Portrait of Private R J Mitchell, 8 Australian Divisional Ammunition Sub Park, AASC

Place Asia: Borneo, North Borneo, Sandakan
Accession Number P05848.001
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Digital file TIFF
Maker Unknown
Place made Australia: Victoria, Melbourne
Date made c July 1940
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


Studio portrait of SX9673 Private (Pte) Ronald James Mitchell, 8th Division Ammunition Sub-Park, Australian Army Service Corps. Pte Mitchell was one of over 2000 Allied prisoners of war (POW) held in the Sandakan POW camp in north Borneo, having been transferred there from Singapore as a part of E Force. The 500 Australian and 500 British POWs who made up E Force, left Changi on 28 March 1943, on board the S S DeKlerk arriving at Berhala Island (adjacent to Sandakan Harbour) on 15 April 1943. The POWs were held there until 5 June, when they were taken by barge to Sandakan. The next day they were transferred to the 8 Mile Camp, which was about half a mile from the B Force compound. Private Mitchell, aged 29, died as a prisoner of the Japanese on 22 June 1945. A hand-made wooden box which Pte Mitchell received for first prize in a singing contest at Changi POW camp is held at the Australian War Memorial. See REL36512.