Robert Charles PAGE

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PAGE, Robert Charles

Service Number: NX19158
Enlisted: 26 May 1941, Paddington, New South Wales
Last Rank: Captain
Last Unit: "Z" Special Unit
Born: Queenbayan, New South Wales, 21 July 1920
Home Town: Potts Point, City of Sydney, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Medical student
Died: Executed (POW of Japan), Malaya, 7 July 1945, aged 24 years
Cemetery: Kranji War Cemetery
(CWGC) Official Commemoration - Grave Location: Coll. grave 28. A. 1-10.
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Operations Jaywick & Rimau
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World War 2 Service

26 May 1941: Enlisted 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN NX19158, Paddington, New South Wales
30 May 1941: Transferred 2nd AIF WW 2, Sergeant, 2nd/4th Pioneer Battalion

World War 1 Service

9 Jul 1941: Promoted 2nd AIF WW 2, Lieutenant

World War 2 Service

7 Jul 1945: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Captain, SN NX19158, "Z" Special Unit, Prisoners of War

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Biography contributed by Kathleen Bambridge

"NX19158 Lieutenant Robert Charles Page, Medical Officer and member of the operative party of Operation Jaywick. This operation was conducted from 1 September 1943 to 19 October 1943 and involved a clandestine attack by a group of six allied operatives against Japanese shipping at Singapore. Page was executed by the Japanese on 7 July 1945 while a member of “Z” Special Unit." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)

A film covering his involvement in the Z Special Forces working in the Pacific and south east Asia called The Highest Honour (also known as Heroes of the Krait) produced in 1982 directed by John McLean starring John Howard as Captain Bob Page.  The unit made up of British, Scotish and Australian servicemen captured the Japanese fishing boat Krait and set out from Australia penetrated deep into Japanese held terriory over 17,000 kilometers they sunk Japanese ships in the Sinapore harbour.  On there second mission they were captured and faced a Japanese Military court and where sentenced to death by beheading as a sign of the honour inwhich the Japanese held their dedication to duty and their courage.

Captain Robert Charles Page was a decorated soldier before he joined Z Special Forces.  He was 24 years old when he died.

 

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