Norman Heather MCARTNEY

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MCARTNEY, Norman Heather

Service Number: VX33158
Enlisted: 19 June 1940, Royal Park, Victoria
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 22nd Company (AASC)
Born: Carlton, Victoria, Australia, 15 September 1913
Home Town: South Melbourne, Port Phillip, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Milk carter
Died: Prisoner of War - Executed, Thailand, 12 July 1943, aged 29 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Singapore Memorial, Singapore
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Singapore Memorial Kranji War Cemetery
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World War 2 Service

19 Jun 1940: Enlisted 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN VX33158, Royal Park, Victoria
16 Feb 1942: Imprisoned Malaya/Singapore
12 Jul 1943: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN VX33158, 22nd Company (AASC), Prisoners of War

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Biography contributed by Robert Kearney

Private Norman McArtney was awarded the Commendation for Gallantry for actions following capture by the Imperial Japanese Army on 15 February 1942, until his execution as a result of an escape attempt on 12 July 1943. Private McArtney had been held at the Hindame camp under appalling conditions, with a steady death toll as a result of malnutrition and overwork. He escaped after being transferred to Brenkassi camp. - Defence Honours and Awards