The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Smith
First Name:
Clifford Vaughan
Rank:
Sergeant (Promoted 24.1.1942)
Regimental #:
WX14644
Company:
Battalion Headquarters
Enlisted:
25.06.1941
DOB:
13.02.1905
Place of Birth:
Perth, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Clifford John Smith
Mothers's Name:
Annie Vaughan Smith
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Road Contractor and Truck Driver
Memorial:
Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery, Special Memorial 'C', Plot A14, Row C, Grave 15, Age 38.
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi, Johore Bahru, Adam Park, Selarang Barracks Changi
Force:
‘F’ Force, Thailand
POW#:
4/4587
Cause of Death:
Cardiac Beri-Beri
Place of Death:
Kami Sonkurai
Date of Death:
22.10.1943
Buried:
Grave No. 283, Kami Sonkurai

General Description

C V Smith WX14644
C V Smith WX14644

 

Cliff Vaughan married Gladys May Alexander in 1928. (She died October 1983 and was buried at East Rockingham Cemetery).

Cliff’s parents Clifford John Smith and Annie Vaughan Roberts married in 1901 in Perth.  Cliff was the eldest of three sons.  Tragically Cliff’s mother Annie died about 1909, possibly after the birth of her youngest son Roy Smith.  The family were at the time residing at Greenbushes.  Cliff Smith (Snr) later remarried.

 

Below:  Cliff’s father Cliff (Snr) died

 

 

Below, Cliff and Gladys elder son Alexander Vaughan died aged 9 years. It is thought he was a passenger in a car accident, and died from head injuries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please read about ‘F’ Force

Cliff’s name is included on the Rockingham WW2 Honour Roll and of course Ballarat POW Memorial.

Camp Locations:

  • Adam Park Camp - Singapore
  • Johore Bahru, - Malaysia
  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Kami Songkurai, 299k - Thailand
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