LEST WE FORGET

Leading Aircraftman Thomas James IRVINE

Service No: 76974
Born: Brisbane QLD, 29 November 1907
Enlisted in the RAAF: 22 July 1942
Unit: No. 2 Defence Squadron attached to No. 61 Airfield Construction Wing
Died: Ground Operations: Labuan, 5 May 1945, Aged 37 Years
Buried: Labuan War Cemetery, Malaysia
CWGC Additional Information: Son of George and Margaret Irvine, of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Roll of Honour: Brisbane QLD
Remembered: Panel 115, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

On 5 May 1945, Leading Aircraftman Irvine, a Guard, died as a result of enemy action, when his Guard Post was attacked with hand grenades and bayonets, by three members of a Japanese party. The enemy party was destroyed by other members of the Guard Post.

References:

Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records (RAAF Casualty Information compiled by Alan Storr (409804))
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veterans’ Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 166/19/96