Arnold Charles FULLGRABE


FULLGRABE, Arnold Charles

Service Number: SX7962
Enlisted: 5 July 1940, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Driver
Last Unit: 2nd/2nd Motor Ambulance Convoy
Born: Keswick, South Australia, 27 July 1919
Home Town: Peterhead, Port Adelaide Enfield, South Australia
Schooling: Lefevre School, Port Adelaide, South Austral
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Died of Illness (POW of Japan - Malaria), Sandakan, Borneo, 20 April 1945, aged 25 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
No known grave - Sandakan Number 2 Compound (Cemetery on east side of track near boiler house, used from March until May 1945). - Labuan Memorial Panel 22 , Labuan Memorial, Labuan, Malaysia
Memorials: Adelaide WW2 Wall of Remembrance, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Ballarat Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial, Labuan Memorial, Labuan Federal Territory, Malaysia
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Private, SN SX7962
5 Jul 1940: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Private, SN SX7962
5 Jul 1940: Enlisted Adelaide, SA
5 Jul 1940: Enlisted Private, SN SX7962, Adelaide, South Australia
5 Jul 1940: Involvement Driver, SN SX7962
7 Dec 1941: Involvement Private, SN SX7962, 2nd/2nd Motor Ambulance Convoy, Malaya/Singapore
16 Feb 1942: Imprisoned Malaya/Singapore
20 Apr 1945: Involvement Driver, SN SX7962, 2nd/2nd Motor Ambulance Convoy, Prisoners of War

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"...SX7962 Driver Arnold Charles Fullgrabe, 2/2nd Motor Ambulance Company, Australian Army Service Corps. 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. Driver Fullgrabe, aged 25, died as a prisoner of the Japanese on 20 April 1945. He was the son of George Walter and Ada M. M. Fullgrabe, of Sandwell, SA. He is commemorated on the Labuan Memorial Panel 22..." - SOURCE (

"Two Men Reported Captives of Japs.

Mr. and Mr. G. W. Fullgrabe, of Emily street, Sandwell, have been notified that their younger son, Driver A. C. Fullgrabe, A.I.F., who had been missing in Malay for 12 months, is a prisoner of war in Borneo. Their elder son, Corporal Raymond Fullgrabe, saw service in the Middle East." - from the Adelaide News 31 Mar 1943 (

"Card From Captive.

Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Fullgrabe, of Emily street, Sandwell, have received a card dated June 20, 1942, from their younger son, Driver A. C. Fullgrabe, 24, who is a prisoner of war in Japanese hands. Driver Fullgrabe enlisted in 1940, and served in Malaya and Singapore." - from the Adelaide News 01 Oct 1943 (

The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA: 1931 - 1954) Thursday 1 November 1945

"Private Casualty Advices

Mr. and Mrs G. W. Fullgrabe have been notified that their son, Dvr A. C. Fullgrabe, died on April 20 while a prisoner in Sandakan camp." - from the Adelaide Advertiser 01 Nov 1945 (