John Cyril Bastin (1907 - 1945)

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John Cyril Bastin
1907 - 1945
August 23, 1907
Hobart, TAS Australia 7000
March 17, 1945
POW CAMP Sandakan Island, in Borneo County, Malaysia
John Cyril Bastin was born on August 23, 1907 in Hobart, TAS Australia. He is the child of Alice Heron and John Alfred Bastin, with sibling Lilian Martha. He died on March 17, 1945 at POW CAMP, Malaysia at 37 years old.
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Service number: nx52944 Rank: Corporal Regiment: Australian Infantry Unit/ship/squadron: A.i.f. 2/18 Bn.

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John Cyril Bastin passed away on March 17, 1945 at POW CAMP, Malaysia at 37 years of age. He was buried in Labuan Memorial Panel 9., Malaysia. John was born on August 23, 1907 in Hobart, TAS Australia. He is the child of Alice Heron and John Alfred Bastin, with sibling Lilian Martha.

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In 1907, in the year that John Cyril Bastin was born, the Monongah coal mining disaster occurred on December 6th, happening at the Fairmont Coal Company’s No. 6 and No. 8 mines.. Over 361 miners were killed. Because there was no breathing apparatus at the time to help rescuers, recovery efforts were greatly hampered. It is considered the worst mining disaster in American history and led to government oversight in mining practices.

In 1917, by the time he was just 10 years old, in April, the U.S. entered World War I, declaring war against Germany. President Wilson had previously declared neutrality in the war - a position supported by the majority of Americans - but after Germany declared that they would sink all ships trading with Great Britain and sunk U.S. ships, public opinion began to change. Then the Lusitania was sunk, killing 1,201 - including 128 Americans - and more U.S. ships were sunk. The U.S. could stand aside no longer.

In 1922, at the age of just 15 years old, John was alive when on December 6th, the Irish Free State, a self-governing dominion of the British Empire, was officially proclaimed. While establishing some independence for the people of Ireland, it did not create a fully independent Ireland and the fighting continued.

In 1939, by the time he was 32 years old, in May, Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the first full-length animated film, reached a total international gross of $6.5 million which made it (to then) the most successful sound film of all time. First released in December 1937, it was originally dubbed "Disney's Folly" but the premiere received a standing ovation from the audience. At the 11th Academy Awards in February 1939, Walt Disney won an Academy Honorary Award - a full-size Oscar statuette and seven miniature ones - for Snow White.

In 1945, in the year of John Cyril Bastin's passing, on August 6th, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima. On August 9th, an atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. At least 129,000 people were killed in the two bombings and they still remain the only use of atomic bombs in war. An invasion on mainland Japan had been planned but President Truman ordered the bombs dropped instead.

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