John Nicholson BARNIER

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BARNIER, John Nicholson

Service Number: NX65700
Enlisted: 15 October 1940, Paddington, New South Wales
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: Australian Army Service Corps
Born: Grafton, New South Wales, 14 April 1920
Home Town: Grafton, Clarence Valley, New South Wales
Schooling: Hawkesbury Agricultural College
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Died of Illness (POW of Japan), Borneo, 12 June 1945, aged 25 years
Cemetery: Labuan Memorial (Labuan War Cemetery)
No known grave - Panel 22, Also Roll of Honour Grafton NSW
Memorials: Alumny Creek School & District WW2 Honour Roll (NSW), Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Labuan Memorial
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World War 2 Service

15 Oct 1940: Enlisted 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN NX65700, Paddington, New South Wales
16 Feb 1942: Imprisoned Malaya/Singapore
12 Jun 1945: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN NX65700, Australian Army Service Corps, Prisoners of War

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

Son of Frank Nicholas and Marie Inez Barnier, of Grafton, New South Wales.

"...NX65700 Private John Nicholson Barnier, No. 1 Company, Australian Army Service 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 Barnier, aged 25, died as a prisoner of the Japanese on 12 June 1945. He was the son of Frank Nicholas and Marie Inez Barnier, of Grafton, NSW. He is commemorated on the Labuan Memorial Panel 22." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)

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