Stanley Joseph COUSINS


COUSINS, Stanley Joseph

Service Number: QX21876
Enlisted: 5 August 1941, Maryborough, Queensland
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 2nd/19th Infantry Battalion
Born: Sorrento, Victoria, 8 April 1921
Home Town: Wallaville, Bundaberg, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Died of Illness (POW of Japan), Borneo, 20 June 1945, aged 24 years
Cemetery: Labuan War Cemetery
No known grave, Labuan Memorial, Labuan, Malaysia
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Ballarat Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial, Gin Gin War Memorial, Sandakan Prisoner of War Memorial
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World War 2 Service

5 Aug 1941: Involvement Private, SN QX21876, 2nd/19th Infantry Battalion
5 Aug 1941: Enlisted Maryborough, Queensland
5 Aug 1941: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Private, SN QX21876, 2nd/19th Infantry Battalion
16 Feb 1942: Imprisoned Malaya/Singapore
20 Jun 1945: Involvement Private, SN QX21876, 2nd/19th Infantry Battalion, Prisoners of War

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Stanley was brought up by nuns in Cowper orphanage, near Grafton NSW along with his brother Leslie Reginald Cousins. 

"...QX21876 Private Stanley Joseph Cousins, 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 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 Cousins, aged 24, died as a prisoner of the Japanese on 20 June 1945. He was the son of Arthur Raymond and Mary Margaret Cousins. He is commemorated on the Labuan Memorial Panel 12..." - SOURCE (