Raymond Leslie GERAGHTY


GERAGHTY, Raymond Leslie

Service Number: NX42478 (N270126)
Enlisted: 7 May 1941
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 2nd/19th Infantry Battalion
Born: Casino, New South Wales, Australia, 4 May 1920
Home Town: Casino, Richmond Valley, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Spring Smith
Died: Prisoner of War - Executed, Malaya, 17 March 1942, aged 21 years
Cemetery: Kranji War Cemetery
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Casino and District WW2 Honour Roll
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World War 2 Service

7 May 1941: Enlisted Private, SN NX42478 (N270126), 2nd/19th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Robert Kearney

Private Raymond Geraghty was awarded the Commendation for Gallantry for actions following capture by the Imperial Japanese Army on 15 February 1942 until his execution as a result of an escape attempt on 17 March 1942. On or around 16 March 1942, Private Geraghty and five other men escaped Changi Prison Complex, stole a boat but were recaptured by Japanese forces while wading ashore on the Malay side of the Johor Strait. Private Geraghty and the other five men, who were also  awarded a Commendation for Gallantry, were subsequently sentenced to death and executed on 17 March 1942. -Defence Honours and Awards