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Stroud, James Frazer

Private Jim Stroud, was a member of the 2/8 Battalion, 17th Brigade, Service No. VX6495, POW No. 3749. Jim was later relocated to Stalag 383 at Hohen Fels, Germany between Nuremberg and Regensburg.
From the AWM website: In early April 1941 the 2/8th deployed to Greece. It fought a fierce battle with German troops at Vevi in the country's north on 11 and 12 April but, overstretched and assailed by a vastly superior force, was forced to withdraw. The battalion became disorganised, lost a great deal of its weapons and equipment, and many of its troops were separated. It played no significant role in the rest of the campaign and was evacuated from Kalamata, in two ships, on the night of 26 April. 199 members of the battalion were taken straight back to Egypt, while another 394 were landed on Crete after their transport, "Costa Rica", was sunk. This party fought around Canea after the landing of German paratroops on 20 May.

Jim was born in the Melbourne suburb of Ivanhoe on 7 May 1917. Post-war he was a painter living in the outer eastern Melbourne suburb of Devon Meadows. He died about 19 Jul 1971 (he was cremated at Springvale on 21 Jul) aged 54.

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