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Colin Giffen


Date and Place of Birth: June 1913 Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia
Date and Place of Death:    July 27, 1945 Borneo
Baseball Experience: Amateur
Position: OF/SS
Rank: Lance-Corporal
Military Unit: 2/17th Battalion, 9th Division, Australian Infantry
Area Served: Borneo

J. C. "Colin" Giffen was the son of Joseph and Mary Alice Giffen, of Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia. He attended Central School and Technical College before working at the Proprietary Mine. One of Broken Hill's best known athletes at the time, Giffen played cricket and soccer as well as playing baseball for the Acme club.

Giffen entered military service at the beginning of 1942, and served as a Lance-Corporal with 2/17th Battalion of the 9th Division. He was killed in action in Borneo on July 27, 1945, one month after celebrating his 32nd birthday.

Colin Giffen is buried at the Labuan War Cemetery in Malaysia.

Broken Hill Barrier Miner, May 28, 1938
Broken Hill Barrier Miner, July 22, 1939
Broken Hill Barrier Miner August 8, 1945
Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Date Added: February 25, 2013 Updated: June 23, 2013

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