The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Holt
First Name:
William John
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX7550
Company:
Headquarters Company, Platoon No. 3.
Enlisted:
6.08.1940
DOB:
9.07.1903
Place of Birth:
Cottesloe, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Frederick William Holt
Mothers's Name:
Margaret Ellen Holt
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Pastry Cook
Memorial:
Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery, Plot A8, Row A, Grave 15, Age 40.
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Chaugi
Force:
'A' Force Burma, Ramsay Force, No. 1 Battalion
POW#:
6286
Cause of Death:
Cerebral Malaria
Place of Death:
Aungganaung 105km Camp
Date of Death:
20.08.1943

General Description

Studio portrait of WX7550 Private (Pte) William John (Jack) Holt, 2/4 Machine Gun Battalion. A pastry cook from Palmyra, WA, Pte Holt enlisted on 6 August 1940 and served in Malaya. He was taken prisoner of war (POW) of the Japanese, and whilst working on the Burma-Thailand Railway died of illness on 20 August 1943, aged 40. His wallet, now held at the Australian War Memorial (REL30604), was recovered by a fellow prisoner, Staff Sergeant S E Cameron of 2/19 Battalion, who took it back to Australia after his own release.
Studio portrait of WX7550 Private (Pte) William John (Jack) Holt, 2/4 Machine Gun Battalion. A pastry cook from Palmyra, was employed at Piccadilly Tea Rooms, Perth, WA.   Pte Holt enlisted on 6 August 1940 and served in Malaya. He was taken prisoner of war (POW) of the Japanese, and whilst working on the Burma-Thailand Railway died of illness on 20 August 1943, aged 40. His wallet, now held at the Australian War Memorial (REL30604), was recovered by a fellow prisoner, Staff Sergeant S E Cameron of 2/19 Battalion, who took it back to Australia after his own release.

 

Soldier was wounded at Ulu Pandan and admitted to 2/13th Australian General Hospital with a shrapnel would to his right ear.  Discharged to unit on 26/2/1942.

William Holt was admitted to camp hospital at Aungganaung on 19/8/1943 with cerebral malaria.  He died at 1618 hours on 20/8/1943.  He was buried in grave No. 23 in the camp cemetery located at 192 degrees from 104.65km point on the rail link at a distance of 170 yards from this point.  The funeral service was conducted by Padre J.K.W. Mathieson of the Royal Australian Navy.

Bill Holt WX7750 (died March 1943), Les Holtzman WX7618, unknown
Bill Holt WX7750 (died March 1943), possibly Bill Dunwoodie, unknown.

 

 

Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Aungganaung,105Kilo - Burma
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