Ernest Desmond MCGEARY


MCGEARY, Ernest Desmond

Service Numbers: VX4917, VX56416
Enlisted: 2 September 1939, Discharged on 16th Feb. 1940 (CMF)
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 2nd/29th Infantry Battalion
Born: Landsborough, Victoria, 10 October 1919
Home Town: Sebastopol, Ballarat North, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: PoW of Japan - Borneo. Died of Illness (Malaria), Borneo, 21 June 1945, aged 25 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Panel No. 16
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

2 Sep 1939: Enlisted 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN VX4917, 8th Infantry Battalion AMF, Discharged on 16th Feb. 1940 (CMF)
21 May 1941: Enlisted 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN VX56416, 2nd/29th Infantry Battalion, Re-enlistment - Royal Park, Victoria
7 Dec 1941: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN VX56416, 2nd/29th Infantry Battalion, Malaya/Singapore
16 Feb 1942: Imprisoned Prisoners of War, Captured with the 2nd/29th Battalion in Singapore. Assigned to Borneo. Died of Malaria 21 June 1945

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Ernest Desmond McGEARY was born on 10th October 1919 in Landsborough, Victoria - no father listed - mother Isabella McGEARY

His Mother Isabella later married Harry BURT in 1928 in Victoria

He had previously enlisted on 2nd Nov. 1939 in the Army - Service No. VX4917 as a private in the 2/8 Battalion and was discharged on 16th Feb. 1940 (CMF)

He re-enlisted on 21st May, 1941 as a private with the 2/29 Infantry Battalion

Ernest died of Malaria on 21st June, 1945 in Borneo -- burial place not known - his name is listed on the Labuan Memorial