William John OLNEY

  • POW number: 547
  • Name: OLNEY, William John
  • Listed as: O’LOONEY; O'ROONEY
  • Age: 24
  • Rank: Soldier
  • Soldier type: Infantry
  • Occupation and special skills: Driver
  • Unit: D Company 22nd Battalion
  • Place of birth: Victoria
  • Place of capture: Bu Airfield
  • Above information is a direct translation from the Japanese list. If incorrect we will not amend it.
  • POW number: 547
  • Name: OLNEY, William John
  • Listed as: O’LOONEY; O'ROONEY
  • Age: 24
  • Rank: Soldier
  • Soldier type: Infantry
  • Occupation and special skills: Driver
  • Unit: D Company 22nd Battalion
  • Place of birth: Victoria
  • Place of capture: Bu Airfield
  • Above information is a direct translation from the Japanese list. If incorrect we will not amend it.
  • Name: OLNEY, William John
  • Listed as: O’LOONEY; O'ROONEY
  • Age: 24
  • Nationality: Australian
  • Name: OLNEY, William John
  • Service number: VX30074
  • Presumed lost aboard the Montevideo Maru
  • Date of birth: 27-Aug-16
  • Service number: VX30074
  • Nationality: Australian
  • Above information taken from the persons service record.
  • Date of birth: 27-Aug-16
  • Service number: VX30074
  • Nationality: Australian
  • Above information taken from the persons service record.
  • Internee number: 547
  • Occupation and special skills: Driver
  • Place of capture: Bu Airfield
  • Although this person's name does not appear on either the Japanese or the English list recently received by the National Archives of Australia. His service file indicates that his next of kin was notified of his death aboard the Montevideo Maru.
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This person can be viewed on the English list at page 33 and on the Japanese list at page 57.


Memories

  • Jock had three Brothers - Murdy, William, Roddy, Neil and eight Sisters Bessie, Elsie, Jessie, Marian, Ivy, Millie, Dolly, Katie 24/06/2015
  • His friend from Launching Place - Roy Earle also went down on the Montevideo Maru 24/06/2015
  • William lived in Warburton with his Mum at O'Shannassy Weir and played football for Warburton FC. 24/06/2015
  • His brother James Neil Olney - "Neil" was in the 2/22nd as well and managed to escape to Mt Hagen : PNG 24/06/2015
  • William John Olney was known as Jock to his family and friends 24/06/2015

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