The Soldier's Details
- First Name:
- Ronald James
- Nick Name:
- Regimental #:
- 'C' Company
- Place of Birth:
- Isle of Wight, England
- Father's Name:
- Harold Edgar Kingswell
- Mothers's Name:
- Rose Ellen Kingswell
- Church of England
- Pre-war Occupation:
- Djakarta War Cemetery, Plot 3, Row H, Grave 11, Age 25.
- Cause of Death:
- Acute Bacillary Dysentery and Appendicitis
- Place of Death:
- No. 1 Allied General Hospital, Bandoeng
- Date of Death:
- Grave No. 58, Bandoeng.
Funeral service conducted by Padre F. J. Camroux on 26.3.1942. Surgeons were unable to operate on this NCO due to his having contracted dysentery. Ron Kingswell was a patient at Bandoeng Hospital about 6 days with appendicitis before he died.
Ronald was the half-brother of Lt. Cmdr Albert Edgar Kingswell who served in both Royal and Royal Canadian Navy. The brothers never actually met as Ronald was sent to Australia as a young child to Kingsley Fairbridge Farm. Ron’s mother Rose Ellen Salter and Harold Edgar Kingswell did not marry although they had originally planned to. Decades later the Kingswell family in Canada became aware of the birth of their half-brother Ron Kingswell. His father Harold married and went to Canada. Harold Edgar Kingswell did in fact die in 1929 at the Isle of Wight, England.
Rose Ellen Salter died in 1965 at the Isle of Wight.
It is probable Ron Kingswell did not know of his extended family.
Ronald James Kingswell arrived in Australia 14/2/1928 on ‘Bendigo’ aged 12 years. He was housed at Wolfe Cottage.
In a 1935 edition of magazine “The Fairbridgian” records Ronald’s work and address as C/o Mrs I. McConnell, Roadside Mail, Bruce Rock and the 1936 edition records his address as Fairbridge Farm, Pinarra. It is believed Ron was working on a farm at Gabbin prior to enlisting on 23rd July 1940, although he was recorded as formerly from Midland Junction.
Listed above is also Clarrie Sawyer from 2/4th who died 1 April 1942 aged 34 years at Bandoeng.
Ron enlisted AIF July 1940 later joining 2/4th’s C Coy. He was Sergeant with Sgt Gibbons for No. 12 Platoon.
Ron Kingswell was AWOL from the ‘Aquitania’ at Fremantle to see his fiancee Hazel. With the other 90 odd 2/4th men who were unable to re-board the ship before departure, Ron was sent to Java. Please read story of Blackforce
KINGSWELL, Sergeant, RONALD JAMES, WX4949, A.I.F. 2/4 M.G. Bn., Australian Infantry. 25 March 1942. Age 25. Son of Rose Ellen Rose. Grave Ref. 3. H. 11.
- Bandoeng - Java ***