The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Wall
First Name:
Herbert John
Nick Name:
Bert
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX12989
Company:
‘C’ Company
Enlisted:
14.05.1941
Discharged:
31.01.1946
DOB:
13.10.1922
Place of Birth:
Dongolocking, Dumbleyung, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Roy Henry Wall
Mothers's Name:
Edith Annie Wall
Religion:
Methodist
Pre-war Occupation:
Millhand
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi
Force:
‘ A’ Force Burma, Green Force, No. 3 Battalion
Camps Thailand:
Kanchanaburi, Non Pladuk
Camps Burma:
Khonkan 55km
Camps Japan:
Sakata
POW#:
1520 & 290
Japan:
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.

General Description

Service commemorating 65 years since VJ Day - 2010
Service commemorating 65 years since VJ Day – 2010

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.

Please read about mates helping each other, Vern Trigwell

 

Height 5′ 9″

 

 

Camp Locations:

  • 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
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