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KING Charles Henry

Service: Army – 8 Division Signals
Service number: VX63472
Locality on Enlistment: Mildura
Duration of Service: 25 Sep 1941 – 18 Jul 1945
Prisoner of War: Yes
Honours: None for display
Date and Place of Birth: 7 Sep 1903 Colac
Parents: Thomas KING and Elizabeth SMITH
Spouse: Olive May PIEPER
Occupation: Electrical linesman
Date and Place of Death: 18 Jul 1945 Hanan POW Camp, Borneo
Place of Burial: Labuan Memorial Malaysia

Vic. Paybook photograph, taken on enlistment.

NOTES: Charles 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. Signalman King, aged 41, died as a prisoner of the Japanese on 18 July 1945.  Australian War Memorial