The Soldier's Details
- First Name:
- Herbert John
- Nick Name:
- Regimental #:
- ‘C’ Company
- Place of Birth:
- Dongolocking, Dumbleyung, Western Australia
- Father's Name:
- Roy Henry Wall
- Mothers's Name:
- Edith Annie Wall
- Pre-war Occupation:
- Selarang Camp Changi
- ‘ A’ Force Burma, Green Force, No. 3 Battalion
- Camps Thailand:
- Kanchanaburi, Non Pladuk
- Camps Burma:
- Khonkan 55km
- Camps Japan:
- 1520 & 290
- Rakuyo Maru Party, Kumi No. 35 (rescued by Imperial Japanese Navy)
- Return Details 1945:
- Sakata‐Sendai by train, Sendai‐Yokohama, HMS Wakeful, Yokohama-Okinawa‐Manila by aircraft, Manila‐Sydney, HMS Formidable, Sydney-Melbourne-Adelaide by troop train, Adelaide-Perth by aircraft.
L-R: Kyros, Badock, Jim Elliott, John Gilmour, Bert Wall, Bob Dunnell, Wally Holding, Dick Ridgwell, Alf Worth
‘Regrettably I only had the good fortune to meet Bert Wall on several occasions – I found him to be charming, energetic and a true gentleman. Physically he seemed to be quite tall, broad-shouldered and well-built man. He had a twinkle of fun in his eyes! (C. Mellor, Secretary, 2012).
Read the story Members of 2/4th nominated for Medal but not awarded.
And the story written by Roy Cornford NX44955 of the 2/19th Battalion.
Bert was a fortunate young man – well fortunate in one way that he survived long enough after the ‘Rakuyo Maru’ sank in South China sea in September 1944 – probably less fortunate than those POWs who were picked up by the Anmerican submarines – whereas Bert was picked up by the Japanese. Bert and the other survivors on the Japanese ship received no welcome, care, wash or medical treatment. In fact the POWs were treated appalling.
View Peter Winstanley’s video interview of Bert Wall WX12989.
Read more on the Donnybrook Boys.
Read Bert’s affidavit relating to the conditions on transport Rakyo Maru WX12989 Wall.
Height 5′ 9″
- Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
- Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
- Kanchanaburi, 50k - Thailand
- Non Pladuk, 0k - Thailand
- Khonkan, 55Kilo Hospital 360k - Burma
- Sakata, Sendai #9-B - Japan