The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Rennie
First Name:
Robert George Staunton
Nick Name:
Darkie
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX7493
Classification:
Carpenter
Company:
Headquarters Company
Enlisted:
6.08.1940
DOB:
11.11.1905
Place of Birth:
India
Father's Name:
Robert Henry Rennie
Mothers's Name:
Winifred Alice Rennie
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Labourer
Memorial:
Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Plot 1, Row E, Grave 58, Age 37.
Java:
‘Blackforce’
Force:
‘D’ Force Thailand, Java Party No. 6, P Platoon
POW#:
12210
Cause of Death:
Post Leg Amputation
Place of Death:
Tamarkan
Date of Death:
4.10.1943
Buried:
Grave E31,Tamarkan

General Description

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.

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

 

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.

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Camp Locations:

  • Tamarkan, Tha Makham 56k - Thailand
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