William Fancourt Gifford (Bill) ARMIT

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ARMIT, William Fancourt Gifford

Service Number: VX65186
Enlisted: 18 December 1941, Royal Park, Victoria
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 2nd/10th Ordnance Workshop
Born: Toorak, Victoria, 15 February 1915
Home Town: Swifts Creek, East Gippsland, Victoria
Schooling: East Malvern Grange School & Melbourne Grammar School
Occupation: Station Manager
Died: Died of Illness (POW of Japan - beri beri & dysentry), Burma, 4 October 1943, aged 28 years
Cemetery: Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery
Grave Ref. A, 15 F
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Omeo War Memorial, Swifts Creek Football Club Pictorial Honour Roll, Swifts Creek War Memorial
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World War 2 Service

18 Dec 1941: Enlisted 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN VX65186, Royal Park, Victoria
4 Oct 1943: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN VX65186, 2nd/10th Ordnance Workshop, Prisoners of War

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Biography

William Fancourt Gifford ARMIT was born on 15th February, 1915 in Toorak, Victoria

His parents were William Duke ARMIT and Hester Christina MITCHELL - His Father was a retired Lieutenant Commander (Royal Naval Reserves) England, now retired & came from Dublin, Ireland - His mother Hester was born in St Kilda, Victoria

William enlisted on 18th December, 1941 in Royal Park, Victoria while he was living at Bindi Station via Swifts Creek - he embarked from Sydney on 10th January, 1942 for Singapore - he was with the 2/10 Ordnance Workshop

He was taken a Prisoner of War in Malaya on 16th February, 1942 and died of Illness on 4th October, 1943 in Burma -he is buried in Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery, Myanmar

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Argus Melbourne, 2nd October, 1945

DEATHS on Active Service

ARMIT.- On October 4, 1943 in POW Camp, Burma, VX651868, William Fancourt Giffard, 2/10th Ordnance, elder son of  H.C. and the late W. D. Armit, Bindi Station, East Gippsland aged 28 years.

 

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