The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Attenborough
First Name:
Arthur Richard
Nick Name:
Bill
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX7444
Classification:
Driver
Company:
‘D‘ Company
Enlisted:
6.08.1940
DOB:
16.03.1917
Place of Birth:
Warragul, Victoria
Father's Name:
Reppon Attenborough
Mothers's Name:
Jean Maude Attenborough
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Tractor Driver
Memorial:
Epitaph, Labuan Memorial, Panel 18, Age 28.
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi, Thomson Road (Caldecot Hill Estate Camp), River Valley Road Camp
Force:
'B' Force Borneo
POW#:
392
Cause of Death:
Acute Enteritis
Place of Death:
Ranau No1 Camp
Date of Death:
12.04.1945

General Description

ATTENBOROUGH, Private, ARTHUR RICHARD, WX7444, A.I.F. 2/4 M.G. Bn., Australian Infantry. 12 April 1945. Age 28. Son of Reppon and Jean Maud Attenborough, of East Perth, Western Australia. Panel 18.

Labuan Memorial, Malaysia.

Arthur was from Belmont.

Please read the story of ‘Bill’ Attenborough’s mate Tom Lewis

As a young lad Bill Attenborough had met with Tommy at school at Nilup School.  Bill with his sister Beryl and mother had come to Karridale (now Alexander Bridge) to live.  His mother was the only wage-earner in the family.

During Tom’s serious illness at Changi –  the doctors gave little chance of Tommy surviving when his lay seriously ill at hospital.  Bill was selected with B Force to go to Borneo.  Bill thought he didn’t want to be around to see his best mate die.  He left to go to Borneo.  The Japanese offered incentives offering a better life with more rations!

Camp Locations:

  • River Valley Road Camp - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Thomson Road (Caldecot Hill Estate Camp) - Singapore
  • Ranau - Borneo
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