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Sadler John Tulloch Burrill

Service Number 40061 Death Date 29/09/1939

Place of Death At sea

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial

Born 7th May 1916 Rannoch East Devonport Tasmania to Bertie Tulloch and Emily Sadler (nee Burril). 

Flying Officer John Tulloch Burrill Sadler of 144 Squadron has the dubious distinction of being the 2nd Australian and 1st Tasmanian killed in action. 

He was the pilot of a Handley Page Hampden bomber, part of a formation of 5 aircraft on a bombing mission on 29 September 1939.  All five aircraft were intercepted and shot down. 

He has no known grave.

OBITUARY Flying Officer Sadler

KILLED IN ACTION.

Sympathy was expressed generally yesterday with Mr. and Mrs. B. T. Sadler and their sons of "Rannoch," East Devonport, in the publication of the death of Flying Officer Jack Sadler, who was reported missing following one of the early raids on the German naval base at Wilhelmshaven. The date of the death is given as September 29. His family was hoping against hope that the earlier news of his being missing would be followed by an assurance of his having escaped death, and that at worst he was a prisoner of war. He was one of six who participated in the raid.

John Tulloch Burrill Sadler was born on July 5, 1916, and was the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Sadler. He was educated at the Launceston Church Grammar School, and joined the Royal Australian Air Force as air cadet at Point Cook in July 1937. He graduated as pilot officer in July, 1937, and went to England for five years' service with the Royal Air Force. He was promoted to the rank of flying officer in February, 1939, and obtained a first class navigator's certificate. With his squadron he took part in the review in Paris in commemoration of Bastille Day on July 14, 1939, and was a pilot in the first long-distance flight to the south of France later in the month.

Advocate Burnie 9 Dec 1939

Sadlier, Joseph

Service Number TX3979 Death Date 23/02/1942

Place of Death Timor

Cause of Death Presumed 

Burial

 

Sale, Hume Townsend

Service Number TX2682 Death Date 23/02/1942

Place of Death Believed deceased Timor

Cause of Death Presumed

Burial

Member of the Forces

SALE.-TX2682 Cpl Hume Townsend 2/40th Battalion, husband of Winifred, and younger son of Mrs B. Sale, Hobart, and the late J. H. Sale, Young; died on active service, Timor.

The Mercury 27th Nov 1945

Salier, Albert George

Service Number TX1043 Death Date 15/06/1941

Place of Death Middle East

Cause of Death Accidental death

Burial Tobruk War Cemetery

Born 4 Nov 1917 Belmont Plenty Tasmania to Albert Ernest and Madge Evelyn Salier (nee Gorringe) Pte Salier was a farmer at Tea Tree when he enlisted in the 2/12 AIF

His death is commemorated at the Tobruk War Cemetery 

The Mercury 5 July 1941

SALIER.-On June 15, Albert George, only son of the late Mr. A. E. Salier and Mrs. L. Tonks, Strathallan, Tea Tree, aged 24. Died on active service.

Salter, Donald Barclay

Service Number TX8178 Death Date 26/06/1944

Place of Death POW result torpedoed Jap transport 

Cause of Death at sea

Burial

The Mercury 7 Feb 1945

Missing, Believed Dead

Pte Donald Barclay Salter, AIF, son of Mr and Mrs E. H. Salter, Forest Rd., Hobart, who preciously was reported a prisoner of war in Japanese hands, is now reported missing, believed dead.

Pte Salter was aged 21. He was taken prisoner by the Japanese when Singapore fell.

Salter, John Arnold

Service Number H/1509 Death Date 1/03/1942

Place of Death HMAS Perth (ship lost)

Cause of Death Missing, presumed killed

Burial

OS John Arnold Salter, a member of the crew of HMAS Perth, which was sunk in the Java Sea Battle on March 1, 1942, has now been reported killed in action in the engagement. Previously he had been re- ported missing Advice to this effect has been received by his parents, Mr and Mrs E. J. Salter, of Maydena. He was their eldest son and was aged 21 years.

The Mercury 7 Feb 1946

Salter, John Leo

Service Number 5009 Death Date 30/12/1943

Place of Death Thailand

Cause of Death Prisoner of War

Burial Kanchanaburi War Cemetery

SALTER.-On December 30, 1943, at a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp, 5009, Sgt John Leo Salter, No. 1 Bomber Squadron, RAAF, dearly beloved husband of Edna, Ranelagh, loving father of Barry, and loved second son of Mr and Mrs R. A. Salter, Bicheno (late of Ranelagh), and brother of Lillian, Chris, and Mascot.

The Mercury 15 Sep 1945

Photographed by Linda McKenzie

Sanderson, Stanley

Service Number 23003 Death Date 4/03/1942

Place of Death HMAS Yarra (missing loss of ship)

Cause of Death Presumed dead

Burial

From Beaconsfield Tasmania Stanley was a Stoker with H.M.A.S Yarra , the Royal Australian Navy sloop sunk by a Japanese cruiser squadron in a gallant but hopeless defence of her convoy in the Indian Ocean , south of Java, on 4 March 1942. A total of 138 of her company were lost out of 151 officers and men including her commanding officer, Lieutenant Commander Robert Rankin and all officers

Stanley Sanderson was one of 15 Tasmanians killed in this incident.

Saunders, Colin Paul

Service Number TX267 Death Date 14/08/1942

Place of Death Middle East, Egypt

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial El Alamein War Cemetery

Born 19 Mar 1912 New Norfolk Tasmania to Herbert Sidney and Kathleen Maree Saunders (nee Tighe) L/Cpl Saunders was a Motor Attendant when he enlisted in 2/3 AIF.  He was killed in action in the Middle East and is commemorated at the El Alamein War Cemetery. 

The Mercury 14 Aug 1946

Member of the forces

SAUNDERS  In loving memorv of Colin Paul Saunders, TX267, killed In action at El Alamein, August 14, 1942, loved and loving eldest son of Kathleen M. and the late Herbert S. Saunders, and loved brother of Bobbie, Kevin, Sybil, and Jim.

We remember.

Saunders, Edward Francis

Service Number TX8342 Death Date 21/03/1942

Place of Death Timor

Cause of Death Died of illness

Burial Galala War Cemetery

LATROBE

MARK OF RESPECT-As a mark of respect to the late Pte E. F. Saunders, who died of illness in a Japanese prison camp, the Union Jack was flown at half-mast from the flagpole in Memorial Reserve yesterday. Pte Saunders was a son of Mr. and Mrs. F. Saunders, Gilbert Street, Latrobe.

Advocate Burnie 2nd Oct 1945

Sawford Bertie George

Service Number VX35647 Death Date 11/041945 

Place of Death POW Japanese

Cause of Death Died of illness 

Burial Labuan War Cemetery

Sawford Bertie George.jpg (26421 bytes)Born Oatlands Tasmania on the 25th October 1914 the son of George and Cecilia Sawford was married and living in Melbourne when he enlisted, Private Bertie George Sawford was a member of the 2/29th Battalion and one of the many allied prisoners held in the Sandakan Prisoner of War Camp in North Borneo having been transferred there from Singapore as part of B Force.   

He had been at Changi but was transported from there on the 7th July 1942 on the tramp ship Ubi Maru which arrived in Sandakan Harbour on the 18th July 1942.

He died from illness as a prisoner of the Japanese on 11th April 1945. 

Sayer, William John

Service Number TX3199 Death Date 24/06/1944

Place of Death POW at sea near Nagasaki

Cause of Death Drowned

Burial

 

 

 

 

 

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Scarr, Murray

Service Number 428054 Death Date 17/02/1945

Place of Death Celebes area

Cause of Death Flying Accident

Burial Macassar War Cem, Celebes

Born 16 Sep 1924 Hobart Tasmania to James Herbert and Effie Vida Scarr F/O Scarr was the youngest of 4 brothers on active service.  He was a printer before he enlisted in the RAAF. 

The Mercury 15 Mar 1945

R.A.A.F. Casualties

Killed in Aircraft Accident F-Officer.M. Scarr, West Hobart.

Scascighini, James Edgar

Service Number 2364 Death Date 4/02/1942

Place of Death Tasmania

Cause of Death Flying Accident

Burial Burwood Cemetery Vic

AIRCRAFT CRASH

Three Killed at Cressy

An officer and two airmen were killed yesterday when two trainer aircraft from the elementary flying training school at Western Junction collided during a practice flight and crashed about a mile from Cressy.

This was announced in an R.A.A.F. communique. The victims were:

Flying-Officer James Edgar Scascighini (28) married, of Surrey Hills, Victoria.

Leading - Aircraftman Frank Louis Hurley (28) unmarried, of Armidale, N.S.W.  

Sgt.-Pilot Raymond Harry Dean (21), unmarried of Evandale, Tasmania.

Sgt. John Henry, who parachuted to safety, was slightly injured. Both machines were totally destroyed. The cause of the accident is obscure.

Sgt.-Pilot Raymond Harry Dean, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Reginald J. Dean, of Evandale, was born in Hobart, and was 21 years old last Sunday. He was educated at the Launceston High School, and went through his R.A.A.F. training at Pt. Cook and Camden. He returned to Western Junction flying school as an instructor last June. A brother Geoffrey also a member of the R.A.A.F. was drowned about a year ago with three companions while sailing near Pt. Cook.

Flying-Officer Scascighini was born at Traralgon, Victoria. He was commissioned in November, 1940. He has a wife and small daughter.

Leading-Aircraftman Hurley was born at Macksville, N.S.W., and before his enlistment in Sydney was a bank clerk. He received his elementary flying training at Western Junction.

The Mercury 5 Feb 1942

Schilipalius, Ronald Kevin

Service Number TX4615 Death Date 23/10/1942

Place of Death Middle East

Cause of Death El Alamein War Cemetery

Burial

Grave of TX4615 Sapper (Spr) Ronald Kevin Schlipalius, 2/13 Field Company, of Brighton, Vic. An egg grader prior to enlistment on 24 April 1941. Spr Schlipalius was killed in action on 25 October 1942; he was 23 years of age. Schlipalius is buried at the El Alamein War Cemetery, Egypt.

 

Scott, Cyril

Service Number TX5898 Death Date 1/03/1942

Place of Death Timor

Cause of Death Died of wounds

Burial Galala War Cemetery

Studio portrait of TX5898 Private (Pte) Cyril Scott of Devonport, Tas. Enlisting in the Second AIF in October 1941, Pte Scott served in the Pacific campaign with the 2/40th Battalion. Pte Scott formed part of 'Sparrow Force' which defended Penfui Airfield in Dutch West Timor, where he was wounded and taken prisoner of war by Japanese forces on 23 February 1942. He died of wounds in captivity in Timor on 1 March 1942, aged 36.  

The Mercury 2 Oct 1946

SCOTT.-TX5898 C. (Bill) Scott.

2/40th Battalion, Timor, dearly beloved husband of Lena, loving father of John, Margaret, and Mary, and loving elder son of the late Mr W. Scott and Mrs Scott, ll Lillie St.. Glebe, Hobart.

Scott, Lawrence Walter

Service Number TX8418 Death Date 5/04/1942

Place of Death Timor

Cause of Death

Burial Galala War Cemetery

 

The Mercury 16 Oct 1945

 Pte L. W. Scott, 2/40th  Battalion, eldest son of Mr and Mrs E. G. W. Scott, Tunnack, died of illness while a prisoner of war in Timor.

 

Searle, Ronald William

Service Number TX5345 Death Date 24/06/1944

Place of Death POW result torpedoed Jap transport 

Cause of Death at sea

Burial

SEARLE.- TX5435 Pte R. W. (Ron) Searle 2/40th Battalion, dearly loved eldest son of Mr and Mrs P. W. Searle 59 Margaret St., Launceston, and brother of Joan (deceased), Vera, and Bennie (RAN, returned), aged 22 years 6 months; died whilst prisoner of war on June 24, 1944 result of the torpedoing of a Japanese transport near Nagasaki Requiescat in pace

The Mercury 12 Nov 1945

Seelin, Frederick James

Service Number TX2764 Death Date 18/06/1943

Place of Death POW Kinsaike Thailand

Cause of Death acute enteritis,

Burial Kanburi War Cemetery

Born Collingwood Victoria to James Frederick and Eva Caroline Seelin but living and working in Hobart Pte Seelin was a suit cleaner when he enlisted in the AIF. 

He was a POW in Thailand and died of acute enteritis.  He is commemorated at the Kanburi War Cemetery.

Photgraphed By Linda McKenzie

Self, Thomas Eric Bentley

Service Number TX2767 Death Date 21/02/1942

Place of Death Timor last seen after attack Babaoe

Cause of Death Presumed

Burial

Pte T. E. B. Self, husband bf Mrs E. B. Self, Lindisfarne, and father of a family of seven.

The Mercury 19 Nov 1945

SELF.-TX2767 Pte T. E. B. Self, 2/40th Battalion AIF loved and loving husband of Beatrice, Lindisfame, and loving father of Beryl, Eric, Jack, Alice. Pat, Joy, and Diana; previously reported prisoner of war, now reported missing believed dead, date un- known. At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember him.

Shadwick, George Henry

Service Number TX4600 Death Date 22/01/1942

Place of Death Malaya

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial

Tas. Paybook photograph, taken on enlistment of TX4600 Private Shadwick, 2/29 Battalion. He was one of 145 men who were massacred by the Japanese at Parit Sulong on 22 January 1942 during the Malaya Campaign when wounded Australian and Indian soldiers were left behind by withdrawing troops after the Battle of Muar. They were rounded up by the Japanese and forced to surrender all of their belongings including their clothes, which were later returned. The men, now Prisoners of War (POWs) were beaten, tormented and denied food, water and medical attention. At sunset on the night of 22 January 1942, the men were roped or wired together in groups and led into the jungle where they were shot with machine guns, doused with petrol and set alight. Only Lieutenant Ben Charles Hackney and VX52333 Reginald Arthur Wharton survived, feigning death despite repeated brutalities by the Japanese.

The Mercury 9 Feb 1946

SHADWICK.-TX4600 Pte George Henry (George), 2/29th Battalion, AIF, Malaya, beloved eldest son of Tasman and Maud Shadwick, of 117 Howick St., Launceston, and loving brother of Nancy (Mrs F. Clark), Peggy (Mrs F. Arnold), Rex, Peter, and Beverley, aged 23 years; missing, reported dead. February 22, 1942

Shalless, Alan Merris

Service Number 409951 Death Date 23/07/1943

Place of Death United Kingdom

Cause of Death Flying Accident

Burial RAF Cemetery Oxford Berks

Born Hobart Tasmania to Percival Curtis and Elsie Leigh Shalless, Flying Officer Shalless was working with the Defence Coordination Department when he enlisted in the RAAF.  He was attached to the RAF 24 OUT when he was killed in an air accident. 

The Mercury 12 Nov 1945

SHALLESS.-Pilot-Officer Alan Merris, beloved eldest son of Lieut and Mrs. P C. Shalless, and brother of Ralph (A.Í.F.) and Geoff (A.M.F.) aged 21 years, killed m aircraft accident England, July 23. (Tasmanian and Sydney papers please copy.)

Sharman, Ivan Stanley

Service Number H/2208 Death Date 6/01/1945

Place of Death HMAS Australia

Cause of Death Japanese air attack-presumed

Burial

Born 23 June 1918 Smithton Tasmania to Isaiah and Harriet Sharman (nee Wigg)

Able Seaman Sharman was living and working at Marrawah Tasmania when he enlisted in the RAN. 

He was a crew member of H.M.A.S. Australia which on the afternoon of the 5th January 1945 was hit by kamikazes as they targeted the ship time and time again. The results were devastating – 25 killed and 30 seriously injured.

Able Seaman Sharman was listed as lost the next day.

Sharman, Roland George

Service Number TX14335 Death Date 27/04/1945

Place of Death 115 MH Heidelberg

Cause of Death Died of illness

Burial Springvale War Cemetery

sharman roland.jpg (97833 bytes)Born 18 Dec 1916 at Paradise Tasmania to Herbert Alfred and Alice Sharman, Pte Sharman was a farm worker when he enlisted in the AIF. 

He died of illness 115 MH Heidelberg and is buried in the Springvale War Cemetery.

 

Sharp, Edward Robert

Service Number 4674 Death Date 27/08/1944

Place of Death New Guinea

Cause of Death Ground Accident

Burial Lae War Cemetery

Born Hobart Tasmania to Robert William and Minnie Sarah Sharp he was listed as a motor mechanic, married and living at Quayle St Sandy Bay when he enlisted in the RAAF. 

He was a member of 78 Squadron when he was killed accidentally in the Noemfoer area of New Guinea.  He was buried in the Kamiri Drome No 1 Cemetery. 

He is commemorated in the Lae War Memorial.

Shaw, William Thomas

Service Number TX4423 Death Date 23/10/1943

Place of Death POW Thailand

Cause of Death Beri Beri

Burial Thanbyuzayat War Cem

SHAW.-TX4423 Dvr W. T. (Bill)

Shaw, 2/3rd MAC, AIF, died of illness whilst prisoner of war in Siam, October 23, 1943, aged 21 years, beloved eldest son of Mrs L. R. Shaw, 51 George St., North Hobart, and loved brother of Frankie

 

Shea, Kenneth George

Service Number 408707 Death Date 27/03/1945

Place of Death North Atlantic

Cause of Death Flying Accident

Burial Runnymede (UK) Missing Memorial

 

The Argus 12 May 1945

MISSING, PRESUMED DEAD

Flight Lieut Kenneth George Shea, second son of Mrs Shea and the late Mr George Shea of Essendon is missing, now presumed dead. He was a member of the crew of a Commando aircraft lost between the United Kingdom and Canada. Flight Lieut Shea has left a widow.

Shearing, Vincent William

Service Number TX2842 Death Date 22/02/1942

Place of Death Timor

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial Galala War Cemetery

Memorial Service

A large congregation attended a memorial service at the Presbyterian Church, Apsley, for Pte Vincent Shearing, AIF (2/40th Battalion).

Among those present were Mr D. Shearing and daughter (father and sister), Messrs E. and A. Shearing (uncles), Mesdames Shearing and V. Hellesey (aunts). Mr R. A. Ellis (warden of Bothwell), and Mr C. Johnston (RSL).

The Rev R. Alison-Norris conducted the service, and Mrs Marjorie Hart was organist.

The Mercury 31 Oct 1945

Sheean, Edward

Service Number H/1617 Death Date 1/12/1942

Place of Death HMAS Armidale (ship sunk)

Cause of Death Presumed drowned

Burial

 Ordinary Seaman Edward Sheean was killed during the attack by Japanese aircraft which sank the Bathurst Class corvette HMAS Armidale in the Arafura Sea on 1 December 1942.

Armidale set out from Darwin for Betano, Timor, on a twofold mission: to take relief troops to Sparrow Force, the Allied presence on Timor , and to bring back withdrawing troops. Under frequent air attacks, the ship was unable to complete its mission and sank within minutes of being hit by two torpedoes. After the order to "abandon ship", Teddy Sheean, although twice wounded, stayed at his post at the aft Oerlikon gun, bringing down an enemy bomber. He was still firing when the ship sank.

Of the 149 men on board, 47 died when Armidale was attacked and only 49 were eventually rescued a week after the sinking.

Sheean was posthumously Mentioned in Despatches "for bravery and devotion to duty when HMAS Armidale was lost." In May 1999 Sheean was honoured by the Royal Australian Navy when Collins Class Submarine No. 5 was named HMAS Sheean. This is the first occasion on which a RAN vessel has been named after an ordinary seaman.

In 1987 by the Royal Australian Navy Corvettes Association erected a plaque in memory of Sheean in Corvettes' Corner at Shropshire Park , Ulverstone , Tasmania .
Ordinary Seaman Edward "Teddy" Sheean RAN (right) was killed during the attack by Japanese aircraft which sank HMAS Armidale, 1 December 1942.
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Shelton, Richard Keith

Service Number 88452 Death Date 2/02/1944

Place of Death Morundah New South Wales

Cause of Death Flying Accident

Burial Narrandera War Cemetery

                                            

SHELTON.-Killed in aircraft accident.LAC Richard' Keith Shelton, beloved husband of Jean and loving daddy of Donald, and dearly beloved second son of ' Mr and Mrs A. H. Shelton. Launceston, aged 36.

The Mercury 5 Feb 1944

Airman Killed

LAC Richard Keith Shelton, second son of Mr and Mrs A. H. Shelton. 21 Elphin Rd., Launceston, lost his life when two aircraft collided at an Australian training station last Wednesday, according to advice received by his parents yesterday.

LAC Shelton was an aerial photographer. Prior to enlisting he was assistant manager of a Launceston theatre. He leaves a wife and one son.

The Mercury 5 Feb 1944

All Photos Courtesy George Hall

Shepherd, Andrew Jacob

Service Number TX5094 Death Date 1/08/1943

Place of Death POW Tamarkan Thailand

Cause of Death Dysentery

Burial Kanburi War Cemetery

SHEPHERD. TX5094 Pte A.  J.(Jake) Shepherd, 2/40th Battalion, AIF, died of illness while prisoner of war in Siam,August 1, 1943. dearly loved husband of Nellie, devoted daddy of, Robert and Kevin  (Longford)', dearly beloved third son of Mr and: Mrs : Shepherd, Avoca, and loved brother of Roderick (Glenorchy),. Dorothy (Mrs Robertson, Moonah), Claude (Launceston); Doug. (Gravelly Beach), Keith (Glenorchy), Fanny (Mrs Redburn, Avoca),' Marv (Mrs  Rawnsley, Tunnel), and 'Hubert (Avoca).

He gave his life to save, us from all harm. All that is left for us to do is take the blow with calm. .

The Mercury 20 Oct 1945

Photographed by Linda McKenzie

Sheppard, Thomas Jackson

Service Number TX560 Death Date 3/05/1941

Place of Death Middle East Libya

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial Acroma Military Cemetery

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Sherwell, Ronald James

Service Number TX14936 Death Date 25/06/1945

Place of Death Aitape

Cause of Death Died of wounds

Burial Lae War Cemetery

SHERWELL, Private, Ronald James, TX14936. A.I.F. 2/5 Bn. Australian Infantry. 25th June 1945. Age 21 Son of William Joseph and Dorothy Grace Sherwell, of Launceston, Tasmania

The Mercury 30 June 1945

Died Of Wounds

Mr and Mrs W. Sherwell, North St., Launceston, have been informed that their younger son, Pte Ronald. J. Sherwell, died of wounds on June 25. Before enlisting in February, 1942, Pte Sherwell was a member of the Salvation Army Band and after joining the Tasmanian Military Band served for 18 months in New Guinea. Pte Sherwell was aged 20

Shield, Vernon Rippon

Service Number 428055 Death Date 7/12/1944

Place of Death Norway

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial Runnymede (UK) Missing Memorial

SHIELD.-On Decemoer 7, 1944. P-Officer Vernon Rippon Shield (RAAF), loved husband of Lynne, father of Ian, and eldest son of Mr and Mrs R.J. Shield:     presumed lost his life as a result of air operations off coast of Norway._

The Mercury 21 Dec 1945

Shone, Henric Brian

Service Number TX561 Death Date 1/01/1943

Place of Death New Guinea

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial Bomana War Cemetery

SHONE, Private, HENRIC BRIAN, TXS61. A.LF. 2/12 Bn. Australian Infantry. 1st January 1943. Age 26. Son of Henric Stanton Shone and Lulu Mezger Shone, of Magra, Tasmania.

 

Photo courtesy Dennis Dwyer

Shore, Harold Claude

Service Number 3898 Death Date 12/01/1942

Place of Death Celebes Island

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial Ambon Missing Memorial

Was a member of 2 squadron when he was killed  on 12 January 1942 whilst on operations over the Netherlands East Indies,. His aircraft, Hudson Bomber A16-46, was one of five aircraft taking part on a strike against enemy ships at Kema Bay, Celebes. They were attacked by Japanese aircraft, two of the five Hudsons being shot down.

Simpson, Ebenzer

Service Number TX2678 Death Date 24/06/1944

Place of Death POW torpedoed Jap transport

Cause of Death Drowned

Burial

Studio portrait of TX2678 Private (Pte) Edward Simpson (alias of Ebenezer Simpson), 2/40 Battalion, of Wonthaggi, Vic. Pte Simpson enlisted in Hobart on 24 June 1940. He became a prisoner of war of the Japanese in a camp in Java, then was one of 772 Australian, British and American prisoners transported in the Tamahoko Maru to work in Japan. The ship was sunk on 24 June 1944 by the submarine USS Tang, with the loss of 559 prisoners, including Pte Simpson, aged 32.

Sinclair, Arthur

Service Number TX2360 Death Date 31/07/1943

Place of Death POW Camp Retpu Thailand

Cause of Death Died of illness

Burial Thanbyuzayat War Cem

The Mercury 21 Sep 1944

Pte Arthur Sinclair, of Hobart, who enlisted early in the war has died in a Japanese prisoner of war camp in Thailand.  The notification of his death was received by his wife yesterday but the date was given as July 31, 1943. He was a member of the staff of the Prudential Assurance Co. Ltd., at Hobart, before his enlistment.

 

Singline, Rex Noel

Service Number TX11859 Death Date 11/05/1944

Place of Death 111 AGH Campbell Town

Cause of Death Died of illness

Burial Launceston War Cemetery

Member of the Forces

SINGLINE.-On May ll, 1944, at 111th AGH, Campbell Town, TX11359 Pte Rex  Singline, dearly beloved husband of Nancy, Davey St., Hobart, and fourth son of Mr and Mrs Herbert Singline. Ringarooma, aged 24 years.

 

Skeggs, Henry George

Service Number T38258 Death Date 22/11/1941

Place of Death Australia

Cause of Death illness

Burial

 

Born Glamorgan Tasmania  13 March 1893 to Robert and Sarah Skeggs (nee Cole) and married 21 Dec 1914 St Georges Sorell to Adelinia Ruby (Ruby) Press Pte Skeggs was serving with the 12th Battalion AIF when he  died 22 November 1941 aged 48 of cancer at a private hospital Hobart. 

He is commemorated at St. John the Baptist cemetery Buckland Tasmania.

Skeggs, Morris Edgar

Service Number 23237 Death Date 27/11/1941

Place of Death HMAS Parramatta (ship torpedoed)

Cause of Death Presumed killed

Burial

Stoker Morris Edgar Skeggs, of the Parramatta, was a son of Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Skeggs, Rhyndaston. He had been in the Navy over two years.

The Mercury 5 Dec 1941

Smith, Albin

Service Number H/1229 Death Date 20/07/1943

Place of Death HMAS Hobart

Cause of Death Missing, presumed killed

Burial

 

Smith, Alfred James

Service Number H/1576 Death Date 20/11/1941

Place of Death HMAS Sydney

Cause of Death Presumed Killed in Action

Burial

Born 8th April 1916 Hobart Tasmania and is listed as a Stoker 2nd Class when he met his death with 39 other Tasmanians on board HMAS Sydney  

On the 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

Smith, Arnold Charles

Service Number TX9082 Death Date 19/05/1945

Place of Death Bougainville

Cause of Death Missing after attack

Burial Bomana War Cemetery

Born 14th April 1925 Penguin Tasmania to Alma John Charles and Elvenia May Smith he was a farm labourer and woodcutter when he enlisted in the AIF and was posted to the 58/59 Battalion.

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

KILLED IN ACTION

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Smith of Coroneagh Street Penguin have been advised that their youngest son Pte A. C. Smith TX9082 was killed in action on May 19.  Smith had previously been reported missing.

The Advocate 19 June 1945

Smith, Brian Patten

Service Number 428057 Death Date 12/04/1945

Place of Death North Sea

Cause of Death Flying Accident

Burial Runnymede (UK) Missing Memorial

 

Smith, Charles Sidney

Service Number H/1688 Death Date 9/08/1942

Place of Death HMAS Canberra (ship lost)

Cause of Death Presumed Killed in Action

Burial

Born 14th April 1911 Launceston Tasmania to Phillip Douglas and Emily Smith, Charles is listed as a fitter and turner, married and living at 63 Campbell Street , Launceston when he enlisted and was posted to H.M.A.S. Canberra as Engine Room Artificer 4th Class

HMAS Canberra, a 9850-ton heavy cruiser of the British Kent class, was built at Glasgow , Scotland . She was commissioned in July 1928 and soon steamed to Australia . Following the outbreak of World War II in September 1939, Canberra mainly operated in Australian and Indian Ocean waters, but also served in the South Atlantic in 1940. In March 1941, she helped to sink the German support ship Ketty Brovigin the Indian Ocean .

In early August 1942, the cruiser participated in Operation "Watchtower in the southern Solomon Islands . During the early hours of 9 August, while on patrol off Guadalcanal , she was badly damaged in combat with a force of Japanese cruisers. HMAS Canberra was scuttled several hours later, becoming one of the first ships sunk in what would soon be called "Iron Bottom Sound".

Canberra 's wreck was discovered and examined in July-August 1992, almost exactly fifty years after her loss. She lies upright on the sea floor, some 2500 feet deep, with visible signs of shell hits and fire damage amidships. Her turrets are still trained out to the port side, as they were during her brief and fatal engagement with the Japanese.

Charles Sidney Smith was listed as missing, presumed drowned with loss of ship.

Smith, Edgar Raymond

Service Number 428028 Death Date 7/11/1943

Place of Death Launceston

Cause of Death Ground Accident

Burial Launceston War Cemetery

ACCIDENT FINDING

Inquest on Death At Third Basin

A finding that Edgar Raymond Smith was drowned as a result of an accident was recorded by the Coroner (Mr Stops) at the inquest at Launceston yesterday. Smith lost his life at Third Basin on November 7. Sgt Cartledge represented the police.

Robert Walter Edward Gray said he was one of a party of 11 persons who visited the Third Basin. Edgar Smith boarded a canoe and paddled up the South Esk River. Witness saw him return towards the Third Basin, and then saw him in the river clinging to the canoe Witness swam to Smith and tried to pull him to the bank, but the current was too strong, and he took Smith back to the canoe. He went with the current, holding Smith, and once when Smith sank he dived for him and took him to the canoe. They were then in the basin, said Gray, and he was becoming exhausted. Peggy Roden. Leslie Blair, and Charles Smith swam to them, and he had to return to the bank, leaving Edgar  Smith with Peggy Roden, as Blair and Charles Smith had to return to the shore. Peggy Roden tried to help Edgar Smith on the canoe, but each time it sank under him and she had to go ashore.

The Mercury 16 Nov 1943

Smith, Edward Carington

Service Number 408402 Death Date 2/09/1943

Place of Death New Guinea

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial Lae Missing Memorial

Member of the Forces

SMITH.-On September 2, 1943, missing, now presumed dead, F-Officer Edward Carington, beloved youngest son of Mr and Mrs R. Norman Smith, of Beulah, Perth. No letters, by request.

The Mercury 14 Mar 1947

Smith, Edward Thomas

Service Number TX2802 Death Date 7/12/1944

Place of Death POW Fukuoka Japan ex Timor

Cause of Death Croup, Pneumonia

Burial Labuan War Cemetery

 DIED IN P O W CAMP  

L-Cpl E. T. Smith, son of Mrs M. Smith, Sandy Bay, Hobart, who died from illness while a prisoner of war in Fukuoka camp. Mrs Smith has been notified of this by the International Red Cross Committee. L-Cpl Smith had seven brothers in the services.

The Mercury 11 Sep 1945

Smith, Eric Alfred

Service Number TX4803 Death Date 24/06/1944

Place of Death POW torpedoed Jap transport

Cause of Death Drowned

Burial

Studio portrait of TX4803 Private (Pte) Eric Alfred Smith, 2/40 Battalion, of Woodbridge, Tas, who enlisted on 29 May 1941. The 2/40 Battalion served in Timor as part of Sparrow Force, and many members were taken prisoner following the Japanese invasion in February 1942. On 24 June 1944 Pte Smith was amongst 772 prisoners of war being transported to Nagasaki, Japan, aboard the Tamahoko Maru when it was sunk by the submarine USS Tang. 560 died including 195 Australians. Written on the back of the frame: ".....3rd child of Alfred Edward and Joanna Kathleen Smith. Brother of Dulcie, Arthur, Len and Mervyn.

Smith, Eric James

Service Number TX3526 Death Date 14/07/1943

Place of Death POW Hintock Thailand

Cause of Death cholera

Burial Kanburi War Cemetery

Born 10th September 1915 and was with the 2/40 Infantry Bn when captured by the Japanese and sent to work on the notorious Burma-Thailand railway.

On the 14th July 1943 he was one of three prisoners of War at Hintock that died that day of cholera.  They were later cremated with with Padre Headly conducting the service.

 

Smith, Francis Joseph

Service Number TX2426 Death Date 24/02/1942

Place of Death Timor

Cause of Death Died of wounds

Burial Galala War Cemetery

 

Smith, Harold Raymond

Service Number TX863 Death Date 11/07/1941

Place of Death Tobruk

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial Acroma Military Cemetery

Smith Harold Raymond.jpg (317402 bytes)Born 5 Feb 1916 Lindisfarne Tasmania to William and Clara Orontes Smith he was living in Glenorchy and working as a labourer when he enlisted in the AIF and was posted to the 2/12 AIF Battalion. 

He was killed in action at Tobruk and is commemorated at the Acroma Military Cemetery.

Photo Courtesy Sandra Wilton

Smith, Ivan

Service Number TX4597 Death Date 11/02/1942

Place of Death Malaya

Cause of Death Presumed

Burial

 

Smith, James H Roberts

Service Number TX2214 Death Date 19/07/1943

Place of Death POW Hintock Thailand

Cause of Death Cholera

Burial Kanburi War Cemetery

Another member of the 2/3 M.G Bn who was captured by the Japanese, sent to Hintok, and lost their life while working on the Burma Thailand Railway.

Weary Dunlop noted in his diaries

“18th July 1943

Also before I turned in after midnight, Corporal J.H.Smith died of cholera”

Smith, Keith Alick

Service Number TX5971 Death Date 12/01/1943

Place of Death New Guinea

Cause of Death Died of wounds

Burial Bomana War Cemetery

Born Launceston Tasmania to Frederick Walter and Elsie Muriel Smith, he was a  labourer living at York Street Launceston  when he enlisted and was posted to the 2/12 Battalion. 

He was wounded in action in Papua & New Guinea and was to die as a result of those wounds on the 12th January 1943.

Photo courtesy Dennis Dwyer

Smith, Kenneth George

Service Number T27365 Death Date 11/05/1943

Place of Death 111 AGH Campbell Town

Cause of Death Died of illness

Burial Launceston War Cemetery

The Mercury 17th May 1943

Tpr K. G. Smith

The funeral of Tpr Kenneth George Smith, AIF, whose death occurred at the 111th AGH, took place at the Military cemetery, Campbell Town, on Thursday. The service at the graveside was conducted by the Rev A. S. Drewett.

Chief mourners were the widow, Mr and Mrs Charles Smith (parents), Messrs C. and F. Smith (brothers), Mrs S. Young and Miss H. Smith (sisters), and Mr E. Hyland (father-in-law).

Funeral arrangements were carried out by Lockett Bros.

Smith, Noel Lesger

Service Number 22019 Death Date 4/03/1942

Place of Death HMAS Yarra (missing loss of ship)

Cause of Death Death confimed

Burial

Died Oh Active Service

SMITH.-Acting Leading Stoker Noel Lesger, of H.M.A.S. Yarra, youngest son of the late Mr. and Mrs. L. W. Smith, Hobart, and brother of John, Denis, David, and Barbara, In his 22nd year.

The Mercury 21 May 1942

 

 

Photo Courtesy of Noeleen Mary Wood

Smith, Raymond William

Service Number 2/40AIB Death Date 30/03/1944

Place of Death POW Tarso Thailand

Cause of Death Beri Beri, tropical tumor

Burial Kanburi War Cemetery

Smith, Terrence George

Service Number TX5075 Death Date

Place of Death 24/06/1944

Cause of Death POW torpedoed Jap transport

Burial Drowned

EIGHT SONS IN THE AI F

PTE T. G. SMITH

MRS M. SMITH, of York St., Sandy Bay who is the mother of eight boys serving in the AIF in this war has received word that two of her sons who were prisoners of war in Japanese hands were on the transport which was sunk last June.

One son, L-Cpl E. T. Smith, was rescued and is now at Fukuoka camp in Japan, but the other son, Pte T. G. Smith, is believed by the authorities to have lost his life.

Mrs Smith has had six other sons in the AIF besides the youngest, Neil, who is medically unfit for service. R. T. Smith, who recently was discharged from the AIF because of ill-health, is now in the Commonwealth Police Force.

The five others, who are still serving with the AIF, are: Dvr J. S. Smith. Cpl H. ("Chum") Smith, Pte J. T. Smith. Ptes E. L. and S. C. Smith. All the sons volunteered for service and two have been in the AIF since the war began.  Pte T. G. Smith, who was lost on the Japanese transport, is the first of the sons reported missing, believed

The Mercury 21 Feb 1945

Smith, Vincent Harold

Service Number 303308 Death Date 20/01/1942

Place of Death Timor

Cause of Death Flying Accident

Burial Galala War Cemetery

Mr. and Mrs. Owen D. Smith, of Hobart, have been advised that their son Leading Aircraftman Vincent Harold Smith, is reported to have lost his life as the result of an aircraft accident on Tuesday.

The Mercury 23 Jan 1942

Smith, Wildon Adair Gordon

Service Number T262534 Death Date 12/07/1940

Place of Death Tasmania

Cause of Death Died of illness

Burial Cremated Cornelian Bay

SMITH.-On July 12, 1940 at his residence, Franklin, after a short Illness, Wildon Adair Gordon, the dearly beloved husband of Dorothy A. Smith, In his 46th year. Late D.C.M., 7th Australian Light Horse, A.I.F.

The Mercury 13 July 1940

Snare, Neil Henry

Service Number TX3442 Death Date 16/05/1943

Place of Death POW Changi

Cause of Death Hodgkinson's disease

Burial Kranji War Cemetery

Born 25 July 1918 Sprent Tasmania to Arthur Robert and Harriet Elizabeth Snare (nee Robertson) he was a POW at Changi where he died from Hodgkinson’s disease.  He is commemorated in the Kranji War Cemetery.

SNARE-On May 16, 1943, TX3443 Pte. Neil H. Snare, died of illness whilst a prisoner of war, Malaya; beloved son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Snare, Castra.

Advocate Burnie 16 Oct 1945

Photo Courtesy Iain McFarlaine

Snook, Keith Charles

Service Number 30210 Death Date 19/07/1946

Place of Death Launceston

Cause of Death died of injuries

Burial Carr Villa Cemetery

SNOOK.-On July 19. 1946. at the General Hospital Launceston, Flt-Sgt Keith Charles Snook, dearly  loved husband of Joan Elizabeth Snook, of Sandford, and loved father of Frances and Ian aged 38 years.

The Mercury 20 July 1946 

Solomon, Rex Lindsay

Service Number 408149 Death Date 14/04/1943

Place of Death Jervis Bay, New South Wales

Cause of Death Flying Accident

Burial Buried at sea Jervis Bay

COLLISION OF TWO BEAUFORTS AT JERVIS BAY , NSW
14 APRIL 1943
 

On 14 April 1943, two Beauforts collided with each other over Jervis Bay . They were A9-27 and A9-268 from Base Torpedo at Nowra. They were carrying out a series of dummy runs and torpedo attacks on HMAS Burra-bra for a group of War Correspondents on board the ship.  All eight crew members were killed when both aircraft hit the water.

In the air were three Tasmanians

Rex Lindsay Solomon

Born 24th November 1921 Longford Tasmania to Edward and Florence Solomon

Flying Officer 408149
Royal Australian Air Force
who died on Wednesday, 14th April 1943. Age 21.

For more information and pictures on this collision go to Peter Dunn’s website

http://home.st.net.au/~dunn/nsw29.htm

Soundy, John Trevor

Service Number 408059 Death Date 7/01/1943

Place of Death New Guinea

Cause of Death Flying Accident

Burial Port Moresby Missing Memorial

John_Soundy-23343-101179.jpg (18425 bytes)MEMORIAL TO  LORD MAYOR'S SON UNVEILED

A memorial to WO John Trevor Soundy (RAAF), elder son of the Lord Mayor (Mr Soundy) and the Lady Mayoress (Mrs Soundy), was unveiled at the Hobart Baptist Church last night by the Governor "(Sir Hugh Binney).

WO Soundy, who joined the RAAF in 1940, was reported missing on Jan.7, 1943, when serving as copilot with a US air crew in operations north of Australia.

The Governor was attended by Capt Gold, ADC, and was accompanied by Lady Binney and Miss Paul (private secretary). Mr and Mrs Soundy and members of their family circle were in the large congregation which included the Deputy .Lord Mayor (Ald Cuthbertson) and aldermen of the City Council, the town clerk (Mr Cole), representa- tives of the services and of schools and associations with which WO Soundy was linked.

"He Jived well and died bravely," said the minister of the church (the Rev E. Roberts-Thomson) at the conclusion of a memorial sermon, stressing the call to deeper service made by those who nobly laid down,their lives.

The Last Post was sounded and special congregational singing was led by the church choir under Mr F. W. Pone, with Miss Constance Marsh as organist. .

Scripture was read by the president of the Air Force Association (Mr L. H. Williams) and Sq-Ldr A. Doyle. A solo was sung by Mrs S. C. Burbury.

The Mercury 29 Apr 1946

Sowter, Noel Wilson

Service Number 408213 Death Date 4/04/1942

Place of Death Benalla Vic

Cause of Death Flying Accident

Burial Benalla Cemetery

sowter22.jpg (468111 bytes)Born 19 December 1919 at Scottsdale Tasmania the son of Edward William and Gertrude Sowter (nee Kime) Noel was a telephone linesman living at Battery Point Tasmania before enlisting in the RAAF.

The Mercury 7th April 1942

TASMANIANS DEATH IN R.A.A.F. Crash

MELBOURNE. Monday. - Two R.A.A.F. men attached to a service flying training school in New South Wales were killed on Saturday when a single-engine monoplane inwhich they were flying crashed in  the hilly country south of Benalla  (V.)

They were L.A.C. James Walter Masters, pilot (20). unmarried, of Glenelg (S.A.)., and Sgt. Noel Wilson Sowter, air observer (22). unmarried, of Scottsdale (T.). Primary cause of the accident has not been determined.

Sgt. Sowter was born at Scottsdale. Before enlistment at Hobart in April, 1941, he was a trainee lines-man in the Postmaster-General's , Department.sowter.jpg (18933 bytes)

He was the youngest son of Mr.and Mrs. E. W. Sowter, of Scotts dale, and was educated at the Scottsdale High School. He was a tennis, skating, golf, and swimming enthusiast. One brother is serving overseas, and two others are in camp at Brighton.

Sparks, George Thomas

Service Number T102270 Death Date 28/11/1942

Place of Death Tasmania

Cause of Death Died of illness

Burial Cornelian Bay Cemetery

Member of the Forces

SPARKS.-On November 28, 1942, at 111th AGH (suddenly),. Pte George Thomas Sparks, loved son of Albert Edward and the late Mary Sparks, of No. 5 Amelia St. and loved brother of Freda (Mrs J. Garland), and Ted, aged 41 years. No flowers by re- quest_

 

Speers, Everard F Redvers

Service Number TX4243 Death Date 18/07/1943

Place of Death POW Malay Thailand

Cause of Death Cholera

Burial Kanburi War Cemetery

DVR E. F. R. SPEERS

of the 8th Division, husband of Mrs M. F. Speers, Strickland Ave., Hobart, who died of cholera in a Malayan prison camp on July 18, 1943.

The Mercury 13 Sep 1945

 

Spencer, Alfred Jack

Service Number TX2112 Death Date 16/01/1942

Place of Death Malaya

Cause of Death Presumed

Burial

Studio portrait of TX2112, Lieutenant (Lt) Alfred Jack Spencer, 4th Anti Tank Regiment, of Hobart, Tas. Lt Spencer enlisted on 8 July 1940 and was presumed to have been killed in action on 16 January 1942 in Malaya, aged 26. 

The Mercury 27 Apr 1946

LT A. J. (JACK) SPENCER who was reported missing in Malaya on Jan. I6, 1942. His death has now been presumed. Lt Spencer was educated at the Hutchins School, Hobart, and was employed by A. G. Webster and Sons. He was well known in music and broadcasting circles.

Spencer, Arthur Robert

Service Number 412348 Death Date 6/06/1943

Place of Death Scotland

Cause of Death Flying Accident

Burial Dyce Aberdeenshire

Memorial Service

A memorial service conducted by the Rev L. L. Oldham was held in St. Peter's Church, Hamilton, on Sunday for Sgt-Pilot Arthur  Robert Spencer RAAF who was killed in an aircraft accident in Scotland. The Dead March in "Saul" was played by Mrs G. F. Balmer, organist of St. Peter's Church. Among those present, were the deceased's parents, Mr and Mrs W. G Spencer, and family, and other relatives, the Warden (Mr S. R. G. Allwright), councillors, and friends from Gretna, Ellendale, and Ouse.

The Mercury 29 June 1943

Spencer, Henry

Service Number TX5972 Death Date 18/01/1943

Place of Death New Guinea

Cause of Death Body not located

Burial

Born Gormanston Tasmania to John Richard and Rosina Sarah Spencer, Pte Spencer was  living in St. Mary’s and working as a bread carter when he enlisted in the AIF.

He was killed in action in New Guinea.

 

Spencer, Walter Raymond

Service Number 75071 Death Date 16/08/1942

Place of Death Brisbane Queensland

Cause of Death Flying Accident

Burial Mildura War Cemetery

Born Hobart Tasmania to William and Elizabeth Spencer, he was married and working as a Wool Storeman when he enlisted in the RAAF. 

He was an Aircraftman Class 1  working at RAAF Headquarters Maryborough when he became ill and died aged 47.  He was buried in the Toowong General Cemetery.

Sproule, Daryl Maxwell

Service Number 250641 Death Date 16/08/1943

Place of Death New Britain area, New Guinea

Cause of Death Executed by Japanese

Burial Lae War Cemetery

Hobart Airman Missing

Mrs K Sproule, Hobart, has been notified that her son, Ft-Lt Daryl Maxwell Sproule, RAAF, is missing as a result of air operations on August 2.

Ft-Lt Sproule was educated at the Hobart High School and served his articles with the legal firm of Gatenby, Johnson, and Walker, obtaining his degree of LLB. He was a prominent member of the Cananore Football Club, with which he played until his enlistment more than three years ago.

The Mercury 10 Aug 1943

HOBART R.A.A.F. MAN AWARDED D.F.C.

"The Mercury" Special Service

CANBERRA, Thurs.-Award of the distinguished flying cross to the late Sq-Ldr Daryl Maxwell Sproule, R.A.A.F., Hobart, was announced tonight by the Governor-General (Mr McKell).

The award was for gallant and distinguished service in the South West Pacific between July 1 and September 30, 1943.

The official citation states that Sq-Ldr Sproule started operational flying at the start of Japanese operations in Malaya. He consistently displayed exceptional skill and courage against greatly superior forces and was credited with shooting down one enemy fighter aircraft.

On his return to Australia he continued operational flying and was appointed flight commander of No. 77 Squadron.

The Mercury 20 June 1947

Spurr, Henry James

Service Number TX5554 Death Date 11/02/1942

Place of Death Malaya

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial

SPURR.-On February 11, 1942, at Singapore, TX5554 Dvr. Henry James Spurr, A.A.S.C., A.I.F., beloved son of the late Henry and Mabel Spurr, Ridgley, and much loved brother of Mesdames H. Humphries, H. Richardson, K. Richardson, Ivy, Pat., Roger and Thelma (dec.), in his 26th year. Deeply mourned.

Advocate Burnie 1 Apr 1946

Stacey, Hedley John

Service Number TX3197 Death Date 24/06/1944

Place of Death POW torpedoed Jap transport

Cause of Death Drowned

Burial

The son of Edward James and Maud Stacey, Pte Hedley John Stacey was on board the Tamahoko Maru which was sunk by US submarine USS Tang.  Of the 267 Australians on board only 72 survived. 

Advocate Burnie 14 Nov 1945

STACEY-TX3197 Hedley John, loved son of Mrs. L. Bramich, Smithton. Died whilst prisoner of war on 24th June, 1944, as a result of the torpedoing of a Japanese transport near Nagasaki.

Stamford, Oscar Clarence

Service Number TP350 Death Date 4/05/1942

Place of Death Hobart

Cause of Death

Burial Cornelian Bay Cemetery

Capt. O. C. Stamford

The death occurred suddenly at his home, Florence St., Moonah, yesterday, of Capt Oscar Clarence Stamford at the age of 59 years. A returned soldier of the First World War, he was a member of the permanent military forces.

Capt. Stamford was a foundation member of the Southern Tasmanian Trotting Club, and was a member of the committee until the war started. About two years ago he was appointed a life member. Until a few months ago he was the club's starter. He was a member of the Trotting Owners and Breeders' Association, and represented that body on the Southern Tasmanian Trotting Association. He had owned a number of trotting horses at different times, Including Sandy Roy and Loco Derby.

Capt. Stamford had attended to his military duties yesterday morning and later died while listening to the radio. Death was due to natural causes.

The Mercury 5 May 1942

Stebbeings, Herbert William

Service Number TX15348 Death Date 25/03/1944

Place of Death New Guinea

Cause of Death

Burial Bomana War Cemetery

Born Launceston Tasmania to Herbert Thomas and Ida Emily Stebbeings, Herbert William was living at Franklin Village and working as a carpenter when he enlisted. 

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

 

Stephens, Albert Arthur

Service Number TX3577 Death Date 24/06/1944

Place of Death POW torpedoed Jap transport

Cause of Death Drowned

Burial

Born 3rd December 1915 Sheffield Tasmania to William Charles and Edith Rose Stephens (nee Powell) he was a labourer living at Kentish when he enlisted in the AIFAnd was posted to the 2/40th Battalion. 

He was a prisoner of war and was taken on board the “Tamahoko Maru” which was transporting POW’s to work in the factories in Japan when, close to Japan, she exploded after being torpedoed by the US submarine USS Tang.  Of the 267 Australian POW’s on board only 72 survived.

Stephenson Cyril Edward

Service Number 409859 Death Date 4/05/1944

Place of Death France

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial

STEPHENSEN.-409859 Pilot-Officer Cyril Edward (Ted), 21 years, missing presumed killed, air operations, France, May 4, 1944, now buried St. Mesmin Cemetery, Nogent Sur Seine, Aube, Prance, Grave 3, beloved youngest son of Mr and Mrs C. J Stenhensen, 9 Benjafield Terrace, New Town, Hobart, and brother of Perc and Eric, Victoria, Rosalie, and Mrs Stan Greenwood (Pat), Hobart, and Mrs Basil Dickson (Joan), Queenstown, .Tasmania. He flew away. 

The Mercury 18 June 1945 

Service number: 409859 Rank: Pilot Officer  Unit: 50 Squadron RAF  Service: RAAF Conflict: 1939-1945  Date of death: 4 May 1944  Place of death: France  Cause of death: Flying Battle  Source: AWM148 Roll of Honour cards, 1939-1945 War, Air Force
Stephenson, Walter Thomas

Service Number 22741 Death Date 20/11/1941

Place of Death HMAS Sydney

Cause of Death Presumed Killed in Action

Burial

 Stephenson, Walter Thomas William.jpg (26677 bytes)Born 1st July 1920 and mother listed as Rebecca Stephenson of Franklin Tasmania when Walter enlisted and was posted to HMAS Sydney.

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

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

Walter Thomas Stephenson was one of 39 Tasmanians who were lost in this incident.

Photo Courtesy Kristy Lang

Stevens, Alec Graham

Service Number H/1605 Death Date 16/12/1943

Place of Death SS Wanaka

Cause of Death Believed drowned in hurricane

Burial

AB ALEC STEVENS

Reported missing, believed drowned, is the youngest son of Mrs Stevens, Newdegate St North Hobart.

STEVENS.-Drowned at sea on December 15, 1943, AB Alec G. Stevens, loved youngest son of Mrs E. Stevens and the late Mr Arthur Stevens, 10 Newdegate St., North Hobart, and loving brother of Gwen, Andrew, and Betty, in his 21st year.

The Mercury 8 Jan 1944

Stevens, Brian Jeffrey

Service Number TX4391 Death Date 1/07/1942

Place of Death POW torpedoed Montevideo Maru

Cause of Death at sea

Burial

See Montevideo Maru

Stevens, Horace John

Service Number 21511 Death Date 20/11/1941

Place of Death HMAS Sydney

Cause of Death Presumed Killed in Action

Burial

Born 9th December 1906 Launceston Tasmania and was living at 8 Elphin Road Launceston when he enlisted and was posted to HMAS Sydney. 

Bandsman Horace John Stevens, of the Sydney, was a son of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Stevens, New Town, and recently of West Hobart. He had been in the navy five years, and was a member of the Sydney's crew for nearly three years. He leaves a wife (formerly Miss Jennie Webb) and two young sons, who live in Launceston.

 

Stevens, Leo

Service Number 22651 Death Date 1/03/1942

Place of Death HMAS Perth (ship lost)

Cause of Death Death presumed

Burial

 

Stewart, Albert Charles

Service Number TX340 Death Date 14/01/1940

Place of Death Australia

Cause of Death illness

Burial West Maitland Cemetery NSW

Hobart Member of Second A.I.F. Dies In Hospital

SYDNEY January 13

Pte. A. C. Stewart, of Hobart, a member of the Second I2th Battalion at Ingleburn, died in the Maitland Hospital on Sunday after an operation for appendicitis. Pte. Stewart was taken to hospital last Wednesday. He leaves a wife and five children.

From a collection raised among the headquarters company of the Second 12th Battalion of which Private Stewart was a member, two wreaths were sent for his funeral. The company also sent a telegram of condolence to his wife

The Mercury 16th Jan 1940
Stilwell, Nicolas Tindal

Service Number TX4936 Death Date 11/06/1944

Place of Death New Guinea

Cause of Death Accidental drowning

Burial Lae War Cemetery

Born 1905 Windlesham, Chertsey, Surrey, United Kingdom to Lt. Col Geoffrey Holt and Elizabeth Grant Stilwell (nee Tindal) he was married and living in Franklin Tasmania when he enlisted in the AIF 

He was a Corporal with the 30 Field Security Sec Australian Army Intelligence Corps when he drowned whilst on active service in New Guinea. 

He is commemorated in the Lae War Cemetery

Stirling, Donald Sydney

Service Number TX8498 Death Date

Place of Death Bellerive Tasmania

Cause of Death myocardial failure

Burial Tasmanian War Cemetery

Born 12 Feb 1913 Ryde St North Hobart to Arthur John and Ruby May Stirling (nee England) W.O Stirling died of a heart attack at home and is buried at Cornelian Bay Cemetery. 

The Mercury 26 Feb 1946

Member of the Forces

STIRLING.-Donald Sydney (Don TX8493 WO II, suddenly, at his home Cambridge Rd., Bellerive, on February 24, 1946, loving second eldest son of M and Mrs Arthur Stirling, and loving brother of Jack, Lewis (Bill). Ted Ronda (Mrs G. Johnston), Fay Doreen Stuart (RAN), aged 32 years. Late 2/12th Battalion. Thy will be done.

Stirling, John

Service Number TX2125 Death Date 15/05/1942

Place of Death Timor

Cause of Death executed by Japanese

Burial Galala War Cemetery

Informal outdoor portrait of TX2125 Captain (Capt) John Stirling, 2/40 Battalion, with his daughter Jean. He enlisted from Hobart, Tas on 25 July 1940. The son of John Ferguson Stirling and Mary Stirling and husband of Kathleen, John Stirling was born in Dundee, Scotland. He emigrated to Australia before the Second World War and worked as an architect in Hobart. Capt Stirling was executed in Timor on 15 May 1942, aged 34. He is buried at Ambon War Cemetery, Indonesia.

Storey, Ivan Waddell

Service Number 408288 Death Date 30/10/1942

Place of Death United Kingdom

Cause of Death Flying Accident

Burial Quantock Rd Cem Somerset

AIR FATALITY

SGT-PILOT I.W. STOREY

Only son of Mr and Mrs J. O. Storey, of Broadmarsh, who lost his life in an aircraft accident in Somerset while serving with the RAAF

The Mercury 7 Nov 1942

Street Allan Robert

Service Number  Death Date

Place of Death

Cause of Death

Burial

Stoker Street, only son of Mr. and Mrs. L. Street. Montagu Street, New Town, who is reported missing with the crew of H.M.A.S. Perth, was among those who brought that ship out from England. He joined the R.A.N. seven years ago, and was on H.M.A.S. Stuart for several years. He was a member of the crew which brought H.M.A.S. Hobart out from England. His wife and child reside at Willoughby, N.S.W.

He was killed in action when H.M.A.S Perth was sunk in the Sunda Strait Indonesia.

Street, Kenneth Charles

Service Number TX4194 Death Date 27/10/1943

Place of Death POW Kliang Klai Thailand

Cause of Death malaria

Burial Kanburi War Cemetery

Born 13 Oct 1915 Forest Road West Hobart to Herbert John and Flora Alice Street (nee Swinton) and posted to the 2/40 Battalion. 

Private Street was a prisoner of war at Kliang Kai when he contracted malaria and passed away.

Photographed By Linda McKenzie

Strochnetter, John Charles

Service Number TX4717 Death Date 22/02/1942

Place of Death Timor

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial Galala War Cemetery

Born 12 Jan 1909 Goulds Country Tasmania to Charles William and Mary Louisa Strochnetter (nee Manson) was killed in action in Timor while he was a member of the 2/40 Battalion.  He is commemorated at the Galala War Cemetery.

Strugnell, John William

Service Number ON17081 Death Date 20/11/1941

Place of Death HMAS Sydney

Cause of Death Presumed Killed in Action

Burial

Born 15th October 1906 and living at 19 Victoria Parade, Devonport Tasmania when he enlisted and was posted to HMAS Sydney and was one of 39 Tasmanians to lose their life with the loss of their ship.

He is listed as a Petty Officer 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.

Stuart, Henry Montgomery

Service Number 410113 Death Date 8/02/1945

Place of Death Germany

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial Reichswald Forest War Cem.Cleves

Was the navigator on Lancaster NG 455 which was part of 467 squadron which took off from RAF Waddington on the night of 7th Feb 1945 to bomb the Dortmund Ems Canal at Ladbergen. 

Nothing was heard from the aircraft after it took off and it failed to return to base. 

Three members of the crew were killed on this mission 

The Argus Melbourne 5 May 1945

STUART - P.O. Henry Montgomery ("Monty") Stuart, lost his life in air operations over Germany on February 7, dearly beloved son of Mr. and Mrs. H. M. Stuart, and brother of Hector. Stanley, Tasmania,

Stuart, Joseph

Service Number TX3567 Death Date 13/03/1942

Place of Death Timor

Cause of Death Died of disease

Burial

 

Stubbings, Frank

Service Number TX2428 Death Date 2/01/1946

Place of Death Heidelberg Military Hospital

Cause of Death Cacheria

Burial Springvale War Cemetery

STUBBINGS.-On January 3, 1946, at Heidelberg Military Hospital, TX 2428 Pte. Frank Stubbings, ex P.O.W., 2/40th Battalion, beloved son of Alma and the late Walter Stubbings, 71, Hill Street, W. Hobart, late of Strahan; loved father of Marie, and brother of Gladys (Mrs. M. Penney, Hobart), Ern (Hobart), Walter (Queensland), and Ken (Hobart).  

Advocate Burnie 4 Jan 1946

Stuttard Donald Percy

Service Number VX51182 Death Date 22/8/1945

Place of Death Malaya

Cause of Death Illness

Burial

Born 22 Feb 1913 Alexandra Hospital Battery Point to Henry Percy and Emily Stuttard (nee Fryer) he enlisted in Victoria and was a member of the 4th Reserve Motor Transport Company AASC 

It was reported in The Mercury 3rd May 1943 that he had been reported missing and believed to be a prisoner of war.   

He died of illness in Malaya on 22nd August 1945 and is commemorated in the Kranji War Cemetery.
Sullivan, Roger Edwin

Service Number 431879 Death Date 13/01/1945

Place of Death Bairnsdale

Cause of Death Flying Accident

Burial Sydney Missing Memorial

Born 6th August 1925 Launceston Tasmania but was living at Essendon Victoria when he enlisted.

He was a Flight Sergeant with No 1 Op Training when on the night of 13th January 1945 A9-426 crashed at Lake Caringle Victoria on a night flying exercise.  All four crew members were killed.

 

Sullivan, Walter Derwent G

Service Number TX4386 Death Date 24/06/1944

Place of Death POW torpedoed Montevideo Maru

Cause of Death Drowned

Burial

Top Row: Gnr W. D. G. Sullivan, eldest son of Mr and Mrs D. G. Sullivan, 28 Margaret St., Sandy Bay; missing believed dead after capture at Rabaul, 1942.

 

 Also See Montevideomaru

 

Summers, Ray

Service Number TX5526 Death Date 1/08/1943

Place of Death New Guinea

Cause of Death

Burial Lae War Cemetery

Born 1921 Longford Tasmania to Leslie David and Daisy Winifred Summers (nee Holgate) he was a farm labourer at Cressy when he enlisted and was posted to the 2/6 Australian Infantry Battalion. 

He was killed in action in New Guinea on the 1st August 1943 and buried in the Salamaua War Cemetery.

 

Suter, Geoffrey John

Service Number 408392 Death Date 1/11/1944

Place of Death Middle East

Cause of Death died of injuries

Burial Ramleh War Cem Palestine

Flt-Sgt G. J. Suter

Mr and Mrs A. F. Suter, Mary St., Launceston, have been informed that their younger son, Flt-Sgt Geoffrey J. Suter, died of illness in me Middle East on Wednesday.

Flt-Sgt Suter was educated at Launceston High School, and entered journalism on the literary staff of the "Examiner" in 1932. He was on the staff of the "Telegraph, Brisbane, for a year, and returned to the Examiner," wher he was employed when he enlisted in the RAAF in 1942.

He completed his training as an observer in Canada, and served in the United Kingdom. For the past 10 months

He had been serving in the Middle East.

Flt-Sgt Suter was closely interested in aviation before the war, and wrote extensively on the subject for aviation papers. He was a keen student of journalism, and while abroad took every opportunity of studying the practice of his profession. He was an active member of the Australian Journalists Association, and a member of the Northern Tasmanian Sub-District Committee.

The Mercury 4 Nov 1944 

Sutton, Charles George

Service Number TX3173 Death Date 1/06/1942

Place of Death Kreislaufschwaeche, Germany

Cause of Death POW Middle East

Burial

Tas. Paybook photograph of TX3173 Sapper Charles George Sutton, 2/2nd Field Park Company, Royal Australian Engineers. Sapper Sutton, aged 33, died on 1 June 1942, as a Prisoner of War (POW), after being captured defending the island of Crete against the German land and airborne invasion. He was the son of George and Mary Anne Sutton, of North Pyengana , Tas. He is commemorated on the Athens Memorial Face 11. (Photograph supplied by the Army's Soldier Career Management Agency. Information from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Database.)

Sutton, Robert Edward

Service Number TX484 Death Date 18/06/1941

Place of Death Syria Middle East

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial Beyrouth British War Cemetery

See also SUTTON, CHARLES GEORGE (brother)

Born Scottsdale Tasmania to George and Mary Ann Sutton he was a miner when he enlisted in the AIF. 

WAR CASUALTIES. Mrs. M. A. Sutton, of Pyengana, has been notified by the Defence Department that her son, Gunner Robert Edward Sutton was killed in action on June 18. Gunner Sutton enlisted in October, 1939 and landed in England in June, 1940,  here he erved for six months before re embarking for the Middle East. A brother, Sapper Charles Sutton was reported missing only a fortnight ago. There are two other brothers Driver Noel N. Sutton and Private Sydney J. Sutton serving.

Examiner Launceston 2 July 1941

Sutton, Vivian James

Service Number TX969 Death Date 1/01/1943

Place of Death New Guinea

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial Bomana War Cemetery

WAR CASUALTIES

Mrs C. J. Sutton of Launceston, has been advised that her second son, Pte V. J. ("Digger") Sutton was killed on active service on January 1. Prior to enlisting, Pte Sutton, who was unmarried, was employed at Allan Stewart Pty. Ltd., Launceston. He played with the North Launceston Football Club, and took part in several North v. South matches.

The Mercury 19 Jan 1943

Photo courtesy Dennis Dwyer

 

Sweetnam, Eric William

Service Number 408077 Death Date 14/04/1943

Place of Death Jervis Bay, New South Wales

Cause of Death Flying Accident

Burial Nowra War Cemetery

Eric William Sweetnam

COLLISION OF TWO BEAUFORTS AT JERVIS BAY , NSW
14 APRIL 1943
 

On 14 April 1943, two Beauforts collided with each other over Jervis Bay . They were A9-27 and A9-268 from Base Torpedo at Nowra. They were carrying out a series of dummy runs and torpedo attacks on HMAS Burra-bra for a group of War Correspondents on board the ship.  All eight crew members were killed when both aircraft hit the water.

Born 16th May 1922 at Hobart to Herbert and Eric Sweetnam

Pilot Officer 408077
Royal Australian Air Force
who died on Wednesday, 14th April 1943. Age 20.

For more information and pictures on this collision go to Peter Dunn’s website

http://home.st.net.au/~dunn/nsw29.htm

Sweeney Francis John

Service Number 1/03/1942 Death Date

Place of Death

Cause of Death

Burial

See also SUTTON, CHARLES GEORGE (brother)

Born Scottsdale Tasmania to George and Mary Ann Sutton he was a miner when he enlisted in the AIF. 

WAR CASUALTIES. Mrs. M. A. Sutton, of Pyengana, has been notified by the Defence Department that her son, Gunner Robert Edward Sutton was killed in action on June 18. Gunner Sutton enlisted in October, 1939 and landed in England in June, 1940,  here he erved for six months before re embarking for the Middle East. A brother, Sapper Charles Sutton was reported missing only a fortnight ago. There are two other brothers Driver Noel N. Sutton and Private Sydney J. Sutton serving.

Examiner Launceston 2 July 1941

 

Swinton, Norman George

Service Number TP952 Death Date 21/02/1944

Place of Death Launceston

Cause of Death

Burial Launceston War Cemetery

SOLDIER'S DEATH

Finding Of Suicide Recorded

A finding of. suicide while the balance of his mind was disturbed was recorded by the Coroner (Mr W. H. Daymond) at the inquest at Launceston yesterday on the death of S-Sgt Norman George Swinton at a military depot at Launceston on Feb. 21 from a bullet wound. Det-Insp Gibbens represented the police, and Mr T. B. Brownrigg appeared for Swinton's relatives.

Capt Maurice Goldman said the wound indicated that the barrel of the rifle was close to the head when it was discharged. Death was caused by cerebral lacerations.

Sgt Douglas Allan Mayhead said that Swinton was normal before breakfast on Feb. 21.

Capt Arthur Harold Mortimer said he had known Swinton for 22 years. He was a member of the Permanent Forces and served in the First World War Swinton had said he was worried over his wife fretting about her son being listed missing, but he appeared to have got over it. 

Swinton, Norman Douglas

Service Number 408319 Death Date 21/09/1943

Place of Death Atlantic

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial Runnymede (UK) Missing Memorial

Informal portrait of 408319 Flight Sergeant (Flt Sgt) Norman Douglas Kerr Swinton, 10 Squadron RAAF, of Launceston Tas. An airways booking clerk prior to enlistment, Flt Sgt Swinton was a wireless operator/air gunner (WAG) on Sunderland aircraft flying from RAF Station Mount Batten, Plymouth, England; Flt Sgt Swinton was killed on operations when his aircraft DV969 was shot down by German aircraft over the Bay of Biscay on 21 September 1943. He was 22 years of age.

Symonds, Peter Louis

Service Number 408054 Death Date 3/01/1944

Place of Death Germany

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial Runnymede (UK) Missing Memorial

Born Devonport Tasmania to Stanley and Lillian Alice Symonds Pilot Officer Symonds was a sheep farmer living in Victoria when he enlisted in the RAAF 

He was a attached to 463 Squadron and one of seven crew members which took off in Lancaster JA 902 (D for Dog) from RAF Waddington on the 3rd January 1944 to bomb Berlin. 

Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take off and it failed to return to base. 

It was later established that the aircraft had crashed into the water and all the crew were killed.  The bodies of four of the crew were recovered but the other three were listed as missing. 

Pilot Officer Symonds is commemorated on the Memorial to the Missing, Runnymede, England.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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