LE FEVRE, Robert

Service Number: NX72037
Enlisted: 26 March 1941, Paddington, New South Wales
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 2/3 Reserve Motor Transport Company
Born: Carlton, Victoria, 2 December 1910
Home Town: Hay, New South Wales
Schooling: Hay, New South Wales
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Died of Illness (POW of Japan - malaria), Borneo, 6 May 1945, aged 34 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
No known grave - originally buried at Sandakan No 2 Compound on the east side of the track near the boiler house
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

26 Mar 1941: Enlisted 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN NX72037, Paddington, New South Wales
16 Feb 1942: Imprisoned Malaya/Singapore, Captured by the Japanese in Java. As a POW he was sent to Kuching where he joined E Force at the Sandakan POW Camp in April 1943
6 May 1945: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN NX72037, 2/3 Reserve Motor Transport Company, Prisoners of War

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Biography contributed by Kym Edwards

"...NX72037 Private Robert LeFevre, 3rd Reserve Motor Transport Company, Australian Army Service Corps. 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 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. Private LeFevre, aged 34, died as a prisoner of the Japanese on 6 May 1945. He was the son of William and Amy May LeFevre, and the husband of Hannah Esther LeFevre, of Hay, NSW. He is commemorated on the Labuan Memorial Panel 23..." - SOURCE (