The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Whitacker
First Name:
Fred
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX16274
Company:
Headquarters Company, No. 3 Platoon.
Enlisted:
29.08.1941
DOB:
28.02.1907
Place of Birth:
Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England
Father's Name:
James Jane Whitaker (nee Lacey)
Mothers's Name:
Sarah Whitaker
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Truck Driver
Memorial:
Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Plot 1, Row G, Grave 76, Age 36.
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi, Johore Bahru, Adam Park, Selarang Barracks
Force:
‘D’ Force Thailand, V Battalion
POW#:
1/9704 & 2298
Cause of Death:
Dysentery
Place of Death:
Hindaine
Date of Death:
6.08.1943
Buried:
Linson Camp Cemetery, Grave No. 15

General Description

Fred was selected to work on the Burma-Thai Railway with ‘D’ Force V Battalion.  Read further.

Fred arrived in Fremantle from London on ‘Armadale’ on 11 Dec 1913 with his mother, brother James and sister Mary.  Once settled in WA, a further two children were added to the Whitaker family, John in 1920 and Pearl in 1924.

In 1934 Fred married Annie Elizabeth Dunne at Katanning.

In the same year his father James Whitaker died.

Fred and Annie had two sons, Rex and Fred before he enlisted in 1941.

 

Whitaker Fred
West Australian Newspaper September 1945
Whitaker, Fred

 

Photograph taken January 2018 Kanchanaburi War Cemetery

Camp Locations:

  • Adam Park Camp - Singapore
  • Johore Bahru, - Malaysia
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Hindaine, Kui Mang 200k - Thailand
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