Lark Force soldiers rescued by Coastwatchers

Immediately following establishment of the Coastwatching Organisation in 1939 under the command of Lieutenant-Commander Eric Feldt R.A.N. as World War II raged in Europe, it was a quiet period for the coastwatchers. However, when the Japanese bombed the US Fleet at Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941 and the Pacific War was declared, the Coastwatching Organization became fully operational.

Two of the original Coastwatchers, C.L. Page (who was later captured and executed) on Tabar Island and C.C. Jervis (later declared ‘Missing in Action’) on Nissan Island, reported the Japanese invasion fleet headed to Kavieng, New Ireland and Rabaul, New Britain. Other coastwatchers, such as ‘Blue’ Harris, were also active.

Following the overwhelming Japanese attack on Lark Force troops at Rabaul on 22-23 January 1942, which led to the infamous order by the Commander, Colonel Scanlon, of ‘Every man for himself’, only 400 escapees made it back to Australia, having borne unbelievable difficulties traveling through the jungle.

Of these 400 escapees, two-thirds were eventually rescued and assisted by Coastwatchers who commandeered two vessels. The Laurabada was sailed to Port Moresby by MacKenzie and Figgis with 153 troops and the Lakatoi was sailed into Cairns by McCarthy, Marsland and Hamilton with 112 troops (making a total of 267 soldiers on two vessels). These latter troops were in such appalling condition that only six of them regained sufficient fitness to continue their war service!

The names below were meticulously compiled by John Winterbotham as part of his ‘Soldiers of Lark Force’ record which is published on this website. They are reproduced here with his kind permission. As mentioned above, two-thirds of these soldiers were rescued by Coastwatchers. To my knowledge there is no longer an accurate record of those soldiers rescued.

I was fortunate on 1 July 2017 to catch up with Norm Furness, of the 2/22nd Infantry Battalion, at a 75th anniversary commemoration of the sinking of the Montevideo Maru held at the RSL in Bendigo. We swapped notes about our experiences during the war and I particularly asked him about his experience escaping from Rabaul after the Japanese invasion and the ‘Every man for himself’ order had been issued.

Norm replied: ‘We spent a month working our way through the jungle away from Rabaul and ended up at Witu on the North coast of New Britain. We had no equipment or food. We had no knowledge of the place and we had been given no instructions. If we hadn’t been picked up by the Coastwatcher Keith McCarthy and put on the Lakatoi, we wouldn’t have known what to do.’

Norm Furness (right) and me comparing notes on 1 July 2017.

John Winterbotham: The following members of Lark Force managed to escape from Rabaul and return to Australia. Note: The rank of each individual is not necessarily the rank he served with in Rabaul. Acknowledgement: I wish to thank Norm Furness of 2/22nd Infantry Battalion Association for the Nominal Roll of 2/22nd Infantry Battalion escapees from Rabaul.

1. VX21380 L/Cpl AINSWORTH, John; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
2. VX36565 L/Cpl AIRD, Keith Davidson; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
3. VX29403 Pte ALLEN, Alan John (Tiger); 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
4. VX47540 Pte AMOS, Harry Charles; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
5. VX32120 Sgt ANDERSON, Stuart; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
6. VX20231 Sgt APLIN, Douglas Arthur; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
7. VX8370 Capt (Lt Col) APPEL, Ernest Smyth (Awarded MC); 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
8. NX150059 (N255496) Sig APPLEBY, William Allan; Rabaul Fortress Signals. (Later 1st Infantry Troops Workshops)
9. VX23056 L/Sgt ARTHUR, George; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
10. VX37830 Pte BARRASS, Gordon William; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
11. VX24196 Pte BACON, Leslie Frank; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion. (Later 2/4th Infantry Battalion).
12. VX23717 Pte BAILEY, Raymond; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
13. VX29934 Lieut BALLANTYNE, John Stuart; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion. (Later 2/13th Infantry Battalion)
14. VX28152 Sgt BARLEY, Noel George Minot; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
15. VX23853 Cpl BARWISE, Clarence James; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
16. VX24214 Pte BAYNE, Albert Stanley; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
17. VX22662 Sgt BEAUMONT, John Raymond; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion. (Later Died of Injuries, Soputa, Papua, 24 March 1943 with 1 Water Transport Unit)
18. VX22598 Lieut BEENIE, Percival Charles; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion. (Later 2/2nd Infantry Battalion)
19. VX26950 Pte BELLESINI, Rama Edward; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion. (Later 2/4th Infantry Battalion)
20. VX26199 Pte BENEY, Harold Kingston; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion. (Later 17th Garrison Battalion)
21. VX37033 Pte BISHOP, Andrew Bernard; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion. (Later 55th Port Craft Company, RAE)
22. V11499 Cpl BEYERS, Leonard Frederick; Rabaul Fortress Signals (Later 1st Signal Training Battalion).
23. VX38183 Lieut BLABY, Eric Andrew; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
24. VX23176 L/Sgt BOARDMAN, Wilfred Stanley; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion. (Later 4th Infantry Specialist Group)
25. VX30313 Lieut BOLDEMAN, Victor Leslie; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
26. VX114261 (V83653) Capt BOTHAM, William George; Rabaul Fortress Company, RAE (Later Major, 10 Anti-Aircraft and Fortress Company, RAE)
27. VX23321 Pte BOWES, Leslie; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion (Later Died of Illness, Cairns, Qld, 30 March 1942.
28. VX12987 Cpl BRANNELLY, Thomas Alan; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion. (Later Killed in Action, Tarakan, Borneo with 2/24th Infantry Battalion)
29. VX18884 Pte BRILL, Edward Ernest; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
30. VX29584 Pte BROMILOW, Alfred; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
31. VX29023 Pte BROOKER, Leonard Vincent; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
32. VX13177 Pte BROWN, Edward; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
33. VX37929 Pte BROWN, Ernest Stanley; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion. (Later 2/4th Infantry Battalion)
34. VX14694 Pte BROWN, Robert Bruce; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
35. VX30531 Pte BURGDORF, Hubert Charles; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion. (Later 2/4th Infantry Battalion)
36. VX42308 Pte BURGE, Bruce; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
37. VX46453 L/Sgt BURGELL, Norman John; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion. (Later HQ Victorian Lines of Communications)
38. V50811 Spr BUTLER, Victor Clarence; Rabaul Fortress Engineers.
39. VX31362 L/Cpl BYRNE, Cecil Vincent; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
40. VX30679 Gnr CAIN, Barney Patrick; 17th Anti-Tank Battery. (Later 2/4th Infantry Battalion)
41. VX21622 Pte CALDWELL, David Hugh; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion. (Later 2/24th Infantry Battalion)
42. VX44904 Capt (Lt Col) CAMERON, Allan Gordon; (Awarded DSO and Bar; MID) 2/22nd Infantry Battalion. (Later 2/2nd Infantry Battalion)
43. VX22365 Pte CAMPBELL, Colin Murdoch; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
44. VX20534 Pte CARDWELL, Alexander George; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion. (Later 6th Division Salvage Unit)
45. VX41567 Lt Col CARR, Howard Hammond; Officer Commanding 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
46. VX23641 S/Sgt CARROLL, Alan; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
47. VX35792 WO2 CARROLL, Ian Dingwall; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion (Later Unit Stores Accounts Section, NSW Logistics HQ)
48. VX34397 Pte CARTER, Dudley Gibson; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
49. TX16310 (T44273) Sig CATO, Victor Preston; Rabaul Fortress Signals. (Later New Guinea Force Signals.
50. VX38497 Pte CHANTER, Ronald James; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion. (Later 2/14th Field Ambulance)
51. VX23832 Pte CHATTERS, David; 2/22nd Infantry Batalion.
52. VX38387 Pte CLARKE, Ernest; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
53. VX30454 Sgt CLEMENS, William Harold Stanley; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
54. VX29738 L/Sgt CLINTON, Frederick Roy; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion. (Later 2/4th Infantry Battalion)
55. VX26634 Pte COATE, Norman Gregory; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
56. VX47657 Pte COLE, Warren Neville; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion. (Later 17th Infantry Battalion)
57. NX56978 Pte COOK, William; 2/10 Field Ambulance; (Prisoner of War, Survivor of Tol Plantation Massacre).
58. VX25607 Pte COOKE, Allan John; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion; (Later 2/4th Infantry Battalion)
59. VX23533 Pte COOLING, William Henry; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion. (Later Anti-Aircraft Static Workshops)
60. VX21366 Pte COYLE, Allan Eric; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion. (Later 2/4th Infantry Battalion)
61. VX12009 Lieut (Major) CRAWFORD, John Sharman; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion. (Later 112th Anti-Aircraft Regiment)
62. VX40298 Sgt CRAWFORD, Kent Beresford; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
63. VX28596 Sgt CROCKER, Willis Talbot; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion. (Later RAAF – 129846)
64. VX26286 Pte CROSS, Joseph William; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion. Later 2/4th Infantry Battalion)
65. VX24114 Pte CROSS, William George; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion. (Later HQ Buna Area, Papua)
66. VX23861 Pte CUMMINS, Charles Herbert; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion. (Later 2/4th Infantry Battalion)
67. VX24811 L/Sgt CUMPER, William Thomas; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
68. VX39010 Pte CURLEY, Kevin Anthony; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion. (Later 2/23rd Infantry Battalion)
69. VX24118 Cpl CURTIS, Lance Stanley; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
70. VX123176 (V72156) Sig DALL, David Patterson; Rabaul Fortress Signals. (Later New Guinea Force Signals)
71. VX19258 Pte DARMODY, Edward Leonard; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion (Later HQ 2/1st Guard Battalion)
72. VX47614 Lieut (Lt Col) DAWSON, Benjamin George; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion (Later First Aust Army Intelligence Corps)
73. VX42438 Sgt DAWSON, Duncan Frank; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
74. VX24193 Cpl DAY, Stanley Edward; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
75. VX38474 Sgt DEBNEY, Jack Douglas; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
76. VX22962 Sgt DELL, Walter Ernest; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion. (Later 2/4th Infantry Battalion)
77. VX32708 Pte DELLAR, Henry James; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion. (Later 2/4 Infantry Battalion)
78. VX28498 Pte DELLAR, John Lawrence; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
79. VX26176 Sgt DEMPSEY, Jack; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion. (Later1st Army Trade Training Depot)
80. N100112 Major DENNING, Keith Haold Mickelthwaite; Rabaul Fortress Signals; (Later New Guinea Force Signals)
81. VX24052 Pte DENNISON, Clifford Roy; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
82. VX21527 Pte DICK, Walter; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion; (Later 17th Garrison Battalion)
83. VX36539 Cpl DICKENSON, Leonard Harold; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
84. VX44779 Lieut DONALDSON, John Geoffrey; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion. (Later 3rd POW Contact and Enquiry Unit)
85. VX42041 Lieut DORE, Ashley Vance; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
86. V11505 (V34988) Sig DOUGLAS, Donald John; Rabaul Fortress Signals. (Later Coastal Command Engineers)
87. VX48049 L/Cpl DOULE, Peter; 2/22nd Infantry Batalion.
88. VX 29809 Pte DOWSE, Albert Colin; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion (Later Died of Illness, Albury, NSW, 7 April 1942)
89. VX37710 WO2 DRANE, Walter James; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
90. VX44487 Pte DUNSTAN, Cecil Richard; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
91. VX40094 Pte DUSTING, Allen; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion. (Later 2/24th Infantry Battalion)
92. VX24158 DUVANEL, Pte Randall David; DCM; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
93. VX40375 Gnr DWYER, Frank; 17th Anti-Tank Battery.
94. VX38629 Pte EAGLE, Allan Newport; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
95. VX46169 Pte EAGLES, Victor George; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion (Later 2/11th Field Ambulance)
96. VX36265 Pte EASON, Victor John; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion (Later 2/4th Infantry Battalion)
97. VX123185 (V72159) Cpl EDWARDS, Donald Stewart; Rabaul Fortress Signals. (Later 24th Wireless Section)
98. VX28427 Pte ELLISON, Walter Holgate; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
99. VX101862 S/Sgt (Lieut) ELTON, John Robert; Rabaul Fortress Engineers. (Later 3 Landing Craft Workshops)
100. VX22136 WO2 FERGUSON, Desmond Thomas Sheehan; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion (Later ANGAU) [Brother of VX22131]
101. VX22131 Lieut FERGUSON, Herbert Patrick; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion (Later ANGAU) [Brother of VX22136]
102. VX38844 Capt (Major) FIELD, Dudley Frederick; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
103. VX44411 Lieut (later Lt Col) FIGGIS, Peter Ernest; MC; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion and later Coastwatcher.
104. VX23904 Sgt FINCH, Mervyn James; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
105. NX33449 Lieut (Capt) FISCHER, Alan Gregg; 17th Anti-Tank Battery.
106. VX41296 Pte FISHLEY, Frederick Michell; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion (Later 28th Works Company)
107. VX46450 Capt FLUCKER, James Luckie; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
108. VX46622 Cpl FOGDEN, Charles Glynn; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
109. N246397 Sig FORBES, Angus Edgecombe; Rabaul Fortress Signals.
110. VX44606 Pte FOWLER, Albert Joseph; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
111. VX46448 Sgt FOXWELL, John William Bernard; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion. (Later ANGAU)
112. VX33328 Pte FRANCIS, Norman Lawrence; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
113. Pte FREE, Herbert Edward; 2/22nd Infantry Batalion.
114. VX37993 Pte FULLER, Arthur; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
115. VX29151 Pte FULTON, John; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
116. VX23557 Cpl FURNESS, Norman Harold; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
117. VX31961 Sgt GALE, Henry; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
118. VX23734 Pte GARDINER, Gordon; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
119. N14276 L/Cpl GARWOOD, Arthur Harold; Rabaul Fortress Signals. (Later New Guinea Force Signals)
120.VX20524 Pte GAY, Horace; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
121. VX24177 L/Cpl GELLIE, Hector Ivan; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion; (Later Killed in Action, Aitape, New Guinea with 2/4th Infantry Battalion, 8 May 1945)
122. V27719 Sig GIDDINS, John Francis; Rabaul Fortress Signals.
123. VX38016 Cpl GILLESPIE, Gordon James; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
124. VX26553 Cpl GILMOUR, Douglas McGregor; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
125. VX47307 Pte GILPIN, James Edward; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
126. VX19438 Pte GLASS, William John; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
127. VX26394 Pte GLEESON, Bernard; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion; Later 2/4th Infantry Battalion.
128. VX25392 Pte GLOVER, Leslie John; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
129. VX24088 Pte GLYNN, Valentine Patrick; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
130. VX44904 Capt GOODMAN, Christopher Ernest; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
131. NX119044 (N100472) S/Sgt GRAY, Alan George; Rabaul Fortress Signals. (Later New Guinea Force Signals)
132. VX23358 Pte GREEN, George Edwin; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion; (Later Killed in Action, Aitape, New Guinea with 2/4th Infantry Battalion, 22 June 1945)
133. VX47386 Pte GREENWOOD, Robert Francis; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
134. VX39091 Sgt GRIES, Robert Henri; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
135. VX38532 Pte GRIFFITHS, Herbert Charles Noel; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion; Later 2/4th Infantry Battalion.
136. VX37858 Pte GRIST, Raymond Dudley; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
137. VX46445 Capt GUNN, Bruce Alexander; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
138. VX25895 Cpl HALE, Kenneth Gregory; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
139. VX19225 Pte HALL, James; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
140. VX40419 Pte HALL, John Rogers; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion. (Re-enlisted …).
141. VX44959 Capt HAMILTON, James McKnight; MBE; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion (Later served with M Special Force).
142. VX24129 Pte HAMILL, Richard James Samuel; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion. (Later 2/4th Infantry Battalion).
143. VX30971 Pte (ALIAS – HARRIS, George Peter; (Real name: VAMVAKARIS, George Peter) 2/22nd Infantry Battalion. Died of Illness, New Britain, 24 Feb 1942 trying to Escape.
144. VX129016 (V72167) Sgt HARRIS, William Richard; Rabaul Fortress Signals. (Later New Guinea Force Signals)
145. VX45091 Cpl HARRISON, Claude; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
146. VX24800 WO2 HARRY, Cuthbert Oswald; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion. (Later ANGAU).
147. VX24779 Pte HAYDEN, Kevin Edward; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
148. VX46479 Pte HARDY, George William; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion; (Later HQ 8th Military District).
149. VX24106 Pte HEAD, Cecil Neil; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion; (Later 2/4th Infantry Battalion).
150. VX20614 WO2 HEADLAM, John Malcolm; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
151. VX28607 Pte HENNESSY, Lawrence William; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion (Later 34th Training Battalion).
152. VX37685 Pte HENRY, Stanley; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
153. VX47519 Pte HICKS, Allan; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion. (Later 1st Infantry Training Battalion)
154. VX44760 Pte HILL, Leonard Albert; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion. (Later 2/24th Infantry Battalion)
155. VX45968 Cpl HILLIARD, Rupert Charles; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion. (Later HQ 2/1st Guard Battalion).
156. VX50362 Pte HILLIS, Phillip Bernard; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion (Later 2/4th Infantry Battalion)
157. VX30972 Cpl HIRST, Arthur Vernon; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion. (Later 1st Guard Compound)
158. VX48026 Pte ILES, Harold Sydney; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
159. SX35680 (S15701) A/Cpl INKSTER, Henry George; Rabaul Fortress Signals.
160. VX20370 Pte IRELAND, Geoffrey; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
161. V72170 A/Cpl JACKMAN, Howard Stuart; Rabaul Fortress Signals.
162. VX112414 Spr JAMES, Ralph Raymond; Rabaul Fortress Engineers.
163. VX44396 Capt (Lieut) JAMES, Trevor Lemoine; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion. (Later 2/2nd Pioneer Battalion)
164. VX28644 Sgt JANE, Harry Allan; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion. (Later 112 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment)
165. VX30552 Pte JARMAN, Raynor Charles; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
166. VX18893 Cpl JOHNSON, William George; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
167. VX40828 Lieut JONES, Arthur Thomas; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
168. VX23347 Cpl JONES, Frank Arnold; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion. (Later 101st Composite Anti-Aircraft Signals)
169. VX29630 Sgt JONES, John Norman; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
170. VX30098 Pte JONES, Ormond Stanley; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
171. VX23377 Pte JUDD, Austin Frederick; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
172. VX40669 Pte KELLY, William Thomas; 2/22nd Infantry Batalion. (Later 2/4th Infantry Battalion).
173. VX20354 Cpl KEMP, George Stephen; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
174. VX19569 Pte KERR, Percival Charles; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion. (Later Killed in Action with 2/24th Infantry Battalion – 5 Nov 1942).
175. VX23067 Pte KING, Edward; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
176. VX22014 Sgt KIRKLAND, Alec John; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
177. QX49208 (Q1716) Sig KLAPROTH, Clarence John; Rabaul Fortress Signals.
178. VX29061 Pte KOLLMORGAN, Frederick William; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion. (Later 1st Guard Compound).
179. VX28362 Pte LANGMAN, Edward George; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion; (Later 14th Garrison Battalion).
180. VX29307 Pte LAW, Russell Lindsay; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion; (Later 1st Parachute Battalion).
181. VX23621 L/Cpl LAW, Thomas Albert Henry; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion (Later 2/4th Infantry Battalion).
182. VX38946 Pte LAWSON, Daniel John Alexander; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
183. VX38316 Cpl LESTER, Francis Edward; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion (Later 2/4th Infantry Battalion).
184. VX29178 Pte LETT, Robert Harry; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
185. VX125137 (V72101) L/Sgt LEVY, Keith Joseph; Rabaul Fortress Signals.
186. (VX22017 S/Sgt LEWIS, Charles; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion (Later 2/27th Infantry Battalion).
187. VX22017 Lieut (Major) LOMAS, Frederic John; Awarded Military Cross; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion; (Later 2/7 Commando Squadron).
188. VX24067 Pte LUNN, Vernon Clive; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
189. VX46456 Cpl LUXMOORE, Lawrence Herbert; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
190. VX37190 L/Cpl MACK, Stanley Belsar; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
191. VX26414 Pte MAHER, William Osborne; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion. (Later 2/4th Infantry Battalion)
192. VX46449 MALE, Gordon William; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion (Later 2/4th Infantry Battalion)
193. VX23897 Pte MALKIN, Walter James; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
194. VX37846 Pte MALONEY, Daniel John; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion (Later 22nd Infantry Battalion)
195. VX24229 Cpl MALONEY, Harry Sydney; 2/22nd Infantry Batalion.
196. VX29565 Pte MANN, Ronald; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion (Later 2/4th Infantry Battalion)
197. NGX201 WO2 MARLAY, Mervyn; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion (Later ANGAU).
198. VX24257 Pte MARSHALL, Clifford; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
199. VX55482 (V45452) Lieut MARSHALL, Clive Walter; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
200. VX42436 Pte MARTIN, George Henry; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion. (Died of injuries received while escaping at Yarram, Victoria on 17 January 1943)
201. VX42398 Pte MATTHEWS, John Kingslay; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion. (Later 2/4th Infantry Battalion)
202. VX37956 L/Cpl MAYNE, David Andrew; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion. (Killed in Action, New Guinea, 8 December 1943 with 2/24th Infantry Battalion)
203. VX13472 Pte MacDONALD, Angus Walter; 2/22nd Infantry Batalion (Later 2/24th Infantry Battalion)
204. VX46518 Pte McGUINNESS, Patrick John; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
205. VX19681 L/Cpl McGURGAN, James; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
206. VX46497 Capt McINNES, Colin Lachlan; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
207. VX46460 Pte McLAREN, Henry Maurice; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
208. VX30150 MacMILLAN, John Ambrose; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion. (Later 2/8th Infantry Battalion)
209. VX24191 Cpl McNAUGHTON, Findley David; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
210. VX19901 Lieut McVEAN, Clive Allan; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion. (Later 9th Garrison Battalion)
211. VX37190 L/Cpl MACK, Stanley Belsar; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
212. VX26414 Pte MAHER, William Osborne; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion (Later 2/4th Infantry Battalion).
213. VX46449 Sgt MALE, Gordon William; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion (2/4th Infantry Battalion)
214. VX23897 Pte MALKIN, Walter James; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
215. VX37846 Pte MALONEY, Daniel John; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
216. VX24229 Cpl MALONEY, Harry Sydney; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
217. VX29565 Pte MANN, Ronald; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion (Later 2/4th Infantry Battalion).
218. NGX201 WO2 MARLEY, Mervyn; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion (Later ANGAU)
219. VX25254 Pte MARSHALL, Clifford; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
220. VX42436 Pte MARTIN, George Henry; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion (Died of Injuries, Victoria 17 Jan 1943).
221. VX42398 Pte MATTHEWS, John Kingslay; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion (Later 2/4th Infantry Battalion)
222. VX37956 L/Cpl MAYNE, David Andrew; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion (Later 2/4th Infantry Battalion; Killed in Action – 8 Dec 1943)
223. VX29006 Pte MENZ, Clarence George; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
224. VX19233 Pte MITCHELL, Henry Robert; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion; (Later 4th Motor Transport Workshops, AEME)
225. VX25201 Cpl MOON, Edward George; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion (Later 2/11th Infantry Battalion)
226. VX26316 Cpl MOON, Lindsay Garnet; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
227. VX21651 Pte MORGAN, John Alfred; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion (Later 2/4th Infantry Battalion)
228. VX42425 Pte MORGAN, John Patrick David; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
229. VX19428 Cpl MOYLE, John Thomas; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion (Later 34th Training Battalion)
230. VX34701 Pte MURDOCH, William Henry; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
231. VX42537 WO1 MURRAY, Edwin Andrew Albert; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion. (Re-enlisted Regular Army 3/1048)
232. VX24188 Cpl NEAVE, William James; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion. (Later 2/4th Infantry Battalion)
233. VX48187 Pte NICHOLSON, Ronald Norman; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
234. VX33759 Pte O’BRIEN, Alphonso; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion; (Later HQ 1st Aust Corps)
235. VX35583 Pte OLNEY, James Neil; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion; (Later Z Special Force)
236. VX23947 Pte O’NEILL, Frederick Edward Gladstone; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
237. VX45223 Major OWEN, William Taylor, Distinguished Service Cross(US); 2/22nd Infantry Battalion; (Later T/Lt Col, Officer Commanding 39th Infantry Battalion; Killed in Action, Kokoda, 29 July 1942)
238. VX22564 Pte PAGE, Ernest George; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion; (Later 2/4th Infantry Battalion)
239. VX29259 Pte PARSONS, Herbert Graeme; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion; (Later 34th Training Battalion)
240. VX32105 S/Sgt PATCH, Leslie Meldrum; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
241. VX43513 Sgt PEARCE, Thomas; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
242. VX26609 PEARSON, Percy Alfred; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
243. VX46465 Sgt PERKINS, Bruce Leopold; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
244. VX41753 Pte PERRY, Alfred Albert; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion; (Later 2/1st Guard Regiment)
245. VX21586 Pte PIKE, Arthur; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
246. VX29262 Lieut PITTS, Deric Hawthorne; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion; (Later 2/5th Infantry Battalion)
247. NX140146 (N246432) Cpl POOLE, John Robert; Rabaul Fortress Signals.
248. VX107579 Sgt POTTER, Jack Leonard; Rabaul Fortress Signals.
249. NGX199 Pte PRICE, Alfred John Maldon; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
250. VX30376 Pte PRICE, Cecil Charles; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
251. VX12844 Cpl PRINCE, Valentine Vernon; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
252. VX47216 Cpl PROUD, Eric Baker; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
253. VX17290 Pre PYKE, Alfred Alexander; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
254. VX30011 L/Cpl REED, William; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion; (Later 2/4th Infantry Battalion)
255. VX23804 Pte RILEY, George Edward; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion (Later 2/4th Infantry Battalion)
256. VX24099 L/Sgt ROBINSON, Arthur William; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion (Later 4th Infantry Specialist Group)
257. VX46970 L/Cpl ROGERS, George Scott; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
258. VX19589 Pte ROSS, Norman Francis; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
259. VX30019 Pte ROSSER, Phillip; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion (Later 27th Employment Company)
260. VX46949 Pte ROWLAND, Ronald Ernest Norman; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion (Later 2/4th Infantry Battalion)
261. VX34177 Pte RUSSELL, George Charles; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion (Later 2/8th Field Regiment, RAA.
262. VX24181 Pte SALIGARI, Edward Peter; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
263. TX16392 Gnr SAWFORD, Laurence William, Rabaul Heavy Battery.
264. VX46276 Pte SAXTON, William Francis; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
265. VX27025 Pte SCOTT, Ernest James; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
266. VX26790 L/Cpl SCAMMELL, Vernon James; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion; (Later 17th Garrison Battalion)
267. VX19716 Pte SCHRODER, Joseph Charles; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
268. NX174217 (N246439) SCULLY, Kenrick; Sgt; Rabaul Fortress Signals.
269. VX44737 Pte SEARLE, Donald Norman; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion (Later 2/1st Guard Regiment)
270. NX142851 (N85247) SELBY, David Meyer; Capt; Rabaul Anti-Aircraft Battery.
271. VX30794 Pte SHERIDAN, John Joseph; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
272. VX38049 S/Sgt SHERRINGTON, Robert Walter; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
273. VX48148 Pte SHELL, Alexander Frederick Thomas; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
274. VX45364 Pte SHEARN, Thomas John; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion (Later 2/10th Infantry Battalion)
275. VX43045 Pte SIMPSON, Arthur Bernard; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
276. VX23626 L/Cpl SINCLAIR, Ernest; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion (Later 2/4th Infantry Battalion)
277. VX39297 L/Sgt SISSON, Harry Burgess; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
278. VX24455 Cpl SLOAN, John Keith; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
279. VX23843 Lieut SMITH, David Ormond; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
280. VX30515 Sgt SMITH, Frank Septimus; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion (Later 2/24th Infantry Battalion)
281. VX47675 Sgt SMITH, Edwrd Joseph Francis; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
282. VX46514 Sgt SMITH, Herbert William; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
283. VX44388 Maj SMITH, Ivan Lockhart; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion (Later 1st Parachute Battalion; Accidently Killed – Newcastle, NSW – 14th Oct 1943)
284. VX12605 SMITH, Leslie Rowley Hamilton; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion (Later Re-enlisted – 3/1099)
285. VX41228 Pte SMITH, Richard; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion; (Later Tpr 2/7th Commando Squadron; Died of Wounds, Sydney, NSW, Australia ex New Guinea – 8th Mar 1945)
286. VX42483 Pte SMITH, Sydney Herbert Joseph; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
287. VX48188 Pte SMITH, William Leonard; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
288. VX23118 Pte SMYTH, John McElroy; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
289. VX30016 Cpl SPRAGUE, Sydney McKay; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
290. VX27901 WO2 STOCKWELL, Reginald Ray; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
291. VX48004 Pte SUMMERS, Claude; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion (Later 2/1st Guard Regiment; Killed in Action, New Guinea, 7th May 1945)
292. VX46367 Pte SUTHERLAND, Jack; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
293. VX50630 Sgt SYMONS, Ronald Henry; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
294. SX28944 (S15939) Sgt TABOR, Eric Walter George; Rabaul Fortress Signals. (Re-enlisted 3/77342)
295. VX23414 Pte TAPSCOTT, Glanville Heber; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion (Later Spr 2/4 Field Squadron)
296. VX44880 Lieut TAYLOR, Howard Major; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
297. VX36562 Cpl TEASDALE, Lyndon John; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
298. VX23031 Pte THOMAS, Alfred; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion (Later 2/8th Infantry Battalion)
299. VX25733 Pte THOMAS, John William Powys; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
300. VX35754 Lieut (Later Major) TOLMER, Alexander Richard; (Awarded Military Cross) 2/22nd Infantry Battalion. (Later 1st New Guinea Infantry Battalion)
301. VX23365 Pte TOMISON, Harold George; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
302. VX44598 Sgt TRAHAIR, Thomas Charles; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion (Later 2/4th Infantry Batalion)
303. VX37806 Pte TUCKER, Lionel Golding; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
304. VX24244 Cpl TUDDIN, John Augusta; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
305. VX37241 Pte TURNER, Daniel Ernest; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion (Later 34th Training Battalion)
306. VX15628 S/Sgt TURNER, Victor Harold; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
307. Capt UZZELL, John Douglas; 2/22nd Infantry Battalin; (Later Land HQ Signals)
308. VX28008 Lieut VINE, Arthur Frederick; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion (Later 39th Infantry Battalion)
309. VX47748 Pte VINNELL, Alan March; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
310. VX37963 Pte WALKER, Donald; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
311. VX24197 Lieut WALLS, Robert Kevin, MC; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion (Later M Special Force; Awarded Military Cross)
312. VX38190 Sgt WATSON, Charles Arthur; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion (Later 2/4th Infantry Battalion)
313. VX27796. Pte WATT, Kenneth Robert; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion (Later 2/4th Infantry Battalion)
314. VX32570 Pte WATTS, George; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion; (Later Spr 4th Army Troops Company, RAE)
315. VX45785 Pte WAUGH, William John; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion (Later 2/4th Infantry Battalion)
316. VX23821 Cpl WEBSTER, Hugh Joseph; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion (Later 1st Army Trade Training Depot)
317. VX26770 Pte WEBSTER, Norman Douglas; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
318. VX19707 Sig WEINGOTT, Issy; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
319. VX28075 Pte WHELAN, Joseph; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion; (Later 6 Division Salvage Unit)
320. VX47020 Pte WHELAN, Joseph; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion. (Not identical with VX28075)
321. VX24176 Pte WHITE, Ronald Stanley; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion; (Later 2/4th Infantry Battalion)
322. VX24016 Pte WHITE, Lawrence Miles; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
323. VX23931 Pte WILLIAMS, Alec; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
324. VX37688 Pte WILLIAMS, William Henry; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
325. VX24306 Cpl WILSON, William Francis; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
326. VX28276 Sgt WITNISH, William Ronald; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
327. VX133225 (V50810) Capt WOOD, John Thurston; Rabaul Fortress Signals.
328. VX24212 L/Sgt WOODS, John Frederick Clarence; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion; (Later 107th Convalescent Depot)
329. VX30007 Sgt WOODWARD, Frederic Geoffrey; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion; (Later 1st Guard Camp)
330. VX26446 L/Cpl WOODHEAD, Arnold William; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
331. VX120958 (V72102) Cpl WOOLF, Leonard Roy; Rabaul Fortress Signals (Later New Guinea Signals)
332. VX24121 Cpl YENCH, Henry Charles; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
333. VX24130 Sgt YENCH, Raymond Milton; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
334. VX47527 Pte YENSCH, Douglas James; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion (Later 2/4th Infantry Battalion)
335. VX23343 Pte YOUNG, Joseph Samuel; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion (Later HQ 2/1 Guard Battalion)

The following members of Lark Force were either ‘Killed in Action’, or listed as ‘Missing, Presumed Dead’ on 22/23 January 1942.

1. VX129385 (V11771) Gnr ALLAMBY, Walter; Aged 21; ‘L’ Heavy Battery, Rabaul.
2. VX25843 Pte ASCOTT, James Andrew; Aged 27; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
3. QX64918 (Q89335) Pte BENNETT, John McLeod; Aged 21; Rabaul Fortress Engineers.
4. NX191483 (N271558) Gnr BROWN, Frederick Peter George; Aged 20; Rabaul Anti-Aircraft Battery.
5. VX30024 Pte CAHILL, Patrick Matthew; Aged 41; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
6. SX11443 (VP4152) Pte CARMICHAEL, Kenneth Munro; Aged 22; ‘L’ Heavy Battery, Rabaul.
7. VX23805 Pte CARMICHAEL, Merton George; Aged 27; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
8. NX191450 (N108414) Pte CARTER, Alistair Campbell; Aged 33; Rabaul Anti-Aircraft Battery.
9. VX129839 (V27686) Sig CLACK, Robert Colin; Aged 24; Rabaul Fortress Signals.
10. VX129401 (V50844) Spr CLISSOLD, Frederick; Aged 20; Rabaul Fortress Engineers.
11. VX28984 Pte COGGINS, Henry Arthur; Aged 37; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
12. VX33793 Pte COLEMAN, George James; Aged 29; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
13. VX27001 L/Cpl COPAS, Ormond Frederick Clarke; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
14. VX26943 Pte COWAN, Ronald James; Aged 27; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
15. VX50048 (V50256) L/Cpl CRAWFORD, Gordon Douglas; Aged 22; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
16. VX48849 Pte DONAHOO, William Joseph; Aged 22; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
17. NX191484 (N271559) Gnr EMERY, Wilfred Vaughan; Aged 19; Rabaul Anti-Aircraft Battery.
18. TX4401 (T44251) Gnr ENEVER, Arthur; Aged 26; ‘L’ Heavy Battery, Rabaul.
19. VX34611 Pte FAIRLIE, Ernest Robert; Aged 24; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
20. VX40898 Pte GALLIE, Newell Byers; Aged 28; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
21. TX4395 Gnr GALLAGHER, Tasman Leslie; Aged 21; ‘L’ Heavy Battery.
22. QX64905 (Q1473) Sig GORRING, Colin David; Aged 22; Rabaul Fortress Signals.
23. VX129342 Gnr GRAY, Percival Alexander; Aged 21; ‘L’ Heavy Battery.
24. VX23838 L/Cpl HALLS, Garnett Sydney James; Aged 24; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
25. SX11447 Gnr HANNAFORD, Robert; Aged 21; ‘L’ Heavy Battery, Rabaul.
26. VX129361 Gnr HARRISON, Clarence James; Aged 21; ‘L’ Heavy Batery, Rabaul.
27. NX191453 (N108576) Gnr HAWES, Lionel; Aged 20; Rabaul Anti-Aircraft Battery.
28. VX24169 L/Sgt HAY, John MacGregor; Aged 26; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
29. NG4030 Lieut HOFFMAN, W.G.; New Guinea Volunteer Rifles. (Listed as Missing, Presumed Dead: Officer unable to be identified at end of War; estate never claimed)
30. VX36081 Pte HYMAN, Lawrence Francis; Aged 33; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
31. VX28409 Pte JARRATT, Thomas Reginald; Aged 33; 2/22nd Infantry Battalin.
32. VX24113 Pte JENNINGS, Leslie Robert; Aged 40; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
33. VX32218 Pte JONES, Frederick; Aged 25; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
34. VX29140 Pte KAVANAGH, Vincent; Aged 35; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
35. VX21971 Pte KIMPTON, Herbert William; Aged 38; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
36. VX40377 Cpl LEWIS, Norman David; Aged 24; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
37. NX191488 (N274234) Spr MACKENZIE, Peter Bernard; Aged 19; 8 Military District Engineer Service Branch.
38. VX38070 Pte MAYHEW, Laurence Bertram; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
39. QX64917 (Q79003) Sig MACKLIN, Colin Martin; Aged 20; Rabaul Fortress Signals.
40. VX17426 Pte McAULIFFE, Joseph; Aged 40; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
41. VX28450 Pte McCANN, Andrew Harry; Aged 23; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
42. VX21003 L/Cpl McFADZEAN, Walter James; Aged 22; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
43. NX191482 (N271557) Gnr McMULLEN, Desmond; Aged 19; Rabaul Anti-Aircraft Battery.
44. NX191457 (N109156) MORAN, John Frank; Aged 20; Rabaul Anti-Aircraft Battery.
45. VX24335 Pte MORROW, Frederick Arthur; Aged 22; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
46. VX38607 Pte O’FARRELL, Thomas Arthur; Aged 24; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
47. VX23230 Pte O’LOUGHLIN, James Alphonsis; Aged 34; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
48. VX23361 L/Cpl PILKINGTON, Thomas Keith; Aged 33; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
49. VX129380 (V11748 & V39380) Gnr RICHMOND, Rymer; Aged 22; ‘L’ Heavy Battery.
50. VX43100 Pte ROADKNIGHT, William Tasman Scholey; Aged 22; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
51. VX26521 Gnr RUSSELL, John Skelton; Aged 23; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
52. VX44463 Cpl SANGER, Alan Joseph; Aged 29; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
53. SX38281 (S15407) Cpl SANDISON, Douglas Henry; Aged 20; Rabaul Fortress Engineers.
54. VX23896 Pte SIMPSON, Frederick Arnold; Aged 36; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
55. VX30662 Pte SMITH, Raymond Paul; Aged 20; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
56. VX44692 Pte STEVENS, Sydney Reginald; Aged 27; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
57. VX29684 Cpl SUTTON, Archibald Edward; Aged 24; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
58. VX47682 Pte TAYLOR, Alfred William; Aged 29; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
59. VX129384 Gnr THOMAS, Harold Arthur; Aged 27; ‘L’Heavy Battery, Rabaul.
60. VX129406 (V50885) Spr VARY, Donald Lascelles; Aged 19; Rabaul Fortress Engineers.
61. SX11435 Sgt VASEY, Frederick Stanley; Aged 34; ‘L’ Heavy Battery, Rabaul.
62. VX21590 Pte WATSON, Richard Lancelot; Aged 31; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
63. VX26671 Pte WATTS, Athol French; Aged 30; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.
64. VX24818 Pte WILLIS, John Sutherland; Aged 40; 2/22nd Infantry Battalion.