Images of the WWII soldiers displayed in the Leongatha Historical Society. sd104121

THE Leongatha Historical Society has been researching the men and women from the former Woorayl Shire who lost their lives as a result of World War Two.

“What we’ve done is research all of the people, and they’re on our website. How I’ve arranged these people is by what happened to them,” said Lyn Skillern, Secretary at Leongatha Historical Society.

“We had 18 people who were in one Battalion, and only three survived. There were some prisoners of war who drowned when a prisoner of warship sunk, we had some men who were murdered, some died in action, there’s a whole bunch,” Ms Skillern said.

The stories of these men can be found on the Leongatha Historical Society’s website,

As part of this project, a set of photographs has been made showing each of these men and women.

However, the society has not been able to find photographs of the following men and encourages anyone with a photo or information to reach out via

Bair Robert. 2/14th Battalion North Borneo Leongatha
Beecroft Robert 2/24th Battalion El Alamein Meeniyan
Bowden Laurie RAN HMAS Sydney Dumbalk
Buckley Paul 13 Armoured Regiment Buffalo
Chisholm Donald RAN HMAS Yarra Meeniyan
Coles Leslie 13th Gen Hospital Singapore Milford
Henry Due 2/7th Battalion Townsville Leongatha
Edwards Herbert 27 Brigade Coy, Aust A S Corps Meeniyan
Egan Clement 2/32nd Battalion New Guinea Inverloch
Egan Bernard. 2/24th Battalion Inverloch
Ferguson Sydney 2/23rd Battalion North Borneo Dollar
Field John 2/21st Battalion Ambon Indonesia Ruby
Johnson Stanley 2/4th Anti-tank Regiment Tarwin Lower
Lincoln Harold RAAF Victoria Leongatha
Mahomad Robert 2/2nd Pioneer Battalion Syria Leongatha
Peddle Claude. 2/1st Armoured Division Mt Eccles
Prowse Horace 2/23rd Battalion New Guinea Dumbalk North
Rae John 2/2 Pioneer Battalion POW Allambie
Richardson William H 2/2nd Pioneer Bn Burma Railway Meeniyan
Ryan Leslie. A.C.M.F. 39th Infantry Battalion Kokoda Leongatha
Simmons John 2/21st Battalion Ambon Indonesia Mt Eccles South
Talbett Keith 2/108 Gen Tran Coy. Alice Springs. Leongatha
Trotman Harry + 26th New Zealand Battalion Libya Leongatha/NZ
Uren Oswald 2/21st Battalion Ambon Indonesia Fish Creek
Waide Daniel Army Postal Service Leongatha Leongatha
Watson Ronald 22nd Battalion New Guinea Leongatha Wheelans
Wise Trevor RAAF New Guinea Leongatha/Lang Lang