Claude Russell BOYLE


BOYLE, Claude Russell

Service Number: NX35236
Enlisted: 17 June 1940
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 2nd/19th Infantry Battalion
Born: Carlton, Victoria, 8 September 1916
Home Town: Wagga Wagga, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Died of Illness (POW of Japan), Borneo, 7 February 1945, aged 28 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Labuan Memorial
Tree Plaque: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Labuan Memorial, Labuan Federal Territory, Malaysia
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World War 2 Service

17 Jun 1940: Enlisted 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN NX35236, 2nd/19th Infantry Battalion
7 Dec 1941: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN NX35236, 2nd/19th Infantry Battalion, Malaya/Singapore
16 Feb 1942: Imprisoned Malaya/Singapore
7 Feb 1945: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN NX35236, 2nd/19th Infantry Battalion, Prisoners of War

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

"...NX35254 Private Claude Russell Boyle, 2/19th Battalion, Australian Infantry. 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 E Force. The 500 Australian and 500 British POW's who made up E Force, left Changi on 28 March 1943, on board the S.S. DeKlerk arriving at Berhala Island (adjacent to Sandakan Harbour) on 15 April 1943. The POW's were held there until 5 June, when they were taken by barge to Sandakan. The next day they were transferred to the 8 Mile Camp, which was about half a mile from the B Force compound. Private Boyle, aged 28, died as a prisoner of the Japanese on 7 February 1945. He was the son of Lilian Miriam Blanche Boyle; nephew of Mrs E. M. McSwain, of Cheltenham, Vic. He is commemorated on the Labuan Memorial Panel 12..." - SOURCE (