Camden Remembers
Soldiers' Memorial Macarthur Park
John Joseph CLISSOLD (Private NX24769)
Camden RSL Flame John Joseph CLISSOLD Birth: 9 Sep 1909 Camden NSW
Father: James CLISSOLD (7 Jul 1863 - 24 Nov 1935)
Mother: Mary WOOD (abt 1871 - )
Enlisted: 29 May 1941 Paddington NSW
Residence: Wentworthville NSW
Next of Kin: Mary Clissold
Unit: 2/18 Australian Infantry Battalion
Death: 14 Jul 1945 Sandakan Borneo
Cemetery: Labuan Memorial Labuan War Cemetery Malaysia
                    POW: Sandakan Borneo
                    Roll of Hon: Soldiers Memorial Macarthur Park Camden

Private John Joseph Clissold was one of over 2000 Allied prisoners of war held in the Sandakan POW camp in north Borneo, having been transferred there from Singapore as a part of E Force.

The 500 Australian and 500 British POW's who made up E Force, left Changi on 28 March 1943, on board the S.S. DeKlerk arriving at Berhala Island (adjacent to Sandakan Harbour) on 15 April 1943. The POW's were held there until 5 June, when they were taken by barge to Sandakan.
The next day they were transferred to the 8 Mile Camp, which was about half a mile from the B Force compound. (Information and photo copied with permission from Australian War Memorial)

                    Private John Joseph CLISSOLD died as a prisoner of the Japanese on 14 July 1945 age 35.