The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Dwyer
First Name:
William
Nick Name:
Bill
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX20076
Company:
Headquarters Company
Enlisted:
24.09.1941
DOB:
7.02.1907
Place of Birth:
Kunanalling, Western Australia
Father's Name:
John Westby Dwyer
Mothers's Name:
Georgina Alexandra Dwyer (nee Rutherford)
Religion:
Roman Catholic
Pre-war Occupation:
Miner
Memorial:
Labuan War Cemetery, Plot H, Row D, Grave 15, Age 38.
Singapore:
Selarang Camp and Barracks Changi
Force:
'D' Force Thailand, V Battalion
Camps Thailand:
Brankassi, Hindaine, Chungkai, Tamuang, Non Pladuk
Camps Japan:
Fukuoka sub-Camp No. 17 Omuta, Fukuoka sub-Camp No. 1
POW#:
4/6090
Japan:
Aramis Party
Cause of Death:
Acute Colitis
Place of Death:
Fukuoka sub-Camp No. 1. Soldier's ashes are believed to have been carried from Japan to Labuan by an unknown serviceman.
Date of Death:
5.05.1945

General Description

Soldier’s ashes are believed to have been carried from Japan to Labuan by an unknown serviceman.

Read about ‘D’ Force V Battalion

Bill was selected with ‘Aramis’ party to work in Japan.  There were 19 men from 2/4th in this party.

Read further about ‘Aramis’ Party.

Prior to his enlistment, Pte Dwyer was residing at Kunnanalling.

 

Dwyer
Dwyer Bill
Dwyer 1950

Dwyer Pt 2
1950

KALGOORLIE MINER, 1946

 

Bill Dwyer’s parents John Westby Dwyer and Georgina Alexandra Rutherford were born in Ballarat and moved to WA in early 1900s.

Known as Westby,  Dwyer’s business interests were in gold mining.

Bill was the second youngest of five children of whom 3 were boys.  Bill’s mother died at Kalgoorlie in April 1946  and his father died in 1955. Both are buried at Kalgoorlie Cemetery.

 

He enlisted 24 September 1941 and sailed with  2/4th on ‘Aquitania’ 16 January 1942 as a reinforcement.

He was selected with ‘D’ Force V Battalion to work on Burma-Thai Railway in 1943.  V Battalion suffered a high number of deaths.  He was able to survive and was selected from Non Pladuk to work in Japan.  Bill was extremely unlucky to become ill and die in May 1945, only a few months before end of the war.

 

Above notice was following the death of Bill’s mother and sister in 1946.

Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Brankassi, Prang Kasi, 208k - Thailand
  • Hindaine, Kui Mang 200k - Thailand
  • Non Pladuk, 0k - Thailand
  • Tamuang, Tha Muang 39k - Thailand
  • Fukuoka, Fukuoka #1-B- Japan
  • Omuta Miike, Fukuoka #17-B - Japan
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