Frank Andrew LEITH

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LEITH, Frank Andrew

Service Number: VX35607
Enlisted: 2 July 1940, Royal Park, Victoria
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 2nd/5th Field Hygiene Section
Born: St Kilda, Victoria , 9 December 1919
Home Town: Warburton, Yarra Ranges, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Died of Illness (POW of Japan), Borneo, 22 May 1945, aged 25 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
No known grave - Panel 26
Tree Plaque: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Labuan Memorial, Labuan Federal Territory, Malaysia
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World War 2 Service

2 Jul 1940: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN VX35607, 2nd/5th Field Hygiene Section, Enlistment/Embarkation WW2
2 Jul 1940: Enlisted 2nd AIF WW 2, Royal Park, Victoria
4 Feb 1941: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN VX35607, 2nd/5th Field Hygiene Section, Malaya/Singapore
15 Feb 1942: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN VX35607, 2nd/5th Field Hygiene Section, Prisoners of War

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Biography

"VX35607 Private Frank Andrew Leith, 2/5th Field Hygiene Section, Australian Army Medical 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 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. Private Leith, aged 25, died as a prisoner of the Japanese on 22nd May 1945. He was the son of Robert William and Ruby Caroline Leith, of Warburton, Vic. He is commemorated on the Labuan Memorial Panel 26." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)

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