Patrick James BOURNE

BOURNE, Patrick James

Service Number: QX14722
Enlisted: 15 July 1940, Kelvin Grove, Queensland
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: Supply Depot Companies / Platoons
Born: Gympie, Queensland, 2 May 1916
Home Town: Toogoolawah, Somerset, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Linotype operator printer
Died: Died of Illness (POW of Japan), Borneo, 27 May 1945, aged 29 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Panel 21 - Buried Sandakan Number 2 Compound (Cemetery on east side of track near boiler house, used from March untill May 1945). , Labuan Memorial, Labuan, Malaysia
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Ballarat Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial, Labuan Memorial, Labuan Federal Territory, Malaysia, Sandakan Prisoner of War Memorial, Toogoolawah War Memorial
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World War 2 Service

15 Jul 1940: Enlisted Private, QX14722, Kelvin Grove, Queensland
15 Jul 1940: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Corporal, QX14722
7 Dec 1941: Involvement Corporal, QX14722, 2 Company Australian Army Service Corps, Malaya/Singapore
27 May 1945: Involvement Corporal, QX14722, Supply Depot Companies / Platoons, Prisoners of War

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"...QX14722 Corporal Patrick James Bourne, No. 2 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. Corporal Bourne, aged 29, died as a prisoner of the Japanese on 27 May 1945. He was the son of George Richard and Clarice Ida Bourne, of Toogoolawah, Qld. He is commemorated on the Labuan Memorial Panel 21." - SOURCE (

"BOURNE.—Treasured memory of my beloved Son, and our Brother, QX14722, Cpl. P. J Bourne, died while P.O.W., Sandakan, Borneo, 27th May, 1945. Elder Son of Mrs. C. L., and the late G. R. Bourne, 1st A.I.F., Toogoolawah, and Brother of Esme, Bill, and June.

All you had and hoped for you gave,

To save mankind yourself you scorned to save.

Always remembered by Mum, Sisters, and Brother." - from the Courier Mail 27 May 1953 (