The Soldier's Details
- First Name:
- Nick Name:
- Regimental #:
- ‘E’ Company, Special Reserve Battalion
- Place of Birth:
- Perth, Western Australia
- Father's Name:
- Step father William G. R. Linnerah
- Mothers's Name:
- Not Known
- Pre-war Occupation:
- Blacksmith’s Assistant
- Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Joint Grave, Plot 10, Row C, Grave 13-14, Age 22.
- Selarang Camp Changi, Johore Bahru, Adam Park, Selarang Barracks Changi
- ‘ D ’ Force Thailand, V Battalion
- 4/6618 & 2288
- Cause of Death:
- Place of Death:
- Date of Death:
- Grave No 181 Kuii
‘Billy’ Slater enlisted 22 October 1941 and on 16 January 1942 sailed from Fremantle on ‘Aquitania’ as a reninforcement with 2/4th. He joined ‘E’ Company and during the battle for Singapore was fortunate to survive the ambush at South West Bukit Timah where a large number of ‘E’ Company lost their lives.
As a POW at Selarang he was selected to work onThai-Burma Railway with ‘D’ Force V Battalion. V Battlation endured far too many deaths. Billy Slater died at Kuii on 26 September 1943 six days after his 22nd birthday.
Please read about ‘D’ Force Thailand V Battalion and Kuii Camp
Photograph taken January 2018 by C. Mellor
Sadly we know so little of Billy other than he was a foster son of the Whinnerah family, Albany. William George Raymond Whinnerah and his wife Amelia Louise farmed at Redmond a small town out of Albany and before Mt. Barker.
Whinnerah was born Isle of Wight about 1896. It is not known if he came to WA as a young man or with his family. In 1915 he enlisted with 28th Battalion, 7th Reinforcements and spending time in England during training and leave, met and married his wife Amelia Louise Ridley in 1918.
As a foster son, we do not know how long Billy was with the Whinnerah family. However records show he was working and living at Mt Barker as a blacksmith’s assistant when he enlisted October 1941.
- Adam Park Camp - Singapore
- Johore Bahru, - Malaysia
- Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
- Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
- Kuii, Kui Yae, 185.6k - Thailand