The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Mentiplay
First Name:
David Victor
Nick Name:
Vic
Rank:
Lieutenant
Regimental #:
WX228
Company:
Battalion Headquarters, Special Reserve Battalion
Enlisted:
10.12.1940
Discharged:
20.04.1949
DOB:
21.10.1917
Place of Birth:
Geraldton, Western Australia
Father's Name:
David Mentiplay
Mothers's Name:
Ethel Mentiplay
Religion:
Methodist
Pre-war Occupation:
Butcher
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi, Johore Bahru, Adam Park, Selarang Barracks Changi. Following return from Thailand - Sime Road Camp, Changi Gaol Camp.
Force:
'H' Force, Group No. 6, Officer's Party
POW#:
1/809
Return Details 1945:
Singapore-Perth Duke of Gloucester’s aircrafi, ‘Endeavour‘

General Description

This Officer was wounded in action at South-West Bukit Timah on 11/2/1942. He witnessed Japanese soldiers bayoneting wounded men, which infuriated him to such a degree that he rushed at the perpetrators, killing several of them. For his efforts he received a bayonet wound through his neck and leg. He was admitted to 2/13th Australian General Hospital and later discharged to his unit on 25/2/1942.

Mentiplay, Saggers and O'Sullivan
Lt. O’Sullivan, Maj. Saggers and Lt. Mentiplay.

 

This Officer commanded the Western Australian Victory Parade contingent in London 8/6/1946. Promoted to the rank of captain on 25/7/1947.

This Officer served with the BCOF from 1947-1949 with the 67th Infantry Battalion and  3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment.

O'Sullivan Wedding
O’Sullivan Wedding – Mentiplay Left.

 

Camp Locations:

  • Adam Park Camp - Singapore
  • Changi Gaol Camp - Singapore
  • Johore Bahru, - Malaysia
  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Sime Road Camp - Singapore
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