Bronte Herbert Leslie CASTLE

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CASTLE, Bronte Herbert Leslie

Service Number: SX18247
Enlisted: 8 April 1942
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 2nd/10th Infantry Battalion
Born: Parkside, South Australia, 10 November 1920
Home Town: Blanchetown, Mid Murray, South Australia
Schooling: Paisley School,South Australia
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Killed In Action, Balikpapan, Balikpapan, Borneo, 1 July 1945, aged 24 years
Cemetery: Labuan War Cemetery
Plot 6, Row B, Grave 14, Labuan War Cemetery, Labuan, Malaysia
Memorials: Adelaide WW2 Wall of Remembrance, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Blanchetown District of Blanchetown WW2 Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

8 Apr 1942: Involvement Lance Corporal, SN SX18247, 2nd/10th Infantry Battalion
8 Apr 1942: Enlisted Wayville, SA
8 Apr 1942: Transferred Private, Reinforcements Reception Depot, Reported for duty at Wayville, South Australia.
8 Apr 1942: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Lance Corporal, SN SX18247, 2nd/10th Infantry Battalion
20 Jul 1942: Transferred Private, 3rd Infantry Training Battalion, Wayville, South Australia.
23 Jul 1942: Wounded Private, 3rd Infantry Training Battalion, Admitted to Tanunda CDS (Rubella), discharged 26th July 1942. Special leave 5th August to 10th August 1942.
14 Oct 1942: Transferred Private, 19th Australian Infantry Training Battalion, Watsonia, Victoria.
9 Dec 1942: Embarked Private, SN SX18247, 19th Australian Infantry Training Battalion, Entrained from Melbourne to Queensland.
17 Dec 1942: Embarked Private, SN SX18247, 1st Australian Corps Headquarters, Embarkation from Townsville, per Duntroon, Disembarked Port Moresby, 24th December 1942, marched into camp with Corp HQ awaiting allocation.
29 Dec 1942: Transferred Private, 2nd/10th Infantry Battalion, Taken on strength to new unit New Guinea.
22 Apr 1944: Promoted Lance Corporal, 2nd/10th Infantry Battalion
29 May 1945: Embarked Lance Corporal, SN SX18247, 2nd/10th Infantry Battalion, Embarked in Cairns with unit - Disembarked at Morotai 13th June 1945.
22 Jun 1945: Embarked Lance Corporal, SN SX18247, 2nd/10th Infantry Battalion, Embarked at Morotai for service at Balikpapan, disembarked Balikpapan 26th June 1945.
1 Jul 1945: Wounded Lance Corporal, SN SX18247, 2nd/10th Infantry Battalion, Borneo - Operation Oboe July - August 1945, KILLED IN ACTION at Balikpapan.
1 Jul 1945: Involvement Lance Corporal, SN SX18247, 2nd/10th Infantry Battalion, Borneo - Operation Oboe July - August 1945
Date unknown: Involvement

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Bronte Herbert Leslie CASTLE was born on 10th November, 1920 in Parkside, South Australia

His parents were Herbert CASTLE and Lillian Isabel LOMMAN

He enlisted in Wayville, SA on 8th April, 1942

Bronte was Killed in Action on 1st July, 1945 during "Operation Oboe" and is buried in Labuan War Cemetery - there is a memorial headstone for him at Swan Reach Cemetery in South Australia where his father is also buried

Inscription on both reads:

"A FEARLESS AND NOBLE SACRIFICE FOR HIS KING AND COUNTRY"

His name is memorialised on the Australian War Memorial and the Roll of Honour in Adelaide, SA

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Advertiser Adelaide 18th July, 1945 page 10

Mrs. L .I. Sharman of Moonta Mines, has been notified that her third son, Lance Corporal Bronte Herbert Leslie Castle, was killed in action in Pacific operations on July, 1,  L/Cpl Castle was the third son of Mrs. Sharman and the late Herbert Castle of Blanchetown.

He was born in 1920 and lived before his enlistment on the farm with his brothers.  He left for service overseas in April, 1942 and saw service in several theatres of war in the Pacific.

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WAR CASUALTIES

Killed in Action

Mrs. L. I. Sharman of Moonta Mines has been notified that her son, L/Cpl Bronte Castle, has been killed in action in the Pacific Islands. He was born at North Adelaide and was educated at Paisley School near Blanchetown.  He saw service twice in New Guinea

Prior to enlistment he was engaged in farming with his brothers at Blanchetown

He was a member of the Congregational Church at Paisley and a memorial service has been arranged in his honour.

 

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