The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Beckham
First Name:
Ronald Clifford
Nick Name:
Ron
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX1342
Company:
Attached 2/4th 2.3.1942 from Anti-Tank Regiment
Enlisted:
12.05.1941
Discharged:
15.07.1946
DOB:
28.09.1924
Place of Birth:
Fremantle, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Reauban Thomas Beckham
Mothers's Name:
Olive Clotilde Beckham
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Farmhand
Singapore:
Selarang Barracks Changi, Sime Road Camp, Changi Gaol Camp, X10 Party.
Force:
'H' Force Group No. 3
Return Details 1945:
Singapore-Darwin-Sydney, HMT Arawa, Sydney-Melbourne by troop train, Melbourne-Fremantle, H M T Strathmore.

General Description

Ron at age 16 had enlisted underage.  He was formerly a Home Service soldier (Regimental No. W4800) on strength with 5th AA Battery.  On 17 April 1941 he stowed away on transport to Singapore.  On arrival he was charged, admonished and allotted the AIF Regimental No. WX13421.  He was Taken on Strength with HQ AIF Australian Base Ordnance and later transferred to 4th Anti-Tank Regiment.

 

As a POW Singapore, Ron was selected to work on Burma-Thai Railway with ‘H’ Force.  Please read further about H Force

It is believed Ron was returned to Singapore by mid Dec 1943 to Sime Road Camp, followed by Changi Gaol Camp.  He was selected to work with X10 Party.  Please read further.

 

 

Camp Locations:

  • Changi Gaol Camp - Singapore
  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Sime Road Camp - Singapore
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