Thomas ("Tom") JOHNSON


Service Number: NX23798
Enlisted: 1 June 1940
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 2nd/17th Infantry Battalion
Born: Brooklyn, New South Wales, Australia, 22 March 1911
Home Town: Brooklyn, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Died Of Wounds, Jivevaneng, New Guinea, 16 October 1943, aged 32 years
Cemetery: Lae War Cemetery
Cemetery/memorial reference: U. C. 5., Lae War Cemetery, Lae, Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Sergeant, NX23798
1 Jun 1940: Enlisted NX23798, 2nd/17th Infantry Battalion
1 Jun 1940: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Sergeant, NX23798, 2nd/17th Infantry Battalion
11 Apr 1941: Involvement NX23798, 2nd/17th Infantry Battalion, Siege of Tobruk
23 Oct 1942: Involvement NX23798, 2nd/17th Infantry Battalion, El Alamein
16 Oct 1943: Involvement Sergeant, NX23798, 2nd/17th Infantry Battalion, New Guinea - Huon Peninsula / Markham and Ramu Valley /Finisterre Ranges Campaigns

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Biography contributed by Jeffrey Crisdale

Sergeant Tom Johnson of the 2/17 Bn Pioneer Platoon was fatally shot after a Japanese patrol crossed the Sattelberg track and got into the bamboo thicket between Battalion HQ and the main Jivevaneng Village.