Biography

Birth date: 15 August 1912
Birth place: Australia: South Australia, Adelaide, Stepney
Death date: 02 March 1944
Death place: Borneo
Final rank: Captain
Service number: VX24597 - Second World War, 1939-1945
Unit: 8 Division Signals

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'.

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Rolls and Awards

  • Rank: Captain
  • Date of Death: 02 March 1944
  • Unit: 8 Division Signals
  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Unit: 8 Division Signals
  • Theatre of war: Malaya
  • Recommended for: George Cross
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945
  • Recommended for: Military Cross
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945
  • Awarded: George Cross
  • Unit: 8 Division Signals
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945
  • Awarded: Military Cross
  • Unit: 8 Division Signals
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

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Date of birth 1912-08-15
Date of death 1944-03-02