Sam DUCKWORTH

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DUCKWORTH, Sam

Service Numbers: 094243, S1035, SX11290
Enlisted: 5 August 1940
Last Rank: Craftsman
Last Unit: 27th Independent Brigade Group Ordnance Workshops
Born: Manchester, England, 9 June 1898
Home Town: Port Augusta, Port Augusta, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Fitter (Commonwealth Rail)
Died: Died of Illness (POW of Japan), Borneo, 10 March 1945, aged 46 years
Cemetery: Labuan War Cemetery
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World War 1 Service

1 Jan 1916: Involvement SN 094243, Unspecified British Units

World War 2 Service

5 Aug 1940: Enlisted Citizen Military Forces (CMF) / Militia - WW2, Private, SN S1035, Volunteer Defence Corps (VDC)
6 Aug 1940: Involvement Citizen Military Forces (CMF) / Militia - WW2, Corporal, SN S1035, Volunteer Defence Corps (VDC), Homeland Defence - Militia and non deployed forces
10 Oct 1940: Promoted Citizen Military Forces (CMF) / Militia - WW2, Lance Sergeant, Volunteer Defence Corps (VDC)
12 Feb 1941: Discharged Citizen Military Forces (CMF) / Militia - WW2, Lance Sergeant, SN S1035, Discharged at own request to join 2nd/AIF
12 Feb 1941: Enlisted 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN SX11290, Adelaide, South Australia
13 Feb 1941: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Craftsman, SN SX11290
16 Feb 1942: Imprisoned Malaya/Singapore
10 Mar 1945: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Craftsman, SN SX11290, 27th Independent Brigade Group Ordnance Workshops, Prisoners of War

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Biography

WW1 Service: Samuel Duckworth firstly served on the Western front between 1916 - 1918 as a Private in the King's (Liverpool) Regiment

Pte. Sam Duckworth 27th Ind. Brigade Group, AIF of Port Augusta. Aged 42. Son of Mr and Mrs Duckworth of England. In civil life worked in Constructive Maintenance of the Commonwealth Failways at Port Augusta. Was a member of a British Regiment in the Great War and came to Australia after the Armistice. In 1940 he joined the Militia as Sgt. Instructor and joined the AIF in 1941 and left for Singapore. Fought in Malaya and taken prisoner by Japanese. He was reported POW in 1943. 

Information supplied from The Personal Pictorial Honor Roll of South Australians who have enlisted in the Second World War.

He died of illness 10 March 1945 and was buried in Labuan Cemetery.

"...SX11290 Craftsman Sam Duckworth, 27th Independent Brigade Group Ordnance Workshop, Australian Army Ordnance 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. Craftsman Duckworth, aged 46, died as a prisoner of the Japanese on 10 March 1945. He was the son of Joseph and Martha Duckworth, and the husband of Elsie Duckworth. He is commemorated on the Labuan Memorial Panel 29..." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)

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