The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Willimott
First Name:
George Edwin
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX11744
Classification:
Fitter
Company:
Attached 2/4th, 88 Light Aid Detachment
Enlisted:
21.04.1941
DOB:
2.11.1910
Place of Birth:
Oakleigh, Victoria
Father's Name:
Walter James Willimott
Mothers's Name:
Annie Willimott
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Plumber
Memorial:
Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery, Plot A13, Row D, Grave 7, Age 32.
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi
Force:
'A' Force Burma, Green Force, No .3 Battalion
Camps Burma:
Victoria Point, Kendau 4.8km, Meiloe, Augganaung,
POW#:
3071
Cause of Death:
Dysentery
Place of Death:
Thanbyuzayat
Date of Death:
4.06.1943
Buried:
Grave No. A46, Thanbyuzayat

General Description

It appears this soldier reported sick to Regimental Aid Post at Kendau 4.8km Camp on 17.11.1942 and may then have been evacuated to hospital camp at Thanbyuzayat.
His older brother is James (Jim) Frederick Willimott, WX11745 who died about 6 months later at Kanchanaburi.   George & James Willimott enlisted on same day.

James & George Willimott
James & George Willimott
Willimott Family, Jim and George in the foreground
Willimott Family, Jim and George in the foreground

 

Willimott George

 

 

 

 

There were 4 boys in the Willimott family with the first two John and James born in England, Albert born in New Zealand and George born in Victoria.

It is not known when the Willimott family moved to WA; parents Walter Willimott and Annie Leith were residing in Swanbourne about the time George and James died.

Such devastating news for the Willimott family to learn the deaths of their two sons.

 

George signed up as a naval cadet in Sydney. As you can see young boys absconding was a regular event.  George who was aged 16 years and probably just wanted to visit home,  was soon after charged with deserting.

The above information has been included not to show George was a ‘bad boy’ but that his strength of character provided him at the age of 16 to make his own decision (and probably the discipline and life on ‘Tingara’ was not what we would want for our sons of today!)

 

After a vigorous half an hour of physical training all of the boys would be ordered over the ships rigging three times before mustering for breakfast. Grace was said before all meals which were overseen by the ship’s padre. On completion of breakfast the day’s classroom and practical instruction began, continuing until 1600 at which time the boys turned their attention to domestic duties or compulsory organised sport.

At 1900, on completion of supper, the boys were allowed to write letters or participate in voluntary games until 2030 when they were fallen in before being ordered to ‘turn in’. Lights out occurred promptly at 2100.

During her 15 years in commission 3158 boys were trained in Tingira and most took their place as sailors in the fleet. Many served in the RAN during the two World Wars and some, such as Signalman JW Varcoe, DSM and Petty Officer JT Humphries, GM were decorated for individual acts of gallantry during those conflicts.

The last draft of the Tingira boys began their training in 1926 and in August that year recruiting of boys ceased. On 30 June 1927 Tingira paid off and after passing through the hands of a number of different owners she was broken up in Sydney in 1941‘.

The above inform from… .    http://www.navy.gov.au/node

 

 

Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Aungganaung,105Kilo - Burma
  • Kendau, Kandaw, 4 Kilo - Burma
  • Meilo, 75 Kilo, 340k - Burma
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