The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Whitford
First Name:
Robert
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX7232
Company:
'D' Company
Enlisted:
1.08.1940
DOB:
6.04.1903
Place of Birth:
Princess Royal, Norseman, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Henry Whitford
Mothers's Name:
Minnie Priscilla Whitford (nee Bennett)
Religion:
Church of Christ
Pre-war Occupation:
Prospector
Memorial:
Kranji War Cemetery, Plot 30, Row A, Grave 17, Age 38.
Cause of Death:
Died of Wounds
Place of Death:
Buona Vista
Date of Death:
15.02.1942
Buried:
In a common grave, in a Chinese Cemetery, at the head of Holland Village and Buona Vista Road.

General Description

Soldier was killed during the last artillery barrage of the battle. He was hit in the chest by same shell that killed Jim Thorpe. He was running towards a native hut which was hit by a shell and caught fire. The men managed to get him clear from the burning hut, however he only lived for about 5 minutes after being wounded.

Robert Whitford gravestone, Kranji War Cemetery
Robert Whitford gravestone, Kranji War Cemetery

 

Prior to enlisting Robert Whitford was residing at Kalgoorlie and working as a miner/prospector.

 

Whitford, Robert

 

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