Eric Vincent O'KEEFE


O'KEEFE, Eric Vincent

Service Number: VX56471
Enlisted: 22 May 1941, Royal Park, Victoria
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 2nd/2nd Pioneer Battalion
Born: Swan Hill, Victoria, 8 April 1921
Home Town: Dandenong, Greater Dandenong, Victoria
Schooling: St Marys RC School, Dandenong
Occupation: Factory worker
Died: Died of Illness (POW of Japan), Thailand, 4 March 1944, aged 22 years
Cemetery: Kanchanaburi War Cemetery
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Tree Plaque: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

22 May 1941: Enlisted 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN VX56471, Royal Park, Victoria
4 Mar 1944: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN VX56471, 2nd/2nd Pioneer Battalion, Prisoners of War

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

"Former Pupil Of St. Mary’s Dies In Thailand Prison Camp

PTE ERIC V. O’KEEFE, 23, only son of Mr. and Mrs. M. O’Keefe, of Hampton, who was taken prisoner of war in Java, has now been reported died of illness in Thailand. Eric, who enlisted at the age of 19, was educated at St. Mary’s, Dandenong, and was a popular employee of the Dandenong Bacon Factory. News of his death in a Japanese prison camp was a tragic blow to his parents and many friends in this district. All sympathise with Mr. and Mrs. O’Keefe in their tragic loss." - from the Dandenong Journal 28 Feb 1945 (