APPLETON, Eric Herbert

  1. Service Details
  2. Personal Details
  3. Unit and Rank Details
  4. Notes
  5. Sources

Service Details

Branch of Service
Army
Conflict
World War II
Date of Enlistment
07/06/1940
Date of Discharge
24/09/1945
Place of Enlistment
Paddington NSW

Personal Details

Gender
Male
Date of Birth
22/09/1903
Place of Birth
Sydney NSW
Address (at enlistment)
Foveaux Street, Ainslie ACT
Occupation
Labourer
Next of Kin
Gwennie Appleton (wife), Foveaux Street, Ainslie ACT

Unit and Rank Details

Service Number
NX30801
Final Rank
Corporal
Final Unit
2/1 Pioneer Battalion

Notes

The 2/1 Pioneer Battalion sailed for the Middle East in September 1940. They moved to Tobruk in January 1941, attached to the 6th Division, to repair infrastructure and remained there defending the town and harbour until September 1941. In October 1941 Appleton was graded as a 'Concretor III'. He returned to Australia in March 1942 and was sent to the Kokoda Track initially manning defensive positions along the Imita Ridge. They were also employed at the 9 Mile Quarry crushing rock to be used on road and airfield construction. He was hospitalised with an ulcer in January 1943 and returned to Australia and sent to Concord Hospital. In 1945 he was sent to Darwin as part of NT Force and promoted to Corporal. He was discharged in September 1945 and later lived in Queanbeyan.

Description - height 5 feet 3 inches, grey hair, blue eyes, appendix scar, Church of England.

Sources

WWII Nominal Roll http://www.ww2roll.gov.au
ACT Electoral Rolls 1916 to 1967 http://canberraheritageportal.org/default.php
The Canberra Times - 27 January 1941
NAA RecordSearch

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