Reuben Charles Henry LINTON


LINTON, Reuben Charles Henry

Service Numbers: SX20274 (S6121), SX20274
Enlisted: 10 July 1942, Puckapunyal, VIC
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 2nd/7th Independent Company
Born: Streaky Bay, South Australia, 30 August 1916
Home Town: Hynam, Naracoorte and Lucindale, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Shearer / Labourer
Died: Killed in action, near Salamau, New Guinea, 28 March 1943, aged 26 years
Cemetery: Lae War Cemetery
Panel No.2 Lae Memorial. His name is located at panel 13; Supplementary panel 7 in the Commemorative Area at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, ACT.
Memorials: Adelaide WW2 Wall of Remembrance, Australian Commando Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Keswick Royal Australia Corps of Signals Memorial, Lae Memorial, Naracoorte War Memorial, Streaky Bay and District Roll of Honour WW2
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World War 2 Service

10 Jul 1942: Enlisted Puckapunyal, VIC
18 Jul 1942: Involvement Private, SN SX20274 (S6121), Enlistment/Embarkation WW2
4 Feb 1943: Embarked Private, 2nd/7th Independent Company, HMAS Canberra (later lost at "Iron Bottom Sound" Guadalcanal
13 Feb 1943: Involvement Private, SN SX20274, 2nd/7th Independent Company
Date unknown: Involvement

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Born 30 August 1916 in Streaky Bay, South Australia
(SA Birth record 1907 - 1928. Book : 985 Page : 384 District : Fli.)

Father Frederick Charles LINTON (b.26/3/1885 - d. 22/4/1952) and
Mother Ellen Louisa (nee MUNN,  b. 9/7/1887 - d. 12/5/1965)
-- (both buried at Naracoorte, South Australia)
living at Hynam, South Australia.

Sister:     Louisa Ivy Eileen Linton  (b.7/11/1911 Hynam, SA - d.13/11/1974 Ceduna, SA)
               m. Frederick Charles Beattie (b.13/8/1907  Smoky Bay, SA - d.1/11/1963 Smoky Bay SA)
               both buried at Streaky Bay, SA.
Sister:     Myrtle Muirhead Jane Linton (b.Dec 1913 at Hynam, SA - d.24/2/1972 Naracoorte, SA)
               m. George Bullock (b.13/8/1911 - d.2/3/1981 Naracoorte, SA)
               both are buried at Naracoorte, SA.
himself:   Rueben Charles Henry Linton (b.30/8/1916 Streaky Bay, SA - d. 28/3/1943 near Salamau)
Sister:     Edna Elizabeth [Peg] Linton (b.18/8/1918 Streaky Bay, SA - d. 8/5/1942 Port Pirie, SA)
               buried at Port Pirie, SA.
Sister:     Audrey Kathleen Linton (b.10/7/1920 Murat Bay, SA - d.14/6/1989 Ceduna, SA)
               m. Lewis Oscar Braendler (b.22/4/1909)
               buried at Ceduna,SA
Sister:     Violet Daphne Linton (b.2/12/1923 Streaky Bay, SA - d.5/3/1994 Naracoorte, SA)
               m. Geoffrey Leonard Brooksby (b.26/4/1921 - d.June 1994)
               both buried at Naracoorte, SA.
Sister:     Coral Jean Linton  (b.29/7/1925 Streaky Bay, SA - d. ___)
               m.20/8/1948 Charles Edward Davis (b.6/12/1918 Rose Park, SA).
Brother:   Harold Frederick Linton  (b.31/12/1927 Streaky Bay, SA - d. ____)
               m. Betty Joan Halliday (b. ____ - d. 6/12/1958 Naracoorte, SA)
               m2. remarried  Sophia Hann.
Brother:   John Mark Linton  (b.1/1/1931 Streaky Bay, SA - d. ____)
               m. Evelyn Gwenda Havelberg  (b.8/9/1930 Cleve, SA - d.28/6/1968)
               buried at Naracoorte

Previous service:
2 1/2 years 3rd Light Horse Regiment, Mount Gambier, SA

Described as 22 years 4 months old; single; 5' 9" tall; 154 lbs;

6/1/1939       Enlisted at Naracoorte in Militia Forces
                    service #S6121 - 3rd Light Horse

24/11/1939   promoted to Corporal in 3rd Light Horse Regiment

17/9/1940     Class A Reserve

19/12/1941    Called up and commenced FTD

16/1/1942      to be driver mechanic

12/6/1942      entrained from SA to VIC

Described on enlisting as 25 years old; single; brown hair; grey eyes;
Church of England

10/7/1942       Enlisted at Hyman, South Australia
                      then onto Puckapunyal, Victoria

13/10/1942     admitted to 107 Australian General Hospital - mumps

22/12/1942     marched out from VIC to QLD

28/12/1942     promoted to A/Corporal
1/2/1943         at own request - reverted to Private

4/2/1943         Embarked on board HMAS Canberra for Port Moresby

13/2/1943       Marched out to 2nd/7th Independent Company


28/3/1943       died in action in WWII - New Guinea
                       as a Private in the Australian Infantry, 2/7 Independent Company

28/6/1945       AIF stated 'Body not recovered'
                      NO KNOWN GRAVE

His name is commemorated on Panel No. 2 at the Lae Memorial, within the Lae War Cemetery,
Lae, New Guinea.

Sourced and submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  29/3/2015.  Lest we forget.