David John KIMBER


KIMBER, David John

Service Number: 24378
Enlisted: 27 May 1940, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Telegrapher
Last Unit: HMAS Vampire I
Born: Adelaide, South Australia, 18 June 1923
Home Town: Karkoo, Lower Eyre Peninsula, South Australia
Schooling: Payneham Public School, Hundred Shannon School and Adelaide High Schools
Occupation: Student
Died: Killed in Action, Singapore, 15 February 1942, aged 18 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
No known grave - Panel 73, Column 1, Plymouth Naval Memorial, Plymouth, Devon, England, United Kingdom
Memorials: Adelaide WW2 Wall of Remembrance, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Cummins War Memorial, Plymouth Naval Memorial to the Missing / Lost at Sea
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World War 2 Service

27 May 1940: Enlisted Royal Australian Navy, Ordinary Seaman, SN 24378, HMAS Cerberus (Shore), Melbourne, Victoria
27 May 1940: Enlisted Royal Australian Navy, Seaman, SN 24378
28 May 1940: Involvement Royal Australian Navy, Ordinary Seaman, SN 24378, HMAS Cerberus (Shore)
18 Jun 1941: Promoted Royal Australian Navy, Ordinary Seaman, HMAS Cerberus (Shore), W/T Rated. Engagement: 12 Years.
29 Sep 1941: Transferred Royal Australian Navy, HMAS Vampire I, Rated Ordinary Telegraphist 1-9-1941.
15 Feb 1942: Involvement Royal Australian Navy, Telegrapher, SN 24378, HMAS Vampire I, Malaya/Singapore

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Biography contributed by Sharyn Roberts

KARKOO...A social was tendered to Telegraphist David Kimber, who has joined the Navy. Presentations were made from the district (pocket wallet), Yeelanna Fighting Forces Committee (wristlet watch), and C.W.A. (parcel of knitted goods). - Port Lincoln Times, 03 July 1941 (nla.gov.au).


Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Kimber have received news from the Department of the Navy that their eldest son, Ordinary Telegraphist David John Kimber, is now presumed to have lost his life when Singapore fell on February 15, 1942. He was educated at Payneham, Hundred Shannon (now Karkoo) and Adelaide High Schools, and enlisted while still a student. After 16 months at Flinders Naval Depot he joined H.M.A.S. Vampire at Singapore from which ship he was discharged to Alexandra Hospital. He was 18½ years of age at the time of his presumed decease. - Port Lincoln Times, 14 March 1946 (nla.gov.au).