Neal Mortimer BIDSTRUP


BIDSTRUP, Neal Mortimer

Service Numbers: QX16936, QX6936
Enlisted: 23 April 1941, Toowoomba
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 2nd/26th Infantry Battalion
Born: Warra, Queensland, 6 July 1914
Home Town: Warra, Western Downs, Queensland
Schooling: Dalby State School
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Cholera, Shimo Sonkurai Camp, Thailand, 27 May 1943, aged 28 years
Cemetery: Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery
Grave Ref A6,B,13,Grave 062
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Dalby War Memorial
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Private, SN QX16936
23 Apr 1941: Enlisted Australian Army, Private, SN QX6936, 2nd/26th Infantry Battalion, Toowoomba
27 May 1943: Involvement Australian Army, Private, SN QX6936, 2nd/26th Infantry Battalion, Malaya/Singapore

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Neal Mortimer BIDSTRUP was born in Warra, Queensland on 6th July, 1914

His parents were Alfred Cyril BIDSTRUP & Jane MORTIMER who married in Warra in 1911 - he had one known sister, Anna Eva

His father Alfred served in WW1 (SN2900) and returned to Australia in 1919

He enlisted in Towoomba on 23rd April, 1941 with the 2/26th Infantry Battalion

Neal was taken prisoner of war after the fall of Singapore and died of Cholera in the Shimo Sonkurai Camp in Thailand on 27th May, 1943

He is buried in the Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery

He left his entire estate to his fiancee Eileen Agnes ANDERSON