James Douglas BEAZLEY

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BEAZLEY, James Douglas

Service Number: WX6222
Enlisted: 13 July 1940, Claremont, Western Australia
Last Rank: Sapper
Last Unit: 2nd/6th Field Park Company
Born: Northam, Western Australia, 4 April 1913
Home Town: Boulder, Kalgoorlie/Boulder, Western Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Died of Illness (POW of Japan), Borneo, 7 July 1945, aged 32 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Panel 6
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Labuan Memorial, Labuan Federal Territory, Malaysia, Sandakan Prisoner of War Memorial
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World War 2 Service

13 Jul 1940: Enlisted 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN WX6222, Claremont, Western Australia
7 Jul 1945: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Sapper, SN WX6222, 2nd/6th Field Park Company, Prisoners of War

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Biography contributed by Carol Foster

Son of Robert John and Bertha Beazley; husband of Gertrude Irene Beazley of Boulder WA

Died as Prisoner of War at the hands of the Japanese at Sandakan

"...WX6222 Sapper James Douglas Beazley, 2/6th Field Park Company, Royal Australian Engineers. 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. Sapper Beazley, aged 31, died as a prisoner of the Japanese on 7 July 1945. He was the son of Robert John and Bertha Beazley, and the husband of Gertrude Irene Beazley, of Boulder, WA. He is commemorated on the Labuan Memorial Panel 6..." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)

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