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Colin James LACKMANN

Colin James LACKMANN

Male 1918 - 1941  (22 years)

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  • Name Colin James LACKMANN  [1
    Born 28 Nov 1918  Pinnaroo SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Biography Notes 1940-1941  WWII Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    A WWII "Rat of Tobruk" he was KIA 15 Sep 1941 
    • «b»Colin James Lackmann«/b». b. 28/11/1918 at Pinnaroo, S.A. - killed in action with 2nd A.l.F. in Tobruk on 15/9/1941.
      Lance/Bombadier Colin James Lackmann was named after his uncle, Colin Donald Sydney McLean, 5th and youngest child of Donald Henry and Ellen McLean, who was killed at Brae, France, while serving with the 1st A.l.F.
      Colin was educated the Murrayville State School. He first worked as a slaughterman and delivery man for a local butcher, then went mustering cattle in Queensland and New South Wales.
      He then joined the Royal Australian Artillery at Queenscliff, Vic., and enlisted in the 2nd A.l.F. in 1940. He participated in the siege of Tobruk for 5 months, and was killed only days before they were to be withdrawn from the area when Tobruk was handed over to English troops.
      Like his namesake, Colin McLean, he was just 22 years and 10 months of age at the time of his death. A "Rat of Tobruk" he was killed on 15/9/1941.
    Military Service 1940-1941  WWII Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Enlisted 17 May 1940 at Fort Queenscliffe/Caulfield Vic, NOK:father:Clarence Lackmann, KIA (overseas serial number) 15 Sep 1941 a Bombadier of 2/12 Field Regiment. Honour Roll at Murrayville SA 
    Cause of death 15 Sep 1941  Tobruk Egypt Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    from awm.gov.au website:" Rat of Tobruk" Service number VX15684 Death Date:15 September 1941, Death Place:Egypt Final Rank:Acting Bombardier, Service Australian Army 2/12th Field Regiment, in Egypt Conflict/Operation WWII, 1939-1945 
    Died 15 Sep 1941  Tobruk Egypt Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 5
    • Rat of Tobruk enlisted 17 May 1940, died 15 Sep 1941 at 22yoa buried at Tobruk War Cemetery
    Military Service 1940-1946  WWII Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Date of Death 15 Sep 1941 as Rank Bombardier in 2/12 FIELD REGIMENT Roll of Honour MURRAYVILLE SA  
    Person ID I-3397  Christina and Donald McLean | John McLean's descendants
    Last Modified 12 Feb 2018 

    Father Clarence Ferninand LACKMANN,   b. 8 Oct 1891, Miram Vic Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jan 1947, Melbourne Vic Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years) 
    Relationship -1112 
    Mother Ethel May Victoria MCLEAN,   b. 22 Jul 1893, Kiata Vic Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 May 1979, Murrayville SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years) 
    Relationship -1112 
    Married Adelaide SA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F-1112  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    0292 - Colin James Lackmann in 1940.jpg
    0292 - Colin James Lackmann in 1940.jpg

  • Sources 
    1. [S-3] FS BRB - 'Donald & Christina McLean & Their Descendants', 1995, The BRB has a good index for each individual. Copies of the BRB available Strathalbyn National Trust Museum & Library, several libraries around Australia including State Library SA, and Western Australian Genealogical Society Bayswater WA Request assistance for locating a copy through 'Contact us' on this website. .

    2. [S-75] http://www.genealogysa.org.au, 23 Jan 2017 Researcher Lorna McLean.
      BORN:1918,LACKMANN,Colin James to father: Clarence Ferdinand LACKMANN and mother: Ethel May Victoria MCLEAN at Wellington SA Reg No 29A/121

    3. [S-77] http//:www.ww2rolls.gov.au, https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/P10291647, 23 Jan 2017 Researcher Lorna McLean.
      Nominal WWII Army service records indicated overseas action by his service number

    4. [S-91] Australian War Memorial website, https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/P10291647, 12 Feb 2018 Researcher Lorna McLean.
      Full entry of enlistment-details here in events broken down.

    5. [S-141] WWI Rats of Tobruk tribute list to 267pages, 16 Feb 2018 Researcher Lorna McLean.
      LACKMANN Colin James Bombadier KIA 28/11/1918 15/09/1941 VX15684 2/12 Fld Reg Burial at Tobruk War Cemetery 6 J 11

    6. [S-91] Australian War Memorial website, https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/P10291647, 12 Feb 2018 Researcher Lorna McLean.
      Full entry of enlistment-see attachments