Laurence Douglas (Laurie) WALKER

WALKER, Laurence Douglas

Service Number: 27521
Enlisted: 20 August 1940, Adelaide
Last Rank: Leading Aircraftman
Last Unit: RAAF Station Darwin
Born: Kooringa, South Australia, 26 March 1918
Home Town: Croydon, South Australia
Schooling: Burra High School, Burra, South Australia
Occupation: Electrician
Died: Prisoner of War , Ambon, Netherlands East Indies, 20 February 1942, aged 23 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Ambon Memorial, Ambon, Maluku, Indonesia
Memorials: Adelaide WW2 Wall of Remembrance, Ambon Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Ballarat Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial, Burra Fallen Soldiers Memorial, Burra High School Avenue of Memory
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World War 2 Service

20 Aug 1940: Involvement 27521
20 Aug 1940: Enlisted Adelaide
20 Aug 1940: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Leading Aircraftman, 27521
4 Feb 1942: Imprisoned
20 Feb 1942: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Leading Aircraftman, 27521, RAAF Station Darwin, Air War SE Asia 1941-45
Date unknown: Involvement

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Biography contributed by David Barlow

Following the Japanese invasion of Ambon Island a group of RAAF personnel working in support of Gull Force were captured trying to escape to Ceram. They were executed by the Japanese at Laha between the 6th and 20th of February 1942

Post-war their bodies were located in a mass grave; four individuals were positively identified and are buried in Ambon War Cemetery with the remaining seven commemorated on the Ambon Memorial to the missing

Positively identified; buried in Ambon War Cemetery with official date of death 6 of February 1942

Wing Commander Scott 250101

Flying Officer Verey 261029

Corporal Gaskin 16645

Aircraftman Evans 37304

Group burial; commemorated on the Ambon Memorial with official date of death 20 February 1942

Squadron Leader Anderson 253

Flight Lieutenant White 260624

Leading Aircraftman Walker 27521

Sergeant Read 406222

Aircraftman Harris 24987

Flight Sergeant Baker 402700

Flying Officer Meyer 290745