World War 11 Casualties
Robotham Lance Desmond
Studio portrait of TX3430 Private (Pte) Lance Desmond Robotham, 2/40th Battalion AIF, of Launceston, Tas. Pte Robotham enlisted at Ridgley, Tas, on 19 June 1940 and in December 1941embarked with his unit to defend Timor following a series of Japanese attacks throughout the Pacific on 7 and 8 December. Pte Robotham was captured when his battalion was forced to surrender to the Japanese on Timor on 23 February 1942. He was one of 772 Australian, British and American prisoners being transported in the Tamahoko Maru to work in Japan when on 24 June 1944 the ship was sunk by the submarine USS Tang. Pte Robotham was one of 559 killed.
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