Leo MCCARTHY

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MCCARTHY, Leo

Service Number: NX68904
Enlisted: 2 May 1941, Paddington, New South Wales
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 2nd/3rd Motor Ambulance Convoy
Born: Demondrille, New South Wales, 1893
Home Town: Five Dock, Canada Bay, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Motor Driver & Carpenter
Died: Died of Illness (POW of Japan), Borneo, 2 March 1945
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
No known grave - Panel 22
Tree Plaque: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

4 Mar 1941: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN NX68904
2 May 1941: Enlisted 2nd AIF WW 2, Paddington, New South Wales
25 Oct 1941: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN NX68904, 2nd/3rd Motor Ambulance Convoy, Malaya/Singapore

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Biography

"...NX68904 Driver Leo McCarthy, 2/3rd Motor Ambulance 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 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. Driver McCarthy, aged 44, died as a prisoner of the Japanese on 2 March 1945. He was the son of John Weeks McCarthy and Florence McCarthy, and the husband of Adelina McCarthy, of Five Dock, NSW. He is commemorated on the Labuan Memorial Panel 22..." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)

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