The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Moran
First Name:
Ronald Keith
Nick Name:
Ron
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX15386
Company:
‘A’ Company
Enlisted:
24.07.1941
DOB:
25.06.1922
Place of Birth:
Subiaco
Father's Name:
William Moran, Stepfather - Charles Noel Cleale
Mothers's Name:
Charlotte Olive Moran
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Tractor Driver
Memorial:
Epitaph, Labuan Memorial, Panel 18, Age 21.
Singapore:
Selarang Camp and Barracks Changi
Force:
‘E’ Force Borneo
POW#:
3/8755 & 1827
Cause of Death:
Malaria
Place of Death:
Sandakan No. 2 Camp
Date of Death:
28.06.1945

General Description

This soldier may have been as young as 16 years of age on enlistment.

 

Above: the notice of Ronald Keith’s birth June 1924 – he was 17 years of age.

 

Moran

Moran Ronald Keith

 

MORAN, Private, RONALD KEITH, WX15386, A.I.F. 2/4 M.G. Bn., Australian Infantry. 28 June 1945. Age 21. Son of William and Charlotte Olive Moran; stepson of Charles Noel Cleale, of Subiaco, Western Australia. Panel 18.

Labuan Memorial, Malaysia.

Please read further about ‘E’ Force and Sandakan

WX15386 Private Ronald Keith Moran was one of over 2000 Allied prisoners of war (POW) held at the Sandakan POW camp in north Borneo, having been transferred by ship  from Singapore as a part of ‘E’ Force. The 500 Australian and 500 British POW’s who made up E Force, left Changi on 28 March 1943, on board the S.S. ‘DeKlerk’ arriving at Berhala Island (adjacent to Sandakan Harbour) on 15 April 1943. The POW’s were held there until 5 June, when they were taken by barge to Sandakan. The next day they were transferred to 8 Mile Camp, which was about half a mile from B Force compound. Private Moran, aged 21, died as a prisoner of the Japanese on 28 June 1945. He was the son of William and Charlotte Olive Moran and stepson of Charles Noel Cleale, of Subiaco, WA.  He is commemorated on the Labuan Memorial Panel 18.

The fact Ron survived until the end of June 1945 shows his resilience and sheer will to live.

Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Sandakan - Borneo ***
  • Lintang Officers Camp, Kuching - Sarawak
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