The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Bendall
First Name:
Bertram Alfred
Nick Name:
Bert
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX17864
Company:
'A' Company
Enlisted:
3.12.1941
DOB:
13.11.1914
Place of Birth:
Donnybrook, Western Australia
Father's Name:
William Alfred Bendall
Mothers's Name:
Alice Matilda Bendall
Religion:
Methodist
Pre-war Occupation:
Farmhand
Memorial:
Epitaph, Labuan Memorial, Panel 18, Age 30.
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi
Force:
'B' Force Borneo
POW#:
482
Cause of Death:
Cardiac Beri-Beri
Place of Death:
Ranau, First Ranau march
Date of Death:
2.02.1945

General Description

 

Soldier was wounded in action at Buona Vista on 15.2.1942 and admitted to 2/13th Australian Hospital with a shrapnel wound to his back. Discharged to unit or 20.2.1942.

It was about 6 weeks between this soldier’s enlistment and 16th January 1942, when the HMT ‘Aquitania’ departed Fremantle for Singapore.

From Selarang, Singapore, Bert was selected with ‘B’ Force to work in what is known today as Sabah, Malaysia, but was then Sandakan.

Except for 6 escapees, Bert was one of more than 2,000 POWs who perished under the command of brutal Japanese guards.

Please read further about ‘B’ Force.

Bendall

Bendall Bertram

Bendall

 

Bert’s name is inscribed on the War Memorial at Donnybrook.

William Alfred Bendall married Alice Matilda Arkell in 1908 Buckinghamshire, England before moving to Australia and settling at Donnybrook to farm.  It is not known how many children the couple had, however ‘Bert’ had an older brother William Arthur ‘Bill” born in 1909 and a sister Marjorie ‘Alice’ born in 1912.

William Bendall’s farm grew apples on their farm named ‘Floral Farm’ and Bert probably worked on the farm with his father.

He spent 12 months with 25th MG before enlisting into AIF and 2/4th.

Bert’s father died in 1963 aged 89 years and his mother died in 1969 in Donnybrook.

 

 

Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Sandakan - Borneo ***
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