James William ARMSTRONG


ARMSTRONG, James William

Service Number: NX67672
Enlisted: 22 January 1941, Paddington, New South Wales
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 17 Dental Unit
Born: Temora, New South Wales, 19 July 1920
Home Town: Sydney, City of Sydney, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Died of Illness (POW of Japan), Borneo, 12 July 1945, aged 24 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
No known grave - Panel 27
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Labuan Memorial, Labuan Federal Territory, Malaysia
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World War 2 Service

22 Jan 1941: Enlisted 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN NX67672, Paddington, New South Wales
12 Jul 1945: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN NX67672, 17 Dental Unit, Prisoners of War

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

"...NX67672 Private James William Armstrong, 17th Dental Unit, Australian Army Dental Corps. 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. Private Armstrong, aged 24, died as a prisoner of the Japanese on 12 July 1945. He was the son of James William and Esther Sarah Mary Armstrong, of Mayfield, NSW. He is commemorated on the Labuan Memorial Panel 27." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)