Donovan, Edward Alfred

Male 1911 - 1942  (30 years)


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  • Name Donovan, Edward Alfred 
    Born 25 Nov 1911  Perth, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 8 Sep 1942  Kokoda Trail, New Guinea Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Port Moresby War Cemetery, Port Moresby, National Capital, Papua Guinea Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Plot: B3. A. 26.
    Notes 
    • The Kokoda Track campaign or Kokoda Trail campaign was part of the Pacific War of World War II. The campaign consisted of a series of battles fought between July and November 1942 in what was then the Australian Territory of Papua. It was primarily a land battle, between the Japanese South Seas Detachment under Major General Tomitarō Horii and Australian and Papuan land forces under command of New Guinea Force. The Japanese objective was to seize Port Moresby by an overland advance from the north coast, following the Kokoda Track over the mountains of the Owen Stanley Range, as part of a strategy to isolate Australia from the United States.
      Japanese forces landed and established beachheads near Gona and Buna on 21 July 1942. Opposed by Maroubra Force, then consisting of four platoons of the 39th Battalion and elements of the Papuan Infantry Battalion, they quickly advanced and captured Kokoda and its strategically vital airfield on 29 July. Despite reinforcement, the Australian forces were continually pushed back. The veteran Second Australian Imperial Force (AIF) 21st Brigade narrowly avoided capture in the Battle of Mission Ridge – Brigade Hill from 6 to 8 September. In the Battle of Ioribaiwa from 13 to 16 September, the 25th Brigade under Brigadier Kenneth Eather fought the Japanese to a halt but ceded the field to the Japanese, withdrawing to Imita Ridge.
    Person ID I6350  Shaw_Family
    Last Modified 30 Jul 2020 

    Father Donovan, Alfred Vivian,   b. 1884, Perth, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Aug 1962, Scarborough, Stirling City, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Mother Ayres, Nellie,   b. 11 Jun 1882, Swansea, Glamorgan, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Nov 1951, Williams, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Married 1906  Leederville, Perth, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Family ID F3683  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Driver, Ethel Lilian,   b. 4 Dec 1913, Perth, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 May 1998, Southern Cross, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Married 1936  Yilgarn, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 30 Jul 2020 
    Family ID F4487  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S7962] Marriage.


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