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Thomas Malarkey

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Thomas Malarkey
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Personal Information
Date of Birth 5 Dec 1917
Place of Birth Jitarning, Western Australia (between Wickepin and Kulin)
Death 1 Jul 1985
Place of Death Dalkeith, Western Australia (Hollywood Repatriation Hospital?)
Age at Enlistment 23 years, 4 months
Description 5'6" (1.m) tall ; ; dark complexion ; brown eyes ; black hair ; gunshot wound left arm
Occupation Farm labourer
Religion Roman Catholic
Address Post Office Byford
Next of Kin Father , Mr Harry Malarkey
Military Information
Reg Number WX13810
Date of Enlistment 2 Jun 1941
Rank Private
Unit/Formation 2/11th Australian Infantry Battalion
Military Movement
1st Departure from Australia
Journey Dates 9 Sep 1941 ‒ 23 Sep 1941
Transport Details HMT Queen Mary Fremantle to Port Tewfik, Egypt
Return to Australia
Journey Dates 16 Feb 1942 ‒ 17 Mar 1942
Transport Details HMT Durban Castle Middle East to Adelaide
2nd Departure from Australia
Journey Dates 5 Nov 1944 ‒ 13 Nov 1944
Transport Details HMT Katoomba Townsville to Aitape, New Guinea
Return to Australia
Journey Dates 20 Feb 1945
Transport Details by aircraft Aitape, New Guinea to Sydney
Post War Details
Fate Returned to Australia
Monument(s) ANZAC Memorial Park (Byford)
Medals 1939-45 Star
Pacific Star
War Medal 1939-45
Australian Service Medal 1939-45



Pre War

1943 Electoral Roll (drawn up pre war?) has him at Byford, no occupation.

War Service

Enlisted at Claremont camp on 2 Jun 1941, and on 6 Jun 1941 he was transferred to the Naval Base Training Depot.. Here on 7 Jun 1941 he was transferred to the No 1 Training Battalion as a reinforcement for the 2/11th Infantry Battalion. Tom was granted pre-embarkation leave from 6 - 14 Aug 1941 before embarking for overseas on 9 Sep 1941 aboard HMT Queen Mary which with Queen Elizabeth comprised Convoy US12A, disembarking on 23 Sep 1941.


On 3 Oct 1941 Tom was evacuated to the 2/1st Australian General Hospital with dysentery. He returned to camp on 20 Oct 1941, and joined the 2/11th Infantry Battalion on 13 Nov 1941 which at the time was rebuilding while performing garrison duties in Syria. On 16 Feb 1942 he embarked on the HMT Durban Castle for Adelaide, arriving there on 17 Mar 1942.


On 23 Jun 1942 Tom was charged with being AWOL from midnight 20 Jun until 10:30pm on 21 Jun 1942. Fined 10/- ($1), and automatic forfeiture of 1 days pay. On 17 Aug 1942 Tom sought assistance from the 2/2nd Australian Field Ambulance for measles, and was released back to his unit on 31 Aug 1942. Tom was granted efficiency pay from 1 Jul 1943. Then on 16 Jul 1943 he and the battalion entrained in Perth for Queensland. Here, from 19 - 29 Dec 1943 he was treated for appendicitis by the 2/6th Australian General Hospital.

Tom top right Queensland 1944


Tom and the rest of his unit boarded the HMT Katoomba in Townsville on 5 Nov 1944 for New Guinea, disembarking in Aitape on 13 Nov 1944. in late 1944 the 2/11th Battalion was committed to the Aitape–Wewak campaign. A mopping up operation, the campaign was one of a series of patrols and advances. At the start of the campaign in January 1945, the 2/11th were assigned to an area on the eastern bank of the Danmap River and as the campaign progressed advanced south of Wewak. Tom was a member of 'D' Company wounded in action on 21 Jan 1945 with wounds caused by a grenade to his left side of his trunk, and a gunshot wound to his left elbow. An alternative explanation of his injury was that a bullet had fractured his left arm before lodging in his chest. [1]Treated by the 2/7th Australian Field Ambulance on 25 Jan 1945, he was evacuated to the 104th Australian Casualty Clearing Station the same day and then on to the 2/11th Australian General Hospital. On 8 Feb 1945 he was transferred to the 2/7th Australian General Hospital, who on 15 Feb 1945 decided to evacuated him to the mainland via the 18th Field Ambulance.


On 20 Feb 1945 this occurred courtesy of the NADZAB 20 2/US to Brisbane and there he entered the 112th Australian General Hospital (Brisbane). On 1 Mar 1945 he boarded an Ambulance Train for Sydney where he entered the 121st Australian General Hospital until 14 Mar 1945 when he was released to the 110th Australian Base Hospital. On 20 Apr 1945 he was transferred form the 110th Base Hospital to the 109th Australian Convalescent Camp, but on 7 Jun 1945 he reversed this transfer to be treated for malaria by the 110th Australian Base Hospital. On 17 Jul 1945 he was transferred to Western Command in Perth and was classified as unfit for heavy lifting with his left arm. This resulted in a posting on 17 Aug 1945 to the 26th Australian Works Company, but detached to the 109th Australian Convalescent Camp at Point Walter. Apart from another relapse of malaria, it appears that he remained in the convalescent depot until two days before discharge by Western Command on 24 Oct 1945.

Post War

From 18 Jun 1946 until 5 Oct 1948 Tom was employed as a Casual worker by the West Australian Government Railways at Yealering. Electoral Roll entries: 1949 Yealering, repairer; 1954 at Wittenoom, mill hand; 1958 Yearlering, farm hand; 1963 Koolan Island, warf hand; 1968 at Miling, unemployed; 1977 at 126 Toorak road, Rivervale, no occupation; 1980 at 162 Royal street, East Perth.

Notes

Three brothers also served. Clarence WX2165 born 7 Jul 1906; Francis WX3211 born 5 Nov 1913; and Len WX10494 born 11 Dec 1920.

  1. Battalion into Battle - The history of the 2/11th Australian Infantry Battalion 1939-45 Wes Olsen 2011

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