Harold William Vernon PRIEST

PRIEST, Harold William Vernon

Service Number: NX58646
Enlisted: 11 July 1940
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 2nd/17th Infantry Battalion
Born: Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, 2 April 1907
Home Town: Phillip Bay, Randwick, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Killed in Action, Jivevaneng, New Guinea, 28 October 1943, aged 36 years
Cemetery: Lae War Cemetery
Cemetery/memorial reference: AA. B. 7., 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 NX58646
11 Jul 1940: Enlisted NX58646
11 Jul 1940: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Corporal, NX58646, 2nd/17th Infantry Battalion
11 Apr 1941: Involvement NX58646, 2nd/17th Infantry Battalion, Siege of Tobruk
23 Oct 1942: Involvement NX58646, 2nd/17th Infantry Battalion, El Alamein
28 Oct 1943: Involvement Corporal, NX58646, 2nd/17th Infantry Battalion, New Guinea - Huon Peninsula / Markham and Ramu Valley /Finisterre Ranges Campaigns

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Biography contributed by Jeffrey Crisdale

"The enemy targetted listening posts on Jivevaneng FDL's by infiltration and sneak sniper attacks. These tactics achieved some success and casualties were sustained mainly when the posts were being relieved. On 27 and 28 Oct, 8 Pl A Coy had a soldier killed each day in those circumstances."

[Source publication: "A History of 2/17 Australian Infantry Battalion 1940-45"]