Robert Harmer BARRATT


BARRATT, Robert Harmer

Service Number: VX43489
Enlisted: 2 July 1940, Caulfield, Victoria
Last Rank: Gunner
Last Unit: 2nd/4th Anti Tank Regiment
Born: Mount Gambier, South Australia, 10 March 1909
Home Town: Mount Gambier, Mount Gambier, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farm labourer
Died: Died of Illness (POW of Japan), Borneo, 10 December 1944, aged 35 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
No known grave - Panel 1
Tree Plaque: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Labuan Memorial, Labuan Federal Territory, Malaysia
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World War 2 Service

2 Jul 1940: Enlisted 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN VX43489, Caulfield, Victoria
3 Jul 1940: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN VX43489
16 Feb 1942: Imprisoned Malaya/Singapore
10 Dec 1944: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Gunner, SN VX43489, 2nd/4th Anti Tank Regiment, Prisoners of War

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Biography contributed by Jon Harmer

"...VX43489 Gunner Robert Harmer Barratt, 4th Anti Tank Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery. 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. Gunner Barratt, aged 35, died as a prisoner of the Japanese on 10 December 1944. He was the son of Thomas and Frances Rebecca Amy Barratt, of Rosslyn Park, SA. He is commemorated on the Labuan Memorial Panel 1." - SOURCE (