Lieutenant James Robert Badham

Service number VX24728
Birth Date 1913-10-14
Birth Place Australia: Victoria, Melbourne, Sandringham
Death Date 1967-09-09
Death Place Australia: Victoria, Melbourne
Final Rank Lieutenant
Unit 2/22nd Australian Infantry Battalion
Conflict/Operation Second World War, 1939-1945

Lieutenant James Robert Badham enlisted to the Second Australian Imperial Force on 17 June 1940, after previously serving in the Militia. After a period of training, he embarked for service in Rabaul, New Britain with 2/22 Australian Infantry Battalion in April 1941. With this unit, Lieutenant Badham served as part of Lark Force, tasked with protecting airfields and a seaplane base near Rabaul. In January 1941, Lieutenant Badham was taken as a prisoner of war when the Japanese captured Rabaul. As a prisoner, he was interned in various prisoner of war camps, including Zentsuji Camp in Shikoku, Osaka, Japan. Lieutenant Badham was liberated after the war, and discharged on 9 January 1946.



Date of birth 14 October 1913
Date of enlistment 17 June 1940
Date of discharge 09 January 1946
Date of death 09 September 1967