The Soldier's Details
- First Name:
- Claude Ocea
- Regimental #:
- ‘D' Company
- Place of Birth:
- Subiaco, Western Australia
- Father's Name:
- Richard Harry Nash M.P.
- Mothers's Name:
- Ruby Nash (nee Piper)
- Church of England
- Pre-war Occupation:
- Shop Assistant
- Epitaph, Labuan Memorial, Panel 18, Age 26.
- Selarang Camp Changi, Thomson Road (Caldecot Hill Estate Camp), River Valley Road Camp, Selarang Barracks Changi.
- ‘E’ Force Borneo
- 3/8964 & 1831
- Cause of Death:
- Acute Intestinalitis
- Place of Death:
- Ranau No1 Camp
- Date of Death:
Nash enlisted 22 Oct 1941. He was a reinforcement taken on Strendth 27 December 1941, who joined ‘D’ Company, No. 15 Platoon.
Soldier was wounded in action on 9.2.1942 and admitted to 2/13th Australian Hospital with small fragments of shrapnel in the arm. Discharged to unit on 16.2.1942.
Claude was selected as a POW in Singapore to sail to Sandakan, North Borneo with ‘E’ Force Borneo. Please read further.
Claude was included on the First Sandakan to Ranau March which departed Sandakan in parties of 50 POWs laden with ammunition and food for the Japanese – these parties were deliberated timed so they did not meet up with previous or following parties. Claude reached Ranau but it was here he died on 23 March 1945 aged 26 years. His body was recovered from main Cemetery Ranau. He had been housed at No 1 Camp at Ranau, near the airstrip.
Claude’s brother Arthur Frederick Richard Nash died 1942.
Claude was youngest and third son of Richard (Dick) Nash and Ruby Piper who married Boulder, WA in 1913. The Nash family included six children. Claude’s older brother Arthur Frederick Richard Nash was KIA 1944 Belgium.
Claude married 1937 to Lila Jean Randall in Perth.
Lila and Claude were living 51 Keightley Road, Subiaco. She was working as a machinist. Lila Nash remarried to John Rae in 1946.
Read further about Claude’s father Richard Harry NASH, MP https://biography.senate.gov.au/nash-richard-harry/
Richard (Dick) Nash died at home 18 Bedford Avenue, Subiaco December 1951. Claude’s mother Ruby died Oct 1979 at Subiaco.
- River Valley Road Camp - Singapore
- Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
- Thomson Road (Caldecot Hill Estate Camp) - Singapore
- Ranau - Borneo
- Lintang Officers Camp, Kuching - Sarawak