The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Dorizzi
First Name:
Gordon
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX9274
Classification:
Driver
Company:
'A' Company
Enlisted:
30.10.1940
DOB:
30.05.1916
Place of Birth:
Perth, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Thomas John Dorizzi
Mothers's Name:
Mary Ann Dorizzi
Religion:
Roman Catholic
Pre-war Occupation:
Truck Driver
Memorial:
Epitaph, Labuan memorial, Panel 18, Age 28.
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi
Force:
'B' Force Borneo
POW#:
622
Cause of Death:
Malaria
Place of Death:
Sandakan No1 Camp
Date of Death:
11.02.1945

General Description

Gordon Dorrizi  born Toodyay, was 1 of 3 brothers enlisted in 2/4th MG Battalion.

 

 

Gordon was selected to leave Singapore with ‘B’ Force Borneo as was Bert Dorizzi.  Tom went to Borneo with ‘E’ Force.

Please read about ‘B’ and ‘E’ Forces.

Please read further about Sandakan-Ranau

Gordon was the middle brother and died on same day as older brother Herbert (Bert) Dorizzi  on 11/2/1945.  However Bert died on the First Sandakan to Ranau Death March at Sagidal, about 60 miles before reaching Ranau and Gordon died at Sandakan No. 1 Camp he had been too ill with Malaria to leave with his brothers.

Bert and Tom left Sandakan on 28 January 1945 with first group on the First March.

After Segindai the track which had been rising and falling since leaving Paginatan now climbed very steeply for next 7 km.  2/4th mate Bob Chipperfield died 8 km from Segindai on 11 February 1945.   Herb died on the same day 11 February 1945 1.5km further and about 20 miles away from Ranau.  Tom Dorizzi was on same march.  He could do nothing for his brother. He took Herb’s tags, intending to take them home to Australia.  Of course he did not know Gordon who remained behind at Sandakan with malaria, also died on 11 February 1945.

Read the story The Tragic Story of the 3 Dorrizi Brothers.

DORIZZI BROS

 

 

 

 

 

DORIZZI, Private, GORDON, WX9274, A.I.F. 2/4 M.G. Bn., Australian Infantry. 11 February 1945. Age 28. Son of Thomas John and Mary Ann Dorizzi, of Nungarin, Western Australia. Panel 18.   Labuan Memorial, Malaysia.

 

Kings Park Avenue of Honour

 

 

Please read the list of relics found at Sandakan.

You can read further about Dorizzi boys.

Camp Locations:

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