Ronald James MITCHELL

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MITCHELL, Ronald James

Service Number: SX9673
Enlisted: 26 July 1940, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 8th Division Ammunition Sub-Park
Born: North Unley, South Australia, 27 February 1916
Home Town: St Peters, Norwood Payneham St Peters, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Died of Illness (POW of Japan), Borneo, 22 June 1945, aged 29 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
No known grave
Memorials: Adelaide WW2 Wall of Remembrance, Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Labuan Memorial, Labuan Federal Territory, Malaysia
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World War 2 Service

26 Jul 1940: Enlisted 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN SX9673, Adelaide, South Australia
22 Jun 1945: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN SX9673, 8th Division Ammunition Sub-Park, Prisoners of War
Date unknown: Involvement

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

"...SX9673 Private Ronald James Mitchell, 8th Division Ammunition Sub-Park, Australian Army Service Corps. Pte Mitchell 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 POWs 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 POWs 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. Private Mitchell, aged 29, died as a prisoner of the Japanese on 22 June 1945. A hand-made wooden box which Pte Mitchell received for first prize in a singing contest at Changi POW camp is held at the Australian War Memorial..." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)

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