Harold Woodman Wilson VERCOE


VERCOE, Harold Woodman Wilson

Service Number: NX2246
Enlisted: 26 October 1939, Lismore
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 2nd/2nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Lowood, Queensland, 12 October 1912
Home Town: Brunswick Heads, Byron Shire, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farmer & Labourer
Died: Killed in action, Papua, 25 November 1942, aged 30 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Casino and District WW2 Honour Roll, Port Moresby (Bomana) Memorial
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement SN NX2246
26 Oct 1939: Enlisted Australian Army (Post WW2), Private, SN NX2246, 2nd/2nd Infantry Battalion, Lismore
25 Nov 1942: Involvement Australian Army (Post WW2), Corporal, SN NX2246, 2nd/2nd Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Harold Woodman Wilson VERCOE was born in Lowood, Queensland on 12th October, 1912

His parents were Woodman VERCOE & Margaret WILSON

He enlisted in Lismore, NSW as a Private on 26th October, 1939 with the 2/2nd Infantry Battalion & was later promoted to Corporal

He fought in the North African campaign, the Battle of Bardie, the Greek campaign & then went to New Guinea, the Kokoda Trail & Buna - he fought in the Libyan & Syrian campaigns , returning to Australia in August, 1942 and was then posted to New Guinea

Harold was killed by an errant American mortar bomb in the Headquarters of Captain Jack Blamey (who was also killed by the same bomb), 500 yards on the right hand side of the Sanananda track near Buna on 25th November, 1942

His name is memorialised on the Australian War Memorial, the Port Moresby Memorial & the Roll of Honour in Lismore, NSW


His brother Clifton Alfred VERCOE (SN N414046) served in WW2 in the Volunteer Defence Corp & was discharged in 1945


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