William Seymour LARKAN

LARKAN, William Seymour

Service Number: VX32533
Enlisted: 31 July 1940
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 2nd/29th Infantry Battalion
Born: Stawell, Victoria, 25 July 1905
Home Town: Elwood, Port Phillip, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Bank Teller
Died: Bentleigh, Victoria, 7 May 1974, aged 68 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Springvale Botanical Cemetery, Melbourne
Banksia, Wall D, Niche 300
Memorials: Ballarat Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial
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World War 2 Service

31 Jul 1940: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Sergeant, SN VX32533, 2nd/29th Infantry Battalion
31 Jul 1940: Enlisted Private, SN VX32533
11 Sep 1940: Promoted Corporal, Acting Corporal
2 Jan 1941: Promoted Lance Sergeant
11 Jan 1941: Promoted Corporal, 2nd/29th Infantry Battalion, Acting Corporal
30 Jul 1941: Embarked Corporal, SN VX32533, 2nd/29th Infantry Battalion, onboard HMT EE
1 Jan 1942: Promoted Sergeant, 2nd/29th Infantry Battalion
15 Feb 1942: Involvement Sergeant, SN VX32533, 2nd/29th Infantry Battalion, Prisoners of War
13 Nov 1945: Discharged Sergeant, SN VX32533, 2nd/29th Infantry Battalion
13 Nov 1945: Discharged Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Sergeant, SN VX32533, 2nd/29th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Julianne Ryan

Born 25th July 1905 in Stawell, Victoria

Father  Seymour William Larkan (b. 16/08/1876 Bright, VIC - d. 21/09/1944 Stawell, VIC)
Mother Annie Matilda Larkan (b. 1878 Rupanyup, VIC - d. 4/10/1925 Stawell, VIC)
both buried in: Lot 3631 Stawell Cemetery, VIC
lived at Wangaratta, Victoria

Roma Veronica Larkan lived at 394 St Kilda St, Elwood, VIC  (b. 1917 - d. 1992)
married: Harold Oliver
Russell OLIVER  (b. 1946 Melbourne VIC - d. 1967 Melbourne VIC)
Maxwell Oliver (b. 1950 Melbourne, VIC - d. 1969 Melbourne, VIC)

Flight Officer 409842 Max Alexander Larkan - 3 Operational Training Unit (b. 18/1/1910)
10/10/1941  enlisted into WWII RAAF in Melbourne, Victoria
06/11/1941  promoted as Flying Officer
Nov.1941     Victor Harbour, South Australia - No. 4 Initial RAAF Training School
                  Course No.21, "C" Squadron, Flight 12
                  where he commenced training as a pilot with the rank of LAC 2.
31/01/1942  promoted to Leading Aircraftman
In early February 1942 he was posted 3 EFTS, Essendon, Victoria
02/07/1942  received 'Flying Badge'
17/09/1942  promoted to Pilot Officer and on the same day posted to 6 Service Flying
                  Training School (SFTS), Mahala, South Australia, where he trained on
                  Avro Anson's.
17/03/1943  promoted to Flying Officer - 2 weeks later was posted to 3 Operational
                  Training Unit, Rathmines, NSW
RAAF PBY-5 Catalina, A24-39 (USN 0826), of 3 Operational Training Unit Rathmines (3 OTU) crashed during a landing in rough seas opposite Wonderrabah Knob, Port Stephens, New South Wales at 0915 hours on 24 May 1943.
buried in:    
Sandgate War Cemetery, Sandgate, Newcastle, New South Wales
Plot E, Row D, Grave 14


VX32533  Sergeant William Seymour Larkan - 2/29 Australian Infantry Battalion (Army)

Described on enlisting as 35 years 6 days of age; black hair; grey eyes;

31/07/1940  enlisted into WWII at Elwood, VIC

28/08/1940  appointed Clerk (Trade Group III)

11/09/1940  promoted to Acting Corporal

19/10/1940  promoted to Acting Sergeant

02/01/1941  promoted to Lance Sergeant Royal Park
                   detached to Royal Park Pay Office

11/01/1941  reverts to Acting Corporal
                  detached to 2nd/29th Infantry Battalion

30/07/1941  embarked onboard HMT EE, ex Port of Melbourne, VIC
30/08/1941  disembarked into Singapore

01/01/1942  promoted to Sergeant with 2nd/29th Infantry Battalion

15/02/1942  captured and taken as PRISONER OF WAR

Hospitalization WW2 P.O.W. Changi Prison and Burma Railway

05/09/1945  recoverd from CHANGI Prison

14/09/1945  emplaned from Singapore to Australia

19/09/1945  deplaned into Sydney, Australia

13/11/1945  discharged from WWII

07/05/1974  died in Bentleigh, VIC

cremated: Springvale Botanical Cemetery
                Banksia, Wall D, Niche 300 

Submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  12/03/2017.  Lest we forget.