The Soldier's Details

Surname:
O’Sullivan
First Name:
Bernard Matthew
Nick Name:
Bernie
Rank:
Lieutenant
Regimental #:
WX9390
Company:
Attached 2/4th Reinforcement Officer (Taken on Strength 10.9.1941) Headquarters Company (RQM from 8.2.1942)
Enlisted:
16.11.1940
Discharged:
6.12.1945
DOB:
9.11.1920
Place of Birth:
Leederville, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Leonard John O’Sullivan
Mothers's Name:
Jennie O’Sullivan
Religion:
Roman Catholic
Pre-war Occupation:
Judge’s Associate
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi; Serangoon Road Camp; Sime Road Camp; Selerang Barracks Changi. Following return from Thailand - Sime Road Camp; Selerang Barracks Changi; Changi Gaol Camp.
Force:
H' Force Thailand, ‘H’ Force Group No. 3
Camps Thailand:
Malay Hamlet,
POW#:
4/4114
Return Details 1945:
Singapore‐Perth, Duke of Gloucester’s aircraft ‘Endeavour’.

General Description

O'Sullivan Wedding
O’Sullivan Wedding

 

Lt. O'Sullivan, Maj. Saggers and Lt. Mentiplay.
Lt. O’Sullivan, Maj. Saggers and Lt. Mentiplay.

 

Appointment Terminated 6/12/1945

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Post war Bernie worked for a period as the Associate to Chief Justice Sir John Dwyer. He subsequently studied and passed the examinations for appointment as a magistrate. In 1953 he was appointed Magistrate at Cue. There followed time at Kalgoorlie, Narrogin, Northam and Perth. In 1967 he was appointed Chief Industrial Commissioner, retiring in 1981. For some 30 years he was President of the West Australian Football League Tribunal. Bernie, having been a Legacy Ward himself, was an active member of Legacy for many years. As a younger man he was involved in athletics and continued his association with the sport after the war. Bernie was awarded the Order of Australia in 1985. He passed away in 1997 aged 75.

 

Read the news article ‘WA was hit by fear’

 

Bernie had enlisted pre-war with 28th Battalion Militia.

In 1943 Bernie was selected in Singapore to work on the Burma-Thai Railway with ‘H’ Force Group 3.  This was an all-Australian force under the command of Lt.-Col R.F. Oakes.  Major Bert Saggers was appointed second in command and in charge of the group’s pay and records.

Read further about ‘H’ Force Group 3

Bernie O’Sullivan was awarded the Order of Australia in 1985.

He died in 1996 aged 75.

Camp Locations:

  • Changi Gaol Camp - Singapore
  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Serangoon Road Camp - Singapore
  • Sime Road Camp - Singapore
  • Malay Hamlet 153.00km - Thailand
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