Frank Hubert DESHON


DESHON, Frank Hubert

Service Number: QX19556
Enlisted: 4 June 1941
Last Rank: Gunner
Last Unit: 2nd/15th Field Regiment
Born: Brisbane, Queensland, 28 June 1906
Home Town: Dirranbandi, Balonne Shire, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Died of Illness (POW of Japan), Borneo, 24 April 1945, aged 38 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
No known grave; (CWGC) Official Commemoration - Memorial Location: Panel 2.
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Ballarat Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial, Labuan Memorial, Labuan Federal Territory, Malaysia, Sandakan Prisoner of War Memorial, St George Hospital Memorial Pavillion, Thallon War Memorial
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World War 2 Service

4 Jun 1941: Enlisted Private, SN QX19556, Brisbane, Queensland
4 Jun 1941: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Private, SN QX19556, 2nd/10th Field Regiment
24 Apr 1945: Involvement Gunner, SN QX19556, 2nd/15th Field Regiment, Prisoners of War

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

"...QX19556 Gunner Frank Hubert Deshon, 2/15th Field Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery. 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 POWs 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. Gunner Deshon, aged 38, died as a prisoner of the Japanese on 15 February 1945. He was the son of Charles Edward and Margaret Josephine Deshon, and the husband of Nancy Tudor Deshon, of Dirranbandi, Qld. He is commemorated on the Labuan Memorial Panel 2..." - SOURCE (