The Daniels boys from Milang were two of many servicemen who did not return from wartime

CASUALTY: Lawrie Daniels was reported killed in action during a Flying Battle in New Britain Pacific Islands, aged 21-years, in February 1944.

CASUALTY: Lawrie Daniels was reported killed in action during a Flying Battle in New Britain Pacific Islands, aged 21-years, in February 1944.

Any war is ruthless and claims thousands of lives and destroys families, but spare a thought for the Daniels' household during World War II.

Maxwell (Max) Bourne Daniels was born 8/1/1915 and William Lawrence (Lawrie) Daniels was born about 1923, to William and Christina Daniels.

Both never returned home from the war.

The township of Milang paid a heavy price in WWII and relative Erzsi every ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day pays respect to the heroes from Milang.

"I've been doing family research on the Fleurieu Peninsula region and I came across two of my grandfather's cousins who both served in WWII. Neither came home and are interred overseas," Erzsi said.

"Due to gathering restrictions for ANZAC Day, I will be unable to attend the Milang service, but I still want to remember and pay my respects to what they did in serving our country.

"Having family that were linked to the service brings me close to tears even though I did not know them. I can only imagine the dreadful grief of the parents to lose both sons, so young with their lives ahead of them and to never be able to place flowers on their graves."

Private Max Daniels was killed in fighting at Gona (The Battle of Buna-Gona was part of the New Guinea campaign in the Pacific) during December 1942.

Younger brother Lawrie was reported as missing on offensive operations on February 21, 1944. Flight Sergeant Daniels had been serving as a pilot in the RAAF with a Beaufighter Squadron north of Australia.

Maxwell Bourne Daniels joined up to serve as SX11500 Private (KIA) D. Coy 2/27 Battalion and died overseas on 1/12/1942.

He is buried in Port Moresby (Bomana) War Cemetery, New Guinea.

William Lawrence Daniels enlisted on June 23, 1941 and died overseas. He is buried in Rabaul War Cemetery and Memorial Kokopo East New Britain, Papua New Guinea, Plot, Panel 35.

Both brothers are memorialised in Milang Memorial Gardens.

There are Memorials at the Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour.

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