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Tasmanian World War 11 Casualties

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Walch Stuart Crosby

Service Number 40063 Death Date 11/8/1940

Place of Death Portland, United Kingdom

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial Runnymede Memorial, United Kingdom

The Mercury 21 May 1941

Death presumed of Acting Flight-Lieut Stuart Walch, formerly of Hobart, who had been reported missing as the result of air operations against the enemy over the English Channel on August 10 last year, has been announced.

Acting Flight-Lieut. Walch was the only son of Mr. and Mrs. Percy Walch, of Hobart. He was educated at the Hutchins School, where he was prominent in sport, particularly football and cricket. He was a member of the Hutchins School crew which won the Head-of-the-River race at Launceston in 1934, and participated also in tennis and athletics.

After leaving the Hutchins School he continued his sporting activities as a member of the Old Boys' football and cricket teams until he left the State in 1936 to join the Royal Australian Air Force. He transferred to the Royal Air Force in 1937.

Acting Flight-Lieut Walch had a brilliant record of achievement with the R.A.F., as an instructor and pilot. For the greater part of his service in England he was stationed with No. 151 Fighter Squadron at North Weald, in Essex, and after the outbreak of war saw service in several other stations. He was regarded as being particularly skilful and fearless at night flying. He was the first member of his squadron to fly a Hurricane fighter, and was highly regarded by his senior officers.

The Mercury 21 May 1941

Photo's Courtesy John Walch

Waddington Shirley

Service Number 92033 Death Date 13/06/1943

Place of Death Brisbane

Cause of Death died of injuries

Burial Mt. Thompson Cem Brisbane

Born Launceston Tasmania the daughter of Lewis James and Jessie Beatrice Waddington Shirley was a General Clerk in Devonport before she enlisted. 

The Argus 13 June 1944

WADDINGTON.-In loving memory of Corporal Shirley Waddington, who died of' illness in Brisbane. June 13, 1943. (Inserted by W.A.A.A.F.'s, R.A.AF. Command. Bris- bane ) ,

WADDINGTON:-In loving memory of Corporal Shirley Waddington (W.A A.A.F.), called to higher service June 13. 1943. - One thing I'll always cherish, whatever gifts life sends, is the memory of the happiness we've had just being friends. (Inserted by Beth Webster.)

 

Waddington, Lawrence 

Service Number 408410  Death Date 21/09/1943

Place of Death Atlantic

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial Runnymede Missing Memorial

Born Chudleigh Tasmania to Ernest William and Agnes Waddington Flt Sgt Waddington was a baker at Mole Creek before enlisting in the RAAF 

Was a member of 10 squadron when he lost his life in a flying battle over the Atlantic ocean.

 

Waite, Donald Ashby

Service Number 411973 Death Date 15/03/1943

Place of Death Yetna, Western Australia

Cause of Death Flying Accident

Burial Geraldton War Cemetery

Born 31st. October 1920 to Alfred Henry and Charlotte Waite of Wynyard Tasmania

Donald Waite was a Public Servant when he enlisted in the R.A.A.F.

He attained the rank of Sergeant and was a member of 14th Squadron when A9173 crashed into the top of a hill 2 miles east of Yetna , Western Australia .

It was the 15th March 1943 and all were killed.

Wakeling Eric Thomas

Service Number TX13490 Death Date 29/12/1945

Place of Death

Cause of Death

Burial

IN MEMORIAM

Members of the- Forces  

WAKELING.-In loving memory of my

dear grandson and my nephew, Pte Eric Thomas Wakeling, TX13490, who departed this life December 29, 1945.

 

Waldron, Neil Lyndhurst

Service Number TX11591 Death Date 1/12/1942

Place of Death Australia

Cause of Death illness

Burial Carr Villa Cemetery

Member of the Forces

WALDRON.-On December 1, 1942, at

41st Camp Hospital,  Hobart, Neil Lyndhurst, loved second son of Hilda  M., and the late L. T. Waldron, of 73 Lawrence Vale Rd., Launceston, .and loved brother of Trem (RAAF), aged 22 years (late L-Sgt, AMF). ..Interment Carr Villa Cemetery,  Launceston, Thursday, 3rd inst.

CLARK BROS.. AFDA,

The Mercury 2nd Dec 1942 

Walker, Alan Douglas

Service Number TX4183 Death Date 20/09/1943

Place of Death Chungkai Thailand

Cause of Death acute enteritis, dysentery

Burial Kanburi War Cemetery

Was a member of the 2/40 Battalion and a prisoner of war in Chungkai Thailand where he died from dysentery and acute enteritis.

 

 

Photo by Linda Mckenzie

 

Walker, Cecil Gloucester

Service Number 406336 Death Date 6/03/1945

Place of Death England

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial Memorial

Walrus 2271 of 278 Squadron RAF took off from RAF Thornley Island Emsworth on the morning of 6th March 1945 to search for a pilot reported baled out.  On reaching the search area the pilot reported he was going down to search.  Nothing more was heard until a spitfire pilot reported he had seen a Walrus dive straight into the sea.  Two other aircraft were immediately despatched to the scene but no survivors were to be seen.

It was later recorded that all three on board including Flt Lt Walker had lost their lives at sea.

He is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, United Kingdom

 

Walker, Donald Tasman

Service Number TX2618 Death Date 7/02/1942

Place of Death Timor

Cause of Death Died of illness

Burial Galala War Cemetery

 

Pte D. T. Walker, son of Mr T. R. Walker, 15 Service St., Glebe, whose death has been notified through the Australian Legation in Chungking.

 

Walker, George Wm John

Service Number TX4374 Death Date

1/07/1942

Place of Death At sea

Cause of Death Pneumonia & dysentery

Burial

 

Bdr George Walker, eldest son of Mr and Mrs G. Walker, 94 Park St.. Hobart: believed lost at sea in July, 1942, after capture at Kabaul.

 

Walker James Benson

Service Number TX4829 Death Date 13/10/1943

Place of Death Burma (Myanmar)

Cause of Death Illness

Burial

Mr and Mrs T. B. A. Walker 51 Mt. Stuart Rd., Hobart, have been notified that their son, Cpl James Benson Walker, died of' illness while a prisoner-in Burma on Oct. 13. 1943. He was taken prisoner at Singapore.

The Mercury 12 Oct 1945

Walker, Leslie Charles

Service Number H/1420 Death Date 29/11/1943

Place of Death HMAS Majestic

Cause of Death Motor Vehicle Accident

Burial Tasmanian War Cemetery

Death from Injuries

Leslie Charles Walker (22) died in the Royal Hobart Hospital yesterday from injuries suffered when he fell from a motor-cycle at Shipwrights Pt. on Saturday He was the son of Mr and Mrs Leslie Walker, South Franklin

 An inquest was opened by the Coroner (Col Clark) at Hobart. Sgt W. F. Devitt represented the police

Evidence of identification was given by Thora Maude Graham, and the inquest was adjourned to a date to be fixed.

The Mercury 30 Nov 1943 

Walker, Robert James

Service Number TX1037 Death Date 31/08/1942

Place of Death New Guinea

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial Bomana War Cemetery

 

Walker, Ronald Edward

Service Number 408430 Death Date 21/01/1944

Place of Death Germany

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial Berlin War Cemetery

Mr and Mrs W. E. Walker, of Abbott St., Launceston, have been advised that their only son, F-Officer R. E. Walker (21) previously reported missing, is believed to have been killed. F-Officer Walker was educated at the Launceston High School, and played "A" grade football, tennis and squash racquets.

The Mercury 13 Mar 1944 

Wallace, Charles

Service Number TX2887 Death Date 17/07/1942

Place of Death POW Fukuoka Japan 

Cause of Death coal mining accident

Burial Yokohama British Com Cemetery

WALLACE.-TX2887 Pte Charles Wallace 2/40th Battalion, killed in Japan,August 7, 1945, in his 28th year, fourth son of the late Mr and Mrs W. Wallace, Cranbrook, loved nephew of Bertha and Charlie Wallace, and loved brother of Denis, Swansea. His duty nobly done.

The Mercury 4 Dec 1945

Walsh, William James

Service Number TX8050 Death Date 20/01/1943

Place of Death New Guinea

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial Bomana War Cemetery

Born 6 Mar 1913 205 Harrington St Hobart to Cornelius and Christina Walsh (nee Fulton) he was a labourer when he enlisted and was posted to the 2/12 AIF.

WALSH.-On active service, on January 20, Cpl William James, AIF, second beloved son of Christina and the late Cornelius Walsh, of Hobart, in his 29th year;

The Mercury 2 Feb 1943

Photo courtesy Dennis Dwyer

Walton, Victor Harbod

Service Number TX568 Death Date 12/01/1943

Place of Death New Guinea

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial Spouta War Cemetery

Born Cairns Queensland to Albert Ernest and Eleanor Walton but was working in Hobart Tasmania as a bank clerk when he enlisted and was posted to the 2/12 Battalion. 

He was killed in action in the Battle of Sanananda New Guinea 12 Jan 1943 and is commemorated in the Soputa War Cemetery 

KILLED IN ACTION

LT V. H. WALTON

Youngest son of the late Mr A. E. Walton Burnie, and Mrs E. Livingston, Hobart, who was killed in action in New Guinea. Lt Walton was a member of the staff of the E.S. and A. Bank for about 12 years. He was educated at the Burnie High School, and served in the Middle East, including Tobruk. A brother, S-Sgt A. J. Walton, is in the A1F.

WALTON.-January 12, New Guinea Vic A tribute to the courage and endurance of all men of the 2-12th Battalion and our own beloved trio Lt Vic Walton, Capt Pat Rafferty, Capt Alex Murray. "The warrior's crown is theirs."

 

Photo courtesy Dennis Dwyer

Warbrooke, Samuel George

Service Number T30794 Death Date 12/09/1945

Place of Death 11AGH Campbell Town

Cause of Death cardiac failure & bronchitis

Burial Tasmanian War Cemetery

WARBROOKE.-On September 12 1945, at Military Hospital, Campbell Town, T30794, Sgt S. George Warbrooke, dearly beloved husband of Mollie L Warbrooke, 42 Pirie St., New Town, father of Leicester (RAN), Lyall (RAAF), and third son of the late John and Emily Warbrooke, Levuka, Fiji. Thy will be done.

 

Photo taken by Kay Newman

Samuel George Warbrooke died from cardiac failure and is buried at Cornelian Bay Cemetery

 The Mercury 13 Sep 1945

 

 

 

 

Ward, Alexander

Service Number T23381 Death Date 23/01/1943

Place of Death Tasmania

Cause of Death Died of illness

Burial Cornelian Bay Cemetery

Born 15th May 1902 Victoria Street Hobart to Robert James Knags and Alice Mary Ward (nee Jeffrey) Pte Ward was working as a barman and living at the Brisbane Hotel, Hobart Tasmania. 

 

Photo by Kay Newman

He was stationed at the army headquarters in Hobart when he became ill and died.

He was buried at Cornelian Bay Cemetery.

The Mercury 25 Jan 1943

WARD-On January 23, 1943, at military hospital. Hobart, Alexander, the eldest surviving son of Mrs Alice M. Ward, of 26 Blair St., New Norfolk, and the late Robert James Knaggs Ward, aged 40 years.

 

Ward, Frank Deryck

Service Number 408078 Death Date 5/10/1941

Place of Death Middle East

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial Cairo War Memorial

Late Sgt.-Pilot Ward

Sgt.-Pilot F. D. Ward, R.A.A.F., who was killed as a result of an air accident overseas and was a son of Mr. and Mrs F. E. Ward of Sandy Bay, was educated at the Hutchins School, where he was one of the most prominent athletes in public school sport. He won the championship of the school in his final year and the half-mile at the public schools' championship meeting. He stroked the senior school crew about six years ago, and after leaving school played with Hutchins Old Boys and Cananore. He was on the laboratory staff of the Electrolytic Zinc Co., and completed his assay diploma before enlisting in the R.A.A.F. about a year I ago.

The Mercury 10 Oct 1941

Ward, Hugh

Service Number H/1427 Death Date 16/12/1943

Place of Death SS Manaka

Cause of Death Believed drowned in hurricane

Burial

LOST AT SEA

SEAMAN-GNR HUGH WARD

Whose parents Mr and Mrs E. Ward, Glenorchy, have received advice that he has been lost at sea. He was in his 25th year, and had had three years of service with the RAN.

The Mercury 28 Dec 1943

Ward John Duncan

Service Number 408177 Death Date 17/5/1944

Place of Death Corsica

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial US Military Bastia in Corsica

ward, john duncan2.jpg (3804 bytes)Flying Officer (later Flight Lieutenant [Fl Lt]) 408177 John Duncan Ward, 451 Squadron RAAF of Burnie, Tasmania, has a man to man talk with 'Hurry' (short for Hurricane, the type of aircraft the squadron used to fly), pet dog and mascot of the RAAF Spitfire squadron, now based in the Middle East. The squadron first made the acquaintance of 'Hurry' in Cyprus. Nowadays 'Hurry' is the proud and haughty wearer of the honorary rank of Sergeant bestowed on him some months ago for exemplary conduct. On 17 May 1944 FO Ward died of wounds received in an air raid in Corsica on 12 May 1944. He is buried in the US Military Bastia in Corsica.

Wardlaw, Gregory Graeme

Service Number TX3684 Death Date 24/06/1944

Place of Death POW torpedoed Jap transport

Cause of Death at sea

Burial

The Mercury 14 Nov 1945

WARDLAW.-TX3684 Pte Gregory Graeme Searl, youngest son of Muriel Wardlaw and the late R. W. Wardlaw, Chain of Lagoons, St. Marys; died whilst prisoner of war on June 24, 1944, result of the torpedoing of a Japanese transport.

 

Warhurst, William

Service Number TX4358 Death Date

1/07/1942

Place of Death at sea (South West Pacific area)

Cause of Death Presumed

Burial Rabaul Memorial Papua New Guinea

Born 18th June 1900 Port Melbourne Victoria Australia to George Elias and Margaret Warhurst (nee Ferguson) but enlisted in Tasmania.

He was a Staff Sgt with Heavy Battery Rabaul (Coastal Bt) RAA and a prisoner of war on board the Montevideo Maru which was torpedoed and sunk by the American submarine US Sturgeon. 

He is commemorated on the Rabaul Memorial Papua New Guinea

 

Warn, Alan Henry George

Service Number TX4661 Death Date 29/08/1942

Place of Death New Guinea

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial

PTE A.H. G. WARN

son of Mrs A. A. Warn, 43 Duke St., Sandy Bay, and the late Mr A. G. Warn, who was reported missing on Aug. 29, 1912, and whose death has now been presumed. He served in New Guinea with the 2/14th Battalion.

The Mercury 24 Apr 1946

Warren, Eric Allen

Service Number TX4883 Death Date 24/06/1944

Place of Death POW torpedoed Jap transport

Cause of Death at sea

Burial

DROWNED

Pte Eric Allen Warren, of the 2/40 Battalion, elder son of L Bdr and Mrs A. T. Warren, 17 Montrose Place, Launceston, who was drowned when a torpedoed transport went down on June 24, 1944. Pte Warren was educated at the Launceston High School and was employed at Young's Furniture House, Launceston.

The Mercury 7 Dec 1945

 

Watchorn, James Bayly

Service Number 408117 Death Date

4/10/1943

Place of Death United Kingdom

Cause of Death Flying Accident

Burial Brookwood Mil Cem Surrey Eng

The following is taken from TASMANIANS AT WAR IN THE AIR 1939-1945 with the kind permission of Brian Winspear    

James Bayly Watchorn was studying law at the University of Tasmania when World War 2 broke out.  

Born in Hobart in 1921, he attended the Hutchins School , where he showed talent as a writer, and did well at sport.  He enlisted in the R.A.A.F in 1941 and trained at Flinders, Vic and 26 EFTS in South Rhodesia .  He was posted to No 55 OTU Unsworth, England for training as a Hurricane pilot, specializing in reconnaissance and air combat.  In 1942 he was transferred to No 128 Squadron at Hastings , Sierra Leone , doing reconnaissance for the Royal Navy in N Africa .  Later he went to Gambia , where he flew Spitfires, Hurricanes, Defiants and Hudsons , and on one sortie spotted the battleship ‘ Richelieu ” which was later sunk.  In May 1943 he was posted to No. 247 squadron at Fairlap, Essex in England and then to R.A.F. Station at Gravesend Kent flying Typhoons on air sea rescue and reconnaissance.  

In Oct 1943 he was asked to test fly a new version of the Typhoon, but was killed when the aircraft crased near New Romney in Kent .  He was last seen fighting with the controls to keep the plane airborne and away from nearby houses.  

An English Literature Prize is awarded annually at The Hutchins School in his memory.

Waters, Clarence Henry

Service Number TX3806 Death Date 22/07/1942

Place of Death Libya

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial El Alamein War Cemetery

Born Launceston Tasmania to John and Rubenia Waters, he was a farmer at Young Town when he enlisted in the army and was posted to the 2/23 Battalion. 

He was serving in Egypt when he was killed in action. 

He is commemorated in the El Alamein War Cemetery

Waters. Ralph Ernest

Service Number 408165 Death Date 10/04/1942

Place of Death United Kingdom

Cause of Death Flying Accident

Burial Runnymede Missing Memorial

AIRMAN'S DEATH PRESUMED

Sgt-Pilot Waters

The parents of Sgt-Pilot Ralph Ernest Waters, Mr and Mrs E. C. Waters, of Hobart, have been notified by the Air Ministry that the death of their son has been presumed.

Sgt-Pilot Waters was educated at the Hobart High School and the Friends' School. He was a member of the staff of the E. S. and A. Bank at Hobart and Franklin. A keen sport, Sgt-Pilot Waters played cricket with North Hobart, South Hobart, and Sandy Bay clubs, and was a prominent player in the Friends School Old Boys' Football Club. He was judge of the Hobart Greyhound Racing Club and was prominently associated with the Apex Club. He was engaged to Miss Mary Lyall of Launceston. His death is presumed to have occurred on April 10.

WATERS. - Sgt-Pilot Ralph Ernest, RAAF, killed aircraft accident, England, April 10, 1942, son of Ernest C. Waters and the late Ethel Waters and brother of Joe RAAF, and Ian AMF.

The Mercury 23 Oct 1942

Watkins, Guy Edward

Service Number Lt RANR Death Date

Place of Death 24/06/1944

Cause of Death HMAS Matafele (ship missing)

Burial Presumed dead

watkins guy.jpg (1367206 bytes)Born 21st July 1920 with parents living at Pipers River Tasmania , Guy was a Sub Lieutenant with the R.A.N. serving on H.M.A.S. Matafele when he went missing with the loss of his ship.

H.M.A.S. Matafele left Townsville on the 23rd June 1944 carrying stores for Milne Bay .  Five days later she was requested by radio to report her position and the estimated time of arrival.  No response was received.  A search was undertaken but she was not located.  Assumed she founded with the loss of her entire crew.

 

Watson, Allan Richard T

Service Number TX5113  Death Date 22/02/1942

Place of Death Timor

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial

 

 

 

 

Courtesy of Rita Stephensen

Allan enlisted in the Australian Army on 5 Dec 1940 at Rosebery Tasmania and travelled from there to Launceston.   The 2/40 Infantry Battalion was the only Battalion in the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) that recruited almost entirely from Tasmania. Initially it was planned that it would consist of 3 rifle companies from Victoria and one Headquarters company from Tasmania, but public and political pressure led by the Tasmanian Premier resulted in the battalion being formed from the island state. 

The 2/40th assembled at Brighton Camp Victoria in July 1940 where it spent the rest of the year training. On 7th Jan 1941 it went to Bonegilla Camp near Wodonga on the Victorian/New South Wales border to join its parent Brigade – the 23rd, part of the 8th Division.  In Feb 1941 the 2/40 was earmarked for deployment to Dutch West Timor to protect the airfields in the event of a Japanese attack. However it was thought premature deployment might provoke Japanese action so the Battalion left Bonegilla Camp at the end of March and began arriving in Katherine in the Northern Territory on April 16. The next move to Noonamah just south of Darwin occurred during June and July. 

Japan made its intentions obvious with simultaneous attacks throughout the Asia- Pacific region on 7 – 8 Dec 1941.    The 2/40th, the bulk of SPARROW FORCE was rushed to Timor. They, 70 Officers and 1330 men departed Darwin Dec 10 on the ships HMAS Westralia and SS Zealandia (Later to be bombed and sunk in Darwin Harbour) and arrived in Koepang 2 days later. They were to defend the airfields at Penful, the operational base for the Hudson Bombers of the under strength 2 squadron RAAF.  Sparrow Force was ill equipped and most suffered from malaria and dysentery.  The commanding officer Lieutenant Colonel William Leggett’s repeated requests for greater reinforcements, artillery, and supplies were never met.   Sparrow Force was reinforced on 16 Feb with 189 British anti-aircraft Gunners mostly veterans of the Battle of Britain.  Further reinforcements, an Australian Infantry Battalion and an American artillery regiment, were attacked en-route to Timor and returned to Darwin.

WATSON.-Killed in action in Timor, TX5113 Pte. A. R. T. Watson, 2/40th Battalion A.I.F., dearly loved eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. T. Watson, Rosebery, and loving brother of Max; aged 27 years.

Watson, Clifford Cornelius

Service Number TX16125 Death Date 4/05/1945

Place of Death Bougainville

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial Bomana War Cemetery

LATE PTE C. C. WATSON,

BURNIE

Pte. Clifford Cornelius Watson, who was killed in action in Bougainville on May 4, was the second son of Mr. and Mrs. V. J. Watson, of View road, Burnie. He was born at Meander 21 years ago, and moved to Upper Burnie with his parents about seven years ago. He was a member of the Upper Burnie Football Club, with which he played till the outbreak of war.

He joined the A.I.F. in 1943 and saw service in New Guinea before spending leave at home. He went to Bougainville with his unit some months ago, and was in most of the operations there. His brother Geoffrey ("Jerry") is in the RAN

Advocate Burnie 14 May 1945

Wayn, David Percival

Service Number 408073 Death Date 3/02/1943

Place of Death Middle East

Cause of Death Flying Accident

Burial El Alamein War Cemetery

Born 25 October 1918 Tolosa St Glenorchy Tasmania to Herbert Edward and Emma Nora Wayn (nee Boyes) Flt Sgt Wayn was a former at Melton Mowbray when he enlisted in the RAAF.   

The Mercury 9 Feb 1943

WAYN.-David Percival, RAAF youngest son of Mr and Mrs H. E. Wayn, of Hobart, on February 3, 1943.

 

Webb, Rex Vivian

Service Number H/1067 Death Date 28/07/1940

Place of Death HMAS Cerberus

Cause of Death Died of illness

Burial

Born Hobart Tasmania to Vivian Phillip and Louisa Laurentinus Webb, he was employed as a Vulcanizer when he joined the RANR as a steward on board HMAS Cererbus.

He was only 19 when he died of an illness and is buried at the Flinders Naval Depot.

 

Webster, Alec George

Service Number TX2961 Death Date 2/06/1945

Place of Death POW March Sandakan to Ranau

Cause of Death Malaria 

Burial

Tas. Paybook photograph, taken on enlistment, of TX2961 Private Alec George Webster, 2/29th Battalion, Australian Infantry. He was one of over 2000 Allied prisoners of war (POW) held in the Sandakan POW camp in north Borneo, having been transferred there from Singapore as a part of B Force. The 1494 POW's that made up B Force, were transported from Changi on 7 July 1942 on board the tramp ship Ubi Maru, arriving in Sandakan Harbour on 18 July 1942. Private Webster, aged 28, died as a prisoner of the Japanese on 2 June 1945. He was the son of George and Lily Webster, and the husband of Dorothy Kathleen Webster, of Hobart, Tas. He is commemorated on the Labuan Memorial Panel 16. (Photograph copied from AWM232, items 4 and 5. Personal information from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Database

 

Wedd Rex Henry

Service Number 408200 Death Date

Place of Death Frankfurt

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial

Rex Henry Wedd 408200 was killed on the night of 20/21 December 1943 in Lancaster JA674 whilst attacking Frankfurt.  The Lancaster was shot down by Uffz Werner Rominger (his first victory (abschusse)) of 8./NJG3 at 20.07 hours at Laubach, 25 km SE of Giessen.  The Lancaster exploded in mid-air, the entire crew, of which Flt Lt Wedd was the bomb-aimer, was killed.  5 bodies were found in a forest, one in the main street of Lauter and a year later the 7th body was found in the forest and buried in a shallow grave. 

The Mercury 16 Mar 1944

Airman Believed Killed

Acting Flt-Lt Rex Henry Wedd, youngest son of Mr and Mrs J Wedd. Lenah Valley, who was posted missing in air operations over Frankfurt. Germany on Dec 20 last, has now been posted missing, believed killed.

Flt-Lt Wedd was a navigation officer in the Pathfinder Force. Of the eight members of the crew of his plane, six have been reported prisoners of war, and two Australians, including Flt-Lt Wedd. are believed to have lost their  lives. Educated at St. Virgil's Col- lege. Hobart. Flt-Lt Wedd was for a time a teacher in the Tasmanian Education Dept. Beforeweddfamily_4429723.jpg (154346 bytes) enlistment he was patrol officer in the Administration Dept. New Guinea.

The Mercury 17 May 1945

DFC awarded to Flt-Lt Rex Henry Wedd (since presumed dead), New Town (T). Flt-Lt Wedd,  a bomb-aimer, had completed numerous operations against the enemy, in which he had invariably displayed the utmost fortitude andcourage.

Weeks, Clement Keith

Service Number TX4903 Death Date 24/07/1945

Place of Death Tarakan

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial Sandakan War Cemetery

Studio portrait of TX4903 Trooper (Tpr) Clement Keith Weeks, 2/9 Armoured Regiment, of Launceston, Tas. Tpr Weeks enlisted at Hobart, Tas, on 1 July 1941 and was killed in action in Tarakan, Borneo on 24 July 1945.  

The Mercury 6th August 1945

Mr and Mrs B. Weeks, 67 Bourke  St., Launceston, have been advised of the death in action in Tarakan on July 24 of their youngest son, Pte Clement Keith Weeks (23).

Weller, Royce Henry

Service Number IV 21512 Death Date 20/11/1941

Place of Death HMAS Sydney

Cause of Death Presumed Killed in Action

Burial

Born 18th July 1913 Devonport Tasmania and living at 17 Rooke Street Devonport , Tasmania when he enlisted and was posted to HMAS Sydney.

He was a Shipwright 4th Class when on 19th November 1941, following a battle with the German raider, HSK Kormoran in the Indian Ocean off the Western Australian coast H.M.A.S. Sydney disappeared, almost with a trace.

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

 

Wells, James Ambrose

Service Number TX1056 Death Date 15/09/1942

Place of Death New Guinea

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial Bomana War Cemetery

Born 15 March 1910 Elizabeth Town Tasmania to Joseph Frederic and Lena Wells (nee McMahon) Pte Wells was a labourer when he enlisted in the AIF. 

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

  

Photo courtesy Dennis Dwyer

 

Wells, Lionel Guy

Service Number TX5654 Death Date 14/01/1943

Place of Death New Guinea

Cause of Death Died from wounds

Burial Bomana War Cemetery

The Mercury 26 Jan 1943

Mrs M. M. Wells, of Smithton, has been advised that her second youngest son, Pte Lionel G. Wells,, died of wounds in New Guinea on January 14. Pte Wells, was 19 years of age. Prior to enlisting he was employed by Ambrose Pty. Ltd., Smithton.

 

 Photo courtesy Dennis Dwyer

Wells, William John

Service Number TX1036 Death Date 23/10/1942

Place of Death Goodenough Is. New Guinea

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial Bomana War Cemetery

 

KILLED IN ACTION

PTE W. J. WELLS

Killed in action in New Guinea.

Before enlistment in the AIF Pte Wells was employed in the Rekuna district.

The Mercury 12 Dec 1942

Welsh, Aubrey Walter

Service Number TX5227 Death Date 2/01/1944

Place of Death POW Malaya

Cause of Death dysentery

Burial Kranji War Cemetery

 

Welsh, David William

Service Number TX1992 Death Date 15/09/1943

Place of Death POW Chungkai Thailand

Cause of Death avitaminoses

Burial

PTE D. W. WELSH

Pte D. W. (Hilly) Welsh died of illness while a prisoner in Thailand on Sept. 15. 1943, He was the son-in law of Mr and Mrs H. J. Daly, 230 Harrington St.. Hobart.

The Mercury 3 Aug 1945

Wescombe, Ernest Aldren

Service Number TX3955 Death Date 15/03/1942

Place of Death Timor

Cause of Death died of illness

Burial Galala War Cemetery

Born 7th Aug 1909 Stowport Tasmania to William Langdon and Alice Mary Wescombe (nee McHugh) 

WESCOMBE.-TX3955 Pte. Ernest Wescombe, 2/40 Battalion, dearly loved second son of Mrs. and the late W. L. Wescombe, Camena, and loving brother of Nellie, Tom, Charlie, Les., and Alice (Mrs. J. Moles, Camena), Alfie (Dromedary), Elsie (Mrs. F. C. Bott, Adelaide), Gladys (Mrs. A. Bennett, Penguin), and Bill (Devonport). Died of illness, Timor, March 15, 1942. Aged 33 years. Ever remembered.

Advocate Burnie 8 Oct 1945

West, Bertram John

Service Number TX3397 Death Date 23/10/1942

Place of Death POW Oesapa Besar Timor

Cause of Death executed by Japanese

Burial

Born 19th May 1916 Wynyard Tasmania to Berty and Eva Isobel West (nee Hay), he was married and living in Wynyard when he enlisted and was posted to the 2/40th Battalion. 

Sgt West was executed by the Japanese 23rd October 1942

 

West, George Wendell

Service Number TX3836 Death Date 22/02/1942

Place of Death Timor

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial Galala War Cemetery

 

West, Lawrence Walter

Service Number TX3695 Death Date 28/09/1943

Place of Death POW Kliang Klai Thailand

Cause of Death railway accident

Burial Kanburi War Cemetery

 LATROBE

KILLED WHILE P.O.W-Mrs. M. A. West Harford, has received work of the death of her youngest son Pte. L. W. (Tim) West while a prisoner of war in Thailand. From information received he was accidentally killed on September 28, 1943, as a result of a landslip.

Advocate Burnie 2 Aug 1945

 

West, Norman Vincent

Service Number TX179 Death Date 12/10/1940

Place of Death England

Cause of Death died of injuries

Burial Tidworth Military Cemetery England

Born 6 Aug 1919 Lady Barron Flinders Island to John Arthur and Alma Lily West (nee Brown) Pte West was living in Launceston, Tasmania and  had worked as a labourer and deck boy on a merchant ship before he joined the 2/12 AIF 

He died in England from injuries received and was buried in the Tidworth Cemetery, Wiltshire England

 

                   Thankyou to Mark Edmonds for photos

 

Weston, Hector Charles

Service Number A/B23656 Death Date 27/11/1941

Place of Death torpedoed)

Cause of Death Presumed killed

Burial

Born Glen Lusk Tasmania to Joseph Henry and Annie May Weston he was a labourer when he enlisted in the RAN 

The Mercury 6 Dec 1941

A. B. Hector Charles Weston, of H.M.A.S. Parramatta, joined the Navy at the outbreak of war. He was the third son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Weston, Hobart, who have two other sons serving with the forces.

Wherrett, Arthur Charles M

Service Number H/1365 Death Date 1/03/1942

Place of Death HMAS Perth (ship lost)

Cause of Death Presumed killed

Burial

Member of the Forces

WHERRETT.-Previously reported missing after the sinking of HMAS Perth, now officially presumed to have lost his life in the battle, AB Arthur Charles Malcolm Wherrett, youngest son of Arthur and Alice Wherrett, Florence St.. Moonah, aged 27 years.

 

The Mercury 2 Feb 1946

Whishaw, Denis Kinloch

Service Number 408222 Death Date 31/05/1943

Place of Death Bunderberg Queensland

Cause of Death Flying Accident

Burial Bunderberg War Cemetery

Whishaw, Peter

Service Number Lt RANVR Death Date 2/04/1943

Place of Death SS Melbourne Star (ship lost)

Cause of Death Presumed dead

Burial

Born Croyden England to Reginald Robert and Isobel Rhoda Whishaw, Lt Whishaw is described as a farmer and grazier when he enlisted in the RANVR. 

He was serving on the “Melbourne Star” under Captain J. B. Hall travelling from Liverpool to Australia when it was sunk about 500 miles south east of Bermuda by U-29 with the loss of 113 passengers and crew.  There were only 4 survivors to this incident.

White, Dennis Francis

Service Number H/610 Death Date 29/03/1943

Place of Death SS Wallongbar 

Cause of Death Missing, presumed killed

Burial

MISSING    

AB Dennis Francis White, RAN, son of Mr and Mrs C. White South Hobart, who has been reported missing presumed lost as the result of enemy action.

 

The Mercury 8 May 1943

White, Desmond Norman

Service Number TX3407 Death Date 11/10/1943

Place of Death POW Tamarkan Thailand

Cause of Death dysentery

Burial Kanburi War Cemetery

Born 6th November 1918 Smithton Tasmania the son of Norman Henry and Alice May White (nee Dalton), Pte White was a member of the 2/40 Battalion and a prisoner of war at Tarmakan Thailand where he died from dysentery.

Photo by Linda McKenzie

 

White, Edna May

Service Number TF15934 Death Date 28/01/1944

Place of Death Australia

Cause of Death died of illness

Burial Tasmanian War Cemetery

 

 

 

 

 

Photo by Kay Newman

White Stanley Boyd Mckellar

Service Number NX70920 Death Date

20/2/1942

Place of Death Ambon

Cause of Death Executed

Burial

Born 1915, the 2nd son of Stanley McKellar White and Florence Amy Menzies,

Dr. Stanley Boyd McKellar White did his training at Sydney University and met his wife Christine Dickey, through family friends. They married in Sydney on March 23rd 1940 and then moved to Tasmania to take up a position at the Royal Hobart Hospital.  They lived in Snug and Hobart until around 1941. Their son (Kenneth) was born in December 1940 at St. Margaret’s in Hobart.

When war with Japan was declared Boyd joined up and was given the rank of Captain.  When he left home it was by train to Adelaide, another train to Alice Springs and then by truck to Darwin.  After spending 3 months in Darwin, in December 1941 he was sent to the island of Ambon in the Moluccas, Indonesia. When the war was finally over in 1945 and they were bringing home all the Prisoners of War from the East his family would sit and listen to the radio every time a prison camp was opened and the names of the prisoners were broadcast throughout Australia. Boyd's name was never mentioned and he seemed to vanish into the blue.

It would have been late 1945 that the four mass graves on Ambon were opened and amongst the remains of soldiers and personnel was Boyd’s medical bag and dog tags. It then came out that when they received news that the Japanese were sweeping south down to the islands and were due to invade, he was one of a couple of doctors who elected to stay on Ambon with the severely wounded who were unable to be transported before the Japanese arrived. After they were overtaken by the Japanese approximately 300 prisoners were ordered to dig a huge communal grave, then they were lined up, beheaded and tossed i
nto the hole and buried. Years later this became known as the Laha massacre and was apparently in retaliation for the sinking of a Japanese minesweeper. Unfortunately, Dr White has never been formally identified. 

 Dr. Boyd McKellar White was 26 years old. 

His younger brother Flying Officer Kenneth McKellar White who served with 62 Squadron RAF was also a casualty of war dying as a POW in Rangoon, Burma. 

We would like to thank Ken White and Carolyn Harris for the above photos and information
Whitmore, Wesley

Service Number TX3632 Death Date 24/06/1944

Place of Death POW torpedoed Jap transport

Cause of Death drowned

Burial

 

Whyman, Herbert Allan

Service Number TX4455 Death Date 24/03/1945

Place of Death POW Sandakan Borneo

Cause of Death died of illness

Burial

Tas. Paybook photograph, taken on enlistment, of TX4455 Sapper Herbert Allan Whyman, 2/10th Field Company, Royal Australian Engineers. He was one of over 2000 Allied prisoners of war (POW) held in the Sandakan POW camp in north Borneo, having been transferred there from Singapore as a part of B Force. The 1494 POW's that made up B Force, were transported from Changi on 7 July 1942 on board the tramp ship Ubi Maru, arriving in Sandakan Harbour on 18 July 1942. Sapper Whyman, aged 25, died as a prisoner of the Japanese on 24 March 1945. He was the son of Mr and Mrs H. T. Whyman, of Burnie, Tas. He is commemorated on the Labuan Memorial Panel 5. (Photograph copied from AWM232, items 4 and 5. Personal information from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Database.)

Widdowson, Frederick S

Service Number TX5914 Death Date 28/07/1943

Place of Death POW Kinsaike Thailand

Cause of Death cholera

Burial Kanburi War Cemetery

Born 29 November 1912 Georgetown Tasmania to Frederick and Lucy Widdowson (nee Anderson), he was a poultry farmer when he enlisted in the AIF 

Pte Widdowson was a prison of war at Kinsaike Thailand where he died from cholera.

Above photo by Linda McKenzie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fred Widdowson centre of photo

Courtesy Peta Crowder

Widdowson, Wm Geoffrey

Service Number H/1517 Death Date 4/03/1942

Place of Death HMAS Yarra (missing loss of ship)

Cause of Death Presumed dead

Burial

Born George Town Tasmania to Alfred Wimble and Hilda Sarah Widdowson, William Widdowson was listed as a Baker when he enlisted and was posted to HMAS Yarra.  

He was an Ordinary Seaman with HMAS Yarra. The Royal Australian Navy sloop was sunk by a Japanese cruiser squadron in a gallant but hopeless defence of her convoy in the Indian Ocean , south of Java, on 4 March 1942. A total of 138 of her company were lost out of 151 officers and men including her commanding officer, Lieutenant Commander Robert Rankin and all officers

William Widdowson was officially ‘presumed dead’ after the loss of his ship.

 

Wilken, Charles Leslie

Service Number 408448 Death Date 29/10/1944

Place of Death Timor Sea

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial Memorial

FLT-SGT C. L. WILKEN of New Town, whose wife has been notified that he is presumed killed during operational service near Flores Island, East Indies. He was posted missing from Oct. 29, 1944, when he was on a night bombing mission

Wilkinson, Bruce Gordon

Service Number 30829 Death Date 31/08/1944

Place of Death United Kingdom

Cause of Death Flying Accident

Burial Oxford RAF Cemetery Berks

Born 11 Aug 1916 at Smithton Tasmania he was the son of Alexander Gordon and Emmy Frances Wilkinson (nee Sadewasser) 

The Mercury 16 Sep 1944

Flt-Sgt Bruce Gordon Wilkinson RAAF, of Queenstown, who was killed in an aeroplane crash in Britain, enlisted in February 1941, and received his training in Australia and Canada. He was educated at the Queenstown State and Technical schools and before enlisting was an electrician with the Mt. Lyell Co. He was 28. A younger brother is serving with the RAN.

Wilkinson, Robert Henry

Service Number 408130 Death Date 28/09/1942

Place of Death Croydon New South Wales

Cause of Death Flying Accident

Burial Narrabri Cemetery NSW

PILOT'S DEATH

Won Commission at 18 Years

F-Officer Robert Henry Wilkinson, a pilot of the RAAF, who was killed in an aircraft accident in New South Wales recently, was the younger son of W-Cdr and Mrs H. A. Wilkinson, of New Town. F-Officer Wilkinson won his commission at the age of 18 years and nine months, and was at that time the youngest commissioned officer in the RAAF. He was in his 20th year at the time of his death.

F-Officer Wilkinson was educated at the Hobart High School and the A. G. Ogilvie High School. He was head prefect of the latter school during the first two years of its existence. He later joined the staff of the Commonwealth Bank. He-took a keen interest in the old scholars' association of the Ogilvie High School and was secretary to the time of his enlistment in the Air Force. He was promoted to flying officer last February

The Mercury 12 Oct 1942

Williams, Alfred Charles

Service Number TX1403 Death Date 24/04/1941

Place of Death Greece

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial Athens Military Cemetery

 

Williams Don Delemere

Service Number  Death Date

Place of Death

Cause of Death

Burial

                                                     

DIED OF WOUNDS

Pie Don Delemere Williams. NZEF, eldest son of Mr and Mrs H. E. Williams, Mt. Stuart Rd., Hobart, who died of wounds received in the Italian campaign. He enlisted in New Zealand.

 

 

The Mercury 4 May 1944

Williams, Eric Wallace

Service Number T262483 Death Date 12/09/1943

Place of Death Australia

Cause of Death Murdered

Burial Tasmanian War Cemetery

Manslaughter Finding At Hobart Inquest

A FINDING that S-Sgt Eric Wallace Williams, who was found fatally injured at the corner of Barrick and Liverpool streets, on the night of September ll, was feloniously killed by Leslie Ernest Sheppard was recorded by the Coroner (Col Clark) at Hobart yesterday. Williams died on September 12.

Sheppard, a timber worker, of Huonville, had been charged, and released on bail. He was present at the inquest. He was committed for trial, and bail was renewed. He was represented by Mr F. J. Wilmshurst (Ogilvie. McKenna and Co.).

Spr Colin Trevor Wells said that he_saw Williams walk past three civilians. Someone said "Choco." Another remark was made in an ordinary tone of voice he could not hear Williams returned, and there was a sound either of a blow or of Williams' head hitting the ground. One of the civilians lifted Williams up. As his eyesight was bad, witness did not see Williams fall.

He said to the man he believed hit or pushed Williams. "You hit him a bit of a whack, didn't you? There was no answer.

When Williams returned, he saw Leslie Ernest Sheppard advance two paces towards him the witness added

Cpl Jack Geale, of the Provost Corps, said that when he arrived he saw three civilians and another soldier. The soldier and Sheppard were leaning over Williams.

Gordon Henry Marriner, munitions worker, said he saw Sheppard and his brother at the Man at the Wheel Hotel. They left, and walked up Liverpool St ahead of him.  On arrival at Barrack St., he saw the two men again. Williams was lying in the gutter.

Sgt Colin Montrose Wiggins, of the Provost Corps, said that Keith Sheppard was holding up Williams. Wells said the man who had hit Williams had run away. Leslie Ernest Sheppard, was there. The civilians did not appear to be under the influence of liquor. ..He did not  think there had been an argument, and  they seemed to be doing their best for Williams.

Keith Noel Sheppard, merchant seaman, said there was an argument between his brother (Leslie Ernest Sheppard), and the soldier. He could not say what it was about. His brother pushed the soldier who fell. Witness went to the soldier's assistance.

Ll Colin Alexander Hughes said he and Williams left the Duke of Wellington Hotel about 10.55 pm. Williams parted from him to go down Barrack St. Williams appeared to have had a fair amount of drink, but had all his faculties about him.

Dr Campbell Duncan, who made a post-mortem examination, said that Williams' death was due to a fracture of the base of the skull, brain haemorrhage, and laceration.

Del Gillam said he interviewed Leslie Ernest Sheppard, who was asked to explain his movements on the night of -September ll. Sheppard made a statement.

In the alleged statement, which was read by the witness, Sheppard said he had been drinking during the day. He and his brother Keith, assisted Marriner from the Man at the Wheel Hotel up Liverpool St. to Barrack St. A soldier passed, and someone said: "Choco." The soldier, who appeared drunk, came back.

He was closest to the soldier who he thought was going to attack him. Still supporting Marriner, he put out his left hand, and  pushed the soldier in the chest. The soldier staggered, and fell almost on the broad of his back, in the gutter. He did not let Marriner go, and his brother assisted the soldier until the arrival of a military van.

Afterwards he and his brother took Marriner, home, and returned to where they were staying, in Brisbane St. Sheppard's alleged statement said.

Sheppard was later arrested and charged with manslaughter, said Det Gillam.

In the witness box, Leslie Ernest Sheppard said he did not wish to answer questions at the present stage.

Col Clark said it was difficult to reach a conclusion. There was no doubt that to a soldier, "choco" meaning a chocolate soldier, was a most insulting term Williams, who served in the First World War naturally would lake offence. Williams turned, and was either struck or pushed Shepnard may have pushed Williams in self-defence.

The Mercury 24 Sep 1943

Williams, Francis Gordon

Service Number TX4411 Death Date 1/07/1942

Place of Death POW torpedoed Montevideo Maru

Cause of Death

Burial

Spr Frank Williams, Hobart; missing, believed dead after capture at Rabaul.

Also see Montevideomaru

 

Williams, Harley Joseph

Service Number 408311 Death Date 5/09/1943

Place of Death New Guinea

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial Rabaul Missing Memorial

Williams Harley Joseph.jpg (222170 bytes)Beaufort crew of No. 100 Squadron RAAF which took part in a raid on Gasmata, Dutch New Guinea, and returned safely despite anti-aircraft (ack ack) damage severing the elevator control of their aircraft. Left to right: 416085 Sergeant (later Flight Sergeant [Flt Sgt]) James Albert Sugg, Adelaide, SA; 407144 Flying Officer (later Flight Lieutenant [Flt Lt]) Roy Herbert Woollacott, Adelaide, SA; 409956 Sgt (later Warrant Officer) Reginald William Stolz, Benalla, Vic; 408311 Sgt (later Flt Sgt) Harley Joseph Williams, Launceston, Tas. Flt Lt Woollacott, Flt Sgts Sugg and Williams were all lost on operations when their Beaufort bomber (A9-374) was shot down on a raid over Gasmata on 5 September 1943.

 

Williams, Philip Malcolm

Service Number TX5760 Death Date 24/12/1944

Place of Death Fukuoka Camp Japan

Cause of Death pneumonia & croup

Burial Labuan War Cemetery

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Williams, Raymond Henry

Service Number TX4714 Death Date 24/06/1944

Place of Death POW torpedoed Jap transport

Cause of Death Drowned

Burial

 

Williams, Tasman Leonard

Service Number 408462 Death Date 15/10/1944

Place of Death Germany

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial Sage War Cem, Oldenburg

Outdoor portrait of 408462 Leading Aircraftman (LAC) Tasman (Tas) Leonard Williams of Derby, Tas. A enlisting in the RAAF in June 1942, AC Williams trained as a Wireless Operator/Air Gunner (WAG) under the Empire Air Training Scheme (EATS) in Australia and Canada, and after being promoted to Pilot Officer (PO), was posted to 466 Squadron at RAF Station Driffield, Yorkshire. He was listed as missing when his Halifax bomber, serial number MZ299, radio call sign HD-H (H-How), failed to return from an operational sortie over Wilhelmshaven, Germany, on the night of 15/16 October 1944. After the war it was determined that MZ299 had crashed at Jackstede, Germany, and had killed six of the seven crew, including PO Williams, aged 21.

Williams, Walter Raymond

Service Number TX3124 Death Date 24/06/1944

Place of Death At sea near Nagasaki

Cause of Death Drowned

Burial

See Tamahoko Maru

Williams, William John

Service Number TX5140 Death Date 30/01/1942

Place of Death Malaya

Cause of Death Accidentally killed

Burial Singapore Military Cemetery

 

Williamson, James Oscar

Service Number 408380 Death Date 25/05/1944

Place of Death North West Europe

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial Rheinberg War Cem. Germany

WO James Oscar Williamson, son of Mr and Mrs M. Williamson, 1 Rupert Ave., New Town, whose death is presumed to have occurred on May 25, 1944, in a flight over Germany. WO Williamson, who was 22, was educated at Hobart High School and before enlisting was employed by F. H. Stephens Pty. Ltd.

The Mercury 15 May 1945

Williamson, Maurice Douglas

Service Number 21077 Death Date 20/11/1941

Place of Death HMAS Sydney

Cause of Death Presumed Killed in Action

Burial

Born 6th July 1918 Ballarat Victoria to Douglas Lyle and Ella May Williamson but the family was living at Lenah Valley Tasmania when he enlisted and was posted to HMAS Sydney.

He was a Leading 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

Willis, Eric Charles Henry

Service Number 2/24 AIB Death Date 21/10/1941

Place of Death Middle East

Cause of Death Accidental drowning

Burial

ACCIDENTALLY DROWNED

 PTE. ERIC WILLIS

Son of Mr and Mrs C Willis Hobart, who was accidentally drowned at sea on October 21 last. He was 20 years of age

The Mercury 16 Apr 1942

WILLIS.-In loving memory of our dear son and my brother. TX4584 Pte Eric Charles (Snowy) Willis, who was drowned in the evacuation of Tobruk, October 21, 1941, aged 19 years.

The Mercury 21 Oct 1946

Wilmot, Basil Frederick

Service Number 401083 Death Date 11/06/1943

Place of Death Germany

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial Runnymede Missing Memorial

Flight Sgt Wilmot was born 20th June 1914 Launceston Tasmania .

He died a week after this photo was taken in a Flying Battle over Germany

 

RAF STATION BOTTESFORD, LEICESTER , ENGLAND . 1943-06-05. 401083 FLIGHT SERGEANT B. F. WILMOTT, LAUNCESTON, TAS, PILOT, NO. 467 SQUADRON RAAF, THE SECOND RAAF LANCASTER SQUADRON TO BE FORMED IN THE UK .

 

Wilson, Arthur Thomas R

Service Number TX3540 Death Date 16/07/1942

Place of Death Middle East

Cause of Death

Burial El Alamein War Cemetery

Born 11 September 1912 Trevallyn, Launceston Tasmania to Arthur and Elizabeth Wilson (nee Jackson) L/Sgt Wilson was an accountant when he enlisted in the army. 

He was serving in the Middle East when he was killed in action. 

He is commemorated in the El Alamein War Cemetery

Wilson Hector Norman

Service Number QX15224 Death Date 8/6/1943

Place of Death Siam (Thailand)

Cause of Death Illness

Burial

The Mercury 16 Oct 1945 

Mrs A. T. Wilson, of Sandy Bay has received word that her son, S-Sgt Hector Norman Wilson, 2/26th Battalion, died of cholera on June 8, 1943. while a prisoner of war in Thailand.

 S-Sgt Wilson, prior to enlistment, was on the staff of the National Bank of Australasia in Queensland.

Wilson, John Moffit

Service Number TX3724 Death Date 3/11/1942

Place of Death Middle East

Cause of Death Died of wounds

Burial El Alamein War Cemetery

Mrs J. M. Wilson, of Perth (T), has been advised that her husband, Lt - John Moffit Wilson, AIF has died of wounds in the Middle East Lt Wilson was well-known in Launceston and before enlisting was manager of the Majestic Theatre, Launceston. He was a member of the Rotary, Club and on the committee of management of the Northern Tasmanian Cricket Association.

Lt Wilson's wife was formerly Miss Betty Dennis of Perth. He also leaves a young son.

The Mercury 16 Nov 1942

Wilson, Maxwell Roland

Service Number H/1462 Death Date 1/03/1942

Place of Death HMAS Perth (ship lost)

Cause of Death Presumed dead

Burial

 OS Maxwell Wilson, only son of Mrs S. Wilson, Wignall St. Hobart, and the late Mr R. Wilson of Southport who was an employee of Crisp and Gunn's, Hobart, before he enlisted in January, 1941.

He was a member of the crew of HMAS Perth and was killed in action in the Java Sea Battle in March, 1942.

The Mercury 5th Feb 1946

Wilson, Terry Desmond

Service Number 88774 Death Date 28/02/1946

Place of Death Melbourne

Cause of Death Ground accident

Burial Springvale War Cemetery

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Wines, Ronald William

Service Number TX11495 Death Date 15/03/1944

Place of Death Australia

Cause of Death Died from injuries

Burial Cairns War Cemetery

 

Winwood, Roy William

Service Number TX16084 Death Date 17/03/1945

Place of Death Queensland

Cause of Death Died from injuries

Burial Atherton War Cemetery

Born 9th March 1925 Bracknell Tasmania to William James and Maud Henrietta Winwood (nee Murray) 

He was a member of the 2/23 Battalion and died from injuries received.  He was buried in the Atherton War Cemetery.

Wise, Gilbert Charles

Service Number TX4379 Death Date 1/07/1942

Place of Death POW torpedoed Montevideo Maru

Cause of Death Drowned

Burial

Born 10th February 1918 Alexandra Hospital Hobart to Charles Eric and Ruby Matilda Wise (nee Hodge) he became a prisoner of war following the Japanese invasion of Rabaul on the 23rd January 1942. 

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

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

Bdr Gilbert C. Wise, son of Mr and Mrs C. E. Wise, Blackmans Bay; believed died after capture at Rabaul.

 

Wise, Maxwell

Service Number TX1033 Death Date 1/09/1942

Place of Death New Guinea

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial Bomana War Cemetery

Born 19th Feb 1912 Longford Tasmania to Frederick Walter and Elizabeth Ellen Wise (nee Long) and married to Kathleen Ethel Hayes.  He was a miner at Queenstown when he enlisted in the AIF and was posted to the 2/12 Battalion 

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

 

Witzerman, Charles A. Fdrck

Service Number H/1221 Death Date 4/03/1942

Place of Death HMAS Yarra (missing loss of ship)

Cause of Death Confirmed lost from raft

Burial

Ordinary Seaman Charles Archibald Fredrick Witzerman, who is missing with H.M.A.S. Yarra, is the eldest son of Mr. H. Witzerman, Claremont. His wife resides at Glenorchy.

The Mercury 1 Apr 1942

 

 

Wood, Grahame Albert C

Service Number 401343 Death Date 8/10/1942

Place of Death United Kingdom

Cause of Death Flying Accident

Burial Holyhead Anglesey Nth Wales

RAAF Casualty:

News has been received of the death of Sgt-Pilot Graham Wood in an aeroplane accident at Nemboro, Anglesey, Wales, on October 8. He enlisted in the RAAF in 1940 and completed his training in Canada.

Sgt-Pilot Wood was the son of Mrs May E. Wood, of Toorak (V) and the late Mr A. P. Wood, former city engineer of Launceston. He was educated at the Launceston Church of England Grammar School and at the time of enlisting was completing an architectural course at the Melbourne University.

The Mercury 16 Oct 1942

Woodard, Norman Francis

Service Number TX5703 Death Date 12/09/1944

Place of Death POW on board torpedoed Jap transport

Cause of Death Drowned

Burial

woodard.jpg (302160 bytes)Born 13th Aug 1908 Stowport Tasmania to George William and Mary Alice Jane Woodard (nee Dellacca) 

He was a prisoner of war on board the “Rakuyo Maru” which sailed from Singapore on the 4th September 1944.  She was sunk by the U.S. submarine “Sealion” with 1,159 prisoners being lost in this incident including Pte Woodard.

 

Woodham, Graham Phillip

Service Number TX77 Death Date 24/09/1943

Place of Death New Guinea

Cause of Death Died from wounds

Burial Lae War Cemetery

WOODHAM.-Died of wounds on September 24. 1943, Sgt Graham Phillip, dearly beloved  husband of Maisie, and second son of Mr and Mrs H. Woodham loving brother of Kath (Mrs Lane), Coralie, Geoffrey, and Alex., aged 24. Too dearly loved to be forgotten. 

Born 12 July 1919 Moonah Tasmania to Henry Ernest Searle and Doris Amy Woodham (nee Searle) was married and employed as a Timber worker when he enlisted in the AIF and was posted to the 2/3 Aust Fd Company R.A.E.

He is commemorated in the Lae War Cemetery

The Mercury 5 October 1943

Woods, Charles John Wm

Service Number TX5605 Death Date TX5605

Place of Death Aitape

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial Lae War Cemetery

 

Woolnough, Jack Steven

Service Number 408003 Death Date 17/01/1942

Place of Death United Kingdom

Cause of Death Flying Accident

Burial St Stephens Fradley Alrewas Staffs

DEATH IN AIR ACCIDENT

Sgt.-Pilot Woolnough

Advice has been received of the death in an air accident in England, of Sgt. Pilot Jack Stephen Richard Woolnough, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. Woolnough, of Kingston Beach, in his 25th year.

Sgt.-Pilot Woolnough went to England with the first R.A.A-F contingent. He was the first Australian under the Empire Air Scheme who completed 200 actual bombing hours, having made 36 raids on Germany and enemy-occupied territory. Recently he qualified for a period of "rest" in which he was to have carried out the duties of a bombing in- structor. His letters home, extracts from which were published in "The Mercury' recently, gave vivid accounts of raids.

Educated at the Hobart High School Sgt.-Pilot Woolnough was employed in the Supply and Tender Department before he enlisted. He played cricket and football for Kingborough teams. He married Miss Jessie Worsley, of Margate, a few days before he left Tasmania.

The Mercury 22 Jan 1942

Worsley, Frederick Ellis

Service Number A/B22117 Death Date 25/07/1940

Place of Death HMAS Vendetta

Cause of Death Drowned on service

Burial British Cem. Port Said

 

Wright, Charles Patrick

Service Number 22082 Death Date 20/11/1941

Place of Death HMAS Sydney

Cause of Death Presumed Killed in Action

Burial

Born 3rd. October 1920 Launceston Tasmania to Sydney John and Mary Ellen Wright, Charles was living and working at St. Mary’s as a Tin Miner 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.

Wright, Francis Colin

Service Number 408136  Death Date 27/05/1941

Place of Death Rhodesia

Cause of Death Flying Accident

Burial Gwelo City Rhodesia

 

Wright, Frederick John 

Service Number 30881 Death Date 7/08/1943

Place of Death Off English Coast 

Cause of Death Flying Accident

Burial Runnymede Missing Memorial

Born Ulverstone Tasmania to George Thomas and Margery Wright, Flt Sgt Wright was living and working in Burnie Tasmania as a Clerk when he enlisted in the RAAF

He was serving in Scotland and on board Wellington V111 HX774 which was seen flying over the sea south west of Turnberry airfield but losing height rapidly.  It is believed the aircraft crashed into the sea killing all on board.

Flt Sgt Wright is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

 

Wright, Leslie

Service Number TX12872 Death Date 6/02/1945

Place of Death Bougainville

Cause of Death Killed in action

Burial Bomana War Cemetery

Born Devonport Tasmania to Albert and Ethel Anne Wright, Pte Wright was a shop assistant when he enlisted in the AIF. 

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

Wright, Robert Wallis

Service Number 410780 Death Date 18/04/1944

Place of Death France

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial Meharicourt Com. Cem. France

Son of Arthur Wallace and Thelma Mary Wright. 

Was Wireless/Air Gunner on Halifax LV-954 which took off from RAF Lissett on the 18th April 1944 to bomb railway yards at Tergnier France. The aircraft crashed near Rosieres en Santerre (Somme). 

Five of the seven crew including Flt Sgt Wright were killed in the crash and were buried in the Meharicourt Communal Cemetery France.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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