RODERICK, John James

Service Number: NX12158
Enlisted: 1 January 1940, Paddington, New South Wales
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 2nd/2nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Kurri Kurri, New South Wales, Australia, 23 May 1909
Home Town: Weston, Cessnock, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Killed in Action, Crete, Greece, 1 June 1941, aged 32 years
Cemetery: Suda Bay War Cemetery (Souda Bay) Greece
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Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Kurri Kurri War Memorial
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World War 2 Service

1 Jan 1940: Enlisted Lieutenant, SN NX12158, Paddington, New South Wales
1 Jan 1940: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Lieutenant, SN NX12158, 2nd/2nd Infantry Battalion
1 Jun 1941: Involvement Lieutenant, SN NX12158, 2nd/2nd Infantry Battalion, Middle East / Mediterranean Theatre

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

"...NX12158 Lieutenant John James Roderick, 2/2nd Battalion, Australian Infantry. Lieutenant Roderick, aged 32, died while defending the island of Crete against the German land and airborne invasion on 1 June 1941. He was the son of William Thomas Roderick and Katherine Roderick and the husband of Melba Roderick, of Weston, NSW. He is buried in the Suda Bay Cemetery Section 5, Row D, Plot 3..." - SOURCE (


Biography contributed

John James RODERICK was born in Kurri Kurri, NSW on 23rd May, 1909

His parents were William Thomas RODERICK & Catherine FRASER

He married Melba LYNCH in Kurri Kurri in 1937 - one son Kerry