George Henry SHADWICK


SHADWICK, George Henry

Service Number: TX4600
Enlisted: 10 April 1941, Brighton, Tasmania
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 2nd/29th Infantry Battalion
Born: Launceston, Tasmania, 24 April 1921
Home Town: Launceston, Launceston, Tasmania
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Murdered (POW of Japan), Parit Sulong, Malaya, 22 January 1942, aged 20 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Singapore Memorial Kranji War Cemetery
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World War 2 Service

10 Apr 1941: Enlisted 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN TX4600, Brighton, Tasmania
22 Jan 1942: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN TX4600, 2nd/29th Infantry Battalion, Malaya/Singapore

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Biography contributed by Grace Clark

"TX4600 Private Shadwick, 2/29 Battalion. He was one of 145 men who were massacred by the Japanese at Parit Sulong on 22 January 1942 during the Malaya Campaign when wounded Australian and Indian soldiers were left behind by withdrawing troops after the Battle of Muar. They were rounded up by the Japanese and forced to surrender all of their belongings including their clothes, which were later returned. The men, now Prisoners of War (POWs) were beaten, tormented and denied food, water and medical attention. At sunset on the night of 22 January 1942, the men were roped or wired together in groups and led into the jungle where they were shot with machine guns, doused with petrol and set alight. Only Lieutenant Ben Charles Hackney and VX52333 Reginald Arthur Wharton survived, feigning death despite repeated brutalities by the Japanese..." - SOURCE (