George William COLYER


COLYER, George William

Service Number: NX25213
Enlisted: 5 June 1940
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: Australian Army Provost Corps (WW2)
Born: Berry, New South Wales, 5 December 1913
Home Town: Nowra, Shoalhaven Shire, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Died of Illness (POW of Japan), Borneo, 12 February 1945, aged 31 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
No known grave, Labuan Memorial, Labuan, Malaysia
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Ballarat Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial, Jamberoo Memorial Arch, Labuan Memorial, Labuan Federal Territory, Malaysia, Nowra All Saints Anglican Church WW2
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World War 2 Service

5 Jun 1940: Enlisted Private, SN NX25213, Paddington, New South Wales
5 Jun 1940: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Corporal, SN NX25213
12 Feb 1945: Involvement Corporal, SN NX25213, Australian Army Provost Corps (WW2), Prisoners of War

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Biography contributed by Barbara Krnos

George William Colyer's parents were Jesse and Louisa Colyer from Berry.  He had 6 brothers and 3 sisters, and maried Elsie May Wilkie (who later married Colin Werninck) on 8th April, 1939.  The family lived in Berry, then later in Nowra.

He joined the army on 5th June, 1940 and was reported as missing in Borneo on 26/3/1942.  He is reported as a POW one year later, at Sandakan POW Camp, and reported died there 12/2/1945.

"...NX25213 Corporal George William Colyer, 8th Divisional Provost Company, Australian Army Provost 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 Colyer, aged 31, died as a prisoner of the Japanese on 12 February 1945. He was the son of Jesse and Louisa Isabel Colyer, and the husband of Elsie May Colyer, of Nowra, NSW. He is commemorated on the Labuan Memorial Panel 30..." - SOURCE (