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RHODES George James

Service: Australian Army
Service number VX 33373
Locality on Enlistment: Yuulong Victoria
Duration of Service: 20 June 1940 – 11 July 1945
Prisoner of War: Yes
Honours: None for display
Date and place of Birth: 16 July 1914. Beech Forest, Victoria
Parents: James Donner RHODES and Gertrude Mabel HELMORE
Spouse: Margaret BARRY
Occupation: Farmer (Forrest), Woollen mill (Wangaratta)
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Notes: Just shy of his 26th birthday, George, a farm labourer living at Yuulong, enlisted in the Army and served in the Infantry. He disembarked in the Middle East and five months later was missing in action, officially reported as a prisoner of war on 8/8/1941.  After more than two years as a POW George and several other prisoners escaped and made their way through the treacherous mountains and into Switzerland and freedom on 6/10/1943. Twelve months later they were on their way home.