Sergeant Leonard George (Len) Siffleet

 

 

Date of birth  1916-01-14  Gunnedah, NSW. 
Date and unit at enlistment (ORs)  1940-08  Called up for the militia, serving with a searchlight unit at Richmond Air Force Base. He was released from service after three months. 
Date and unit at enlistment (ORs)  1941-07  Joined the AIF and was posted to 1st Division signals section at Ingleburn. 
Other  1942-10-12  Volunteered for special duties and joined Z Special Force after completing a specialist signals course. 
Date promoted  1943-05-05  Promoted to sergeant. 
Date captured  1943-09  Siffleet and two others were captured by locals and handed over to the Japanese. They were tortured and questioned for three days. 
Date of death  1943-10-24  Siffleet and his two fellow captives were executed, by beheading, on Aitape Beach, New Guinea. Siffleet's executioner, Yasuno Chikao, was later captured and sentenced to be hanged. This sentence was later commuted to 10 years imprisonment. Siffleet's execution is the subject of a well known photograph.