Tom was selected with ‘E’ Force Borneo whilst his brothers Gordon and Bert went to Borneo with ‘B’ Force. Tom died about a month after the death of his 2 younger brothers.
He died at Ranau No. 1 Camp. Borneo.
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 Dorizzi who remained behind at Sandakan with malaria, also died on 11 February 1945.
DORIZZI, Private, THOMAS HENRY, WX12884, A.I.F. 2/4 M.G. Bn., Australian Infantry. 11 March 1945. Age 31. Son of Thomas John and Mary Ann Dorizzi, of Mungarin, Western Australia; husband of Harriett Ellen Maude Dorizzi, of Tooday, Western Australia. Panel 18.
Labuan Memorial, Malaysia.
The above plaque was placed in the Honour Avenue, Kings Park.