William Clifford (Cliff) BAYLISS

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BAYLISS, William Clifford

Service Number: NX59485
Enlisted: 16 July 1940, Paddington, New South Wales
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 2nd/30th Infantry Battalion
Born: Glen Innes, New South Wales, 30 October 1907
Home Town: Waverton, North Sydney, New South Wales
Schooling: Unknown
Occupation: School Teacher
Died: Cholera (POW of Japan), Thailand, 3 June 1943, aged 35 years
Cemetery: Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery
Plot A6, Row B, Grave 16
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Glen Innes World War 2 Memorial
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World War 2 Service

16 Jul 1940: Enlisted Private, SN NX59485, Paddington, New South Wales
3 Jun 1943: Involvement Private, SN NX59485, 2nd/30th Infantry Battalion, Prisoners of War

Co author of "Gallaghan's Greyhounds"

Cliff was one of three men of the 2/30th Battalion who researched and interviewed Battalion members at Changi Prisoner of War camp and compiled the story of the Battalion.

Along with Kenneth Crispin and Alan Penfold, Cliff was a dedicated man in his efforts to record the story. And to protect it from discovery by the Japanese.

Even up to the day of his admission to hospital (taken from the introduction of the book (and I am Ken Crispin's daughter in law)) he was still working on his notes.

He died of cholera at Shimo Sonkurai camp on the Burma Railway on 3rd June 1943.

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

William Clifford BAYLISS was born in Glen Innes, NSW on 30th October, 1907

His parents were William Joseph BAYLISS & Laura Jane O'HARA who married in Glen Innes in 1904

He married Florence May BARLOW in Sydney in 1940

William (Cliff) died of Cholera whilst a Prisoner of War on 3rd June 1943

His name is memorialised on the Australian War Memorial and the Roll of Honour in Glen Innes

 

                                            IN MEMORY

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