Mitchell Bronte Farrell HAZELGROVE


HAZELGROVE, Mitchell Bronte Farrell

Service Number: NX7357
Enlisted: 8 May 1941, Paddington, New South Wales
Last Rank: Craftsman
Last Unit: Corps of Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
Born: Bega, New South Wales, 31 January 1919
Home Town: Bega, Bega Valley, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Died of Illness (POW of Japan), Borneo, 27 January 1945, aged 25 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
No known grave - Panel no. 19
Tree Plaque: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial (Ballarat), Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Labuan Memorial, Labuan Federal Territory, Malaysia
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World War 2 Service

8 May 1941: Enlisted 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN NX7357, Paddington, New South Wales
9 May 1941: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN NX7357
8 Jun 1942: Embarked 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN NX7357, Corps of Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, Light Aid Detachment no. 84 Ship: MV MacDHUI
27 Jan 1945: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Craftsman, SN NX7357, Corps of Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, Prisoners of War

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Mitchell Bronte Farrell HAZELGROVE was born on 31st January, 1919 in Bega, NSW

His parents were Edmund Horace HAZELGROVE and Mary Bell SMITH who married in 1917 in Eden, NSW

He enlisted in Paddington on 8th May, 1941 and was with the 84th Light Aid Detachment attached to the Australian Corps of Electircal & Mechanical Engineers - he embarked from Sydney on 8th June, 1942 on the MV MacDHUI

He was one of over 2000 allied prisoners of war held in Sandakan POW camp in North Borneo, having been transferred there from Singapore as part of B Force  The 1494 POWs that made up B Force were transported from Changi on 7th July 1942 on board the tramp ship Ubi Maru arriving in Sandakan Harbour on 18th July.

Mitchell died of Illness at the Sandakan POW Camp in Borneo on 27th January, 1945

His name is memorialised on the Australian War Memorial, the Labuan Memorial, the POW Memorial in Ballarat and the Sandakan Roll of Honour

                 "When you go home, tell them of us and say,

                       for your tomorrow we gave our today"