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Queensland Korean War Memorial

  Korean War Australians Missing In Action

There are 43 Australian servicemen listed as missing in action in the Korean War, from a total of more than 17,000 Australians that served in the Korean War. There were 23 Australian Army soldiers, 18 Royal Australian Air Force airmen,

2 Royal Australian Navy aircrew who were classified "missing in action" with all presumed to have been killed in action.

We hope that one day we may be able to bring them home. 

 

(New Case details as we get them, can now be seen on)  www.ausmiakoreanwar.net.au

                    Name                                  Service Number          Rank                        Unit                             MIA Date                Location                      Family Located                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

ARMIT, Ernest Donald

ASHE, John Berkley

BOURKE, Edmund George

BRADY, Francis

BROWNE-GAYLORD, DFC, Mark

CHALMERS, Peter Botley

CHRISTIE, John King

CLARKSON, DFM, Keith Elwood

COLEBROOK, DFM, Maxwell Edwin

COLEMAN, Ronald James

COWPER, Lionel Henry Cadogan

ELLIS, Donald Campbell

FOOT, Thomas Randolph

GILLAN, Bruce Thomson

GRIFFITHS, Leslie John

HALL, John Rogers

HALLEY, John Beverley

HILLIER, Donald

HODGKISSON, Joseph William

KUNKEL, William Rudolph

LAWRENSON, DFC,AFC,  Frederick James

LORD, William Thomas Henry

McKANDRY, John Lawrence

MURPHY, William Kevin

NICHOLSON, John William

PURSSEY,DFC, Ian Goodwin Swan

ROBERTSON, Douglas Merson

ROBERTSON, Donald Neil

ROBINSON, Richard George

ROOTES, Reginald Donald

RYAN, Laurence Bonaventure

SAUNDERS, John Philip

SCURRY, Arthur John

SHENNON, Ronald William

SMITH, Francis Charles

SMITH, Kenneth Dudley

STEPHENS, Geoffrey Ingram

STRANGE, Harold Thomas

SURMAN, John Leonard

TERRY, Lionel John

WALLACE, Thomas George

WHITE, Peter

WHITEHOUSE, Dennis Edward

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2/401173

4/400156

O23665

O35079

5/2514

 

O5895

 

O33831

O21261

2/401322

O33625

3/10647

5/400213

O5309

O4425

5/400181

1/1641

O22005

2/400437

2/400919

3/400143

2/400798

O11561

O5672

O32536

O22422

2/5124

3/37672

3/400868

5/2103

1/400304

2/35020

O33843

O647

A2997

O32537

3/400376

3/400430

3/400608

3/10796    

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77 Squadron RAAF

2nd Battalion, RAR

2nd Battalion, RAR

3rd Battalion, RAR

77 Squadron, RAAF

77 Squadron, RAAF

3rd Battalion, RAR

805 Squadron, RAN

77 Squadron, RAAF

805 Squadron, RAN

77 Squadron, RAAF

77 Squadron, RAAF

3rd Battalion, RAR

77 Squadron, RAAF

1st Battalion, RAR

RHU  (Army)

77 Squadron, RAAF

77 Squadron, RAAF

3rd Battalion, RAR

1st Battalion, RAR

77 Squadron, RAAF

3rd Battalion, RAR

3rd Battalion, RAR

3rd Battalion, RAR

3rd Battalion, RAR

77 Squadron, RAAF

77 Squadron, RAAF

77 Squadron, RAAF

77 Squadron, RAAF

1st Battalion, RAR

3rd Battalion, RAR

3rd Battalion, RAR

3rd Battalion, RAR

3rd Battalion, RAR

3rd Battalion, RAR

77 Squadron, RAAF

77 Squadron, RAAF

77 Squadron, RAAF

77 Squadron, RAAF

3rd Battalion, RAR

3rd Battalion, RAR

3rd Battalion, RAR

3rd Battalion, RAR

MISSING IN ACTION -  MEMORIAL WALL  PUSAN

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John Saunders was killed in action in 1953 and is listed as Missing In Action. This page is dedicated to his son

Ian Saunders for his unselfish effort to bring closure to his family and the families of the other brave Australian Servicemen who gave their young lives as the ultimate price in the Korean War.

 

We are still trying to find living relatives as our list below shows. If you know of any person related to our MIA's.  with a No, in our list. Please contact us.

Australian Soldier Missing In Action Korea

CASE 1

  MIA 24 April 1951. 3/400143 CPL MURPHY William Kevin. Royal Australian Infantry Corps. 3rd Battalion Royal Australian Regiment

  Born: Ennis, County Clare, Ireland. 13 February 1921.

  Height: 5’ 9½” (1.76m) Weight: 137 Lbs (62Kg) Hair: Black Markings: Scar – Bridge of nose.

 

Last Known Position: GR CS 726933

 

 

CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS

 

During the Kapyong battle on 24 Apr 1951 L/Cpl Murphy, L/Cpl Devine and Pte Matchett were declared KIA by their Platoon Commander, Lt L.M. Montgomerie and Medic, Cpl J.T. McGivern. The bodies were placed together on B Coy 3 RAR’s withdrawal route at

GR CS 726933 and were last seen there by Cpl McGivern when he withdrew with B Coy at 1700 hrs. After B Coy's withdrawal

the enemy reoccupied the positions where the bodies had been left, and when they themselves withdrew, sometime after the battle,

all of the bodies with the exception of L/Cpl Murphy, were recovered, including L/Cpl Devine and Pte. Matchett. To date there has been

no sign of his body, or explanation as to why it was not recovered.

 

Comments

 

1. In the sworn statements by both Lt. Montgomerie and Cpl McGivern the Grid Ref where the three bodies were placed is shown

    as GR CS 726933.

    Though the inquest document shows GR CS 726923 in its conclusion, this reference is believed to be a typing error, as it is not

    mentioned or shown, in any of the witness statements made to the Inquest.

 

2. L/Cpl Devine is now laid to rest in Grave 978 next to Pte Matchett in Grave 979

    at the United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Korea (UNMCK).

John Saunders

Web: Nominal Roll of Australian Veterans of the Korean War: www.koreanroll.gov.au/search.aspx

© Copyright 2010 – Mr. Peter C. Aylett – Mr. Ian G. Saunders – Mr. Kevin C. Berryman OAM

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click here Contact Ian UNMC Pusan , Ian & Ian. 
Ian Saunders. Korean War son of MIA.

Ian Saunders OAM with his Grandson Ian.

At: UNMC Pusan Memorial Wall.

Click on Photo to see full Picture which

includes JP the son of a ROK KIA.

Ian Saunders. Korean War son of MIA.
Queensland Korean War Memorial