The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Earnshaw
First Name:
William Howard
Nick Name:
Bill
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX6262
Company:
‘B’ Company
Enlisted:
13.07.1940
DOB:
20.08.1919
Place of Birth:
Kalgoorlie, Western Australia
Father's Name:
William Howard Earnshaw
Mothers's Name:
Faith Daisy Earnshaw
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Rigger‘s Mate
Memorial:
Epitaph, Labuan Memorial, Panel 18, Age 25.
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi, Johore Bahru, Adam Park, Selarang Barracks Changi
Force:
'E' Force Borneo
POW#:
4/6092 and 1684
Cause of Death:
Malaria
Place of Death:
Sandakan No1 Camp
Date of Death:
15.03.1945

General Description

Bill Earnshaw was selected in Singapore with B Force, which sailed to Borneo to Sandakan.

Please read about ‘B’ Force.

 

 

Earnshaw

EARNSHAW, Private, WILLIAM HOWARD, WX6262, A.I.F. 2/4 M.G. Bn., Australian Infantry. 15 March 1945. Age 25. Son of William Howard Earnshaw and Faith Daisy Earnshaw, of Kalgoorlie, Western Australia. Panel 18.

Labuan Memorial, Malaysia

Bill’s father William Howard Earnshaw, was born in Bendigo enlisted at Blackboy Hill and fought in WW1, Service No. 777.

Below:  Prior to their marriage, correspondence between Bill’s mother Faith Daisy and Army regarding Bill Earnshaw (Snr) – he was with several Battalions.

 

Bill’s mother Faith Daisy Copland was born in England.  She came to Australia with her mother and stepfather, travelling and arriving as Daisy Scott.

Bill (Snr) and Daisy married September 1918 at East Coolgardie and continued residing in the Kalgoorlie region.  The Earnshaw family resided in Wilson Street, Kalgoorlie in 1943, Bill was employed as a brewery hand.

Bill (Jnr) was the eldest of three children.  His sister Jean Faith was born in 1923 and brother Francis John in 1925.

Daisy Earnshaw endured concern and anxiety about Bill (Snr) in WWI and was to endure the same concern for her son Bill (Jnr) who was taken POW of Japan and probably reported missing.  We do not know, but believe there was no correspondence sent by POWs from Borneo.  Nor was there any opportunity for Red Cross knowing of his whereabouts as was the case with POWs in Burma when cards were sent from Moulmein, and later POWs were reported alive by Red Cross in several locations.

The news and confirmation of Bill’s death would have shattered the Earnshaw family and they would have been one of the many grieving Kalgoorlie families.

 

Camp Locations:

  • Adam Park Camp - Singapore
  • Johore Bahru, - Malaysia
  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Sandakan - Borneo ***
  • Lintang Officers Camp, Kuching - Sarawak
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