Leonard Siffleet, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death

    

Leonard Siffleet

Australian soldier

Date of Birth: 14-Jan-1916

Place of Birth: Gunnedah, New South Wales, Australia

Date of Death: 24-Oct-1943

Profession: military officer

Nationality: Australia

Zodiac Sign: Capricorn


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About Leonard Siffleet

  • Len Siffleet (14 January 1916 – 24 October 1943) was an Australian commando of World War II.
  • Born in Gunnedah, New South Wales, he joined the Second Australian Imperial Force in 1941, and by 1943 had reached the rank of sergeant.
  • Posted to M Special Unit of the Services Reconnaissance Department, Siffleet was on a mission in Papua New Guinea when he and two Ambonese companions were captured by partisan tribesmen and handed over to the Japanese.
  • All three men were interrogated, tortured and later beheaded.
  • A photograph of Siffleet's impending execution became an enduring image of the war, and his identity was often confused with that of other servicemen who suffered a similar fate, in particular Flight Lieutenant Bill Newton.

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