Wilkins FITZALLEN

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FITZALLEN, Wilkins

Service Number: TX3482
Enlisted: 20 June 1940
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 2nd/40th Infantry Battalion
Born: Wynyard, Tasmania, Australia, 17 May 1911
Home Town: Launceston, Launceston, Tasmania
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Kiln Operator
Died: Prisoner of War - Executed, Timor, 23 October 1942, aged 31 years
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Adelaide River Northern Territory Memorial, Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

20 Jun 1940: Enlisted 2nd AIF WW 2
23 Oct 1942: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Lieutenant, SN TX3482, 2nd/40th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Robert Kearney

Lieutenant Wilkins Fitzallen was awarded the Commendation for Gallantry for actions while held in captivity, during his escape and subsequent recapture by the Imperial Japanese Army on Dutch Timor during the period 23 February 1942 until his execution on, or before, 23 October 1942. LT Fitzallen escaped in May 1942, and was believed to be making his way to the south coast of Dutch West Timor with Sergeant Bertram West, intending to escape Timor by boat. Sergeant West was also awarded a Commendation for Gallantry. Both men had undertaken reconnaissance work while within the POW camp.- Defence Honours and Awards 

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