The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Rutherford
First Name:
John Maurice
Nick Name:
Rusty
Rank:
Sergeant (Promoted on 12.2.1942)
Regimental #:
WX10785
Classification:
Signaller
Company:
Headquarters Company
Enlisted:
5.01.1941
DOB:
21.11.1920
Place of Birth:
Maylands, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Harold Francis Walton Rutherford
Mothers's Name:
Elsie Alice Mary Rutherford
Religion:
Methodist
Pre-war Occupation:
Salesman
Memorial:
Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Plot 1, Row M, Grave 68, Age 22.
Singapore:
Selarang Camp and Barracks Changi
Force:
‘D’ Force Thailand, V Battalion
Camps Thailand:
Kinsaiyok, Brankassi, Hindain, Kuii, Chungkai
POW#:
1/9175 & 2216
Cause of Death:
Cardiac Beri-Beri
Place of Death:
Chungkai
Date of Death:
13.10.1943
Buried:
Grave No. 676, Chungkai

General Description

Cosson, Ted, Wilkinson, Merv & Rutherford, Rus;ty
Rusty Rutherford on right with mates Ted Cosson & Merve Wilkinson, both RTA.

NCO was promoted to Sergeant posthumously. This is due to the fact that Lieutenant Royce and Sergeant Hansen were both killed in action and Corporal Rutherford had taken over command of the Signals Platoon.

Rutherfod

Read of Rutherford’s friendship

Rusty Rutherford was selected at Singapore to work on the Burma-Thailand Railway with ‘D’ Force V Battalion.

This Battalion was to endure the highest death rate of all ‘D’ Force and the highest working on the Railway.  This Force of men suffered terrible working and living conditions, Japanese brutality, overwork, tropical illnesses and starvation.

Please read further about ‘D’ Force V Battalion

Rusty was evacuated to Chungkai when the railway was completed, it was here he died of cardiac beri beri on 13 October 1943 at the very young age of 22 years.

 

Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
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