One of my Uncles was a POW in WW2.  He is listed in the POW records as L.C. Russell, but on the nominal roll as Kenneth Russell, Private NX 81355.  His NOK was Leslie Russell.  Am I looking at two different people who were POW's in the dental corp?

Any help would be appreciated.

Barb

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Comment by Elizabeth Allen on December 27, 2014 at 15:42

Barbara,    The war memorial has  LC RUSSELL under NX81355 and there is no Kenneth RUSSELL under that number listed for WW2 - he could possibly have two different numbers

Maybe you could contact them for advice?  www.awm.gov.au

It is possible he was known under both name or else this is an error

Elizabeth

Comment by Elizabeth Allen on December 28, 2014 at 16:10

Barbara,  What was your Uncles full name - might help sort this out

Elizabeth

Comment by Debra on December 31, 2014 at 10:16

Hi Barbara,


According to electoral rolls, Kenneth was a career soldier so his records may have been amalgamated with the later ones and that is why he doesn't appear in the NAA catalogue. Here is a link to info about post WW2 records:


http://www.naa.gov.au/collection/explore/defence/service-records/ar...

With limited info it looks to me as if Kenneth and Leslie Charles were brothers - is that right?

Still a few odd things that I don't understand.

Kenneth's engagement notice says " ...Pte Kenneth Russell ex POW Singapore..."

The newspaper POW references are:
"Reported Prisoners of War (abroad): Pte. L. C. Russell, Med."
"PRISONERS OF WAR - Received From Japanese Government - N.S.W. LIST - NX 81355 L.C. Russell"

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/17960405
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/76272356
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/144197466

Their nominal roll entries identify Kenneth as a POW, but not Leslie Charles.

Leslie:
http://www.ww2roll.gov.au/Veteran.aspx?serviceId=A&veteranId=35...

Kenneth:
http://www.ww2roll.gov.au/Veteran.aspx?serviceId=A&veteranId=12...

The first thing you notice about these two men is that they were very young, and Leslie's enlistment number, just an 'N' before the digits, indicates that he was in the Citizen's Military Forces (CMF) but not the AIF (NX prefix)


Kenneth's numbers are I believe his later service number (21782), his first enlistment number in the CMF (N274401), his second enlistment number in the Permanent Military Forces (PMF) (NP35537) and his AIF enlistment (NX81355).

I don't know why the POW references are to Leslie Charles and not Kenneth and I agree with Elizabeth that you should contact the AWM to have them clarify the details.

Cheers,

Debra

Comment by barbara kernos on December 31, 2014 at 10:32

Thanks for your help Debra, I did not consider if my uncle had a brother or not, as he married my fathers sister.  That may be the solution however.  Barb.

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