The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Hambley
First Name:
Ernest Edgar
Nick Name:
Blue
Rank:
Lance/Sergeant (Promoted on 11.2.1942 on death of Sandilands)
Regimental #:
WX4991
Company:
'B' Company, No. 8 Platoon. (Platoon Sgt)
Enlisted:
23.07.1940
Discharged:
9.01.1946
DOB:
28.04.1917
Place of Birth:
Mount Barker, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Sidney Ernest Hambley
Mothers's Name:
Anne Hambley (nee Clothier)
Religion:
Methodist
Pre-war Occupation:
Miner
Singapore:
Selarang Camp and Barracks Changi; Following return from Thailand - Selarang Barracks Changi; X3 Party; Changi Gaol Camp
Force:
‘F’ Force Thailand
POW#:
1/7916 and 14757
Return Details 1945:
Singapore-Darwin‐Melboume, 1st Netherlands Military Hospital Ship Oranje; Melbourne-Perth by troop train

General Description

 

Hambley’s vision was effected by mortar bomb 10th February 1942 at Mandai Hill.  He was admitted to 13th Australian General Hospital 3 March 1942 with choroido retinitis.  He was discharged to unit 8 March 1942.

He continued to have impaired vision in his left eye.

Blue worked on Burma-Thai Railway with F Force Thailand.

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He returned with F Force from Thailand to Changi 17.12.1943.

Admitted to AGH Changi 7.1.1944.

X3 Work Party 1.4.1945.

Blue Hambley was recovered from Changi 4th September 1945, Sailed ‘Oranje’ via Darwin to Brisbane to Melbourne.  Admitted 115 (H) MH (Heidleberg Hospital, Victoria) 2-3 weeks before travelling by  Trooptrain  Melbourne to Perth.  He was admitted 110 (P) MH 10th October 1945 (Hollywood Hospital, Perth).

 

Blue Hambley wedding
Blue Hambley’s wedding.

 

‘Blue’ Ernest Edgar Hambley enlisted at Claremont with his mate Jack Taylor who was issued with number WX4986. Their friendship continued throughout the war and later the two men became business partners – Hambley & Taylor, Grocers.  They later developed a co-op with other independent grocers and the Foodland chain was developed.  They had 3 shops, the first, largest and most successful continued to exist in 2015, owned by Blue’s son Alwyn.

Jack Taylor and Blue at ‘Hambley & Taylor Liquor Store 1952’

Blue was the older brother to Albert James Hambley WX10745.

 

Blue Hambley died 9th April 1987.

Camp Locations:

  • Changi Gaol Camp - Singapore
  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
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