Frederick Stanley IRELAND

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IRELAND, Frederick Stanley

Service Numbers: VX62839, VX52397
Enlisted: 31 March 1941
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 2nd/26th Infantry Battalion
Born: Malvern, Victoria, 29 September 1903
Home Town: Hawthorn, Boroondara, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Died of Illness (POW of Japan - cholera), Thailand, United Kingdom, 16 July 1943, aged 39 years
Cemetery: Kanchanaburi War Cemetery
Grave 1.0.4-43, Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Kanchanaburi Province, Thailand, East Wemyss Cemetery, East Wemyss, Fife, Scotland, United Kingdom
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Ballarat Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial
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World War 2 Service

31 Mar 1941: Enlisted Private, SN VX62839, 2nd/26th Infantry Battalion
31 Mar 1941: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Private, SN VX52397
31 Mar 1941: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Private, SN VX62839, 2nd/26th Infantry Battalion
7 Dec 1941: Involvement Private, SN VX62839, 2nd/26th Infantry Battalion, Malaya/Singapore
16 Feb 1942: Imprisoned Malaya/Singapore
16 Jul 1943: Involvement Private, SN VX62839, 2nd/26th Infantry Battalion, Prisoners of War

Finding Frederick

My name is Darren Cook, Frederick Ireland was my grandfather who unfortunately I never got to meet.
In 2015 I did a search on him only knowing that he was buried in a Thai war cemetery having died as a P O W.

1Twelve months later and not only had I found where he was I have traveled to Kanchanaburi in Thailand to visit him.

I feel extremely honoured to be the first in my family to have traveled to the site he now calls home, for him and many others to have gone through so much torture and hardship it seems fitting to have ended up in such a beautiful place.

The Thai people do a fantastic job in the upkeep of the cemetery and I and very greatful.



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