William Victor FLORANCE

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FLORANCE, William Victor

Service Number: NX117833
Enlisted: 10 June 1940
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: Z Special Unit
Born: Bondi, New South Wales, Australia, 3 January 1922
Home Town: Manly, Manly Vale, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Presumed, Bougainville, Bougainville, Solomon Islands, Pacific Islands, 10 August 1943, aged 21 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Port Moresby Memorial, Port Moresby, Papua, Papua New Guinea
Memorials: Australian Commando Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Ballarat Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial, Port Moresby (Bomana) Memorial
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement SN NX117833, 2nd/1st Independent Company / 'M' Special Unit / Coastwatchers
10 Jun 1940: Enlisted
10 Jun 1940: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Sergeant, SN NX117833, Z Special Unit
10 Aug 1943: Involvement Sergeant, SN NX117833, Bougainville

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Biography contributed by David Barlow

Sergeant Martin NX166071 and Sergeant Florance NX117833 of M Special Unit along with Corporal Yates 62031 RAAF became Prisoners of War and were subsequently executed by Japanese personnel on the 10th of August 1943