The Soldier's Details
- First Name:
- Ronald Edward
- Nick Name:
- Regimental #:
- 'A' Company
- Place of Birth:
- Manjimup, Western Australia
- Father's Name:
- John Arthur Hughes
- Mothers's Name:
- Jeanette Hughes
- Pre-war Occupation:
- Carpenter’s Labourer
- Epitaph, Labuan Memorial, Panel 18, Age 24.
- 'Blackforce', attached to 2/2nd Pioneer Bn.
- 'A' Force Burma, Java Party No 4, Williams Force
- Camps Burma:
- Reptu 30km Camp (25.3.1943)
- Rakuyo Maru Party, Kumi No. 38
- Cause of Death:
- Lost at Sea
- Place of Death:
- South China Sea
- Date of Death:
Ronald Hughes was a former student of Como Primary School.
During 2015 the School erected a WWII Honour Board on which his name is included.
HUGHES, Private, RONALD EDWARD, WX10795, A.I.F. 2/4 M.G. Bn., Australian Infantry. 12 September 1944. Age 24. Son of John Arthur and Jeanette Hughes, of Maylands, Western Australia. Panel 18.
Labuan Memorial, Malaysia.
During 2015, Ron Hughes had his name included on WW2 Honour Roll at Como Primary School. He had been a student during his primary school days.
Hughes was AWOL from Aquitania when it departed Fremantle for Singapore16 January 1942. He sailed a few weeks later with the other 90 men form 2/4th who were also AWOL.
Initially the group were intended to tranship from Java to Singapore, however it was apparent Singapore was due to fall to the Japanese and Hughes and group stayed in Java joining Australian forces gathering there. They were taken POWs within two months.
He left Java in 12 October 1942 with Java Group 4 to Changi joining up with first group of Australians sent by transport ships to Burma to work on Burma Thai Railway.
Although sick several times with malaria and other tropical illnesses, he survived working on the railway and was selected to work in Japan.
Ron Hughes tragically did not survive the sinking of the Rakuyo Maru when hit by American submarines in the South China Sea on 12 Sep 1944.
- Reptu, Retphaw, 30Kilo 385k - Burma