The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Roberts
First Name:
Ronald Weston
Nick Name:
Ron or Digger
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX16618
Company:
‘E’ Company, Special Reserve Battalion
Enlisted:
22.09.1941
DOB:
1.11.1921
Place of Birth:
Wonnerup, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Edmund Henry Roberts
Mothers's Name:
Alice lvy Roberts
Religion:
Congregational
Pre-war Occupation:
Farmhand and Timber Worker
Memorial:
Epitaph, Singapore Memorial, Column 136, Age 20.
Cause of Death:
Killed in Action
Place of Death:
South-West Bukit Timah
Date of Death:
11.02.1942

General Description

 

Ron Roberts was one of six children born to parents Edmund and Alice Roberts.  Four boys and two girls.  Ron was the eldest son.
Edmund  (Barney) Roberts was born in South Australia.  He married Victorian born Alice Ivy Catchpole in Perth 1919.  The family eventually settled in Nannup.

From his enlistment to the date he was KIA Ron had undertaken four months training before being sent with the Reinforcements to 2/4th.  His young death was a tragic blow to his family and the community of Nannup.

His father Edmund Roberts died in Nannup 12th August 1942 aged 50 years.  It was 6 months after the death of his eldest son however it is believed Ron’s mother and siblings did not learn of his death in Singapore for several years.

 

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