Cyril Montefiore HARRIS


HARRIS, Cyril Montefiore

Service Number: NX56235
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: Not yet discovered
Born: Johannesburg, South Africa, 16 February 1908
Home Town: Not yet discovered
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Salesman
Died: Illness whilst POW, Borneo, 20 April 1945, aged 37 years
Cemetery: Labuan War Cemetery
Labuan Memorial A7 Labuan, , Labuan Malaysia
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Private, SN NX56235
1 Nov 1943: Imprisoned Enlistment/Embarkation WW2

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Biography contributed by Terry Cook

Died of illness, whilst a POW. 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 E Force. The 500 Australian and 500 British POW's who made up E Force, left Changi on 28 March 1943, on board the S.S. DeKlerk arriving at Berhala Island (adjacent to Sandakan Harbour) on 15 April 1943. The POW's were held there until 5 June, when they were taken by barge to Sandakan. The next day they were transferred to the 8 Mile Camp, which was about half a mile from the B Force compound