Harold James PANNELL


PANNELL, Harold James

Service Number: VX37513
Enlisted: 22 July 1940, Royal Park, Victoria
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 2nd/22nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Sydney, New South Wales, 18 August 1901
Home Town: Camberwell, Boroondara, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: General clerk
Died: Died at sea (Montevideo Maru), South China Sea, 1 July 1942, aged 40 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
At sea
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Rabaul Memorial, Rabaul Memorial
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World War 2 Service

22 Jul 1940: Enlisted Private, SN VX37513, 2nd/22nd Infantry Battalion, Royal Park, Victoria
17 Apr 1941: Embarked Corporal, SN VX37513, 2nd/22nd Infantry Battalion, HMAS Katoomba, Sydney
28 Apr 1942: Imprisoned Prisoner of War no. 128 - captured at Warangoi River, Rabaul
1 Jul 1942: Involvement Corporal, SN VX37513, 2nd/22nd Infantry Battalion, Prisoners of War

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Harold James PANNELL was born on 18th August, 1901 in Sydney  (listed as 1903 on his war file)

His parents were Brigadier Ernest PANNELL and Fanny WHITEFIELD

Harold married in Victoria in 1929 to Winifred Mabel ARLAND - 1 child Beverley Madge PANNELL.

He enlisted in Royal Park, Victoria on 22nd July, 1940 with the 2/22nd Australian Infantry Battalion and was also a member of the 2/22 Battalion Regimental Band  which was made up of members of the Salvation Army who enlisted in 1940

His battalion left Sydney on the minesweeper HMT Katoomba and disembarked at Rabaul on 3rd May, 1941 where they served as a garrison force until 23rd January, 1942  On 25th January, 1942 he was reported missing, believed prisoner of war which was confirmed on 28th April, 1942 

He was presumed to have died at sea on 1st July, 1942 off Rabaul, South China Sea after the ship Montevideo Maru which was unmarked but carrying POWs was torpedoed by the U.S.

Harold is memorialized at the Rabaul War Cemetery in Papua New Guinea and the Australian War Memorial

In Memorian notice from Trove

PANNELL  VX37513 - Corporal Harold - 2/22nd Battalion, Rabaul - lost at sea while POW July 1942 

"Dearly loved youngest son of Mrs. Pannell and the late Brigadier Pannell"

"Sweet memories of a devoted son"