George Alexander MCDONALD

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MCDONALD, George Alexander

Service Number: VX19389
Enlisted: 13 June 1940, Caulfield, Victoria
Last Rank: Lance Bombardier
Last Unit: 2nd/4th Anti Tank Regiment
Born: Dundee, Scotland, 9 April 1887
Home Town: Malvern East, Stonnington, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Rubber mechanic
Died: Died of Illness (POW of Japan), Borneo, 26 December 1944, aged 57 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
No known grave - Panel 1
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

13 Jun 1940: Enlisted 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN VX19389, Caulfield, Victoria
16 Feb 1942: Imprisoned Malaya/Singapore
26 Dec 1944: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Lance Bombardier, SN VX19389, 2nd/4th Anti Tank Regiment, Prisoners of War

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

"...VX19389 Lance Bombardier George Alexander McDonald, 4th Anti Tank Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery. 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. Lance Bombardier McDonald, aged 57, died as a prisoner of the Japanese on 26 December 1944. He was the husband of Mary Gilchrist McDonald, of East Malvern, Vic. He is commemorated on the Labuan Memorial Panel 1..." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)

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