Douglas Neville BALGUE

BALGUE, Douglas Neville

Service Number: QX13672
Enlisted: 1 July 1940
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 2nd/10th Field Regiment
Born: Brisbane, Queensland, 16 May 1919
Home Town: Wynnum, Brisbane, Queensland
Schooling: Yeronga State School
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Executed, Borneo, 4 June 1945, aged 26 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Panel 2 No known grave Roll of Honour Wynnum Central Queensland, Labuan Memorial, Labuan, Malaysia
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Ballarat Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial, Sandakan Prisoner of War Memorial
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Driver, QX13672
1 Jul 1940: Enlisted Kelvin Grove, Queensland
1 Jul 1940: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Private, QX13672, 2nd/10th Field Regiment
15 Feb 1942: Imprisoned Surrended in Singapore 15th February, 1942 - member of B Force Sent to Sandakan, Borneo and executed by the Japanese on the Borneo death march on 4th June, 1945
4 Jun 1945: Involvement Australian Army (Post WW2), QX13672, 2nd/10th Field Regiment

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Douglas Neville BALGUE was born on 16th May, 1919 in Brisbane, Queensland

His parents were Neville Angus BALGUE and Mabel Beatrice TYLER who were married in 1916 in Queensland

He enlisted in Kelvin Grove, Queensland on 1st July, 1940 with the 2/10th Field Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery - he was one of over 2000 allied prisoners of war held in the Sandakan POW camp in North Borneo having been transferred there from Singapore as part of the B Force.

The 1494 POWs that made up B Force were transported from Changi on 7th July, 1942 on board the tramp ship Ubi Maru arriving in Sandakan Harbour on 18th July, 1942.

Douglas was executed by the Japanese on the Borneo death March on 4th June, 1945 - he is commemorated on the Labuan Memorial, Australian War Memorial, Wynnum Central Roll of Honour & the POW Memorial in Ballarat, Victoria

His sister Betty BALGUE also served in WW2 in the Air Force SN93892

Trove article

BALGUE - a tribute of undying love as pride for our beloved only son & brother, Gunner Douglas Neville Balgue who died while a POW in Borneo 4th June, 1945

"Not just today, but every day in silence we remember".  Inserted by his parents & sister

BALGUE - sacred to the memory of a very gallant boy- my only brother & uncle, QX13672, Gunner, Douglas Neville Balgue, died in POW camp Borneo 4.6.1945 

"Grant him eternal rest O Lord "  Inserted by his loving sister Betty and niece Christine