The Soldier's Details
- First Name:
- Frederick John
- Nick Name:
- Regimental #:
- 'E’ Company, Special Reserve Battalion
- Place of Birth:
- Claremont, Western Australia
- Father's Name:
- Frederick William Ludge
- Mothers's Name:
- Caroline Rose Ludge
- Church of England
- Pre-war Occupation:
- Epitaph, Singapore Memorial, Column 136, Age 35.
- Cause of Death:
- Killed in Action
- Place of Death:
- South‐West Bukit Timah
- Date of Death:
Fred Ludge was KIA on 11th February 1942 when ‘E’ Company ran into a Japanese ambush at South West Bukit Timah. He had been in the Army less than three months.
Private Frederick John Ludge of 2/4 Machine Gun Battalion was born in February 1907 at Claremont. He and two sisters were born to Frederick and Caroline Ludge who later lived in Subiaco, Western Australia.
Frederick was employed as a labourer prior to enlistment and enlisted in the army at Claremont in November 1941.
After initial training at Northam, he was posted to 2/4 Machine Gun Battalion which was listed as one of the support units for 8 Division.
The unit left Darwin in December 1941, intending to sail for Singapore via Port Moresby.
As a consequence of enemy attacks at Rabaul, the convoy then went to Sydney and Fremantle eventually reaching Singapore at the end of January 1942.
The battalion was utilised preparing defences around Singapore and was then deployed to defend the Japanese attack which commenced on 8 February. Between 8 and 15 February, the unit suffered heavy casualties.
Private Frederick John Ludge, service number WX17778, was killed in action at Singapore on 11 February 1942. He was 35 years of age.
Private Ludge is buried in the Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore.
His plaque is placed alongside Private Harold Walker from the same battalion who died the next day.