Cecil James Bak

Male 1920 - 1945  (24 years)


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  • Name Cecil James Bak 
    Born 8 Apr 1920 
    Gender Male 
    _UID AF24A8E8312F41AF8487F4210DA8D68DEB99 
    Died 11 Feb 1945  Bougainville, New Guinea Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Buried Port Moresby, New Guinea Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    Grave A4. C. 7., Bomona War Cemetery 
    Person ID I6790  Treefive
    Last Modified 8 May 2017 

    Father James Jensen Bak,   b. 2 Oct 1895, Maryborough, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Aug 1948, Chillagoe, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years) 
    Mother Alice Ruby Keyburn,   b. 1894, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jan 1980, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years) 
    Married 1919  Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Family ID F2092  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Living 
    Children 
     1. Living
    Last Modified 3 Mar 2018 
    Family ID F2202  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 


    • Cecil was the eldest of three brothers and was born 8 Apr 1920. Cecil enlisted for WW2 in the Australian infantry. On 12 Sep 1939 he was promoted to Corporal. He rose in rank and later was commissioned Lieutenant. In 1945 his unit was holding Tsimba Ridge in New Guinea, which was under fierce attack by the Japanese. With a lull in the action, Cecil and his batman were resting in a foxhole when they came under sniper fire. It is believed that his batman, Joe Lewis, was killed instantly and Cecil was badly wounded. He was medically evacuated by barge to Torokina and died on 11 Feb 1945. He was buried at the Bomona War Cemetery in Port Moresby.

      He was awarded a military medal in Feb 1945.

      His memorial is listed on the 31/51 Battalion Memorial, The Esplanade, Cairns.

      James left a widow, Dorothy May Bak, of Cairns, Queensland. Their daughter Carol was born in June 1945, 4 months after Cecil died.

  • Sources 
    1. [S3190] DTH423 Roll of Honour Bak, Cecil James, DTH423., Roll of Honour - Cecil James Bak; 11 February 1950; page 5.

    2. [S3194] DTH422 Roll of Honour Bak, Lieut. Cecil James, DTH422., Roll of Honour - Lieut. Cecil James Bak; 22 February 1946; page 3; Four notices.

    3. [S5656] BIO301 Biography Bak, James Jensen, BIO301., article 'Memories of forgotten hero' by Roz Pulley; 9 November 2016; Biography of James Jensen Bak by his granddaughter Carol West.

    4. [S2952] MAR Marriage Index Queensland, Alice Ruby Keyburn and James Jensen Bak; C2228; 1919.