Kevin CORLEY

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CORLEY, Kevin

Service Numbers: QX64922, Q89673
Enlisted: 7 August 1941, Brisbane, Queensland
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: New Guinea Area Military HQ (Rabaul)
Born: Gympie, Queensland, 28 July 1914
Home Town: Stanthorpe, Southern Downs, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Shop assistant (Sauers Produce)
Died: Killed in Action (POW of Japan - Montevideo Maru), South China Sea, 1 July 1942, aged 27 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
At Sea
Tree Plaque: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Gympie WW2, Rabaul Memorial, Tiaro Shire Honour Roll WW2
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World War 2 Service

7 Aug 1941: Enlisted 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN QX64922, Brisbane, Queensland
8 Aug 1941: Involvement SN Q89673
1 Jul 1942: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN QX64922, New Guinea Area Military HQ (Rabaul), Prisoners of War

Kevin's Life

Kevin was the second son of Elizabeth Ellen and David Leary Corley. born on the 28th July 1914, he lived with his parents and brothers David, Charles (Chilla) and sister Beverley at Crown Road, Gympie. His father worked as a grocer at Cullinanes.
He attended the Convent Christian Brothers, afterwards working at Stuart Tailors at the Five Ways, then the railways for a few years, later joining Sauers as a shop assistant.
Kevin was a good looking bloke and “liked the girls in his youth,” said his brother Chilla.
Kevin was transferred to Stanthorpe where he met his wife Joyce.
They ran a Boarding House, and he continued working for Sauers.
Before enlisting, he had been in the 5th Light Horse for quite a few years.
Two weeks after arriving at Rabaul, Papua New Guinea, in January 1942, he
became a P.O.W., but escaped by hiding in a Plantation owned by Germans.
The Germans notified the Japanese, and a boat came from Rabaul flying the Australian Flag.
The men had been hiding amongst the rubber trees, ran down the beach. Some were bayonetted to death, two escaped, the others were taken prisoner.
His death is recorded 1 July 1942. Kevin aged 31, left behind his wife Joyce and son Kevin (junior).

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