The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Preedy
First Name:
Eric Lincoln
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX7416
Classification:
Carpenter
Company:
Headquarters Company
Enlisted:
6.08.1940
DOB:
5.07.1913
Place of Birth:
Subiaco, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Charles Edward Preedy
Mothers's Name:
Anna Augusta Preedy (nee Cleak)
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Truck Driver
Memorial:
Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Plot 1, Row H, Grave 11, Age 30.
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi, Serangoon Road, Selarang Barracks Changi
Force:
‘D’ Force Thailand, V Battalion
POW#:
4/6523 & 2285
Cause of Death:
Acute Enteritis
Place of Death:
Brankassi
Date of Death:
7.08.1943
Buried:
Grave No. 34, Brankassi

General Description

Eric’s parents Charles Edward Preedy and Anna August Cleak married 1910 Perth.  Eric was one of two surviving sons and 2 daughters.

The Preedy family lived in 1916 Yilgarn St, Subiaco.

 

Above:  Anna Cleak’s parents.  Grandparents to Eric.

Eric Preedy married 1936 to Mavis Muriel Dodd.

 

Widow Mavis was left to raise 3 sons – Vincent, Adrian and Michael. In 1949 Mavis remarried to Francis Alfred James Wilshusen,  believed to be known as Jim.  He had recently divorced.

Mavis Wilshusen died in 1979 aged 64 years.

Eric’s father Charles Preedy died in 1947.  His mother Anna in 1967.

Above: notice from Eric’s wife, Mavis (Dodd).

 

 

Above we learn Eric’s father Charles Edward Preedy worked as foreman, Subiaco Municipal Council.

 

Back row L-R E. Preedy, J. Heffernan, J. Holt, Bluey Smith, Lin Powell, R Kelt, 2nd row - Tom Firns, H. Elkins,Scotty McEwan, Front row - Darkie Rennie, Unknown, R Newling, J. Quinn, Barney Doolan
Back row L-R E. Preedy, J. Heffernan, J. Holt, Bluey Smith, Lin Powell, R Kelt, 2nd row – Tom Firns, H. Elkins, Scotty McEwan, Front row – Darkie Rennie, Unknown, R Newling, J. Quinn, Barney Doolan.

 

Read further about ‘D’ Force V Battalion.

 

Plaque at Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Plot 1, Row H, Grave 11

 

 

 

 

Preedy West Australian 22 September 1946

PREEDY

Preedy, Eric

Preedy

 

Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Serangoon Road Camp - Singapore
  • Brankassi, Prang Kasi, 208k - Thailand
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