Charles Henry KING

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KING, Charles Henry

Service Number: VX63472
Enlisted: 25 September 1941, Royal Park, Victoria
Last Rank: Signalman
Last Unit: 8th Division Signals
Born: Colac, Victoria, 7 September 1903
Home Town: Mildura, Mildura Shire, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Electrical Linesman
Died: Died of Illness (POW of Japan), Borneo, 18 July 1945, aged 41 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
No known grave - Panel 8
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Labuan Memorial, Labuan Federal Territory, Malaysia
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World War 2 Service

25 Sep 1941: Enlisted 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN VX63472, Royal Park, Victoria
13 Apr 1943: Imprisoned Malaya/Singapore, Died of illness whilst he was a POW.
18 Jul 1945: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Signalman, SN VX63472, 8th Division Signals, Prisoners of War

POW - Prisoner Of War Borneo

Signalman Charles Henry King, 8th Division Signals, Australian Corps of Signals. He was 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 B Force. The 1494 POW's that made up B Force, were transported from Changi on 7 July 1942 on board the tramp ship Ubi Maru, arriving in Sandakan Harbour on 18 July 1942. Signalman King, aged 41, died as a prisoner of the Japanese on 18 July 1945. He was the son of Thomas and Elizabeth King, and the husband of Olive May King, of Bendigo, Vic. He is commemorated on the Labuan Memorial Panel 8.
Personal information from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Database.)

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