The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Robinson
First Name:
William Joseph
Nick Name:
Bulla
Rank:
Acting Sergeant (Promoted on 14.2.1942)
Regimental #:
WX5200
Company:
‘B’ Company
Enlisted:
26.07.1940
DOB:
2.04.1918
Place of Birth:
Victoria Park, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Charles Stewart Robinson
Mothers's Name:
Henrietta Robinson
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Labourer
Memorial:
Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Collective Grave, Plot 1, Row Q, Grave 2-78, Age 25.
Java:
‘Blackforce’, attached to 2/3rd M.G. Bn
Force:
‘D’ Force Thailand, Java Party No. 6, O Battalion
Camps Thailand:
Kinsaiyok, Hintock Road Camp
POW#:
6910
Cause of Death:
Dysentery
Place of Death:
Hintok Road Camp
Date of Death:
17.07.1943
Buried:
Grave No. 30, Hintok Road Camp

General Description

WX5200 Sergeant (Sgt) William Joseph Robinson, 2/4 Machine Gun Battalion, holding a rifle with bayonet.
WX5200 Sergeant (Sgt) William Joseph Robinson, 2/4 Machine Gun Battalion, holding a rifle with bayonet.

 

Bulla Robinson
Bulla Robinson

 

Bulla Robinson, Trevor James, James Flanagan & Laurie McGrath
Bulla Robinson, Trevor James, James Flanagan & Laurie McGrath

 

‘Buller’ Robinson died of dysentery 17 July 1943 at Hintock Mountain Camp (otherwise known as Hintock Road Camp) – his death was recorded in Weary Dunlop’s ‘War Diaries’ P 261.  Buller was one of three deaths on this day – two of dysentery and one of cholera.

Buller was one of about 100 men from 2/4th who absconded from ‘Aquitania’ whilst anchored one night, 15th January 1942 at Fremantle’s Gauge Roads.   Unable to re board in time before the ship sailed the next day for Singapore –  the men were later shipped out intending to land them at Singapore.  However before this could happen, it was realised Singapore would fall and they were taken to Java.  Here they joined other Allied Forces in conjunction with Dutch East Indies.

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With ‘Blackforce’  Buller became POW of Japan.  It is believed he was probably imprisoned at Bicycle Camp, however we cannot be certain as there are no records.  He was selected to work on the Burma-Thai Railway with ‘D’ Force Thailand Java Party No. 6, O Battalion to be known as Dunlop Force. Dunlop Force first sailed to Singapore where they remained just a week or two, before heading by train to Thailand.

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Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Thailand.

Buller’s parents Charles Stewart Robinson and Henrietta Bradley married 1914 Perth.  They had a family of four sons and one daughter.  William Joseph ‘Buller’ was their 3rd son.

Henrietta Bradley born Marylebone, Middlesex, England arrived at Fremantle on ‘Orontes’ in 1913 aged 24 years.  She was a one of large number of young women on this ship who migrated to fulfil WA’s need for domestic help.   She married Charles Robinson the following year.

 

 

Henrietta Robinson died 1946 following a long illness.  Buller’s father Charles Robinson died 1971 at Mandurah and was buried at Karrakatta.

Camp Locations:

  • Hintok, 154k - Thailand
  • Kinsaiyok Main, 170.2k - Thailand
  • Bicycle Camp, Batavia, Jakarta - Java ***
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