Hector Douglas FRASER


FRASER, Hector Douglas

Service Number: QX1722
Enlisted: 9 June 1940, Townsville, Queensland
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 2nd/26th Infantry Battalion
Born: Townsville, Queensland, 18 January 1906
Home Town: Townsville, Townsville, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Died of Illness (POW of Japan), Thailand, 5 February 1944, aged 38 years
Cemetery: Kanchanaburi War Cemetery
Plot 1, Row C, Grave No. 70
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

9 Jun 1940: Enlisted 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN QX1722, Townsville, Queensland
10 Jun 1940: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN QX1722
15 Feb 1942: Imprisoned Malaya/Singapore, Taken Prisoner by the Japanese during 'The Fall of Singapore'
5 Feb 1944: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN QX1722, 2nd/26th Infantry Battalion, Prisoners of War

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Biography contributed by Paul Trevor

Private Hector Douglas Fraser decreased his true age by 2 years on his Service Record to increase his chances of being enlisted during the early stages of the Second World War as the recruiting age cut-off was 35 years of age.

'After training at Miowera and Caloundra, Queensland he was marched in to the 2/26 Battalion in Brisbane, Queensland.

Hector, a member of "F" Force slaved on the Thai Burma Railway, and was admitted to Kanchanaburi F & H Forces No 2 Hospital Camp, where he died as a result of Dysentery.

Originally buried in Grave 085 at Kanchanaburi No 4 Burial Grounds, his body was exhumed after the war and re-interred at Kanchanaburi War Cemetery.' LINK (www.findagrave.com)


Mr. and Mrs. J. Fraser, senior, Mt. Louisa, have received advice from the Army that their son, QX1722 Private Hector Douglas Fraser, died of Illness whilst a prisoner of war in Siam early in 1944. Prior to enlisting with the 2/26. Battalion early in 1940, Private Fraser was a member of the Transport Company of the 31st. Battalion. Another son, Lieut. John Fraser (/explore/people/693121), who saw active service in the 1914-18 war, served with the forces until about 12 months ago.' from Townsville Daily Bulletin 17 Oct 1945 (nla.gov.au)