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Number VX71543

Battalion 2/12th Infantry Battalion

Place of Birth. Leongatha 12 February 1919

Next of Kin Ellen Butterworth, his wife.

Date and place of enlistment 9 January1942 Caulfield

Location on enlistment Leongatha

Occupation labourer

Date and place of death 12 January 1943 New Guinea

Location of grave or memorial

He has his name on the Port Moresby Memorial and he is remembered on the Leongatha Memorial and the memorial at Leongatha Secondary College( formerly Leongatha High School)

Relationship to Woorayl Shire

Harry was born in Leongatha and grew up on a property in Brown Street with his three older sisters. He attended Leongatha State School and Leongatha High School in the early 1930�s

Military History

At the time of his enlistment into the army in 1942, he was recorded as a labourer of Leongatha.

Harry trained at various locations in Australia before his battalion was sent to New Guinea in 1942. They went first to Milne Bay and then on to Buna and Sanananda. The 2/12th fought in difficult country and suffered heavy losses. Their efforts to clear the Japanese from the tortuous swamp country around Sanananda cost 61 lives between the 9 and 21 of January 1943. Sadly, Harry was one of them. He was killed in action on the 12 January 1943 aged 23.

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