The Soldier's Details
- First Name:
- Robert George Staunton
- Nick Name:
- Regimental #:
- Headquarters Company
- Place of Birth:
- Father's Name:
- Robert Henry Rennie
- Mothers's Name:
- Winifred Alice Rennie
- Church of England
- Pre-war Occupation:
- Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Plot 1, Row E, Grave 58, Age 37.
- ‘D’ Force Thailand, Java Party No. 6, P Platoon
- Cause of Death:
- Post Leg Amputation
- Place of Death:
- Date of Death:
- Grave E31,Tamarkan
Although recorded as Robert George Stanton Rennie, his name was in fact ‘Staunton’.
He was born in Kemptee, India to Robert Rennie and Winnifred Alice Vardon who had married in Calcutta, Bengal, India on 12 April 1901.
Unfortunately we know little else of Robert Rennie’s life until 1922 when he sailed from England to South Australia on SS ‘Balranaldi’. He was 17 years of age and his occupation was recorded as ‘Farming’ and his address London – he possibly travelled as a migrant or with a group of retrained youths, as he was listed amongst a large number single, young males destined for South Australia.
It is not known when Robert Rennie moved to Western Australia, however he married Rita Arbuckle in Perth about 1935.
It is believed Rita and Robert had a family of five children – Pam, Shirley, Dawn, Dianne and Kevin. Rita and children were residing in South Perth when Robert left for Singapore.
Soldier had his right leg amputated at the thigh due to a tropical ulcer. This operation took place at Tamarkan Camp, and tragically he died aged 37 years of post operative complications. His general health as a POW would have been poor prior to his amputation.
- Tamarkan, Tha Makham 56k - Thailand