The Soldier's Details
- First Name:
- George Lane
- Regimental #:
- Headquarters Company
- Place of Birth:
- Kalgoorlie, Western Australia
- Father's Name:
- Arthur Lane Taylor
- Mothers's Name:
- Johanna Taylor
- Roman Catholic
- Pre-war Occupation:
- Clerk at Bunbury Court
- Epitaph, Labuan Memorial, Panel 19, Age 25.
- Selarang Camp Changi
- ‘B’ Force Borneo
- Cause of Death:
- Place of Death:
- Sandakan‐Ranau track, 2nd Ranau march
- Date of Death:
George was youngest of 6 children born to the Taylor family. His father was employed as a miner initially at Coolgardie, later Kalgoorlie where George was born. Tragically for the family Arthur Taylor died a relatively ‘early’ death from miner’s disease.
George’s older brother Kerry postponed his university studies at UWA, returned to Kalgoorlie finding employment to financially support the family, thus allowing his younger brother George (by 7 years) to complete secondary school. George sat the Public Service exam and was appointed to Office of the Clerk of Courts, Bunbury.
George joined in the Bunbury community enjoying many sporting interests. His death was a horrific blow to the family and in particular to older brother Kerry Taylor.
The Taylor family were not officially informed of George’s death until February 1946 – however they were not told any details. The Australian Government had forbidden any information to be printed in Australian media and absolutely no details to families.
He was selected with ‘B’ Force to sail to Borneo where the POWs were assigned to construct an aerodrome near Sandakan.
George was on the Second Sandakan to Ranau Death March. His body was recovered in 1946 near the track with 3 other men from the 2/4th – Charles Holme WX16416, Joseph Sevier WX8544 and George Smith WX4891 who according to Japanese records all died on 7 June 1945 of various illnesses.
They were included in about 35 POWs who were tormented and massacred by their Japanese and Formosan guards at the 55 mile peg, about 8 km from Tangkul Crossing.
Above a small area of Sandakan to Ranau Track.
Height 5′ 9″
TAYLOR, Private, GEORGE LANE, WX14775, A.I.F. 2/4 M.G. Bn., Australian Infantry. 7 June 1945. Age 25. Son of Arthur Lane Taylor and Johanna Taylor, of Kalgoorlie, Western Australia. Panel 19.
Labuan Memorial, Malaysia.
- WA. Paybook photograph, taken on enlistment, of WX14775 Private George Lane Taylor, 2/4th Machine Gun 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 Taylor, aged 25, died as a prisoner of the Japanese on 7 June 1945. He was the son of Arthur Lane Taylor and Johanna Taylor, of Kalgoorlie, WA. He is commemorated on the Labuan Memorial Panel 19. (Photograph copied from AWM232, items 4 and 5. Personal information from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Database.)
- Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
- Sandakan - Borneo ***