Rex Ernest TAYLOR

TAYLOR, Rex Ernest

Service Numbers: 22262, 4320, SX5505
Enlisted: 4 July 1938
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 1MD / Qld Area Lines of Communication
Born: Adelaide, South Australia, 19 January 1920
Home Town: Henley Beach , City of Charles Sturt / Henley and Grange, South Australia
Schooling: Glenelg Primary School, South Australia
Occupation: Painter & Decorator
Died: Natural Causes, Melton, Victoria, Australia, 18 August 1996, aged 76 years
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Henley Beach Council WW2 Honour Roll and Addendum
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Non Warlike Service

4 Jul 1938: Enlisted Royal Australian Navy, Seaman, 22262

World War 2 Service

17 Jun 1940: Involvement Corporal, 4320, 2nd/43rd Infantry Battalion
17 Jun 1940: Enlisted Adelaide, South Australia
17 Jun 1940: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Corporal, 4320
13 Feb 1945: Involvement Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Corporal, SX5505, 1MD / Qld Area Lines of Communication, Homeland Defence - Militia and non deployed forces
13 Feb 1945: Discharged

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Member of the 2nd/43rd Infantry Battalion. Served in Palestine. During his time at sea he instructed the men in physical activities, ie running around the decks. Took ill during a briefing prior to Tobruk and was admitted to hospital. Unable to re-join his battalion he remained in Palestine as a Provost.

Moved to Victoria where he remained for the rest of his life. Re-joined the army at Puckupunyal. Promoted to Sergeant and became Physical Education instructor.

Left the army a couple of years later and settled into civilian life.