Clarence Frederick O'NEILL


O'NEILL, Clarence Frederick

Service Number: QX1907
Enlisted: 21 June 1940, Townsville, Queensland
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: Army Pay Corps (AIF)
Born: Blackall, Queensland, 27 December 1908
Home Town: Townsville, Townsville, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Died of Illness (POW of Japan), Borneo, 19 March 1945, aged 36 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Panel 30
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Labuan Memorial, Labuan Federal Territory, Malaysia, Sandakan Prisoner of War Memorial
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World War 2 Service

21 Jun 1940: Enlisted Private, SN QX1907, Townsville, Queensland
22 Jun 1940: Involvement Private, SN QX1907
19 Mar 1945: Involvement Corporal, SN QX1907, Army Pay Corps (AIF), Prisoners of War

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

"...QX1907 Corporal Clarence Frederick O'Neill, Audit Section, Australian Army Pay Corps. 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. Corporal O'Neill, aged 41, died as a prisoner of the Japanese on 19 March 1945. He was the son of Fredrick and Adelaide Margaret O'Neill, of New Farm, Qld. He is commemorated on the Labuan Memorial Panel 30." - SOURCE (