Samuel James WEIR

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WEIR, Samuel James

Service Number: VX63967
Enlisted: 25 September 1941, Royal Park, Victoria
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 2nd/29th Infantry Battalion
Born: Southhampton, England, 22 September 1922
Home Town: Scoresby, Knox, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Died of Illness (POW of Japan), Borneo, 15 July 1945, aged 22 years
Cemetery: Labuan Memorial
No known grave - Panel 16
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Labuan Memorial
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World War 2 Service

25 Sep 1941: Enlisted 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN VX63967, Royal Park, Victoria
7 Jul 1942: Imprisoned
15 Jul 1945: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN VX63967, 2nd/29th Infantry Battalion, Prisoners of War

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Biography contributed by Sarah Law

Private Samuel Weir was from the 2/29th and was captured and placed in the B forces moved from Changi on 7 July 1942 on board the Ubi Maru, arriving in Sandakan Harbour on 18 July 1942. Samuel survived almost 3 years as a POW until his death in July 1945.

"...VX63967 Private Samuel James Weir, 2/29th 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 Weir, aged 22, died as a prisoner of the Japanese on 15 July 1945. He is commemorated on the Labuan Memorial Panel 16..." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)

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