman, Ernest Frederick

Service Number 30769 Death Date 5/01/1943

Place of Death Ascot Vale

Cause of Death Died of injuries

Burial Springvale War Cemetery

MELBOURNE

redman.jpg (274519 bytes)Corporal Ernest Frederick Redman (R.A.A.F.), who died in Victoria last week after a very brief illness, was the second son of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Redman, of Cam Road, formerly of West Mooreville, and was 34 years of age. He resided in the Burnie district up till about two years ago when he went to Victoria where he enlisted. His wife was formerly Maisie Jean Hind, of Burnie. He leaves a young son and daughter. For some time he was a driver for the Burnie Motor Service and was well known, He was given a military funeral at Springvale cemetery.

Advocate Burnie 11 Jan 1943

Reed, Arthur Stewart

Service Number TX3694 Death Date 11/09/1943

Place of Death POW Chungkai Thailand

Cause of Death avitaminoses

Burial Kanburi War Cemetery

REED.-TX3694 Pte. Arthur Stewart Reed, died of illness whilst prisoner of war, Thailand, September 11, 1943. Aged 26 years. Late of Roland.

Advocate Burnie 4 Aug 1945

Photographed by Linda McKenzie

 

Rees, Robert John

Service Number H/1300 Death Date 20/11/1941

Place of Death HMAS Sydney

Cause of Death Presumed Killed in Action

Burial

Born 24th August 1916 at Gympie Queensland , Robert was married and living at Launceston Tasmania working for the YMCA when he enlisted and was posted to HMAS Sydney.  

He was listed as an Able 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.

Rex, Charles Harvey

Service Number T6 Death Date 4/05/1942

Place of Death Australia

Cause of Death Died from illness

Burial Cornelian Bay Cemetery

Major C H. Rex

A representative gathering of citizens and members of the Military Forces at Cornelian Bay, Hobart, yesterday paid I tribute to the memory of Major Charles Harvey Rex, who died at the age of 29 years at his residence, Trelawn, Sandy Bay Rd, on Monday.

Major Rex, who was the third son of Mrs. C. R. and the late Mr. C. R. Rex, was educated at the Hutchins School. Hobart. He was a member of the well known Hobart firm of ship chandlers, R R. Rex and Son but his chief interest was the Army, of which he had been a member ever since he left school, about 12 years ago.

Major Rex married Miss Helen Reed, of Parknook, Cressy, about six weeks ago.

The chief mourners were Lieut. J. R. and Mr. Guy Rex (brothers), and Mr. H. D. Reed (father-in-law).

Among the assemblage were Chief Justice Morris, Prof. A. Burn. Messrs. M. Sorell, R. M. Clarke, N. E. Lakin. A. B. Crisp, W. St. Hill, H. L. Dakin. L. Nettlefold, A. Murdoch, C. H.T Perkins, R. Clive, W. D. McMinn. A. Bowtell. E. H. Burgess. Major H. Smith. Capt. H. W. S. Swalwell (representing the General Staff Officer. Lieut.-Col. Cameron). Col. J. W. Turner, Lieut.-Col. E. Cox, Major D. C. McPhee, Capt. H. J. Watchorn, Lieut. L. G. Murdoch, and many other members of the Military Forces. A military detachment under Major F. W. Tenniswood was in attendance and the coffin was draped with the Union Jack. "The Last Post" was sounded by Bugler A. D. Tapp.

Services at the home and at the graveside, were conducted by the Rev. A. A. Bennett, Battery Point. Arrangements were carried out by Alex. Clark and Son.

The Mercury 7 May 1942

Rice, Keith Thomas

Service Number TX5085 Death Date 24/06/1944

Place of Death POW torpedoed Jap transport

Cause of Death Drowned

Burial

Born 8th November 1919 Tunnel Tasmania, enlisted 13 Nov 1940 and was posted to the 2/40th Infantry Battalion. 

He was a prisoner of war in Thailand when the Japanese decided to move the fittest of the prisoners to Japan.  Prisoners were loaded onto various vessels with Pte Rice being onboard the Tamahoko Maru which was sunk 24th June 1944.

Richards, Austin Oliver

Service Number 30005 Death Date 19/04/1943

Place of Death United Kingdom

Cause of Death Flying Accident

Burial Brookwood Mil Cem Surrey Eng

Sgt-Pilot Austin Richards, RAAF, who was accidentally killed in England, was the eldest son of Mr and Mrs C. Richards. Mole Creek. He went to Canada to finish his training as a pilot 12 months ago, and from there went to England, where he met his death. His only brother, Pte Oxley Richards, is in the AIF.

The Mercury 29 Apr 1943

Richards, Bryan Wallace

Service Number TX5359 Death Date 12/09/1943

Place of Death New Guinea

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial Lae War Cemetery

KILLED IN ACTION  

LT BRIAN WALLACE RICHARDS,

Son of Mr and Mrs H. J. Richards, of Hobart, and formerly of Devonport and Campbell Town, who is reported killed in action. Lt Richards was born at Launceston, ,and was educated at Launceston and Devonport. He was a keen sportsman, engaging in tennis, football, and fishing
Richards, Eric Surcombe

Service Number TX4380 Death Date 1/07/1942

Place of Death POW torpedoed  Montevideo Maru

Cause of Death at sea

Burial

See Montevideo Maru

Richards, Geoffrey William

Service Number TX5910 Death Date

Place of Death 24/06/1944

Cause of Death POW torpedoed Jap transport

Burial Drowned

Born 6th October 1915 Launceston Tasmania to Ernest Edward and Rose Hannah Richards (nee Jones), he was a private with the 2/40th Battalion. 

He was a prisoner of war and and one of 506 POW’s to die after the sinking of the Japanese transport ship “Tamahoko Maru”.

RICHARDS.-On June 24, 1944, whilst prisoner of war, Geoffrey William Richards, loved younger son of Mrs and the late Mr E. E. Richards, of Rexton, 1 Talbot Rd., Launceston.

Richards, Leonard Edward

Service Number  Death Date 4/10/1942

Place of Death Tasmania

Cause of Death Accidental death

Burial Cornelian Bay Cemetery

SPINE STRUCK BY BULLET

Soldier's Death

 Medical evidence given at an inquest at Hobart yesterday on the death of Leonard Edward John Richards, a member of the military forces, who died  at Tarraleah on October 4, suggested that a bullet struck his spine. The Coroner (Col Clark), after other expert evidence had been given, adjourned the inquest to Hamilton next Monday.

Dr C. Duncan said the post-mortem examination revealed a bullet wound in the chest and two exit holes on the left side of the small of the back. The rifle had not been close to the skin when it was fired. Causes of death were the bullet wound, fractured spine, and internal haemorrhage.

 Evidence also was given by Frank J Pearson, armourer, who said that the rifle was in perfect order, and Sgt B.  H. Whittle, ballistics expert, Det-Insp Fleming appeared for the  police, and the Army Dept. was represented by Major R. R. Marsh.

The Mercury 3 Dec 1942 

Richards, Leslie John

Service Number TX3868 Death Date 21/02/1942

Place of Death Timor

Cause of Death Died of wounds

Burial Galala War Cemetery

Born 15th Oct 15 Lismore New South Wales but was living at Wilmot Tasmania when he enlisted and was posted to the 2/40th Battalion. 

He died 21st Feb 1942 from injuries received in Timor and is commemorated in the Galala War Cemetery.

RICHARDS - In loving memory of our dear son and brother, Pte. Leslie John Richards, died of wounds, Timor, February 21, 1942. Also in fond memory of his pal, Pte. Gordon Knowles, killed in action, Timor, February 21, 1942.Ever Remembered.

Inserted by their loved ones Wilmot.
Richardson, Russell Vernon

Service Number 428189 Death Date 4/03/1945

Place of Death Germany

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial Reichswald Forest War Cem.Cleves

Russel Vernon Richardson was born 4 Jan 1925 Carlton Victoria the son of Eric Albert and Dorothie Anne Richardson of Launceston Tasmania.  He joined the RAAF in Hobart Tasmania

Fl/Sgt Russel Vernon Richardson was on board Lancaster LM677 on 4 Mar 1945 on a night mission to bomb the Dortmund Ems Canal at Ladbergen Germany when the aircraft was shot down near the village of Havixbeck Landkreis Coesfeld, Nord Rhein Westphalia in the vicinity of Munster.

Flt Sgt Richardson was one of 5 killed in the crash.

Also on board was Flt Sgt Clyde McCartney Cahill of Oakwood Tasmania who was also killed.

Rickard Aubery Bernard Clarence

Service Number TX5214 Death Date 11/02/1942

Place of Death Malaya

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial

Son of James William Bevan and Winifred Rickard of Launceston

KILLED IN ACTION

Pte A. B. C. Rickard who was killed in action in Malaya on Feb 11, 1942. He was the second son of Mr J. W. B. Rickard, 15 Rosslyn Rd., Launcestón and prior to enlistment in Jan, 1941 was employed by J. P. Sullivan Pty. Ltd., at Launceston.

The Mercury 27 Oct 1945

Ridgers, Leslie

Service Number T45000 Death Date 27/08/1942

Place of Death Tasmania

Cause of Death Accidental death

Burial Cornelian Bay Cemetery

SOLDIER KILLED

Two Struck By Car

Pte. Leslie Ridgers (27) was fatally injured on Thursday night when he was struck by a motor car on the Midlands Highway near a camp in the South. A companion was injured.

Pte Ridgers and  Pte William Thomas Taylor were walking along the road when they were overtaken and knocked down by a motor-car driven by Cpl. Harold Thomas Turner. Taylor's Injuries were slight, and he was taken to hospital.

Pte. Ridgers' home is in Launceston, and his father is engaged on work in Queensland.

An inquest on the death of Pte Ridgers was opened before the Coroner (Col. Clark) at Hobart yesterday. Evidence of identification was given by Patrick Goram and the inquest was adjourned to a date to be fixed.

The Mercury 29 Aug 1942

Ridgers, Russell Charles

Service Number TX8209 Death Date 27/08/1942

Place of Death Tasmania

Cause of Death Accidental death

Burial Cornelian Bay Cemetery

 

Pte R. C. Ridgers, husband of Mrs. R, Ridgers Colebrook; died of injuries accidentally received on Feb. 12, 1945, while a prisoner in Malaya. .

The Mercury 12 Oct 1945

Riggs, Robert Wilfroy

Service Number TX5172 Death Date 29/09/1943

Place of Death POW Malai Camp Malaya

Cause of Death Beri Beri, 

Burial Kanburi War Cemetery

Born 31 July 1920 at Burnie Tasmania to Vivian Meryl Riggs and Ivy Beatrice Stubs

He served with the AASC 2/3 MAC and died from illness whilst serving in Thailand. 

The Mercury 9th June 1917

RIGGS. -Killed in action in France, between 4th and 8th May, 1917, R. Wilfroy, dearly loved eldest son of the late Robert Riggs and Mrs. Riggs, Oakleigh, Burnie, aged 28

Photo taken by Linda McKenzie at Kanchanaburi, Thailand

 

Riley, Eric Richard

Service Number T262436 Death Date 17/06/1940

Place of Death Tasmania

Cause of Death Died from injuries

Burial Kingston Cemetery

SAFETY OF SOLDIERS

Measures Advocated By Coroner

The provision of "wet" canteens at military camps and measures to ensure the safety of soldiers using the road near Brighton were advocated by the Coroner (Col Clark) at an inquest at Hobart yesterday concerning the death of two A.I.F. members at Pontville on June 17 as a result of a motor- cycle running into a group of men.

The Coroner was informed that hundreds of men were in the habit of walking along the State highway between Brighton and Pontville each evening. One witness said he had received no instruction since he entered the camp on the day of the accident as to how persons should walk along the road at night. Another said there were no lights between the entrance to the camp and the Pontville bridge on June 17.

It appeared another case in which hundreds of men would not be on the roads at night if there was a "wet" canteen at the camp, said Col. Clark. His experience as a soldier taught him that men liked to have a glass of beer after a hard day's work. He was surprised that instruction was not given as to walking on the roads at night.

The fact that a light had been placed near the scene of the accident showed that one was needed, added Col. Clark. If the roadway were properly lighted and a pathway built the chance of accident would be minimised. He hoped whoever was responsible for the construction of a path would do the work without delay. The light in front of the Brighton camp was dazzling, and should be tilted to show on to the roadway instead of into the eyes of motorists.

A witness informed the Coroner from the body of the Court that his unit had been given instruction as to the use of roads at night.

The Coroner found that Sgt.-Major Eric Richmond Riley (42), of Kingston, and Pte John Rouse Thompson (39), of Geeveston, were accidentally killed.

Evidence was given that Riley was riding a motor-cycle, with Sgt. W. H. Quinn on the pillion, towards Pontville and seven other members of the A.I.F., including Thompson, were walking in the same direction in three groups. Some were on the edge of the road and others on the grass. Several of the men saw the lights of the cycle when it came over a hill about 200yds away. When its course was observed as it approached them two called, "Look out," but the cycle careered through the group.

The Mercury 19 July 1940

Photo by Linda McKenzie

Riley, Harold Hector

Service Number TX4225 Death Date 13/07/1943

Place of Death Khok Khan Burma

Cause of Death Died of illness

Burial Thanbyuzayat War Cem

 

Riley, John Joseph

Service Number 23239 Death Date 13/03/1942

Place of Death HMAS Australia 

Cause of Death Murdered

Burial Buried at sea

CONVICTION UPHELD

Sailors Appeal Dismissed

SYDNEY. Wednesday-The Full High Court today unanimously rejected the appeal of two naval stokers who are in Long Bay Gaol under sentence of death for murder. The two men are Leading Stoker Albert Ronald Gordon and Stoker Edward Joseph Elias.

A naval court-martial had found the two men guilty of the murder of Stoker John Joseph Riley on the high seas. The appeal had been made on the ground that under Section 98 of the Defence Act a court martial had no power to sentence a member of the defence forces to death, except for mutiny, treason, or desertion.

Sir George Rich, the presiding judge at the appeal, said in his judgement he was satisfied the court-martial was properly constituted under the law, and had authority to convict and sentence the applicants.

The Mercury 9 July 1942

 

Riley, Maxwell Ernest

Service Number TX5757 Death Date 8/02/1942

Place of Death Malaya

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial

Member of the Forces

RILEY.-On February 8, 1942, TX5757 Pte. Maxwell Riley, killed in action, in Malaya; aged 19 years; beloved son of the late Annie and Martin Riley of Wynyard, and loved brother of Myrtle, Mary, Ruby, Ivy, Blanche, Daphne, Rita, Doris, Jack, Elvin, Athol, Fred, William, Lennie, Alban and Ronnie.

Riley, Thomas Robert

Service Number TX5111 Death Date 22/02/1942

Place of Death Timor

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial

RILEY-TX5111, Pte. T. R. Riley, dearly beloved eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Riley, Blythe, and dearly loved brother of Pte Reg, Headley, Henry, Rexie, William, Trevor, Harriet, Cyril and Joy. Killed in action in Timor, aged 28. R.I.P.

Roach Reginald Vincent

Service Number  Death Date

Place of Death

Cause of Death

Burial

 

Born Geeveston Tasmania to Tasman Frederick and Matilda Roach he was living in Moonah and a Plantation Manager when he enlisted in the army and was posted to 2/1 Aus. Field Company.

He was killed in action in Greece.

 

Roberts, Peter Balshaw

Service Number TX12763 Death Date 9/11/1944

Place of Death AGH Queensland

Cause of Death Died from injuries

Burial Atherton War Cemetery

ROBERTS.-On November 9. 1944 TX12763 Pte Peter Balshaw Roberts, beloved second son of the late William Richard Arthur Roberts and Nora Roberts, of Norley. Longford.

The Mercury 14 Nov 1944

Robinson, Athol Frederick

Service Number TX3843 Death Date 3/09/1943

Place of Death Chungkai Thailand

Cause of Death Beri Beri, dysentery

Burial Kanburi War Cemetery

 

Photo by Linda McKenzie

Robinson, Geoffrey David

Service Number 660 Death Date 7/05/1941

Place of Death Singapore area

Cause of Death Flying Accident

Burial Singapore Missing Memorial

AIR CRASH NEAR SINGAPORE

Hobart Boy's Death

Flying-Officer Geoffrey David Robinson, who was killed when a Royal Australian Air Force bomber crashed into the sea near Sembarang, Singapore, was the son of Mr. H. D. Robinson of the State Treasury. Hobart. Flying-Officer Robinson was a member of the Gilding and Soaring Club of Tasmania, and afterwards of the Tasmanian Aero Club. He learned to fly at Cambridge, under the instruction of Capt K. M. Frewin.

At the outbreak of the war he was a member of the Royal Australian Artillery, and served with that unit for several months. He joined the R.A.A.F. as an air cadet in January, 1940. He received his wings and his commission as a pilot-officer in May, and was promoted to the rank of flying officer In November. He was 19 years of age.

The Mercury 23 May 1941

Robinson, George Ronald

Service Number T22521 Death Date 15/07/1942

Place of Death Australia

Cause of Death Accidental death

Burial Cornelian Bay Cemetery

Born 26 Aug 1904 at Spring Bay Tasmania, George Ronald Robinson was the son of Harry Robinson and Jane Pearce.  He is buried at Cornelian Bay Cemetery.

The Mercury 16th July 1942 

DEATH OF SOLDIER

Road Collision

Staff-Sgt. Ronald George Robinson (37) married, was killed yesterday when a military motor-cycle he was riding collided with a motor lorry on the Cambridge Rd.

Staff-Sgt. Robinson was riding towards Bellerive, and when about 250yds. on the Bellerive side of the Horseshoe Inn his motor-cycle came into collision with a lorry driven by James Maurice Campbell (18) of Cambridge. Death apparently was instantaneous.

The death was reported to the Coroner (Col. Clark).

Staff-Sgt. Robinson is survived by a wife and two children.

Robinson, Jesse

Service Number T23541 Death Date 30/10/1942

Place of Death Tasmania

Cause of Death Died of illness

Burial Cornelian Bay Cemetery

Member of the Forces

ROBINSON.On October 30, 1942 (suddenly), L-Cpl Jesse Robinson VDC youngest son of the late Jesse and Emily Ellen Robinson, of Vryburg, South Africa, and brother of Mrs M. J Wesley of 324 Macquarie St. Hobart in his 56th year. Deeply regretted.

The Mercury 2 Nov 1942

Robinson, John Manthey

Service Number T25223 Death Date 18/03/1942

Place of Death Tasmania

Cause of Death Died of illness

Burial Cremated Cornelian Bay

Born Inverell New South Wales to Joseph and Wanda Robinson but was living at Sandy Bay Tasmania and working as a salesman when he enlisted in the army and reached the rank of Corporal.

 He was 27 years of age when he died from illness and was cremated at Cornelian Bay Cemetery.

 

Robotham, Lance Desmond

Service Number TX3430 Death Date 24/06/1944

Place of Death POW at sea near Nagasaki

Cause of Death Drowned

Burial

See Tamahoko Maru

Rodgers, David Renwick

Service Number TX1322 Death Date 17/04/1941

Place of Death South Africa

Cause of Death Died of illness

Burial Plaumstead Cemetery Cape Town

Born 31st December 1905 Glagow Scotland but living on King Island and enlisted at Brighton Tasmania. 

He was with the 3rd AGH in South Africa where he died from illness and was buried in the Plaumstead Cemetery Cape Town. 

Subject: Rodger, David Renwicki NOTE SPELLING OF SURNAME

Rodway, John Leonard

Service Number TX4413 Death Date 1/07/1942

Place of Death OW torpedoed Montevideo Maru

Cause of Death at sea

Burial

See Montevideo Maru

Roff, Norman Hollingdale

Service Number TX23242 Death Date 23/02/1942

Place of Death Timor

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial Galala War Cemetery

TRIBUTES TO CAPT N. H. ROFF AT MEMORIAL SERVICE

TRIBUTES to Capt N. H. Roff, headmaster of the Launceston Church Grammar School, as a soldier, scholar, and churchman, were paid by the school chaplin (Canon Lansdell) at a memorial service in the school chapel yesterday.

CAPT ROFF was killed in action while serving with the 2/40th Battalion. AIF, in Timor,The service was attended by members of the School Bd., scholars, old boys, and members of the 2/40th Battalion.

Canon Lansdell said Capt Roff was born in England in 1904, and educated at Sir Roger Manwood's School and Caius College, Cambridge. After taking his degree he taught at Christ College. Horsham.

In 1926 he came to Australia, and until 1932 was on the staff of Guildford Grammar School. Perth. There he held the posts of senior science master, housemaster, sports master, and officer commanding the cadet corps.      

He was then on the staff of the Geelong (V) Grammar School for four years.      

In 1936 Capt RofF was appointed headmaster of the Launceston school, and showed himself an educationist of vision, and a man of tremendous energy, said Canon Lansdell.

He imbued with his enthusiasm all those with whom he came in contact, and under his guidance the school made great progress.

Capt Roff was a lay reader for the diocese of Tasmania. For St. George's Church he was treasurer and minister's warden, lay representative on Synod, and a teacher in the Sunday school.He took an active part in dramatic performances of the Launceston Players, and was a member of the Launceston Rotary Club. 

A keen military man from his university days, he offered his services to the AIF in 1939and joined the 2/40th Battalion In 1940. He commanded a company.  

"Capt Roff was interested in all community movements, and realised the importance of modern developments in education," said Canon Lansdell.

He will be a great loss to Tasmania in general, and the Launceston Church Grammar School in   particular 

The Mercury 22 Oct 1945

Tribute to Late Capt Roff

"A leader of men who look a personal interest in every man under his command," was how Lt-Col W. Leggatt, commanding officer of the 2nd/40th Battalion, described the late headmaster of the Launceston Church Grammar School (Capt N. H. Roff), who was killed in action on Timor in 1942.

Lt-Col Leggatt, who is in Launceston visiting relatives of men of his battalion who lost their lives while prisoners of the Japs, yesterday addressed a large assembly of boys at the Grammar School. He was accompanied by Mrs Leggatt and Mr J. Savigny.

Lt-Col Leggatt said Capt Roff met his death while leading his company over open grounds to attack a strong concentration of Japs who were dug in on a hilltop. A few minutes after his death his second in command, Lt N. R. Gatenby, an old boy of the Grammar School was also killed. They were buried side by side that evening.

Lt-Col Leggatt said few of the men had been in action before, and it took leadership and pluck on the part of Capt Roff to lead his men into action the first time.

In thanking Lt-Col Leggatt for his address, the headmaster (Mr H. V. Jones) said the account of the action would live as part of the school's traditions.

The Mercury 7 Dec 1945

Rogers, Peter Kenneth

Service Number TX2588 Death Date 17/07/1942

Place of Death Middle East

Cause of Death Died from wounds

Burial El Alamein War Cemetery

 

DIED OF WOUNDS

L./BDR. PETER KENNITH ROGERS Son of Mr. and Mrs. L. S. Rogers, of Hobart, who has died of wounds while serving overseas with the A.I.F.

The Mercury 28 July 1942

 

Rogers, Ralph Carey

Service Number H/988 Death Date 20/11/1941

Place of Death HMAS Sydney

Cause of Death Presumed Killed in Action

Burial

Born 4th January 1909 Sheffield Tasmania to Albert George and Emily Alice Rogers, Ralph was married and living at Arthur Street North Hobart when he enlisted and was posted to HMAS 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  

Ralph Carey Rogers was one of 39 Tasmanians to lose their life in this incident.

 

Rogers, Royden Watson

Service Number TX725 Death Date 14/08/1940

Place of Death England

Cause of Death Accidental death

Burial Tidworth Military Cemetery England

 

Photo Courtesy Andrea Charlesworth

 

Rollings, Frederick Leslie

Service Number 438085 Death Date 5/07/1945

Place of Death Borneo

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial Labuan War Cemetery

 

Rolls, Thomas Wilson

Service Number TX2531 Death Date 21/09/1943

Place of Death POW Chungkai Thailand

Cause of Death avitaminoses

Burial Kanburi War Cemetery

 

Mrs J. W. Rolls, Elderslie, has been advised that  International Red Cross reports that Pte T. W. Rolls, of 2/3rd MG Battalion, died of illness on Sept. 21, 1943, while a prisoner in Thailand.

The Mercury 3 Oct 1945

Rose, Maxwell George

Service Number TX8436 Death Date 9/03/1942

Place of Death Timor

Cause of Death Died of wounds

Burial Galala War Cemetery

 

Rosevear, Lance

Service Number A/B20858 Death Date 1/12/1942

Place of Death HMAS Sydney

Cause of Death Presumed Killed in Action

Burial

Born 24th March 1916, married and living at Scottsdale when he enlisted and was posted to HMAS Sydney.  

He was a listed as an Able 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.

Lance Rosevear was one of 39 Tasmanians killed in this incident.

Ross, Hugh Robert Hector

Service Number 408339 Death Date 17/12/1943

Place of Death United Kingdom

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial RAF Cemetery, Cambridge

Born Roseville, New South Wales to Trevor Wilson and Henrietta Katherine Annie Ross

He enlisted in the RAAF and was attached to RAF 12 Squadron. 

On the night of the 16 Dec 1943 which became known as ‘Black Thursday” Flt Sgt Ross who was pilot on Lancaster JB715 which was returning from a raid on Berlin crashed after flying into trees in low cloud at Hainton, near Louth in Lincolnshire at 2354 hours and all on board lost their lives. 

Flt Sgt Ross was buried in the RAF Cemetery Cambridge England.  He is also commemorated on the Hobart Tasmania War Memorial.

Rothall, Clement Paul

Service Number TX680 Death Date 1/01/1943

Place of Death New Guinea

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial Soputa War Cemetery

Born 22 April 1913 Victoria Hospital Launceston Tasmania to William Henry and Esther Alphonso Rothall (nee Dunn) Cpl Rothall was a farmer when he enlisted in the 2/12 AIF.   He was killed in action in New Guinea and is commemorated at the Soputa War Cemetery.

 

Photo courtesy Dennis Dwyer

On Active Service

ROTHALL - In loving, memory of our dear son and brother, Clem (Cpl. C. P. Rothall, 2/12th, A.1.F.), killed in action at Buna, N.G., on January 1, 1943. Just a memory fond and true to show, dear Clem, we think of you. Requiescat in pace. -inserted by his loving family.

Rothery, Noel Anson Joseph

Service Number TX2257 Death Date 15/10/1940

Place of Death 111 AGH Tasmania

Cause of Death Motor accident

Burial Cornelian Bay Cemetery

DEATH OF A.I.F GUNNER

Truck Overturned

Gnr. Noel Anson Rothery (20), of the A.I.F. whose right leg was fractured when a military utility truck overturned near Tea Tree on Friday while a party was returning from a training exercise, died in the Royal Hobart Hospital yesterday. At an inquest at Brighton Camp last night the Coroner (Col. Clark) returned a finding of accidental death. Deceased was the only son of Mr. and Mrs. N. A. Rothery of Randwick, Sydney.

Lieut. Tasman Albert Jillett said he was driving the truck from Campania to Brighton camp, and Rothery and four other men were seated on the floor in the body of the truck. It was an open truck. About 300 yards on the Tea Tree side of the railway crossing he was driving into the sun and much dust was raised by a vehicle in front. Dust came through the windows and got in his eyes. He closed his eyes and eased the truck up with the intention of stopping. He noticed the truck was off the road, but was unable to get it back, and it somersaulted.

"I was thrown into a hollow and the truck rolled over me without touching me," said Gnr John Bell, who was on the tray of the truck. Deceased appeared to have been thrown clear, and I am of the opinion that his injuries were caused when he was thrown to the ground.

Bdr. Richard D. Room, who was travelling on the truck, and who has a probable fracture of the pelvis, is progressing satisfactorily.

  The Mercury 16 Oct 1940 

Robotham Lance Desmond

Service Number TX3430 Death Date

Place of Death 24 June 1944

Cause of Death Tamahoko Maru

Burial

Studio portrait of TX3430 Private (Pte) Lance Desmond Robotham, 2/40th Battalion AIF, of Launceston, Tas. Pte Robotham enlisted at Ridgley, Tas, on 19 June 1940 and in December 1941embarked with his unit to defend Timor following a series of Japanese attacks throughout the Pacific on 7 and 8 December. Pte Robotham was captured when his battalion was forced to surrender to the Japanese on Timor on 23 February 1942. He was one of 772 Australian, British and American prisoners being transported in the Tamahoko Maru to work in Japan when on 24 June 1944 the ship was sunk by the submarine USS Tang. Pte Robotham was one of 559 killed.

See Tamahoko Maru

Rowe, Donald Duncan

Service Number TX1083 Death Date 21/01/1944

Place of Death New Guinea

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial Lae War Cemetery

Rowe_Donald_Duncan.jpg (85982 bytes)KILLED IN ACTION

Pte.Donald Rowe of Abbotsham, who was killed in action in New Guinea, was the son of Mr. and Mrs. S. .1. Rowe Abbotsham, and was 25 years of age. He enlisted in 1940 and served in the Middle East, being one of the last to leave Tobruk. He then served in New Guinea, fighting through the Owen Stanley ranges and onwards until he was killed. He was unmarried.

Advocate Burnie 9 Feb 1944

Photo Courtesy Josephine Rowe

Rowe, Frederick Arthur

Service Number H/1005 Death Date 4/03/1942

Place of Death HMAS Yarra (missing loss of ship)

Cause of Death Presumed dead

Burial

Steward Frederick Arthur Rowe, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Rowe, of New Town, who is reported missing with H.M.A.S. Yarra, joined the ship before war broke out.

He was previously employed by the United Friendly Societies Dispensary, Hobart, and by Miller and Maund, chemists. Hobart. He was unmarried.

Mr. and Mrs. Rowe have two other sons on active service-Bert in the R.A.A.F, and William in the Navy.

Rowlands, Henry Bartlett

Service Number TX10798 Death Date 3/05/1945

Place of Death Borneo

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial Sandakan War Cemetery

Pte H. B. Rowlands has been reported killed in action at Tarakan. Pte Rowlands was the eldest-son- of Mr and Mrs H. J. Rowlands, Hobart. He was .formerly a member of the Royal Australian Artillery at Hobart.

The Mercury 2 June 1945

Rowley Sydney Charles

Service Number  Death Date

Place of Death

Cause of Death

Burial

Leading Seaman Sidney Charles Rowley, news of whose death on active service has been received by his parents, Mr and Mrs Charles Rowley, Deviot. He was their only son, and joined the RAN 4 years ago. He was married last year, and his wife lives at Neilborough, Victoria.

Rudd, Royal Robert

Service Number 418303 Death Date 11/04/1944

Place of Death France

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial Polix Somme Churchyard

Born 2 Jan 1913 Bishopsbourne Road Devonport Tasmania to Bertie Andrew and Inza Christina Rudd, Flt Sgt Rudd was married and working in Victoria as a radio announcer when he enlisted in the RAAF. 

Flt Sgt Rudd was attached to 78 Squadron RAF and was mid upper gunner on Halifax LV877 which took off from RAF Breighton on the 11th April 1944 with orders to bomb rail installations at Tergnier France.  Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take off and it did not return to base.

It was later established that the aircraft crashed at Pierrecourt.  Six of the seven crew including Flt Sgt Rudd were killed.  They were buried in the Poix-de-Picarde churchyard Somme France.

Rundle Rothwell Leonard

Service Number QX4007 Death Date 21/03/1941

Place of Death Egypt

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial

TASMANIAN KILLED IN ACTION

Mr and Mrs J Rundle of Burnie, were advised yesterday that their son Pte Rothwell Leonard Rundle, had been killed in action with the A IF

Pte Rundle was born at Melrose near Devonport His parents moved to Elliott, where he spent his boyhood After having left Burnie High School, he joined his father on a farm at Elliott He enlisted in Queensland Immediately after the outbreak of war.

The Mercury 5 Apr 1941

Rush, Francis William

Service Number 30245 Death Date 16/12/1943

Place of Death Holland

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial Stompetoren, Oterleek, Holland

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 Francis William Rush was born 20th May 1914 in Hobart Tasmania , son of Francis John and Myrtle Elsie Rush.  They later moved to Battery Point Tasmania.  

Francis was a Clerk before he enlisted in the Royal Australian Air Force on the 13th May 1940.  He became a pilot on a Lancaster bomber with 7 Squadron.  

His crew consisted of  

F/O Francis Rush (Pilot)

F/O William Scott (Bomb Aimer)

F/O Clive Luther (Mid Upper Gunner)

Sgt John S. Ogg (Flt Engineer)

Sgt Kenneth Wightman (Navigator)

Sgt Henry Bushell (Wireless Operator)

Sgt William Buntain (Rear Gunner)  

F/O Francis Rush, F/O William Scott and F/O Clive Luther were Australians, the rest of the crew were all English.  

On December 16th 1943, they took off from their base at Oakingdon in Cambridgeshire in their Lancaster .  The target was Berlin and this was the 6th mission in what was called the Battle of Berlin.  Bomber Command paid repeated visits to the German capital late 1943 through early 1944  

Their Lancaster was claimed by Lt. Heinz Rolland at 18.02 near the city of Alkmaar .  The whole crew, except one was killed.  Sgt. John Ogg bailed out of the Lancaster and was found by a farmer.  He was taken to Broek where he was given civilivan clothes and a Dutch ID card.  The resistance tried to get him back to England via the escape routes.  After Christmas they took him to Amsterdam , but an attempt to move him further along the line was unsuccessful.  Sgt. Ogg stayed in Rotterdam , working on a farm, until the liberation.  

At practically the same time that F/O Rush’s plane was shut down, another Lancaster of 7 Squadron, captained by W/O Watson, was shot down north east of Lemmer.  

On 4th May 1994, the people of Stompetoren dedicated this plaque to the crew that lie buried in the town.

Russell, Donald William

Service Number H/633 Death Date

Place of Death 16/03/1945

Cause of Death SS Sibigo (ship lost)

Burial Presumed drowned

A member of the R.A.N. but attached to the Merchant Navy on board  S.S. Sibigo which sank during a cyclone in the Coral Sea. 

There were only 10 survivors but Able Seaman Russell was not one.  He is presumed drowned. 

He is commemorated at the Plymouth Naval Memorial, United Kingdom.

 

Rust, Thomas Nathan

Service Number 408378 Death Date 5/04/1945

Place of Death Truscott Strip Northern Territory

Cause of Death Flying Accident

Burial Adelaide River War Cemetery

Born 24th May 1912 in New Zealand to Thomas and Mary Rust but was living at Camp Road , Wynyard Tasmania when he enlisted.

 He was a Warrant Officer with 12th Squadron when taking off on a mission to Balikpapan the aircraft crashed just after becoming airborne.  The aircraft was destroyed by its depth charges exploding killing all crew members.

 Also killed was fellow Tasmanian Leonard Duncanson of Zeehan Tasmania .

 

Ryan, Mervyn William

Service Number TX5523 Death Date 3/10/1943

Place of Death New Guinea

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial Lae War Cemetery

Born Lilydale Tasmania to William Thomas and Ellen Franklin Ryan, Pte Ryan was a farmer living in Launceston when he enlisted in the AIF. 

The Mercury 25 Oct 1943

Mr and Mrs W. T. Ryan, of Mowbray, have been advised that their younger son, Pte Mervyn Ryan, has been killed in action.  Pte Ryan  served also in the Middle East,  where he was wounded. Before enlistment in the AIF he worked at Lilydale.

Ryan,Geoffrey

Service Number TX9090 Death Date 25/04/1945

Place of Death New Guinea

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial Lae War Cemetery

Mr and Mrs W. T. Ryan, of Mow- bray, have been advised that their younger son, Pte Mervyn Ryan, has been killed in action.  Pte Ryan I served also in the Middle East where he was wounded. Before enlistment in the AIF he worked at Lilydale.

The Mercury 25th Oct 1943

 

 

 

 

 

 

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