Hunt for PoWs’ families
A NORTH Queensland war hero will be among 20 Prisoners of War who were executed during escape attempts to be posthumously awarded the Commendation for Gallantry.
The Defence Honours and Awards Tribunal are searching for the next of kin of the 20 men to present the prestigious medal to on their deceased ancestor’s behalf.
S i g n a l m a n H o w a r d Frederick Harvey was born on October 12, 1921 and enlisted in the army when he was only 20-years-old on O c t o b e r 2 1 1 9 4 1 i n Paddington NSW in 1941.
Mr Harvey was born in Cairns but was living in Ingham at the time he went to defend the country in World War II. While posted to 8 Division Signals, Signalman Harvey was captured by Japanese forces. He was executed while trying to escape on May 11, 1943 in Sandakan, Borneo.
Signalman Harvey’s name is listed on the Roll of Honour in Townsville.
Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Senator David Feeney accepted the unanimous recommendations of t he i ndependent Defence Honours and Awards Tribunal at the weekend and called on the next of kin of those honoured to come forward and receive the Commendation for Gallantry.
A m o n g t h e t w e n t y servicemen are the Tavoy Eight, members of the 4th Anti-Tank Regiment who were executed by f i r i ng squad in Burma on June 6, 1942.
The tribunal’s full report is available at: www. defencehonours-tribunal. gov. au.
The tribunal’s directorate may be contacted by calling 1800 111 321.