James Michael WHALLEY

WHALLEY, James Michael

Service Number: QX14323
Enlisted: 8 July 1940, Kelvin Grove, Queensland
Last Rank: Gunner
Last Unit: 2nd/10th Field Regiment
Born: Coomera, Queensland, 19 April 1912
Home Town: Coomera, Gold Coast, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Natural causes, Grafton, New South Wales, 21 June 1968, aged 56 years
Cemetery: Clarence Lawn Cemetery (Grafton)
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World War 2 Service

8 Jul 1940: Enlisted Private, SN QX14323, Kelvin Grove, Queensland
9 Jul 1940: Involvement Gunner, SN QX14323, 2nd/10th Field Regiment, Enlistment/Embarkation WW2
7 Dec 1941: Involvement Gunner, SN QX14323, 2nd/10th Field Regiment, Malaya/Singapore
15 Feb 1942: Imprisoned Malaya/Singapore
12 Feb 1946: Discharged Gunner, SN QX14323, 2nd/10th Field Regiment

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"...QX14323 Gunner James Michael Whalley, 2/10 Field Regiment. Gunner Whalley enlised on 8 July 1940 at Coomera, QLD and became a prisoner (POW) of the Japanese on the 15 Feburary 1942. Initially imprisoned in the Changi prisoner of war camp, it was not long before members of the 2/10th were allocated to external work parties. The first parties were dispatched around Singapore and southern Malaya, but later 2/10th members found themselves bound for the camps along the Thailand-Burma Railway and to Borneo. Other prisoners were sent to Japan and Sumatra. Of the 834 officers and men of the regiment who became prisoners, 270 died. The surviving prisoners were liberated in late August 1945 and began returning to Australia almost immediately. Gunner Whalley survived the war and was discharged on 12 Feburary 1946." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)