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ID number P01649.003
Collection Photograph
Object type Black & white - Print silver gelatin
Maker Unknown (Maker)
Place made Australia: New South Wales, Bathurst
Date made August 1941


Informal portrait Aboriginal serviceman NX31660 Private George Henry Beale, 2/20th Battalion. He was captured, along with his brother, NX31736 Pte Frederick Beale after the fall of Singapore on 15 February 1942 and spent time in Changi POW camp before being sent to Naoetsu Camp in Japan with C Force on board Kamakura Maru, and were forced to work as steel mill labourers. Pte George Beale died on the operating table, from injuries sustained in an accident after working a 24 hour shift, on 28 May 1943. His brother, Pte Frederick Beale survived the war and was released in September 1945.