Kevin Milbank LOADER

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LOADER, Kevin Milbank

Service Number: SX10163
Enlisted: 16 August 1940, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 22 Independent Brigade Group Ordnance Workshop AAOC
Born: Port Broughton, South Australia, 11 October 1911
Home Town: Kensington Park, Burnside, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Motor engineering/Machining specialist
Died: Died of Illness (POW of Japan - Malaria) , Sandakan, Borneo, 13 May 1945, aged 33 years
Cemetery: Labuan War Cemetery
Kevin's body was not formally identified however Japanese records indicated the burial row within Sandakan POW camp. He is buried Known Unto God Labuan
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Labuan Memorial
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World War 2 Service

16 Aug 1940: Enlisted 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN SX10163, Army Training Units, Adelaide, South Australia
13 Jul 1941: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Sergeant, SN SX10163, 22 Independent Brigade Group Ordnance Workshop AAOC, Australia's Northern Periphery
7 Dec 1941: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Sergeant, SN SX10163, 22 Independent Brigade Group Ordnance Workshop AAOC, Malaya/Singapore
16 Feb 1942: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Sergeant, SN SX10163, 22 Independent Brigade Group Ordnance Workshop AAOC, Prisoners of War

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Biography

Kevin and his mates left Singapore on the Tramp steamer Yubi Maru. This vessel is listed on the Japanese Hell Ship list. He and other B Force members arrived in Borneo on the 7th July 1942.

He contracted malaria and died 13th May 1945 at 0505 hours Borneo time. He was given the death roll number of 899, dying in Sandakan No 1 camp.

I was shown where his body was located along with others but could he not be formally identified for certain and was reinterred at Labuan Cemetery Known Unto God. I was fortunate enough to be in Labuan CWGC Cemetery in 2010 with a group which comprised a piper namely Barry Ward and we piped a lament for my mothers cousin Kevin Loader and his mates. In 1942 Kevin applied for a patent for an amoured motor cycle which he forwarded to the War Department. The idea was rejected, I was able to puchase a copy of the drawing. - Bob Sandow

"...SX10163 Sergeant Kevin Milbank Loader, 22nd 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. Sergeant Loader, aged 33, died as a prisoner of the Japanese on 13 May 1945. He was the son of George and Edi May Loader, of Kensington Park, SA. He is commemorated on the Labuan Memorial Panel 28..." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)

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