The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Reay
First Name:
George Linton
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX16281
Classification:
Stretcher Bearer
Company:
Battalion Headquarters
Enlisted:
1.09.1941
Discharged:
4.01.1946
DOB:
9.05.1904
Place of Birth:
Newcastle, England
Father's Name:
William Reay
Mothers's Name:
Esther Reay
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Farmhand
Singapore:
Selarang Camp and Barracks Changi; Changi Gaol Camp
POW#:
1/9060
Return Details 1945:
Singapore-Darwin-Sydney, HMT Arawa; Sydney-Melbourne by troop train; Melbourne-Fremantle, HMT Strathmore

General Description

The following note was removed from this soldier’s paybook and is now held by the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

It is with pleasure that I express my appreciation to you on the completion of one year’s duty with the Forestry Company of the A.I.F. Prisoner’s of War Camp Changi. Your duties have been arduous and at times very irksome but you have continued despite the adverse conditions to perform the essential duties of procuring firewood. Without your continued loyalty and devotion to the special work the health and comfort of the A.I.F. would not have been so good as it was. My thanks to each one of you and I hope the period of duty will soon draw to a close.”

Signed
Brigadier General Callaghan

 

George L Reay departed England on 22 April 1926 on board SS Baradine at 21 years of age.  His occupation was recorded as ploughman and his last known address was Birney Hill Farm, Ponteland.

He gained employment throughout rural WA until enlisting in September 1941 and was a Stretcher Bearer with Battalion Headquarters.  He remained in Singapore during the war.

After the war he continued working around Brookton, Lake Grace.

Camp Locations:

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