Harry James Manning EAREA

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EAREA, Harry James Manning

Service Number: NX47295
Enlisted: 23 July 1940, Taree, New South Wales
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 2nd/30th Infantry Battalion
Born: Taree, New South Wales, 14 October 1918
Home Town: Bohnock, Greater Taree, New South Wales
Schooling: Taree Public School
Occupation: Farm Labourer
Died: Died of Illness (dysentery/Beri Beri - POW of Japan), Kanchanaburi, Thailand, 26 January 1944, aged 25 years
Cemetery: Kanchanaburi War Cemetery
Plot 1, Row C, Grave 53
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Lance Corporal, SN NX47295
23 Jul 1940: Enlisted 2nd AIF WW 2, Taree, New South Wales
28 Aug 1940: Enlisted 2nd AIF WW 2, Lance Corporal, SN NX47295, 4th Infantry Training Battalion (6th Infantry Brigade) Enlisted in Newcastle
12 Nov 1940: Transferred 2nd AIF WW 2, Lance Corporal, 2nd/30th Infantry Battalion
29 Jul 1941: Embarked 2nd AIF WW 2, Lance Corporal, SN NX47295, 2nd/30th Infantry Battalion, Embarked on ship Johan Van Oldenbarnevelt (HMT FF)
17 Nov 1943: Imprisoned Malaya/Singapore
26 Jan 1944: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Lance Corporal, SN NX47295, 2nd/30th Infantry Battalion, Malaya/Singapore
Date unknown: Involvement SN NX47295

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Harry James Manning EAREA was born on 14th October, 1918 in Taree, NSW

His parents were Hamon EAREA and Sarah Harriet MATTERSON who married on 4th August, 1909 in Grafton, NSW

Known siblings for Harry were his sisters, Muriel, Ruby & Laura

He enlisted in Newcastle on 28th August, 1940 & embarked to Singapore on the ship Johan Van Oldenbarnevelt (HMT FF) on 29th July, 1941 from Sydney

Harry became a Prisoner of War on 17th November, 1943 in Malaya and died of dysentery & beri beri on 26th January, 1944 - he is buried in the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery in Thailand and his name is honoured at the Australian War Memorial

The inscription at the cemetery states

"HIS DUTY FEARLESSLY AND NOBLY DONE, EVER REMEMBERED"

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There is a monument in Sydney to the 2/30th Battalion (see link & photo)

It is a tribute to the men of the battalion who sailed from the Finger Wharf in Woolloomooloo Bay on the Dutch vessel, Johan Van Oldenbarnevelt on 29th July, 1941 for active service in the Singapore/Malayan campaign.  It is also a tribute to the memory of those men of the Battalion who did not survive to make the return journey to the same wharf in October 1945

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