The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Bow
First Name:
Walter Verdun
Nick Name:
Wally
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX7253
Classification:
Driver
Company:
'D' Company Headquarters
Enlisted:
1.08.1940
Discharged:
14.03.1946
DOB:
19.03.1916
Place of Birth:
Perth, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Harry Bow
Mothers's Name:
Rachel Lambert Bow
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Blacksmith's Striker
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi, Thomson Road (Caldecot Hill Estae Camp), River Valley Road Camp, Sererang Barracks Camp
Force:
'D' Force Thailand, V Battalion
Camps Thailand:
Brankassi, Hindaine, Hindato, Nacompaton, Bangkok (go-downs), Japanese Transport Camp just out of Bangkok to repair trucks. Accompanied by Swift & Manthorpe.
POW#:
3/7016
Return Details 1945:
Thailand-Rangoon by aircraft, Rangoon-Singapore, HMT Highland Brigade, Singapore-Fremantle, HMT Moreton Bay.

General Description

Bow enlisted AIF 1 Aug 1940 later joined ‘D’ Company Headquarters as a Driver.  In Singapore when a further Platoon was created to support another Vickers Gun, Bow was moved to No. 15 Platoon.

Soldier was wounded in action at Buona Vista on 15/2/1942. Admitted to 2/13th Australian General Hospital on 16/2/1942 with shrapnel wounds to the left and right buttocks. Discharged to unit on 22/2/1942.

Bow later left Singapore to work on Burma-Thai Railway with ‘D’ Force Thailand V Battalion.  Please read further about this Battalion.

 

He remained in Thailand and was recovered from there at the end of the war.

Wally’s mate George Kidd died of illness at Kanchanaburi, Thailand in 1943.

Please read the other Boys from Bruce Rock

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Walter Verdun was born Perth 1916 to parents Harry Bow and Rachel Watts who married 1903.

 

William Henry Watts later married in England 1919 to Ivy Bow. It is unknown if Ivy Bow and Harry Bow are related.  William Henry known as ‘Dick’ Watts returned to WA after the end of war with Ivy as his wife.  However we believe Ivy and ‘Dick’ may have returned to live in England.  William Henry Watts  who was about 6 years younger than Rachel, died in about 1927.  He suffered from gas poisoning and was earlier, in 1916 bitten by a camel in Egypt.  He was hospitalised for many months as the camel bite on his leg became seriously infected.  He suffered long term tendon injuries.

 

Father of Rachel Bow and Grandfather to Wally, died in 1921.

Wally Bow spent his formative years at Bruce Rock.

We believe he had several brothers and sisters.

 

Wally was 7 years of age when his parents divorced in 1923. His father Harry Bow remarried in 1924 to Annie Wilson. Wally’s mother Rachel Isabella Bow remarried Alfred Lambert in 1925.

Below:  Wally’s mother died 1942 aged 57 years.

 

In 1949 Electoral Roll Walter and Patricia were residing at Kalgoorlie.

In 1950 Wally Bow’s father died.

 

Above:  Walter learns he has been awarded a War Service Farm.

In the 1958 and 1963 Electoral Rolls, Walter and Patricia were recorded farming at Bindi Bindi.

In 1972 the couple had moved to Kewdale.  In 1977 and 1980 they were residing at Karrinyup.

Wally Bow died 2 February 1984 at Bentley aged 67 years.  His wife Patricia died 2011 at Murdoch aged 87 years.

Camp Locations:

  • River Valley Road Camp - Singapore
  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Thomson Road (Caldecot Hill Estate Camp) - Singapore
  • Brankassi, Prang Kasi, 208k - Thailand
  • Nacompaton, Nakom Pathom Hospital - Thailand
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