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Victor Bexton (1918 - 1942)

Victor Bexton
Born in Lindfield, New South Wales, Australiamap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
[spouse(s) unknown]
[children unknown]
Died in At Seamap
Profile last modified | Created 24 Feb 2020
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Roll of Honor
Victor Bexton was a Prisoner of War during World War II.
Roll of Honor
Victor Bexton died as a prisoner of war on the Montevideo Maru during the Second World War.

Biography

Victor was born in 1918 at Lindfield, NSW, the son of Victor (Arthur) and Alice Jane Bexton.

He was educated at the Naremburn Junior Technical School where he did well academically.[1]

He enlisted in the Australian Army for overseas service at Paddington, NSW on 04 Jul 1940 as a Private (NX56324). At the time he was single, a clerk and was living with his father in Willoughby, NSW. He had brown hair and brown eyes.

He had previously served in the Militia as 62415, initially as a Trooper with 24 Light Horse, but later as a Private with 18th Bn.

After training he was transferred to No. 1 Independent Coy (a commando unit) on 10 May 1941.

He embarked on HMAT "Zealandia" on 12 Jul 1941 for Kavieng, New Ireland in the Territory of New Guinea, disembarking there on 29 Jul 1941.

When the Japanese invaded New Ireland on 23 Jan 1942 he was probably with the bulk of the Coy who escaped overland to Kaut on the south coast and boarded the "Induna Star" on 29 Jan 1942 before making their way along the coast of New Ireland heading to Rabaul. When they learned that Rabaul had fallen and hearing that the Japanese had landed to the east of them (false) the ship sailed south. It was spotted by a Japanese aircraft, bombed and taken under tow by a Japanese destroyer on 02 Feb 1942 and entered Rabaul on 03 Feb 1942 where he became a Prisoner of War, initially held at Rabaul.

He died on board the "Montevideo Maru" when it was torpedoed and sunk off the coast of the Philippines on 01 Jul 1942, en route from Rabaul to Hainan where he was destined for forced labour.

Two of his brothers (Tom and Syd) were also POWs during WW2, and only Syd survived.[2]

Sources

  1. SCHOOLS' PRIZE DISTRIBUTIONS. (1932, December 20). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 10. Retrieved February 24, 2020, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article16939480
  2. SAD NEWS (1945, October 30). The Dubbo Liberal and Macquarie Advocate (NSW : 1894 - 1954), p. 1. Retrieved February 24, 2020, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article133031650
  • Birth - NSW BDM Birth index - BEXTON VICTOR; 16791/1918; VICTOR; ALICE J; CHATSWOOD


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