Michael John PHELAN


PHELAN, Michael John

Service Number: VX50588
Enlisted: 17 March 1941, Royal Park, Victoria
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 22 Brigade Ordnance Field Park (Malaya)
Born: Rosedale, Victoria, 8 December 1908
Home Town: Oakleigh, Monash, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Skilled labourer
Died: Died of Illness (POW of Japan), Borneo, 27 June 1945, aged 36 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
No known grave - Panel 28
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Labuan Memorial, Labuan Federal Territory, Malaysia
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World War 2 Service

17 Mar 1941: Enlisted 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN VX50588, Royal Park, Victoria
16 Feb 1942: Imprisoned Malaya/Singapore
27 Jun 1945: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN VX50588, 22 Brigade Ordnance Field Park (Malaya), Prisoners of War

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

"...VX50588 Private Michael John Phelan, 22nd Brigade Ordnance Field Park, Australian Army Ordnance 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. Private Phelan, aged 36, died as a prisoner of the Japanese on 27 June 1945. He was the son of Michael Patrick and Ellen Teresa Phelan, of Oakleigh, Vic. He is commemorated on the Labuan Memorial Panel 28..." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)