A Second World War Australian Far East Prisoner of War of the Japanese group awarded to Private F. O’C. Westwood, 20th Employment Company, Australian Military Forces, who originally came from Evesham, Worcestershire, but having emigrated to Australia and settled in Freemantle, Western Australia, then enlisted in March 1943 for service with the Australian Army at Narrandera, New South Wales, and was apparently taken prisoner of war by the Japanese, most probably in New Guinea. Some records state this was not the case, however the present of his

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A Second World War Australian Far East Prisoner of War of the Japanese group awarded to Private F. O’C. Westwood, 20th Employment Company, Australian Military Forces, who originally came from Evesham, Worcestershire, but having emigrated to Australia and settled in Freemantle, Western Australia, then enlisted in March 1943 for service with the Australian Army at Narrandera, New South Wales, and was apparently taken prisoner of war by the Japanese, most probably in New Guinea. Some records state this was not the case, however the present of his Buckingham Palace letter issued to him on his return from having undergone great trials and suffering whilst a prisoner of war of the Japanese would seem to state otherwise.

Group of 4: 1939-1945 Star; Pacific Star; War Medal; Australia War Service Medal 1939-1945; all named in Australian issue officially impressed style; (NX154290 F. O’C. WESTWOOD)

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Together with the recipient’s Buckingham Palace letter issued to him on his return from having undergone great trials and suffering whilst a prisoner of war of the Japanese, this being typed details: Frederick O.C. Westwood A.I.F. Freemantle, W.A.

Frank O’Connell Westwood, christian name incorrectly given as Frederick on the Buckingham Palace letter, was born on 22nd February 1907 in Evesham, Worcestershire, and having emigrated to Australia and settled in Freemantle, Western Australia, then saw service during the Second World War with the Australian Military Forces having enlisted on 26th March 1943 at Narrandera, New South Wales, he then saw service as a Private (No.NX154290) with the 20th Employment Company, and was taken prisoner of war by the Japanese, most probably in New Guinea. Westwood was discharged on 6th December 1945. His online records do not actually indicate that he was a prisoner of war, however the presence of the Buckingham Palace letter issued to him on his return from having undergone great trials and suffering whilst a prisoner of war of the Japanese would seem to state otherwise.