|Birth: ||May 20, 1911|
New South Wales, Australia
|Death: ||May 10, 1945|
East Kalimantan, Indonesia
Jack Collison, the son of Angus and Gladys Maud Collison enlisted in the Australian Army less than a month after the start of the Pacific War. Jack and his younger brother, Bert Angus, enlisted at Paddington in Sydney, NSW, on January 6, 1942. He was allotted service number NX82472 and both brothers served with the 2/3rd Pioneer Battalion. His brother Bert died of illness shortly before the battalion left in March 1945 for Morotai Island in Indonesia where the 26th Brigade of the 9th Australian Division was staging for the invasion of Tarakan Island off the north eastern coast of Kalimantan. The 2/3rd Pioneer Battalion was attached to the 26th Brigade and initially defended the beachhead seized by the brigade on May 1. Private Collison, who was unmarried, was killed in action on May 10. He was originally buried on Tarakan Island but after the war the graves of all service personnel who died in both Kalimantan and British Borneo were moved to Labuan War Cemetery, Malaysia.
Labuan War Cemetery
Federal Territory of Labuan, Malaysia
Plot: 27. C. 12.
Maintained by: Anthony Staunton
Originally Created by: International Wargraves ...
Record added: Jul 07, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 20344191
Added: Apr. 17, 2013