The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Ricketts
First Name:
Ernest
Nick Name:
Ern
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX6799
Company:
‘C’ Company
Enlisted:
20.07.1940
Discharged:
1.05.1946
DOB:
3.03.1904
Place of Birth:
Shardlow, Derby, England
Father's Name:
Frederick Ricketts
Mothers's Name:
Clara Ellen Ricketts
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Labourer
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi
Force:
‘A’ Force Burma, Green Force No. 3 Battalion
Camps Thailand:
Tamarkan, Non Pladuk, Petchaburi, Kachu Mountain Camp, Bangkok
Camps Burma:
Victoria Point, Tavoy, Kendau, Thetkaw, Meliloe, Aungganaung 105km, Khonkan 55km (July 1943)
POW#:
2908
Return Details 1945:
Bangkok-Rangoon by aircraft; Rangoon-Singapore, HMT Highland Brigade; Singapore-Fremantle, H.M. Hospital Ship Karoa

General Description

Some of C Coy (mostly No 9 Pln) in transit Rear L-R Kev Moir, Clarrie Henderson, Fred Webb Front Taffy Jones, Cyril Anderson, Jock Leith, Chris Mc Lennan, Les Marriot, Ern Ricketts, Paddy Byrne. Kneeling Harry Norris
Some of C Coy (mostly No 9 Pln) in transit
Rear L-R Kev Moir, Clarrie Henderson, Fred Webb
Front Taffy Jones, Cyril Anderson, Jock Leith, Chris Mc Lennan, Les Marriot, Ern Ricketts, Paddy Byrne, S Morris, Bert Fidge.
Kneeling Harry Norris

 

Paddy Byrnes, Unknown, Ern Ricketts, Chris McLennan, Bill McKay
Paddy Byrne, Unknown, Ern Ricketts, Chris McLennan, Bill McKay

 

Ricketts was selected in Singapore to work on the Burma end of the Railway with ‘A’ Force Green Force No. 3 Battalion.

Please read further about Green Force No. 3 Battalion

 

Born to Clara Ellen and Frederick Ricketts in 1904 Shardlow, Derbyshire Ernest was baptised at St Laurance, Long Eaton, Derbyshire.

Ernest arrived in Fremantle in November 1922 on board ‘Largs Bay’ aged about 18 years, his occupation was recorded as ‘farm lad’.  In  1911 Census he was recorded living with Aunt and Uncle (Burton)l as a 7 year old student.

 

Note the information included at the bottom of this newspaper item-advising prospective employers.

 

Ernest Ricketts married about 1937 to Gladys Roberta Alice Williams who had a son Leslie Kenneth Williams.

 

The above notice was placed in newspaper in April 1942.  Gladys Ricketts greatly concerned for the welfare of her husband.

 

 

In 1958 the couple were residing at Waroona and remained living here.  Ern was much involved with the RSL.  The couple had no additional children.

 

For Anzac Day 1948.

 

 

The above was included in the South Western
Advertiser, March 1958.

 

Ernest Ricketts died 17 December 1967 and buried at Waroona Cemetery.  Gladys died 1990 aged 90 years.

 

Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Non Pladuk, 0k - Thailand
  • Petchaburi - Thailand
  • Tamarkan, Tha Makham 56k - Thailand
  • Aungganaung,105Kilo - Burma
  • Kendau, Kandaw, 4 Kilo - Burma
  • Khonkan, 55Kilo Hospital 360k - Burma
  • Meilo, 75 Kilo, 340k - Burma
  • Tavoy (Dawei) - river port - Burma
  • Kachau Mountain Camp - Thailand
  • Bangkok - Thailand
  • Victoria Point, Kawthoung - Burma. \'A\' Force, Green Force No. 3 Btn
  • Thetkaw 14 Kilo - Burma
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