The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Stevens
First Name:
Alfred
Nick Name:
Alf
Rank:
Sergeant
Regimental #:
WX227
Company:
‘A’ Company
Enlisted:
8.12.1940
Discharged:
8.12.1946
DOB:
29.05.1913
Place of Birth:
Perth, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Walter George Stevens
Mothers's Name:
Annie May Stevens (nee McCulloch)
Religion:
Methodist
Pre-war Occupation:
Engine Driver (Union Flour Mills)
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi, Adam Park. Returned from Borneo to H.M. Prison Outram Road, Changi Gaol Camp.
Force:
‘B’ Force Borneo
Return Details 1945:
Singapore-Darwin‐Sydney, HMT Arawa, Sydney-Melbourne by troop train, Melbourne‐Fremantle,HMT Strathmore.

General Description

Sergeant Alfred Stevens was arrested by Kempeitai (Japanese Police) at Kuching, Sarawak. Sentenced for 6 years to H.M. Prison Outram Road, Singapore.

Alf Stevens, from ‘B’ Force Borneo was arrested 26 July 1943 at Sandakan for his part in the operation of an ‘underground radio’ network at Sandakan.    He was initially sent to Kuching, the Kempeitai Headquarters in Borneo where he was sentenced on 19 October 1943 to 6 years penal servitude to be served.

Stevens arrested on 26 July 1943, sentenced on 2 March 1944 and arrived at Outram Road Prison on 11 March 1944.

Prior to his enlistment Stevens had been an engine driver or boiler attendant at Union flour Mills at Kellerberrin.

Stevens was able to provide extra manpower to locals who ran the powerhouse at Sandakan.  Sevens became part of the underground network at Sandakan which operated a radio amongst other things, in particular Sevens would act as a middleman passing messages from within the prison to locals outside and back again!

Alf Stevens was one of the very lucky few to have survived being sent to Sandakan. Had he not been sentenced to serve penal servitude he would have most certainly have perished like all the other PoWs on ‘B’ Force.

At Outram Road where conditdions were so terribly inhumane, Alf was evacuated to Changi Gaol Hospital on 5 January 1945 suffering from beri beri and tropical ulcers wheupon he was again returned to Outram Road  to complete his sentence, and was recovered from here at war’s end.

We can’t begin to imagine how Alf had the physical and mental strength to exist at Outram Road.  Unfortunately we have no knowledge or records of his time there.

(The other 2/4th men sentenced for crimes against Japan were Penrod Dean and John McGregor and both sent to Outram Road Gaol.  They survived).

Read about Dean and McGregor

Read further about ‘B’ Force Borneo

You may like to read the War Crimes Court of 1946

Alf’s parents Walter George Stevens and Annie May McCulloch married at Northam in 1910.  Alf was one of several children born.

The family resided at Kellerberrin which is where Alf worked as an engine driver at the Union Flour Mills.

Alf and Murial McClelland announce their engagement.

They marry in Northam in 1937.

Alf’s father died in 1943 while he was in Borneo.

 

Alf and Muriel continued living at Kellerberrin regularly holidaying at Mandurah!

 

 

Mrs Annie Stevens died in 1970.  Alf’s parents are buried at Kellerberrin.

Alf passed away 9 April 1979 on 9th putting green at Mandurah golf course in Western Australia.  He was buried at Kellerberrin.  His wife Muriel died 3 October 1995 and was also buried at Kellerberrin.

Camp Locations:

  • Adam Park Camp - Singapore
  • Changi Gaol Camp - Singapore
  • Johore Bahru, - Malaysia
  • Outram Road Prison - Singapore ***
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Sandakan - Borneo ***
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