Leonard Siffleet, an Australian soldier during World War II, seconds before he was beheaded by a Japanese soldier.

Leonard Siffleet, an Australian soldier during World War II, seconds before he was beheaded by a Japanese soldier.

An Australian POW, Sgt. Leonard Siffleet, captured in New Guinea, about to be beheaded by a Japanese officer with a guntō, 1943. Japanese war crimes - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

An Australian POW, Sgt. Leonard Siffleet, captured in New Guinea, about to be beheaded by a Japanese officer with a guntō, 1943. Japanese war crimes - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Studio portrait of Len Siffleet in civilian clothes. On 24 October 1943, NX143314 Sergeant Leonard G (Len) Siffleet, along with his two Ambonese companions, was executed by order of Japanese Vice Admiral Kamada, in command of the Japanese fleet at Aitape, for his role as a wireless operator in a commando operation in Japanese occupied New Guinea. Sgt Siffleet was a member of the M Special Unit of the Services Reconnaissance Department (SRD).

Studio portrait of Len Siffleet in civilian clothes. On 24 October 1943, NX143314 Sergeant Leonard G (Len) Siffleet, along with his two Ambonese companions, was executed by order of Japanese Vice Admiral Kamada, in command of the Japanese fleet at Aitape, for his role as a wireless operator in a commando operation in Japanese occupied New Guinea. Sgt Siffleet was a member of the M Special Unit of the Services Reconnaissance Department (SRD).

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Sydney, NSW. 1941. Len Siffleet and his fiance Clarice Lane at Circular Quay en route for a day at Manly. On 24 October 1943, Sergeant  L. G (Len) Siffleet, along with his two Ambonese companions, was executed by order of Japanese Vice Admiral Kamada, who was in command of the Japanese fleet at Aitape, for his role as a wireless operator in a commando operation in Japanese occupied New Guinea. Sgt Siffleet was a member of the M Special Unit of the Services Reconnaissance Department

Sydney, NSW. 1941. Len Siffleet and his fiance Clarice Lane at Circular Quay en route for a day at Manly. On 24 October 1943, Sergeant L. G (Len) Siffleet, along with his two Ambonese companions, was executed by order of Japanese Vice Admiral Kamada, who was in command of the Japanese fleet at Aitape, for his role as a wireless operator in a commando operation in Japanese occupied New Guinea. Sgt Siffleet was a member of the M Special Unit of the Services Reconnaissance Department

This enduring photograph would capture the last seconds of Leonard Siffleet's life. (Credits: Australian War Memorial)

This enduring photograph would capture the last seconds of Leonard Siffleet's life. (Credits: Australian War Memorial)

The soldier Leonard Siffleet moments before being executed by the Japanese officer Yasuno Chikao

The soldier Leonard Siffleet moments before being executed by the Japanese officer Yasuno Chikao

Leonard Siffleet about to be beheaded with a sword by a Japanese soldier, 1943

Leonard Siffleet about to be beheaded with a sword by a Japanese soldier, 1943

On 24th October 1943, Australian commando Leonard Siffleet was beheaded on Aitape Beach in Papua New Guinea, along with two Ambonese, H. Pattiwal and M. Reharing. This photograph, of Japanese soldier Yasuno Chikao just before he struck, was taken from the body of a Japanese casualty later in the war.

On 24th October 1943, Australian commando Leonard Siffleet was beheaded on Aitape Beach in Papua New Guinea, along with two Ambonese, H. Pattiwal and M. Reharing. This photograph, of Japanese soldier Yasuno Chikao just before he struck, was taken from the body of a Japanese casualty later in the war.

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