The Soldier's Details
- First Name:
- John Henry
- Nick Name:
- Regimental #:
- 'D' Company
- Place of Birth:
- Nonham, Western Australia
- Father's Name:
- James Leonard Browning
- Mothers's Name:
- Ellenor Florence Browning
- Church of England
- Pre-war Occupation:
- Epitaph, Labuan Memorial, Panel 18, Age 25.
- Selarang Camp Changi
- 'B' Force Burma
- Cause of Death:
- Place of Death:
- Sandakan No2 Camp
- Date of Death:
Soldier wounded in action Lim Chu Kang Road at 0930 hours on 9.2.1942. Admitted to 2/9th Field Ambulance on 9.2.1942 with a gunshot wound to the calf muscle of his right leg. Transferred to 2/13th Australian General Hospital on l6.2.1942. Transferred to 2/9th Field Ambulance on 7.3.1942. Discharged to unit on 21/3/1942.
Uncle of Neville Browning, Editor, 2/4th Machine Gun Newsletter “Borehole” and author of several Military History books.
Further reading, read D Company.
From West Australian Newspapers August 1945
Private John Henry Browning known as Johnny, was a Northam boy.
He was the son of James Henry and Eleanor Florence Browning. When he left on the Aquitania, Johnny Browning left behind his wife Thelma Bernice Browning and son who were then residing in East Northam.
Johnny Browning was transported on troop ship Ubi Maru from Changi on 7th July 1942 to Borneo. He was one of 1494 POWs who made up B Force and arrived in Sandakan Harbour on 18th July 1942.
At 25 years of age, John Browning died as a POW on 16th July 1945. We salute an extraordinarily brave young man who tried desperately to survive the absolute horrors of Borneo and Japanese depravity to return home to his loved ones.
BROWNING, Private, JOHN HENRY, WX9283, A.I.F. 2/4 M.G. Bn., Australian Infantry. 16 July 1945. Age 25. Son of James Henry and Eleanor Florence Browning; husband of Thelma Bernice Browning, of East Northam, Western Australia. Panel 18.
Labuan Memorial, Malaysia.
- Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore