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Ayton Arthur Clement John  

 

Service Number TX5862 Death Date 15/02/1945 Place of Death POW Borneo Cause of Death Beri Beri & heart failure Burial  

 

 

 

Tas. Paybook photograph, taken on enlistment, of TX5862 Private Arthur Clement John Ayton, 2/26th Battalion, Australian Infantry. 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 Ayton, aged 24, died as a prisoner of the Japanese on 15 February 1945. He was the son of Herbert George and Sarah Ann Ayton, of North Motton , Tas. He is commemorated on the Labuan Memorial Panel 16. (Photograph copied from AWM232, items 4 and 5. Personal information from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Database.)  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo Courtesy Robert Ayton

 

 

 

 

 

 

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