1943

Illawarra Roll of Honour – WW2 – 1943

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    • 5.1.1943 – George McLean –  born in England – lived in Coledale – enlisted at Leichardt – aged 21  – N185114 – 36th Battalion AIF  (Unit Diary) – Service Record not yet digitised – died Gona buried at Bomana CWGC  New Guinea  – AWM Roll of Honour – Media Stories – 1, 2, 3, -brother of Norman McLean below

       

    • 7.1.1943 – J Arnett
    • 9.1.1943 – Edward Francis Stack
    • 12.1.1943 – Eric Charles Graham
    • 16.1.1943 – Geoffrey Thomas Bowen
    • 19.1.1943 – Lancelot Thomas Leighton –  Corrimal  – NX130129 – 2/9th BattalionAIF  (Unit Diary) – Service Record not yet digitised  – died Cape Endaiadere Buna buried at Bomana CWGC New Guinea – AWM Roll of Honour

       

    • 29.1.1943 – Ronald Edgar Swan – Thirroul – Service Record not yet digitised – brother of Leonard Roy Swan below – Media Stories – 1, 2,
    • 10.2.1943 – Ronald Anthony Cooper
    • 13.2.1943 – Joseph Corby
    • 18.2.1943 – John Wills Fletcher
    • 3.3.1943 – Robert Stanley Pilling
    • 12.3.1943 – B Polson
    • 27.3.1943
      • John Atherton
      • Frederick Bartlett
    • 29.3.1943 – Anthony Lorenz
    • 15.4.1943 – R Wheatley
    • 25.4.1943
      • Norman Thomas Brooks
      • George P Hansen – Bellambi – Media Stories – 1,
    • 12.5.1943

    • 14.5.1943 – HMAS Hospital Ship Centaur (2/3rd AGH) Enemy Sinking – 8 Illawarra men and the husbands of 2 Illawarra women were among the 268 people lost. Most were members of the 2/12 Field Ambulance.AWM Centaur 13000190_10154074100344524_5412895451312464263_nSee Illawarra Mercury Story on HMAS Centaur of January 17 2010 – which tells how the small village of Coledale lost three of its sons in the sinking of the Centaur – 2/3 AHS Centaur Association Inc website. Media & Stories with casualties list –  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 10, 11 , 12 . From AWM ” On 12 May 1943 the Centaur sailed unescorted from Sydney at 0945 hours carrying her crew and normal staff, as well as stores and equipment of the 2/12th Field Ambulance but no patients. It was sunk without warning by a torpedo from a Japanese submarine on 14 May 1943 at approximately 0400 hours, its position being approximately 27°17′ S, 153°58′ E about 50 miles east north-east of Brisbane.

      Of the 332 persons on board, only 64 survived. These survivors spent 35 hours on rafts before being rescued. Sister Ellen Savage, the only one of twelve nursing sisters on board to survive, though injured herself, gave great help to the other survivors and was awarded the George Medal for this work.

      The ship had been appropriately lit and marked to indicate that it was a hospital ship and its sinking was regarded as an atrocity. The Australian Government delivered an official protest to Japan over the incident. The Japanese did not acknowledge responsibility for the incident for many years and the War Crimes Tribunal could not identify the responsible submarine. However, the Japanese official war history makes clear that it was submarine 1-177, under the command of Lt Commander Nakagawa who had sunk the Centaur. Lt Commander Nakagawa was convicted as a war criminal for firing on survivors of the British Chivalry which his ship had sunk in the Indian Ocean.”  … “The sinking of this unarmed hospital ship was received with great anger in Australia and the ship quickly became a symbol of Australian determination to win the war. Posters appeared in Australia showing the sinking Centaur with the slogan – Avenge the Nurses. “, including the one from the Imperial War Museum Collection shown below. The Centaur was finally located in 2009 …- 12, 3, 4, 5, 6

      Photos below are by Scott Fleming of the Dapto RSL Commemoration in 2016 – Dapto is one of the ceremonies conducted around Australia commemorating the HMAS Centaur.

       

      • Donald Raymond  Garbutt – Gerringong – NX57594 – Nominal Roll ListingService Record – HMAS Centaur –  AWM Roll of Honour listing – remembered at CWGC Sydney Memorial at Rookwood  on Panel 3 – Media Stories – 1, 2, 3 Garbutt
      • William James Thomas Geaghan – Corrimal and Wollongong  – NX46256 – Nominal Roll ListingService Record – HMAS Centaur – AWM Roll of Honour  Listing remembered at CWGC Sydney Memorial at Rookwood  on Panel 3- 1, 2, 3Geaghan
      • Joseph Lucas – Coledale and Port Kembla – NX43879 – Nominal Roll Listing – Service Record not yet Digitised – HMAS Centaur – AWM Roll of Honour Listing – Media Stories – 1, 2, 3
      • Norman McLean – Coledale – NX73801 – Nominal Roll Listing – served on HMAS Centaur after serving on the Hospital Ship Oranje – AWM Roll of Honour  Listing remembered at Sydney Memorial Rookwood on Panel 3 – Service Record – Media Stories – 1, 2, 3, 4, – brother of George McLean(above)
      • Richard O’Connor – Bulli – NX54065 – Nominal Roll ListingService Record – HMAS Centaur – AWM Roll of Honour Listing – Media Stories – 1,                                    Richard O'Connor
      • Rex Allan Pain – Kiama – NX66066 – Nominal Roll Listing – HMAS Centaur – Service Record not yet digitised – AWM Roll of Honour Listing – Media Stories – 1
      • Cyril Richardson – Balgownie – QX15783 – Nominal Roll ListingService Record – HMAS Centaur – AWM Roll of Honour Listing   – Media Stories 1,  2, 3,  4,  5,  6,  7,  8                                                             Cyril Richardson
      • Leonard Roy Swan – Thirroul & Wollongong – NX44969 – Nominal Roll Listing – HMAS Centaur – Service Record not yet digitised – AWM Roll of Honour Listing – Media Stories – 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, – wife was in AWAS Signalling –  brother of Ronald Edgar Swan above
      • John Taggart – Wollongong – NX48774 – Nominal Roll Listing – HMAS Centaur – Service Record not yet digitised – AWM Roll of Honour Listing – Media Stories – 1, 2, 3, 4,
      • Clement Woods – Woonona & Russell Vale – former Driver with J Downie of Woonona – NX57968 – Nominal Roll ListingService Record – HMAS Centaur – AWM Roll of Honour Listing – Media Stories – 1, 2, 3,                              Clement Woods Centaur
      • George “Pud” Wright – Mount Kembla & Keiraville – NX33628 – Nominal Roll Listing – HMAS Centaur – Service Record – AWM Roll of Honour Listing – Media Stories – 1, 2, 3, 4 G Wright Centaur

 

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      Memorial Window at Concord Hospital – from Canada Bay blog 


    • 16.5.1943 – Cities Service Boston Sinking off Bass Point, Shellharbour & RescueBass Point 13221661_1051527084954277_6796290208264302319_nScott Fleming has been photographing the commemorative services held at the CWGC site in Kembla Grange  and at Bass Point for a number of years now – the photos above and below taken on 15.5.2016 are from his collection.

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      • W F Allen
      • G W Pitt (Photo courtesy of Scott Fleming)Whytes Gully Pitt 13244782_1051500381623614_8385473845812226664_n.jpg
      • RJ Snell (photo courtesy of Scott Fleming)Whytes Gully Snell 13241299_1051500391623613_2808102793518607155_n
      • B H Symonds

  • 29.5 1943 – Mervyn David Shaw
  • 15.6.1943 – Charles Moyes Blair
  • 5.7.1943 – Frank Drury Hamilton
  • 9.7.1943 – A K Biggs
  • 11.7.1943 – John Cotterill Pryor
  • 30.7.1943 – George Croft
  • 3.8.1943 – Rupert Joseph Drury
  • 4.8.1943 – Victor Keith Caiger
  • 7.8.1943 – N W Hayter
  • 14.8.1943 – Stanley John Ricketts
  • 16.8.1943 – Harold William Johnson
  • 19.8.1943 – Thomas Henry Morgan
  • 20.8.1943 – Frederick Walter Sloan
  • 22.8.1943
    • Maxwell Bruce Maxwell
    • H M Wedge
  • 25.8.1943
    • Reginald Frederick Anlezark Corrimal & Thirroul –  NX28037 – 2/6th Armoured RegimentAIF – Service Record  – died 2/9th Australian General Hospital at 17 Mile out of Port Moresby – AWM Roll of Honour -buried at Bomana CWGC in New Guinea
    • Arthur Fettell
    • Lawrence Charles McCarthy
    • Mervyn Henry Walters – buried at Lae
  • 2.9.1943 – J B Amess
  • 3.9.1943 – Ernest Edmund Hurry
  • 8.9.1943 – Frederick Frank Weston –  NX15257 – 2/33rd Battalion AIF (Unit Diary)  – Service Record not yet digitised – died Lae -Nadzab – AWM Roll of Honour – buried at Bomana CWGC New Guinea
  • 9.9.1943
    • B McInerney
    • William John “Jack” Uren  – NX54272  2/20th Battalion – a labourer, who had boxed under the name Jack Edwards – born in Bulli according to records though he lived in the Cootamundra Harden area – buried at Kanchanaburi Thailand  (entry) – WW2 Nominal Roll entry – service record not yet digitised – AWM Roll of Honour Panel 46 – Cootamundra War Memorial –  POW – FindaGrave entry – Media Stories – 1, 2 , 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,  10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 . He was said to be a  relation of former champion boxer, Port Kembla Steelworker, social justice campaigner,  ALP politician and Federal Minister, Tom Uren, who was also a POW on the Thai Burma Railway, who often cited ‘the lesson he learnt in the POW camps: that “the strong should look after the weak, the young look after the not-so-young, the fit look after the sick”   ‘ – Source Sydney Morning Herald 4.2.1915IMG_8350
  • 10.9.1943 – James Moir – NX31290 2/15th Field Company – Lake Illawarra resident – POW – buried at Kanchanaburi Thailand – WW2 Nominal Roll entry – service record not yet digitised – AWM Roll of Honour Panel 17POWIMG_8358
  • 12.9.1943 – Philip John Acres
  • 19.9.1943 – Titus Courlander Anderson
  • 22.9.1943 – George William Kearney
  • 24.9.1943 – Leonard Arthur Smith
  • 25.9.1943 – Vincent Gerald Lee
  • 26.9.1943 – Granville Allan Mawer
  • 27.9.1943 – George Stewart Hotchkis
  • 30.9.1943 – Athol Percy Johnston   – NX4530 2/12th Field Company – ES and A bank employee – Woonona resident – buried at Kanchanaburi Thailand – WW2 Nominal Roll entry – service record not yet digitised – AWM Roll of Honour Panel 23 – POW – Media Stories – 1, 2, 3, 4 5, 6

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  • 10.10.1943 – James Frederick Neil
  • 11.10.1943
    • William John O’Dea
    • William Ernest Wright
  • 13.10.1943 – William Joseph Stubbs
  • 18.10. 1943 – James Henson
  • 25.10.1943 – Hugh Brown
  • 5.11.1943 – Wilfred Phipps
  • 7.11.1943 – Bernard Patrick Raftery – 33032 – No4 Squadron (Boomerangs – Wirraways) RAAF – Service Record not yet digitised – Accident Report not yet digitised – died Nadzab to Madang – AWM Roll of Honourburied at Bomana CWGC –
  • 15.11.1943 – Daniel Quinn
  • 18.11.1943 – Flying Accident at Kiama
    • Douglas Reginald James
    • Ronald Alfred Sharples
    • Harry Sydney James Terrill
    • Ronald Cecil Christie
    • Francis Nelson Fanning
  • 27.11.1943 – Arthur Bolton
  • 29.11.1943 – Edmund Russell Critcher
  • 2.12.1943
    • Roland Frederick Hodge
    • James Herbert John English
  • 3.12.1943 – James Herbert Starr  – NX73332 – 2/19th Battalion – born in Bombo – buried at Kanchanaburi Thailand – WW2 Nominal Roll entry – service record not yet digitised – AWM Roll of Honour Panel 44 – POW – (memoir of  an Illawarra 2/19th POW survivor FX Larkin) – Deceased Estate Granted in February 1946.IMG_8328
  • 10.12.1943 – Roy Frederick Nicholls
  • 11.12.1943 Ronald Geoffrey “Geoff” Jackson – NX77857  2/30th Battalion – Wollongong born, Port Kembla resident who enlisted under his foster name John  James  Patterson   – died Doi Kanburi  alternative name for Kanchanaburi of Illness (Cardiac Beri Beri) – buried at Kanchanaburi Thailand (as John James Patterson) – WW2 Nominal Roll entry – service record not yet digitised – AWM Roll of Honour Panel 58 (listed as John James Patterson)  – POW (listed as  John James Patterson) F Force – 2/30th Battalion Association entry – Media Stories – 1,
  • 12.12.1943 – Eric Kirkpatrick
  • 15.12.1943 – David Arthur Waller  – NX37356 2/30th Battalion – Wollongong born – died of illness at Doi Kanburi  alternative name for Kanchanaburi (Cardiac Beri Beri) buried at Kanchanaburi Thailand – WW2 Nominal Roll entry – service record not yet digitised – AWM Roll of Honour Panel 59 – POW – F Force – 2/30th Battalion Association entry
  • 25.12.1943 – Robert Charles Anderson   – QX20843 – Army Services Corps – Kiama born – buried at Kanchanaburi Thailand – WW2 Nominal Roll entry – service record not yet digitised – AWM Roll of Honour Panel 79 – POW IMG_8379
  • 29.12.1943 – Warwick Douglas Thomas

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