The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Byrne
First Name:
Leo Patrick
Nick Name:
Paddy
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX6155
Company:
C' Company, No 10 Platoon
Enlisted:
13.07.1940
Discharged:
29.06.1942
DOB:
12.01.1906
Place of Birth:
York, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Frederick Burge Byrne
Mothers's Name:
Mary Ann Byrne (nee Grundy)
Religion:
Roman Catholic
Pre-war Occupation:
Miner
Java:
‘Blackforce’, attached to 2/3rd Machine Gun Battalion
Force:
Admitted to hospital from 18.2.1942 to 25.2.1942.
Camps Thailand:
Embarked on H.M. Hospital Ship Wuseh on 25.2.1942.
Camps Burma:
Admitted to 2/12th Australian General Hospital at Columbo (Ceylon) on 4.3.1942.
POW#:
8753
Return Details 1945:
Returned by ship to Melbourne and by train to Perth, The Hospital Ship Wuseh departed Singapore on 9.2.1942. This ship then departed Tanjong Priok, Batavia, crowded with patients.

General Description

Some of C Coy (mostly No 9 Pln) in transit Rear L-R Kev Moir, Clarrie Henderson, Fred Webb Front Taffy Jones, Cyril Anderson, Jock Leith, Chris Mc Lennan, Les Marriot, Ern Ricketts, Paddy Byrne, S Morris, Bert Fidge. Kneeling Harry Norris
Some of C Coy (mostly No 9 Pln) in transit
Rear L-R Kev Moir, Clarrie Henderson, Fred Webb
Front Taffy Jones, Cyril Anderson, Jock Leith, Chris Mc Lennan, Les Marriot, Ern Ricketts, Paddy Byrne, S Morris, Bert Fidge.
Kneeling Harry Norris

 

Paddy Byrnes, Unknown, Ern Ricketts, Chris McLennan, Bill McKay
Paddy Byrne, Unknown, Ern Ricketts, Chris McLennan, Bill McKay

 

Paddy Byrne went AWOL from ‘Aquitania’ when it anchored at Gauge Roads off Fremantle sailing to Singapore.  He arrived in Batavia instead of Singapore having embarked on  ‘Marella’ from Fremantle on 39 January 1942.

Read story about AWOL men from 2/4th.

He was diagnosed medically sick about 17 February 1942 and evacuated from Batavia on the hospital ship ‘Wu Sui’ which had sailed out of Singapore on 9 February 1942 and left Batavia about 20 February 1942 crowded with patients and headed for Columbo.

He was admitted to 12 Australian General Hospital, Columbo on 4 March 1942.  He returned to Melbourne 28 March 1942 and hospitalised for several weeks before returning to WA.  He was discharged medically unfit 26 June 1942 having returned by train from Melbourne to WA.

Read further about ‘Wui-Suii’ and Ceylon

Prior to enlisting Paddy Byrne was a miner living in Kalgoorlie, where it appears other Byrne family members were also residing.

He came from a large family and several of his brothers enlisted with the military services.  Sadly younger brother Mervyn Joseph (Joe) aged 27 years, died in Northam Military Hospital in 1944.

Returning to civilian life, Paddy was living with his wife whom he had married well before the war, and working in Kalgoorlie as a miner.  As you will read below, he was to tragically lose his life in a mining accident at the age of 51 years on 22 February 1954.

 

 

 

Not until late 1945 do the family receive word of Malcom Byrne’s death in Java 1942 as a POW.

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