Eric Roy ANDERSON

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ANDERSON, Eric Roy

Service Number: VX67161
Enlisted: 9 December 1941, Royal Park, Victoria
Last Rank: Craftsman
Last Unit: 2nd/10th Ordnance Workshop
Born: Coburg, Victoria, 29 August 1919
Home Town: Coburg, Moreland, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Sheet metal worker
Died: Died of Illness (POW of Japan), Borneo, 9 February 1945, aged 25 years
Cemetery: Labuan War Cemetery
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

9 Dec 1941: Enlisted 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN VX67161, Royal Park, Victoria
26 Jan 1942: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Craftsman, SN VX67161, 2nd/10th Ordnance Workshop, Malaya/Singapore
16 Feb 1942: Imprisoned Malaya/Singapore
9 Feb 1945: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Craftsman, SN VX67161, 2nd/10th Ordnance Workshop, Prisoners of War

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Biography contributed by Caz Bates

"...VX67161 Craftsman Eric Roy Anderson, 2/10th Ordnance Workshop, Australian Corps of Electrical & Mechanical Engineers. 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 Anderson, aged 25, died as a prisoner of the Japanese on 9 February 1945. He was the son of Leslie Alexandera and Edith Maud Anderson, of Coburg, Vic. He is commemorated on the Labuan Memorial Panel 29..." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)

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