Reginald Zebulun (Rex) GREEN

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GREEN, Reginald Zebulun

Service Number: WX41628
Enlisted: 11 May 1942, Kalamunda, Western Australia
Last Rank: Bombardier
Last Unit: Australian Army Medical Corps (2nd AIF)
Born: Katanning, Western Australia, 7 April 1923
Home Town: Guildford, Swan, Western Australia
Schooling: Carnamah State School
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Killed in Action, At sea (between Ambon and Darwin), 19 December 1945, aged 22 years
Cemetery: Ambon War Cemetery, Ambon, Maluku, Indonesia
No known grave - Memorialised at Ambon War Cemetery, Ambon Memorial, Ambon, Maluku, Indonesia
Memorials: Ambon Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

11 May 1942: Involvement Corporal, SN WX41628, Australian Army Medical Corps (2nd AIF)
11 May 1942: Enlisted Kalamunda, Western Australia
18 Jul 1944: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Bombardier, SN WX41628

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Biography

Reginald Zebulun Green (Rex) was born 7 April 1923 Katanning, son of Zebulun and Helena Mena Green.  They resided in Carnamah where they operated a farm. Rex was one of 6 children, having an older brother Geoff and four sisters, Monica, Elvie and twins Jill and Judy. Rex was a student at the Carnamah State School from 1931-1935. He resided in the Perth suburb of South Guildford prior to enlisting in the Australian Army on 18 July 1944.

Rex refused to carry arms, and became an Orderly after enlisiting as Bombardier WX 41628 in the Australian Army's 23rd Splash Spotting during WW2 in 1944.

He was onboard the RAAF Dakota A65-83 (VH-CIZ) which was returning to Australia from Ambon in Indonesia.  The plane went down in a storm on 19 December 1945 and the plane and all 25 men on board were never found.

Reginald Zebulun Green's name is located at panel 10; Supplementary panel 9 in the Commemorative Area at the Australian War Memorial as well as at the Ambon Military Cemetery.

The Ambon Memorial was constructed on the site of a former prisoner of war camp, and commemorates over 440 officers and men of the Australian forces who have no known grave. Of these, nearly 300 belonged to the Australian Army and over 150 to the Royal Australian Air Force; they lost their lives in Ambonia, in other islands of the Molucca group and in Celebes. 

The Memorial stands on a lawn terrace at the front of the cemetery and is approached by a broad flight of steps on the central drive leading from the entrance gates. It is in the form of a shelter building with the roof supported on columns and with bronze name panels affixed to the inside walls. In the centre of the building a low altar-like stone contains the Register box and bears a bronze panel with the following inscription:

1939 - 1945 HERE ARE RECORDED THE NAMES OF OFFICERS AND MEN WHO DIED IN THE REGIONS OF THE CELEBES AND MOLUCCA ISLANDS ON LAND AT SEA AND IN THE AIR BUT TO WHOM THE FORTUNE OF WAR DENIED THE KNOWN AND HONOURED BURIAL GIVEN TO THEIR COMRADES IN DEATH.


 

 

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