James Reid TOBIN


TOBIN, James Reid

Service Number: 15989
Enlisted: 1 July 1940
Last Rank: Flight Sergeant
Last Unit: 1 School of Technical Training
Born: Bairnsdale, Victoria, Australia, 31 July 1906
Home Town: Bondi, Waverley, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Accidental (Ground Accident), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 9 January 1943, aged 36 years
Cemetery: Springvale War Cemetery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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3 Sep 1939: Involvement Flight Sergeant, SN 15989
1 Jul 1940: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, 1 School of Technical Training

James Reid Tobin- murdered at bourke st theatre melbourne defending a woman.

ON THIS DAY – January 8, 1943

Detectives inquiring into the death of Staff-sgt James Reid Tobin, 35, RAAF instructor at a WAAAF training school near Melbourne, who was fatally injured after an alleged altercation at a Bourke st theatre on this day in 1943, charged an aircraftman from an Air Force centre in northern NSW with murder. Tobin, it is alleged, was struck by another RAAF man in the foyer of the theatre after a quarrel, and when he fell he struck his head on the tiled floor. He died later at Royal Melbourne Hospital. Det-sgt S. H. McGuffle, who was in charge of inquiries, and a sergeant attached to the RAAF service police, after travelling 900 miles to a northern NSW Air Force centre, detained a cook at an RAAF officers’ mess. He was returned under escort on a charge of having violated an Air Force regulation. Later at the city watchhouse Kevin Evans, 21, of Mackay was charged with the murder of Tobin.

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Biography contributed by David Barlow

Son of James and Annie Tobin

Husband of Hazel Lorraine Mary Tobin of Bondi, NSW

Flight Sergeant Tobin previously served in the RAN 1922 - 1936

At the time of his initial injury (fractured skull) he was on the Staff at Number 1 WAAF Depot Toorak