The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Nicholas
First Name:
William John
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX10809
Company:
‘B’ Company
Enlisted:
15.01.1941
Discharged:
13.02.1946
DOB:
3.08.1919
Place of Birth:
Goomalling, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Evan Hamelin Nicholas
Mothers's Name:
Maud Cecilia Nicholas
Religion:
Roman Catholic
Pre-war Occupation:
Engineering Student and Clerk
Singapore:
Selarang Camp and Barracks Changi
Force:
‘ D ’ Force Thailand, W.O.II John Dooley Party
Return Details 1945:
Saigon-Bangkok‐Singapore by aircraft; Singapore-Labuan-Morotai-Darwin-Perth by aircraft

General Description

Soldier wounded in action Pasir Panjang on 14/2/1942 and admitted to 2/9th Field Ambulance with  bayonet wound to his left leg and torso.  Admitted to 2/13th Australian General Hospital on 16/2/1942.  Discharged to uni on 22/2/1942.

Possibly member of ‘T’ Battalion.

Soldier recovered from Saigon.  Part of Both Party.

Read further about Both Party, Saigon

 

LABUAN, BORNEO 1945-09-24. GROUP OF AUSTRALIAN EX PRISONERS OF WAR WHO ARRIVED AT LABUAN AIRSTRIP FROM SINGAPORE WITH MAJOR GENERAL CALLAGHAN, GENERAL OFFICER COMMANDING 8TH DIVISION. LEFT TO RIGHT, BACK ROW : QX16805 DRIVER K. C. HAWES, 2/3RD MOTOR TRANSPORT COMPANY; WX10809 PRIVATE W. J. NICHOLAS, 2/4TH MACHINE GUN BATTALION; WX6506 PRIVATE J. E. FRASER, 2/4TH MACHINE GUN BATTALION; WX2995 PRIVATE D. R. STUART, 2/3RD MACHINE GUN BATTALION; SX14921 DRIVER L. L. CHAPMAN 2/2N RESERVE MOTOR TRANSPORT COMPANY; FRONT ROW: VX39088 SERGEANT A. F. SHEPHARD 2/29TH BATTALION; VX48213 CORPORAL H. R. RYAN 2/29TH BATTALION AND WX8813 PRIVATE T. JACKSON 2/4TH MACHINE GUN BATTALION.(PHOTOGRAPHER LT A. W. HORNER)
LABUAN, BORNEO 1945-09-24. GROUP OF AUSTRALIAN EX PRISONERS OF WAR WHO ARRIVED AT LABUAN AIRSTRIP FROM SINGAPORE WITH MAJOR GENERAL CALLAGHAN, GENERAL OFFICER COMMANDING 8TH DIVISION. LEFT TO RIGHT, BACK ROW : QX16805 DRIVER K. C. HAWES, 2/3RD MOTOR TRANSPORT COMPANY; WX10809 PRIVATE W. J. NICHOLAS, 2/4TH MACHINE GUN BATTALION; WX6506 PRIVATE J. E. FRASER, 2/4TH MACHINE GUN BATTALION; WX2995 PRIVATE D. R. STUART, 2/3RD MACHINE GUN BATTALION; SX14921 DRIVER L. L. CHAPMAN 2/2N RESERVE MOTOR TRANSPORT COMPANY; FRONT ROW: VX39088 SERGEANT A. F. SHEPHARD 2/29TH BATTALION; VX48213 CORPORAL H. R. RYAN 2/29TH BATTALION AND WX8813 PRIVATE T. JACKSON 2/4TH MACHINE GUN BATTALION.(PHOTOGRAPHER LT A. W. HORNER)

 

Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Saigon - French Indo China
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