The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Semple
First Name:
Robin Roy
Nick Name:
Bluey
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX7532
Company:
‘D’ Company
Enlisted:
6.08.1940
Discharged:
14.03.1946
DOB:
25.05.1912
Place of Birth:
Fremantle, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Robert Semple
Mothers's Name:
Cecelia Semple
Religion:
Protestant
Pre-war Occupation:
Miner
Singapore:
River Valley Road Camp, X4B Party, W Party, Changi Gaol Camp, Tanjong Pagar Camp.
Return Details 1945:
Singapore-Darwin-Sydney HMT Arawa, Sydney-Melbourne‐Perth by troop train.

General Description

Soldier was wounded in action on 9/2/1942. Gunshot wounds to both legs and left upper arm.

Semple escaped to Sumatra where he was captured and interned at Padang, Gloe Gloer Camp (Medan).

He was moved from Sumatra to Singapore via Hirukiku Maru Party.  Please read further.

 

From West Australian Death Notices – for their mates……….

‘BELL – ANNEAR – In memory of two of our Mates, Bell and Dudley of Don Company, 2/4th M.G. Battalion, killed in action February 14 1942.  Inserted by Blue Semple and Cliff Webb.’

Camp Locations:

  • Changi Gaol Camp - Singapore
  • River Valley Road Camp - Singapore
  • Tanjong Pagar Camp - Singapore
  • Gloe Gloer Camp - Sumatra
  • Padang - Sumatra **
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