The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Chambers
First Name:
Frederick Charles
Nick Name:
Fred or Freddie
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX16795
Company:
‘E’ Company, Special Reserve Battalion, No 1 Platoon.
Enlisted:
1.10.1941
DOB:
30.11.1906
Place of Birth:
Menzies, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Charles Henry Chambers
Mothers's Name:
Myrtle Anne Chambers
Religion:
Roman Catholic
Pre-war Occupation:
Truck Driver
Memorial:
Epitaph, Singapore Memorial, Column 136, Age 35.
Cause of Death:
Missing believed killed in action
Place of Death:
South‐West Bukit Timah
Date of Death:
11.02.1942

General Description

Frederick Charles Chambers enlisted 1 October 1941.  As a reinforcement  he joined 2/4th Machine Gun Battalion boarding ‘Aquitania’ sailing to Singapore on 16 January 1941.  Little more than four months since enlistment, with ‘E’ Company he was reported missing believed KIA 11 February 1942 at South West Bukit Timah during a Japanese ambush.  About 88 of the 200 man Company survived.  Frederick was 35 years old.

‘E’ Coy suffered large loss of lives.  Please read further.

In 1931 Electoral Role Frederick was recorded residing 77 Collins Street, Kalgoorlie with his father Charles and brother Arthur.  His occupation truck driver.

His mother Myrtle Anne Chambers died in March 1930 in Kalgoorlie aged 42 years.  Her husband Charles Chambers died three years later in 1933 aged 77 years.

Frederick had a sister Eileen and brother Arthur.

 

 

His NOK was brother Arthur Vivian Chambers who was two years younger, and enlisted with 2/5th Div Salvage Unit WX14912.

He served

1) Wau New Guinea from 27 October 1942 to 21 September 1943 and then again

2)  2/5th 6th Div Salvage Wewak, New Guinea from 28 November 1944 to 1 October 1945.  He was discharged January 1946.  Arthur married about 1942 and he died 1974.

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