Martin Henry SMITH

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SMITH, Martin Henry

Service Number: VX35176
Enlisted: 2 July 1940
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: General / Motor Transport Company/ies
Born: Pilfeld Plains, Victoria, 9 June 1901
Home Town: Warracknabeal, Yarriambiack, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Contractor
Died: Died of Illness (POW of Japan), Borneo, 1 December 1944, aged 43 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Panel 24
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Ballarat Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial, Labuan Memorial, Labuan Federal Territory, Malaysia
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World War 2 Service

2 Jul 1940: Enlisted Private, SN VX35176, Royal Park, Victoria
2 Jul 1940: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Private, SN VX35176, General / Motor Transport Company/ies
16 Sep 1941: Involvement Private, SN VX35176, General / Motor Transport Company/ies, Malaya/Singapore
15 Feb 1942: Imprisoned Malaya/Singapore
1 Dec 1944: Involvement Private, SN VX35176, General / Motor Transport Company/ies, Prisoners of War

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Biography

"...VX35176 Private Martin Henry Smith, 2nd Reserve Motor Transport Company, Australian Army Service 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 Smith, aged 43, died as a prisoner of the Japanese on 1st December 1944. He was the son of John and Ellen Smith, and the husband of Gladys Smith, of Richmond, Vic. He is commemorated on the Labuan Memorial Panel 24..." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)

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