Harold Edward John MEDLAND

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MEDLAND, Harold Edward John

Service Numbers: S40084, SX16040
Enlisted: 9 January 1941, Alberton, SA
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 2nd/7th Independent Company
Born: Glanville, South Australia, 22 August 1920
Home Town: Semaphore, Port Adelaide Enfield, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Presumed, New Guinea, 3 February 1943, aged 22 years
Cemetery: Lae War Cemetery
Panel No.2. 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
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World War 2 Service

9 Jan 1941: Involvement Private, SN S40084
9 Jan 1941: Enlisted Alberton, SA
29 Dec 1941: Enlisted Private, SN SX16040, Adelaide, South Australia
5 Jan 1942: Involvement Private, SN SX16040, Enlistment/Embarkation WW2
4 Dec 1942: Involvement Private, SN SX16040, 2nd/7th Independent Company
3 Feb 1943: Embarked Private, SN SX16040, 2nd/7th Independent Company, Taroona
Date unknown: Involvement

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Biography

Born 22 August 1920 in Glanville, Port Adelaide area, South Australia
(SA Birth record 1907 - 1928. Book : 61A Page : 41 District : PtA.)

Father George MEDLAND and Mother Mary Ann (nee CORCORAN)
living at 19 Blackler Street, Semaphore, SA.

Described on enlisting as 21 years 4 months old; single;
Methodist

29/12/1941    Enlisted at Adelaide, SA

12/11/1942    marched in from 5th Australian Infantry Training Battalion

4/12/1942      marched out to 2nd/7th Australian Independent Company

8/12/1942      embarked on board Taroona at Townsville, QLD
12/12/1942    disembarked into Port Moresby, New Guinea

4/2/1943        reported as missing (later reported as 'killed in action')

 

3/2/1943       died in service
                     as a Private in the Australian Infantry, 2/7 Independent Company

                     NO KNOWN GRAVE

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

Medals: (posted to father 4/3/1953)
1939-45 Star; Pacific Star; War medal; ASM

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

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