Captain Lionel Colin Matthews

Service number VX24597
Ranks Held Captain, Lieutenant
Birth Date 1912-08-15
Birth Place Australia: South Australia, Adelaide, Stepney
Death Date 1944-03-02
Death Place Borneo
Final Rank Captain
Service Australian Army
Unit 8 Division Signals
Conflict/Operation Second World War, 1939-1945
Gazettes Published in London Gazette in 1947-11-28
Published in London Gazette in 1946-01-10
Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1947-12-11
Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1946-10-31

Lionel 'The Duke' Matthews (1912-1944) from Stepney, South Australia, had fought bravely in Malaya, gaining the Military Cross before becoming a prisoner of war. In captivity he was involved in secret underground activities until betrayed, tortured, and executed. During this ordeal he 'steadfastly refused to make admissions to implicate or endanger the lives of his associates'.



Date of birth 15 August 1912
Date of death 02 March 1944