Noel Francis BRETT

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BRETT, Noel Francis

Service Number: NX42739
Enlisted: 13 August 1941, Paddington, New South Wales
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 2nd/30th Infantry Battalion
Born: Kensington, New South Wales, Australia, 3 December 1918
Home Town: Granville, Parramatta, New South Wales
Schooling: Parramatta Marist Brothers High School, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Died of Illness (POW of Japan), Borneo, 1 January 1945, aged 26 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
No known grave - Panel 17
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

13 Aug 1941: Enlisted 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN NX42739, Paddington, New South Wales
14 Aug 1941: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN NX42739
22 Jan 1942: Transferred 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, 2nd/30th Infantry Battalion
23 Jan 1942: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN NX42739, 2nd/30th Infantry Battalion, Malaya/Singapore

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Biography

"...NX42739 Private Noel Francis Brett, 2/30th 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 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. Private Brett, aged 26, died as a prisoner of the Japanese on 1 January 1945. He was the son of Charles Henry and Bridget Mary Brett, of Randwick, NSW. He is commemorated on the Labuan Memorial Panel 17..." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)

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