Arthur Ernest John BLACK

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BLACK, Arthur Ernest John

Service Number: VX45274
Enlisted: 8 July 1940, Caulfield, Victoria
Last Rank: Gunner
Last Unit: 2nd/4th Anti Tank Regiment
Born: Casterton, Victoria, 15 September 1913
Home Town: Casterton, Glenelg, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Died of Illness (POW of Japan), Malaya, 4 January 1944, aged 30 years
Cemetery: Kranji War Cemetery
Tree Plaque: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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8 Jul 1940: Enlisted 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN VX45274, Caulfield, Victoria
4 Jan 1944: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Gunner, SN VX45274, 2nd/4th Anti Tank Regiment, Prisoners of War

Arthur Black

Arthur Black was born and raised at Casterton, Victoria. His parents owned a farm. I believe he trained at Puckapunyal. Sailed on T.S.S. zealandia. Served in Malaya. I believe he was a prisoner of war. Worked on the Burma railway. Imprisoned at Changi prison. Was buried st Kranji cemetery, then Changi cemetery. He married Eddie Fry, from Penshurst, Victoria. Edie was a trained nurse and Midwife. She never remarried after her beloved Arthur died. She was a Senior nurse at Hamilton Hospital and 'The Grace McKellar Aged care facility, Geelong. Edie is buried in Geelong West cemetery. Arthur's parents sold their farm and retired to Geelong after Arthur's death.

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Biography contributed by Susan Cameron

Arthur Black sailed on T.S.S. Zealandia from Australia for service in Malaya and Singapore. He was taken prisoner of war and imprisoned in Changi prison. It is believed he may have also worked on the Burma Railway during his incarceration.

Arthur died while POW and is buried in Singapore's Changi (Kranji War) Cemetary I.C.7