The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Squance
First Name:
Clifford Dudley
Nick Name:
Squashon
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX16885
Company:
‘E’ Company, Special Reserve Battalion, No. 1 Platoon
Enlisted:
6.10.1941
Discharged:
2.07.1946
DOB:
23.07.1920
Place of Birth:
Round Hill, Moora, Western Australia
Father's Name:
William Francis Squance
Mothers's Name:
Elsie Olive Squance
Religion:
Congregational
Pre-war Occupation:
Miner
Singapore:
Escaped to Sumatra. River Valley Road Camp
Camps Java:
Sumatra - Gloe Gloer, Pakan Baroe-Moearo Railway, Sumatra.
Return Details 1945:
Sumatra‐Singapore by aircrafi (admitted to 2/14th Australian General Hospital), Singapore-Perth, Duke of Gloucester’s aircraft ‘Endeavour ’.

General Description

Squance had enlisted AIF  6 Oct 1941 and was included in the draft at Northam of new and little experienced reinforcements for 2/4th.  They were entrained from Northam to board ‘Aquitania’ which had anchored at Gage Roads off Fremantle for the night of 15 Jan 1942  unknown to all aboard, bound for Singapore.  The reinforcements joined the 2/4th battalion on  board. they had sailed from Darwin having been away from home for some months.

Squance joined ‘E’ company No, 1 Platoon under Commanding Officer Lt H.F. Green.

Please read further about ‘E’ Company

Cliff Squance was wounded in his left shoulder. He was listed as missing from Bald Hill, South-West Bukit Timah from 11/2/1942.

Solder escaped to Sumatra with others including
Simmonds.  They were captured and interned Padang, Gloe Gloer Camp (Medan). Returned to Singapore via Harukiku Maru Party.

 

Read about the sinking of Harukiki Maru.

Returned to Sumatra to Pakan Baroe-Moearo Railway.

Read about his evacuation from Sumatra.

Roy Simmonds and Clifford Squance
Mates Roy Simmonds and Clifford Squance

 

Cliff was a Collie boy, and returned to live there after the war.

Please read about the Collie Boys.

Cliff passed away aged 82 yrs, November 3 2002.

Camp Locations:

  • River Valley Road Camp - Singapore
  • Gloe Gloer Camp - Sumatra
  • Padang - Sumatra **
  • Pakan Baroe-Moearo - Sumatra **
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