The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Saggers
First Name:
Albert Ernest
Nick Name:
Granny
Rank:
Major, Commanding Officer of 'A' Company & on 7/2/1942 Commanding Office of 'E' Company, Special Reserve Battalion
Regimental #:
WX3454
Company:
‘A’ Company Headquarters
Enlisted:
21.11.1940
Discharged:
1.02.1946
DOB:
29.11.1899
Place of Birth:
Parramatta, New South Wales
Father's Name:
Ernest Saggers
Mothers's Name:
Annabella Saggers
Religion:
Church of Christ
Pre-war Occupation:
Footwear Merchant
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi, Serangoon Road Camp, Sime Road Camp, Selarang Barracks Changi. Returned from Thailand to Sime Road Camp, Changi Gaol Camp, Kranji Hospital Camp Woodlands, 2/14thAustralian General Hospital.
Force:
'H' Force Thailand, ‘H’ Force Group No. 3 (2/I.C. to Lt-Col Oakes and I.C. of pay & records)
POW#:
4127
Return Details 1945:
Singapore-Perth, Duke of Gloucester’s aircraft ‘Endeavour’

General Description

Termite nest near Larrimah NT, OC Camp and RTO in snap with self
Self with Hayward and Anderson at Rapid Creek at high tide

 

 

 

 

 

 

Self with George Taylor and unknown NT
Saggers family
Major Saggers by DD Harrison 27.12.44
Major Saggers by DD Harrison 27.12.44
Major Saggers by L. Rawlings Jan 1944
Major Saggers by L. Rawlings Jan 1944
Sketch by Major Saggers 25.8.42
Sketch by Major Saggers 25.8.42
Lt. O'Sullivan, Maj. Saggers and Lt. Mentiplay.
Lt. O’Sullivan, Maj. Saggers and Lt. Mentiplay.

 

Read further about return of Saggers 1945

Appointment Terminated 1/2/1946

On 7 February 1942 Major Bert Saggers, Commanding Officer of ‘A’ Coy was ordered to form a Divisional Reserve Battalion for the 8th Division.
Known as Special Reserve Battalion it was to comprise two companies – ‘A’ and ‘B’, made up of Australian Service Corps personnel, and ‘E’ Company.’E’ Company was to be formed from the reinforcements for 2/4th who had embarked on 16th January 1942 at Fremantle.

For further reading go to Stories – E Company

Bert Saggers died 28th December 1966 at Alfred Cove aged  67 years.  He was buried at Karrakatta Cemetery.

 

 

 

Please read report written by Saggers about Mentiplay during fighting at Singapore.

Camp Locations:

  • Changi Gaol Camp - Singapore
  • Kranji Camp Woodlands - Singapore
  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Serangoon Road Camp - Singapore
  • Sime Road Camp - Singapore
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