Bertram John WEST

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WEST, Bertram John

Service Number: TX3397
Enlisted: 18 June 1940
Last Rank: Lance Sergeant
Last Unit: 2nd/40th Infantry Battalion
Born: Wynyard, Tasmania, Australia, 19 May 1915
Home Town: Wynyard, Waratah/Wynyard, Tasmania
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Prisoner of War - Executed, Timor, 23 October 1942, aged 27 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Adelaide River Northern Territory Memorial, Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

18 Jun 1940: Enlisted 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN TX3397
23 Oct 1942: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Sergeant, SN TX3397, 2nd/40th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Robert Kearney

Sergeant Bertram West was awarded the Commendation for Gallantry for actions while held in captivity, during his escape and subsequent recapture by the Imperial Japanese Army on Dutch Timor during the period 23 February until his execution on, or before, 23 October 1942. Sergeant West escaped in May 1942, and was believed to be making his way to the south coast of Dutch West Timor with Lieutenant Wilkins Fitzallen, intending to escape Timor by boat. Lieutenat Fitzallen was also awarded a Commendation for Gallantry. Both men had undertaken reconnaissance work while within the POW camp.- Defence Hounours and Awards

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