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ATYEO Leslie George Gibson

Service: Army – 2/10 Field Company
Service number: VX34329
Locality on Enlistment: Colac
Duration of Service: 2 Jul 1940 – 10 Dec 1945
Prisoner of War: Yes
Honours: None for display
Date and Place of Birth: 31 May 1911 Melbourne
Parents: Alfred Vincent ATYEO and Olive Beatrice Victoria COHEN
Spouse: Marjorie Spence CONSTABLE
Occupation: Clerk, Store Manager
Date and Place of Death: 16 Aug 1996 Colac
Place of Burial: Colac Cemetery

NOTES: The 2/10th Field Regiment was deployed to Malaya in 1941, taking part in military actions against the Japanese, and then deployed to Singapore in early 1942. When the garrison was surrendered, the majority of the regiment were taken prisoner and remained in captivity.  Over the next three-and-a-half years, they were scattered throughout the Pacific to camps in Singapore, Malaya, Borneo, Thailand, Burma and Japan. Subjected to poor conditions and used for hard labour, many of the 834 men from the 2/10th who were captured were killed or died in captivity – a total of 270 men – before being freed when the war ended in August 1945. The regiment’s casualties during the war amounted to 286 killed and 16 wounded.  Wikipedia