NSW. Paybook photograph, taken on enlistment, of NX2560 Private Leslie John Hales, 2/30th ...

Accession Number P02467.021
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Film copy negative
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copyright

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

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Description

NSW. Paybook photograph, taken on enlistment, of NX2560 Private Leslie John Hales, 2/30th Battalion, Australian Infantry. He 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 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. Private Hales, aged 28, died as a prisoner of the Japanese on 5 April 1945. He was the son of John Mallory Hales and Marcella Ellen Hales, of Glebe, NSW. He is commemorated on the Labuan Memorial Panel 17. (Photograph copied from AWM232, items 4 and 5. Personal information from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Database.)