Leonard Jack ANNEAR


ANNEAR, Leonard Jack

Service Number: NX49646
Enlisted: 25 October 1941, Paddington, New South Wales
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 2nd/19th Infantry Battalion
Born: Drouin, Victoria, 12 August 1920
Home Town: Enmore, Armidale Dumaresq, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Died of Illness (POW of Japan), Borneo, Malaya, 20 February 1945, aged 24 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
No known grave - Memorial Panel 12 also Panel 42 at the AWM
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Labuan Memorial, Labuan Federal Territory, Malaysia
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World War 2 Service

25 Oct 1941: Enlisted 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN NX49646, Paddington, New South Wales
26 Oct 1941: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN NX49646, 2nd/19th Infantry Battalion
20 Feb 1945: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN NX49646, 2nd/19th Infantry Battalion, Prisoners of War

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Father John William Annear and Mother Hilda Blanche Annear,
living at 31 Edgeware Road, Enmore, NSW (in 1953).

Next of kin in service:
Father      6214 Private John William Annear (19 years old - 1916) 
                7th Infantry Battalion
                (prior to embarking, last lived at 76 Peel Street, Windsor, VIC)
                11/9/1916  embarked on board HMAT A14 Euripides
                20/5/1919  Returned to Australia (Private, 1st Division Train)

Uncle      6952 Private Charles Frederick Annear (28 years old - 1916)
               (prior to embarking, last lived at 76 Peel Street, Windsor, VIC)
               12/10/1916  enlisted in Melbourne
               23/11/1916  embarked on board HMAT Hororata A20
               26/4/1918    killed in action at Hamel
               buried in       Caestre Military Cemetery, Caestre, France


25/10/1941    Enlisted at Punchbowl, NSW (21 years old)
                     later signed up at Paddington, NSW

A Private with 2nd/19th Infantry Battalion.

Private Leonard Annear 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
7/7/1942 on board the tramp ship Ubi Maru, arriving in Sandakan Harbour
on 18/7/1942.

20/2/1945     Private Annear (24 years old), died as a prisoner of the Japanese,
                    in Borneo, Malaya

He is commemorated on the Labuan Memorial Panel 12.

Sourced and submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  9/5/2015.  Lest we forget.