The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Rodda
First Name:
Arthur William
Nick Name:
Bill
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX7509
Company:
‘D’ Company
Enlisted:
6.08.1940
DOB:
28.04.1900
Place of Birth:
Midland, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Henry Rodda
Mothers's Name:
Jane Rodda
Religion:
Presbyterian
Pre-war Occupation:
Railway Employee
Memorial:
Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Plot 1, Row G, Grave 52, Age 44.
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi, Selarang Barracks Changi (Forestry Party)
Force:
‘D' Force Thailand, S battalion
Camps Thailand:
Tarsau, Konyu II, Tamuang, Chungkai, Nacompaton
POW#:
4/6554 & 8838
Cause of Death:
Cerebral Malaria
Place of Death:
Nacompaton
Date of Death:
20.02.1945
Buried:
Row E, Grave No. 1, Nacompaton

General Description

Wounded in action on 13.2.1942. Soldier received a shrapnel wound to his leg but remained on duty. Rodda also had a history of repeated malaria attacks. On 8.4.1944 at Chungkai in Thailand Lieutenant ‘Mick’ Wedge signed an I.O.U. for 12 Pounds and 10 Shillings for a small jar of Vegemite to help Bill recover from beri‐beri, a B group vitamin deficiency disease.

 

IOU written by Mick Wedge.

 

 

Photograph taken January 2018 C. Mellor

 

Rodda

Rodda

Bill Rodda’s parents Henry Rodda and Jame Robertson married 1898 at Helena Valley.  Bill was born two years later.

He married Eileen Humphreys in 1924. The couple had two children, William Henry born in 1925 and Shirley Margaret born in 1926.  The marriage ended in divorce.

In 1936 Bill Rodda married Maisie ‘Eileen’ Newman and they had a daughter Wendy.

 

Below:  From Swan Express (Midland Junction) November 1944.

Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Nacompaton, Nakom Pathom Hospital - Thailand
  • Tamuang, Tha Muang 39k - Thailand
  • Tarsau, Tha Sao 125k - Thailand
  • Lintang Officers Camp, Kuching - Sarawak
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