Cecil Roy FUSS

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FUSS, Cecil Roy

Service Number: SX9391
Enlisted: 20 July 1940
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: General / Motor Transport Company/ies
Born: Moonta, South Australia, 28 March 1900
Home Town: Moonta, Copper Coast, South Australia
Schooling: Monta Mines Public School, South Australia
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Died of Illness (POW of Japan), Borneo, 17 March 1945, aged 44 years
Cemetery: Labuan War Cemetery
No known grave, Labuan Memorial, Labuan, Malaysia
Memorials: Adelaide WW2 Wall of Remembrance, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Ballarat Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial, Lameroo Oval Memorial Gates, Moonta Mines Public School Honour Roll WW2
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World War 2 Service

20 Jul 1940: Enlisted Private, SN SX9391, Adelaide, South Australia
20 Jul 1940: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Lance Corporal, SN SX9391
16 Feb 1942: Imprisoned Malaya/Singapore
17 Mar 1945: Involvement Lance Corporal, SN SX9391, General / Motor Transport Company/ies, Prisoners of War

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Biography contributed by Paul O'Bree

"...SX9391 Lance Corporal Cecil Roy Fuss, 4th Reserve Motor Transport 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 E Force. The 500 Australian and 500 British POW's who made up E Force, left Changi on 28 March 1943, on board the S.S. DeKlerk arriving at Berhala Island (adjacent to Sandakan Harbour) on 15 April 1943. The POW's were held there until 5 June, when they were taken by barge to Sandakan. The next day they were transferred to the 8 Mile Camp, which was about half a mile from the B Force compound. Lance Corporal Fuss, aged 44, died as a prisoner of the Japanese on 17 March 1945. He was the son of Frederick Charles and Annie Marie Fuss, and the husband of Stella Fuss, of Lameroo, SA. He is commemorated on the Labuan Memorial Panel 21..." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)

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