Francis Arthur MUNFORD

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MUNFORD, Francis Arthur

Service Number: NX47341
Enlisted: 28 August 1940, Newcastle, New South Wales
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 2nd/19th Infantry Battalion
Born: Wauchope, New South Wales, 4 April 1920
Home Town: Taree, Greater Taree, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Died of Illness (Malaria - POW of Japan), Borneo, 6 February 1945, aged 24 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Panel 14 - Sandakan Number 1 Compound - (Cemetery on east side of track leading to camp, used untill March 1945)
Tree Plaque: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

28 Aug 1940: Enlisted 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN NX47341, Newcastle, New South Wales
29 Aug 1940: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN NX47341
26 Jan 1942: Transferred 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, 2nd/19th Infantry Battalion
16 Feb 1942: Imprisoned Malaya/Singapore
6 Feb 1945: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN NX47341, 2nd/19th Infantry Battalion, Prisoners of War

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

Died Sandakan No. 1 camp while POW of Japan - 6 Feb 1945

Son of Isaac and Isabelle Phomie Munford

Husband of Edna Munford, of Taree, NSW

I never met you but learnt of you from the love of my mother for the brother taken from her and the family. Your family still hold you close and our children know you too. Never forgotten and greatly missed by us all. - Deborah Donald

Biography contributed by John Edwards

"...NX47341 Private Francis Arthur Munford, 2/19th Battalion, 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 Munford, aged 24, died as a prisoner of the Japanese on 6 February 1945. He was the son of Isaac and Isabelle Phomie Munford, and the husband of Edna Munford, of Taree, NSW. He is commemorated on the Labuan Memorial Panel 14." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)

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