Angelo Andrew Pagoda

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Angelo Andrew Pagoda
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Personal Information
Date of Birth 10 Mar 1914
Place of Birth Day Dawn, Western Australia
Death 1 Mar 1945
Place of Death Cootamundra, New South Wales
Age at Enlistment 27 years old
Occupation Brick worker
Religion Roman Catholic
Address Prospect road, Armadale, Western Australia
Next of Kin Mother , Ms. Santina Varshetti
Military Information
Reg Number W20671 & WX36329
Date of Enlistment 6 Mar 1941
Rank Gunner
Unit/Formation 381 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Troop
Post War Details
Fate Accidental death in Australia
Monument(s) Cannington, Western Australia
WA State War Memorial
Australian War Memorial Australian War Memorial
Medals Defence Medal
War Medal 1939-45
Australian Service Medal 1939-45

Pre War

Electoral Roll entries: 1936 - 1937 at Nullagine, prospector

War Service

Mobilised on a part time basis in the CMF on 6 Mar 1941. His first training camp was from 22 Aug 1941 until 19 Nov 1941 at Melville after which he was called up for full time duty on 11 Mar 1942, but as he was in a protected occupation, he did commence with the Army until 28 Jul 1942. On 5 Aug 1942 he was transferred to the General Reinforcements at Northam where he joined the 13th Australian Infantry Training Battalion. On 1 Sep 1942 Angelo was transferred to 109th Anti-Aircraft Training Battery. On 29 Sep 1942 Angleo was detached to the 419th Gun Station, formally transferring there on 18 Nov 1942. Anglo enlisted in the 2nd AIF on 4 Jan 1943.

On 16 Jan 1943 Angelo was found guilty of having been AWOL from Noon 16 Jan until 6:00pm the same day - he forfeited a day's pay and was fined 20/- ($2). He was then transferred on 13 Jul 1943 to the 22nd Anti Aircraft Battery and was classified as eligible for proficiency pay from 21 Jul 1943. On 4 Feb 1944 Angelo entrained for South Australia and onward movement to the Northern Territory, arriving there on 14 Mar 1944 and he was then transferred to the 381st Heavy Anti Aircraft Troop (Static). With their services no longer required in the Northern Territory the anti aircraft battery and its personnel were transfered back to Greta in NSW on 1 Jan 1945 where they were disbanded and the men transferred to other units.

  • Cootamundra Cemetery - War section
  • War cemetery Grave 6 in Plot B, Row D


Alongside Line Near Nubba

For the third time, within 13 months a soldier has been killed as a result of falling from a train between Cootamundra and Harden. Yesterday the body of WX36329 Gnr. A. A. Pagoda was found by a fettler, Mr. Ware, near Nubba. It had been terribly cut about! The previous two victims were a soldier named West, found between Wallendbeen and Nubba, and a soldier named Purcell, found between Jindalee and Wallendbeen. Gnr. Pagoda was buried in the Cootamundra war cemetery this after noon.[1]


The inquiry into the death of the late Angelo Andrew Pagoda, whose body was found alongside the South-ern Line near Nubba, was also held. Dr. Henry said deceased's injuries were consistent with him falling from a train, and being dragged along after the fall.

George Alfred Ware, fettler, of Nubba, gave evidence that he found the body, and arranged for the ambulance and the police to be called. Plainclothes Constable Haskew said that inquiries had been made in Sydney and Albury, but it had not yet been possible to establish which train the deceased was travelling on. So far no equipment or luggage had been found in the trains. Further inquiries are being continued, and a report had been forwarded to the Victorian police for inquiries in that State. The inquest was adjourned until April 9.[2]


Into Soldier's Death The deputy coroner Mr. J. T. Renehan) concluded yesterday the inquiry into the death of Angelo Andrew Pa goda, soldier, whose body was found alongside the southern railway line' on March 1. The coroner found that deceased died from haemorrhage and shock from extensive wounds of the shoulder and right arm and a head injury, caused by falling from a troop train on which he was a passenger, but whether or not the fall was accidental or otherwise the evidence adduced did not allow him to say.

Plainclothes Constable W. Haskew, of Cootamundra, said that police inquiries revealed that deceased was travelling In a troop train from Melbourne to Sydney with his unit. The train passed the spot where his body was found at about 1.20 a.m. on Thursday, March 1. Other members of the unit travelling, with the de-ceased had been interviewed, and statements obtained. It had not been possible to ascertain what caused the deceased to fall from the train. All members of the unit were on good terms, and there were no suspicious circumstances. Their statements indicated that Pagoda was asleep on the train at 11.30, and was not missed until the train arrived in Sydney. From information supplied it appeared that his mother resided in Western Australia.[3]


  1. Trove: Cootamundra Herald (NSW : 1877 - 1954), Fri 2 Mar 1945, Page 2.
  2. Trove: Cootamundra Herald (NSW : 1877 - 1954), Tuesday 20 March 1945, page 2
  3. Trove: Cootamundra Herald (NSW : 1877 - 1954), Tuesday 10 April 1945, page 2

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