George and Frederick Beale
The Beale brothers were from Quirindi, New South Wales. In June 1941 George and his younger brother Frederick enlisted in the Australian Army. They were sent with the 2/20th Battalion to defend the Malay peninsula.
The Beale brothers became prisoners of war at the fall of Singapore. After being held captive in Changi camp they were sent to Japan to work in the Naoetsu Camp. George worked in a steel mill under extremely harsh conditions and on 28 May 1943 he died as a result of injuries he received after being dragged into a machine. He was the second of 60 Australians to die in the Naoetsu Camp in Japan between 1943 and March 1944.
Frederick survived the camp and returned home to Australia in 1945. The following year, he and his wife welcomed another son and named him Donald George Beale, in honour of his uncle who hadn’t made it home.