WILKINS, Kenneth

Service Number: NX10451
Enlisted: 14 May 1941, Kenneth Passed 3 Feb 1945 as a POW in Borneo
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 2nd/10th Field Ambulance
Born: Sydney, New South Wales, 12 March 1919
Home Town: Mudgee, Mid-Western Regional, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Storeman packer
Died: Died of Illness (POW of Japan), Borneo, 3 February 1945, aged 25 years
Cemetery: Mudgee General Cemetery
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Mudgee District Fallen Soldiers Memorial, Mudgee Memorial Clock Tower
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World War 2 Service

14 May 1941: Enlisted Australian Army (Post WW2), Private, SN NX10451, 2nd/10th Field Ambulance , Kenneth Passed 3 Feb 1945 as a POW in Borneo
15 May 1941: Involvement Private, SN NX10451
16 Feb 1942: Imprisoned Borneo - Operation Oboe July - August 1945
3 Feb 1945: Involvement Private, SN NX10451, 2nd/10th Field Ambulance , Prisoners of War

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Kenneth Wilkins mother was the champion Runner ( sprinter also known as a Pedestrian)  Hazel Meers. His uncle Cyril Meers was also a champion Runner. The Meers family were a very well known and well-respected family in Mudgee.  

"...NX10451 Private Kenneth Wilkins, 2/10th Field Ambulance, Australian Army Medical 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 Wilkins, aged 25, died as a prisoner of the Japanese on 3 February 1945. He was the son of Oscar and Hazel Mary Wilkins, of Sydney, NSW. He is commemorated on the Labuan Memorial Panel 27..."SOURCE (