The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Halligan
First Name:
Jack
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX8819
Classification:
Motorcycle Orderly
Company:
‘B’ Company, No. 9 Platoon.
Enlisted:
23.10.1940
DOB:
26.10.1919
Place of Birth:
Menzies, Western Australia
Father's Name:
James Edge Halligan
Mothers's Name:
Nellie Francis Halligan (Ward
Religion:
Roman Catholic
Pre-war Occupation:
Bogger
Memorial:
Epitaph, Labuan Memorial, Panel 18, Age 25.
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi
Force:
'B' Force Borneo
POW#:
781
Cause of Death:
Malaria
Place of Death:
Sandakan-Ranau track. 1st Ranau march
Date of Death:
4.02.1945

General Description

Halligan Brothers - L-R Bill, Jim KIA Crete and Jack
Halligan Brothers – L-R Bill, Jim KIA 1942, Egypt and Jack who died Sandakan-Ranau track February 1942.

Bill and Jack enlisted on the same day in October 1940.  Bill survived to return home to Australia, and to Kalgoorlie.

 

Jack died on the first Sandakan to Ranau March.  His remains were recovered Murawatto in the vicinity of 42 mile peg near track to Beluran. Read further about Borneo.

 

Halligan Jack 12 Feb 1948 Western Mail
Halligan Jack 12 Feb 1948 Western Mail

 

Halligan, Jack

The above is a Kalgoorlie Miner death notice for Jack’s brother, Jim Halligan.

Jack was from Norseman.

 

 

  • WA. Paybook photograph, taken on enlistment, of WX8819 Corporal Jack Halligan, 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. Corporal Halligan, aged 25, died as a prisoner of the Japanese on 4 February 1945. He was the son of James Edge Halligan and Nellie Frances Halligan, of Kalgoorlie, WA. He is commemorated on the Labuan Memorial Panel 18. (Photograph copied from AWM232, items 4 and 5. Personal information from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Database.)

 

For more details of the Halligan family and his brother Bill and Jim, please go to Bill Halligan.

Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Sandakan - Borneo ***
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