Leo Lancelot DOHERTY


DOHERTY, Leo Lancelot

Service Number: VX18536
Enlisted: 29 May 1940, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Gunner
Last Unit: 2nd/4th Anti Tank aka Tank Attack Regiment
Born: Jericho, Victoria, 7 August 1899
Home Town: Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Died of Illness (POW of Japan), Borneo, 13 April 1945, aged 45 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
No known grave - Panel 1, Labuan Memorial, Labuan, Malaysia
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Ballarat Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial, Labuan Memorial, Labuan Federal Territory, Malaysia
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World War 2 Service

29 May 1940: Enlisted Private, SN VX18536, Melbourne, Victoria
29 May 1940: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Private, SN VX18536
15 Feb 1942: Imprisoned Malaya/Singapore
13 Apr 1945: Involvement Gunner, SN VX18536, 2nd/4th Anti Tank aka Tank Attack Regiment, Prisoners of War

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Biography contributed by Lorraine Hartree

"VX18536 Gunner Leo Lancelot Doherty, 4th Anti Tank 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 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. Gunner Doherty, aged 44, died as a prisoner of the Japanese on 13 April 1945. He was the son of Owen Summerfield and Katherine Doherty, and the husband of Cassie Priscilla Doherty, of Springvale, Vic. He is commemorated on the Labuan Memorial Panel 1..." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)