Melvin Reginald (Allen Sydney) MAYNARD

MAYNARD, Melvin Reginald (Allen Sydney)

Service Number: SX13037
Enlisted: 29 May 1941, Adelaide, SA
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: Not yet discovered
Born: Clare, South Australia, 9 August 1923
Home Town: Clare, Clare and Gilbert Valleys, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
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World War 2 Service

29 May 1941: Involvement Private, SN SX13037
29 May 1941: Enlisted Adelaide, SA
31 Oct 1945: Discharged

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Biography

Enlisted on the 29th of May, 1941. Being only 17 years 9 months old at the time he enlisted under the assumed name of Melvin Reginald Maynard

22/9/1941 Embarked for the Middle East

24/10/1941 Marched out to 26 Australian Infantry Training Battalion

21/5/1942 Marched out to 2/48 Battalion

30/7/1942 Reported Missing in Action (believed POW)

3/9/1942 Officially reported POW

1/5/43 Reported Interned in Camp 57, Gruppignano, NE Italy

15/7/43 Reported Interned in Camp 106, Vercelli, North Italy

14/11/43 Reported entered Switzerland from Italy

9/10/44 Reported arrived in Italy for repatriation to Australia

21/11/44 Arrived Melbourne

Allen Sydney Maynard described his capture at Tel El Eisa on 10 July, 1942 at the hands of the Germans as follows:

"During a company attack we captured our objective (Tel el Eisa Railway Stn) The Coy had consolidated and held off German (ground/aerial?) attacks until evening, when the enemy launched a fresh attack with Tanks, mobile infantry, artillery, ....(?) remainder of the Coy withdrew without (warning/informing?) the forward sections ...(?) of which I was a member. We held off the attack until the mobile infantry ..(?) dropped behind us & attacked us from the rear and the tanks ......? made it impossible to hold out any longer. We then had no alternative but to surrender"

With him at the time and also captured were:

Cpl. Montgomerie

M. Richardson

Pte S.G. Kinsman

In his Statement he described the conditions during his internment in 5 different camps:

General living conditions:"Tents, no bedding, no lighting/heating... Huts, wooden bed"

Food: Insufficient quantity of very poor quality, poor cooking facilities"

Clothing: "Only what wearing when captured.. Full Red Cross (?) at Camp 57"

Bathing/washing: Camp 1-3 Very poor, camp 4,5 - Fair

Work: Rice fields, 8 hours per day, no pay camp 1-3

Behaviour of Internment camp staff: "Very bad in transit camps.. very bad and vindictive at camp 57... attitude changed with war news"

Names of other Australians seen while prisoner of war:

Major Burns (?)

L/Col M. Richardson

R/C R.C Imour (?)

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