Group portrait of some of the members of 4th Reserve Motor Transport Company, Australian Army ...

Accession Number P05289.001
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Print silver gelatin
Maker Unknown
Date made c 1940 - 1942
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copyright

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Description

Group portrait of some of the members of 4th Reserve Motor Transport Company, Australian Army Service Corps. Known to be in the photograph, however exact positions unknown are: VX43981 Private (Pte) David Pimpernell Hotchin; J Weildon (unable to further identify); VX40253 Pte Walter Roland Evans; VX47714 Pte Alan Edward Magennis; VX39976 Pte William Henry Pearce; J Farrel (unable to further identify); and VX43384 Acting Lance Corporal (L Cpl) William Thomas Rudd. Pte Hotchin as a member of B Force, died of illness in Borneo as a prisoner of war (POW) on 7 March 1945 aged 53 years. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Labuan Memorial Panel 23. Pte Evans, a member of B Force, died of illness in Borneo as a POW on 28 August 1942 aged 42 years. He is buried in the Labuan Cemetery. Pte Magennis died of illness in Thailand as a POW on 11 May 1943 aged 34 years. He is buried in the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery. Pte Pearce of Prahran, Vic, as a member of B Force, died of illness in Borneo as a POW on 1 April 1945 aged 30 years. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Labuan Memorial Panel 24. L Cpl Rudd of Windsor, Vic, as a member of B Force, died of illness in Borneo as a POW on 13 July 1945 aged 40 years. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Labuan Memorial Panel 21. The above men were a few of over 2000 Allied POW’s held in the Sandakan POW camp in north Borneo, having been transferred there from Singapore as a part of B Force. The 1494 POW's that made up B Force, were transported from Changi on 7 July 1942 on board the tramp ship Ubi Maru, arriving in Sandakan Harbour on 18 July 1942.

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