William Joseph MCGOWAN


MCGOWAN, William Joseph

Service Number: NX19999
Enlisted: 4 June 1940, Gilgandra, New South Wales
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 2nd/22nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Wee Waa, New South Wales, 1 March 1907
Home Town: Gilgandra, Gilgandra, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Died of Illness (POW of Japan), Borneo, 3 April 1945, aged 38 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Body not recovered - Commemorated on Panel 9
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Gilgandra War Memorial
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World War 2 Service

4 Jun 1940: Enlisted 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN NX19999, Gilgandra, New South Wales
5 Jun 1940: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN NX19999
16 Apr 1942: Imprisoned Malaya/Singapore, Sent to Borneo with B Force. Died Ranau No 1 POW Camp. Wooden POW tag recovered post-war.
3 Apr 1945: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN NX19999, 2nd/22nd Infantry Battalion, Prisoners of War

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"...NX19999 Private William Joseph McGowan, Headquarters 22nd Infantry Brigade, Australian Infantry. 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 McGowan, aged 43, died as a prisoner of the Japanese on 3 April 1945. He was the son of John James McGowan and Charlotte McGowan, of Newton, NSW. He is commemorated on the Labuan Memorial Panel 9..." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)