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Louis Ernest Austen

Details Ellen Austen's difficult evacuation from Papua.

'Papua Evacuee', Cairns Post, 20 January 1942

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Louis Ernest AWMM
  • Surname
    Austen AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • WWII P377 AWMM
    • WWI 1217 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    26 April 1892 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Sangara, Papua AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Ellen Roberts Austen (wife), Cottesloe, Perth, Western Australia AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Served in the Australian New Guinea Administrative Unit, Second World War. He was taken prisoner and beheaded by Japanese forces on 14 August 1942, with his body being thrown into the sea at Buna Beach, Papua. Family source.

    Reported as serving on this Aubrietia-class sloop in September 1918 - this ship also served as Q-Ship No. 14 under names Cranford & Damaris. Public source.

    Served on HMS Sunflower, HMS Dreel Castle, HMS Viola, HM Trawler Samuel Dowden and HMS Begonia in the First World War as a member of the Royal Navy Reserve. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    14 August 1942 AWMM
    Age 50 AWMM
    PapuaNew Guinea (PRE 1975) AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • Port Moresby Memorial, Panel 6. AWMM
    • Panel 11, Australian War Memorial AWMM

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  • External links
  • References
    • UK, Naval Medal and Award Rolls, 1793-1972 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010. Original data: Admiralty, & Min of Defence, Navy Dept: Medal Rolls. The National Archives microfilm pub. ADM 171. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM


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