Allan John DENGATE

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DENGATE, Allan John

Service Number: NX42967
Enlisted: 18 August 1941, Paddington, New South Wales
Last Rank: Signalman
Last Unit: 8th Division Signals
Born: Hillston, New South Wales, 9 July 1921
Home Town: Penrith, Penrith Municipality, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Cook
Died: Died of Illness (POW of Japan), Borneo, 17 June 1945, aged 23 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
No known grave
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Labuan Memorial, Labuan Federal Territory, Malaysia
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World War 2 Service

18 Aug 1941: Enlisted 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN NX42967, Paddington, New South Wales
17 Jun 1945: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Signalman, SN NX42967, 8th Division Signals, Prisoners of War

Mr Peter John Caunt (Dengate)

My Father was Richard George Caunt (Nicholls) as his mother was not married at the time of his birth (07 Sep 1913). Richard's mother went on to marry Fredrick Wallace Caunt.

We discovered years later that the father of Richard George Caunt (Dengate) was Richard Allan Dengate who was working at Grong Grong, NSW with a brother and a team of horses, helping to build a dam there.

Richard Allan went on to marry, and Allan John Dengate was the 2nd child of Richard Allan Dengate, my father Richard George Caunt (Dengate) was the first born.

Richard Allan Dengate supplied food for some year for my father. My father served in the Army but did not go overseas. He was discharged with a back problem. He later drew a solder's block at Holbrook, NSW, where he did very well

He was a very hard worker did not drink, but sadly he committed suicide on 14 Feb 1960. He never got along with his step-father Fredrick

My father never spoke of his real father until I did a family tree in the 1980s. My father's half-brothers (Caunts) told me all about it. The Dengates had a family reunion which went well.

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Biography contributed by Peter Caunt

"NX42967 Signalman Allan John Dengate, 8th Division Signals, Australian Corps of Signals. 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. Signalman Dengate, aged 23, died as a prisoner of the Japanese on 17 June 1945. He was the son of Richard Allan and Elizabeth Ann Dengate, of St. Mary's, NSW. He is commemorated on the Labuan Memorial Panel 7." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)

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