The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Banks
First Name:
Noel Edwin
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX10343
Company:
'C' Compay Headquarters
Enlisted:
18.12.1940
Discharged:
17.12.1954
DOB:
22.07.1916
Place of Birth:
Mt Lawley, Western Australia
Father's Name:
James Albert Banks
Mothers's Name:
Celia Lydia Banks
Religion:
Methodist
Pre-war Occupation:
Orchardist
Singapore:
Java Party No. 22
Java:
‘Blackforce’, attached to 2/2nd Pioneer Battalion
Camps Java:
Bandoeng, Tjimahi, Bandoeng, Glodok Prison, Bicycle Camp Batavia, Makasura Java Party No. 22, to Sumatra to Pakan Baroe-Moearo Railway.
POW#:
4444, 12562 & 11825
Return Details 1945:
Evacuated by aircraft to 2/14 Australian General Hospital, Singapore, Evacuated to Perth, by Duke of Gloucester’s aircraft 'Endeavour' on 24.9.1945.

General Description

Soldier captured by Japanese on 8/3/1942 whilst travelling in an ambulance in transit to Bandoeng.  From 11/3/1942 – 18/4/1942 with 2/2nd Casualty Clearing Station suffering from malaria. Attached to 2/3rd Reserve Motor Transport Company for period of convalescence until 5/11/1942.
Was with ‘Blackforce’ Java.  Please read further.

Sumatra:  Worked on the Pakan Baroe-Mocearo Railway with McAskil, Booth, Annear.

Read about Noel’s evacuation from Sumatra

Camp Locations:

  • Bandoeng - Java ***
  • Bicycle Camp, Batavia, Jakarta - Java ***
  • Glodok Prison - Java ***
  • Makasura - Java
  • Tjimahi, Cimahi- Java ***
  • Pakan Baroe-Moearo - Sumatra **
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