Kenneth George SKETCHLEY

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SKETCHLEY, Kenneth George

Service Number: 5/673
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (3RAR)
Born: Perth, Western Australia, 8 January 1930
Home Town: Collie, Collie, Western Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Soldier
Died: Killed in action, Korea, 3 October 1950, aged 20 years
Cemetery: United Nations Memorial Cemetery, Busan, Korea
Private Sketchley was originally interred at Tanggok Cemetery. Portion 19 Plot and Row 1 Grave No.976
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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Korean War Service

25 Jun 1950: Involvement Private, SN 5/673, 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (3RAR)

Korea

The detail provided is printed in the book "The Last Call of the Bugle, The Long Road to Kapyong", the story of the 3rd Battalion RAR in Korea, written by Jack Gallaway and published 1994. Kenneth served as a driver of a Bren Gun carrier vehicle, and while driving the 2ic of Charlie Coy on a task (3rd October 1950) the carrier ran over a land mine which exploded, and unfortunately Ken and the Officer were both Killed in that Action. These two personnel were the first casualties of 3 RAR while in Korea. Rest In Peace. Lest We Forget.

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