Reginald Herbert FIDGE

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FIDGE, Reginald Herbert

Service Numbers: 28064, VX32865
Enlisted: 23 May 1940, Port Pirie, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 2nd/24th Infantry Battalion
Born: Adelaide, South Australia, 30 May 1906
Home Town: Merriton, Port Pirie City and Dists, South Australia
Schooling: Unknown
Occupation: Farm Labourer
Died: Accidentally drowned, Middle East, 21 October 1941, aged 35 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Alamein Memorial (El Alamein), Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Crystal Brook District WW2 Roll of Honour, Crystal Brook WW2 Memorial, Wandearah West Memorial and Flagpole
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World War 2 Service

23 May 1940: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman, SN 28064, Port Pirie, South Australia
24 May 1940: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman, SN 28064
16 Jun 1940: Discharged Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman, SN 28064, 1 Aircraft Depot (Laverton)
18 Jun 1940: Enlisted 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN VX32865, Royal Park, Victoria
10 Apr 1941: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN VX32865, 2nd/24th Infantry Battalion, Siege of Tobruk

Survived Tobruk - drowned at sea

Reg was one of the 'Rats of Tobruk' who survived the entire siege of that place. He was being evacuated to Alexandria in October 1941.

His company were in the Mediterranean aboard the Australian destroyer HMAS NIZAM when the troop transport convoy was attacked by Stuka dive bombers. The Australian troops were massed on deck in full kit. The NIZAM took evasive action, causing a huge wave to sweep 20 men overboard.

Against convoy orders, the NIZAM diverted in a rescue attempt, saving all but six men, including Reg, who were lost at sea.

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Biography

Reginald was born as Herbert Reginald TABE on 30th May, 1906 in Adelaide

His birth registration had no listesd father & his mother was Adelaide TABE

He was brought up by Gilbert Walter FIDGE & his wife Nina Crowell WALL

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His name is memorialised on the Australian War Memorial and the Roll of Honour at Mount Lofty, South Australia