The Soldier's Details
- First Name:
- Bertram Alfred
- Nick Name:
- Regimental #:
- 'A' Company
- Place of Birth:
- Donnybrook, Western Australia
- Father's Name:
- William Alfred Bendall
- Mothers's Name:
- Alice Matilda Bendall
- Pre-war Occupation:
- Epitaph, Labuan Memorial, Panel 18, Age 30.
- Selarang Camp Changi
- 'B' Force Borneo
- Cause of Death:
- Cardiac Beri-Beri
- Place of Death:
- Ranau, First Ranau march
- Date of Death:
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.
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.
- Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
- Sandakan - Borneo ***